Kirstine Stewart

Kirstine Stewart is the Head of Shaping the Future of Media and a Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum where she leads a team working with the CEOs, Chairs and other CSuite execs from more than 40 major global media companies including Google, Facebook, Tencent, NBCU, Bytedance and more. The team works with these media leaders to keep the industry on the leading edge in a disrupted marketplace. 

Kirstine first worked at the intersection of tech and media when she led the Media and Content Teams as VP North America for Twitter, transitioning after she built the fastest-growing Twitter ad sales office in the world, located in Canada. As VP Media in New York, Kirstine led teams driving content creation and business partnerships in News and Government, Entertainment, Music, and Sports. 

Before moving to Twitter, Kirstine was the Head of Canada’s national broadcaster the CBC. She is credited with reviving the public broadcaster by introducing such hit shows as Dragons’ Den, Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, and more, expanding CBC’s reach across TV and Radio and taking the Corp through a major digital transformation marked by the 2014 Olympics. 

Over her career, Kirstine held series of executive positions in Canada, and the US focused on the global expansion of US brands including leading Canada’s HGTV and Food network and management and programming 37 international channels for Hallmark with offices in Denver, Hong Kong, New York, and LA. 

Prior to her work at the Forum, Kirstine held C-suite positions at two successful tech startups, the most recent being digital transformation company TribalScale working with John Hancock and Emirates among other international Fortune 1000 companies. She has served on a number of public, private, and nonprofit boards and advisories including TheScore, WOW (Creators of Castlevania) PSP Investments, and Ryerson University’s DMZ. 

Kirstine is also the author of the bestselling leadership book published by Random House “Our Turn”.

3 words to describe Nature?

Overwhelming. Beautiful. Respect

3 things Nature taught you?

That there are literally things bigger than yourself. 

That humans are not in control. 

But that humans can do damage on a horrendous scale.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

The pitons of St Lucia

The Niagara escarpment

The Colorado Rockies

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Calm

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Inquisitive

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Trembling

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Alive

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Guttural

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Displaced

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Lake & river

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

Falling in the 16mile creek catching crawfish at school


Swan Sit

Swan Sit is an independent consultant specializing in digital, marketing and strategy. Having spent the past decade of her career accelerating digital into legacy companies, she held 2 key roles as a Vice President at Nike — overseeing Global Digital Marketing during the Emmy-winning “Dream Crazy” campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, and running Digital Operations, Product, Supply Chain and Service for a $3B e-commerce business during the Air Jordan 11 Concord launch, the largest in online history. She led digital at Revlon and Elizabeth Arden, using it to pull them out of a turnaround, and ran online strategy for Esteé Lauder, increasing their global footprint from 165 to 435 websites in 5 years. From modernizing 100-year-old brands and partnering with unexpected influencers like Chelsea Handler, Iris Apfel and Gigi Gorgeous, to launching augmented reality makeovers and driving double-digit growth, Swan has demonstrated both the left- and right-brain skills required for a marketer that drives revenue. She was selected as a Brand Innovators 40 under 40 and Marketing Woman to Watch, and took home both Best Social Campaign and Best in Show at the Glossy Awards. You might recognize her as one of the faces in Twitter’s national “She Inspires Me” campaign during the Oscars. 

Prior to beauty, Swan was a management consultant at Bain, owned an ad agency focused on emotional branding, was a product manager at Newell (she launched a factory in China during SARS) and created infamous marketing campaigns at Trilogy Software during the dotcom boom. Swan graduated with a BA in Economics from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia.

Swan does speaking engagements around the world on Marketing, Digital Transformation and Leadership in the Digital Age. She is a Board Director of a publicly-traded pharmaceuticals company, advises a variety of businesses and sits on the boards of industry and philanthropic organizations including AdWeek's Diversity and Inclusion Council, L2 Digital Think Tank, Women in Retail, Consumer Goods Technology Council, Impact Network, Foundation Rwanda and Worldview’s space think tank. Having traveled to 85+ countries, her favorites include Antarctica, North Korea, Mongolia, Rwanda, Bhutan, Myanmar and Tanzania for Kilimanjaro. She can often be found smashing a volleyball and chasing restaurant openings, or flying around on skis and horses - her two newest hobbies. 

3 words to describe Nature? 

Stilling. Wondrous. Challenging

3 things Nature taught you? 

Self-reliance

Humility

Interconnectivity

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Any ocean or summit

Antarctica

Palawan

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Alive, calm, emotional

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Fresh, awake, adventurous

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

Excited, nervous and... hot? :) I've ventured inside a (mostly) dormant one before

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Grateful, enchanted, like I should be grabbing my camera phone (though the pics never do it justice so we should just enjoy the show)

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Excited, full of anticipation, ready to dance

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

Cozy, cuddly and craving a fireplace 

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Ocean, which is odd because I can't even swim! But it hasn't stopped me from scuba diving, snorkeling, wake boarding... basically I'm willing to do anything that has air or floatation, but surfing still evades me. The ocean makes me feel alive and whole; living by it is a life-long dream for me

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

8... not necessary in a constant daily state, but periodic ventures to a coast or the top of a mountain, or even the smell of nature or the ocean resets my soul

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

When I was 4 years old, my father took me outside during a typhoon in Hong Kong. We didn't venture far - just out the front door - but I remember the howling wind and warm but slicing rain. And the indescribable smell of the storm I remember to this day. It was electric. I remember hanging onto my father's neck with both arms, my little body flapping in the raging wind. I was scared but also couldn't stop giggling. That's how I still feel going into all my adventures today.


Liza Gershman

Best-Selling Author and Winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Award (2018), Liza Gershman has nearly two decades of industry experience working in all facets of Commercial and Editorial photography and writing, including 12 published books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine stories. She specializes in Lifestyle, Food, and Travel. Her passion for people, culture and cuisine, has taken her to more than 51 countries and 47 U.S. States during her career.

Her 12th book, Cuban Flavor, has garnered many accolades, and has been featured on CBS, in National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, NPR and many additional local and national publications and radio shows. Liza was honored to speak for Talks At Google, and on the prestigious campuses of Twitter, Oracle, and Disney to name a few.

As a photographer and Art Director, she regularly teaches, writes and presents for celebrated companies: Creative Live and Canon USA. She was honored to nationally launch the 6D for Canon, and the T6. Prior to that she worked as the in-house Senior Digital Photographer for Williams-Sonoma and continues to freelance for clients such as Goldman Sachs, Hyatt Hotels, Restoration Hardware, Safeway, Party City, Getty Images, AirBnB, Visa. In 2010, Liza was Governor Jerry Brown's campaign photographer, and in 2014 was a photographer for the RedBull Youth America's Cup.

She has been a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle Travel Section, writing tips on top destinations for a monthly column called “5 Places”, and continues to write about travel, food and culture in articles and book form.

Many of Liza’s notable clients include celebrity chefs, restaurants, wineries, beverage brands, fashion brands, spas and hotels.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Beauty. Peace. Serenity

3 things Nature taught you? 

How to go into my inner self 

How to be still

How to observe

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

The Russian River in Sonoma County

The beaches of Nantucket 

The open skies of Wyoming

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Introspective

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Grounded and most like myself

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

In awe

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Lucky to be part of the world, inside of a painting

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Excited! I love a great storm as long as everyone is safe

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

Like getting under covers

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Forest and lakes first, then ocean, then desert, but I love all of it!!!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

11

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Canoeing down the river. That's my happiest activity. Smelling the ferns and mint and redwood trees all around.