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Friday, April 8, 2017

8:15 a.m. -9:15 a.m.

Marian Salzman

Named one of the world’s top five trendspotters, Marian Salzman has created numerous successful consumer campaigns, the most famous of which are launching the metrosexual to create a marketplace for SAB Miller’s Peroni, Pepsi’s “It’s Like This,” and “It’s America Online.”

One of the most honored women in public relations in the U.S., Marian leads Havas PR’s Rhode Island Commerce Corporation account; the agency is one of three teams chosen to develop and deploy the state’s new tourism brand.

Before heading Havas PR, Marian served as CMO at Porter Novelli, CMO at JWT Worldwide and CSO at Havas Worldwide. She lived and worked in The Netherlands in the early stages of her career. In addition to her widely reported-on annual trends forecast, plus 15 books she has authored or co-authored (many of which are published in more than a dozen languages), Marian currently writes for the Huffington Post and, among other places.

She served on the board of directors of the Bob Woodruff Foundation for most of the last decade, is a director of Venture for America and is the executive chair of Tucson Values Teachers. Marian also sits on the advisory board of several startups in Austin, New York City and Phoenix.

Marian graduated from Brown University with top honors and wrote her honors thesis on the sociology of education. She has served on various alumni boards and has been a mentor to Brown Women in Business since 2006.

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