Sarah Chase is a veteran business and media executive who knows how to effectively move the needle for good causes. She has dedicated her professional career to working behind the scenes to champion both public and private projects that are purpose-driven and make a social impact.
Sarah has worked with executive teams in the United States, Europe, and Asia to translate high-level visions into realized corporate entities. Whether raising 8 figures, executing a press conference at Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium, writing a last minute speech in a private jet somewhere over Iowa, managing a grant proposal, or running up 5th Avenue with a film crew, she has made a career out of steadily growing companies and helping them reach their potential through the connected power of media and effective storytelling.
Sarah has worked under the close mentorship of renowned actor, Alan Alda, and she joins Wild Bill from Alda Communication Training Company (ACT) where she spent the last four years as Chief Operating Officer. Along with Alan Alda, Sarah helped develop and build ACT into a multi-million dollar company that was structured as a one-of-its kind private-public partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. All of ACT’s profits were contributed to the Alda Center to further enhance research and innovation in STEM communication.
Sarah also served as Executive Producer and voice-over artist for Alda’s award-winning podcast, Clear+Vivid®. Chase helped Alda, and Co-Executive Producer, Graham Chedd develop the podcast for Stitcher in 2018. Chase produced over 100 episodes for the podcast, which has since had over 11 million downloads. Notable guests she worked with directly include Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney, Julie Andrews, Madeline Albright, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Judge Judy, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Silverman, and many more.
Sarah has led communication and media training workshops for corporate clients, as well as at the United Nations, NASA, the Nature Conservancy, and various "Shark Tank" events.
A multi-disciplined creative, James LIpetzky is well-versed in narrative storytelling, with a focus on real people, and documentary style filmmaking. He possesses an uncanny ability to connect with and engage his subjects to make them feel comfortable - authentic and real - all while the cameras are rolling.
James has brought his approach and directed branded content and traditional advertising for an extensive roster of commercial clients and brands including Serta, Culver's Restaurant, 3M, Sony, Microsoft. Motorola and Verizon.
For his first documentary feature, LICENSE TO OPERATE, Lipetzky spent nearly a year in South Central Los Angeles delving deep into the lives and stories of the film’s subjects witnessing the power of the LTO to effect change within the community. The film has played in festivals across the country, winning the Best Documentary Award at the Highland Park International Film Festival in 2015.
Other documentary-style films directed by James include a series of films for the launch of the upcoming opening of the MUSEO MAYA DE AMERICA in Guatemala. SPENT: SPOTLIGHT ON CHANGE, is a series of ten short films for American Express examining the plight of Americans unable to participate in the mainstream financial system. The thought-provoking series expands the conversation begun by the Davis Guggenheim-produced film Spent: Looking For Change. Most recently, Lipetzky directed a short film celebrating the life and architecture of Chicago architect and bon vivant, Benjamin Marshall.
An award-winning Creative Director/Writer, Sam is also an experienced director and producer. As a creative director, she's been instrumental in the creative development of campaigns for brands including Serta, Motorola, American Express, and Spanx. As an Executive Producer, she has worked on multiple campaigns for Culver's Restaurant, Four Season's, Yakult and Silk. Whether it's managing logistics and budget, or communicating and developing impactful, breakthrough messaging, her experience spans film, branded content, tech, documentary film, fashion, and education. Sam is also an experienced conceptual art director and copywriter. Either working independently or collaborating with a team, she brings a unique perspective to every project.
Passionate about non-profits, Sam has developed and directed campaigns for Boys and Girls Club,A Place Called Home, Inside Out, and Participant Pictures. Her creative direction for United Way Chicago entitled Clothesline earned her the prestigious Gold Hugo Award.
In addition to her advertising experience, Samantha had a successful career in the entertainment industry, which began under the mentorship of David Geffen at his venerable record label, Geffen Records working with artists Nirvana, Guns 'N Roses, and Aerosmith. She went on to become Creative Director at Gramercy Pictures (now Focus Films). Samantha’s creative vision brought prominence to such independent features as Dead Man Walking, Fargo, The Usual Suspects, and Four Weddings And A Funeral. She continued her run of hits at Fox Searchlight with Waking Ned Devine, and Boys Don’t Cry before moving to Universal Pictures as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. Seguing to commercial advertising in 2004, she went on to run Foundation Content, the production/editorial powerhouse she co-founded in Chicago with James Lipetzky, before the duo rebranded in Los Angeles as Wild Bill Creative in 2017.
Sam is looking forward to publishing her first book, Blind Pony, in 2020.