There’s something special about spending time outdoors. I get outside to enjoy the air, the sounds, and the views as often as I can. My love of the outdoors translates into the way I work and use social media in my job. I believe in organic, real communities and engagement. I’ve learned how through years of experimenting and communicating with social tools and my energy in a television newsroom. In the last nine years, I’ve moved from traditional journalist to non-traditional thinker about social media and communications. This blog is a place where I hope to share my thoughts, ideas and hopes. I’m currently a manager of social communications strategy and training at the AARP. You can see some of my training on the AARP TEK page. Before my current job, I was the interactive director at KOMU-TV and komu.com and an associate professor at Missouri School of Journalism. A lot of my love of online community grew from being a part of the inaugural class of Reynolds Journalism Institute fellows (2008-09). I love engaging in my communities – near and far. I have a Master’s in Management and I’m pretty obsessed with workflow and communication. I see how those workflows and communication skills are INCREDIBLY useful in any setting. My comments, rants, raves and ideas have everything to do with me and do not represent the views of AARP or any of my former employers. You can also visit my special needs advocacy world I founded by visiting Born Just Right.

Here are ways to contact me if you want me to work with your brand, book a speech, hold a training session or chat:

Twitter: @jenleereeves
Email: jenleereeves [at] gmail [dot] com
Gtalk: jenleereeves
I’ll share a cell number with you if you ask

I am available to speak and consult on a number of topics. They include:
Content Teams
Bringing social media into your workflow
Coordinating online with traditional content
Setting up a professional personal brand
Setting up and expanding your brand on social
Extending community conversations online and in person

Using technology to spread your message
How to help your community connect online
Developing your message in social media

Special Needs Advocacy
How technology can help families connect with each other
Learning advocacy by trusting your gut

2014 Speaking Engagements
All over the country for AARP
Feburary 18-19, 2014 – Ragan PR and Social Measurement Conference, Washington, DC
March 29, 2014 – Type-A Parent KidCon, Orlando, FL
May 8-10, 2014 – AARP Life@50+ Conference, Boston
July 25-26, 2014 – BlogHer 2014, San Jose, CA
August 19, 2014 – TEDx Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
August 26-28, 2014 – Show Me Summit on Aging & Health, Lake Ozark, MO
September 5-6, 2014 – AARP Life@50+ Conference, San Diego
September 19-21, 2014 – Type-A Parent Conference, Atlanta
September 23, 2014 – SCSEP National Conference, Washington, DC
September 24, 2014 – Finding Your Non-Profit Voice, Aquent Offices, Washington, DC
October 11, 2014 – Stony Brook Women’s Leadership Symposium, Stony Brook University

2013 Speaking Engagements
All over the country for AARP
July 25, 2013 – BlogHer Healthminder Day
July 26-27, 2013 – Blogher 2013
August 6, 2013 – AEJMC Pre-Conference
AARP National Member Conferences in
Las Vegas and Atlanta
September 24, 2013 – Baltimore Innovation Week
October 3-4, 2013 – BlogaliciousFIVE
September 9-10, 2013 – Ragan Social Media for Non Profits, St. Louis

2012 Speaking Engagements
March 12, 2012 – SXSW Interactive
March 30, 2012 – New York Press Association Spring Convention
April 20-21, 2012 – International Symposium on Online Journalism
April 23-27, 2012 – RJInnovation Week
July 21, 2012 – Brands and Bloggers Summit
August 2, 2012 – BlogHer Healthminder Day