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Caleb Gardner

Managing Partner
18 Coffees

Caleb Gardner is an insatiably curious strategy consultant with unique professional experience, from startups to nonprofits, from Fortune 100 clients to presidents. In addition to a formidable career in private sector at Edelman and Bain & Company, Caleb was the lead digital strategist for President Obama's political advocacy group, OFA, bringing his unique leadership to one of the largest digital programs in existence.

Now as the co-founder and managing partner of 18 Coffees, a strategy and innovation firm for the mission economy, Caleb helps build capability within businesses trying to change the world, powered by a community of 21st century talent. 18 Coffees has worked with innovators and upstarts, nonprofits and foundations, and enterprise and legacy companies to help them solve problems, bring ideas to life, and get a foothold in the future.

Caleb Gardner’s Session(s):


2:00 pm–2:45 pm — Wednesday, October 16, 2019

How Not to Cause Your Own Crisis: What I Learned Running the 3rd Largest Twitter Account in the World

Learn how to do effective crisis communications planning from someone who ran social media on the world stage with the highest stakes possible. As digital director for OFA, President Obama's political advocacy group, Caleb Gardner managed the output of @BarackObama for more than three years -- without causing any international incidents via tweet.

He'll teach you:

  • Common structural problems that leave companies vulnerable
  • Effective process for preventing mistakes
  • How to scenario plan for crises in a social media environment on edge

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