Panel: 3 Experts. 6 Social Media Platforms. 2 Billion Users!

Panel: 3 Experts. 6 Social Media Platforms. 2 Billion Users!
Event on 2017-06-06 18:00:00
If you find Social media overwhelming to keep up with, can’t decide which platforms to be on and don’t know what’s worth paying for or worth your time, this meeting is for you! Learn the latest demographics for each platform, how to curate great content, how to solve a social media crisis, when to hire help and more.

Do you have a burning question for any or all the panelists? Email gail@greatergoodgraphicdesign.com with your name and question before the meeting. If you attend we will call on you to ask your question. Submit Your Questions by June 4th!

Meet the Panelists

Social Media Strategist, Speaker, and Consultant Ruoyun Xu aims to empower her clients to connect and build relationships with their communities online through education and training. As the founder of C3Nami, she works with her team to help small and medium businesses and entrepreneurs ensure their online presence is in line with their mission and brand, and utilizes social media to it’s fullest level of influence. Ruoyun focuses on a personal one-on-one approach and attention to detail to help her clients walk away with a clear vision and the tools and understanding they need to manage their brand.

Before founding C3Nami, Ruoyun worked in the social media realm before Facebook even had Business Pages in 2010. Her diverse background in sales, marketing, event planning and business development allows her to offer a holistic view of how their digital marketing should operate in the big picture.

Connect with Ruoyun and C3Nami Here:

https://www.facebook.com/c3nami

Interested in entrepreneurial ideals from an early age and driven by a need to help, Joey McGirr, set out in 2010 to support businesses need to improve their connection with consumers via the social web. Now, as CEO of McGirr Enterprises, Joey spends his time consulting with clients on the most creative ways to get results from their online marketing efforts. He also leads his team to create and implement the latest strategies and tools to aid their clients. Joey has recently taken up podcasting and just launched the Social Media Pro Podcast. A show aimed at supporting the tens of thousands of social media freelance professionals all over the globe. Joey’s passion is connecting people. Thanks to modern mobile technology and social media websites/apps, he’s able to help his clients connect like never before.

Connect with Joey here!
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeymcgirr/

About Joey


http://mcgirrenterprises.com/
http://socialmediapropodcast.com/

Candice Beckmann is a content marketing strategist, storyteller, and the owner of Beckmann Collaborative – a team of professionals cooperatively supporting small business owners in achieving success. She left her home in Queens, New York and followed her entrepreneurial instincts to Austin. In Austin, she applied her extensive experience from performing arts marketing (20 Broadway shows and 360 Carnegie Hall concerts) to high-tech companies and other local startups. Now her focus is on empowering small business owners through training and consulting in customer relationship management, content creation, market research, and marketing strategy. What’s your story?

Connect with Candice here:

https://www.facebook.com/Beckmann.Collaborative/
http://feeds.feedburner.com/BeckmannCollaborative

We reserve 5 free tickets for the military available on Eventbrite or at the door. You must show your military ID at the door to claim your free ticket. If these are not claimed on the day just before the start time, they are made available free to the public, 1st come 1st served.

Agenda:

6:00 to 6:20: Meet & Greet

6:20 to 6:25: Introductions

6:25 to 7:30: Main presentation

7:30 to 7:55: Q&A/Social

Organizer:

Dr. Ataollah Etemadi

All our events are for the benefit of the

Settlement Home for Children, and the Austin Children's Shelter

at Mister Tramps
8565 Research Blvd
Austin, United States

How to Market Your Business & Get Results – Experts Panel – Entrepreneur Minds Speak – Series #9

How to Market Your Business & Get Results – Experts Panel – Entrepreneur Minds Speak – Series #9
Event on 2015-10-27 19:00:00
How do you market your product or business? Come armed with your questions for the experts on marketing your business. We will have experts on: • social media • online marketing • SEO • PR Learn best practices for marketing your business or product. 7 pm – 7:30 pm Networking 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm Speaker Panel 8:15 pm – 8:30 pm Wrap-Up About WeWork Our offices feature glass walls to maintain privacy without sacrificing transparency and natural light. Common spaces have a distinct aesthetic and vibe that will inspire your team as well as the customers or potential customers you bring into WeWork. Through design and experience, we obsess over providing you with the best place to work. About Entrepreneur Minds Academy Entrepreneur Minds Academy gives you the practical advice and tools you need for starting and maintaining your business through workshops, speaker series, networking opportunities, and webinars. We help you learn, launch and succeed. Check out our events at http://entrepreneurmindsacademy.com/events/ and keep up to date with our event by joining our mailing list.

at WeWork
350 Lincoln Rd
Miami, United States

Turning Content Into Gold: A Panel of Content Experts

Turning Content Into Gold: A Panel of Content Experts
Event on 2015-10-21 11:00:00
Marketers know they need content. They know content can create more website traffic. But how much and what type of content works, how do they create it, and more importantly how do they measure it?  Our experts, including Chris Muckridge, Lorraine Ball, Michael Reynolds, Daniel Herndon and Lynnell Nixon weigh in!  Lunch at Ruth Chris included in price of ticket. Chris Muckridge is an accomplished writer who helps organizations and marketers sift through the clutter and connect with their audiences. Well­versed in creating content for all media, either online or offline, Chris has worked for agencies, marketers and as a freelancer. Chris earned his degree in advertising at Ball State University and has worked in the Indianapolis market, representing brands both large and small, since 1994. Daniel Herndon is an ad man, board member and a Principal at MilesHerndon, a Branding & Advertising Firm based in downtown Indianapolis, IN. He lives in the outer edge of the city with his wife, two daughters, dog and iPhone. Daniel formed a marketing firm, Redwall in November of 2008 following a career in the music business. Over the first few years, Redwall evolved from a catch all of bold marketing tactics to a strategic design firm focused on branding and brand strategy. In early 2015, a long time colleague in the industry Josh Miles approach Daniel about working together. In May, they formed MilesHerndon, to focus on deep impact, holistic branding, advertising and design. Lorraine Ball spent twenty years in corporate America, before she came to her senses. Frustrated by the resistance to change, indecision, and lack of entrepreneurial spirit as she climbed the corporate ladder, Lorraine gave up the fancy VP office, huge staff, and big budget. Today, you can find her at Roundpeg, a digital agency based in Carmel, Indiana. Along with an extraordinarily talented team including two full time office cats, she shares what she knows about marketing strategy, web design, content, inbound and email marketing and social media. Considered by the IBJ to be on of Indiana’s Women of Influence, she is committed to the local community, serving on the boards of the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Indy Fringe Theater Festival. Lorraine has an MBA from the University of New York. Lynnell Nixon is an award­ winning writer with a background in healthcare, product development, and digital marketing. As Content Marketing Manager at Site Strategics, she helps clients find the balance between what is aesthetic and what is effective for their digital assets. She uses research, analytics, and content marketing best practices like user profiles and intuitive content direction to maximize content value. Find her on Twitter at @wordgroupie. Michael Reynolds is President/CEO of SpinWeb – a digital agency located in Indianapolis, IN. As an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional, Michael regularly blogs, publishes educational industry content, and speaks at conferences around the country covering topics like business strategies, inbound marketing, and technology.In addition to his obsession with marketing and technology, Michael devotes part of his brain to ballroom dancing and classical music. Prior to earning degrees in both Cello Performance and Management Information Systems from Ball State University, Michael studied the cello with a real live Klingon and still plays regularly in church and the occasional chamber music gig. Sign up today to make sure you don't miss out on this crucial topic!

at Miller Brooks
11712 North Michigan Road
Zionsville, United States

NAPW Midlothian Presents: 2015 RVA Inspiring Women Panel FREE

NAPW Midlothian Presents: 2015 RVA Inspiring Women Panel FREE
Event on 2015-10-21 18:30:00
The NAPW – Midlothian chapter is excited to invite you all to our 2015 RVA Inspiring Women Panel at the Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum. We asked women around Richmond to nominate other women that they find inspiring.  The results were amazing and each one unique making being able to only select 5 very difficult, but we are excited about the ones that were chosen.  These women will have a chance to share with your their stories, answer questions from our moderator, and take questions from the audience at the end.  (bios below) This event is open to members and non-members. Lisa Schaffner, former WRIC-TV news anchor, and current UNOS Public Relations & Marketing Director, will be our moderator for this great event and we are so thankful to have her! There will be time for NETWORKING, so please bring your business cards.  Also there will be DOOR PRIZES and a CASH BAR! This event is free, but we do ask that you bring a canned good for the Central Food Bank. And now I am happy to share with you NAPW – Midlothian's 2015 RVA Inspiring Women.  Please note that this is just snippets of what these amazing women do! Angie Brooks Richmond-based singer, songwriter, ukuleleist, educator and yoga instructor, Angie Brooks was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, Virginia. Angie started performing at age five and continues to nurture her love of performance and singing as a member of the old standards and jazz band, All the RAGE (Richmond Area Geriatric Ensemble) and the River City Ukulele Society. She has practiced yoga for years, received her 200 hour teaching certificate in February 2013 and is a registered yoga teacher. Often referred to as the Ukulele Yoga Lady, Angie is an impassioned advocate for the healing power of music and yoga and has developed a holistic-based program for memory care patients that incorporates gentle yoga combined with singing and the sounds of the ukulele. Inspired by her own grandmother’s journey with dementia, she lovingly shares this innovative combination with brain injury patients, seniors and those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her intention with this program is to assist the patients with easing anxiety and stress, and to guide them to find calm, peace and joy in everyday life. In addition to sharing music and yoga with memory care and brain injury patients, she teaches ukulele and yoga to the 4th-8th graders of Aylett Country Day School in Tappahannock, Virginia. She also provides private instruction in ukulele and yoga, and leads beginner ukulele courses throughout the year for the 55+ Active Lifestyles club with Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation’s Senior Center. Allison Perry Gilbreath a full time student in the Masters of Social Work program at VCU, the Community Engagement Manager at PCAV and an intern at Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam’s Office. In January 2011 while interning at the Virginia General Assembly, Allison started the process of becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate. In April 2011 she completed the program.  Allison graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice in May 2011.  During the summer of 2011, Allison was selected as a Virginia Governor’s Fellow and served in the Office of Public Safety.  After the program’s completion, Allison was hired as a Program Support Coordinator at Prevent Child Abuse Virginia in Richmond, VA and months later added on the responsibilities of Volunteer Coordinator. Through her amazing education and work in social services, Allison strives to make a difference in the life of a child each day. Jeanine Guidry is a Ph.D. student in the Social and Behavioral Health Program at VCU and an affiliate graduate researcher at the Center for Media+Health. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Health Sciences from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and her M.P.S. in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. Her research interests are focused on the use of social media and mobile technology in health communications, and she has recently been working on several projects looking at the use of  Instagram and Pinterest in the area of health communications. In addition, Guidry is the founder and executive director of Arts in the Alley, a nonprofit organization that paints murals on the walls of the streets and alleys in Richmond. Guidry lives in Richmond with her husband Chris and their two rescue dogs, Lola and Frodo. Doris Harkness has been in a male dominated industrial sales sector for over 22 years. She took over the helm of PACE company, a manufacturers’ representative agency  in 1995 at the unexpected passing of her husband when she was 38.  With two young sons and customers like Philip Morris, Roanoke Cement, and BASF she has had to find a way to rebuild and re-define the company.  Her positive attitude and faith in God has also carried her through her mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s at age 56 and dealing with a son’s grief and addiction.  In the past she has counselled other young widows and children that have suffered the loss of a parent and is a fan of Comfort Zone Camp for grieving children. Grateful for her parents German work ethic, risk-taking and commitment to family, Doris has a wide circle of extended family and friends both professionally and personally that she treasures! Her visit to Ellis Island this year with a cousin reinforced the idea of the “American Dream” when she got to find out more about her 16 year old great grand-mother that immigrated to the US and later sponsored her father.  Besides two grown sons, Doris is happily remarried and has a step-son, daughter in law and 5 month old Grandson Jordan that she calls “Mr. Handsome. “  Bunny Sumner Young- is the proud mother of four-year-old Ryann Grace whom family affectionately calls “Rocky” and Chairwoman of Pawssible Service Dog Connection. Bunny has lived in China and volunteered in Ecuador—experiences which were eye- opening and humbling for her.  She advocates for those who are differently abled: “Growing up with a heart condition, I understand what it is like to have a disability. Being able to empower to independence and show my daughter that being different is beautiful and that she can do anything is the most important thing to me.” Using her Masters Degree in Psychology and Counseling, she started her own consulting company, A Better Place Consulting to educate businesses and organizations the power of creating a positive work environment which leads to employee and client retention. In addition she also teaches cultural sensitivity to law enforcement and correctional officers. She enjoys spending time with her family including her service dog Goose, a 120 pound Great Dane and is a proud Army wife and daughter. She volunteers with Dreamcatcher's Therapeutic Riding, the Alzheimer’s Association, March of Dimes and serves as the Chair of Louisa Lead Share, an active member of TRIAD, on the Extraordinary Women's Exchange Committee and a Member of the Hanover Council on Aging. We are so excited about this great panel of inspiring women and hope to see you all there.  We are limited to 65 people so please reserve your FREE tickets early! Please share and invite your friends!

at Hyatt Place
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, United States

Social Media: Strategy, Effectiveness & Measurement Panel Luncheon

Social Media: Strategy, Effectiveness & Measurement Panel Luncheon
Event on 2015-09-15 11:15:00
Major social media networks recreated how marketers leverage social media to increase brand recognition, improve brand loyalty and convert customers. The Strategy, Effectiveness & Measurement Luncheon panel discussion will explore this idea and feature expert panelists Bethany Evans, business consultant, social marketing communications, Southwest Airlines; Lindsay Jacaman, chief revenue officer, Speakeasy; and Sean Ryan, director of social and digital content, JCPenney. The panelists will share how social media brand strategy and measurement has shifted over the past three years and how technology is allowing social media tactics to become more effective. Tracking the impact of social media outlets enables companies to gain feedback on their consumers to better market their products. They will also comment on real case studies from their company and clients and how they are planning their budgets for 2016. The discussion will be moderated by Mike Orren, president of Speakeasy – a content marketing, social media and digital strategy agency that is a joint venture between Slingshot and A.H. Belo.

at Doubletree Hotel Dallas – Campbell Centre
8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, United States

A Design Partnership’s Founder Leads Licensing Panel for the BOLD Summit Luxury Interior Design Conference

In the creative industries, the reward is often the work itself. People in design will tell you they didnt choose that path, rather their mentality and the need to create made it their fate. But professional fulfillment is only one part of the equation. At the end of the day, compensation also has to be considered. Two weeks ago A Design Partnerships founder Natalie Norcross moderated a panel in Palm Springs at BOLD Summit to educate designers on licensings power to create long-lasting revenue.

Norcross took the rather complex topic of negotiation and licensing and made it translucent. Leading a panel of other licensing professionals, she prepared attending designers with what they should know and expect before getting into licensing and how to close agreements to their greatest benefit.

When designs are project based versus product based, for example the business of interior design, revenue is directly tied to the number of projects going on at any given time. However, time is a limiting factor, meaning potential revenue is capped by how many projects a designer can manage simultaneously. What is the interior designer to do? Accept that their possible income has plateaued? Hire a staff so they can take on more jobs?

A Design Partnership educates their clients on both the value and the key components of licensing contracts, with which Norcross background as an interior designer has given her great insight. During her career she negotiated lucrative licensing deals from which she still receives revenue. When negotiated properly, licenses give designers residual revenue for as long as the items are being sold and forge lasting relationships between designers and manufacturers. Norcross clients have reaped the benefits, both financially and strategically, of the strong partnerships that licensing has brought them.

May was a record breaking month for the firm, as they happily reported that they finalized more contracts than any month thus far.

The buzz surrounding the dynamic young agency led the BOLD Summit organizers to invite Norcross to moderate the panel on licensing at this years event. Natalie enjoyed the opportunity to broadcast her message to an audience of her peers saying, I feel blessed to have shared in the success of my clients and am excited to help our industry grow.

About A Design Partnership

A Design Partnership is a branding and marketing agency comprised of leading minds from the worlds of fashion, advertising and media. We are tailors, specializing in outfitting the creative industries with innovative and comprehensive digital marketing, public relations, creative brand strategy, licensing and design brokering services.

About BOLD Summit

BOLD (Business of Luxury Design) Summit, is a yearly conference focused on educating designers on the leaders and latest trends in the luxury market.


Brand Forward, A Progressive Marketing Conversation, brings panel of speakers together for informative discussion on reaching generational audiences


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 10, 2015

Good People Creative is proud to host Brand > Forward, A Progressive Marketing Conversation at Bridgestone Arena on June 17th, 2015. The event brings prominent speakers to a panel discussion about how best to reach the different generations. Speakers include Michael Burcham, entrepreneur and investor, Tena Mayberry, CEO of Century II, Lisa White, Director of Store Marketing at Tractor Supply Co, and Cole Evans, CEO of Good People Creative.

In order to be effective today, you really have to target your core customer, and speak to them in the way they want to be spoken to, says Cole Evans, CEO of Good People Creative. We have a panel of marketing professionals that use traditional as well as non-traditional media to reach their audiences to move their brands forward every day and are excited about sharing their knowledge and experience.

Lisa White, Director of Store Marketing at Tractor Supply Company, a leading retailer offering products for home improvement, agriculture, lawn and garden maintenance, and livestock, equine and pet care. Tractor Supply is celebrating its 75th year and has done a great job positioning themselves as one of the nations fastest growing retail organizations.

Tena Mayberry leads Century II, providing outsources Human Resources to more than 4,000 employees in over 45 states. Her team helps a wide variety of companies in various industries manage benefits administration, payroll, risk management, training and more. It is critical that you understand what motivates your employees to be loyal and help you grow your business, says Tena. Different age groups are motivated by entirely different things and we have to communicate with them differently.

Michael Burcham is a local entrepreneur and investory who was instrumental in securing funding for Nashvilles Entrepreneur Center, and served as President and CEO for 4 years. The mission of The Entrepreneur Center is to connect entrepreneurs with critical resources to accelerate business creation and growth. Communicating effectively to the diverse groups of entrepreneurs and investors was key to Michaels success.

Join us for an informative panel discussion at Bridgestone Arena on June 17, 2015. The event starts with breakfast at 8:00 a.m., followed by the panel discussion and concludes with a question and answer session at 10 a.m. Register at brand-forward.com.

Good People Creative is Nashvilles content marketing company, specializing in search engine marketing, website development, media buying, marketing, videography, content creation, social media, and design. For more information, please visit http://www.goodpeoplecreative.com.







Electricraft – San Luis Obispo Electrical Contractors and Solar Panel Installers – Celebrate 30 Years Serving the Central Coast


San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) June 09, 2015

This year, San Luis Obispo electrical contractor and solar panel installer Electricraft is celebrating their 30th year of success here on the Central Coast.

Jon P. Treder, a San Luis Obispo resident since 1970, founded the company in late December of 1984. Since then, the company has tackled a vast variety of projects, from simple residential and small commercial and industrial electrical service and repair work, to complex and diverse specialty electrical construction for private clients, local service districts, cities, the county, and the state and federal governments.

The current majority owners, sons of Jon P. Treder, Wes and Jacob Treder, sought on their own following high school to become involved at the bottom level of the organization. They found that they enjoyed the challenges and opportunity so decided to pursue education in administration and the technical aspects of the electrical construction industry. Both have become very accomplished and active in the advancement and achievements of the company over the last 10 to 15 years.

The accomplishment of the 30-year mark has not come without challenges. Recognizing and proactively seeking out and keeping up with technical, environmental safety and regulatory changes in the electrical industry has been a testament to the familys commitment to providing the best service available in the industry. Competing with unskilled, and non-professional electrical and general construction organizations has also been a challenge for the company, one that has been taken in stride.

Our reputation now precedes our efforts to establish one, said Jacob Treder. We say what we mean, mean what we say, do what we say and stand behind each and every relationship regardless of size and or importance. We communicate entirely from beginning to end. We do our work once, right, the first time.

About Electricraft

Electricraft is a very diverse electrical construction firm with hundreds of accumulative years of wide spread experience in the trade. They have provided San Luis Obispo with solar panel installations for small-scale projects and personal use, and have completed dozens of complex, high-risk projects that require extreme specialty trade capabilities.

Electricraft is fully insured and licensed by the state, and has a large bonding capacity. Electricraft field foremen, office staff, and state certified electricians have a combined 300+ years of electrical experience.

Providing San Luis Obispo solar panels, residential electrical service and more, Electricraft offers San Luis Obispo professional industrial, commercial and residential electrical services, solar panel installations and more.

No job is too large or small for Electricraft. Call today at (805) 544-8224.

Electricraft, Inc.

205 South Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 544-8224

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Metro Music Source: Music Industry Meetup + Panel on Digital Marketing for Musicians

Metro Music Source: Music Industry Meetup + Panel on Digital Marketing for Musicians
Event on 2015-05-12 18:00:00

Metro Music Source, the DC area’s premier meetup series for musicians and industry professionals is excited to announce its next event, featuring a panel discussion and informal networking.

The theme for this event will be "Digital Marketing Strategies For Today's Independent Musician". In the face of a declining music industry, musicians must be increasingly self-reliant and business-savvy, adapting the ways they market themselves to fans and others amidst an ever-evolving landscape. A frank and substantive discussion of the tools and techniques needed to be successful in today's market will be facilitated through an impressive group of panelists, including Casey Rae (CEO of the Future of Music Coalition). The discussion will be moderated by Wes Anderson, CEO of the marketing agency e-Team Solutions and lead guitarist of Fiction 20 Down. Other panelists include Justin Pietro of Amplifire Consulting and Geoff Browning, lead singer and guitarist of the DC band B Side Shuffle.

Providing additional input will be Dave Mallen of Innovation Station Music, who co-founded the Metro Music Source in 2009.  For over 6 years, the MMS has hosted a variety of networking events, with the goal of bringing focus to the vibrant DC music scene, encouraging support, collaboration, and knowledge sharing amongst music creators and industry professionals. Through its informal mhas brought together local musicians, record label reps, artist managers, publicists, filmmakers, graphic designers, music publishers, producer/engineers, and many others from musician-supporting industries. 

Event Schedule:

6-7:30pm – Networking

7:30-8:30pm – Panel Discussion

8:30-9:00pm – Post-discussion Networking

 

FAQs

How do I access the Gibson Guitar Showroom?

The Gibson Guitar Showroom is a private event space run by Gibson near the Verizon Center.  Access to the lobby is through an unmarked door.  When you arrive, you will need to be let in and escorted up.  We will only have someone manning the door until 7pm, so please arrive before then.

Will food or drink be served?

We are inviting beer and food companies to sponsor the event, however nothing is concrete at this time.  Please check the invite for updates or email us for more info.  We do plan to have food and drinks at a nearby establishment to continue the conversation after the event.

at The Gibson
709 G Street Northwest
Washington, United States

The Bell Tower Foundation and Origins Behavioral Healthcare Present “We Are You” A Celebrity Panel to Discuss Addiction Epidemic


Orange County, Calif., (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

Origins Behavioral Healthcare and The Bell Tower Foundation are pleased to announce Orange County’s very first “We Are You” Speaker Series, an extraordinary panel of celebrity and expert guests who will be sharing their expertise on the topic of addiction in order to raise awareness and de-stigmatize this terrible disease. The panel includes MTV reality star, Jason Wahler, musician and drug counselor, Bob Forrest, former MLB star, Bret Boone, international supermodel/reality star, Amber Smith, and world renowned addiction specialist, Dr. Harry Haroutunian. On Wednesday May 6th, 2015, join us at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center in Rancho Santa Margarita at 6pm for an unforgettable evening where you will hear personal stories, obtain information on how to combat addiction, and gain insight as to what steps to take if you or a loved one faces this battle.

In this day and age, most families have come face-to-face with the reality and prevalence of addiction to drugs and alcohol. About 1 in 9 youth or 11.4 percent of young people aged 12 to 25 used prescription drugs nonmedically within the past year. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health). Twenty-five percent of those who began abusing prescription drugs at age 13 or younger met clinical criteria for addiction sometime in their life. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

We are honored to sponsor the first ever We are you speaker series with Jason Wahler, and his team of Celebrities and experts as they share their personal experiences and struggles. It is our hope that by bringing this event to our community we will raise awareness towards this epidemic that is affecting children and adults everywhere. Says Sherri Lex, Board of Directors, The Bell Tower Foundation.

Join Orange County City Council Members, teachers, experts and other families for an evening dedicated towards educating our youth and shedding light on the dangers and prevalence of this disease. Most teens do not begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol expecting to become addicted. This exceptional panel will share first hand accounts of how one time use can turn into a lifelong battle and the steps one should take to get help.

We are not alone in the battle against addiction. Whether you are living in the hills of Orange County or the streets of Los Angeles, the chances are you or someone you know has been touched by addiction. Join the rest of the community and help educate our kids and inspire those in need to get help so we can end the battle once and for all.

THE BELL TOWER FOUNDATION:

The Bell Tower Foundation based in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, supports local cultural, educational, civic, recreational, and social needs along with fostering community spirit and connecting volunteers.

The Bell Tower Foundation’s goal is to continue to emerge as a community foundation that partners with local groups to further causes. This means support through monetary donations, use of our volunteer distribution list which is grown at local events, and launching programs that support the needy, the unemployed, the underserved, and the next generation in our community. We are more than a volunteer connection hub, and we are flexible in how and to whom we contribute.

The Bell Tower Foundation supports the following programs locally: Fresh Produce Food Pantry, Senior Home Repairs, Support of the Marine Battalion 2/5 out of Camp Pendleton, Teen Council, Zero Trash Initiative, and signature events for the community.

ORIGINS BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE:

Origins Behavioral Healthcare is a licensed provider of longer-term, gender-specific residential substance abuse treatment and continuing care services for young adults, adults, baby boomers and seniors. The companys innovative programs comprise a comprehensive continuum of care for the treatment of alcoholism, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Origins premier campuses are located in carefully selected locations around the United States, including South Padre Island, Texas and the recently acquired Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Origins programs or take a virtual tour of our locations at http://www.originsrecovery.com. For the latest Origins news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

JASON WAHLER:

Jason Wahler is a Host, Actor and TV personality who appeared on Laguna Beach, The Hills, Celebrity Rap Superstar and eventually Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, after battling through a public struggle with addiction. Sober since July 2010, Jason has since dedicated his life to raising awareness towards addiction and hopes to one day change the publics negative perception of this deadly disease.

BOB FORREST:

Musician Bob Forrest is known as the lead singer of the Los Angeles bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief. He is also known as a drug counselor on VH1s hit reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House. Bob is a Certified Addiction Specialist who has been in recovery for more than thirteen years. He has worked side-by-side with Dr. Drew Pinsky serving as his Head Counselor and Program Manager for many years. He is also the former Chemical Dependency Program Director at Las Encinas Hospital, in addition to recently launching his own Recovery Services and Malibu-based sober living facilities. As for his music career, he released his first solo album in 2006 called Modern Folk and Blues Wednesday. He is also responsible for the song “Moonshiner” on the soundtrack for I’m Not There, a biographical musical film inspired by the life of Bob Dylan.

BRET BOONE:

Bret Boone, born on April 6, 1969, is a former MLB second baseman. As a four-time Gold Glove recipient, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a three-time All- Star, Boone has played for the Seattle Mariners, the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and the Minnesota Twins.

AMBER SMITH:

An internationally recognized supermodel and actress for the past 20 years, today Amber Smith is perhaps even more recognizable as one of the top reality TV stars in America. Her participation in the VH-1 TV series Celebrity Rehab, Sober House and Sex Rehab w/ Dr. Drew, has propelled her to a new level of fame. It is now Ambers mission to inspire individuals to seek treatment and help others recognize that there are many different kinds of addiction. Amber now resides in Los Angeles, California.

DR. HARRY HAROUTUNIAN:

Dr. Harry L. Haroutunian, known by all his patients as “Dr. Harry” is an internationally known speaker on topics of the addiction field. He has developed the “Recovery 101” lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention. As Physician Director of the Betty Ford Center, Dr. Haroutunian has contributed to the development of a variety of programs, including the Extended Care Program the Licensed Professional Program and the Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program. He is the author of “Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through and Living in Recovery” and collaborated with Dr. Louis Teresi, author of ‘Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery.”

WHERE:

Bell Tower Regional Community Center

22232 El Paseo

Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca. 92688

WHEN:

Wednesday May 6th at 6pm

For all media inquiries, please contact:

Dana Lewis

Dana@Valerieallenpr.com

(818) 536-3100

Valerie Allen Public Relations, Inc.