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Social Media Week, the twice-annual international digital conference, will be taking place in Africa for the first time in its four-year history.
Social Media Week events take place in major cities around the world during the same five-day time frame. The first Social Media Week of 2013 will take place February 18 through 22. Through a series of presentations, discussions, and other events, the conference seeks to “[explore] the social, cultural and economic impact of social media,” the conference website says.
Among the cities participating in next month’s SMW is Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is the seventh fastest-growing city in the world according to a press release we received with the news. The other cities will be: Copenhagen, New York, Hamburg, Miami, Milan, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore, and Washington DC. Among the 24 events that will be taking place in Lagos are “Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age” and a keynote address from Billboard magazine’s deputy editor Yinka Adegoke.
If you’re going to be staying Stateside and would like to attend a Social Media Week event here, the schedules for New York, DC, and Los Angeles are also available.
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ICYMI, last week was Digital Capital Week, one of the most prominent new digital conferences, taking place annually in Washington, DC. Now, certainly Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley seem to get a bit more of the spotlight but don’t front on DC. The seat of where policy that affecting the tech world is played out, DC has a vibrant tech community that is energized and innovative. Only in its third year Digital Capital Week is making waves and attracting the digerati from a number of states. Presented by Ford, this year’s conference featured a mash up of events all providing education, networking opportunities and, of course, a few complimentary evening cocktails along the way.
A flurry of activity for a full-on week at locations all over our nation’s capital, I spoke this year about the trends I’m seeing as a “socio-economic digitalist.” (Among them a rise in a new movement I’m calling SmartPower — a new sentiment where people are looking to be more self-determinant, are more socially conscious and use tech platforms to change the cultural dynamics between us worldwide.) If you’re a frequent conference goer, this is one that should be on your radar. A quick look back should illustrate why.
For the second time, the event included a Hackathon, which awarded GoDC.me the top prize. When it’s fully up and running, this app will give users all sorts of DC information, including local transportation.
There was also an Africa Gathering panel, which sought to dispel images of Africa as simply conflict-ridden but rather as the emerging global center for tech entrepreneurship and innovation that it is.
Also on tap was the “Gaming and Mobile Tech in Developing Worlds” talk that centered around a project by Rachel Cook, who created a global exploration of the impact of microloans on women. Shot on four continents, the film premiered as the Feature Presentation at the Chicago International Film Festival.
As usual, there were not too many African Americans in attendance and certainly not many African-American women. There is a continuous discussion regarding how to diversify. It’s not for lack of trying from the DC Week organizers, who created panel topics of interest and included speakers of color. There could be some strategic partnerships in the future to help get the word out to digital entrepreneurial circles of color, and having a consultant on board to help with that would be beneficial. That’s a win for everyone.
For now, the takeaway is that there is much opportunity, many areas and many questions still remaining in the tech space. Coming together at these events, we are able to look up from our keypads and screens to share and inquire in real-time with new people and new solutions.
With the summer coming, many African-Americans in the corporate world will be heading to various locations nationwide to partake in the conference season, during which many professional organizations leverage great weather to combine business with pleasure. Attending conferences is an excellent way to build your network, which is critical to current and future job searches. For entrepreneurs, meeting new people is essential for finding customers. If you plan to partake in one of these premiere meet-and-greets, don’t just show up with business cards and hope for the best. Gisele Marcus, Harvard MBA and networking expert, offers her top tips for getting the maximum benefit from your conference investment. Make your registration and travel costs worth the expenditure with her easily-applied advice:
1. Set an objective for conference attendance.
This could be to find a mentor or meet new customers.
2. Plan your schedule beforehand.
Many things occur at conferences simultaneously, so use the information on the conference site to determine which panels and social events are most important — and schedule some down time!
3. Find out which attendees you want to meet.
It’s great to let chance lead you to new contacts, but ideally you will also plan a list of panelists and guests to connect with. This will narrow down the flow of new contacts to navigate, and ensure potential contacts are in alignment with your goals.
4. Research the persons or organizations you’re interested in.
Once you know who you want to meet, or what companies you’ll seek introduction to, do a thorough web search to learn important details about these entities. Knowledge of these parties can serve as the common basis for striking up conversations.
Like these tips? Read the rest of Gisele Marcus’ advice on Your Black World, and leave your comments below. What are some of your favorite ways to make the most of a conference? Can you recommend some interesting, approaching affairs? Leave your comments below!
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(PR Newswire) – Professional, high-ranking Black women from around the country will convene to discuss Black women’s prospects for global leadership at the League of Black Women’s 7th annual leadership conference “Black Women 2010 Global Ready” June 15-19 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Tampa, Florida.
“This year’s conference is about Black women looking at our potential to be global leaders and taking positions with global impact,” said Sandra Finley, President of the League of Black Women. “We’re here to embrace our leadership competency and to develop confidence in each other. We have a global presence but not a global leadership power presence. I believe the women of our times, right now, are those candidates.”
The conference promises a range of interests with speakers and esteemed panelists from government, business, philanthropy, agriculture, media and the literary world. Forums will span topics that take on the challenges and identify timely opportunity for Black women in pursuit of global leadership and influence.
This year also marks the first time the LBW has held its annual conference at a venue owned by a Black woman, Sheila Johnson. Ms. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hospitality and the nation’s first Black female billionaire, will be among distinguished guests and speakers that include Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, U.S. representative to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture; Ambassador (Ret.) Harriet Elam-Thomas, director of the Diplomacy Program at the University of Central Floridain Orlando, where she is shaping a global education and training initiative for students and professionals; Dr. Patricia Taylor, Chief of Intelligence Community and EEO and Diversity, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek, who led successful efforts to recruit minorities and women into the NASA space program; Tracey Ferguson, Houston socialite, editor-in-chief of Jones lifestyle magazine and star of reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Joneses”; and Antoinette Leatherberry, Principal, Diversity and Inclusion Champion, for Deloitte Consulting.
Ten students, five each from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Bethune Cookman University, will attend the conference on scholarships sponsored by the LBW.
Black Rose Award
Each year, the LBW recognizes a woman who has used the power of her leadership position to create new leadership opportunities for others with the LBW Black Rose Award. This year, there are two such distinguished honorees: Selena Cuffe is an American wine vendor and president and CEO of Heritage Link Brands based in Los Angeles. Heritage Link Brands is the largest U.S. company dedicated to advancing commerce in Africa by importing and distributing wine produced by indigenous Africans and people of African descent. Rachel Robinson is Founder of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, which is praised as one of the most important forces providing educational opportunity to underserved youth in America today.
In addition, Robert L. Billingslea, Vice President, Corporate Urban Affairs and Development for The Walt Disney Company, will be recognized for his leadership in helping to build the sustainability of LBW in support of the women and communities the organization serves globally.
Also at the conference, Ms. Finley will introduce early findings from the League’s 2010 National Having Our Say Survey called “Risk and Reward.” The survey, conducted in partnership with DePaul University, Chicago, looks at Black women’s willingness to take on risks in pursuit of leadership goals and what, or who, influences their decisions. A full report will be released later in the year.
Black Women 2010 Global Ready is sponsored by Deloitte and supported by League of Black Women 2010 corporate partners: The Walt Disney Company; Booz Allen Hamilton; CNA; U.S. Cellular; American Airlines; Black Enterprise, Diversity MBA magazine; TIAA CREF; Coca Cola; Southern Company; and American Airlines, the official airline for the conference.
Ms. Finley and featured guests will be available at select times during the conference to conduct media interviews in person or by telephone. For information and press admittance, email T. Shawn Taylor (email@example.com) of Treetop Consulting Inc. For a conference schedule, visit www.leagueofblackwomen.org.
SOURCE League of Black Women