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SEE OUR NEW SITE, SMWKND.COM FIRST! Speakers, schedule, etc.



Don't miss SOCIAL MEDIA WEEKEND (#smwknd)

NYC's Premier Social Media Conference

If you have attended one of the five previous Social Media Weekend Conferences, you know what to expect:


HOSTED BY **@Sree Sreenivasan**, former Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York City

If you haven't been before, don't miss this opportunity to hear about the latest in social media trends — in journalism, marketing, public relations, and nonprofits. Listen to brilliant minds give their take on hot issues. Attend workshops to upgrade your social media skills. Join in the fun as Sree interviews influencers and celebrities live on stage for his entertaining and informative "How I Social" segments. 


  • #smwknd Thursday Opening Night, with Priya Parker and The Art of Gathering
    Thursday, May 31

    6-9 pm
    Playwright Tavern, 202 W. 49th St (btw 7th and 8th Aves)
    FREE FOR #SMWKND ATTENDEES AND SPEAKERS (appetizers and cash bar)
    See details and join us. SPONSORED BY Gutenberg
  • Sunday Morning Social & NYT Readalong
    Sunday, June 3
    10 am-noon
    Betaworks Studios
    29 Little W 12th St (next to the Whitney Museum downtown)
    No charge for non-attendees, but you MUST REGISTER (scroll down on the front page)
    See details and join us.  

Just some of what's cooking:

Speakers, Sessions and Workshops:

Keith W. Jenkins (@keithwj), Director, Digital Content, at NPR

Henry Timms (@HenryTimms), Executive Director of 92nd Street Y and founder of #GivingTuesday

Joan Walsh (@JoanWalsh), National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation; CNN political contributer

Amy Vernon (@AmyVernon), Community @RivetzCorp reprises her popular presentation: What you need to know about legacy platforms.

David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ), author of the bestselling It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, onstage with @Sree! (Book signing follows)

Peter Bhatia (@PeterBhatia), Editor and Vice President at the Detroit Free Press, goes one-on-one for a "How I Social" with @Sree

Octavia Nasr (@octavianasr), journalist and yogi, helps us relax with "in-your-seat" yoga.

Jim Rosenberg (@JimRosenberg), chief communications officer at Accion, spearheads a panel on using social media for social good.

David Beard (@dabeard) and Ariana Gallardo unlock the key to making stories shine on social.

Andrew Lih (@fuzheado), tech journalist and author of The Wikipedia Revolution will divulge the five key secrets of using the amazing online encyclopedia.


(Social Media Weekend June 2016. Can you spot Craig from Craig's List? and MSNBC's Ali Velshi?)

As always, #smwknd will feature:

      • Free Social Media Doctors — free consultations with experts who will give advice, answer questions, and upgrade your social media life.
      • Free Social Headshots — get a great headshot for all your social media profiles for free. (See @KeithBarraclough's video of the 102 photos he shot in 2013.
      • Free JOB FAIR (meet companies looking to hire social and digital staff)ss
      • Panels and speakers addressing the most current and most pressing issues facing social media.
      • Workshops to help keep on top of your social media game.
      • The best social networking: In-person, IRL! 
      • Great company.
      • More fun than . . . well, you name it.
      • New this year: Thursday night VIP reception and Sunday morning ice cream social!
      • Sree on stage doing "How I Social" interviews with social media stars. Previous "How I Social" stars have included:

Rafat Ali, founder of Skift and PaidContent
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and head of UNDP
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite
Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor

Date: June 1-2, 2018

The doors will open Friday morning 8 a.m. Be prepared for 9 hours of keynote addresses, panels, "How I Social" interviews, and workshops. The fun and learning continue on Saturday from

9:00 a.m. until 5:00. (The schedule is fluid right now.) Surprises galore! We promise.

Place: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street, NY, NY. (See map on tickets)


      • How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Any questions, please ask through EventCombo or tweet Linda @wordwhacker
      • What's the refund policy? No refunds. But if you buy a ticket and can't use it, you can give it to a friend or sell it yourself.
      • When will we know more about #SMWKND? Watch this space for new updates!
      • If I can't buy a ticket now, how much can I expect to pay later? Prices are listed below.

Please explain ticket pricing:

      • Early bird price: SOLD OUT!
      • It's Still Early: $270 + processing fee = $285.84 (Ends on Monday, May 21)
      • Final pre-event & door price: $319 + processing fee = $337.54

Professional headshots and expert consultations alone are worth the price of a ticket!

NOTE: Sree will be doing 40+ workshops in 20+ cities in 5+ countries in 2018. Sign up to hear more or to bring him to your town:

DC, LA, San Diego, San Fransisco, Philly, Chicago, Phoenix, Detroit, Tampa, Austin (and counting)

India, Ireland, Sri Lanka, UAE, Canada, Austria, Italy, Hong Kong (and counting)

If you'd like to sponsor #smwknd or the other workshops around the world, please email (SPONSORSHIP in the subject line).
Here's a sponsorship document: 

There's something for every professional in Sree's dynamic lectures and gatherings.

About @Sree

Sree Sreenivasan is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 21 years). Sree is the creator of popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries. In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club.

Be sure to join Sree's Advanced Social Media Facebook Group.

Read his recent New York Times guide to social media.

Want to make a customized version of this for your company or nonprofit? Email

Sree is doing more than 40 workshops in 20+ cities in 5+ countries during 2018. Sign up to hear how you can help and participate (he’s looking for co-hosts, venues, sponsors and attendees):

Check out Sree's Event Schedule, Click Here


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