“Link,” formally known as Chris Duarte, is committed to inspiring the world to be more inclusive of everyone. As the chair of the Advocacy group at CTW, Link is committed to lifting the voices of the worker (open talent), to ensure that they not only have a seat at the table, but that they have instrumental influence for positive change in the future of work space.
Link has been committed to making the world a safer place through his efforts as a pro-human advocate, consultant, innovator, program developer, trainer, speaker, and story-teller for over 20 years. Link, a veteran of the armed forces, holds 2 Bachelors, and Master’s degrees in Sociology, Criminology, Law, and more recently, Link obtained a Master’s Certificate in Business Analytics (HBAP) from Harvard Business School. Since the start of his career, Link has founded and directed several entities and programs that serve people, educated publicly about rural and minority issues, and volunteers his time to support social justice initiatives. As the Founder and CEO of Linking Dreams, Link builds partnerships with countless organizations and businesses by providing human capital/strategy consulting, training, DEI/EIG evaluation, and program development to help entities enhance their reach of underserved populations. Link believes in the power created when people unite to form ecosystems of support and dedicates his time to ensure that the voices of the underserved are valued and included.
Ashley Ryall is the Founder & Principal of UntapSocial, a thought leadership consulting firm that provides a platform for leaders pioneering the new world of Work to be seen and heard. She has over a decade of social media and content marketing expertise helping SaaS, recruitment, management consulting and talent specialty firms improve their brand presence. Ashley is an outspoken advocate for helping organizations understand that talent wants to work differently and is a champion for bringing those two entities into harmony with one another. She is a graduate from Connecticut College and has spoken for brands including Kelly, ASA’s Staffing World, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Tomorrow’s Leaders, General Assembly, Cox Media Group, AT&T, Innovation Women and Northeastern University.
Mark began his career as a business journalist and found his niche in London’s agency world. He specialised in internal communications and, as a co-founder of The Engage Group, was an early advocate for employee engagement. Marque projects include the launch of Accenture (01.01.01) and an internal network for O2/Telefónica (before even Facebook was a thing).
As a creative services entrepreneur he has founded several businesses bringing new and innovative business models to market. For the last decade he has lived in India – an exciting, fast growth market and an important source of talent in the emerging ‘open economy’. He is currently co-founder or magenta, a fresh thinking creative agency, and Indigo Premedia, a pioneer of outsourcing in the creative sector. He is the author of ‘Midnights Grandchildren: How young Indians are disrupting the world’s largest democracy’ (Routledge 2019).
San believes passionately in business as a force for good and the power of creativity. As a designer and growth strategist, he builds brands into modern market leaders, elevating their leadership and value to the world.
San leads as a navigator, distilling information into insights and building momentum around a bold vision. His interdisciplinary skill set has earned recognition from FastCompany (World-Changing Ideas, 2021) and CampaignUS (Marketing 40/40, 2020).
An Executive Vice President, Growth & Innovation at Sid Lee, San blends creativity with entrepreneurship to drive strategic development and brand transformation. An SDG advocate, he is the co-founder of Elemental, a Venture Studio investing in smart and sustainable cities, and collaborates with the United Nations Office of Partnerships and the United Nations Development Program. When his phone is off, you’ll find him in his kitchen or on his Triumph.