A REFRESHINGLY WARM & INSIGHTFUL KEYNOTE SPEAKER | A PROLIFIC PODCAST HOST & DIRECTOR.
From Google to HubSpot to Startups & VC...
Throughout his career, Jay's been a prolific creator, entertaining storyteller, and a guy who's just plain bothered by conventional wisdom.
Jay has delivered keynotes to audiences ranging from 40 global brand executives to 400 fire chiefs to 4,000 fired up marketers. The commonality: They all expect better of themselves and their teams.
“Where are they willing to go that their peers are not?”
That’s the question we should ask to really understand someone. Jay Acunzo is willing to go to a pretty emotional place when talking about the working world. His unique blend of warmth, indignation, humor, and, yes, some very big emotions, helps Jay provide what audiences have called “a sense of wonder about work” and “the knowledge of how the unconventional path can be the smart one." One attendee called Jay's keynote "the best talk I've seen in more than 25 years going to conferences."
Jay Acunzo is waging war on commodity work. As a digital media strategist at Google, Jay was responsible for pushing marketing executives and practitioners into the digital age more rapidly, in ways that benefitted both companies and careers. He held multiple leadership positions at high-growth tech startups, including Head of Content at HubSpot, and served as Vice President of Brand and Community at the venture capital firm NextView. On the side, Jay created the award-winning podcast, Unthinkable, and co-founded Boston Content, the northeast's largest community of content creators, with over 2,000 members.
Jay’s work has been cited in courses at Harvard Business School and by writers at the New York Times, the Washington Post, FastCompany, Forbes, and more. He’s been called a “creative savant” by Salesforce and was named to the city of Boston’s “50 on Fire” list.
After relocating to New York, Jay founded Unthinkable Media, which works with fast-growing startups and challenger brands to create entertaining B2B podcasts. In a world where “storyteller” has become a buzzword, Jay understands how to actually tell great stories -- stories that entertain, surprise, teach, and above all, push people beyond conventional wisdom so they can do their best work.
"An original thinker and must-see speaker."
- Joe Pulizzi, CEO, Content Marketing Institute
"A savant in all things creativity."
"We'd have Jay back in a heartbeat!"
- Michael Beahm, Senior Manager, Blackbaud
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Jan 16 // McGraw-Hill Marketing Webinar // Digital event
Jan 26 // James Hardie Contractor Summit // Miami, FL
Feb 1 // The Branded Content Event // Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 13 // ZoomInfo Creativity Webinar // Digital event
March 6 // Children's Hospitals Week // Orlando, FL
April 9 // Emma's Marketing United // Nashville, TN
May 9 // Creativity in Marketing // Digital event
June 5-7 // Experience Inbound // Milwaukee, WI & Green Bay, WI
June 19 // Growth Acceleration Summit // Boston, MA
June 20 // Boston Content @ Fidelity // Boston, MA
June 21 // Unleash leadership summit // Boston, MA
August 17 // Society for Marketing Professional Services // San Diego, CA
September 4-7 // Content Marketing World // Cleveland, OH
September 20 // Private Client Event // Minneapolis, MN
October 21 // DrivingSales Executive Summit // Las Vegas, NV
"Smart, funny, and entertaining. Jay is the speaker you hope you'll get when you settle into your seat."
- Doug Kessler, Co-founder & Creative Director, Velocity Partners
"Enlightens and motivates the audience. Jay is really onto something."
- Leah Peterson, EVP, SEN Design Group