SheWorx Roundtable: Stephen Plumlee, Managing Director, R/GA Ventures
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Stephen has been the Global Chief Operating Officer of R/GA since 2006. During that time, he has overseen the company’s dramatic growth and expansion to 14 cities around the world. As Global COO, Stephen is responsible for managing R/GA’s global operations, including P&L management, strategic growth plans for international operations, financial tracking, and business continuity planning. He also negotiates all client engagement agreements and oversees corporate legal matters, trademarks, patents, IP, real estate, and IT, among other responsibilities. Stephen joined R/GA in 1998.
In 2014, Stephen led the establishment of R/GA Ventures, which he manages, and the R/GA Accelerator. Companies in the 2014 and 2015 R/GA Accelerator classes reflect the potential of emerging technologies and services within the Internet of Things and Connected Device spaces. R/GA Ventures is the investment arm of the agency as well as a platform for innovation and IP development.
Stephen is on the Board of Directors of BRIC Arts l Media l Bklyn, which presents contemporary art, performing arts, and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC also provides resources to launch, nurture, and showcase artists and media makers. Stephen has served as BRIC’s Treasurer since 2011.
Stephen has also served on the boards of two land trusts in rural northwest Connecticut. He is an active supporter of open space and farmland preservation as well as of the sustainable agriculture, community farming, and local food movements.
Before joining R/GA in 1998, Stephen was Director of Multimedia and Video Development at Byron Preiss Multimedia Company (BPMC). There he oversaw the design, development, and production of groundbreaking interactive and video projects. Before BPMC, Stephen spent more than 10 years writing, directing, editing, and producing for film and video as well as interactive CD-ROMs. His responsibilities included scripting, production, and international distribution.
9:00 am Introductions and Food
9:15 am Discussion Led by Advisor
9:45 am Q&A
10:15 am Connecting and Food