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2016 confirmed speakers

  • David Rose

    Entrepreneur, author and MIT Media Lab instructor

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    David Rose MIT Media Lab

    David Rose

    David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His new book, Enchanted Objects, focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. David is the CEO at Ditto Labs, an image-recognition software platform that scours social media photos to find brands and products. He also founded Vitality, which reinvented medication packaging, and Ambient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology: embedding internet information in everyday objects. His work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, WIRED, and The Economist, and parodied on the Colbert Report.

  • Evelyn Huang

    Helping creativity and analytics to work hand in hand

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    Evelyn Huang Capital One

    Evelyn Huang

    Evelyn Huang catalyzes organizational change by bringing human-centered design into the DNA of business and creativity into the heart of company culture. Her team engages in strategic projects across organizations, connecting the dots to create experiences customers love, designing scalable learning experiences to empower all employees to use design thinking mindsets in daily work. After beginning her career in private equity and later running a microfinance nonprofit program for immigrants and refugees, she now brings a hybrid approach to Change Banking for Good at Capital One. “Creativity and analytics go hand in hand,” she says. “Let’s work to bring them together.”

  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    Bringing compassion to content strategy and design

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    Sara Wachter-Boettcher Author, Design for Real Life

    Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    Sara Wachter-Boettcher (pronounced Wahk-ter-Bett-cher) is a consultant, author and editor focused on bringing compassion to content strategy and design. Her company provides strategic consulting and training to in-house teams for large financial services, software, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as a range of nonprofit associations and institutes. Her clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Home Depot, Trek Bicycle and Harvard. Until starting her own consultancy in 2011, Sara directed the content strategy practice and served on the senior management team at Off Madison Ave. Sara is also the author of two books, including Content Everywhere and Design for Real Life.

  • Scott Brinker

    Bringing order to the marketing and technology chaos

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    Scott Brinker Chief Martec

    Scott Brinker

    You really can’t talk about marketing technology without mentioning Scott Brinker, aka “Chief MarTec.” Editor of ChiefMarTec.com, chair of the hugely successful MarTech Conference, and creator of the Marketing Technology Landscape infographic, not to mention co-founder and CTO of Ion Interactive and author of the newly released book Hacking Marketing, Scott leads industry thinking on the evolving role of technology in marketing and brings a much-needed technologist’s perspective to discussions about digital customer experience. Scott is an entrepreneurial executive with broad experience at the intersection of technology and marketing, and he’s passionate about building agile, high-performance teams to bring to market imaginative products and services.

  • Nondini Naqui

    Helping people reach goals by meeting them where they are

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    Nondini Naqui Society of Grownups

    Nondini Naqui

    Nondini Naqui is an accomplished change agent who has worked within both large and small organizations to drive disruptive product and service innovation. Her experience within different industries ranges from financial services to nonprofits, including a start-up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Passionate about brand building and creating exceptional experiences within digital and physical spaces, Nondini says she took the road less-traveled to get to the financial realm, studying anthropology, Spanish, and business. After a tenure in consumer banking, she now serves as president and CEO of Society of Grownups. “It’s exciting to realize how much we can help people reach their goals by taking the time to meet them where they are,” she says.

  • Maggie Lang

    Contagious change agent shaking up the status quo

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    Maggie Lang Kimpton Hotels

    Maggie Lang

    Maggie Lang is a leader who is not afraid to take risks, go where few have gone before, and truly innovate, all while putting people first. Status quo is not her forte. She’s a highly effective and contagious thought leader and change agent, who is adept at designing, planning and managing unique marketing strategies anchored in innovation and analysis. Maggie is also known for driving real results while keenly balancing a focus on revenue as well as the voice of the customer. And she says the two can peacefully co-exist. “I don’t believe in business as usual,” Maggie says. “Let’s shake things up. Let’s be disruptors, change champions, beloved brands and upstream swimmers. Let’s think, advocate for and BE different.”

  • Tom Bennett

    Design thinker, instigator and synthesizer of big ideas

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    Tom Bennett Connective DX

    Tom Bennett

    As an experience strategist at Connective DX, Tom Bennett drives customer experience for clients, including business focus and strategy, experience visioning, and digital roadmapping. Tom acts as a change agent by building relationships with business, technology and product stakeholders to understand and forge alignment around business needs and customer insights as well as the competitive landscape. A master facilitator, Tom brings an intuitive understanding of human behavior and organizational culture to guide collaborative activities, masterfully eliciting and making sense of big ideas.

  • Jasmine Probst

    Natural dot-connector who thinks in narrative form

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    Jasmine Probst Facebook

    Jasmine Probst

    Jasmine Probst is a content strategist at Facebook, who describes herself as a “natural dot-connector who thinks in narrative form.” Jasmine works on products related to life’s big moments—from birthdays to the passing of a loved one—as well as multiple Facebook Creative Labs apps. She not only brings empathy to designing digital experiences, but also a human touch to business collaboration. “I happily collaborate with other strategic and creative minds to make products that people enjoy,” she says. “I remain mindful of the big picture while weaving together the details.” Prior to her adventure in Silicon Valley, Jasmine was an independent consultant focused on high-end real estate and lifestyle branding.

Past Speakers –View all past speakers
  • Zipcar
  • MailChimp
  • Intel
  • Zappos
  • Warby Parker
  • Simple

About the event

Delight brings together more than 400 business, design and technology professionals who are passionate about bringing exceptional experiences to life. The event fosters an intimate forum that introduces big ideas, encourages interactive discussions, and builds lasting connections. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary in 2016, we have some fun surprises in store—and much more info coming soon!

Subscribe to our bi-weekly for exclusive conference updates and stay connected year-round. Interested in becoming a Delight 2016 Partner? Learn more about our partnership opportunities. Or, email info@delight.us for more info.



Super early bird tickets on sale through May 31—buy now and save $200!

Conference pass

$699 (until May 31)
$200 savings

  • Full two-day pass
  • Parties & pub crawl
  • Breakout sessions

Group pass

$599 per person (until May 31)
$200 savings

  • Bring 4 or more and save
  • All the benefits of the conference pass
  • Learn and grow with your team

Intensive bundle

$899 (on sale soon)
$300 savings

  • Day-long workshops with industry leaders
  • Choose from three full-day options
  • More details coming soon!


Here’s an overview of what to expect at Delight, with details below.

Day 1: main event

Delight kicks off in the Portland Art Museum’s Grand Ballroom for an all-day, one-track session with leaders who are creating exceptional brand experiences. A lively mix of keynote and shorter, high-impact presentations will focus on core themes of innovation, design thinking and digital disruption.

The inspiration and ideas from Monday’s talks will spill over into evening activities and an opening night party.

Day 2: main event

Get out into the community and visit your choice of the most interesting and innovative workplaces in Portland. Part field trip, part workshop, you’ll get to learn from a wide range of organizations, which will open their doors and share their unique stories of success.

After lunch, we'll gather back at the Portland Art Museum for more great speakers and a closing toast to cap off a day of unique experiences.

Day 3: intensives

Put new inspiration and insight to work right away by adding one of three optional intensives to your package. These day-long workshops allow you to dig into the practical details you need to drive sustainable digital success in your organization.

Building on the enthusiastic response to our healthcare intensive in 2015, we’re adding two tracks focused on digital experience strategy and design leadership.

The venues

Delight venue for 2016

Portland Art Museum

Delight 2016 returns to the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom. Located in the heart of Portland's downtown cultural district, the museum is an impressive and inspiring space that embodies the vibrant energy of Delight.

Attendees will experience one of the city's most beloved landmarks through a unique lens. With plenty of parking and light rail just steps away, the museum is an ideal center point for the event.

The Nines

Downtown's historic Meier & Frank building is now home to The Nines hotel, where we’ll host our welcome reception and third-day intensives. With clever nods to its department store past, The Nines features sleek interiors, a great art collection, and one of Portland’s favorite rooftop decks.

We have a limited number of rooms reserved here at special Delight Conference rates. Book your room today on the hotel's conference portal.

Portland Paramount

Just a stone's throw from the Portland Art Museum and right across the street from bustling Director Park and the Fox Tower, the Portland Paramount offers a convenient home away from home during the Delight Conference.

We also have a block of rooms reserved here. To reserve your room please call 503-223-9900 and mention Delight. Or visit the Portland Paramount website and enter the group code: TDC.

Party like a lumberjack

Kick up your heels with fellow Delight attendees at some of Portland's favorite places, including the Doug Fir Lounge, where we’re hosting our Opening Night Party. Nothing says lumberjack chic like the Doug Fir, with its “futuristic log cabin” interior, antler chandeliers, and carved-log Sasquatch sculpture working the front door.

The night's entertainment will be Portland's own Karaoke from Hell, the live karaoke band that will get our party rocking. Don't let the name scare you. They play, you sing! You can choose from hundreds of songs, from AC/DC to ZZ Top. Want to know if they play your "go to" karaoke song? Just browse their song list.

We’re also planning lots of other fun activities before, during and after the conference, including our traditional pre-conference pub crawl and welcome reception at The Nines hotel. Look for more exciting announcements coming soon!

Doug Fir Lounge


The Delight Conference could not happen without the support of our event partners. From awesome keynotes and community field trips to parties and fun extras, our partnership opportunities offer a chance to connect with the Delight community through unique and memorable experiences. Interested in joining the movement? Download our partnership packet. Or, email info@delight.us for more information.