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The Interact Conference is a fun, fast-paced event designed by and for digital marketers, now with a second day! Workshop Day features in-depth, objectives-based workshops with actionable takeaways and advice. Then, on Conference Day, you’ll experience a day full of talks and insights on content marketing, social media, search, analytics and all-things-interactive.

Workshop Day

A day dedicated to deep learning with hands-on approaches to in-demand digital marketing skills.

Main Conference Day

The big day brings keynote speakers to the stage addressing top industry trends, along with breakout sessions, networking opportunities and more.

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Andrew & Pete

Andrew and Pete are the content marketing duo who help businesses create shareable content that builds brands people love. They have a YouTube show called Marketing Unboringed, a membership site for small businesses called ATOMIC, and they’ve authored two books, “The Hippo Campus,” and “Content Mavericks.” They have been featured on Social Media Examiner, Entrepreneur on Fire, Convince and Convert, Kim Garst, Inc., and Huffington Post.

Pam Didner

Pam Didner is a marketing consultant, writer, speaker and author of two books: Global Content Marketing and Effective Sales Enablement. Her forte is creating successful global marketing plans that meet local marketing and sales team’s needs. She shares marketing thoughts at pamdidner.com and contributes articles to The Guardian, Huffington Post, Content Marketing Institute, and more. Pam is a highly-rated speaker at Content Marketing World, having spoken every year since the event’s inception.

Andy Crestodina

Andy Crestodina is a top-rated presenter and keynoter at national conferences. He is a co-founder and the Strategic Director of Orbit Media, an award-winning digital agency in Chicago. Together with the team at Orbit, Andy organizes Content Jam, Chicago's largest content marketing conference. Andy is also the author of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing, and has written hundreds of articles on content strategy, search engine optimization, social media and analytics.

April Dunford

April Dunford is the CEO of Ambient Strategy, where she helps technology companies make complicated products easy for customers to understand and love. She is a globally recognized expert in positioning and market strategy. April is an angel investor, board member, and advisor to dozens of startups and the author of the upcoming book, “Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It.”

Adam Deardurff

Adam Deardurff is the UX Practice Manager at Insight Digital Innovation in Columbus, OH, where he helps businesses understand user needs and create experiences that deliver value. From exploring emerging technology to improving core business software, he drives innovation for global brands to startups. He is active in the tech community as a speaker, educator, leader and mentor.

Nadya Khoja

Nadya Khoja is the Chief Growth Officer at Venngage Infographics. Upon realizing that her decision to pursue a theatre degree would lead to a life of little to no financial growth, Nadya decided to complete a Master’s Degree in Digital Media. She has written for and been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Next Web, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Wired and CBC News, and consults on growth strategy at thisisnadya.com.

Mary Garrick

Mary Garrick leads brand practices at Upward Brand Interactions. In her role, she combines creative forces with behavioral- and evidence-based analysis to bring her clients closer to their customers and bring the right customers to her clients. She speaks about audience research and persona development at marketing events across the country.

Nicole Spears

Nicole E. Spears is a senior content strategist at Upward Brand Interactions. She's passionate about translating her clients' mission to resonate with audiences across digital platforms, particularly using social media advertising and community management. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland.

Matt Hertig

Matt Hertig is the CEO and co-founder of Alight Analytics, which helps the nation’s biggest brands and agencies build confidence in the value of their marketing. ChannelMix – Alight’s data aggregation and management platform – has completely transformed multichannel marketing analytics. Before launching Alight, Matt led multichannel marketing strategies and database marketing systems for companies such as AMC Theatres, American Century Investments and Payless ShoeSource.

John Fimiani

John Fimiani is partner and brand strategy director at Upward Brand Interactions. He has more than 35 years of experience shaping B2B and consumer brands. John’s energizing and insightful keynotes have received top ratings by Interact conference attendees for six years running.

Stephanie Cox

Stephanie Cox is Vice President of Marketing for Lumavate, an Indianapolis-based tech startup, where she's responsible for branding, digital marketing, demand generation, PR, content marketing, and thought leadership. She has previously worked for Project Lead The Way, One Click Ventures, Salesforce, ExactTarget, Ingersoll Rand, August Mack Environmental, and Walker Information. She is the host of Mobile Matters, Lumivate's new podcast.

Scott Mowery

As Senior Director of Digital Operations, Scott Mowery manages Cleveland Clinic’s site content maintenance, user experience, patient acquisition, SEM and web analytics initiatives. His team has helped drive record online traffic and patient volume, search engine visibility and revenue for the nation’s #2 ranked hospital. Scott has more than 20 years of digital and content marketing experience and previously managed all paid and organic search engine marketing efforts at American Greetings and OfficeMax.

Leah McDougald

Leah McDougald is a quantitative researcher and strategist from Columbus, Ohio. With 15 years of design research experience and a background in Sociology, she helps her customers unite inclusive research efforts with business strategy initiatives. Leah is a seasoned presenter and has spoken at SXSW, mentored local startups and guest lectured at schools including AC4D and The Ohio State University.



  • Each year, the Interact Conference provides the fuel needed to make an impact on our business... We soak up as much as possible, then come back ready to incorporate all of the key tactics and strategies we have learned. It is an invaluable experience in every way - and gets better every year.

  • Interact brings inspiration and passion to marketers of all levels. It provides knowledge and new perspectives to challenge marketers to grow their thinking and feel passionate about their influence in the world.

  • I have attended the Interact conference for two years now and each time I have walked away with valuable insight into how to more effectively reach our digital marketing goals. The speakers are knowledgeable and the attendees are eager to learn and network.

    Thank you to our 2019 conference sponsors.

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