The SoDA Report Team and Partners


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SoDA is the leading global network for digital agency leaders, creative innovators and technology disruptors. With more than 100 agencies spanning 6 continents, our members help the world's most progressive brands imagine and create the future of digital experiences.

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Lakai Newman, Communications Manager

Lakai joined the SoDA Operations team as Communications Manager in March 2014. In his role, Lakai combines his expertise as a brand storyteller and innovative marketer to lead the development and execution of marketing and communication strategies to evolve, promote and protect the SoDA brand and reputation. He also serves as Head of Production and Managing Editor for The SoDA Report, the organization’s trend publication which features compelling research insights, global thought leadership and award-winning project showcases. A graduate of Emory University, Lakai considers himself a natural “creative” that is passionate about global travel and culture, cooking, and all things digital.

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Jessica Ongko, Designer

Since joining SoDA's Operations team in 2014, Jessica Ongko has been deeply involved with strengthening SoDA’s brand and visual identity while collaborating with agencies around the world to design and create publications, event signage, and both digital and physical assets related to the work of SoDA. A graduate of the Graphic Design program from advertising portfolio school, The Creative Circus, you’ll often find Jessica trotting the globe and working out of airports during long layovers.


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Microsoft is proud to be the official Digital Innovation Partner of SoDA. Today’s clients are asking for comprehensive solutions that aggregate all of the newest technologies and connect the dots along their journey. By leveraging our Intelligent Cloud platform, agencies can build rich, innovative experiences that engage and delight customers. When creativity and technology work together to solve a client’s business problem, the technology fades away and what remains is a spectacular user experience. At Microsoft our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we want to partner with you to deliver this together. To learn more, visit www.microsoft.com.

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Susie Gravette, Sr. Partner Channel Marketing Manager

Susie Gravette is an Experienced Services Partner change agent with a demonstrated history of impact and passion for stellar partner experience. Skilled in Enterprise Software, Go-to-market Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Products, and Software as a Service (SaaS).

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Jaclyn Stiles, Partner Development Manager

Jaclyn Stiles is a partner development manager on the Intelligent Cloud team at Microsoft. She works at the intersection of emerging technology and consumer experience, bringing together design consultancies and digital innovation across the enterprise. Jaclyn has previously spoken about cloud-native app development, how the millennial experience has shaped a generation of technology users, and the impact these have had on brand engagement strategy. 

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Doug Gould, Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Procurement

Doug has spent his career at the intersection of agencies and technology; using emerging tech to create impactful consumer experiences. Based in NY - his passion for emerging technology has brought him to Microsoft, where he builds partnerships and programs with top global digital agencies around experience innovation using Conversational AI, Mobile, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Internet of Things.


The opinions and viewpoints expressed in the articles in this publication are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions or viewpoints of SoDA.