Amy Webb is a professional disruptor (that’s a good thing!). She leads a brilliant team that advises a worldwide client base of Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, media organizations and foundations.
Amy is CEO of Webbmedia Group (http://www.webbmediagroup.com), a digital strategy agency that focuses on near-term emerging technology trends. She and her team help Webbmedia Group’s clients prepare for future business disruption using research, ideation and a vast knowledge of digital media. Recently, her team worked with American Express to re-imagine the future of credit cards on mobile phones and the City of Chicago to redesign, in every aspect, a modern library system for the 21st century.
Amy holds many professional affiliations and collaborates with a number of institutions. Amy is the co-founder of Spark Camp, a 501(c)(3) invite-only series of conversations that brings together the brightest minds in media and technology once each quarter. She is a former Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and has been a Lecturer at the Columbia University Sulzberger Program at the Graduate School of Journalism since it began in 2007. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and serves on a number of advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator, Temple University’s Journalism Program, TheLi.st, International Center for Journalists and International Press Institute. She is a Delegate on the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission and has served as one of the Knight News Challenge judges. Amy is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group) and helps judge the Emmy awards. She writes the “Data Mine” column for Slate.com.
Amy's work has been recognized with awards and nominations from the Columbia Journalism Review, Webby, Editor & Publisher, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, W3 and IAVA, among others. She originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and later graduated with a B.A. in political science. She also has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Additionally, Amy earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently. In the past, Amy has served on the adjunct faculty at University of Maryland, Temple University, Tokyo University and University of the Arts.
Amy began her career as a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She has contributed to the New York Times, NPR, Economist and many publications and broadcast shows. She appears regularly as a commentator, and is a keynote/ featured speaker at conferences and industry gatherings around the world.