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upFor my birthday this year, I am getting something really cool –  a social media conference right here in Dayton.  “Yea, Just what I always wanted, a conference!” No, the conference was not put on for that reason, but it is a nice coincidence.    The event is called SummitUp, it will take place on October 20th at Wright State University in Dayton, and it is going to be a remarkable day.  The speakers are amazing, their topics are both diverse and relevant, and the price is very affordable – all combining to make this something you do not want to miss.

The speaker list includes a mix of local, regional and national talent.  (Somehow they let me on the list too)   Check out this group of presenters:

Chris Brogan, Kevin Dugan, David Esrati, Bob Garfield, Debba Haupert, Lewis Howes, Artie Isaac, Lara Kretler, Brian LeCount, Ali Margello, Jennifer McClure, Steve Phillips, Kendra Ramirez, Kerianne Acra, Roger Bora … and your’s truly.  Kevin, Artie, Bob, Lewis and Chris will lead hour long full group presentations, which will be accompanied by sets of breakouts led by the remaining presenters.  This list includes experts in technology, public relations, marketing and advertising, human resources, and sales – each offering a unique perspective on the strategic use of social media to accomplish business goals.

As if that was not enough value for one day, attendees also get continental breakfast, lunch, time to network with other professionals,  Chris’ new book Trust Agents and Bob’s new book The Chaos Scenario.  All this for $139 dollars for members of the sponsoring organizations (, and $179 for everyone else.  (Secret Hint: there is no cost to join LinkedDayton)

As of this post, sponsorships and tickets are still available for the event.  Both should go quickly, so if you are interested, get moving. For more information about tickets, sponsorship, and logistics for the event visit  Special thanks to Sara McCatherine, who worked so hard to pull this all together, and to all of the speakers who are coming to Dayton to share your brilliance with our community.