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June 2008

Social Media Breakfast

I attended my first Social Media Breakfast today - a monthly event where "social media experts and newbies alike come together to eat, meet, share, and learn." This particular event was held at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, and featured four, 5-minute presentations on the use of video in social media by the following individuals:

  • Ben Grossman and Emily Belyea, representing Emerson College's McMahon & Tate (student ad agency)
  • Jeff Glasson, director of social media & technology at PerkettPR
  • Larry Lawfer, founder and president of YourStorys
  • Rob Lane, CEO/co-founder of Overlay.TV

True to its name, it was indeed a social event - with nearly an hour of networking before the main dish, and no shortage of attendees coming up to introduce themselves.  But the highlight of the event (for me) was the AOL work presented by the Emerson students, which is truly a great example of leveraging video in social media.

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Breakfast for Champions

Gloria_2 Recognize the woman on the left?

It's the one-and-only journalist, entrepreneur, and feminist icon, Gloria Steinem.

I had the chance to meet her yesterday, and hear her speak in front of about 1200 other women, at the The Commonwealth Institute's 9th Annual Breakfast for Champions.

And it wasn't entirely as I'd expected.

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