Ian Lee is the Co-Founder of Syndicate. Co-Founder of IDEO CoLab Ventures. He invests in blockchain, crypto, and Bitcoin startups.
Nicole Levinson is the Chief Marketing Officer of Audo, the game changing career building destination powered by AI and gamification. She is on a mission to help change lives for today’s young adults by creating the clearest motivating path to upskill and reskill.
Nicole is globally-recognized for her marketing and communications expertise spanning over 20 years of building iconic brands with a focus on lifestyle, hospitality, beauty, fashion, spirits, arts and automotive. Nicole has led innovation and change for such iconic brands as Marriott, LVMH, BlackBerry, Mercedes Benz, Warner Bros., Diet Pepsi and Bacardi and brand work on Art Basel, Veuve Clicquot and various start-up businesses.
Her expertise in digital marketing, traditional event marketing and public relations combined with years as a COO, allow her to tap into data and operational values that tell stories, bind teams together, create cult product status and drive top line growth.
Nicole has served as the Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and Partnerships for Playboy Club, New York, which included the oversight of the relaunch and repositioning of The Playboy Club during one of the most complex moments of the 20th Century, Me Too movement. Nicole successfully pivoted the Club to represent “Entertainment for ALL” versus the heritage of “Entertainment for Men” through very targeted communications, partnerships, events, digital and social marketing. With the advent of technology 20 years ago, Nicole’s marketing approach has always been to seamlessly embrace technology to enhance the customer experience. She is the master of the creative tool box: Partnerships, Communications, Events and Influencer/Celebrity marketing.
She has also held senior roles leading marketing, strategy and events as Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and Partnerships for Cachet Hotels and Resorts, an Asian hospitality brand; Chief Operating Officer for Hospitality House; Senior Vice President Marketing and Business Development for Fitz & Co; Vice President of Marketing, North America for LVMH and; Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Harrison and Shriftman.
Nicole also has a specialty in arts and culture having run Marketing and Business Development for both Sotheby’s and Christies earlier in her career, bringing her deep relationships in the multi-million dollar art and auction communities which today are also focused on social impact.
Nicole is a frequently invited speaker and panelist on brand building and female empowerment topics in career, advancement and mentorship. Recent engagements include Brand Innovator at Pepsi HQ, Columbia Business School’s Women In Business and CMO Insider Summit in Naples, FL.