Jordan Ryder is a Senior Advisor within the Programming and Events team at the Milken Institute. In this role, she focuses on event strategy, speaker recruitment, and session curation, with an emphasis in the entertainment and media sector.
Jordan has 20+ years’ experience successfully curating and managing live entertainment events, leading industry B2B and B2C conferences, and growing sponsorship relationships. As former VP of Domestic and International Programming at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), she ran one of the world’s largest and most prestigious conferences in the entertainment industry. Jordan joined NATPE’s senior management team in a full-time capacity in 2008 as Director of Event Programming, became a VP in 2010, and in 2014 added International to her VP title and portfolio.
She has worked with Boards of Directors, Advisory Committees, award recipients, speakers, sponsors, technology experts, advertisers, VIP executives, A-list talent, and content creators to create meaningful and memorable events that bring a holistic return on investment and positively impact the bottom line. Whether it is building and nurturing strategic partnerships, piecing together the many components of a project, or creating new programs that enhance a brand’s value and credibility, Jordan produces exceptional events that are cutting edge, educational, and fun.
A natural leader, Jordan is highly regarded for her industry knowledge, visionary thinking, relationship building, standard of excellence, and relentless commitment to everything she undertakes.
Prior to NATPE, she held positions in Sponsorship Management, Operations Management, and Media Coordination at leading companies including the HBO Comedy Festival, HD Expo, and Mark Burnett Productions. While working in these roles she led activations with global brands such as Ford, Pepsi, AOL, and AT&T. In the early days of Jordan’s career she served as the Personal Assistant to Actor Sean Penn and former President of the United Fitness Foundation, Gary Visconti.
Jordan earned her BA in Cinema/TV from the University of Southern California.