Molly Swenson
Cofounder and Head of Brand, RYOT
Biography
Molly Swenson is cofounder of RYOT, an LA-based media company that was acquired in 2016 by the Huffington Post/AOL. She was named to Forbes's 2017 30 Under 30 list in Media, and in 2016 she was named one of AdWeek's Young Influentials.

As COO of RYOT from 2012 to 2016, Swenson led all operations, partnerships, sales efforts, and financings for the company from launch to acquisition. She was also a producer on RYOT's Oscar-nominated film, Body Team 12, and has worked on dozens of award-winning VR films and documentaries. As the company's current Head of Brand, she is responsible for external matters including communications, marketing, partnerships, and business development.

Prior to RYOT, Swenson designed, implemented, and managed highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies for celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Shakira, and Kobe Bryant.
Molly Swenson
Cofounder and Head of Brand, RYOT
SPEAKER FILM
Molly Swenson — Finding the Human Connection
Molly Swenson — Finding the Human Connection

Cofounder and head of brand at RYOT, Molly Swenson is revolutionizing the way that news stories are told. On the day that Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, RYOT launched as a news site that purposefully blurs the line between journalism and activism by telling stories in a compelling manner––often through VR or experimental technology––and presenting readers with a clear call-to-action. Swenson sees empathy and emotion as being central to her work: Technology itself is inherently agnostic, but with the right approach, it can be used as a vehicle for fostering human connection.