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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Syb Bennett

Belmont University
Professor of Journalism
Nashville, TN

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 Underground Railroad (UGRR) with more than 10,000 attendees. In her latest book “Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad,” Dr. Syb explains how the Underground Railroad is among the most effective, disruptive and innovative networks in American history, and compares it to the Internet by establishing how the past and the present virtually collide to create the future in real time. 

Dr. Syb is a Vanderbilt-educated, Harvard-trained, two-time Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of professional experience in the traditional and social media fields. She's worked ABC in Milwaukee, CBS in Chicago and CBS in Nashville.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 25

5:00pm CDT