2011 Speaker: Alchemist of Humanities . Film & Media Maker . Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts . Public Speaker . Blogger
Alecia Lebeda is a award winning independent film maker and media professional working at Falmouth Community Television as the Production Coordinator and the Co-founding CEO of Good Natured Dog Productions. [A Multi-Media production company.] A lifetime Girl Scout, she found her geeky legs while making PSA’s for the scouts at her local cable access studio. Alecia attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a BFA in Film and Television. Alecia enjoys bringing the joy she finds in the media arts to those shes teaches and works with.
2011 Speaker: Alison Edmands is a CPA with broad experience in auditing, accounting, financial management and tax preparation for Corporations, S-Corps, LLC’s, and Partnerships, including multi-state entities. While Alison has worked with several different industries, her expertise is within construction accounting, financial statement consolidations, QuickBooks setups and cleanups, and working with closely-held businesses.
Alison’s goal is to get you out of the day-to-day accounting details of your business, so that you can focus your attention on growing your business and enhancing your client relationships. You will work together throughout the year to be sure that you have properly planned for capital assets purchases, additional insurance liabilities, business and personal tax liabilities and to plan for your future goals.
She is a member of the AICPA, MSCPA, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, and the South Shore Women’s Business Network. In addition, Alison sits on the MSCPA Women in Accounting Committee sits on the LINKS fundraising committee for the South Shore Hospital.
In her free time, and she does make time for fun, she enjoys traveling with her husband to St. Lucia for scuba diving, snorkeling, and sun, hiking and skiing in Vermont, gardening at home, tennis, and sailing with friends and family.
2011 Speaker: Barbara Oliver presents seminars on Social Media and Facebook Safety Strategies for various groups including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. She initiated a successful integrated social media strategy for Living Independently Forever, Inc., a non profit organization on Cape Cod, where she is employed as Communications Director. She also consults for other non-profits and small businesses. She is passionate about the potential of social media platforms to promote conversation, collaboration and community building. She is a member of the board of the Community Leadership Institute of the Cape and Islands, and serves on the Philanthropy Day Committee of the Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod. With an educational background in Art and Communications, she has curated and co-curated art exhibits at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cahoon Museum of American Art. Fifteen years ago, she co-founded a non profit Renaissance performing ensemble with an educational mission (the Solstice Singers), on whose board she continues to serve.
2011 Speaker: Blaise Freeman is the founder of Zeeen, a web startup that publishes books to the social web. He is passionate about helping talented people understand and leverage technology to achieve their goals. Prior to Zeeen, Blaise worked at Harvard Magazine as a web developer where he specialized in transitioning journalists from print workflows to digital-first content management. Additionally, Blaise is committed to supporting the arts and social justice through volunteer work with local non-profits in a variety of capacities.
2011 Speaker: Bobbie Carlton is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional who is the founder of Mass Innovation Nights, a free monthly product launch party and networking event powered entirely by social media. Mass Innovation Nights events help companies as large as IBM and as small as a 1 or 2 man start-up get visibility for their new products. Bobbie works as a part-time director of marketing for multiple companies, (Tyler Place Family Resorts, Red Clover Inn & Restaurant, and Accounting Management Solutions), a startup mentor, a marketing coach, and with various Carlton PR & Marketing clients on specific projects. She also teaches social media classes and consults with small businesses and individuals who are just getting started in social media. Previously, in addition to working with a number of Boston-area PR and marketing firms, she headed global public relations at Parametric Technology Corporation and Cognos (now IBM). Until 2008, she led the marketing efforts for the Beacon Street Girls, a social network and book series for preteen girls. In 2010, she was named one of the “Ten People Making Boston's Startup Ecosystem Stronger.” And, just recently, it was announced Bobbie was one of the 2011 Mass High Tech All-star award winners, for community building.
2011 Speaker: Christina Inge heads up marketing for OHO Interactive as Digital Marketing Manager. Focused for many years on digital marketing and the synergies between digital and traditional channels, Christina is a frequent and popular workshop leader on social media, search marketing, messaging, content, and digital strategy. She’s used her marketing talents to drive revenue and launch new products and ideas for organizations large and small. Previously to coming to OHO, she was a marketing consultant, heading up marketing for nonprofits and startups especially. Her organic search optimization efforts led many clients to #1 rankings in search engines, and her PPC and analytics-based content strategies have grown quality, converting traffic to websites by five-fold or more. She held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing research, SEM, and general marketing for Spinwave Systems, Clearly Creative, and Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier. A former copywriter and journalist, she’s well-versed in traditional PR, with placements including Yankee Magazine, the Boston Globe, and numerous industry trade publications. She also serves on the boards of the American Marketing Association-Boston as VP of Social Media and on the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network as Vice-Chair. She brings a fascination with applying new technologies to traditional business problems of revenue, visibility, and innovation. She holds a Bachelor’s, Summa Cum Laude, in English from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Adult Education and Instructional Technology from the University of Wyoming.
2011 Speaker: Christine Pilch works with professional service firms and practices, and she develops the differentiators to set them apart in their markets. She then helps companies plan and implement a marketing strategy that takes advantage of their distinction. She is also a social media early adopter, and she develops strategic plans for companies. Heavily rooted in her extensive positioning and branding background, the detailed and comprehensive social media plan that Christine delivers helps remove ambiguity and outlines who, what, where, when, why and how to utilize appropriate social media applications. She assists in account setup, trains companies, and does as much hand-holding as needed to make people comfortable enough to take it on themselves. She also speaks locally and nationally about social media, has been published and quoted in numerous marketing and social media articles, and is co-author of, "Understanding Brand Strategies: The Professional Service Firm’s Guide to Growth."
2011 Speaker: For six years, Dave worked as the IT Director of a Mac-friendly, residential school in rural Massachusetts. He's been writing for the Web professionally since 2001.
Today, Dave is a Managing Editor with AOL, where he and his team cover Apple news for The Unofficial Apple Weblog at TUAW.com. He's also the author of two books from FT Press: Using Your iPad as a Business Productivity Tool and Using Your iPhone as a Business Productivity Tool. Dave's third book, Taking Mac OS X Lion To The Max, will hit bookstores in September, 2011.
Dave believes that technology has the power to improve our life at its most important moments, and explores that conviction every day.
A native of Scranton, Pa (Yes, just like on The Office), Dave moved to Cape Cod, Ma in 1994. When he's not writing, Dave can be found kayaking, rooting for the Boston Red Sox and spending time with his wife, two kids and Boston Terrier, Batgirl.
2011 Speaker: Debora Kane established KaiZen Computing in 2007- a local business which offers practical,
affordable computer training for the ‘every day’ computer user. She has a B.S. in Computer
Engineering and a Master of Education in Instructional Design. She has over 20 years of
experience in the design and development of computer applications and training business
professionals to use them.
2011 Speaker: Diane Danielson has been in marketing and business development since 1996 when she moved from the legal world into the commercial real estate industry. She has been writing books, building online communities and working in social media since 2003 when she began blogging for the Boston Globe. In 2006, her company, the Downtown Women’s Club, launched the first social network for businesswomen in the US and has remained on the leading edge of social media ever since.
In subsequent years, the Downtown Women’s Club, Diane’s blogs and Twitter feed have won honors and been frequently cited on “Best of” lists. In 2007, Diane co-authored the book The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Online Networking (or What Would Jane Austen Do?) with Lindsey Pollak.
Diane began working with clients on their social media needs in 2009 and continues to expand her scope of services. She and her associates at DKD New Media Strategies provide social media jumpstart programs, content and editorial support, strategic and advocacy consulting, and complete outsourcing of your marketing.
Today, Diane uses her legal, marketing, management andsocial media experience to help businesses integrate new media strategies with traditional marketing and business development plans.
2011 Speaker: Author, Founder and CEO
As principal consultant for Effective Networking, Inc., she founded the company on the premise that everyone can learn to network, they just need to find their own style.
Combining interactive training, strategic planning and an exploration of the natural fears of networking, Darling demystifies the process by providing techniques that can be immediately implemented.
She has received rave reviews for her seminars and speeches and is increasingly sought after as an expert resource on the subject of networking.
McGraw-Hill commissioned her to write the definitive book on networking called The Networking Survival Guide which was published in April 2003 and went into a 2nd printing just 90 days after the book hit the shelves. The book has been translated into Korean and Taiwanese. In 2005, McGraw-Hill published her 2nd book, Networking for Career Success which has since been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Thai.
She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. She is a member of the CEO Club. Darling is also a blogger and random columnist for a variety of publications. She's a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. She recently taught in the MBA program at Boston University.
She has lived in the Philippines, Thailand, Colorado, Indiana, Alabama and now in Boston, MA. Her travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries.
Her hobbies include watching football, reading, and attempting to play tennis. In order to overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and standup comedy classes.
2011 Speaker: Ed Justen is a seven year veteran of the Apple Store, working as both trainer and technician during that time. Over the years he has trained and taught people to use their computers in an efficient manner, and helped small and home business owners and individuals navigate the social media maelstrom.
Previous to working at Apple, Ed was a national award-winning editor, and served in the armed forces as a military musician. Ed also earned a BS in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, from Salem State College.
Ed enjoys talking about computers, social media, communications, and marketing, and enjoy learning from the successes of others.
If you want to discuss any of these topics, connect with Ed through one of the various social media networks, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 Speaker: >Eric is a Senior I/T Architect with the Emerging Technology & Architecture Service Area in IBM’s Global Business Services division. Eric has played a lead role in defining architectures and overall technology solutions for a variety of IBM customers across multiple industries. He is currently the lead architect for IBM’s Professional Marketplace, a global workforce management solution for matching employees to projects and clients. His areas of expertise include enterprise search, integration architecture,workforce optimization, social media and location-based technology, and GIS. You can find Eric on Twitter at @eric_andersen.
2011 Speaker: Strategist, artist, creative economist, and author of “How to Start Your Business with $100” Ja-Naé Duane, has been written up and seen in dozens of media, including by Associated Press, NPR, Classical Singer Magazine, Boston Globe, and Business Week. Mostly recognized for her diverse skill set and unwaivering commitment to improving the quality of life for our global community, Ja-Naé was nominated as one of New England’s “Most Innovative Leaders of 2007.” She is CEO of Wild Women Entrepreneurs, CEO of Ja-Naé Duane Ventures, Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition, and Founder of The Leaders. Ja-Naé is also the Director of Social Media at Overdrive Interactive and a faculty member at Northeastern University. Her book, "How to Create a Revolution: A Step-by-Step Guide from History's Social Influencers" is due out this fall.
James has over 13 years experience building web applications, and more recently mobile apps. In 2008 he founded the Boston WordPress Meetup, a monthly event bringing users together to network and share ideas, and with sponsorship from corporations such as Microsoft. Continually immersing himself in the latest web technologies and trends, James helps today’s growing businesses leverage software to overcome challenges and improve overall efficiency.
2011 Speaker: Jeff Cutler is a freelance/social media journalist with 21 years experience in traditional and new media. He is also the Social Media Trainer for the Society of Professional Journalists nationwide. Jeff harnesses the power of social media in his job as a journalist and content creator. He also advises clients on the best way to reach their audiences through the use of various media and content.
Jeff has presented dozens of social media and content-focused sessions to groups as varied as the National Association of Women Business Owners, television and newspaper outlets across the country, annual conferences for Parenting Publications of America, SPJ, RTDNA, and other media, educational and business groups. He has been a guest speaker on a number of audio and video broadcasts and has even provided his opinion on the value of social media tools to FOX and other networks.
Jeff is a published author; has written for WBUR (NPR Boston), the Boston Globe, AutomotiveRhythms.com, New York Post, Gatehouse Media, MobileMag.com, Technology Review, and other publications. You can find Jeff at jeffcutler.com.
2011 Speaker: John has more than 20 years of marketing and digital marketing experience. A pioneer in the corporate blogging industry, he has been responsible for directing and managing content marketing and social media campaigns from websites to blogs to online communities. John is the author of Strategies and Tools for Corporate Blogging, published in 2007, a frequent blogger at http://pr.typepad.com and is a Founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research, a nonprofit think tank on how social media is being used by business, the media and society. Currently John is Marketing Director for Newlogic, Inc, a management consultancy to R&D Directors and VPs, based in Boston, Massachusetts.
2011 Speaker: John Haydon helps non-profits increase awareness, amplify engagement, and get more donations through social media and online marketing. John owns Inbound Zombie, a consultancy in Cambridge, MA, and is the cofounder of 501 Mission Place, an online forum for nonprofit founders and executive directors.
John has also presented at BlogWorld, The Nonprofit Technology Conference, The 140 Character Conferences, Tufts University, Bentley University, and many other venues.
You can subscribe to his blog at http://johnhaydon.com
2011 Speaker: I am a passionate Internet Marketing Consultant with 20 years of computer technology experience. Add my 8 years of Online Marketing experience and 10 years of Business Development experience, and you get a powerful combination that is rarely seen in this new media market. My passion and focus is working with small/midsize businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs to best leverage Internet technologies to systematically reach their financial and/or growth goals.
2011 Speaker: Kurt Eng :: is a biochemist/biomedical engineer by training. When not researching liver diseases, he can usually be found at the Boston WordPress Meetup, LiveWP.tv or gaming! After installing and using WordPress “the hard way”, Kurt has become active in making technology and cooking easier for people who want to learn through consulting at kurteng.com.
2011 Speaker: Providing Emerging Media, TransMedia, Digital Strategies and Business Growth for Industries such as Hospitality, Retail, Tourism, Film, Music, Wine, Food, Corporations of all sizes, and Individuals.
Leslie Poston co-authored Twitter for Dummies and is authoring Social Media Metrics for Dummies for Wiley Publishing, contributed to the Social Media ProBook and wrote the Grande Guide to Social Advertising. She has also written for Media Bullseye, Mashable, TechnoBuffalo, TechBlorge, MacBlorge, Profy and other small press.
She is the Founder and CEO of Magnitude Media, emerging media and business consultancy. She works with businesses of all shapes and sizes as your emerging media specialist and business growth source. Whatever your size, from individual or SMB to international corporation, she can help you. Leslie is also a sought after speaker, headlining at MIDEM in Cannes, France as well as leading talks and workshops at events such as Book Expo America.
A firm believer in translating online relationships and successes into the offline world, she has also founded Social Media Breakfast New Hampshire, PodCamp NH and the nationwide Strong Women in Tech initiative. She sits on several Boards of Directors, including Portsmouth Public Media. She lives a stone's throw from Boston in the beautiful seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH. When she isn't writing or consulting she enjoys playing piano, singing and listening to live music as well as seeking out great whiskies and wines and fantastic food.
2011 Speaker: Lindsey Mark is a professional trainer of digital marketing 007’s by day and a creative content producer by night. She writes about marketing and online behaviors for her professional blog on http://blog.compete.com and about (gluten-free) food, (conceptual) art, and (Internet) technologies on her personal blog http://eatseesurf.com.
"Marc is the owner of My Computer Guy Nonprofit Technology Consulting, a consulting firm that helps nonprofits with cloud-based technology such as Salesforce.com, Google Apps, others. Marc has been involved with nonprofits and technology for the past ten years. He was the co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professional’s Network – Boston chapter from 2010-2011 and the founder of the Boston Nonprofit Salesforce User Group. Up until the end of 2009, Marc was Technology Director at Root Cause, a nonprofit in Cambridge, MA that helps social innovators and educates social impact investors. As the first and only technology staff person, he was responsible for all things tech, from debugging network cables to disaster recovery planning. Marc brings a wealth of experience in the private sector, having worked at Motorola and Xerox, as well as a passion for the nonprofit sector and connecting organizations with technology in a positive way. Marc has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a TESOL Certificate from Columbia Teacher’s College in New York City. He lives in Boston with his wonderful wife, Rachel, and their terrific cat, Hadley."
2011 Speaker: An international nonprofit organizational development consultant and fundraising trainer, Marc A. Pitman is the author of Ask Without Fear! and founder of FundraisingCoach.com, a website dedicated to practical ideas for fundraising more effectively.
Because of his dynamic trainings, Marc is invited to speak to organizations like Blackbaud’s Conferences for Nonprofits, Habitat for Humanity International, the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and even the International Bowling Expo. His experience in nonprofit fundraising in many sectors (colleges, prep schools, and healthcare), in executive coaching, and in leadership training has caused him to be featured in books and articles around the world and be sought out as a guest on TV and radio shows including those on NBC, CBS, Fox News, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Committed to making it ridiculously easy for volunteers and nonprofit staff to get fundraising training, Marc continues to write books and has even created a fundraising training DVD set complete with forms nonprofits can print out. That has also been expanded to be an entire board retreat-in-a-box so nonprofit boards will feel confident asking for money.
Marc’s experience also includes planting and pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, teaching internet marketing at Thomas College and co-founding 501MissionPlace.com, a forum for nonprofit founders and executive directors.
He is the husband of his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you see him drive by, he’ll probably be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family.
2011 Speaker: Co-Owner/Principal Graphic Designer, 3thought, Inc.
Matt has been in the design business since the age of 16 when he started as intern with a local design studio. After graduating from Keene State College in New Hampshire, Matt continued to hone his design skills becoming a production and Photoshop expert. He enjoys helping his clients through the conceptual phase to reach the best solution for their needs. An avid consumer of online media and general gadget geek, Matt helps his 3thought clients to see their marketing efforts in a larger strategic context.
Michael brings to the IT services business over 30 years of experience. For the last 11 as proprietor of SOHO Systems LLC, an IT services business located in Norwell, MA focused on supporting the computing and networking needs of small business.
Michael’s prior experience was in Healthcare IT as a Systems Engineer with MedAptus and IDX Systems and in Enterprise IT as a Sr. Customer Engineer with Wang Labs. Michael’s achievements include Microsoft Certified Professional a Certified Cisco Network Associate.
2011 Speaker: Robert Collins is a partner at Human 1.0, a business innovation firm helping clients understand, adopt and execute social strategies.
Collins has 16 years of traditional, digital, social and marketing, public relations and Agency management experience working with global brands.
Collins is the producer and host of Boston's Social Media Breakfast, recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the Top Networking Forums with guest lecturers sharing and exploring the new era of digital communications. Prior to joining Human 1.0, Collins was Principal at New Marketing Labs, a social business agency, and part of the executive team that launched SHIFT Communications a leading PR and social media agency.
Collins speaks at conferences and universities about the evolving digital landscape and the personalization of marketing to better engage and rapidly grow business.
2011 Speaker: Co-Owner/Principal Graphic Designer, 3thought, Inc.
Shea began her design career designing play posters and working at a sign shop while still in high school. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a BFA in graphic design and an AAS in illustration. In her career, she believes she as worked on most every type of design project imaginable from logos and websites to t-shirts and ice cream trucks. At 3thought, Shea works with clients to help then find their "visual voice" and create marketing solutions that are both distinct and practical.
2011 Speaker: Experienced AV expert and professional video producer
"I am a true “video geek” who’s always on top of new ways to deliver video by camera, phone, projector or web. Expert in AV project management from budget and planning through setup and execution. I also get juiced when helping others get started using social media".
2011 Speaker: Digital Strategist, Product Manager/Marketer, Experience Designer, Open Innovation Expert, Futurist, Author.
Steve is a creative and award-winning visionary offering 16 years experience in digital strategy, product marketing, and experience design. Steve’s focus revolves around creating innovative digital strategies and effective user experiences that accelerate and advance business growth and fuel brand advocacy. Over his career, Steve has contributed to the growth of businesses in the airline, hospitality, retail, software and financial services industries. Steve’s background as an entrepreneur and filmmaker along with working for large corporations, has given him unique insight into what businesses need to do in order to stay innovative, entrepreneurial and fiscally fit. Steve has contributed to the growth of businesses such as American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Starwood, Sybase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Visa, Federated Power, IKON and Network Solutions. His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Appsolve, a small business applications marketplace, and Slipstream Aviation Software, an online marketplace for private jet charter sold in 2008 to JIT Airline Resources. As a filmmaker, Steve is co-creator and producer of Browncoats: Redemption, a sequel to Joss Whedon’s feature film Serenity. The project is charity based and produced by Big Damn Fan Films, a 501(c)(3) organization that he co-founded.
Known as an advocate for helping businesses think and act differently, Steve speaks and writes extensively on Creative Leadership, Open Innovation, The Future of Work, Transmedia Storytelling, Entrepreneurship and Technology Trends. Currently, Steve is working on his first book "Work Free: The New Work Order” with co-author Ja-Nae’ Duane, due out in the fall of 2011.
His hobbies include flying airplanes and landing them successfully, playing music for those who will listen and taking interesting pictures of anything that will stand still.
Connect with him on Facebook (stevenjohnfisher), Twitter (@stevenfisher), LinkedIn (stevenfisher), Plaxo (stevenfisher) or Flickr (stevenfisher).
2013, 2012, 2011 Speaker: Tricia White is a senior business advisor with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center. Tricia is an experienced business professional who brings a succession of accomplishments developing and implementing business initiatives. She is experienced in small business ownership, non-profit management and local economic development.
Over the past 20+ years, Tricia has been working with small businesses in many different capacities. She has walked in the shoes of small business owners while working in a family business for 17 years as well as branching into a separate entity to further develop her own marketing and branding company. She is passionate about helping others while empowering them to be successful in their goal of business ownership.
As the past Executive Director of the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, she continued to work with the community bringing awareness to local businesses by promoting their products and services. She also helped with economic development initiatives that brought large business into the region creating new jobs and positive economic impact.
She has created and implemented a social media program that helps small businesses better understand the importance of social media. She teaches the core beliefs of listening to your customer, creating strategies for presence on the web, developing communities within your social networks and monitoring results.
Tricia has a food blog Friends Food Family (www.friendsfoodfamily.com) which she uses to show results from blogging, networking and monitoring your SEO. She is also Google Adwords Certified.
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2011 Speaker: Ursula August is a Video Producer & Editor with 10 years of experience in all aspects of production. She specializes in branding & marketing digital content - from conceptualization through post-production. She currently holds the position of Digital Specialist at Schwartz MSL and also continues building up her production company, Rapid Edge Productions.