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Thursday
May172012

Speaker Spotlight: Lamar Tyler of Black & Married with Kids


Lamar Tyler has been called a New Media Strategist, Consultant, Blogger and Filmmaker but basically he just creates good content.

Lamar¹s strategic approach of using social media to promote his independent film projects has resulted in a huge following, including a fan base of over 80,000 on Facebook. Lamar has leveraged that fan base to build relationships, and develop a grass roots distribution network across the country. Along with his wife Ronnie, Lamar runs the award-winning blog
Black and Married With Kids and has been featured in The Washington Post, Parenting Magazine, Essence Magazine on CNN¹s Headline News, NPR, Sirius\XM and many other print, broadcast and online media outlets.

After spending 15 years in the IT industry Lamar currently focuses much of his time coaching professionals and major brands spanning several industries, on how to leverage audiences by using strategic social networking techniques. Follow Lamar on Twitter @blackandmarried and @lamartyler.

Lamar is a featured panelist at Blogging While Brown June 1-2, 2012 in Philadelphia. His "Managing an Online Community" panel will discuss strategies to increase reader engagement, the art of storytelling to help build a brand, resources available to bloggers to help leverage the power of Facebook to build a brand, push traffic to their blogs, market events and sell products.

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Wednesday
May162012

Speaker Spotlight: Jennifer Polk, VP @ Edelman Digital

Jennifer is a Vice President with Edelman Digital. In this role, she provides digital thought leadership, strategic counsel, client service and account leadership to corporate clients and consumer brands.  Jennifer’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, development and execution of integrated marketing and communication strategies leading to improved audience engagement.  Jennifer also has experience leading online conversation monitoring and reporting, influencer outreach and engagement, community management, as well issues management, which has helped Edelman clients identify and address issues facing their business and brands. 

Previously, Jennifer was Director of Social Media Strategy for Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC) and a member of their Senior Leadership Program. In this role, Jennifer  led an in-house social media agency, provided strategic counsel and developed digital marketing programs for Sears and Kmart, their e-commerce websites and various business units. Prior to this, Jennifer served as Chief of Staff to the Chief Information Officer of SHC, re-launching the internal IT web portal and managing communication on behalf of the CIO. Jennifer also held the position of Brand Manager for Kenmore, leading  the multi-billion Cooking category and brand re-launch for the category.

Before joining SHC, Jennifer worked for JPMorgan Chase where she held several positions and was most recently a  Commercial Banker. During this time, Jennifer earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in strategic management from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jennifer also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Jennifer is a Chicago native who currently lives in the Western Suburbs with her husband and two daughters. When she is not at work, Jennifer enjoys using social media, blogging, reading, shopping, cooking and watching movies. Follow Jennifer on twitter @JenPolk1.

Jennifer is a featured panelist at Blogging While Brown June 1-2, 2012 in Philadelphia. Her panel "Blogs & Brands" will be featured on Friday during our Business of Blogging Symposium. This panel will discuss how bloggers can effectively work with brands and what brands look for when selecting bloggers for campaigns.

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Tuesday
May152012

Speaker Spotlight: Luvvie Ajayi aka Awesomely Luvvie

 

Lovette “Luvvie” Ajayi* is a writer, social media strategist and trainer. She’s also an experienced blogger who’s been at it for 9 years, 5 of which are at her humor blog, AwesomelyLuvvie. Luvvie's background is in Marketing, Communications and New Media, and she’s presented at several conferences over the years on these topics. The conferences include: The Nonprofit Technology Conference, BlogHer, Blogging While Brown, Chicago Social Media Summit, Blogalicious Weekend, NeighborWorks Symposium.

 

Luvvie’s also passionate about social justice and she's addicted to shoes. She combined these loves and founded The Red Pump Project with Karyn Watkins. Red Pump is a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives as well as Resolution adopted in their name by the City Council of Chicago.

Luvvie is a featured panelist at Blogging While Brown June 1-2, 2012 in Philadelphia. Her opening keynote panel
"Your Personal Brand: It actually IS all about you!" will discuss how not to just create, but craft and maintain a strong personal brand online. Accompanied by fellow panelists Adria Richards and Scott Hanselman, the three will talk about how they developed three very different, very distinct, but demonstrably effective personal brands online.

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Monday
May142012

Speaker Spotlight: Slim Jackson of Single Black Male


Slim Jackson is the Executive Editor for Single Black Male, the 2011 recipient of the Black Weblog Awards Best Blog Design and Best Blog Post Series awards. Single Black Male has also been listed in Ebony Magazine's Power 100 list, in addition to being mentioned on both Essence and Clutch Magazine's websites.

Outside of his efforts at SBM, Slim maintains a personal development blog. He's also been a guest on the Michael Baisden show and various online radio productions. You can also find Slim writing for other online venues including Uptown Magazine. Slim resides in Harlem, where he maintains a day job as an HR professional.

Slim is a featured panelists at Blogging While Brown 2012. His panel The Brothers of Blogging: Making it in a Woman’s World, will discuss the challenges and triumphs of being Black men who blog in a women dominated blogosphere.

Follow Slim on Twitter @slimjackson.

Tuesday
May082012

Speaker Spotlight: Anslem Samuel Rocque, Senior Producer of Interactive Media @ BlackEnterprise.com

Anslem Samuel Rocque has been a culture critic/journalist for over 12 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for XXLMag.com. Currently, he serves as the Senior Producer of Interactive Media at BlackEnterprise.com.

Over the course of his career, Anslem has written for a wide array of publications, including   EssenceBlender,   Penthouse,   Complex Vibe,   King  and  Rides.  His work has also appeared on AOL's BlackVoices.com, Barnes&Noble.com, Ebony.com and MadameNoire.com, among other media publications. In 2008, Anslem started penning his own personal tales about the pursuit of life, love and understanding the opposite sex on his hilarious and insightful daily blog, Naked With Socks On [NWSO.net], which earned a Best Blog Series nod in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards. Extending his personal brand even further, Anslem broke into online radio with the Naked Radio Show, where he moderates frank discussions on sex, relationships and current events every Tuesday night from 10pm-12am EST on PNCRadio.fm.

Anslem is a featured panelists at Blogging While Brown 2012, June 1-2 in Philadelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. His panel, "Social Media & Technology: What’s Next?" will discuss current trends in social media & technology and how Black Bloggers can position themselves to be more influential in the future.

Register today for Blogging While Brown 2012.