Charley Johnson Talks Pay it Forward at #SMTulsa Conference 2012

UPDATE 1/24/2012  Charley has had to cancel his trip to Tulsa.  We’ll try to get him here at another #SMTulsa event.

Thanks to #SMTulsa member, Tiffannie Croll who suggested we invite Charley Johnson to speak at Social Media Tulsa Conference 2012. Charley has been a long time Twitter friend, and is responsible for all of those lovely lanyards we’ve used since day one of Social Media Tulsa.

Charley Johnson is an entrepreneur & former Owner/Executive V.P. of a Manufacturing company
with over 250 employees has a deep passion for Pay it Forward. Believing in
Pay it Forward so much so he left his company, career & millions behind to
change the world and how people view humanity.

He is the President of the Pay it Forward Foundation & creator of the Pay it
Forward Bracelet, a physical reminder to do good that has been sent to over 1
million people in 108 countries.

He Founded the “PIF Experience” ( the website responsible for the global direction of the Pay it Forward movement along with
the Pay it Forward Hall of Fame in 2011.

Charley will talk about Pay it Forward & how Social Media fuels it. Find Charlie on Twitter @CharleyPIF

After watching Charley talk about #payitforward I know you will not want to miss meeting him in person.
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2011 #Tweet4toys is Wrapped!

#SMTulsa Tweet for Toys LogoThe second annual #Tweet4toys toy drive ended on December 13 after a series of successful Meetups and Tweetups

The hashtag was Tweeted 1,081 times and tweets came from all around the globe.  We certainly collected more toys than last year’s efforts, with over 100 toys collected at the very first #Eatuptweetup @TopThatPizza alone.

A special thanks to all of our meetup hosts and business partners this year.    The goal for next year will be more toys of course and a company to match tweets with funds.

Here’s how it works.   Company XYZ vows to match .50 – 1.00  per tweet (using the #Tweet4toys hashtag)  Up to a specific dollar amount.    ex: This year, $1.00 per tweet would cost a company $1,081.  If the company had set a limit of $1,000 the cost would only be $1,000 donation for the Salvation Army and would pay for a lot of toys and meals for Tulsa’s neediest families.

If you or someone you know would like to offer a match for #Tweet4toys 2012, please get in touch as soon as possible!  It’s never to early to plan for next year.

Thanks to everyone who participated in 2011 #Tweet4toys!  Happy New Year!

#SMTulsa Conference 2012 Welcomes Speaker Mandy Vavrinak

Mandy Vavrinak Social Media TulsaWe are so lucky to have Mandy Vavrinak in Tulsa.   As a member from day one, Mandy has helped Social Media Tulsa grow as a community by sharing her knowledge and just being her awesome self.   If you haven’t heard Mandy talk about social media and PR, this is your chance.

Mandy Vavrinak often says that Crossroads Communications, LLC, is a business she never intended to start, though it now defines professionally who she is and personally how she interacts with much of the world.

Mandy has extensive experience in connecting people to markets, places, spaces and to the ideas they need and want to explore.   She uses an integrated marketing and public relations approach that includes traditional media and new media, visual mapping and social media planning and execution, and she’s passionate about strategy before tactics. She gets a “tingly, bubbly” feeling when she hears a story that she knows needs to be told, and she loves finding the right audiences and avenues to tell the personal and professional stories of other people, brands and businesses. She’s been doing what she does for almost 20 years, she’s a busy mom of 4 and an unashamed lover of chocolate and shoes.   Find Mandy on Twitter @Mandy_Vavrinak 

Mandy’s 2012 #SMTulsa conference session is titled: The Relevance Revolution : How Social Media Functions As Life’s Big Filter  is not to be missed.

Mike Petras Shares Career Management Tips at #SMTulsa Conference 2012

Social Media Tulsa Conference attendees are in for a treat as Mike Petras joins us in March. His talk, Effective Social Media Strategies to Manage Your Career will provide valuable tips for career management.

Mike Petras is an author, career advisor, and veteran executive recruiter. His popular website,, has been coined: a soft place to land for job seekers and career changers. Prior to Mike’s 16 years in executive recruiting, he enjoyed a 20 year career in the recreational vehicle industry as a regional sales director and national sales manager for Fleetwood Enterprises and Damon Corporation. Mike has also conducted numerous local employment workshops on a volunteer basis for hundreds of job seekers and career changers
resulting in breakthroughs when their job search had reached a dead end. Mike currently resides in South Bend, Indiana.

Although we’ve never met face to face, Mike and I go way back. Mike recruited me from General Motors, Corporation to join Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. back in 1998. Not only did the new position double my salary, Mike made the process seamless for both me and Fleetwood. You can find Mike on Twitter @MikePetras

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Judi Grove Turns #SMTulsa Conference 2012 Pink

Judi Grove Turn Tulsa Pink

Photo from: TUL Facebook page

If you were anywhere near Tulsa between April  and October 2011, you couldn’t help but hear about the massive Turn Tulsa Pink efforts. I’m excited to have Judi join us to talk about how Social Media played a huge part in the success.

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Judi Grove is the wife of Bob, mother of three grown children, and grandmother to ten. She spent 23 years in the insurance industry before launching Breast Impressions non profit foundation in January 2007.
A member of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, she was the 2010 recipient of a Tulsa Business Journal’s Women of Distinction award, and winner of the 2010 Civic Entrepreneur Tulseys Award.

Judi is the Oklahoma liaison for the national Pink Heals Tour, and instrumental in Tulsa having 4 pink emergency vehicles. Pink in this case is the color for women and children who have experienced ANY form of cancer. She had a dream to take Pink a step further and enlisted over 120 businesses, organizations, churches and schools to Care Enough to Wear Pink. Turn Tulsa Pink took on a life of its own, and will continue into the future!

Follow Judi on Twitter @TurnTulsaPink

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