Women in Business Chat on Speaking Opportunities featuring Alessandra Lariu & Amy Vernon

by Tinu Abayomi-Paul on April 6, 2013

twitterIt’s that time again! Every second Monday of the month, the Women Grow Business community gathers on Twitter to discuss matters of importance to women in business.

One of the areas we’re constantly getting feedback about is how more women can get speaking engagements at business and technology conferences.

Public speaking, in addition to being beneficial in and of themselves, can also lead to wider exposure to a target market, as well as to other opportunities. In our discussion coming up on Monday, April 8th, at noon Eastern, we’re going to be talking about to a returning guest Amy Vernon, about how she’s been able to get more speaking opportunities, and to Alessandra Lariu about how we can support the people we want to see up on stage.

Yes! Amy Vernon is Back!

amy-vernonAmy Vernon has graced our chat with her presence before, this past July in our chat about Creating and Maintaining Genuine Connections in Social Media. A well-known digital strategist and the General Manager of Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs, Amy is known not just for the ability to spot and nurture communities that are not just large, but responsive.

Her expertise in leading communities has led to an abundance of speaking engagements – and lately not just the acceptance of submissions, but invitations to speak. Amy’s going to speak with us about how she went from fighting to get on panels to being pursued, and give us some tips on how to get from here to there.

You can read more about her background in journalism dating back to the 90s in our last write-up about Amy. You can also read her blog chronicling her views on social media news for more.

More About Alessandra Lariu

Alessandra-Lariu-Lx225Alessandra Lariu is a first-time guest expert with us, and we’re privileged to have her. She is the CEO of Shout, “a radical new way for women in digital advertising to collaborate and get paid”, and the co-founder of SheSays, an award-winning global creative network for women. SheSays has come up with an easy to use, free tool that helps more women who want to speak at conferences gain visibility. We’ll be asking her to help us understand how it works.

Named as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of the “World’s Most Influential Female Creative Directors” by AdWomen, and a member of the Wharton’s Future of Advertising Global Advisory Board, Alessandra is among the most accomplished guest experts we’d had – and with our history of amazing women leaders, that’s saying something.

Before starting her own company, she was SVP Group Creative Director at McCann, where she has worked with clients like MasterCard, General Mills, Kohls, Nikon and Verizon. Before that, she worked for Agency Republic, a digital boutique shop four times best interactive agency in the UK. Her 15 year-old career in advertising has lead to 18 prestigious industry accolades including Cannes, D&AD and OneShow. She also spoke at over 15 conferences in the past five years.

You can read more of her background on her LinkedIn page, or on the team page at Shout.

Or you could come ask her questions yourself at our Twitter chat with her this coming Monday, April 8, 2013 at Noon Eastern. We’d really like to have you there, whether you’re a regular attendee or a brand new participant.

So how does that happen? I’m so glad you asked.

How do you follow The #WgBiz Twitter chats?

  1. Log into TwitterTweetchatTweetgridTweetdeck, or any other Twitter tool that lets you isolate a hashtag. (If you’re not on twitter, the Tweetchat link to #wgbiz is easiest. But it’s way more fun to sign up and join us!)
  2. Follow our Twitter hashtag #wgbiz. (In Twitter you can use the search at the top of the screen, in Tweetchat or Tweetgrid, once you’re logged in, you’ll see an area for you to enter the hashtag at the top of the screen. In Tweetdeck, you can create a column that searches for that hashtag)
  3. Arrive as early as 11:45 a.m. to introduce yourself, send us a link to your site, and share your latest project, as well as to meet the other chatters.
  4. Make sure you’re following the host, in this case me (@wgbiz is the official channel, while @Tinu is my personal handle), and the featured guests, Alessandra Lariu (@alelariu) and Amy Vernon (@AmyVernon). This way, you can easily follow the conversation, send questions during the chat, or follow up  later.
  5. Have fun! :) Our free twitter chats are meant to be educational, sure, but also lighter fare than a teleconference or webinar.

Attend Our Next Women Grow Business Chat, Live

Our chat is a regular occurrence, a monthly coming together of sometimes dozens, often hundreds, of people who are interested in the fate of women in business. Yes, people means men too – all are welcome!

Every second Monday of the month at noon, the Women Grow Business community has a Twitter chat. We usually have a guest expert, announced on our blog prior to the chat, who we interview about the topic du jour. You can subscribe to our blog, our Facebook or Twitter page, if you’d like to get the announcement of our next guest delivered to you.

To be reminded when the chat is approaching, you can also sign up for free on our Eventbrite page. Hope to see you there!

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