The InHOWse speaker roster is made up of veteran in-house managers—battle-tested optimists who’ve fought the good fight to keep their creative teams engaged, inspired, and working to their highest potential in the face of unique in-house challenges. Check out their complete bios below.


InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker David C. Baker

David C. Baker


ReCourses, Inc.

Nashville, TN
David C. Baker has been consulting the creative field since 1994, having worked with 650+ firms around the world. He’s spoken at every major convention and written for every major publication. His work has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, CBS Business Network, MarketingProfs and BusinessWeek.  He has also written three well-received books.


InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen

Principal and Lead Consultant

Cohen Miller Consulting

East Brunswick, NJ
Emily Cohen, co-partner of Cohen Miller Consulting (CMC), has consulted with design firms and in-house corporate creative departments for more than twenty years. Together with her partner Jennifer Miller, CMC consults with corporate and institutional in-house creative and marketing teams to improve operational effectiveness by combining best-practice insights with solid benchmark data. Emily served on the board of advisors of InSource, on the AIGA In-House task force and as secretary of the AIGA/NY board of directors. Emily is a frequent speaker on business-related issues for the creative industry and has spoken at the RGD, HOW, MYOB and InHOWse Conferences, as well as at numerous AIGA events.

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InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Tim Cox

Tim Cox

Director of Creative Strategy

Publix Super Markets

Lakeland, FL
Tim Cox is the director of creative strategy for Publix Super Markets, where he leads the in-house creative team on brand expression. Their work includes, among other things, print and digital communications, package design and retail environments for Publix.
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InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker riCardo crespo

riCardo crespo

SVP, Global Creative Chief, FCP

Twentieth Century Fox

Los Angeles, CA
riCardo crespo is an ambassador of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and serves as svp, global creative. Prior to joining Twentieth Century Fox, riCardo held several leadership positions, including executive creative posts at Mattel, Inc. and notable advertising icons such as McCANN ERICKSON, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Bozell Worldwide. He is a frequent contributor on design methodologies and the strategic value of creative+design in the branding development process, and also serves on the advisory board of the AC Collective at accidentalcreative.com.

InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Andy Epstein

Andy Epstein

The BOSS Group

Princeton, NJ
Andy Epstein is a veteran in-house design manager, having created and grown in-house design teams for Commonwealth Toy and Gund before restructuring and growing the 100-person creative team at Bristol-Myers-Squibb. Most recently, he led an in-house design team at Designer Greetings, a greeting card company, developing the company’s product and point-of-sale materials. Andy is now working for The BOSS Group managing a 40+ multi-disciplinary managed-services in-house team at Merck Pharmaceuticals.
Andy has written and spoken extensively on in-house issues, and was the co-founder of InSource, an association dedicated to providing support to in-house designers and design-team managers. He edits and contributes to the HOW InHOWse blog, published The Corporate Creative with HOW Books and is currently heading up AIGA’s in-house INitiative.
InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Grant McCracken

Grant McCracken

Research Affiliate


Norwalk, CT
Grant McCracken holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in cultural anthropology. He is the author of Culture and Consumption, Culture and Consumption II, Plenitude, Big Hair, The Long Interview, Flock and Flow, Transformations and most recently, Chief Culture Officer. He has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and he is now a research affiliate at C3 at MIT. He has consulted widely in the corporate world, including the Coca-Cola Company, Campbell Soup, IBM, IKEA, Sesame Street, Chrysler, Kraft and Kimberly Clark. He is a weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review Conversation and his new book, Culturematic, will be published by the Harvard Business Review Press in 2012.

InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Mark McGuinness

Mark McGuinness

Creative Business Coach

Lateral Action

London, UK
Mark McGuinness is a business coach and trainer specializing in work with creative professionals. He helps organizations get the best out of creative workers by addressing their specific motivations and optimal working conditions. He is also the author of two popular blogs about creativity and business:

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InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Cohen Miller Consulting

Dallas, TX
Jennifer Miller has been a consultant and creative professional for more than 20 years, with a diverse background as a designer, creative director and interactive design team leader. She has helped clients such as Target, Staples, LLBean, and Texas Instruments expand their creative teams’ capacity by optimizing their processes, finding the best use of technology and planning and aligning their resources.

She joined forces with Emily Cohen in 2009 to create Cohen Miller Consulting, and is also founding member of the Texas Roundtable for In-House Business Effectiveness, a regional forum of managers who share best practices and ideas on managing in-house creative organizations.

InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Stefan Mumaw

Stefan Mumaw

Creative Director, Purveyor of All That Rocks

Callahan Creek

Overland Park, KS
Stefan Mumaw is the creative director and purveyor of all that rocks at Callahan Creek. He has authored five books, the most recent being Chasing the Monster Idea, which examines the shared characteristics between truly monstrous creative ideas. He also co-authored Caffeine for the Creative Team and Caffeine for the Creative Mind with Wendy Lee Oldfield. He has spoken at numerous creative industry gatherings and has been known to embarrass himself and those around him if given the opportunity.

InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Jackie Schaffer

Jackie Schaffer

Vice President & General Manager

Cella Consulting

Jackie Schaffer, vice president and general manager of Cella Consulting, is a former in-house leader who has consulted for teams of all sizes, including Fortune 500 clients, government entities, and educational institutions. Cella helps creative leaders and their teams identify and execute strategic priorities, so they can increase their effectiveness and focus on creating high-quality creative. Cella is a co-author of the In-House Creative Services Industry Report and authors weekly blogs on business operations topics pertinent to the role of creative leaders.

InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker Dyana Valentine

Dyana Valentine

Santa Monica, CA
Dyana Valentine has spent the past 12 years instigating entrepreneurs and teams to complete seemingly impossible projects—we’re talking major brand overhauls, six-figure product launches and full-fledged manuscripts. She serves up straight-from-the-hip advice in online magazines and columns all over the ’net. In a past life, she was an idiot-savant microsurgery tech, worked for the Olympic Games organizing committee, and was personally approached by the FBI with a recruitment invitation (for classified reasons) on two separate occasions.