Organizers

Robin Raskin

Founder and President

Robin Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and founder of Living in Digital Times, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like, and is happiest when she’s looking in awe at the role that technology plays in all of our lives.

An early champion of the digital lifestyle, Raskin has brought her unique perspective on technology to audiences around the world. Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and editor in chief of FamilyPC. She served as Vice President at Ziff Davis Publishing, and she was one of the founding advisors at Yahoo! Tech. Raskin has been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Raskin was a regular contributor to CBS News and appeared regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, Lifetime and other networks. She’s served at the National Academy of Science and has testified numerous times in Washington to protect children in the digital age. Today she writes for Mashable and Huffington Post, and serves as the voice of Living in Digital Times as a frequently quoted expert.

In 2007, Raskin entered into a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to produce conferences and events focusing on lifestyle applications for emerging technologies. From its toe-tipping beginning, Living in Digital Times has grown to encompass six different lifestyle-meets-technology events at the International CES: Kids@Play, MommyTech, HigherEd Tech, Silvers Summit, Digital Health, and FashionWare, She also created and produced The Last Gadget Standing (now in its 14th year) and The Mobile Apps Showdown, both wildly popular events at CES. Raskin serves on numerous Boards of Advisors including the CEA Foundation, and the Cyclic Vomiting Association.

Raskin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop-in-now-and-then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

Linda Nessim-Rubin

COO and Managing Partner

Linda Nessim-Rubin is the Founder of Design Concepts DMC, a production company hosting corporate events, tradeshows, and summits; and is also a partner in Living in Digital Times, which focuses on promoting technology relevant to particular lifestyles.

Before starting Design Concepts DMC, Linda completed an 18-year stint as Executive Vice President of Communications and Branding for The Princeton Review, Inc., a leading provider of education services and products with more than 200 publications and 150,000 students worldwide. In her role, Linda was responsible for overseeing all public relations, market research, marketing communication efforts, branding, and Human Resources for the company.

Throughout the years, Linda has become adept at providing amazing experiences for her clients, whether it be an Elvis-themed birthday weekend in Las Vegas, a floating barge party through the Panama Canal, or leading an exclusive tour for 50 people to Peru. Her negotiating skills have made many a banquet manager weep and many a client dance with glee. With nearly 20 years of professional experience in the marketing of cutting-edge educational products, Linda has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

Joel Rubin

CFO

Joel E. Rubin spent twenty three years with The Princeton Review, a publicly-traded educational services company. His most recent position was as Senior Vice President and COO of the Test Preparation Division, where he oversaw all business operations for the network of 54 field offices in the US and Canada. With the company since 1987, he also worked with the company as a franchise operator and owner, Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Financial Systems. Joel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Joel lives in New Jersey, where he serves as a publicly elected member of the Norwood Board of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln College of New England.

Jill Gilbert

Producer Digital Health Summit and Exhibit

Entrepreneur Jill Gilbert has spent her multifaceted career – from product and e-commerce strategist to publisher to producer of breakthrough technology trade shows and popular Hollywood films – sharing people-focused stories, information, trends, and insights with a wide variety of audiences. She is co-producer of the Digital Health Summit, the annual adjunct to the Consumer Electronics Show that showcases new technologies that are revolutionizing the practice and business of medicine.

Previously, she was Vice President of E-Commerce at Caring.com, where she headed up the company’s e-commerce channel and was responsible for industry relations. Prior to Caring.com, Jill was a co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, a company that paired practical, expert advice and information with the first comprehensive national directory covering the entire continuum of senior care. Before founding Gilbert Guide, Jill served as Vice President of Production and Development at Love Spell Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.

Additionally, she worked on motion picture productions at Disney and MGM, including Mulholland Falls, Sister Act (I and II) and What’s Love Got to Do with It. Jill is a talented speaker, having presented at CES’ SilverSummit 2009; in 2009 and 2010 she spoke at the American Society on Aging annual conference; in 2011 she will speak at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit. She also serves on the board of the Aging Technology Alliance and is a member of the Business Leadership Council in San Francisco. Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a BS in Business Administration.
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Julie Sylvester

Co-Producer of the Sports Fitness and Outdoors Summit and Exhibit Co-Producer FashionWare

Julie is on the surface a gym rat but underneath a couch potato. Always looking for the latest technology gadget or training aid that will help her spend less time in the gym and more time on the internet playing video games* while still maintaining the status quo. She started a career in the theatre by relocating from the Midwest to the East Coast and eventually ended up in New York. Her production company Julie & Friends produces private and corporate events as well as fundraisers. She is on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Co-Chair for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the League in 2012.

Kerry Goldstein

Producer Higher Ed Tech Summit

Kerry Goldstein is passionate about education and spreading the word about those individuals, companies, and organizations making a difference. As the Producer of TransformingEDU (formerly HigherEdTECH) she is responsible for creating the conference program and exhibitor area that highlight K-20 educational innovation. Kerry brings over 20 years of strategic marketing, product, and promotion experience with educational companies and organizations, many of whom have been at the forefront of the digital education revolution. Before joining TransformingEDU, Kerry served as Chief Marketing Officer for Cambium’s Voyager Learning division, a leading provider of preK-12 print- and tech-based reading and math intervention solutions. Prior to that, Kerry was part of the higher ed online learning boom, serving as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development at American College of Education. As Regional Vice President for the test preparation division at The Princeton Review, she led regional marketing and operations for the company’s print and online programs.

 

Warren Buckleitner

Director – Kids@Play Summit

Warren joins Living In Digital Times as the director for the Kids@Play Summit that will be presented at CES in January 2010. Born the same year as BF Skinner’s teaching machine (1958), Warren Buckleitner has been reviewing children’s technology products for over half of his life. After five years in the classroom and ten years at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, he established Children’s Technology Review earning him SIIA’s First Journalism Codie Award for “Best Software Reviewer.” He is an advisor to Consumer Reports WebWatch and teaches both at NYU and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times Circuits page, and writes for Parents, PARADE, Disney Family, Scholastic Parent & Child and others. Buckleitner holds a BS in Elementary Education , an MS in human development and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University. He is the founder of the Dust or Magic Institute and the Mediatech Foundation.

Debbie Dickman

Sales and Operation, MommyTech Summit

One of the most sought after planners in the tri-state area, Debbie has the unique ability to transform an idea into a truly one-of-a-kind event. Her outgoing personality and warmth coupled with her “hands-on” approach assures her clients of a wonderful planning experience and a truly memorable outcome!
Before joining Living in Digital Times and Design Concepts, Debbie spent 11 years as a pharmaceutical group Account Supervisor. Debbie has a real estate license and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She is the mother of a beautiful 18 months baby boy.

Abby Kanarek

Director of Operations LIDT and Mobile Apps Showdown

Abby Kanarek, Vice President of Operations at Living in Digital Times, has never met a showroom floor or conference schedule hard enough to bring her to her knees. . With almost twenty years of experience in conference and event planning, her organizational skills are exceptional – bordering on psychotic – which make her well-equipped to coordinate the Living in Digital Times exhibitor space, conferences, and competitions for the seventh year.

In her previous life, Abby worked for many years in the field of education. In addition to teaching test preparation classes, she has written materials to help prepare students for state grade-level tests, Advanced Placement tests, and college entrance tests for The Princeton Review. She’s also been a lobbyist, a legislative aide, a bank designer, a bicycle salesperson, a private college counselor, a graduate student, a law school student, and a two-time winner of the Balls and Strikes Rotisserie Baseball League. Abby currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Lincoln College of New England. She holds an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

Brian Page

Mobile Apps Showdown

Brian is a technology consultant born and raised in New York. His current projects include Macintosh Consulting for MacNRG and Media Consulting for his own company, Old Dog. Spending his day maintaining one of the biggest XSAN production environments on the east coast, Brian lives and breaths tech. Having owned every iPhone since its release in 2007 and testing almost every app available, he truly is a mobile apps guru. When he’s not fixing, consulting or installing, you can usually find Brian watching the Yankees or the Giants and playing with his dog, Elvis. You can more about him at about.me/bpage

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