Insights on Tap: Future of Advertising & Communications

In Austin

“Insights on Tap: A Speaker Series” is an intimate conversation—or “bar stool” chat—hosted by Social Distillery, an Austin social media agency. We’ve invited local experts from a variety of industries to speak on pressing topics that affect our community, as well as, the world at large. Each conversation will provide an intimate look into a trending topic. The series will take place the third Wednesday of the month from July to November.

Insights on Tap: Future of Advertising and Communications

Future of Advertising & Communications | Wednesday, July 22, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | RSVP

Marketers have reached an exciting intersection of technology, data and design, but there’s still a long road ahead before we find the perfect mix of art and science. In a world of conversations, e-commerce and media, where does the advertiser fit and how can the master communicator design a message that will optimally engage his or her market?

It’s been predicted that every display will be an addressable medium likely to offer targeting down to an individual level. From Brand Strategist to Creative Director, how are today’s experts navigating this space? It’s our hope to dissect these opportunities and critically consider what this means for both the world of marketers and everyday people.


David Fossas, Head of Strategy & Planning, W2O Group

David Fossas Head Shot@DFossas has spent his career at the intersection of media, technology and creative businesses, engaging a variety of audiences from consumers to professionals to patients. He was early in the entertainment business to explore transmedia story-telling and has obsessed over audiences’ online behavior and content consumption across channels ever since.

Today, David leads Strategy & Planning at W2O Group – a multi-disciplinary team of brand strategists/account planners and social/digital strategists. David joined W2O Group in 2011. As a client partner, he focused on driving social business strategy and transformation across business functions such as marketing, public relations, customer service and operations to improve clients’ operational excellence and innovate communications practices. He played a critical role in delivering “right-time” data analytics to business leaders to enable insight-driven decisions with meaningful business outcomes.

David has deep experience leading cross-functional teams. His clients have spanned consumer, technology and healthcare organizations, including General Motors, Verizon, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Apollo Endosurgery and Galderma. Serving in strategic roles at Big Fuel Communications and Intrepid Pictures, David has an entrepreneurial background identifying market opportunities and launching strategic initiatives. Connect with David on LinkedIn.

Deirdre Walsh Head ShotDeirdre Walsh, Director of Corporate Marketing, Silicon Labs

@DeirdreWalsh is an award-winning marketer with 14+ years experience in leadership roles at technology companies. Currently, she is the director of corporate marketing at Silicon Labs, which provides energy-friendly silicon for a smarter, more connected world. Deirdre is obsessed with creating innovative campaigns that measurably impact the 4Rs: reputation, reach, relationships, and revenue. She has worked with amazing organizations including Jive Software, National Instruments, Hill & Knowlton, and the Texas Senate.

Deirdre has been published in several outlets, including the Harvard Business Review and Wall Street Journal, and has been a featured speaker at events like SXSW. Deirdre graduated with a bachelor of science in public relations and minors in business and English from The University of Texas.  She loves geeking out about IoT, travel, photography, food, live music, and sports. She lives in Austin with her partner and their two dogs. Connect with Deirdre on LinkedIn.

Jon Sander, General Manager, People Pattern

Jon Sander Head Shot@TheJonSander is a General Manager at People Pattern. People Pattern is a Software as a Service platform that supplies meaningful Audience Insights to the world’s biggest brands. Via semi-supervised machine-learned algorithms and natural language processing, People Pattern turns vast, messy public expression into actionable persona sets, helping brands gain an edge in the race to win, retain and serve customers.

Jon is a former agency guy who’s spent his most recent years immersed in the digital marketing and advertising world, working with brands like IBM, Samsung and CenturyLink. In his spare time, Jon explores the best hamburger and pie places in Austin, dabbles as an amateur farmer in his backyard and met his wife because of his fast typing skills. Connect with Jon on LinkedIn.


This event will be held at WeWork Austin, on Wednesday, July 22 from 6:30-8:00 P.M. There is a limited number of seats for this event. Please RSVP on EventBrite.

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