Maya GrinbergGlenn SeligJen Cohen CromptonDaniel
MaloneyAmyn ThawerLaurie MeachamTravis WrightElly Deutch

Maya Grinberg
Chief Evangelist and Social Media Manager
Wildfire, a division of Google
Maya Grinberg is the voice of Wildfire, a division of Google. Her specialty is educating brands and businesses about the best practices and winning strategies of social media marketing. She has organically grown Wildfire's social properties into the most engaged fan communities within the industry, with 155,000 fans on Facebook and nearly 40,000 on Twitter, and counting.

Maya is the producer of Wildfire's popular monthly webinar series, which has drawn over 50,000 registrations in 2012. In addition to writing the Wildfire blog, Maya's writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Social Media Examiner, Social Media Today, and Business2Community.

Maya has presented at the Clinton Foundation, the American Marketing Association (AMA), Social Media Camp, and the Social Media Strategies Summit. Prior to Wildfire, Maya worked at IBM in the Strategy and Transformation group, and at TechCrunch, on the CrunchBase property. She is a graduate of Cornell University. Get in touch withMaya at maya[at], or on Twitter as @papayamaya.
Glenn Selig
Glenn Selig created PR NewsChannel, a global press release newswire, in 2007, to offer affordable, effective press release distribution along with unparalleled customer support. Today his company writes and/or distributes press releases for companies worldwide and is partnered with The Associated Press, Google, Yahoo! and top content syndicators in the United States. Glenn is recognized for his innovative methods of using social media and SEO to boost visibility of press releases.
Jen Cohen Crompton
Something Creative, LLC
Jennifer Cohen is a dynamic speaker, presenter, teacher and blogger who focuses on marketing, social media and relationship building through meaningful engagements. Cohen is the president of Something Creative LLC, a full-service Philadelphia marketing boutique that works with small to large companies focusing on creating and executing integrated marketing approaches and specializing in social media campaigns. She has keynoted at various social media and mobile marketing summits and has been recognized for her integrated social media approach by Hobson & Holtz in their “For Immediate Release" podcast show, alongside Scott Monty of Ford. Cohen was recently a social media panelist at the Pennsylvania Conference for women, and was featured on Amex Open and Talkadelphia. Cohen is a contributor for the AT&T Small Business Newsletter and blogs for Social Axcess, a popular social media blog, and She Takes on the World, a top ten rated entrepreneur resource. Cohen holds a B.A. in media and communication studies and an M.A. in public relations. She teaches public relations, marketing and writing at Philadelphia University and Delaware Community College, and produces her own small business marketing workshops. In her "spare" time, she teaches cycling classes.
Daniel Maloney
CEO & Co-Founder
Danny Maloney is an internet entrepreneur who has spent his career building consumer internet businesses that connect consumers to each other and to brands more effectively. Currently, Danny is CEO and Co-Founder of, the world's leading Pinterest Marketing Platform, helping brands build a highly targeted engaged presence on today's hottest social network.

Previously, Danny lead the New Initiatives team at YouTube and Google Maps/ Local Search, rebuilt AOL's Video business from #13 to #2 in US online video and co-Founded, an online community that enables engaged couples to style and plan their dream wedding through real wedding photography.

Danny is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Program for Management & Technology, with degrees from the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Amyn Thawer
Senior Director & Counsel - Global Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
eBay Inc*
Laurie Meacham
Manager of Customer Commitment
JetBlue Airways
Michele Wingate
Social Media Manager
American Family Insurance
Michele Wingate, social media manager for American Family Insurance, headquartered in Madison, Wis.

Michele has been with American Family Insurance for 6 years in advertising, strategic communications planning and social media. Previously, she worked in health care communications and marketing, before that as a reporter and editor. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Connect with her on Twitter @michelewingate.
Travis Wright
Global Social Media Awesomeizer
Norton | Symantec
Over the past 15 years, Travis has ran his own agency and created, developed, and optimized SEO and/or social media for 100s of websites, from SMBs to Fortune 100 companies. As a stand-up comedian in the 1990s, he thought needed a website to promote his “career". So, he learned HTML and built his first website within the first 48 hours of ever being on the internet. Travis loves to research, connect the dots and find solutions.

Travis is currently primarly with Symantec | Norton, where he tweets on behalf of @NortonOnline. He consults with SEO, PR,, IT, Optimization, eCommerce and Marcom to bring everyone together to help deliver true Awesomeization for Norton's digital marketing and social media efforts to drive ROI. Need anymore reasons to see him speak at Social Media Strategies Summit in Chicago?!
Elly Deutch
Co-Founder/Chief Digital Strategist
Elly Deutch launched her career in digital, working as the Marketing and New Media Manager for the first ever Women's Professional Soccer team in Chicago, the Chicago Red Stars. Challenged with the launch of a new professional sports team in an economic downturn, Elly transformed the face of the Red Stars by creating, executing and successfully programming both traditional and new marketing strategies to help establish the team.

Elly continued her work as a consultant to various U.S. Soccer Women's National Team players throughout the World Cup, such as Megan Rapinoe, Kate Markgraf, and Jill Loyden.

Afterwards, she entered the PR agency world, where she worked as a digital strategist and community manager for global and national brands such as Campbells, Unilever, Kraft, Mars, Motorola, and Nestle at Weber Shandwick. She built and executed various digital campaigns, sponsorships and events with sport greats like Chad “Ochocinco" Johnson, Jerome Bettis, Tony Dungy, Antonio Freeman, Mark Sanchez and many more.

In September of 2011, Elly launched Blitz Branding, a digital sports marketing company based in Chicago. Elly was in charge of creating educational best practice trainings, social media strategy, creative campaigns, and overall online brand management for various high profile athletes, celebrities, sports agencies and brands.

Elly found inspiration in the social sphere in August of 2012 and shifted her focus to broaden the portfolio of her consulting company to go beyond sports. She now works as an independent consultant, providing her expertise to companies and brands – both large and small – on how to effectively use social media marketing to grow your brand.
Adele Cehrs
Epic PR Group
Adele Cehrs began her career over 15 years ago and has worked at some of the largest public relations firms in the country. In June 2006, she founded Epic PR Group, an Alexandria-based PR firm that specializes in crisis communications, media relations and corporate communications. Adele has worked with Fortune 500 companies, regional businesses, nonprofits, associations, high-profile individuals and with consumer products and services.

As a recognized public relations expert, Adele has been featured in the Washington Business Journal, PRWEEK, Bulldog Reporter, the Washington Post and Voice of America. She has also appeared on various news programs including: CNN Headline News, NBC4, WUSA9, NPR and Fox Business Network Happy House. Since founding Epic, Adele has spoken at over 50 events, and provided private training sessions for industry leaders.

Adele has been a leader in connecting public relations with psychology, helping people to understand the intersection of the mind and product decisions. Additionally, she created a PR HEAT INDEX, which helps companies determine how prepared they are for a crisis, and a corresponding blog offering insights into the everyday challenges businesses across the country face.
Erich Marx
Director of Social Media
Nissan North America Inc.
In his role at Nissan North America, Erich Marx is responsible for the strategy, planning and execution of the website, as well as all social media marketing and PR for the Nissan Division. In this leadership role, he guides Nissan online messaging and brand stewardship through customer-facing and press-facing channels. He's been with Nissan for 20 years, working in a variety of disciplines including Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Research. Mr. Marx received his B.A. From Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Cisca Brouwer
NBC Universal – Digital Division
Cisca Brouwer is an attorney in the legal department of NBCUniversal - Digital Division, where she serves as Counsel to NBCU's digital properties Fandango, DailyCandy, and NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment, with offices in West Los Angeles and New York City. Cisca advises on a wide variety of legal issues, including in the areas of marketing, social media, sweepstakes, contests and promotions, sponsorships, online media, licensing and distribution, digital advertising, data collection and privacy issues, and new product and technology development. Previously, Cisca held law firm positions with an international IP law firm and a mid-sized law firm. She holds a BA in Mass Communications and a BA in Dutch Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley. She is admitted to the California Bar.
Hugh Reilly
Social Media Community Coordinator,
Hugh Reilly is Social Media Community Coordinator at UNICEF HQ in NYC, which was recently recognized by social media startup Nestivity as the most engaged NGO on Twitter. He leads on the daily interactions with almost 5 million fans and followers across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and supports UNICEF country offices around the globe with their social media efforts through guidance and training. Starting out as a journalist at groundbreaking free UK newspaper thelondonpaper, he's landed in the digital NGO sphere via stints in youth work in East London, online training in Guyana, South America, radio production, and digital campaigning.
Meridith Valiando
Co-founder & CEO
DigiTour Media LLC
Jon Dick
Jon Dick works in Business Development at Klout. In this role, he works with the world's largest brands and agencies to shape the future of digital marketing. Jon spent 6 years in Chicago performing improvised comedy before earning his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Mike Roberts
Earned Media Strategist
Mike Roberts is a social media and content marketing strategist with both agency and client-side experience. He is currently an Earned Media Strategist for Covario, a leading, award winning, and global agency focusing on search, social and content marketing services. He has served Fortune 500 and 1000 companies including over 10 globally recognized brands throughout his career. They have ranged across many verticals including consumer electronics, tourism, banking, education, entertainment, and medical among others.

Additionally, he is a digital marketing thought leader and an active video blogger, writer, consultant, and speaker. Mike is also very involved in the professional social media community, and serves as a CommNexus Social Media SIG Co-Chair.
Bryan Srabian*
Director of Social Media
San Francisco Giants
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