Ideation Conference 2019


Founders' Stories

September 11-13, 2019
San Diego, CA


Featured Speakers


Travis Mason

Vice President at Airbus
Formerly, Chief of Staff

Travis Mason is the Vice President for Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Airbus. where he works with the company’s global leadership and technical experts to bring emerging technology and new businesses like autonomous air taxis, on-demand helicopters, unmanned aircraft and much more to market. Prior to this position, he worked at Alphabet as the Chief of Staff for Google X Engineering, where he focused on public policy issues facing the company's advanced technology efforts in robotics, aviation, renewable energy and life sciences. His earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University, where he was recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, one of the country’s most prestigious undergraduate awards. He earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan and also studied at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Galbraith Scholar. In addition to his service on the Aspen Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Board, he serves on the board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy at Syracuse University. Having performed as a classical vocalist and pianist for much of his life, Travis is also an avid musician.


Blythe Hill

With a past career on Wall Street as a Vice President of Communications and Change Management, Em Sexton brings her ‘win them over’ know-how, delightful enthusiasm and every day wit to encourage others to use their influence for good. From Wall Street to the streets with no name, you can now find Em traveling in developing nations to find gorgeous new goods for her Downtown Raleigh, NC Boutique + online shop, The Flourish Market. She is an overly obsessed dog mom, a karaoke back up dancer aficionado, a business coach to women entrepreneurs, an unlikely Crossfitter, and an avid believer that every single person is worthy of influence.


Tyler Merrick

Founder of Project 7

Bio coming soon!


Tony B. Kim

CEO & Founder
Hero Within Store

As a blogger, host and designer, Tony B Kim is one of the most influential voices in the pop culture community. He has been writing about comic cons, media and fandom for over 10 years. Diversity within pop culture is one of his main passions and he champions for more representation in comics, TV and film. Tony is an entrepreneur and is CEO of geek fashion company Officially licensed by Marvel and DC Comics, Hero Within seeks to celebrate heroes and disrupt the pop culture fashion industry. He and his wife Erin have not only grown their family through adoption but they both advocate for the foster care system. (Twitter at @Crazy4ComicCon).


The Stories Behind the Principles

A lot has changed in the marketplace over the past 6 years since our last event in Chicago. We've seen the significant rise of social media, VR/AR, voice technology, gig/collaborative economy, work/life reimagination, social advocacy, and a thousand other disruptions that are reshaping our world.

We believe that bringing Ideation Conference back now is timely. We've been waiting for the right moment to create a unique value-adding experience for entrepreneurs navigating our new world. While there are many conferences out there focused on providing leadership principles for business, we think entrepreneurs need to hear more stories of fellow practitioners on how they are leading their businesses through this new frontier.

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Many of the innovative principles that have helped entrepreneurs successfully scale their businesses were shaped by key moments in their personal stories. All of these guiding principles that we read or hear about in magazines, books or keynotes were not discovered in a vacuum apart from a story (or two). Moments have shaped stories and stories provide the context that have birthed these principles over time.

The Ideation Conference is proud to present "Founders' Stories", an immersive 2.5 day experience designed specifically for founders and those who work closely with them. Come and experience life-giving stories and connections with fellow practitioners, purposeful insights into refining and scaling your work, and curated moments that will replenish and inspire your story.


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We've designed the Ideation Conference to be immersive, conversation-based (less talking-heads), and smaller in size so be sure to register now before space fills up. 


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