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Saturday, April 2 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Practice Safe TEXT: Safe Practices for the Social Media Generation

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There are many ways to use social media, but some activity is risker than others. With social communities growing, so are the potential dangers. This discussion will provide insight to how to do social media safely and responsibly.


  • Moderator: Tracy Brisson, Founder and CEO, The Opportunities Project (@oppsproject) - Tracy Brisson is the founder and CEO of The Opportunities Project, an organization that helps young professionals meet their career goals quickly and confidently. One of Tracy's specialties is helping job seekers use social media to build their credibility, expand their communities and find opportunities. Before launching her own company, Tracy worked in recruitment for more than a decade and her career advice has appeared in the New York Post, The Star Ledger, and on Monster+HotJobs, and The Ladders.  Tracy has a BA from Syracuse University, an MPA in Public Finance from New York University and is finishing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and a graduate of the Kauffman Fast Trac NewVenture Program for early stage entrepreneurs.
  • Jessica Darmawan, Student, American University - Jessica Darmawan is a budding international blogger from Jakarta, Indonesia. With her passion for travel, she blogs about the world's largest archipelago, Indonesia, and its unique culture, natural landscape, traditional cuisine, and people. Within 6 months, her blog has grown to over 5,500 followers from all over the world. She hopes to work with Indonesia's Department of Tourism in the future to further expand her blog. Jessica is a Junior in the School of International Service at American University, and she hopes to use social media to promote causes.
  • Jill Foster, LiveYourTalk (@jillfosterCited by ForbesWoman as one of 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter, Jill Foster is principal of Live Your Talk; her work has been in conversation in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Guardian UK, Washingtonian Magazine, and a range of media outlets. Believing strong communities come from strong conversations (and thus public speaking skill), Jill specializes in helping professionals in technical fields engage through public speaking.
  • Andy Hasty, Honors Paralegal, Federal Trade Commission - Andy Hasty is an Honors Paralegal in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where he supports numerous policy and enforcement efforts.  Focused primarily on technology-related consumer protection issues, Andy monitors and reports on developments in interactive technology, and works on matters related to the emerging mobile marketplace.  In addition, Andy helps manage OnGuardOnline.gov, a joint effort between the federal government and the technology industry to help computer users protect their personal information, secure their computers, and be on guard against Internet fraud.  As part of the OnGuard Online team, Andy also participates in numerous government, non-profit, and industry events around DC.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and plans to go to law school in the fall.
  • Andi Narvaez, SMCEDU Advisory Board Member (@andinarvaez) - Andi Narvaez is a social media and public relations professional. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Social Media Club DC and Social Media Club Education Connection, she is public relations chair for DC Twestival and works for Citizen Effect, a philanthropy startup dedicated to providing citizens with the tools and support they need to work directly with communities in need around the world. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador but moved to Washington, DC in 2009 to pursue a masters degree in Public Relations at University of Maryland. You can read her blog at andinarvaez.com and follow her on Twitter @andinarvaez.
  • Eric J. Novotny, Senior Vice President, CRDF Global - Eric J. Novotny is presently Adjunct Professor at SIS in the International Communication program.  He is also Senior Vice President of CRDF Global, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to international cooperation in science, technology and innovation.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Oxford.
  • Alejandra Owens, Blog Managing Director, AARP (@frijolita)- Alejandra Owens is the Managing Director of AARP’s 5 year old blog. She is also a member of AARP’s Social Communications team providing strategic advice on the use of various social platforms. Alejandra is also a food blogger, regularly posting recipes on her own site One Bite At A Time and contributes to the neighborhood blog Boderstan.com as a food writer. She can be found on Twitter at @frijolita.
  • Keith Petri, eBrandingMe (@ebrandingme) - Keith Petri, founder of eBranding Me and avid blogger, is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. His studies in business, economics and studio art, along with an affinity for marketing, technology and entrepreneurship, have led to his current passion for social media and the new rules of digital networking. Through his prior entrepreneurial pursuits, blogging and extensive networking, Keith has seen the need for educating his peers on creating a positive online presence. eBranding Me is the culmination of his efforts.

Saturday April 2, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
SIS Room 120 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

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