SXSWi: Reconnecting with community leaders

Since 2007 I’ve been building my global community, one hug at a time.  I traveled to different cities for conferences and attended too many tweetups to count.  In 2010 I was committed to my Hawaii community to serve as the Social Media Director for the Neil Abercrombie for Governor campaign.  Now that he’s in office, it’s time for me to reconnect with community leaders beyond the shores of Hawaii islands.

I’ve been making efforts virtually, but am looking forward to actually listening and learning when I’m in Austin, Texas for the uber SXSW Interactive conference.

Here is a short list of community leaders that I am looking forward to reconnecting with.

  • What We Can Learn from Small Town Entrepreneurs,” is on Saturday, March 12th at 9:30 a.m.  Think about the skills needed to build a community, and small town manners will go a long way.  This session features my friend and fellow SOBCon 2009 tablemate, Becky McCray.  She’s managing a media consulting business, a liquor store, ranch, and a husband!
  • As I mentioned in previous posts, Guy Kawasaki will be launching his new book Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions just days before the event.  His session, The Art of Enchantment is on Sunday, March 13th at 12:30 p.m.
  • I first met and heard Lewis Howe speak at SOBCon 2009 in Chicago.  He’s not only easy on the eyes, but an easy speaker to get engaged with even with a room full of people.  He’s the author of two books about LinkedIn and has a wealth of knowledge about sports marketing.  He will be sharing insights with attendees on how to run business YOUR way on Tuesday, March 15th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Author, speaker, and insightful leader Brian Solis will be joined with Eric Qualman and Julia Hartz in a session about social commerce on Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30 p.m.  Brian also announced recently that he’s begun writing new book and will announce special news about Engage, just before the yeehaw begins in Texas.
  • Gary Vaynerchuk is also releasing a new book just days before the conference.  I’ll be reading The Thank You Economy via my iPad on the more than 8 hour plane ride from Honolulu.  On Monday, March 14th at 3:30 p.m., Gary discusses the ROI of social media, but in his true giving self, he’s saving a lot of time for Q&A.

There are many more people that I looking forward to connecting with not only in Austin, but across the nation virtually, but preferably in real life.

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