DC’s inaugural Social Media Breakfast (#SMBDC) is this Monday, January 25 at 8am at Teaism on Penn Quarter. We were overwhelmed by the great response and though our inaugural event is sold out, we hope many more will tune in to our live stream and join the conversation: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smbdc
Next week, we will talk about Social Media in 2010. With January practically behind us, what trends or predictions do you believe will prevail? How can we be visionaries in a space as dynamic as social media?
Without further ado, meet the speakers who will help us start 2010 on the right foot:
* Original copy courtesy of speakers’ blog sites and Google Profiles.
Geoff Livingston (@geoffliving): Geoff co-founded Zoetica, a social enterprise that provides superior communication consulting, training, and strategy to help mindful organizations affect social change. He has worked as a public relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. region for more than 16 years. Dubbed a “local blogging guru” by the Washington Post, Geoff’s award-winning book on new media “Now is Gone” was released in 2007. The book has been cited by the Wall Street Journal as a valuable resource for social media. He continues to blog about communications on the Buzz Bin. He sold his social media boutique Livingston Communications to CRT/tanaka in April of 2009. Some of his professional experiences include United Way of America, Save Darfur, the Goodwill of Greater Washington, Environmental Defense Fund, Live Earth, ChildFund International, the Campus Kitchens Project, the Philanthropy 2.0 Project, Network Solutions, Sully Erna (Godsmack lead singer), and many others.
Shashi Bellamkonda (@shashib): Shashi works at the heart of Web hosting company, Network Solutions, as their first-ever ‘Social Media Swami’ (Director –Social Media). He has helped Network Solutions move into the online space to actively listen to and interact with its customers. Shashi has presented to several audiences on ” ‘Social Media Tools for Small Business’, ‘How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss’ and “Online Reputation Management – Best Practices & Lessons Learned”, at national and regional conferences. He writes a regular DC Social Media Marketing column for the Examiner and has been featured on the Washingtonian magazine’s “Washington’s Top 100 Tech Titans list,” the Washington Business Journal and other publications. Shashi also blogs about social media technology and the coolest new sites and tech-toys to check out. Shashi lives for technology, testing new innovations and helping people with small businesses to succeed. A self-described ‘Internet junkie’ and thought leader.
Alex Howard (@digiphile): Alex is the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com at TechTarget. His work there focuses on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy. Before moving his focus to security and compliance, Alex was the associate editor of WhatIs.com, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT. Alex is intrigued by technological change, taken with ideas, cooking (he was an #IronChefDC participant in December 2010), the great outdoors, books, dogs, and media, in all forms.
Talk about setting the bar high, huh?
Meet our Heads of Table:
Speacial thanks to: Andy Carvin, Daria Steigman, Shonali Burke, and Mike Schaffer, who will lead conversation at their tables after our speaker’s kick the morning off. Feel free to pick their brains while you enjoy breakfast.
If your plans have changed and you will not be able to attend, please let us now as soon as possible. This way, we can give our hopeful guests on the waitlist the chance to attend the event.
Don’t forget to bring $10 for breakfast. We promise deliciousness.
If you’d like to serve as Head of Table to lead discussion at your table, please let us know by Twitter mention or DM (@smcdc) or email us at email@example.com. We still have two spots left.
And as always, we are looking for sponsors to partner with us in order to keep food costs down. If you are interested in sponsoring this or any future Social Media Breakfast, please contact us.
See you Monday!