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Northern Virginia Women’s Business Conference Thursday, November 12, 2009

Conference Date I wanted to alert our readers about this conference which is being organized by Kristina Bouweiri  of Reston Limo . The agenda that i saw will make this a great conference for exceptional attendees from the DC area. Register here Thursday, November 12, 2009 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Networking Reception – 4:30 to 6:30 pm Conference Location National Conference Center 18980 Upper Belmont Place Lansdowne, VA 20176 get directions Conference Agenda (subject to change) Registration, Continental Breakfast and Vendor Fair Morning Session – Welcome and Opening Remarks Opening Speakers…The Million Dollar Panel Featured Speakers: Lovey Hammel , Employment Enterprises , Lynette Spano , SCI Consulting Services , and Linda Mathes , American Red Cross        Panel Moderated by Misti Burmeister , Inspirion, Inc Educational Breakouts Women's Health – pre

Poptech Encounters : Laurie Rosenwald

I met two amazing designer Laurie Rosenwald ( )and Chris McCray of Syracuse University ( )  at the Closing Gala of Poptech.  Here is a video that Laurie referred me to and is very interesting. laurie rosenwald: so i fired the shrink from laurie rosenwald on Vimeo .

PopTech : Networking in the restroom line

Poptech is a conference with great content. This year it is filled with speakers and presenters with ideas that will definitely make the world a better place. The conference PopTech  has been held for the last 14 years at the Camden Opera House which opened in 1894. I love the conference and at first pondered the problem of long lines to the rest room. Particularly on the 3rd floor the restroom is unisex and line usually long during breaks. Now the amazing thing is this actually helps with networking. I have met some amazing people in this line, exchanged cards and made new friends. So Poptech and Camden Opera House it is Ok to have those long lines :) What about you do you have any unusual places hwere you have networked during a conference?

Flickr has a hiccough

6:00 PST We are still working on bringing the site back online. Just in case you are wondering: All photos you might have posted on your blog or elsewere should still be serving without problems. Our engineers are working as hard a possible to bring Flickr back to you. Thanks for your patience. Read more at the Flickr Blog :

Poptech 2009 Some common themes and threads

As I listen to the presenters at this year’s PopTech here are some common threads that seem to stand out for me: a) More young people are involved in social causes b) More social causes are using mobile technology c) Diagnosing medical conditions quickly helps save lives d) We need to reduce consumption or reduce the population growth in the world e) Provide cheap electricity to 2 Billion people in the world who have no power. f) Power generation in the US needs to be more efficient g) IF you do not recycle and stop using plastic you are killing birds in the pacific   Did you get the same message ?

Poptech 2009 Mayor John Fetterman Gets a Standing ovation

Poptech 2009 , originally uploaded by Network Solutions . At Poptech 2009 in a session entitled American Stories the Mayor of Braddock PA John Fetterman got a standing ovation for his talk on a community that is getting destroyed and seems to be forgotten by mainstream America. The town of Braddock is on the Monongahela River , 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. In a New York times article in Jan 2009 DAVID STREITFELD described the town as "Braddock is a mix of boarded-up storefronts, houses in advanced stages of collapse and vacant lots." Andrew Carnegie started his first steel mill here and the population of the town has reduced from 20,000 people to less than 3000. John Fetterman studied master’s degree in public policy from Harvard and came to Braddock in 2001. In his talk John Fetterman was very emotional as he told the story of the fight to save Braddock and ironically he was featured in Nov 2009 Atlantic Monthly a

Event Saturday, November 7, 2009 American Independent Writers “Going Freelance”

I spoke at this event last year in what began as a great association with the American Independent Writers and will be speaking this year too Details : SAVE THE DATE Saturday, November 7, 2009 “Going Freelance” Sponsored jointly by American Independent Writers and The Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program and presented at the Dupont Circle JHU Campus Bernstein-Offit Building 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 Metro: Red line, Dupont Circle FOUR SESSIONS: The Fundamentals of Freelance Business Finding Work in Commercial Writing It’s Time to Get Published Using the Web to Advance Your Writing Career Three ways to register: Phone: 202-775-5150, Online: , and E-mail: Registration cost: Before October 26 , Member price, $69, Nonmember price, $99, and Student price, $39. After October 26 , Member pric

Event November 6, 2009 : INNOVATIONS 2009 Regional Chamber Science and Technology Expo!

INNOVATIONS 2009 Regional Chamber Science and Technology Expo November 6, 2009 2:00-6:30 p.m. George Mason University Prince William Campus - Bull Run Hall SCOPE INNOVATIONS 2009 is an event designed to educate attendees on how to grow their opportunities and enhance their skills by gaining a better understanding of how to leverage today’s new and emerging technologies.  Attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to connect with technology experts and prospective teaming partners, clients, investors, employees, educators, and service providers. Attendance target: 100-150 gate / 20-30 per workshop Promoters: The Chamber, GMU, Media, Exhibitors, and S&T Council members Registration: All registrations/ fees shall be managed by the Chamber AGENDA 2:00 - Open Doors 2:00 - 2:15 - Attendees Assemble in Bull Run Hall to Network and Explore Displays - Exhibitors may man exhibit or send in materials ahead of time to set on their table 2:30 - 3:15

Livestream is partnering with PopTech in 2009 to present the PopTech conference live via simulcast.

POPTECH 2009: AMERICA REIMAGINED Free, Live Webcast, ! October 22-24 (Thursday – Saturday), 2009 9 AM – 6:30 PM EST DAILY Watch and participate here! PopTech’s annual ideas summit will be presented live via simulcast. Join more than 70 extraordinary speakers and performers, and even submit questions live to our stage! Come along on our shared exploration of the issues, trends and technologies that will shape the future of our businesses, economy, society and world. Check out the speakers and schedule and sign up for a reminder email through the contact form so Pop!tech can send you a note when the webcast is about to begin.

Headlines this week

Headlines this week , originally uploaded by ShashiBellamkonda . Usually it is easy to buy two magazines and they have the same cover story. I was inspired to take this picture because of the variety in the cover stories in these magazines. I love the feel of holding newsprint so I am one of those who hope that the physical paper does not go away. What magazines do you read ? What do you think of these headlines?

Event : Thursday, November 5, 2009 - DMAW Optimizing Social Media Day

I am on a panel with my friend Gayle Weiswasser (@gWeiswasser) and Josh Green of for the  DMAW Optimizing Social Media Day When : Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Where : National Trust for Historic Preservation  |  1785 Massachusetts Ave, NW  | Washington, DC   Whether you’re a social media newbie or you’re already managing social media campaigns, you’ll leave this one-day social media conference with dozens of ideas and tips on how to launch and improve your social media campaigns. Get inspired by case studies on commercial and nonprofit social media campaigns – and get practical, actionable advice on how to use mobile, widgets, blogger outreach, video and more for great results! Click here to register! Members - $125     Not-Yet-Members:  $150 Registration Opens 8:30AM Seating is limited! Location is approximately 2 blocks from Dupont Circle Metro Stop Bring your laptop and plan to interact with the session live,

ThinkBusiness presents Leveraging Social Media for Business

This video is from the breakfast panel on Leveraging Social Media for Business held on September 23, 2009 at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner. orgnaized by the ThinkBusiness Media it was on the topic -Social media: by now you know what it is.  But do you know what it means for your business?  Can it really impact your bottom line?  How can Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of the other social media tools and technologies help generate more sales leads, help in growing your business or in recruiting top talent? The panel consisted of many good friends . Details are here Moderator Debbie Weil is the author of the original and definitive book on corporate blogging, THE CORPORATE BLOGGING BOOK (Portfolo 2006). She is a D.C.-based corporate social media consultant who has advised clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and the American College of Radiology on how to embrace and execute social media marketing. She has been blogging since 2003 at and was named by

2009 Chamber's Choice Awards Gala (DC Chamber of Commerce); Washington, DC; October 17, 2009

I am thrilled  that I am going to the DC Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala today . I hope to get a lot of pictures and will watch to see if DC Chamber Chairman and Washington Business Journal Publisher Alex Orfinger tweets from the event.  Stay tuned for more info on this blog. Details of the event : The Chamber's Choice Awards will be the year's largest gathering of Washington's brightest and most succesful business leaders. Our theme, " Connecting Business: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow , "  honors those who have contributed to the local business community for many years, and those who are pioneering new paths in industry. The DC Chamber expects to have over 1,500 of the city's most prominent business minds in attendance for an extraordinary night of networking, fine dining, and entertainment at the Marriott Wardman Park. This year, the DC Chamber will honor a stellar group of leaders who are changing the business landscape in Washington including: Will

Technorati : 2009 State of the Blogosphere

Technorati SOTB 2009 - This a  presentation from Richard Jalichandra of Technorati who shared the findings of the annual State of the Blogosphere report today at BlogWorld in Las Vegas. 72% say Blogs attract new clients to their business. 53% blog to attract new clients for the business they work for. Currently have an average of 4 blogs 73% of all Bloggers use Twitter Professional Bloggers care about Unique visitors and page views What do you think ? Which category are you?

40th anniversary of the Internet on October 29th at UCLA

I got this event from my friend Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc.     LinkedIn: On October 29, 2009, UCLA Engineering will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Internet with a Symposium that focuses not on the history or even on the technology, but rather on the impact the Internet has had on society, business, communities, lifestyles, culture, etc., and on the likely directions it will take in the future. Forty years ago, a team led by UCLA's Professor Leonard Kleinrock, sent the first message on the ARPANET, which later became the Internet. The Internet has revolutionized communication, education, business and entertainment leading to dramatic changes in our social, political and economic lives. What's next? The event's featured Internet leaders, activists and analysts will offer valuable insights on the opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead.  Please check the website

Event : Oct 27th : Got Content? Get Government Customers

I went to the SpeakerboxPR event featuring Joe Pulizzi, speaker, content marketer, strategist and author of " Get Content. Get Customers." a few months ago. Joe had a great presentation and I learned a lot and networked with a lot of new folks.  I was glad to receive the news that SpeakerBox is organizing a new follow-up event on October 27, 2009, 7:30-10:30 am at the Tower Club, Tysons Corner.Cost: $50 Register here Elizabeth Shea of SpeakerBox is a good friend and runs many good events. Here is info from her on this event Join us for a series of business-to-government (B2G) workshops to learn and share best practices in content marketing specifically for this unique vertical.  This program is designed for PR and marketing professionals who want to hear from their peers about what's working, and how to best apply the tools to their company's government marketing initiatives. Sessions and Speakers: (Sessions will run consecutively.) 1: Twitter for Gover

Social Media While driving and can you believe it after sex? Its true

I am currently writing a chapter for a book to be published in early 2010. As part of my research I came across this stat from a recent Gadgetology study by consumer electronics shopping site, A post on the retrovo blog has the following statistics : Social Media After Sex By the way, if you do tweet after sex, you’re in good company as we found 36% of people under the age of 35 often use Facebook or Twitter after sex. Moreover men are twice as likely to exhibit this behavior than women and if you’re an iPhone owner you’re three times more likely to go social media after you know what than Blackberry owners. If you frequently check Facebook frequently you are in good company. The study states that “under 35 year olds we were concerned to see 27% of them checking Facebook more than 10 times a day. Could this be a sign of a growing addiction to social media?” Read the rest of the study here

BlogPotomac Floats to town Oct 23rd- Hope you are signed up.

  This month I am missing out on some great events. I really regret this one. Shel Israel Author of Twitterville , Jane Quigley and Beth Kanter another good friend will be in town for the final Blog Potomac and I will be in Camden Maine probably saying “Wicked Cool”. No reason for you folks not to take in some blogging action at the State Theatre on OCt 23rd. Here is a message from my good friend Geoff Livingston. I wanted to let you know about our happy hour for the Final BlogPotomac next Thursday at BusBoys and Poets Capitol Hill location. The free event will feature our keynotes as well as free hor’s d ouvres, compliments of Nova Label Co, Inc. Please join us ( )! Also, we still have about 30 seats left for next Friday’s event on October 23. It’s a much more future focused than both of the prior BlogPotomacs. Just to recap: Our first keynote Beth Kanter , the top-ranked changeblogger, will discuss how nonprofits are using onl

Oct 25th workshop "Awaken the Genie Within" with CA author, Linda Salazar

This event looked interesting . I wish I could attend except I will be in Maine for PopTech on 25th October and wanted to pass this along to others who may like to go. AWAKEN THE GENIE WITHIN® Practical Strategies for Magical Results Empower Your Life! Expand Your Relationships! Bring More Joy to Your Work! Open to the Riches of Your Life! Using a delightful storytelling style, Linda Salazar invites YOU to connect with your “genie within” – that internal voice of wisdom that keeps you living your greatest joy! During this 3-hour workshop YOU will learn powerful tools for shushing that cranky, inner “gremlin” voice that delays your greatest relationship with Self and others. Rich in motivation, yet “real-world” content – this workshop will touch you on a visceral level allowing you to tap into the fullest extent of your potential…with exciting, life-changing results!   Where: Carver Center 200 Willie Palmer Way Purcellville, VA 20132 571-258-3400 When: Sunday, October 25th

Dr. Tom Hill - Designing the Exceptional Life

Dr. Tom Hill - Designing the Exceptional Life , originally uploaded by Network Solutions . I think spirituality has moved from the East to the West. Today's Guru's and MahaRishi's are from Missouri like Dr Tom HIll is essentially giving the message to ue your gifts for collective good and you will achieve your goals. I am not exaggerating when I say th Tom Hill event may be a life changing event for me. Thank you. Since that morning I have already bought and read keith Ferrazi's books " Who has got your back" and "Never eat alone' and I will be spending more time with my loved ones. Thank you RestonLimo

#GrowSmartBiz Great marketing idea from a attendee @mdsmallbusiness

#GrowSmartBiz Great marketing idea from a attendee @mdsmallbusiness , originally uploaded by ShashiBellamkonda . I was at the registration counter and then i get a surprise from @Tinu and @MdSmallBusiness which is in th picture. Temitayo Osundina is a entrepreneuer and with the firm Faith Gifts where you can customize your gifts - She had the pen and business card holder customized with a congratulatory message for the GrowSmartBusiness Conference . I thought it was great idea and thrilled me extensively. At the same time I remembered the time I heard the founder of baby Mozart who said as a small business she went to a lot of tradeshows to show her product and network.