Invitation to Two Social Media Week Chicago Events


Social Media Week Chicago starts on Monday. With over 70 events, most of them free, to choose from, there’s something for everyone. If you’re speaking, attending, or recommending, please add the session[s] in the comments section.

Way back in early July, Rich Taylor of  Zócalo Group, the company that’s organizing the event in partnership with the Chicago Tribune, first contacted me about Social Media Club Chicago’sparticipation. Of course, we said yes!

In the course of a few short weeks, #SMWChicago is now an impressive mix of people, places and topics that’s already generating discussion – like the Windy City Foursquare badge, the first-ever city level badge.

On September 21, Social Media Club Chicago will present two Social Media Week Chicago events.

Disclosure: I serve on the Social Media Club Chicago board and am participating in both events. Have you registered yet? Which events are you planning to go to?


with @smcchicago board members @jwille @wiredprworks @interactiveamy @tamcdonald @jeanniecw

3:00-4:30 at ITA (TechNexus), 200 S. Wacker, 15th floor


Meet the board of Social Media Club Chicago, on a panel for the first time together, as they serve up whatever you are hungry for.  Whether it’s what to do with internal communications, how to refine the customer experience, how to amp up digital branding, where to engage your community or when to create campaigns that get results, the SMC Chicago board will give you the answers you’re looking for.


Moderator: Jeff Willinger, SMC Chicago President; Social business strategist and Director of Social Computing for Rightpoint, @jwillie

Barbara Rozgonyi, SMC Chicago founder; publisher of; CEO of CoryWest Media, LLC, @wiredprworks,

Tim McDonald, SMC Chicago Communications Director; Chicago Ambassador for Zaarly; Founder of Lake County Social Networking, @tamcdonald

Amy Ravit Korin, SMC Chicago Volunteer Director; founder at LLC; Press & Social Media Director, North Coast Music Festival, @InteractiveAmy

Jeannie Walters, SMC Chicago Board Member at large; publisher of; founder of 360Connext, @jeanniecw



with @broadwaychicago @cubsinsider @chicagofed @mccormick_place

Presented in partnership with Windy City Social 3rd Annual Social Media Master Summit

5:30-8:00 at University of Illinois School of Business, 200 S. Wacker, 4th floor



Meet the people behind the scenes from the sports teams, businesses and cultural spots that keep Chicago sparkling as one of the world’s greatest cities. Learn about how they are bringing their brands to life via twitter, facebook, blogger relations and more.


5:30 – 6:15 Check-in and Networking

6:15 – 7:00 Chicago Icons

7:00 – 8:00 Socialize and Network


Moderated by Hope Bertram and Barbara Rozgonyi

Ashlee Harris, Broadway in Chicago, @broadwaychicago

Kevin Saghy, The Chicago Cubs, @cubsinsider

Kathryn Moran, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, @chicagofed

Scott Winterroth, Mc Cormick Place, @McCormick_Place

RSVP $10 before September 19. Tickets include drinks, Domino’s Pizza by Ramon DeLeon, networking and program admission.

Thanks to Windy City Social 3rd Annual Social Media Masters Summit for co-producing the evening program. Coming up on October 25 and 26, this summit is a highly anticipated event that brings together top brands, bloggers, agency contacts and consultants to connect and share best practices from all marketing channels related to social media. The 2011 event line-up includes top bloggers and Social Media leaders from Domino’s Pizza, Jockey, Walgreen’s, Kelloggs and more. For more event information, visit

About Social Media Club Chicago

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. Barbara Rozgonyi [@wiredprworks], founder and Jeff Willinger [@jwillie], president, lead the Chicago SMC chapter. Amy Korin [@interactiveamy] coordinates volunteers; Tim McDonald [@tamcdonald] manages communications; Jeannie Walters [@jeanniecw] oversees logistics; and Alex Levine [@alexklevine] student/young professional outreach. Event attendees include entrepreneurs, corporate communicators, journalists, business professionals, publishers, marketers, media creators, citizen journalists, students and technology types. For more information, visit,, follow @smcchicago on twitter, or call 630.207.7530 or 312-970-0846.

Check out Social Media Week news and events for these participating cities.

Photo credit: Barbara Rozgonyi c2011 from the Chicago sky-sites collection.

Now, let’s hear from you.
What question would you ask the Cubs, Broadway in Chicago, the Chicago Fed, McCormick Place – or the SMC Chicago board?

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