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Sally Lyons Wyatt

Sally Lyons Wyatt is executive of Client Strategy & Insights for SymphonyIRI Group, where she works with the company’s clients to align their strategies with business solutions. Throughout her 26 years in the consumer packaged goods industry, she has worked with a number of manufacturers to drive integrated marketing initiatives and measure their success. Lyons Wyatt also is a recognized expert on the snacking industry and has been a keynote speaker at the Snack Food Association’s annual SNAXPO conference for years. She is an expert on examining the various roles snacks are playing in the lives of U.S. consumers, the key messaging and snack packaging sought by today’s consumers, and the destinations of choice for purchasing snacks. During her 10 years with SymphonyIRI she has held a number of key roles, including the overall management and development of the Frito-Lay and Quaker client relationships and was responsible for specific business activities required to serve both PepsiCo divisions. Her experience also includes positions with Marketing Specialists, AC Nielsen, Market Metrics and SmithKline Consumer Products. Lyons Wyatt graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in advertising and a minor in marketing.

Dan Heath

Heath is a Senior Fellow at Duke University's CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs who are fighting for social good. He is the co-author of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The Heath brothers previously co-wrote the critically acclaimed book Made to Stick, which was named the Best Business Book of the Year, spent 24 months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list, and has been translated into 29 languages, the last of which was Slovak. Heath is a columnist for Fast Company magazine, and has taught and consulted with organizations such as Microsoft, Philips, Vanguard, Macy's, USAID, and the American Heart Association. Previously, Dan worked as a researcher and case writer for Harvard Business School, co-authoring 10 case studies on entrepreneurial ventures, and later served as a Consultant to the Policy Programs of the Aspen Institute. In 1997, Dan co-founded an innovative publishing company called Thinkwell, which continues to produce a radically reinvented line of college textbooks. Dan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Rare, a conservation organization. Two proud (sort of) moments for Dan are his stint driving a promotional car called the "Brainmobile" across the country and his victory in the 2005 New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, beating out 13,000 other entrants.

 

Marci Rossell

Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families and careers. Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Marci served as Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation's largest mutual fund companies. Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Marci began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She earned a PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year in 2002. She brings a world of experience--from Main Street to Wall Street--when discussing the U.S. economy, international events and movements in capital markets.

 


Phil Lempert

Phil Lempert can predict the future —and then help businesses and consumers understand it. For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru® , Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.

As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Phil Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. He is the food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, where he reports on consumer trends, food safety and money-saving tips, as well as showcases new products. He makes monthly appearances on ABC’s The View, and has appeared numerous times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, Discovery Health and MSNBC, as well as on local television morning and news programs throughout the country.

Phil Lempert was one of the pioneers of the new information media, founding SupermarketGuru.com in 1994. The website is now one of the leading food and health resources on the Internet, visited by more than 9 million people each year. SupermarketGuru.com offers thorough food ratings, analyzes trends in food marketing and retail, and features health advice, unique recipes, nutrition analysis, allergy alerts and many other resources to help consumers understand their food, health, lifestyle and shopping options.

Lempert is contributing editor of Supermarket News, which exclusively runs his columns both in its magazine and on its website; as well as a content partner with SN which includes custom consumer surveys and other projects. He has been profiled and interviewed by USA Today, The New York Times , The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek and Ad Age , and is interviewed by hundreds of publications each year.

Phil is the founder and editor of several monthly e-publications targeted to consumers and businesses: “ Xtreme Retail23, ” “ Facts, Figures & the Future ,” “Food Nutrition and Science” and “Coffee Chat News.” He also publishes a weekly e-newsletter from SupermarketGuru.com. To sign up for any newsletters, visit the “Your Path to Consumer Enlightenment” section of SupermarketGuru.com.

For 13 years, Lempert has hosted a weekly, live call-in radio show, Before You Bite® with Phil Lempert , which most recently aired on Lime Radio (previously part of Sirius) . Podcasts of the program, which features discussions of the latest news in health, sustainability and food trends, are currently available on Lime.com.

Phil is a spokesperson for ConAgra Foods and works with various ConAgra brands and their retail partners to help communicate strategies on saving money, healthier eating and food trend information to America's shoppers.

In 2007, Lempert founded Phil’s Supermarket, the first supermarket to exist in the virtual world of Second Life. Phil’s Supermarket features interactive product demonstrations, consumer focus groups, specialized recipes, expert chefs and detailed product information to allow consumers and businesses to better understand shopping and marketing options—in the virtual and real worlds.

Lempert is the author of Being the Shopper and Healthy, Wealthy & Wise. His previous books include: Phil Lempert’s Supermarket Shopping & Value Guide, Top Ten Trends for Baby Boomers and Crisis Management: A Workbook for Survival.

Phil Lempert graduated from Drexel University with degrees in Marketing and Retail Management. He worked at McDonald’s and Howard Johnson’s before joining his family’s food brokerage firm. Lempert went on to found Lempert Advertising, a full-service, award-winning advertising agency.

In the early 1990s, Lempert became a partner and senior vice president of Age Wave, a leading demographic and life-stage consulting company that focuses on the life path of the Baby Boom Generation—from birth through a new style of retirement.

A resident of California, Lempert’s roots are in the Belleville, New Jersey, dairy farm started by his grandfather. The family food tradition carried on through his father’s work as a food manufacturer, distributor and broker and then to Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru ®.

Philip Lempert has gained wide acclaim for his marketing savvy and broad experience. A distinguished speaker, exclusively represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau, he has addressed over 600,000 people over the past ten years, and is a respected analyst with an uncanny ability to identify and explain trends to both industry and consumers in a thought provoking and entertaining manner.

You can contact him directly at plempert@supermarketguru.com.

 

Harry Balzer

Harry Balzer and The NPD Group have been tracking the eating and drinking patterns of Americans for nearly 30 years. Harry is the author of The NPD Group’s Annual Report Eating Patterns in America. More than 90 percent of the nation’s food and beverage manufacturers and restaurant operators rely on Harry and NPD data. He is widely known as a consistent information source on actual consumer eating habits. Harry received recognition from Self Magazine for being one of 25 Americans who has changed the way the nation eats, cooks and thinks about food. His television appearances include Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and CNBC. He has been extensively quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Time and Newsweek. Harry is a graduate of Duquesne University.

NPD conducts over 30 different on-going food-related consumer research studies including: what and where are Americans eating – at home or away from home?; what’s happening in the restaurant industry?; how many Americans are dieting and what kind of diets are they on? ; how often do Americans exercise?; what are people’s attitudes about health and nutrition?; how often do people cook and what appliances are being used more or less often?; which foods are gaining or decreasing in popularity for each meal?; and how do food safety concerns affect food consumption?

James Carville

James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville is America's best-known political consultant. He's renowned for his knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor's seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with wins in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the US Senate. He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and in 1991, Carville drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. His most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency. In recent years, Carville has focused on campaigns in more than 20 countries including leading Ehud Barak to victory in his campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel in 1999. He is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Buck Up, Suck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; Stickin': The Case for Loyalty; his children's book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost; and 2006's Take it Back. His latest book 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation was released in May 2009. Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. Carville is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN. He also serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.

 

Mary Matalin

Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. She served under President Ronald Reagan, was George H.W. Bush's Campaign director, was assistant to President George W. Bush, and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Matalin hails from Illinois and has always been politically active, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in Illinois. After graduating from Western Illinois University, she joined a re-election campaign for Illinois Lt. Governor David O'Neal, went on to Washington to work for the Republican National Committee, then attended Hofstra Law School, and later returned to the RNC as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign. After holding senior positions in the George H.W. Bush successful presidential campaign, she was appointed Chief of Staff to RNC Chairman, Lee Atwater. In 1992, President Bush named her deputy campaign manager for Political Operations. She traveled with President Bush throughout the 1992 campaign, and emerged as the defender of the President and his policies. Since then, Matalin has appeared frequently on television as a political commentator, securing a career in conservative media advocacy following decades of work in the GOP political trenches. She was a founding co-host of the CNBC's Washington-based political weeknight talk show Equal Time, which premiered in 1993. She has made numerous appearances on NBC's Meet the Press, the HBO series K-Street, and before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, hosted CNN's critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire. Matalin took her experience to the airwaves with her own three-hour radio program on the CBS Talk Radio Network - The Mary Matalin Show. Today, along with Arianna Huffington, she co-hosts the nationally-syndicated radio program Both Sides Now. Matalin is a widely respected and acclaimed author and serves as Editor at Large for Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster that has published authors from Vice President Dick Cheney to Karl Rove to Glenn Beck. Matalin also co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President with her husband, James Carville. The book was named one of the top 5 best books on public relations by The Wall Street Journal. Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters made both The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists. Matalin is a noted public speaker and sits on the boards of Tulane University's President's Council, The Academy of the Sacred Heart, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, serves as Visiting Distinguished Lecturer in political science at Loyola University New Orleans and is co-chair of the 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee alongside her husband, James Carville.