Lonely Learner Series

The Lonely Learner Series builds community and knowledge sharing for e-commerce professionals during the unprecedented times brought about by COVID-19. These weekly, virtual sessions feature top thought leaders discussing the challenges and opportunities our industry is facing in the months ahead.

Upcoming Sessions

Join us online every Wednesday afternoon as our CMO Amanda Wolff hosts some of the top thought leaders in e-commerce.

Amanda Wolff


Biography: With 20+ years in marketing and sales, Amanda has built on her past e-commerce experience at OneSpace, where she helps brands win on the digital shelf. Her presentations, workshops, and e-books educate e-commerce teams on best practices about optimizing content for visibility and conversion, at scale.

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Virtual Happy Hour

June 3rd 2020 3:00 PM CDT

Description: Since our weekly Lonely Learner Series kicked off on April 1st, a lot has changed…and a lot remains the same (anyone else feeling a bit like you’re in the movie Groundhog’s Day?). Grab a cocktail or your beverage of choice and join a panel of our past guest speakers for a lively chat about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. Cheers!

Participating speakers include Sri Rajagopalan, Tim Madigan, Chris Perry, Don Brett, Stephanie Leffler, Reid Greenberg, Brian Dudzinski, Yves le Breton and John Carroll.

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Previous Sessions

Check out previous sessions you may have missed or want to watch again.

John Carroll

May 27th 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: We’ve all seen the stats. E-Commerce is booming, which means that CPGs are evolving to be more omnichannel — at a rate faster than any of us imagined just a few short months ago. Join us for Week 9 of the Lonely Learner Series as we chat with John Carroll, an e-commerce and CPG veteran, about what that means for the careers of people currently working in the CPG industry — as well as those who want to enter it.

Bio: John Carroll is a proven senior executive and board member with 30+ years of success in the CPG industry, food & beverage, FMCG, packaging, and manufacturing. John is the founder of a consulting firm, Creative Commerce Solutions, and he has held senior leadership positions at The Coca-Cola Company and Procter & Gamble.

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Yves Le Breton

May 20th, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: At a time when customers around the world are isolated but actively engaged in a wide variety of digital activities, it’s more important than ever for brands to have one, clear voice to ensure a consistent message with customers. Yet, it’s often a challenge with exponential demands for content and multiple teams doing production. Join us for Week 8 of the Lonely Learner Series as we speak with Yves Le Breton to talk about some of the best practices brands can use to take control of their digital strategies and messages on a global scale.

Bio: Yves Le Breton has 20+ years of experience helping CPG brands with digital transformation and e-commerce strategy. He spent most of his career working at Estée Lauder, but has also worked for Beiersdorf, American Eagle Outfitters, and Revlon. Having lived and worked on 4 different continents, Yves is well-versed in the challenges traditional CPG brands face when addressing the global, digital economy.

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Brian Dudzinski

May 13th, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: With consumers shopping via e-commerce more than ever before due to COVID-19, many manufacturers are trying to bridge the divide between their brick and mortar and e-commerce teams. Join us for week 7 of the Lonely Learner Series as we talk with Brian Dudzinski from KIND Healthy Snacks about the shift toward omnichannel thinking and how e-commerce teams can lead that change. We’ll discuss the need for translating the fundamentals of e-commerce to language brick and mortar colleagues can embrace, the importance of availability and content – both online and offline, and 3p delivery services and the impact they have in an omnichannel world.

Biography: With a background in data and analytics, as well as e-commerce, Brian Dudzinski is an ROI-minded leader who is widely viewed as one of the top e-commerce pros working for a brand today. As the director of e-commerce for KIND Healthy Snacks, Brian Dudzinski has been recognized as both a “Leader of Change” in e-commerce, as well as a “Who’s Who in E-commerce” from Shopper Marketing Magazine. Before joining KIND, Brian held e-commerce leadership roles at Innocor, a manufacturer and producer of memory foam and memory foam products, and NECA, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association.

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Reid Greenberg

May 6th, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: When Reid Greenberg speaks, he does so with intentionality and an authenticity that quietly solidifies his position as one of the leading voices in e-commerce. Join us as we talk to Reid about his predictions of what post-COVID commerce will look like, exploring how moving from an acute state toward a “phasing in of normalcy” will impact consumers, retailers, and brands in various ways.

Biography: An e-commerce, digital and CPG leader, Reid Greenberg is a veteran in the industry and is currently Executive Vice President of Global Digital and Ecommerce at Kantar. Known for bringing vision and clarity to any challenge, Reid has deep experience in growing businesses, building teams and creating digital transformations.

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Stephanie Leffler

April 29th, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: In the last month, online grocery has seen a boom, with apps like Instacart experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity. The result is that manufacturers are now looking for ways to maximize the opportunity the platform provides. Join OneSpace CEO, Stephanie Leffler, an e-commerce thought-leader and Instacart expert, as she gives you actionable tips to help you win on Instacart during this time of unprecedented demand.

Biography: Stephanie Leffler is an entrepreneur passionate about e-commerce. Most recently, she co-founded OneSpace, which helps brands build better e-commerce content, using data to inform the creative process at every step. Prior to OneSpace, Leffler founded MonsterCommerce and Juggle.com.

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Don Brett

April 22nd, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: If you don’t follow Don Brett on LinkedIn, make it happen, post-haste. His content is always insightful, always fresh, and always data-driven, so this third session of the Lonely Learner Series, featuring Don, is sure to be the same. Join us as we talk in practical terms about how companies should approach shifting resources from their brick and mortar investments to the more holistic, multi-pillar digital program that this situation demands.

Biography: Don has more than 16 years of experience in transformation, new business development, eCommerce, sales, revenue growth management and post-merger integrations. Prior to joining NBG Home, Don worked at Newell Brands and Kimball International. During his tenures, he has held a variety of senior commercial and integration leadership roles.

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Chris Perry

April 15th, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Session: Lessons from #ToiletPaperCrisis

Description: Week three of The Lonely Learner Series features Chris Perry. Chris is one of the most influential voices in e-commerce today, and his passion about the profession is matched only by his humor. Chris will be sharing lessons from the #toiletpapercrisis, talking about how brands from all categories can respond to unplanned demand.

Biography: Chris Perry is the VP of Education at Edge by Ascential on a mission to help empower Leaders of Change — both people and brands — to win in a digital-commerce-driven world. Over his career to-date as a CPG eCommerce practitioner, he has led the eCommerce across Reckitt Benckiser, WellPet and Kellogg’s, generating collectively $350MM+ in sales growth and joint partnerships with over 25+ top global retailers.

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Tim Madigan

April 8th, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Description: Week two of the Lonely Learner Series features Tim Madigan, industry veteran, e-commerce thought leader, and partner working with The Partnering Group (TPG.) In this session, Tim will talk about how you pivot as a company when circumstances change, including a deeper look into what’s happening in food service.

Biography: Tim Madigan is an executive business leader and partner with The Partnering Group. With a strong record of e-commerce leadership, market development, strategy creation, new product development and team leadership, Tim has deep industry experience from his time at Tyson Foods, SC Johnson, and Procter & Gamble.

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Sri Rajagopalan

April 1st, 2020 2:00pm CDT

Session: Is this the tipping point for e-commerce?

Description: In this first session of the Lonely Learner Series, hear from Sri Rajagopalan, thought-leader and e-commerce veteran. “Is COVID-19 the tipping point for e-commerce?” Sri will talk about it, share his predictions for e-commerce, and give his suggestions for how brands should be responding during these unprecedented times.

Biography: Sri Rajagopalan is a 25 year CPG veteran with cross functional leadership across sales, digital marketing, e-commerce, IT & business intelligence. He has started and led e-commerce including Amazon 1P+ 3P, DTC, and Omni channel businesses for Frito-Lay, Johnson & Johnson, and Revlon. In previous roles of leadership he has led IT, customer insights and market research.

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