Meet 6 of SMWNYC’s Most Exciting Storytellers



Meet 6 of the speakers joining us at Social Media Week to tell their stories…and influence the way you tell yours.


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The new year may have just begun, but we’re already gearing up for spring- and for this year’s Social Media Week New York! Coming to Sheraton New York Times Square April 30-May 2, it features dozens of speakers dedicated to helping you make the most of your “STORIES,” the worldwide theme of Social Media Week for 2019.

Among our many speakers are industry leaders, innovative thinkers, authors, executives, and all-around exceptional storytellers. Today, we highlight six members of our lineup you should already be looking forward to seeing in New York.

Radha Agarwal

Named MTV’s “one of 8 women who will change the world,” Radha Agrawal is the Co-Founder of THINX, a feminine hygiene company behind “period-proof underwear,” and the CEO and Co-Founder of Daybreaker, an early morning dance movement that currently holds events in 25 cities. She talks about how she created a meaningful community in her new book, BELONG…and will bring those same lessons and insight to her talk at Social Media Week New York.

Lola Banjo

As a Strategic Innovative Executive at Salesforce, Lola Banjo is part of a small team of leaders, strategists, design thinkers and innovators who help unlock value by ideating creative solutions to business and everyday challenges through a blend of strategy, vision, engineering, storytelling, and business case development. She welcomes each day as a new chance to make an impact and an opportunity to continuously grow as a global business leader.

Lola’s session “Why Vulnerability Transcends Fear and How to Find Your Authentic Voice” will lead the conversation about how we balance the human need to be accepted with being our true selves and telling our authentic stories—and, on the contrary, when keeping it too real could begin to backfire.

Jason Hsiao

Jason Hsiao is the Chief Video Officer & Co-Founder of Animoto, an award-winning online video maker that makes it easy for anyone to create a professional-quality video. Used by millions of consumers, businesses, photographers, and educators, Animoto is deeply rooted in the belief that video is the most effective way to communicate what’s important. Prior to Animoto, Jason served as a television producer for MTV and Comedy Central.

Join Jason for “Successful Video Marketing: Inspiration, Trends & Best Practices for Storytelling on Social” to learn actionable tips and best practices that draw viewers in on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube that brands and influencers swear by.

Rani Mani

Rani Mani is the Head of Global Social Influencer Enablement & Employee Advocacy at Adobe. She’s passionate about cultivating and nurturing communities and coaching others to do the same. Rani is currently working across Adobe teams to infuse influencer relations into their strategic plans in order to elevate the voice of the community. Nicknamed The Velvet Hammer, Rani’s mantra is to make the impossible seem possible through her humor, grace, and passion.

Rani will be bringing that humor, grace, and passion to the stage in “How to Drive Business by Cultivating Influencer Relationships,” aiming to fill your professional toolkit with practical solutions designed to supercharge your influencer relations strategies.

Spectacular Smith

Adwizar CEO Spectacular Blue Smith, known by his stage name Spectacular is an American entertainer, entrepreneur, and author. He is the founder of the record label Mula Music Group and the founder and CEO of Adwizar Inc.

In his onstage interview “From Rapper to Entrepreneur: How Spectacular Smith Helps Turn Followers Into Revenue,” you will learn how after 9 years of building social media accounts for over 100 celebrity clients, Spectacular has created proven methods and strategies to build a loyal massive audience on social media. Spectacular will go over the strategies he tested with his celebrity clients until he found a system for gaining and monetizing followers that anyone can use.

Shiv Singh

Shiv Singh advises Fortune 500 companies and startups on strategy, marketing and how to succeed in the digital era as the Founder of Savvy Matters. Prior to starting his consultancy, Shiv was a senior executive driving marketing, innovation and digital strategies at Visa Inc. and PepsiCo. In 2016, Shiv was inducted into the American Advertising Hall of Achievement has also been recognized by Adweek as a Top 50 marketer.

Drawing upon principles from psychology, real-world business experiences and headlines from 2018, Singh’s session “Taking Responsibility for Fake News: How We Accept and Perpetuate It” will explore the human glitches that explain how we accept fake news, perpetuate it and what we can do differently in the future.

There’s still time to register to see these speakers, and many, many more, at 20% off the walkup price. But this discount is only valid until Friday, January 18th- so act fast to join us at the best price!

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