Exploring Pixels and Possibilities: Understanding the Impact of AI on Shaping Media Narratives

Join us for a panel discussion with professionals in media and public relations to discuss the future of AI in the media industry.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dan Ackerman – Editor in Chief, Micro Center
  • Kevin Benoit – Founder and Executive Director, Parle Endeavors
  • Sweta Vikram – Communications and Mental Wellness professional, International Speaker, Best-selling Author, Ayurveda-based Health & Mindset Coach

Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Registration is a must to attend: REGISTRATION LINK

Editorial leader, journalist and author Dan Ackerman has extensive experience in content strategy and newsroom management. His latest venture is building out a robust consumer tech news and advice platform for iconic tech retailer Micro Center as the brand’s inaugural Editor-in-Chief.

Previously, as Editor-in-Chief of leading tech, culture and science publication Gizmodo, Dan led a newsroom of expert reporters producing highly-cited news and reviews and multi-platform video and social media content. Prior to that, he was a long-time Editorial Director at CNET, formerly the tech news division of CBS, and deeply involved in successful commerce-driven editorial projects.

As a broadcaster and industry expert, Dan Ackerman is a television, radio and podcast regular and longtime in-house technology expert on CBS Mornings, as well as an experienced on-camera talent. His New York Times-reviewed non-fiction book, The Tetris Effect (Hachette/Public Affairs), covers a tangled web of business deals in the Cold War Soviet Union and has been featured in Fortune, WIRED, Entertainment Weekly, the LA Review of Books and many other publications.

Meet Sweta Vikram, an accomplished Communications and Mental Wellness professional based in the vibrant city of New York. As an International Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Ayurveda-based health and mindset coach, Sweta is dedicated to empowering individuals to thrive on their own terms.

With a diverse background in both Eastern and Western nutrition/wellness, Sweta is an award-winning wellness changemaker. Her educational journey includes graduation from Columbia University and studying under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, credited for introducing Ayurveda to the US.

Sweta’s professional experience spans Corporate America, nonprofits, and startups, providing her with a unique perspective on the demands of work-life balance. Her advice is known for being relatable, accessible, and achievable. Clients describe her as inspiring, authentic, calming, and dependable. Despite her intense focus, Sweta’s clients often joke that she should consider a side gig as a stand-up comedian, attributing humor to Ayurveda’s cool tips for balanced living. Yet, the joke is on them, as Sweta rarely stays awake past 10 pm!

Recognized for her significant impact, Sweta has been voted “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times” and honored with the “Voices of the Year” award, a distinction shared with notable figures like Chelsea Clinton. Her career is devoted to writing, speaking (virtually during the pandemic), coaching, and teaching a holistic approach to creativity, health, and wellness.

Sweta extends her expertise to advising leaders, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals on critical mindset shifts for effective time management, thriving relationships, and stress reduction. Regardless of geographical location, she collaborates with clients globally, emphasizing the possibility of virtual collaboration. In the heart of New York City, Sweta Vikram is on a mission to help individuals design lives that truly work for them.

Kevin Benoit is a dedicated advocate for empowering the urban community for nearly two decades. His journey began as a college freshman in May 2004 when he founded Parlé Magazine, an entertainment-focused publication that not only showcased celebrities through interviews but also maintained a commitment to promoting literacy and the written word.

Throughout the years, Kevin has been actively involved with several nonprofit organizations, contributing his skills and passion to various roles within the dynamic landscape of New York City.

In his most recent endeavor, Kevin founded Parlé Endeavors, a platform through which he extends his commitment to the next generation. Through this initiative, he provides mentorship and financial support to young individuals who share his aspirations and remind him of his own journey. Simultaneously, Kevin continues to lead Parlé Magazine, ensuring that it remains a beacon of entertainment, literacy, and community engagement. With a focus on mentorship and ongoing contributions to the urban community, Kevin Benoit is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of young people and the city he calls home.