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GS1 Connect: Ascend | June 5-7, 2023 | Denver, Colorado

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Keynote Speakers


Marc Randolph

Entrepreneur Speaker, Netflix Co-Founder, National Bestselling Author, Executive Mentor & Angel Investor

Tuesday, June 6, 12:00 PM-12:45 PM MT

Marc Randolph shares the unlikely story of how a handful of dreamers with no money and a bad idea created the company that eventually changed the world. As co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, Marc laid much of the groundwork for a service that's grown to over 200 million subscribers and fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. Join us as he shares stories of successful and unsuccessful tech ventures as an entrepreneur spanning four decades. He's mentored hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs and, as an investor, has helped seed dozens of successful tech ventures (and just as many unsuccessful ones). Marc is also the author of the internationally best-selling memoir, "That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea."

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Bob Carpenter

President and CEO, GS1 US

Tuesday, June 6, 4:45 PM-5:30 PM MT
As President and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 US®, Bob Carpenter leads the company’s strategic direction, including business solutions, education and training programs, industry initiatives, and community engagement focused on driving broader adoption and use of GS1 Standards. With more than two million customers across 150 countries globally, GS1 Standards for unique, persistent identity from product origin to disposition represent a critical foundation for today’s connected commerce and the technologies available to industry.
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Fast Company and GS1 US Present:

The Future is Frictionless: Building the New Ecosystem of Commerce

Wednesday, June 7, 12:00 PM-12:45 PM MT

As COVID-19 disrupted the foundations of commerce as we know it, it also accelerated consumer demand for more convenient and seamless shopping experiences. Three years later, this demand has become an expectation, and retailers are turning to innovative solutions and standards to try to achieve flawless fulfillment for every product in every channel. In this engaging panel discussion, Fast Company will partner with GS1 US to bring brand owner and retailer futurists to GS1 Connect to debate if “frictionless” is an overambitious dream or a soon-to-be-seen digital ecosystem of commerce. Hear how cutting-edge innovation, mind-bending technologies, and the sobering need for standardized data interplay in figuring out the solutions for tomorrow’s frictionless marketplaces.

Fast Company & GS1 US Present:

The Panelists

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Stephanie Mehta (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures

Stephanie Mehta is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. and Fast Company. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Fast Company, where she oversaw digital, print, and live journalism. Under her leadership, Fast Company was a National Magazine Award finalist in design for three years in a row, and the title added two new annual conferences. She has worked as a writer and editor at Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Media, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mehta sits on the boards of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Women’s Forum of New York, and Airbel Impact Lab, the research and innovation arm of the International Rescue Commission.

Mehta began her career as a business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a BA in English and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two children in Scarsdale, New York.

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Melanie Nuce-Hilton

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, GS1 US

As Senior Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, Melanie Nuce-Hilton leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships, and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards. Ms. Nuce-Hilton oversees the exploration of collaboration opportunities to help businesses leverage emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and computer vision, to address multiple business process challenges, such as autonomous retail and circular economy.

Additional panelists will be announced soon!

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