Meet Keynote Speaker Erin Kotecki Vest, @QueenofSpain

We totally lucked out this year! As many of you know, I help organize the Nevada Interactive Media Summit each year, and this year, we were able to convince Erin Kotecki Vest to be our keynote speaker. Erin will also be the social media keynote at the Reynolds School of Journalism’s Jweek. Believe me, you don’t want to miss this.

Don’t wait to register. This event sold out last year.

Keynote Speaker Erin Kotecki Vest

Erin Kotecki Vest

We are delighted and very lucky this year to have Erin Kotecki Vest as the Nevada Interactive Media Summit’s keynote speaker. Also known across the social web as @QueenofSpain , Erin is Political Director and Producer of Special Projects for BlogHer, Inc., the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online that reaches more than 15 million women each month via annual conferences, a Web hub (, and an publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. Like BlogHer, Erin is a social media trendsetter–combining her experience in journalism and interactive media to produce influential content and programming. She is known far and wide for her wit, sharp criticism, her prolific use of the #suckit hashtag, and her willingness to engage with her fans and followers on a daily basis (as her more than 17,000 followers on Twitter will attest).

Erin spearheads BlogHer’s initiative to connect community members directly to legislators and policy-makers. Recent successes have included landing an in-person briefing on women online with Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, an exclusive on-camera interview with then-candidate Obama, a series of live, interactive conference calls about health care between Congresspeople from both sides of the aisle and BlogHer’s omni-partisan community members, and an exclusive webcast with Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about health care reform.

Prior to joining BlogHer, Erin spent ten years as a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit winning six Golden Mic Awards with LA news institution KFWB. She continues to blog on her personal site Queen of Spain Blog, and can be found tweeting both for @BlogHer and as @queenofspain .

Erin will use her legendary humor and her experience as a journalist, blogger, and online provocateur to discuss with us why social media is too important for anyone to ignore–in just a few years–social media has seeped into almost every facet of our daily lives including our government and politics, our personal relationships, the media, business, education, and more. In her own words:

“Social media has a role in everything from politics to journalism to simply updating family on your life and it’s now mainstream. To ignore it, is to turn a blind eye to the world around them. And to ignore it is also misses the huge opportunity it provides. For promoting one’s work. For elevating one’s voice. For supporting one’s causes. For authentically connecting to other people and enriching one’s life.”

Don’t wait to register for this year’s Nevada Interactive Media Summit. The event sold out last year.

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