This exceptionally talented group of individuals provide expertise, wisdom and guidance to Jane Boyd, as she expands the depth and reach of the services offered by 45 Conversations. They are based in Canada, Denmark, Ireland and the United States.
AJ & Jane met in 2011 at SOBCon NW when he & his lovely wife, Melissa Leon made a presentation to attendees. Since that time AJ, Melissa and the Misfit team has been incredibly supportive of the development of 45 Conversations. These days Jane proudly calls herself an Honorary Misfit (with a huge amount of pride.)
Here is what AJ would like you to know about himself:
I nomad around the world & make things happen. I write about the Pursuit of Everything & am currently traveling around the entire world in 1,080 days.
You can learn more about AJ by visiting his website -
Pursuit of Everything: The Pursuit of Everything (POE) project is a website I launched on August 16, 2012 (my 30th birthday) to publish my writing about living life deliberately, doing work that truly matters, and changing the world.
April & Jane met through community connections on Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2007. Since then, they have been collaborating, creating and generally troublemaking together on a wide range of business & life initiatives.
April is an Islander who has developed deep roots on Prince Edward Island over the past 30+ years after being transplanted from Toronto at a very young age. She has a vast amount of tourism work experience behind her including Walt Disney World, the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, Golf PEI and Rodd Hotels and Resorts to name a few. Most recently April founded Tinker Media which is a boutique marketing company that strives to provide social media consulting and training based on authenticity.
April lives on Canada's smallest Province with her husband Robert and young sons Brandon and Benjamin.
April is the past President of the Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association. She enjoys singing karaoke, curling in bonspiels or eating (and posting photos via social media) delicious Prince Edward Island culinary delights.
Bernie & Jane met via the Audioboo community in early 2012. Since that time, they have collaborated on several different education and transmedia related initiatives.
Greg & Jane met via a lively Twitter discussion on transmedia and new media. Since then, they have gone on to collaborate on several interesting projects in the online space.
Greg McQueen is a freelance Video and Media Producer based in Aarhus, Denmark. He holds a degree in Multimedia Design from Aarhus Business Academy and is the founder of charity book projects 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan.
He has an extensive background in video and media production and currently works as a media producer for IT-Forum Midtjylland, which is a regional organisation based in Aarhus that holds workshops and conferences for the local web and IT industry.
Greg is the co-author of The Content Creator's Notebook, a book that helps creative freelancers share what they do on social media in a way that supports their core business, as well as a co-author of a book about how to produce videos using a smartphone.
You can learn more about Greg via his website:
Leslie and Jane met through the SOBCon & GeniusShared events. They have known each other for several years. Leslie shares her wisdom and expertise with 45 Conversations related to communities, small business and economic development issues and how all of this can connect to child care challenges.
Leslie has been a destination marketer for over 20 years and loves to share her knowledge. She is currently building a multicultural destination marketing organization for the San Jacinto Valley region in Southern California. Her niche is working with communities (including small businesses and nonprofits) that have small marketing budgets to help them creatively stretch their marketing dollars. She is also a partner in Tourism Currents, a destination marketing training company, which helps destinations attract their perfect visitor via in-person, online and hybrid programs.
You can learn more about Leslie here:
Liz & Jane first connected on Twitter several years ago. They went on to have their first telephone conversation in early 2011 and it was a most memorable one. Later they met in person at SOBCon NW 2011 and Jane has been at every SOBCon since then. Liz has offered tremendous support and guidance to Jane related to the development of 45 Conversations and so much more.
According to EatonWeb, “Liz Strauss is perhaps the most influential relational blogger on the Internet.” Her blog –Liz Strauss at Successful Blog — has been called both a destination and an event. She is known as connector who makes lasting relationships.
Her blog has tens of thousands of comments. The WordPress Plugin Liz Comment Counter by Ozh was named in her honor to celebrate her dedication to responding to the readers of her blog.
Liz is a social web strategist and community builder. Coming from a background of publishing, business, and instructional design, Liz understands how people perceive a blog, a product, and an experience — how the head and heart engage to make a fiercely loyal customer. She can articulate what makes things irresistible — what keeps people coming back — from literacy, editorial, design, and marketing sensitivities.
Liz works with businesses, universities, and individuals to help them understand how text, words, and images work in the culture of the social web. She has over 20 years in print, software, and online publishing, and has strategized with publishers in Europe, Australia, the UK, and Ireland. She was recently a featured speaker at the Cass Business School of City University in London and taught a Master’s Level class at the CityU School of Publishing.
Liz is a founder of the highly successful business event– SOBCon — which has gained the partnership of companies such as Citrix – GotoMeeting, GMC, Intuit, Glam Media, IZEA, ReveNews, Walmart, Colgate, Allstate, and Klondike Frozen Treats, as well as the attention of BusinessWeek, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Innovation Initiative of the Kellogg School of Business.
You can visit her website here:
Marti & Jane met at SOBCon NW in 2011 when they sat at a table together for the weekend. Since then, they have collaborated on a range of different business development initiatives together. Marti is based in Chicago, USA.
Marti Konstant is a tech marketing veteran and growth hacker focused on kickstarting market demand for startups and B2B tech companies. As Vice President of Marketing at Open Kernel Labs, Marti defined the mobile virtualization space and created demand within the global mobile device market; taking the company from launch to emerging growth stage. OK Labs software is now in 1.5 billion mobile handsets worldwide.
She builds on a competence in tech sales and marketing experience in companies such as Apple, Tellabs, Clear Communications, and Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs).
Marti began her career as a communications designer, headed up her own marketing communications firm, and launched marketing and branding programs for companies including Westell, Tellabs, Mobius Management Systems and Platinum Technology (CA Technologies). Later, as VP of Marketing at branding consultancy zünpartners, she pioneered process-driven brand research and integrated the voice of the customer to build and position brands for market success.
Marti earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Other points of distinction: creative catalyst, persistent optimist, and avid long distance runner.
You can learn more about Marti here:
Melissa & Jane met in 2011 at SOBCon NW when she & AJ Leon made a presentation to attendees. Jane was incredibly inspired by the work of Melissa & AJ and has been a huge supporter of all things Misfit ever since. When Melissa isn't travelling the world she makes her home in New York City, USA.
Here is what Melissa would like you to know about herself:
Melissa is Chief of Staff at Misfit, Inc. She makes sure sh*t gets done. She is a foodie, editor, entrepreneur and humanitarian.
You can learn more about Misfit, Inc here:
Nick & Jane met in early 2012 through SOBCon. Since that time, they have connected on a wide range of issues related to content curation, new media and much more. Nick lives in Kelowna, Canada.
More about Nick:
Nick Kellet plays with the future and it plays back. He’s a creator and curator of ideas.
Nick believes that passion in the company of friends and community is an unstoppable force. He’s always been an innovator with heartfelt enthusiasm for every new project he touches.
As co-founder of List.ly, Nick is actively shaping how people think, feel and experience curation. He believes curation should be as much about listening and engaging as it is about publishing and the tools themselves.
Publishing used to mean a moment in time, an event. Today content needs to live and morph long beyond the “publish” moment – content has a lifecycle. Crowd and search play significant roles in the find-ability and the interestingness of your content. Social curation lets you embrace this new norm.
Nick has created companies in the B2B and the B2C domains and is as inspired by the challenge of creating new categories as curating old ones.
In the business intelligence space, he created a visual segmentation tool, called Set Analyzer, building on the work of Reverend Venn and George Boole, proving that you can curate new ideas to form new ones. As people still struggle with the complexities of Boolean logic, pairing it with the visual Venn diagram created a much simpler way to display data selection and segmentation. Set Analyzer was acquired by Business Objects, now SAP.
In the board game space he created and self-published GiftTRAP, an award winning game, translated in 12 languages, that gamifies the act of gift-exchange. GiftTRAP has won 20+ awards globally, including winning a Spiel des Jahres award – the board game equivalent of an Oscar.
He has a record for making good bets and predictions and an uncanny ability to capture thoughts in 140 characters. You can follow him on Twitter @nickkellet or connect via LinkedIn Facebook or G+
Read more http://www.nickkellet.com/about-nick/
Paul and Jane met via a series of blog post comments and an audioboo that Paul sent to Jane. They have been collaborating in various ways ever since. Paul is a Brand Sociologist at ChangeAgents Branding. He helps people tell their stories better. He lives and works in Cork, Ireland.
Raúl and Jane met at MisfitCon in Fargo, ND in 2014. They quickly connected about a number of business related issues. Further discussions were held at #GeniusShared in Chicago. Raúl provides feedback and wisdom to Jane regarding the 45 Conversations website, marketing ideas and strategy in order to support the growth plans for the company. As a proud dad, he has a particular interest in early childhood education issues.
Raúl Colón is a technologist at heart, entrepreneur, and proud dad. After working for consulting firms such as KPMG LLP as an IT security consultant, he decided to shift his energy into helping business owners build their businesses, online. He is Co-founder of Limonade and he is also president and Co-Founder of CIMA IT Solutions Corp.
Roger & Jane met via the Audioboo community and have been collaborating ever since. Roger is a Photographer, Writer, Podcaster, Filmmaker & Storyteller. He is based in Cork, Ireland.
Roger has been creating content since the mid-1990s. Initially, he worked in print media as a business journalist and editor. He was also a media and PR consultant working with international corporations.
Roger is an award-winning documentary photographer and has photographed for companies on location in places as diverse as the City of London and the jungles of South America.
More recently, he has expanded into web video production and is a regular podcaster, having created and co-hosted various shows since 2010. He currently hosts Behind the Pixels, a content marketing podcast.
Roger can switch a computer on and off.
You can learn more about him here: http://www.storyfoundry.eu/about/
Rosemary and Jane met through the #SOBCon and #GeniusShared community, at events in Portland and Chicago. Rosemary provides ideas, support and guidance to 45 Conversations related to online community building and engagement.
Rosemary O’Neill is Co-Founder/President of Social Strata, which makes the Hoop.la online community platform. For the last 15 years, she has been helping businesses create thriving online communities as an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. She supports brands like HarperCollins, CafePress, and Sesame Workshop as they use Hoop.la to engage with fans, customers, and internal teams.
Rosemary was named one of the Top 100 community managers on Twitter by Little Bird. She has also appeared on Fox & Friends and NPR as an HR rebel, promoting her company’s innovative unlimited paid leave program which has been in place for four years.
You can find her online via Twitter (@rhogroupee), sharing online community tips and ideas on the Social Strata blog, and on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/100950234362083326405?rel=author. She lives in her happy place, at the beach near Charleston, South Carolina.
Sandra and Jane have known one another for more than 20 years through the field of early childhood education and child care. Over the years, their paths have crossed related to various projects and initiatives. Sandra lives in Victoria, BC but is currently travelling extensively throughout Canada & the United States. Shortly after her retirement in 2014, Jane invited her to join the 45 Conversations Global Advisory Team. She provides Jane with feedback and wisdom about many aspects of the Conversations on Early Childhood Education & Child Care and a number of other 45 Conversations initiatives.
Sandra is a dynamic people-centred Senior Executive with a strong social conscience. She is a team builder has a history of successes in the development and implementation of innovative research, policy and practice in the social development field, particularly for vulnerable populations. Most recently Chief of Staff with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Sandra has served as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Quality Assurance and Child Care Operations for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia, Director, Infrastructure and Development for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the Chief of Staff for the Honourable Ken Dryden, Minister, Social Development Canada and the Executive Director for the Canadian Child Care Federation. She is highly strategic and has a natural ability to devise big picture strategies and solutions. A gifted public speaker and communicator, Sandra is known for her ability to inspire others to reach further, invest more and accomplish much. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, National Award for Excellence in Child Care and the Canada Volunteer Award.