Social Media Event

April 27, 2011

Steve Radick
Lead Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton

Steve Radick is a lead associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm that works with clients to deliver results that endure. He is one of the leads for Booz Allen's social media and government 2.0 practice, working with clients across the public sector to integrate social media into their organizational strategies.

Radick's background in change management, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement strategy and implementation means that he focuses not only on the technology and infrastructure aspects of social media, but perhaps more importantly, on the people and processes that really determine the success of social media and government 2.0. One of his favorite sayings is that "it's not about the technology, but what the technology enables." Radick blogs about his approach to public relations and social media on his blog, "Social Media Strategery," located at www.steveradick.com.

Radick was named one of PRNews' 15 to Watch for in 2009 and was a contributing author to the Gov 2.0 book, State of the eUnion, Government 2.0 and Onwards. He serves on the Advisory Boards for the SmartBrief on Social Media, Governingpeople.com and SMCEDU, and is also an "Expert Blogger" for AIIM's Enterprise 2.0 Community.

Radick is originally from Pittsburgh, where he grew up a die-hard Steelers and Penguins fan. After graduating from Bethany College in West Virginia, he joined Booz Allen Hamilton where he began Booz Allen's social media practice in 2007.

Gerard M. Stegmaier
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Gerard M. Stegmaier is an attorney practicing with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Washington, D.C. He also serves as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law where he created and has taught one of the first courses on information privacy law for more than 10 years. He has represented many of the Internet's pioneers on important questions of first impression. His practice includes litigation, transactional and regulatory matters for enterprises of all sizes especially where information and privacy issues represent a strategic element of the transaction or matter. He currently serves as vice chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Social Media Committee. For nearly a decade he served as a member of the Virginia Legislature's Joint Commission on Technology & Science Privacy Advisory Committee and successor committees.

Stegmaier graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University School of Law where he was as an editor of the Law Review. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Pauline Newman at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Evan Weisel
Welz & Weisel Communications

Evan Weisel has 17 years of public relations experience providing strategic counsel to local and national business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) technology companies. Weisel has a proven track record of providing public relations, marketing and social media counsel to pre-funded startup companies, VC-backed companies, small and medium sized businesses, and publicly traded Fortune 500 companies that span a wide range of technologies.

In 2003, Weisel co-founded the public relations agency Welz & Weisel Communications to provide technology companies with aggressive, proactive and senior-level involvement across all aspects of their public relations program - from overall strategic planning and media and industry analyst relations to thought-leadership programs and online communications.

Prior to launching his own agency, Weisel spent more than a decade in the Washington, D.C. area working in senior-level roles at boutique, technology-focused public relations agencies. Weisel started his career in the early '90s at one of the Capital region's largest PR agencies at the time, Stackig Advertising & Public Relations.

Weisel received his bachelor's degree in communication studies with a focus on public relations from Virginia Tech. He currently sits on the Communications Department Alumni Board and continues to visit Blacksburg to speak with students about pursuing a profession in high-technology public relations. He is also the public relations advisor on the NVTC Board and serves on the Equal Footing Foundation Board.

Gayle Weiswasser
Vice President of Social Media Communications
Discovery Communications

Gayle Weiswasser is the vice president of social media communications at Discovery Communications, where she oversees social media strategy for Discovery and its networks and corporate initiatives. This includes Facebook and Twitter strategy and implementation, as well as social media outreach, partnerships with location-based and social TV services, and social media monitoring.

Lovisa Williams
Social Media Strategist
Department of State

Lovisa Williams is the deputy director for the Department of State's International Information Programs (IIP) Bureau's Office of Innovative Engagement (OIE). She is the social media strategist for the Department of State. Williams is the co-author for the Department of State's first social media use policy. She is also the founder and the manager of the Department's Community Managers Group and developed the Community Managers Boot Camp and other Community Manager training.

Williams has more than 14 years of experience working for the federal government on technology and social media projects. She specializes in how disruptive technologies require organizational transformation. She teaches regularly at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center and provides project management expertise to a variety of projects. Williams lives at the intersection of people, government and technology. She is an innovator who actively explores new ways to solve problems leveraging technology.

Williams is an active participant in the community advocating for government's use of social media. She is a regular speaker in the Government 2.0 community. She is a member of the Federal Web Managers Sub Council on social media as the representative for the Department of State and serves on the Federal Government Social Media Training Working Group. Williams, and her work at the Department of State, are included in Charlene Li's book Open Leadership as a business case. She has served for the past two years as one of the organizers for the Government 2.0 Camp in Los Angeles, and she is currently serving on the Board of Advisors for Silberberg Innovations. Williams works on a number of community projects such as being the co-founder of the Mobile Citizen Summit and the organizer for the Global Citizen Project. For more about Williams' work, you may follow her at @lovisatalk on Twitter and check out her blog at http://lovisawilliams.wordpress.com