Social Media Club Chicago and SOBCon Team Up For One Night!

SMC Chicago SOBConIt’s so phenomenal that it only happens once a year! On May 3, Social Media Club Chicago will host SOBCon’s opening event. As an SMC Chicago board member, I’m thrilled to invite you to join us!!! Pick up your tickets at the SMC Chicago SOBCon event site. Want more details? Here’s what you’ll find on the invitation site.

Social Media Club Chicago and SOBCon Event on May 3 at Loyola Chicago’s Kasbeer Hall

Thought leaders from around the country and the world will be gathering in Chicago on May 4-6 to attend SOBCon, the Successful and Outstanding Business Conference.

On May 3, SOBCon and Social Media Club Chicago will connect for an epic night of networking, socializing and learning.

Panel Moderator: Dean Donald Heider [@donheider], Loyola Univeristy Chicago’s School of Communication

Donald Heider is the first appointed dean of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication. Dr. Heider is an award-winning broadcast journalist and joined Loyola from Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. In 2011 Dr. Heider was elected vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) and will serve in that postion until 2012, when he will become president-elect and then president through 2014 of the non-profit, educational association composed of some 190 JMC programs at the college level.

Join us at Loyola University’s Kasbeer Hall [25 East Pearson] to hear this power panel of leading thinkers/SOBCon speakers.

Liz Strauss

Liz Strauss is a brand strategist and social web community builder and is perhaps the most influential “real-ebrity” on the Internet. Liz has over 20 years in print, software, and online publishing, and has strategized with publishers in Europe, Australia, the UK, and Ireland. She was recently a featured speaker at the Cass Business School of City University in London and teaches a Master’s Level class at the CityU School of Publishing. She has been named to the Top 100 Social Media & Internet Marketing Bloggers, The Invesp Top 100 Most Influential Marketers of 2008 and again in 2009, the 50 of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Social Media, and NxE’s Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers. The WordPress Plugin Liz Comment Counter by Ozh was named in her honor to celebrate her dedication to responding to the readers of her blog.

Terry Starbucker

Terry is a native Midwesterner now living on the East Coast, spreading ìrealistic optimismî through a philosophy he calls “Half-Fullism.” He’s been in the business world for over 25 years in various leadership positions, most recently as a senior operations executive for a service business based in the Rocky Mountain west. Terry is a constantly learning student of leadership and personal development, and shares his ideas, experiences and knowledge through his blog, Ramblings from A Glass Half Full.

Carol Roth

Carol Roth is a business strategist, recovering investment banker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She has helped her clients, ranging from solopreneurs to multinational corporations, raise more than $1 billion in capital, complete more than $750 million worth of M&A transactions, secure high-profile licensing and partnership deals and create million dollar brand loyalty programs.Carol is a frequent radio, television and print media contributor on the topics of business and entrepreneurship, appearing regularly on Fox Business, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more. Additionally, Carol’s blog at was recently named as one of the Top 10 small business blogs online and she was named a 2011 Top 100 Small Business Influencer. Carol is a contributing blogger to outlets like The Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business/Enterprise City and is the only business strategist with a fashion doll made in her likeness.

Tickets include program, beer or wine, and light appetizers.

Preview the party: take a look at the SOBCon SMC Chicago 2011 video!

About SOBCon

SOBCon is the Cirque du Soleil of business strategy events. It’s an interactive think tank that moves ideas to action — packed with business strategies and social media immersion. You will walk away with new ideas and the energy and network to implement them.

The theme this year for Chicago 2012 is Creating and Leveraging Opportunity: Strategy and Execution. We’ll be discussing and applying qualitative and quantitative critical thinking. We’ll focus on the seven keys to strategy and execution: Mission & Vision, Position, Conditions, Decisions, Networks, and Systems. Each presentation, model, and mastermind session will change the way you see yourself and your business. The interviews lined up are stellar (no kidding). The interactive sessions will keep you in the room.

Look forward to more wisdom and thought-provoking questions from these successful and outstanding business people–Tim Sanders, Rick Turoczy, Les McKeown, Katherine Burdick, Carol Roth, Laura Fitton, Rick Calvert, Lisa Horner, Gary W. Goldstein, Steve Farber, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Liz Strauss, and a few others that will be equally outstanding!

For more information, or to register, for SOBCon, visit

SMC Chicago Sponsorships

Social Media Club Chicago relies on sponsors to provide quality events. Our sponsors receive exposure to thousands of connectors via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Plancast and more! If you are interested in sponsoring a future SMC Chicago event, please contact Jeannie Walters at

Social Media Club Chicago Chapter

Social Media Club [SMC] is a worldwide organization, with local chapters, that serves as connecting organization for anyone interested in social media. Membership is free and open to all levels, including beginners. Chicago’s SMC chapter, launched in October 2008, presents events that mix socializing, networking and learning. Event attendees include entrepreneurs, corporate communicators, journalists, business professionals, publishers, marketers, media creators, citizen journalists, students and technology types. For more information, visit, email, follow @smcchicago on twitter, or call 630.207.7530 or 312-970-0846.

Social Media Club Chicago Board Members

Barbara Rozgonyi [@wiredprworks], Founder

Jeff Willinger [@jwillie], President

Amy Korin [@interactiveamy], Volunteers

Jeannie Walters [@jeanniecw], Sponsors

Carolyn Martin [@cm_socialmedia], Communications

Planning to go? Let us know so we can look for you there!

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