Small Pond Enterprises LLC presents
ConnectorCon NYC 2013
What makes someone a Connector? The first--and most obvious--criterion is that Connectors know lots of people. They are the kinds of people who know everyone. All of us know someone like this. But I don't think that we spend a lot of time thinking about the importance of these kinds of people. I'm not even sure that most of us really believe that the kind of person who knows everyone really knows everyone. But they do.
-- Malcom Gladwell's The Tipping Point
ConnectorCon is a conference for those who are interested in the world of connecting. ConnectorCon seeks to provide a platform for many different industries to mix and mingle and to find ways to collaborate and share ideas. If you are interested in learning about becoming a better connector or in meeting people from a variety of fields, we welcome your input and your energy. This is your conference.
There are a limited number of seats so make sure to reserve quickly. As the conference draws closer we will be updating more information about speakers and panels so be sure to check this page for that info.
We look forward to helping you connect!
Panels and Workshops include:
Taking the Leap
- A panel of connectors discuss stories of how they connected to people they thought were beyond their reach. This panel will include connectors who are founders of start ups and other organizations who decided to take a risk and ask someone unexpected for assistance. Hear how they conquered their fear of asking and used connecting as the key to achieving their goals. Moderated by Gray Scott
of Serious Wonder
Featuring: Jonathan Schnapp
of Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club Lucas Nelson
of DFJ Gotham
, Jenn Mello
of Film Forward NYC
, Brian Antolin
of CoTo Travel
, Joaquin Roca, Brent Summers
and Julian Boxenbaum
Never Losing Touch - A workshop about how to make sure you stay in touch with your contacts and never become the person who forgets to follow up. The team from Contactually will discuss best practice for making sure you are the person who always gets back to anyone who contacts you.
Connecting for a Cause - A panel of non-profits and socially driven start ups discuss how they use their skills in connecting to find funds and opportunities. Learn more about fundraising, making the right introductions, and finding the best strategic partners. Moderated by David Homan of the AICF, featuring: Lexie Komisar of The Clinton Foundation, Jessica Greer Morris of Girl Be Heard, Joshua Rivedal of The Gospel According to Josh, and Danielle Robin of Charity Connector
The Art of the Introduction
- A workshop on how to make solid introductions. What you should do to pre-qualify your introductions and how to make sure both parties benefit from the connection. Dig in to the methods and techniques that you need to be a great connector in the room and via email. Taught by Ciara Pressler
of Pressler Collaborative
Connector Discussion Lunch* - Choose a table based on a question that interests you and engage in a discussion with other like minded connectors over a meal and see how many problems can be solved through collaboration and exploring different points of view.
*NB: You can grab lunch outside of the venue or purchase a ticket to the conference that includes lunch at the venue.
Connectors as Matchmakers
- A panel of connectors discuss how they took two industries that were very different and brought them together. What assumptions did they have to let go? What industries are most open to collaboration? And how does one make the best match between two different worlds? Find out more about how these connectors did it. Moderated by Playwright and Connector Drew Larimore Featuring: Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula of Blogologues, Julie Sylvester of Living in Digital Times, Ben Guttman of Digital Natives, Christopher Kelly of Convene, Lauren Rayner and Calla Videt, and Michelle Tillis Lederman of Executive Essentials
The Balancing Act - A hands-on workshop about balancing the demands of your life with being a connector. How do you keep it all straight and stay on top of things? How do you use those precious hours of the day and not waste time? More than time management, this workshop is about managing expectations, budgeting time, and seizing opportunities. Taught by Mike Fishbein of Casual Corp
- A panel of connectors speak about navigating the monetization process. How do you work in a world of referral fees, affiliates, and partnerships? What is the best way to approach a relationship when there is the possibility of monetization? Panelists will discuss best practices when monetizing. Moderated by Pavan Bahl of OS Fashion Featuring: Neil St. Clair of Alleywire, Megan Hannum of FundedBuy, Michael Rubenstein of Trilliant Funding Inc., Phil O'Brien of Climbing Fish, Dani Faith Leonard of Big Vision Empty Wallet and Brian Erickson of Cardwell Beach
- A hands-on workshop exploring techniques you can use to be top of mind with your connections. How are you saying thank you? What are you doing to make people remember your name when they are out in the field? Learn the best ways to be the person people are talking about. Taught by Michael Ian Cedar
of Ask Yourself Productions
Personal Branding - A workshop helping you identify your brand. How do you use the tools of social media to establish yourself as an expert and what else can you do to stand out? How can branding make it easier to find the right connections and get others to connect to you? Taught by Broadway Producer Andrew Asnes founder of Theater Advisor
Connecting to Corporate- Networking guru Larry Sharpe leads this workshop on how to pitch corporations on your services as a vendor, partner, or contact. He'll discuss what language to use, best practices when contacting them, and more!
Closing Keynote- From Zero to Zenith: Jordan Motzkin, founder of Big Box Farms and Partner at PitchWorks, explains how through connecting he went from an entrepreneur with no capital and connections to a 7 million dollar VC offer, a startup with an advisory board from some of the largest companies, and a massive network.
ConnectorCon will be on Saturday, June 1st from 10:00am-6:00pm.
New Work City
New York, NY 10013
There will be the opportunity before the day of the conference for participants to state their preference for panels and workshops.
At the conference, participants may choose to purchase huddle room sessions for individualized consultations with a number of the panelists and workshop leaders. There will also be opportunities throughout the day for open networking and one-on-one conversations.
Have questions about ConnectorCon NYC 2013?
Contact Michael Roderick