Strengthening Our DEI Voice: A Conversation with Social Driver
Join us for a lunchtime conversation with Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, the co-founders of Social Driver, as we mark Pride Month.
Shop and Sanchez will talk about the driving force behind Social Driver, what allies should know, and what practical professional advice all marketing folk should know.
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Thomas Sanchez is CEO and Co-Founder of Social Driver. He also serves as Secretary of The Trevor Project and Chairman of DC’s Innovation & Technology Inclusion Council.
Social Driver is a digital and creative agency that launches groundbreaking strategies for many of the leading corporate and nonprofit brands in the United States. The firm’s capabilities range from user experience design, website development & maintenance, creative production, and social media expertise with services that span into advanced strategies for brand alignment, awareness, growth, reputation, and advocacy. Under Thomas’s leadership, the agency has received wide acclaim for its collaborative culture and cutting-edge client partnerships, including recently being ranked as one of the Top B2B Companies in the United States by Clutch and recognized on the Best and Brightest Companies list as a top national employer.
Before founding Social Driver, Thomas used his background in software engineering to transform healthcare—first by developing cutting-edge medical records systems used to improve the delivery of care and later by launching digital learning platforms and consulting services used by health systems around the world.
Credited as a top minority innovator and entrepreneur, the Financial Times included Thomas on their worldwide list of the foremost LGBTQ executives, the Washington Business Journal featured Thomas on their list of Minority Business Leaders, and Social Driver was ranked as a Minority Business Enterprise 100 company.
Anthony Shop is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Social Driver, a digital services firm that helps companies and nonprofits establish winning strategies with branding, social media, websites, content and advertising. Social Driver is trusted by an impressive client roster that includes Amazon, Exelon, Target, Cigna and American Hospital Association. As a result of client nominations and interviews, Social Driver has been named the #1 Minority-owned Digital Agency in the U.S. by Clutch, the #1 Minority-owned Creative Agency in the U.S. by The Manifest, and Supplier of the Year by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Anthony is also Chairman of the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders and policy shapers. He is a sought-after moderator and trainer in the fields of people-centered branding, digital strategy, and executive presence. Anthony has been recognized as an “OUTstanding LGBT Role Model” by The Financial Times and “40 Under 40” by The Washington Business Journal. A former newspaper reporter, Anthony was the first new media professional elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors. Prior to founding Social Driver, he served as press secretary for a top U.S. congressional race. Anthony serves on the board of the Public Affairs Council and chairs the Advisory Board for LearnServe International. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he has taught as an adjunct lecturer.