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Tuesday, April 2
 

8:00am

Opening Kickoff! Welcome, Hootsuite and Twitter Keynotes
Join us for our opening session as with kick off the 5th year anniversary of GSMCON! Conference Director Kristy Dalton reveals more about this year’s program and welcomes our 2019 opening keynote speakers.

Get insight from the world's most popular social media management platform as we hear secrets from Hootsuite’s Ben Cathers on why investing in video and visual content is key in 2019.

Twitter returns to GSMCON for our 5th anniversary! Learn strategies from a major social network as Lauren Devoll from Twitter’s government and election team shares about the power of Twitter and provides strategies on how to create winning, relevant conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Dalton

Kristy Dalton

Conference Director, GSMCON
Kristy Dalton is the founder and conference director of GSMCON. She is the CEO of Government Social Media LLC and executive director of the Government Social Media Organization. She has been called on as an industry influencer, has authored several social media courses for the LinkedIn... Read More →
avatar for Ben Cathers

Ben Cathers

Principal Government Solutions Consultant, Hootsuite
Ben partners with Hootsuite’s largest government and financial services clients to help address their unique digital transformation requirements. He works closely with customers and industry analysts to ensure our solutions meet and exceed government-specific compliance standards... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Devoll

Lauren Devoll

Public Policy Associate, Twitter
Lauren Devoll manages U.S. government and strategic partnerships on the Public Policy team at Twitter in Washington, D.C. Before joining Twitter, she spent five years specializing in digital strategy and content creation for political campaigns at the RNC and NRCC. A native of Fort... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

12:15pm

General Session: Lunch, Sponsor Speed Dating & Raffles
Come back to the ballroom to enjoy our luncheon buffet. During lunch, we’ll present “Sponsor Speed Dating”, where our high-level sponsors get only 3 minutes on the countdown clock to try to win you over! After every speaker, we’ll raffle cool electronics and other prizes. You must be present to win!

Tuesday April 2, 2019 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

3:30pm

Social Media Accessibility Panel
How can can social media professionals ensure that government communications are accessible for every person in their communities? Expert panelists weigh in on why accessible content matters and discuss the big issues - and solutions - for social media content.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Coyne

Bridget Coyne

Public Policy Director, Twitter
Bridget Coyne joined Twitter in 2012 and is a senior manager on Twitter’s Public Policy team in Washington, DC. In her capacity, she develops creative civic engagement initiatives for Twitter and manages government and election partnerships with leading government and political... Read More →
avatar for April Meredith

April Meredith

Independent Living and Advocacy Specialist, Empower Tennessee
April Meredith is the Independent Living and Advocacy Specialist for Empower Tennessee, a nonprofit that aims to cultivate a barrier-free community where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully. April's duties include administrating the organization's Facebook... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Sampson

Sarah Sampson

Deputy Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
Sarah has furthered the work of the Tennessee Disability Coalition in creating a society that values, supports and includes individuals with disabilities since 2010. In her current role, Sarah leads the Communications Team and assists with strategic planning, development and coordination... Read More →
avatar for Lizzie Sorkin

Lizzie Sorkin

Director of Communications, National Association of the Deaf
Before arriving at the NAD in 2013, Lizzie worked at Gallaudet University for five years, first as a Digital Video Specialist and then as a Video Senior Producer. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA
 
Wednesday, April 3
 

8:00am

Facebook Keynote: Best Practices and Q&A
Facebook’s Eva Guidarini returns to the stage to share what her team has been working on over the last year. She’ll discuss ideas for increasing your agency’s organic reach, as well as the latest tools and best practices to help you connect with members of your community on Facebook. She’ll host a popular Q&A where attendees get to come to the mic and ask their own questions!

Speakers
avatar for Eva Guidarini

Eva Guidarini

Politics and Government Outreach Manager, Facebook
Eva is the manager of state and local government outreach at Facebook. She and her team help elected officials, campaigns, and governments use the platform to better connect with voters and constituents. Previous to Facebook, Eva worked on political campaigns – most recently on... Read More →


Wednesday April 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

12:15pm

Lunch & Keynote: How We Will Elevate the Social Media Profession in Government
Your job is demanding. Your position has been misunderstood, undervalued and underpaid. But in reality, you have a complex, high stress and high stakes role with a tremendous responsibility and impact on your agency. Hear GSMCON conference director Kristy Dalton explain the one thing we can do as an industry to elevate the status of the socialgov profession and reshape the culture within our agencies as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Dalton

Kristy Dalton

Conference Director, GSMCON
Kristy Dalton is the founder and conference director of GSMCON. She is the CEO of Government Social Media LLC and executive director of the Government Social Media Organization. She has been called on as an industry influencer, has authored several social media courses for the LinkedIn... Read More →


Wednesday April 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

3:30pm

General Session: PowerTalk Table Discussions
We've placed topic signs on the tables in our general session room. Sit at the table of your choice and move around as you wish. Chat directly with other attendees to network, explain challenges and get ideas!

Wednesday April 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA
 
Thursday, April 4
 

8:00am

Why Diversity, Inclusion and Representation Matter on Social Media and More
As leaders in our profession, how do we start a dialogue about the positive impact that a diverse and inclusive mindset can have on our agencies? Panelists weigh in on strategies for inclusive representation on social media, as well as how we can have meaningful conversations on the broader discussion of diversity in our country.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart

Associate Director of Communication and Media Relations, Tennessee Department of Health
Elizabeth Hart began working in radio at WJAB, 90.9 FM, in 2001 as a news reporter while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University. A love for journalism and medicine led Hart to career in health communications beginning with a position as the Media Coordinator for... Read More →
avatar for Warren Kagarise

Warren Kagarise

Digital Engagement Manager, King County, WA
As digital engagement manager for King County, WA, in Seattle, Warren Kagarise leads the county’s efforts to connect with its 2.2 million residents through the innovative use of social media and other tools.Before joining King County, he served as communications coordinator for... Read More →
avatar for Nekasha Pratt

Nekasha Pratt

Director of Marketing, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Nekasha (pronounced "Ne-kee-sha") Pratt is a versatile marketer with more than 15 years of experience. She leverages her background in social media, digital, advertising, and technology to create and execute marketing and branding initiatives. Throughout her career, Nekasha has spearheaded... Read More →
avatar for Dominique Pryor-Anderson

Dominique Pryor-Anderson

Director- Strategic Partnerships & Engagement | Community Land Trust Manager, The Housing Fund
Dominique Pryor-Anderson is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagements and Community Land Trust Manager, at The Housing Fund. She has been a thought leader in equity, diversity and inclusion in her role at Vanderbilt University’s Wond’ry Innovation Center... Read More →
avatar for Anil Chawla

Anil Chawla

Founder | Chief Executive Officer, ArchiveSocial
Anil is a frequent speaker on the topics of government social media records management and compliance with public records laws, and his work has been featured in prominent publications including Government Technology, NextGov, InformationWeek, CNBC, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur.com... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

11:00am

Closing Sendoff! United Nations Keynote & Raffles
We’re honored to welcome closing keynote remarks from United Nations senior social media strategist Charlotte Scaddan on effectively harnessing social to convince people to care about issues that matter. She’ll teach you how to do more with less to grow support in a fiercely competitive and constantly evolving digital landscape. Walk away with strategies for ensuring a “social first” approach in agencies with a more traditional mindset.

Stay for raffle prizes and the big reveal of the #GSMCON2020 location!

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Scaddan

Charlotte Scaddan

Senior Social Media Strategist, United Nations
Charlotte Scaddan is senior social strategist at the United Nations on the team managing the UN's flagship accounts in nine languages, with 30 million followers. She leads major global campaigns on social and provides social media guidance to senior UN officials across the UN System... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Presidential Ballroom 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA