Social Media Club Chicago Celebrates Five Years

smc_ChicagoDOB: October 20, 2008

If SMC Chicago was a five year old, she’d be a kindergartener. One who’s been through pre-school and is starting her first class on her way to completing an elementary education. But, five years in social media is more like 20 or 30 – and school? Learning happens in real time.

We, and the world, have changed significantly since SMC Chicago met for the first time at the Pepper Canister on October 30, 2008.

Thanks to Amber Naslund for finding the place and finessing the early communications that drew folks in. I have to say this has been the fastest, and most event full, five years of my entire life.

I’m honored to be one of the founding members of SMC Chicago and I’m excited about moderating the panel discussion next week with Chicago social media superstars: David Armano, Ramon DeLeon, Kelly Olexa, Ed St. Peter and MJ Tam.

Here’s the official invite. Hope to see you there!!!!

SMC Chicago Presents: Let’s Celebrate 5 Years! Hosted by Answers Media

There’s a party going on next Tuesday night and it’ll be even better if you’re there!

Get your $10 ticket =>>>>

Can you believe it’s been five years since Social Media Club Chicago got its start?

We can’t either, 2008 was so many thousands of tweets ago.

We – and you! – have come a long way since we jammed the Pepper Canister to overflow capacity at our first event.

In five years, SMC Chicago’s hosted over 60 events for thousands of Chicagoans who’ve come together to discuss business, technology, and of course social media.

This month we celebrate all of the people [like You!] that have learned from our events, and met people who have propelled them further into their careers.

On October 22, it’s time to show our appreciation to our members and celebrate at SMC Chicago’s fifth anniversary event. Thanks to Answers Media for hosting us in their uber cool space. You’ve got to see this place!

SMC Chicago Anniversary Program: Where are WE now?

At the event, you’ll hear from these top Chicago social media leaders on how we got to where we are and where we’re headed next. Barbara Rozgonyi, SMC Chicago’s founder and CoryWest Media CEO, will be our emcee for the evening.

David Armano, Edelman Digital Chicago Managing Director, @armano
Ramon DeLeon, #RamonWow Speaker, @ramon_deleon
Kelly Olexa, FitFluential, Founder and CEO, @kellyolexa
Ed St. Peter, Answers Media EVP of Creative Services, @answersmedia
MJ Tam, Chicagonista Editor, @mjtam

Event Details
Answers Media, @AnswersMedia, is located at 30 N. Racine, #300
5:30-6:10 Registration and Networking
6:10-7:15 Program
7:15-8:00 Socializing
8:00 – ?? After party at Market Bar 1113 W. Randolph
Tickets include program, appetizers and beverages.

Share It: Where are YOU now?
Do you have a personal story about how Social Media Club Chicago has changed your life? We’d love to hear it! Share your story on Facebook, Twitter or in our LinkedIn group. If you’re tweeting at our event (which we love…hint, hint) please use hashtag #smcchicago. We invite everyone to bring their friends and co-workers, because if you get it, share it!

Answers Media is a convergence media communications company that helps companies deploy the full potential of their digital marketing assets and connect with their audiences. They offer award-winning field, studio and post-production services in their brand new facility in Chicago’s West Loop. Visit them on Facebook.

ABOUT Social Media Club Chicago
Social Media Club 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 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, please visit our website, tweet us at @SMCChicago, and Like us on Facebook.

Social Media Club Chicago Board
Jeff Willinger (@jwillie)
Barbara Rozgonyi (@wiredprworks)
Elly Deutch (@deutche)
Audrey Schroder (@audreyschroder)
Rebecca Otis (@RebeccaOtis)
Daliah Saper (@SaperLaw)
Mike Dwyer (@Cruiter)

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