Newsroom Reinvention Consultant

Amy is a member of the Newsroom Reinvention Team at McClatchy, the third-largest news publisher in the United States. A 20-year veteran of newspapers, Amy was named the #15 most influential woman in tech on Twitter by Business Insider and Peer Index and is sought-after for advice on how to navigate the social web. 

Amy is an advisor for NewsFundr and a board member for CiviliNation and was an inaugural inductee of the New Jersey Social Media Hall of Fam. She teaches social media and branding at New York University and has written for VentureBeat, The Next Web, and Esquire. She's been featured as an expert voice in a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, AdAge, and Politico.

Amy has spoken at conferences across North America, including SMX Advanced, SMX East, Inbound, #140Conf Montreal, SXSW Interactive, and others.

She is agnostic on the issue of the Oxford comma, is mother to two rambunctious boys, and is part owner of a photogenic Siberian Husky named Lumi.

Judging panel

Christina Connor

Global Product Lead
DoubleClick Search

Amy Vernon

Newsroom Reinvention Consultant

Lisa Barone

Chief Marketing Officer

Kelsey Jones

Senior Marketing Consultant, Founder

Purna Virji

Senior Manager of Global Engagement

Larry Kim

WordStream, Inc.

Kerry Dean

Chief Traffic Officer

Ryan Jones

SEO Director

Andy Betts

Executive and CMO Advisor - VP of Content and Communications

Mark Irvine

Sr Data Scientist

Mike Grehan


Simon Heseltine

Vice President of Search

Rich Maraschi

VP, Advertising Products
YP, The Real Yellow Pages

Stephan Bajaio

VP, Professional Services