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KEEN—for Keeping Entrepreneurs Engaged and Networking—is convening an eclectic and exciting group of top digital tastemakers, leaders, founders and innovators all under one roof from October 24 to 27, 2013 in a three-day B2B and B2C event and expo. This inaugural conference in Nashville welcomes social influencers, journalists, editors, developers, start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 brands to come meet, collaborate, and learn about innovative technologies and new platforms in the areas of travel, technology, food and spirits, family and entertainment.

Omni Nashville, which opened its doors on Sept. 30, is KEEN’s official hotel sponsor and the site of all content and programming. Speakers and special guests will engage their audiences on all levels with talks about targeted advertising, using social for good, Millennial marketing, email campaigns, visual messaging, digital media ethics and much more. Keep up to date with the summit schedule as it evolves.
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Thursday, October 24
 

5:30pm

OPENING ADDRESS: Mayor Dean and the CVC's Butch Spyridon
KEEN founder Kristin Luna and Omni VP of Corporate Communication Anne Tramer will open the conference, followed by an address from CEO of the CVC Butch Spyridon and Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville.

Thursday October 24, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

6:30pm

KEEN VIP Reception presented by Launch TN and Farm House
If you're a KEEN speaker or sponsor, we invite you to arrive at aVenue early for a special reception we have planned to thank you for your support of our conference. LaunchTN will serve as our host with Farm House, which just opened its doors in Nashville earlier this month, catering with passed appetizers. Complimentary cocktails will be provided by Four Roses Bourbon, 360 Vodka and Absolut Tune. By invite only.

Thursday October 24, 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
aVenue 120 3rd Ave South, Nashville, TN

8:00pm

KEEN Kick-Off Party at aVenue
Come join us for the opening soiree of the first ever KEEN Digital Summit! The evening will be co-hosted by Nashville Lifestyles, Music City's premier glossy magazine, and streamed by Nashville Underground Radio, who will also emcee the night. Local songbird Katelyn Epperly and her band will take the stage later in the evening, and complimentary cocktails will be provided by Four Roses Bourbon, 360 Vodka and Absolut Tune. This event is open to all KEEN attendees. aVenue is only two blocks up and one block over from the Omni Nashville, site of all KEEN programming, so it's a quick and easy walk. See you there!

Thursday October 24, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
aVenue 120 3rd Ave South, Nashville, TN
 
Friday, October 25
 

8:00am

OPENING KEYNOTE: Getting the Most Out of Your Digital Relationships
Speakers
avatar for Jairek Robbins

Jairek Robbins

Professional Speaker and Performance Coach
Jairek Robbins is a man on a mission focused on developing creative solutions for accelerating results. By evaluating a company’s strategic objectives, Jairek is able to build a customized roadmap to achieve goals with speed and precision. At only 23 years old, Jairek was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal from the United States Congress. By 25, he became and international phenom by developing a revolutionary approach to... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Omni Ballroom A + B

8:55am

Digital Media Ethics + What Agencies Seek in Influencers
Are you a blogger looking to grab the attention of an agency? Are you a publicist or marketer looking for innovative ways to reach a new audience? Listen in on what these three agency vets have to say.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner

Lifestyle Blogger, The Mom Creative
Jessica is wife, mom, marketing professional and founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. There she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well-crafted, through posts on parenting, memory keeping and frugal living. Dozens of influential brands including Southwest Airlines, DaySpring, Maytag, P&G, Hallmark, World Vision, Dyson, Rubbermaid, World Market and Oreck have partnered with Jessica for features on their products and... Read More →

Speakers
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Sami Cone

Blogger, Radio Host and TV Correspondent
With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. She appears regularly on TV and morning radio as a Frugal... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Founder/CEO, One2One Network
After many years as a seasoned music business marketing executive, Blissful Media Group CEO Barbara Jones felt there was a real opportunity to help brands and agencies harness and guide the power of women and moms online. In 2008, she founded the premier word of mouth and blog network, One2One Network and co-founded the top women’s international social media conferences, BlissDom Events. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant on... Read More →
avatar for Leah Jones

Leah Jones

Vice President, Olson
Leah Jones joined Olson in 2011 and now oversees the social and emerging media efforts across the agency. With the primary goal of connecting great content to the right communities, Leah assists with planning and business development to ensure that social media is integrated into every plan we create. In her tenure at Olson, she has launched Dunder Mifflin paper for Quill.com using the food truck phenomena, and is growing social media buzz... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 8:55am - 9:45am
Omni Ballroom A + B

8:55am

Watch Your Back: Preventing Brand Thievery
In the business world where cautionary tales are plentiful, oftentimes the best defense is a good offense. Using Turner Barr's real life example of his "Around the World in 80 Jobs" being swiped without his permission, these experts will look at how entrepreneurs and creatives can protect their brands through self-help measures and the legal process. What are your rights? What steps can you take on the front end to avoid an expensive disaster on the back end? Learn how to ensure protection for your brand--and what to do if someone tries to swipe your intellectual property.

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Underwood

Ryan Underwood

Business Editor, Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management.
Ryan Underwood is currently Business Editor at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. He also is a regular freelance writer for Inc. magazine, mostly covering technology trends and venture capital. Previously, he served as Politics Editor at The Tennessean and before that as Assistant Business Editor at the paper. Prior to returning to his hometown of Nashville, he worked as a staff writer at Fast Company magazine in Boston... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Turner Barr

Turner Barr

Founder, Around the World in 80 Jobs
Seattle native Turner Barr graduated from UC Berkeley and holds a Masters in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Luxembourg. Turner set out 7 years ago exploring the world. 90 countries and six continents later, he founded AroundtheWorldin80Jobs.com, a portal and web video series designed to inspire people to have more meaningful work/life experiences overseas. In 2013, Turner led the #makeitright campaign against the... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Oddo

Stephen Oddo

Co-Founder, Walks of Italy
Stephen Oddo was raised in a tourism industry family that instilled the value of world travel. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Santa Barbara, then moved to Rome, Italy in 2005 to track his Italian heritage and become actively involved in tourism. In 2009, he co-founded Erretiesse SRL, a travel agency at Vatican City. Shortly thereafter he partnered with travel expert Jason Spiehler to found WalksofItaly.com, a travel company for Italy... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Zralek

Stephen Zralek

Litigation: IP & Entertainment Disputes, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
A self-proclaimed artist trapped in a lawyer's body, Stephen Zralek helps clients resolve entertainment, intellectual property (IP) and business disputes, both in and out of court. He is a highly sought-after speaker on issues of copyright, rights of publicity, trademark and other forms of intellectual property. He was born and raised in Nashville, and is glad everyone else has finally caught on why Nashville is the "It" City. He is a... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 8:55am - 9:45am
Omni Ballroom C + D

9:55am

30 Minutes with CMT: Twerking With The Viacom Music Group
Twerking With The Viacom Music Group: Keeping Your Brand Relevant

Always evolving to remain relevant and customizing to expand reach, the networks of MTV have transcended music and morphed to meet the ever-changing demands of their consumers. Dee Mc Laughlin left her job at the Virgin Group working with Richard Branson, and Lisa Chader left her position with Comedy Central working on South Park, to redefine the CMT network. Join them for a conversation about reinvention in the digital revolution.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Chader

Lisa Chader

SVP, Corporate Communications, MTV Networks
Lisa Chader is Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for CMT, a unit of Viacom Media Networks, based in Nashville. She is responsible for creating and executing network and program publicity strategies for original series, special events and corporate strategy across all CMT brands. Under her direction, Chader’s team works to elevate CMT’s brand-awareness with high-profile media coverage of shows and... Read More →
avatar for Dee Mc Laughlin

Dee Mc Laughlin

SVP, Brand Strategy, Marketing & Creative, MTV Networks, CMT/MTVN
Dee Mc Laughlin is Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy, Marketing & Creative for CMT, where she oversees all aspects of marketing and creative for the network with a focus on brand stewardship and strategic alignment across all CMT businesses. Since joining CMT in 2008, she has developed a concise brand definition and strategy that has unified all CMT’s platforms and has been instrumental in attracting new advertisers and strategic partners... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 9:55am - 10:25am
Omni Ballroom A + B

9:55am

30 Minutes with Daniel Bear Hunley: Placing Your Products on Pinterest
Are you a company trying to figure out if Pinterest is the right marketing model for you? Are you an individual wanting to place your products on one of the web's most popular social media platforms? Named one of the top style Pinners by Time magazine, Daniel Bear Hunley shares tips on how he built an empire of more than a million followers and how you can have Pinterest success, too.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Hunley

Daniel Hunley

Pinterest Marketer, Bear Media
Named one of Time Magazine’s Top 30 Style Pinners, Daniel Bear Hunley is a freelance social media consultant and online influencer engaging Pinterest audiences across the globe from his home in Nashville. With a triple major in marketing, entrepreneurship and management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he has worked with Microsoft, Callaway Golf, Smart Car International, World Market, Bonobos.com and has been featured at... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 9:55am - 10:25am
Omni Ballroom C + D

10:35am

Social for Good: Crowdsourcing for a Cause
Leverage your social media presence to raise awareness--or money--for a philanthropic cause.

Moderators
avatar for Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman

Start It Up editor, Entrepreneur magazine
Margaret Littman is a Nashville-based journalist who covers small businesses, travel and all manner of other topics for websites, magazines and book publishers. She is the author of the Nashville Essential Guide app and many travel guidebooks, including the upcoming Moon Nashville. She is the editor of the Start It Up section of Entrepreneur magazine and the founder of her own startup business, Nashville Paddle Co. Since moving to Music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mara Gorman

Mara Gorman

Founder, The Mother of all Trips/Passports with Purpose
Mara Gorman is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of USA Today special publications and on AOL Travel. Her award–winning blog The Mother of all Trips has inspired families to travel for the past five years and she founded the crowd-sourced Back to Ski campaign, which focuses on using social media and the web to get families excited about downhill skiing. | | She has been on the board of the travel blogging... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Founder, BeautySmith
BeautySmith founder, Shannon Smith, is a top beauty expert focusing on education and services as well as consulting for spas, celebrities and skincare professionals around the United States. Her clientele has included Mario Lopez, host of Extra TV, actor Tyrese Gibson and model Eloise DeJoria to name a few. Harnessing social platforms to grow her businesses both online and off, Smith's biggest contributor to her success is utilizing... Read More →
avatar for Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky

Beauty and Style Blogger, Freelance writer/editor/blogger
Aly Walansky created A Little Aly-tude on SheKnows.com in 2006, as one of the first well-known beauty and style blogs on the Internet. Over time, it became a foremost source for advice, tips, reviews, and commentary across the lifestyle genre. Aly regularly contributes to SheKnows.com, xoVain, HowAboutWe, Life & Beauty, LovingYou.com, CeleBuzz, The Gloss and many more web and print publications. | While she is well-known for her beauty and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 10:35am - 11:25am
Omni Ballroom A + B

10:35am

PR + Writers: Make Your Magazine Pitch Heard
Even though some may claim "print is dead," thanks to multimedia, magazines are as alive as ever, with presences in print, online, and on various social media platforms (such as Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and more). Are you a publicist hoping to get your client on a magazine's radar? Are you a writer wanting to sell your story idea to a glossy, whether for its print edition or digital channels? Take tips from these seasoned publishing veterans on how to get your pitch noticed.

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Steuber

Jenny Steuber

Director of Public Relations, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jenny Steuber is the Director of Public Relations for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation where she oversees national and international PR efforts made to showcase Nashville as a top meeting and leisure destination and as the Music City. From pitching new story ideas, facilitating media requests and hosting travel media throughout the year, Jenny shares stories about the character, creativity, charm and all around coolness of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Founder and Publisher, CAKE&WHISKEY
Megan Smith is founder/publisher/editor of CAKE&WHISKEY; the Sweet & Spirited World of Business magazine. For nearly a decade she’s contributed as a freelance writer to many publications and founded Art of Homemaking, a lifestyle blog & brand that draws in over 50,000 monthly. She’s owned/operated three successful businesses, one of which is The Marshmallows Company; a gourmet marshmallows brand started by her 5-year-old son, Canaan. The... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 10:35am - 11:25am
Omni Ballroom C + D

11:35am

30 Minutes with Evan Farmer: Breaking In the Entertainment World (via Your Online Presence)
Based on 20 years of success, acting in film and television, hosting several shows on TV and radio, recording 2 gold albums, and performing to sold out stadiums with two different bands on several continents, Evan Farmer will speak to the critical importance of managing your online branding in today’s “information-based” world, regardless of whether your dreams are in entertainment or another industry. His talk will cover his seven unbreakable laws of branding as spelled out in his book “Breaking In: The Formula For Success In Entertainment, as well as immediate actions to take if you have already broken or are breaking the seven laws currently.

Speakers
avatar for Evan Farmer

Evan Farmer

Author, Breaking In: The Formula for Success
Evan Farmer is an American actor, musician, designer, songwriter, television personality and author. Based on 20 years in the industry of hosting shows on TV and radio, recording two gold albums, and performing to sold-out stadiums with two different bands on several continents, Evan Farmer will speak to the critical importance of managing your online branding in today’s “information based” world, regardless of whether your... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 11:35am - 12:05am
Omni Ballroom A + B

11:35am

30 Minutes with Omni: Mining for Gold: How to Collaborate with Brands
Have you ever approached a brand with a partnership opportunity and felt like your ask disappeared into a big, black hole? Join Anne Tramer, vice president, corporate communications for Omni Hotels & Resorts, as she helps demystify and unravel the corporate side of partnerships and discusses the “do’s and don’ts” to maximize your relationship. Learn how to tackle the big brand beast and reach the pot of gold.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Tramer

Anne Tramer

Vice President, Corporate Communications, Omni Hotels & Resorts


Friday October 25, 2013 11:35am - 12:05am
Omni Ballroom C + D

12:15pm

30 Minutes with Blissful Media Group: How To Engage Layers of Social Influencers
Speakers
avatar for Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Founder/CEO, One2One Network
After many years as a seasoned music business marketing executive, Blissful Media Group CEO Barbara Jones felt there was a real opportunity to help brands and agencies harness and guide the power of women and moms online. In 2008, she founded the premier word of mouth and blog network, One2One Network and co-founded the top women’s international social media conferences, BlissDom Events. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant on... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

12:15pm

30 Minutes with Nashville Lifestyles: Shucking Reality + Following Your Passion
Speakers
avatar for Erin Murray

Erin Murray

Managing Editor, Nashville Lifestyles
In 2009, Erin Byers Murray ditched her day job as an online lifestyle editor to work as a farm hand at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Mass. She spent 18 months working side-by-side with a crew of oyster farmers to learn the business of bivalves. The product of her journey is Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm, a memoir published in 2011 about her time working on the farm. Today, Murray is a journalist based in Nashville and the... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

12:45pm

Lunch Break
Friday October 25, 2013 12:45pm - 1:15pm
n/a

1:15pm

30 Minutes with the Associated Press: The Importance of Video in New Coverage
Video news is no longer an add-on to a news story but increasingly is an essential part of the news experience for consumers. Availability of video is often a deciding factor in their selection of a news source. Hear about video usage trends and how to think about new ways to serve up content online.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Yeomans

Adam Yeomans

Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Adam Yeomans is the Associated Press bureau chief for Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi and responsible for sales and marketing in those states. Before coming to Nashville in 2005, he was the assistant bureau chief in AP's Miami bureau from 1998 to 2004, and news editor for Florida from 1996 to 1997. He joined the AP in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1993 as a reporter after working for The Orlando Sentinel, where he covered tourism and economic... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

1:15pm

Food Track: Round Tables
The first part of the Food & Spirits track will feature 20-minute round tables with six industry experts covering the following information:

  • Partnering with PR
  • Recipe Development
  • The Art of Pairings
  • Food Styling
  • Food Photography

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Bernardo

Kristy Bernardo

Personal Chef and Food Writer, The Wicked Noodle
Kristy Bernardo is a personal chef, cooking instructor, spokesperson, and food and travel writer. She works with many national brands developing recipes, has performed as both judge and host in a professionally filmed cooking series and is a frequent television guest. An avid runner, she loves adventure and the outdoors. Kristy lives in Northern Virginia but you can find her virtually on her blog, The Wicked Noodle.
avatar for Katie Jacobs

Katie Jacobs

Art Director and Stylist, Styling My Everyday
Katie is the former creative director of Nashville Lifestyles magazine where she produced and styled photoshoots with Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and many more. Currently she is a graphic designer and photographer as well as the art director and creator of stylingmyeveryday.com, a food and lifestyles blog with a focus on styling, entertaining and DIY. The Nashville native has a passion for all things local, a... Read More →
avatar for Larry McCormack

Larry McCormack

Photojournalist, The Tennessean
Larry McCormack, a photojournalist with the Tennessean in Nashville, got his start in small town newspapers. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980 with a degree in Mass Communications he worked for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro until July 1981. He then moved to the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle until 1983 when he accepted a position with the Nashville Banner, where he stayed until it closed in 1998. He has... Read More →
avatar for Beth Sachan

Beth Sachan

Director of Marketing, Goo Goo Cluster
Beth Sachan’s love of food led her to create the blog, Eat. Drink. Smile., which has been named “Best Food Blog” in Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville poll. Since beginning her blog 5 years ago, Beth has gained quite a following not only in Nashville, but around the world, as people reach out to her for advice on food, drink and travel in Music City and beyond. In addition to her own website, she has also been a contributor to The... Read More →
avatar for Vivek Surti

Vivek Surti

Marketing and Communications, Nashville Wine Auction
Vivek Surti is a first generation Indian-American who was born and raised in Tennessee. He developed a love for great food and drink growing up watching his grandmother and mother cook traditional Indian food daily. After a few years of working on numerous national political campaigns, Vivek luckily stumbled upon a job that allowed him to marry his love of food & drinks with his background in communications and non-profit... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 1:15pm - 2:55pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

1:55pm

30 Minutes with Steve Broback: Social Data and Monitoring for Marketers
Social Data and Monitoring for Marketers: Tips, Tricks and (Easy) Hacks

Take control! There are a lot of great tools and services for mining and monitoring the social landscape, but even the most feature-laden dashboards and engines don't always give you the results you need. In this Twitter-focused session, Tweet House founder Steve Broback will show you some of his favorite real-world tools and techniques that non-coders use to access, control, evaluate, and *act* on the data that various social search engines and dashboards provide.

  • Social data sources: You don't need big budgets to get to the best (or largely unknown) data sets
  • Easy data capture: APIs aren't just for coders or those with big budgets
  • Micro-targeting and "big" data: Merging and evaluating tweets, profiles, and CRM info to isolate and prioritize your efforts
  • Data evaluation: The hidden army of assistants available to you that can find buyers, fans, and detractors hidden in millions of tweets
  • Driving conversion: Streamlining outreach and response with browser tricks and automation


Speakers
avatar for Steve Broback

Steve Broback

Founder, Parnassus Group
Steve Broback is the cofounder of the Dent Conference and founder of the Parnassus Group. He is best known for his social media gatherings such as the 'Tweet House' and '140' Twitter Conferences. With Parnassus, Broback also hosted the Blog Business Summit and the Web Community Forum events. Broback cofounded Thunder Lizard Productions, (a technology event production company) in 1991, which was acquired by Fawcette Technical Publications... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 1:55pm - 2:25pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

2:35pm

30 Minutes with Emma: Best Email Marketing Practices
Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Price

Cynthia Price

Partner Development, Emma
Cynthia Price leads Emma's partner development efforts, working to bring lots of fabulous new partners into the Emma community. A Nashville native and graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Cynthia has employed her natural ability to build relationships on both a local and national level for over 15 years. |


Friday October 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:05pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

3:15pm

30 Minutes with Pizzazzerie: Getting "In" with the Big Brands
Speakers
avatar for Courtney Whitmore

Courtney Whitmore

Stylist & Cookbook Author, Pizzazzerie
With a love of entertaining, Courtney Whitmore has become a well-known stylist and writer in the field of party design and food styling. Growing up in the South, she attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in organizational leadership. Now she has three cookbooks under her belt and a client list that includes HERSHEY’S Chocolates, Michael's Craft Stores, Tostitos, and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

3:15pm

30 Minutes with Dave Delaney: New Business Networking
How to use online and offline methods to connect and grow your professional networks.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Delaney

Dave Delaney

Author, New Business Networking
Dave Delaney is a recognized leader, consultant and speaker on digital marketing, social media strategy, and business networking. His book, New Business Networking, explores online and offline tools, tips and techniques to grow and nurture your professional network. In July 2012, Delaney was selected by Billboard Magazine as a digital marketing expert to follow. In May 2012, Delaney was featured by the Nashville Business Journal as a Power Leader... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

3:55pm

Creating Virtual Buzz for Your Beverage Brand
Moderators
avatar for B.J. Lofback

B.J. Lofback

President, Nashville Food Truck Association
B.J. Lofback, owner of the food truck Riff's Fine Street Foods, recently opened Riff's Cafe at Highland Ridge with partner Carlos Davis. He is also the president of the Nashville Food Truck Association, which largely grew their presence locally through the use of social media.

Speakers
avatar for James Hensley

James Hensley

Sales Manager, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
Before taking on the roll of Sales Manager and Mixologist for Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, makers of Belle Meade Bourbon, James had many years of experience managing groundbreaking bar and restaurant concepts in Nashville. James has been instrumental in shaping bar programs that have garnered high praise from the nations top food and lifestyle magazines.
avatar for Sloane Scott

Sloane Scott

Chief Marketing Office, Fishbowl Spirits and Blue Chair Bay Rum
Sloane Scott has a colorful past, from running restaurants like Ed Debevic’s in Chicago and Nashville’s Wildhorse, to a brief stint selling office furniture with Herman Miller. | | Sloane is an expert entertainment sponsorship dealmaker. While at George P. Johnson, the world’s premier experience marketing agency, she worked with the G7 team to build the company’s sponsorship portfolio to a $8.5M business. Clients... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Stewart-Howard

Stephanie Stewart-Howard

Food & Spirits Writer, Author and Blogger, Buttermilk Trace
Stephanie Stewart-Howard is a Franklin-based lifestyle journalist, editor and blogger. The former managing editor at Nashville Lifestyles is currently a contributor to a number of local and national publications, including Nashville Arts, Livability.com, Renaissance magazine, and others. Her book The Nashville Chef's Table, published by Globe Pequot Press, arrives in stores December 3. She blogs at buttermilktrace.com and the forthcoming... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 3:55pm - 4:45pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

3:55pm

Pivot Your Business
Moderators
avatar for Bayard Saunders

Bayard Saunders

Director, Internet Sales & Marketing, The General
Bayard Saunders has helped organizations and brands from startups to the Fortune 100 manage change and reinvention. Currently he is the Director of Internet Sales and Marketing for "The General," owned by American Family Insurance. His experience spans digital marketing and public relations at WPP Group and Omnicom agencies providing strategic counsel to clients including Sony, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Heineken USA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Denise Garciano

Denise Garciano

Partner and Chief Social Strategist, Buzzsmith
Denise Garciano is a partner and Chief Social Strategist at Buzzsmith. Her experience over the past 9 years has been in integrated online marketing and social media. Her work has included establishing and developing an all encompassing social media program for retailer PacSun as well as working on social media strategies for agencies Saatchi & Saatchi on Toyota and TBWA\Chiat\Day on PepsiCo, Jimmy Dean, Kraft, Pacific Standard Time... Read More →
avatar for Dave Harkins

Dave Harkins

CEO, Blue Ridge Group
David Harkins teaches organizations and individuals how to successfully overcome the inability, the fear, and sometimes the unwillingness, to change. He has extensive experience in marketing strategy, branding, customer engagement, and eCommerce. | For more than 20 years, David has helped companies navigate the challenges brought by disruption. He has worked in many industries and has held senior positions with--or advised--many well-known... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 3:55pm - 4:45pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

5:00pm

30 Minutes with Otaku South: The Birth of a Restaurant through Social Media and Storytelling
Music industry veteran Sarah Gavigan always dreamed of being a chef. After a move back to her homestate of Tennessee she saw an opportunity to bring the beloved Japanese dish RAMEN to Nashville. But how? One night at a time and by having an open dialouge with her fans and critics. Here she shares insight on how to launch a food concept without opening a bick and mortar.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Gavigan

Sarah Gavigan

Founder, Otaku South
Sarah Gavigan is a Tennessee native who previously spent 17 years in Los Angeles working in music marketing before returning to her roots. It was in California that she developed a deep love for Japanese food in all its forms: sushi, yakitori, robata, sukiyaki, and steaming bowls of noodle soup. Through her savvy business sense and social media marketing, she launched Otaku South, a wildly successful Izakaya and pop-up ramen dinners that appear... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

5:00pm

30 Minutes with Dr. Syb: Google Glass & Augmented Reality
Let's think about how wearable computers will augment the future. 

Speakers
avatar for Syb Bennett

Syb Bennett

Professor of Journalism, Belmont University
Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of journalism at Belmont University in Nashville, will take the international stage at the Web Summit--the premier global conference gathering the world’s leading thinkers and doers in technology--in Dublin, Ireland from Oct. 30 to 31.  | Bennett, affectionately known as “Dr. Syb,” will share her research demonstrating today’s Internet parallels with the early 19th century slave escape routes of the... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

7:00pm

Singer-Songwriter Night at the Listening Room Cafe
Friday October 25, 2013 7:00pm - 11:00pm
The Listening Room Cafe 217 2nd Avenue South, Nashville, TN
 
Saturday, October 26
 

8:30am

30 Minutes with The Song Team: What Does Songwriting Have in Common with My Team?
 What Does Songwriting Have in Common with My Team? And why there is no app for that?

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Jacob

Jeff Jacob

Founder and Songwriter-in-Chief, The Song Team
In 1997, Jeff Jacob moved to Nashville and spent a decade as Regional Marketing Director for Borders, working with many notable personalities in the entertainment industry including Gene Simmons of KISS, Bryan Adams, Rascal Flatts, Anderson Cooper, Harry Connick, Jr. and many others. During this time, he also worked as a staff songwriter for The Songs of Love Foundation in New York City. Following four years directing the marketing programs... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:30am - 9:00am
Omni Ballroom A + B

9:10am

30 Minutes with Jeff Corwin Connect: Building a Transmedia Platform
Anurag will explore strategies and tools to build an online-onsite transmedia platform that is fully integrated through discussing how JeffCorwinConnect is leveraging content, technology, and social environments to access, capture and manage a global community using Transmedia.

Speakers
avatar for Anurag Agarwal

Anurag Agarwal

CEO/ Co-Founder, JeffCorwinConnect
Anurag Agarwal, social entrepreneur, investor and academic is the co-founder and CEO of JeffCorwinConnect, an eco-edutainment transmedia corporation providing products, programs, and services to engage people in the joys of the natural world.  After spending a decade on Wall Street as an Investment Banker and Private Equity investor, Anurag co-founded the company with Emmy-winning TV host and biologist Jeff Corwin in 2010 after recognizing the... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:10am - 9:40am
Omni Ballroom C + D

9:10am

30 Minutes with HubSpot: Rapidly Changing World of SEO
Rapidly Changing World of SEO - How to Keep Up

Google has made more than 10 updates to its search algorithm in the last 4 months. This talk with review some of the biggest changes affecting search results today and give you the tools you need to adapt your marketing to rank better and get found by customers. We'll cover the hummingbird update, and the impact of mobile and social media on search. 

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Keaney Anderson

Meghan Keaney Anderson

Vice President of Marketing, Hubspot
As vice president of marketing, Meghan leads the content, product marketing and customer marketing strategies for HubSpot. Together with her teams, she's responsible for the company's blogs, podcast, and overall content strategy as well as the company's product launch and customer demand campaigns. HubSpot all-in-one marketing software helps more than 18,000 companies in more than 85 countries attract leads and convert them into customers. A... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:10am - 9:40am
Omni Ballroom A + B

9:50am

Streaming Consciousness: Visual Messaging in the Digital Age
Learn how to leverage your existing brand through visual messaging to drive exposure to your other channels. Our multimedia experts will share innovative ways to make your visual messages seen, heard, and noticed as well as discuss the trend of short video vignettes on Facebook, Vine and Instagram. 

Moderators
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Brian Mansfield

Nashville correspondent, USA Today
A longtime music writer and critic for USA Today, Brian Mansfield is also the writer/producer of syndicated weekly radio program America's Opry Weekend for American radio network Dial Global Radio Networks and author and co-author of a number of books. In 2002, he was elected to the board of the Country Music Association, serving until 2006.

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Dirienzo

Bobby Dirienzo

VP Digital Marketing, 12South Music
Bobby Dirienzo has spent the last four years working in every corner of the music industry landscape. From New York City to Nashville, he’s worked in management, booking, and digital marketing for artists such as The Apache Relay, country music star Sara Evans and ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ inductee JD Souther. Grammy nominated Hip-Hop artist, Young Jeezy, has twice referred to him as “homie”. | Bobby... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ferrier

Lindsay Ferrier

Serial Entrepreneur and Columnist, Suburban Turmoil
Lindsay Ferrier is a blogger and television personality who's excited to help other women use social media to reach their full potential. Lindsay started her blog, Suburban Turmoil, back in 2005. Since then, it has won numerous awards and led to a weekly newspaper column, a blended family blog for Parents Magazine, and contributions to numerous websites, including iVIllage, HLNTV.com, and the Huffington Post. In 2009, she started a spin-off... Read More →
avatar for Lenore Luca

Lenore Luca

TV/Radio Host, Author & Motivational Speaker, Teen Groove On The Move
Lenore Luca, a student at Montclair State University, is the teen entrepreneur and author of the book How To Be A Teen On The Move. At 16 years old she became the creator and dynamic personality of the hit Internet show Teen Groove On The Move, which continues to afford her the opportunity to interview compelling guests and discuss topics important to youth today. She is a sought after youth motivational speaker, empowering her peers and... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:50am - 10:40am
Omni Ballroom C + D

9:50am

Creating Killer Content Across Multiple Platforms
In the Internet age, you must be all things to all consumers in order to rise above the clutter. These three media veterans will discuss cross-platform digital content marketing, the proven value in creating high-quality content and how to reach the Millennial generation. This panel will also touch upon the importance of customer service when everyone is watching on Twitter.

Speakers
avatar for Turner Barr

Turner Barr

Founder, Around the World in 80 Jobs
Seattle native Turner Barr graduated from UC Berkeley and holds a Masters in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Luxembourg. Turner set out 7 years ago exploring the world. 90 countries and six continents later, he founded AroundtheWorldin80Jobs.com, a portal and web video series designed to inspire people to have more meaningful work/life experiences overseas. In 2013, Turner led the #makeitright campaign against the... Read More →
avatar for Darren Frei

Darren Frei

Digital Editorial Director, Pace
Before joining Pace as Digital Editorial Director for FourSeasonsMagazine.com, Darren worked in New York City as Editorial Director for Smart Luxury Travel magazine and ShermansTravel.com. There he launched 385 travel guides and 13 blogs, and established the company’s social media presence. A zealous foodie, he spent much of his free time following Manhattan’s latest restaurant and bar openings as a reviewer for NYMag.com. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Oddo

Stephen Oddo

Co-Founder, Walks of Italy
Stephen Oddo was raised in a tourism industry family that instilled the value of world travel. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Santa Barbara, then moved to Rome, Italy in 2005 to track his Italian heritage and become actively involved in tourism. In 2009, he co-founded Erretiesse SRL, a travel agency at Vatican City. Shortly thereafter he partnered with travel expert Jason Spiehler to found WalksofItaly.com, a travel company for Italy... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:50am - 10:40am
Omni Ballroom A + B

10:50am

30 Minutes with Clever Girls Collective: Native Advertising

You're more likely to be hit by lightning than click on a banner ad, yet brands will spend more $ on online advertising this year than ever before. So…where are those dollars going?

Content that doesn't suck. The industry is desperate for it, and ad-spends are chasing it. 

Join this discussion on what "native" content actually is (i.e., content that doesn't suck), plus how to create and sell it as a blogger; how to leverage it as a brand; and why it's the future for banner-ad-haters everywhere.


Speakers
avatar for Kristy Sammis

Kristy Sammis

CMO, Clever Girls Collective
Kristy Sammis is co-founder and CMO of Clever Girls Collective. With nearly 20 years of strategic and visionary marketing leadership, Kristy has been instrumental in shaping how brands connect with women online since WAY before anyone was calling it “social media.” Along with her partners, she’s taken the Clever Girls brand from start-up to something of a native-advertising empire. Prior to launching CGC, Kristy ran the renowned BlogHer... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:50am - 11:20am
Omni Ballroom C + D

10:50am

30 Minutes with BuzzFeed: Have a Heart; Social Sharing with a Purpose
The rise of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have given brands an opportunity to reach more users in real time. But what makes good content spread more than others? David Spiegel, Executive Director of Sales, BuzzFeed will share how brands and marketers can combine art & science to create content that is relevant, timely, engaging and most of all, shareable.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Spiegel

Dave Spiegel

Executive Director of Sales, BuzzFeed
David Spiegel is the Executive Director of Sales at BuzzFeed, responsible for leading BuzzFeed’s Social Publishing partnerships. David works with Fortune 500 brands to craft sustainable content marketing strategies that enable brands to become effective publishers of sharable content. In this role, David has developed the market strategy and defined the products available for long-term partnerships that take a brand beyond a... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:50am - 11:20am
Omni Ballroom A + B

11:30am

30 Minutes with HGTV: Going Mobile
With smartphones and tablets becoming digital users' devices of choice, a presence in the mobile space is an absolute must for any brand--regardless of size or business type. Hear how HGTV and other Scripps Networks Interactive brands have navigated expansion in the mobile space and learn how to apply the lessons the company learned to your own brand.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Dailey

Erin Dailey

Mobile Product Director, HGTV and DIY Network
Erin Dailey joined Scripps Networks Interactive in 2012 as the Mobile Product Director for HGTV and DIY Network. She’s responsible for mobile application development for the Home Category, managing vendor selection, product execution and delivery, and partner/provider relations. Prior to joining Scripps, Erin was the Director of Projects and Standards at Hearst Digital Media, overseeing the digital projects and products for all sixteen... Read More →
avatar for Beth Rucker

Beth Rucker

Mobile Content Manager, Scripps Networks Interactive
Beth Rucker joined Scripps Networks Interactive in 2012 as the Mobile Content Manager for the company’s home division. She is responsible for producing content for HGTV and DIY Network’s growing suite of mobile applications. Prior to joining Scripps, Beth spent seven years as a newswoman and editor at The Associated Press, where she covered everything from national politics to college athletics. She’s a huge blog and social... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:30am - 12:00am
Omni Ballroom C + D

11:30am

30 Minutes with Ellen Leanse: 10 Secrets from Silicon Valley That Everyone Should Know
Speakers
avatar for Ellen Petry Leanse

Ellen Petry Leanse

Instructor, Stanford
Ellen Leanse is a digital pioneer and a celebrated contributor to Silicon Valley. As one of technology's 'Top Five Marketers,' she has driven innovation and audience activation for Apple, Google, as a Facebook developer, and for numerous growth and startup companies. As Executive VP and Strategic Director for Eastwick, an award-winning Silicon Valley communications practice, Ellen has guided growth and value creation for a portfolio of... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:30am - 12:00am
Omni Ballroom A + B

12:10pm

30 Minutes with Union Metrics: Driving Engagement on Twitter and Tumblr
Speakers
avatar for Hayes Davis

Hayes Davis

Founder and CEO, Union Metrics
Hayes is responsible for overall strategy and day-to-day operations, as well as architecting Union Metrics’ applications. He has more than ten years of experience in designing and developing high quality, mission-critical web software. Previously, Hayes founded Liquid Communication Systems, a provider of turnkey instant messaging communications products for small to medium businesses and CheapTweet, a search engine and aggregator of... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:10pm - 12:40pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

12:10pm

Elevating Your Blog Pitch to Ensure a Home Run
Speakers
avatar for Kara Williams

Kara Williams

The Vacation Gals, Freelance Travel Writer
Kara Williams is a longtime freelance writer and co-owner of The Vacation Gals, gold winner of the 2012 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for best travel blog. In addition to writing about travel for such outlets as Every Day with Rachael Ray, Ocean Home, Ski Canada, Denver Post, Fodors.com and FamilyVacationCritic.com, she's partnered with and produced content for a variety of tourism destinations and travel brands, including Expedia, Sage... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:10pm - 12:40pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

12:45pm

Lunch Break
Saturday October 26, 2013 12:45pm - 1:15pm
n/a

1:15pm

There's an App for That: Marketing Your Mobile Idea
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Justus

Jennifer Justus

Journalist and Author, freelance food writer
Jennifer is author of The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville (Globe Pequot Press, November 2012), and she worked as food culture reporter at The Tennessean for the past six years. Her work has been included in editions 5 and 6 of Cornbread Nation: the Best of Southern Food Writing, Alimentum literary food journal, Nashville Lifestyles magazine, Imbibe, Southern Living, The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, among others... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steven Buhrman

Steven Buhrman

Founder and CEO, Wannado
Steven is an entrepreneur, organizer and teacher. He currently serves as CEO and founder at Wannado, a Nashville-based company focused on tech powered community solutions. Steven's interest in social entrepreneurship springs from nearly a decade of research and teaching in the fields of religion, culture, theories of leadership and change. Steven holds degrees from University of Oxford (M.Th., 2008) and Dartmouth College (B.A., 2003). Prior... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Shankel

Shaun Shankel

VP, Merchant Sales & Support, ToGoTechnologies
Shaunk Shankel is one of five partners behind ToGoTechnologies.com, which launched 18 months ago and has nearly 200 restaurants on its platform. Currently, ToGoTechnologies builds mobile/online ordering systems for both small local restaurants and several national franchises, including a food truck platform. ToGo powers the Nashville Food Truck Association app and is in discussions with other food truck associations around the country... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

1:15pm

Millennial Marketing: How to Reach Generation Y
Seeking new ways to promote your business or brand among the Internet Age? These two public relations pros share tips to reaching the Millennial market via innovative campaigns.

Moderators
avatar for Kristin Luna

Kristin Luna

Founder, KEEN Digital Summit
Tennessee native Kristin kickstarted her journalism career at Newsweek, Time Inc., Wenner Media and Conde Nast in New York City. She has written more than a dozen books for Frommer’s; been a contributing writer for Forbes Traveler, Travel Channel, Robb Report, Redbook, Glamour, Self, Southern Living, USA Today and many others; and manages a successful six-year-old blog, Camels & Chocolate, which was a three-time Bloggie winner and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Orth

Rachel Orth

Founder, Angie Away Media
Angie wears many hats; social media consultant, project-based publicist, travel blogger at Angie Away, freelance journalist, big sister and adventurer. A Gator grad born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., Angie spent the past two years traveling the world solo and writing about it in magazines and on her blog. Prior to that, she worked in NYC at Weber Shandwick, the world’s largest PR agency, where she represented some of the biggest names in... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Unger

Sarah Unger

Vice President, Creative Catalyst, Ketchum Public Relations
Sarah is a Vice President, Creative Catalyst out of Ketchum’s New York office, providing agency-wide creative and strategic counsel. She works closely with team leaders to catalyze the creative process and evolve program concepts from “idea” to “execution, developing key research-based and target-relevant insights that help lead to clear strategic vision. In essence, people fascinate her and she figures out what... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

2:15pm

30 Minutes with Chef Brandon Frohne: Kitchen Social
Building Friendships that Grow Influence.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Frohne

Brandon Frohne

Executive Chef, Mason's Nashville
Chef Brandon Frohne approaches contemporary American and European cuisine with energy and creativity, while honoring ingredients of quality and paying respect to the origins of Southern cooking. His creativity, connection to the local culinary community and passion for farm-to-table cooking contribute to Mason’s distinctive dining experience. Chef Frohne gathers inspiration from working with a dynamic culinary team, experimenting with... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

2:15pm

30 Minutes with Scott Johnson: Foreign Correspondency in the Digital Age
After growing up the son of a CIA agent, Scott Johnson fell into a parallel career path as a foreign correspondent, channeling his own transient childhood by working overseas as a reporter and bureau chief for Newsweek for more than a decade. Johnson, who was headquartered in Iraq and Afghanistan among other war-torn nations, shares how the news-gathering process has evolved alongside the Internet.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Author, The Wolf and the Watchman: A CIA Childhood
Scott Johnson has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek’s Mexico, Baghdad, and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent from Paris. He was part of the team that contributed to Newsweek’s 2003 National Magazine Award for reportage of the Iraq war, and in 2004 the Overseas... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

2:55pm

Anatomy of a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
Three successfull F&B companies will share the secret sauce behind creating a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Cavendish

Steve Cavendish

News Editor, Nashville Scene
A native Nashvillian, Steve Cavendish is the news editor of the Nashville Scene, where he's written about everything from butchers to politics to basketball. After spending much of his career as an art director and manager at papers like the Washington Post and the San Jose Mercury News, he returned to writing while at the Chicago Tribune and came home to be the editor of The City Paper in 2011. Steve and his wife have two co-dependent... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kyle McCollom

Kyle McCollom

Co-Founder and CEO, Everly
Kyle launched Everly via Kickstarter with his co-founder Chris to challenge the artificial drink mix market with a line of powder packet drink mixes made from simpler, natural ingredients. They nearly tripled their goal on Kickstarter, putting their project in the top 1% of Kickstarter food projects and helping them get placement in retail accounts.
avatar for Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers

Co-Founder, Pure Sodaworks
Graphic designer and entrepreneur Matt Rogers started Pure Sodaworks in 2011 with his wife Tiffany and their friend Shawn. The trio's mission: To create the most delicious, all-natural handcrafted sodas on the planet. In barely a year--and thanks to a round of Kickstarter funding--Pure Sodaworks morphed from a cart in the Chattanooga Market to a storefront along the river on the North Shore. The company also now bottles and distributes its... Read More →
SW

Samantha Williams

Founder, Sunday Morning Pancake


Saturday October 26, 2013 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

2:55pm

Blogger Bookies: The Evolution of Travel Collectives
Speakers
avatar for Jade Broadus

Jade Broadus

Social Media and Marketing Manager, Travel Mindset
Jade Broadus is one half of the blogging duo at Vagabond3 and the Social Media Manager at Travel Mindset. As a freelance writer and creative director she has worked with brands such as Expedia, About.com, BedandBreakfast.com and the Mele Mei Music Festival. Much of her work focuses on road trips, animal encounters and quirky getaways; she is constantly on the hunt for the best taco in the world. You can follow along with her daily activities on... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Spellman

Spencer Spellman

Editor-in-Chief of Expedia Viewfinder blog, Expedia
Flying on a plane for the first time at age five and by himself for the first time at age seven, Spencer has been traveling ever since, unable to kick neither his travel habit, nor his southern drawl. Armed with a philosophy degree and a love for travel, Spencer welded these two passions together several years ago to create what's become a travel lifestyle for himself. Originally getting his start in the travel industry as a writer and editor for... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

3:55pm

30 Minutes with ManBQue: Marketing Food Content and Events
A look at marketing food content across demographics and connecting a social media presence to monetized public events. This includes John and Jesse's lessons learned in both social media strategies and content messaging.

Speakers
avatar for John Carruthers

John Carruthers

Founder and Cookbook Author, ManBQue Enterprises
John Carruthers is the managing editor and food director for ManBQue. A medical magazine editor and former newspaper writer, John came to the club in 2009 and helped turn the website from a social calendar into an online magazine offering a broad array of original content. | | ManBQue is a grilling organization and lifestyle brand based in Chicago that stages events and has chapters throughout the country. Started in 2007 as a formalized... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Valenciana

Jesse Valenciana

Founder and Cookbook Author, ManBQue Enterprises
Jesse Valenciana is the founder and president of ManBQue. Born and raised in Chicago, he's turned a passion for grilling and a talent for social media and personal networking into his full-time job.ManBQue is a grilling organization and lifestyle brand based in Chicago that stages events and has chapters throughout the country. Started in 2007 as a formalized guy's night out, the club has expanded through in membership through word of mouth... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:55pm - 4:25pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

3:55pm

30 Minutes with Go! Girl Guides: Bootstrap Brand Creation
How to launch a company and develop a brand from the ground up, without traditional funding or investment. Find out how Go! Girl Guides was built from creation using grassroots resources and a whole lotta passion.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Lewis

Kelly Lewis

Founder, Go! Girl Guides, Women's Travel Fest and Damesly
Kelly Lewis has been traveling since she realized the world was far larger than her neighborhood. She grew up surfing on the island of Oahu before moving to Tucson, Arizona to attend the University of Arizona. She’s a writer with an extensive background in editing and reporting, and founded Go! Girl Guides in late 2010 after it came to her in a dream. | Go! Girl Guides publishes the world’s first series of travel guidebooks... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:55pm - 4:25pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

4:45pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE by Mark Montgomery
Speakers
avatar for Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery

Flo {thinkery}, Founder
Mark Montgomery is a pioneer in the e-commerce and business to consumer marketing space. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with hundreds of entertainment and corporate clients, including names like Sony, Kanye West, Keith Urban, RIM/Blackberry, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Best Buy, Gnarls Barkley, Rascal Flatts, and General Motors to name a few. Mark has been working in the web space since the early 90's... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Omni Ballroom A + B

7:00pm

KEEN Closing Party presented by George Dickel
Come close out the weekend on the prettiest rooftop in town! In true Tennessee fashion, George Dickel will provide our featured cocktail of the evening; everything else will be cash bar. We'll serve some passed apps and enjoy a beautiful autumn evening in Nashville. We have the room from 7pm to midnight, but feel free to come and go as you please and bar hop your way around the Gulch for Halloween weekend!

Valet parking is complimentary. If you don't have a car, Sambuca is a straight shot and cheap cab ride from the Omni down Demonbreun.

Saturday October 26, 2013 7:00pm - 12:00am
Sambuca's Sky Lounge 601 12th Avenue South