Telling Brand Stories Without A Compass

Live on Zoom - Wednesday, May 20th at 1:00PM PST

Delivering impactful stories is rooted in understanding how your audience is feeling and what they need from you. So how do you tell stories when emotions are so uncertain and unstable? How are brands gauging what kinds of stories their audience is ready for?  And how are they preparing for what’s next when “what’s next” is so hard to predict? It’s especially tricky in areas like money, health, and education. 



Hosted by

Danielle Dardashti Founder & CEO

dash. branded content

Danielle Dardashti founded dash. to help marketers tell more impactful stories. She is an Emmy award-winning documentary producer/writer, a former on-air TV reporter, the co-author of three published books, and has held leadership roles in branded content at Meredith Corporation and Tribune Publishing. Danielle is an advisor to brands on story strategy, video, podcasts, and interactive experiences. She leads corporate workshops on Strategic Storytelling, and provides one-on-one story coaching for executives. In 2019, Danielle took home the top prize at Brand Storytelling’s open mic competition at Elevate in Park City, Utah. She lives in White Plains, New York, with her husband and their two teenagers.


Alexa Christon

SVP of Brand


Alexa is currently the SVP of Brand at Pearson – the world’s learning company. Previously, Alexa served as the Head of Media Innovation at GE where she led award winning work including GE Podcast Theater, NY x GE VR and Fallonventions ongoing segment with The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Alexa has worked on brands such as Pepsi, Yahoo! and Time Warner Cable during her 15+ career in advertising and marketing.

As co-host of ADLANDIA, a bi-weekly podcast focused on the signals in the noise of the advertising/marketing industry, Alexa and co-host Laura Correnti challenge that “same ole'” thinking, address what’s in your feed, and highlight trends that haven’t hit the trades, or at least not quite in the same way. Each episode listeners will have a chance to meet some of the industry’s most inspiring talent and learn about the business models, ideas and obsessions they’re bringing to the booth.

Marcy Cohen

SVP Digital Communications


Marcy Cohen is Senior Vice President, Global Digital Communications at Mastercard. She is responsible for developing and implementing digital communications strategies to drive the company’s corporate reputation. She launched storylab, an in-house content studio infusing storytelling with creativity, color and authenticity. At the core of storylab is the Content Exchange, the company’s human centered storytelling site, launched during the Covid-19 pandemic. She conceived of the company’s first branded podcast, Fortune Favors the Bold about the role money plays in our lives. Prior to her current role she was head of social media at Sony Electronics where she led a team in developing and executing digital and social media initiatives for new product introductions and corporate brand initiatives.

Dana Gandsman

Senior Director, Reputation Communications, Pfizer Inc.

Dana currently leads communications to support Pfizer’s corporate reputation. This includes enterprise reputation measurement, corporate advertising, digital initiatives and colleague engagement activities.

Previously, Dana was responsible for product public relations for Pfizer Innovative Health where she oversaw global communications for several key brands in the portfolio, including Eliquis, Viagra and Chantix/Champix.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Dana worked at several public relations agencies where she supported global and US communications for a number of leading companies and brands in the pharmaceutical, consumer, OTC and non-profit sectors. Dana holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University.