Vanessa DiMauro is CEO of Leader Networks, a research and consulting firm that helps companies use digital and social technologies to gain competitive advantage. She is a strategist, advisor, researcher, author, and keynote speaker. Vanessa was named one of Forbes’ Top 40 Social Media Masters Worldwide and one of CEOWorld’s Most Powerful Women in Social Media. She was also recognized as Research Fellow of the Year by the Society for New Communications Research. Vanessa holds a B.A. and M.A. from Boston College and is faculty at Columbia University in the Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) Master’s program.