In an age when audiences and customers alike demand that the social platforms they use align with their beliefs, Pinterest has demonstrated time and again what leading with your values looks like. In this opening fireside, Pinterest CCO Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson will chat with Ragan Editor-in-chief Justin Joffe about how some of the platform’s boldest initatives and partnerships were borne from its culture and commitment to do right by employees and users alike.
Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson
Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson is an executive leader with a vast history of building and overseeing strategic communications, marketing, business development and operations functions at high-profile organizations. Her expertise spans the corporate, technology, government and entertainment sectors. Thompson is currently Chief Communications Officer at Pinterest, setting the communications vision and strategy as the platform, which currently reaches hundreds of millions of Pinners around the world, continues to evolve and grow. She oversees all aspects of corporate, internal, international, consumer and product communications as well as public affairs and strategic planning. Thompson was previously the Director of Global Communications and Media Relations for Walmart and the Director of External Affairs for Caesars Entertainment. Preceding these roles, she served as Communications Director for the Hillary for America campaign. She also returned home earlier in her career to serve as the first Director of Federal Relations for Jackson State University after working for several members of the United States House of Representatives.
Manager, Strategic Programming
Justin Joffe is the Manager of Strategic Programming at Ragan Communications. At Ragan, Joffe produces content and conference, webinar and workshop agendas including the company's annual Social Media Conference at Disney World. He currently contributes articles, including the publication's Daily Scoop. Joffe is also a freelance journalist and communications writer specializing in the arts and culture, media and technology, and ad tech beats. Before joining the Ragan team, Joffe worked for Muck Rack, PR News, and The Observer. Additionally, his writing has appeared in several publications including Vulture, Newsweek, Vice, Relix, Flaunt, and many more. You can find him on Twitter @joffaloff.