#VirtualSummitProducer: Why I Have More Fun Managing, and Not Teaching, Telesummits, Virtual Events, Video Summits

I hosted and produced my very first telesummit in 2008.

Thirty-six speakers over eight days. It was massive. I also earned just below $20,000 in registration fees and added 5,000 emails to my list. I hosted the event again in 2009 and 2010.

Then, in 2010, I helped my first client with his very first telesummit…

When we met, he told me he had been thinking of hosting a virtual summit for quite some time – he just couldn’t be bothered with all the particulars in launching one.

Soon, other virtual summit clients came knocking…

I was producing at least 10 virtual summits per year. Choice Magazine called me the “Go to Person for Virtual Event Know How.”

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What a Scene From #HiddenFigures Can Teach Us About #Automation #Disruption and Staying #Employable

There is a scene in the film, Hidden Figures, where Dorothy Vaughan, played by Octavia Spencer, finds out that her team of female mathematicians, who calculate formulas by hand using paper and pencil to help NASA join the space race, will be replaced by a computer.

Vaughn walks by a room where the new computer has been installed…

She enters and eyes the massive machine suspiciously. She knows her job, and the jobs of all the female mathematicians who report to her will be lost after John Glenn, the first American NASA launched into orbit, returns to earth.

She does the only thing she can do – learn the programming language of the massive machine so she can save her job…

Vaughan heads to a segregated library and permanently borrows a book called FORTRAN, and studies it. As she opens the book, she reads a sentence to her sons:

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4 Reasons Why Posing With Unpopular Politicians Is a Good Thing (#HBCU and President #Trump)

Why do we stand, smile, and take pictures with unpopular politicians?

A photo came out featuring a few dozen officials and educators of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) standing in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump.

All were smiling for the camera with one of America’s most polarizing president…

The feedback on social media has been none too kind, wondering why any Black person would ever want to meet with a man who has used racism (among other isms) to become the 45th president of the United States.

I, too, recently had the chance to take a picture with an unpopular politician…

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Toronto Artist Features African-Canadian #HiddenFigures in #STEAM and #STEM in 2017 #BlackHistoryMonth Legacy Poster

After watching the movie Hidden Figures, which was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture category, I was reminded about how tough and rewarding it can be for Black women in a STEM-related career (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math).

The day after viewing the movie, I got a big ol’ package in the mail…

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What I Learned from a Gorgeous Pair of #Heels

I hate buying shoes. 

Nothing ever fits…

I have size 11 feet and it’s really irritating trying to go shoe shopping. I find a style I like, but they don’t have my size. Or, they have a size 11, but it’s too tight, too narrow, or just pain ugly.

The next thing I hate about shoe shopping is when the salesperson hovers!

I’ve dealt with so much disappointment that I don’t need the salesperson lording over me as I try to squeeze my foot into the shoe. Like, go away!

Over the year, I’ve learned to shop for shoes according to the sticker, and not the style…

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Yes, Failure Is an Option – #failyourwaytosuccess

I’ve been the founder or co-founder of a few movements.

I’ve created many products.

I’ve written a few books. Seven of them, to be exact.

Despite these successes, here’s what people don’t see…

What people don’t see is that I was told that with a history degree, my only career options would be teaching, law, or research.

And I failed at my attempt to become all three.

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The Biggest Leadership Lesson I Learned in 2016

After spending a few hours at a friend’s house playing dominoes on New Year’s Day, my friend asked me to drop a young lady home.

I said “Yes”, but only if she didn’t talk to me…

I was already grumpy that I was out late. I was equally grumpy that I hadn’t gotten over my stomach flu and was feeling queasy. And instead of a peaceful ride home, I now had to talk to someone for 30-minutes.

But I ended up having one of the best conversations that night…

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The Rise of the Digital Curator

Otherwise known as a content curation, content curator, or digital curation, the Digital Curator is a role that will become is important to a company or brand’s marketing department.

What is a Digital Curator?

First, I like the term Digital Curator over Content Curator because the former speaks to more than just content, but is specific to data that’s being generated digitally.

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