Molly Swenson is on the founding team at RYOT, an LA-based media company acquired in April 2016 by AOL for Huffington Post. Swenson was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 list in Media, and in 2016 was named one of Ad Week's Young Influentials. She helped grow the RYOT team from three employees to 33 as COO, and led all sales, operations and financings from launch to acquisition. Swenson was a producer on RYOT's Oscar-nominated film “Body Team 12,” and has worked on dozens of award-winning VR films and RYOT documentaries from Nepal to Liberia to Brazil.Prior to RYOT, Swenson designed, implemented and managed highly leveraged philanthropic strategies for celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Shakira and Kobe Bryant. While working at the Obama White House, identifying candidates for political appointment, she made it to the Top 50 on Season 10 of “American Idol.” Swenson has been written about in The New Yorker, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post and has been a keynote speaker at SXSW, MojoCon in Dublin, NYT China VR Summit and TEDxBerlin.