Speaker Profile

Philip McKenzie

Cultural Anthropologist/Strategist


Philip L. McKenzie is an anthropologist who uses his expertise in culture to
advise organizations on how best to thrive in increasingly challenging and
uncertain environment. Philip uses his quantitative background and Wall Street
experience in combination with a qualitative understanding of social, economic
and cultural movements to unmask complex opportunities and identify significant
trends that drive our future.

Philip’s work has placed him at the center of understanding the significance of
culture as a reflection of shared values. He has manifested that as co-host/cocreator
of 2 Dope Boys & a Podcast, a cultural trends and insights podcast.
He is also the Global Curator of Influencer Conference, a global content
platform that exists at the intersection of values, creativity, culture, and
commerce. From its beginnings in 2010 in NYC, InfluencerCon has grown
to include London, Berlin, Detroit, Sao Paulo, Mumbai and Tel Aviv.

Prior, he was the Managing Partner of FREE DMC, an influencer
marketing agency that specialized in integrated marketing strategy, digital
content creation, and experiential events. In his roles with FREE DMC,
Philip created strategic experiential campaigns for Jaguar, Sprite, Remy
Martin, Belvedere Vodka and others.

After completing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business,
Philip joined Goldman, Sachs & Co where he worked in Domestic Equity
Trading. He has had extensive trading experience in both the Healthcare
and Consumer Product sectors.

Philip is a passionate supporter of the arts. He has been a Supporting
Partner of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre since 1999. He is
formerly a Junior Associate of the Museum of Modern Art and a member of
the Apollo Circle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a rabid music
fan and accomplished DJ under the name 9 Is Water.

Prior to his Duke MBA, Philip earned a bachelor of business administration
from Howard University majoring in finance with a minor concentration in

Philip resides in Brooklyn but travels extensively wherever the wind takes
him. He is completing his first book titled No Shortcuts! The
Revolutionaries Guide To The Future.

Philip McKenzie's Sessions