About Our Team
President & CEO – Mary Furlong & Associates
Mary Furlong, Ed.D., CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $170 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging,” she is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award.
Mary produces the industry-leading What’s Next Longevity Business Summit, the What’s Next Longevity Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition, the What’s Next Longevity Innovation Summit, and co-produces the What’s Next Boomer Business Canada Summit. She has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR and is an advisor to the Ziegler Link•age Longevity Fund, L.P., the Thrive Center, and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation.
MFA’s private client practice comprise many of the leading startups and corporations in the longevity marketplace. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Leavey School of Business in Santa Clara, CA, focusing on entrepreneurship and women in leadership.
Paul Stich – Technical Producer
Chief Operating Officer – Countable
Paul Stich is the COO of Countable, the leading platform, and newsroom that empowers audiences to engage deeply and drive action. He has been CEO of several successful cybersecurity companies, Counterpane (acquired by British Telecom), Dasient (acquired by Twitter), and Appthority (acquired by Symantec) and is also a member of the faculty at Saint Mary’s College where he teaches Entrepreneurship.
Sherri Snelling – Content Producer
Writer, Author and CEO, Caregiving Club
Sherri Snelling is a corporate gerontologist and founder/CEO of Caregiving Club, a strategic consulting and content creation firm focused on biopsychosocial aging, Alzheimer’s and caregiver wellness. Her innovative wellness programs include the Me Time MondayTM and 7 Ways to Caregiver Wellness workshops. She is the author of A Cast of Caregivers — Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, a contributing columnist and national speaker on caregiving and has done work for AARP, Keck Medicine of USC, UnitedHealthcare, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, LifeCare, QVC. She was chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving, is on the local board of the Alzheimer’s Association, and is the ambassador for the Caregiver Monday campaign.
Lori Bitter – Research Producer
President and Senior Strategist, The Business of Aging
Lori K. Bitter provides strategic consulting, research and development for companies designing for and engaging with mature consumers. She manages large consumer research projects, including Hacking Longevity, sponsored by AARP and P&G. She is the author of The Grandparent Economy.