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Linkedin LIVE: Members Conference 2014

Linkedin LIVE: Members Conference 2014. Presented by Linkedin, Empowered Ideas, and Linkedin Live Raleigh. Tuesday, September 9, 2014.


Join Us for North Carolina’s
FIRST Official LinkedIn LIVE: Members Conference!


LinkedIn Live Raleigh and Empowered Ideas have been selected by LinkedIn Headquarters to host a LinkedIn LIVE: Members Conference, one of the very first in the United States. The conference is open to all LinkedIn users, new and established users alike, and will feature a keynote by LinkedIn Ambassador, Lori Ruff.

In addition, there will be “Member Talks” presented by local Linkedin Power-Users. There will also be a Business Leaders Panel, where successful business owners will share their insights and stories about how they’ve leveraged the LinkedIn network to grow their organizations. After the lunch-time networking session, there will be several afternoon workshops tailored to meet the dynamic needs of our attendees.

So join us on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for a full day of presentations and workshops which will empower you to enhance your professional networking skills to the next level.



  • $40 Per Person
  • Lunch Included
  • Afternoon Workshops Included



8:00am – 8:30am — Registration & Check-in

8:30am – 8:40am — Introductions

8:40am – 9:10am — Keynote Speaker from LinkedIn Ambassador
Insights on the LinkedIn Network

9:10am – 9:20am — Break
Sponsored By: Frito-Lay & Pepsi Bottling Ventures

9:20am – 10:00am — Member Talks (Insights Featuring 4 Local LinkedIn Power Users)
— Kathleen O’Grady | Founder, Raleigh Coaching LLC.
— Bill Opal | CEO, Sails-Up Recruitment On Demand
— Chuck Hester | Founder, Affinity Alliance
— Christina Motley | CEO, Christina Motley LLC.

10:00am – 10:10am — Break
Sponsored By: Frito-Lay & Pepsi Bottling Ventures

10:10am – 10:50am — Member Talks (Part II)

10:50am – 11:00am — Break
Sponsored By: Frito-Lay & Pepsi Bottling Ventures

11:00am – 12:15pm — Business Leaders Panel: How Successful Businesses Use LinkedIn
— Neal Isaacs | Account Executive, TWC (Moderator)
— Mason Ailstock | VP of Business Development,
— Georges Van Hoegaerden | Managing Director, The Venture Company
— John Andrews | CMO, Ignite Social Media
— Matt Tubergen | VP of Business Development, Appia

12:15pm – 1:15pm — Networking Lunch
— Sponsored By: Oak City Meatball Shoppe, Calavera & Moonlight Pizza
— Learn-to-Ride Simulator By: Ray Price Harley-Davidson & Triumph

1:15pm – 2:45pm — Concurrent Workshops:

Personal and Professional Branding
— Phil Buckley | Founder, 1918 Internet Services
— Mark Traphagen | Sr. Dir. of Online Marketing, Stone Temple Consulting
— Frank Pollock | President, The Pioneer Group

Diversity, Leadership, and Inclusion
Sponsor: National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)
— Fabian DeRozario | NAAAP National President; Principal at GlobalConnect
— Cyndy Yu-Robinson | NAAAP National Chief Programs Officer; Public Involvement Specialist at URS-AECOM
— Hans Huang | NAAAP National Chief Legal Officer; Founder of HH Chen Law; Partner at Moonlight Management Restaurant Group, Partner at Scout & Molly’s Management

The Profile Doctor: LinkedIn 101
— Chuck Hester | Founder, The Affinity Alliance

2:45pm – 3:00pm — Break
Sponsored By: Bella Monica Italian Restaurant

3:00pm – 4:30pm — Concurrent Workshops:

Media Outreach and Networking Panel
Sponsor: Triangle Association of Black Journalists (TABJ)
— Anthony Wilson | Anchor & Reporter, WTVD-TV 11 (Co-Moderator)
— Ken Smith | Anchor & Reporter, WRAL-TV 5 (Co-Moderator)
— Gayle Hurd | Anchor & Reporter at WPTF-AM; NCEL Host at WRAL-TV
— Stan Chambers | Digital Journalist,
— Wayne Sutton | Partner,

Finding Top Talent
Sponsored By: Sails-Up Recruitment On Demand
— Bill Opal | CEO, Sails-Up

The Profile Doctor: LinkedIn 101 (Repeat Session)
— Chuck Hester | Founder, The Affinity Alliance


Hotel Accomodations:

Hyatt House (Raleigh Durham Airport)
10962 Chapel Hill Road
Morrisville NC, 27560

A special group rate of $129 is available for out-of-town attendees at the Hyatt House Raleigh-Durham Airport Hotel. The hotel is just minutes from the RDU Airport, and the hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle. In addition, the hotel will offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the conference.

Hotel Reservation Link (valid for Monday night, Sept. 8th):