Join Social: IRL in Des Moines as we go “Beyond the Keynote” with Brian Solis

On Wednesday, June 6, more than 220 attendees from a five state region will converge at the Science Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for a very special “Beyond the Keynote” event with Brian Solis.  You can scroll down for a list of some of the 70+ businesses and organizations and 17 schools, colleges and universities being represented at the event.

Brian Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors on the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His book Engage! is regarded as an industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web. His most recent book The End of Business as Usual provided critical insights on how the consumer revolution is changing the future of business and media.

On the afternoon of  June 6, Brian will be in Des Moines for a special event, presented as part of the Social: IRL “Beyond the Keynote” series.  Brian will discuss issues critical to the future of business, such as surviving “Digital Darwinism,” the rise of the connected consumer, the evolution of social business, disruptive technology and how to compete for the future, the psychology of engagement, and the rise of digital influence. Brian will also participate in a unique bigger dialogue style fireside chat, a format that goes deeper and on a more personal level than the typical keynote. There will be opportunity for audience Q&A, and an opportunity to join Brian and fellow attendees for special post event networking.

Prior to Brian’s main presentation we’ll also hear from special guest speakers Geoff Wood, COO of Silicon Prairie News, and Life Dare TV‘s Liz Nead. Geoff will be discussing tech and innovation in the Des Moines Area, and Liz will share a fascinating story highlighting how social media helped “level the playing field.”   As Brian Solis says, “In an era of Digital Darwinism, no business is too big to fail or too small to succeed.

Thanks to presenting sponsors CDS Global and Catchfire Media, register using promotional code IRL50 and registration will be just $50.  Additional event sponsors include Central Iowa PRSAIowa Innovation Gateway, Startup City Des Moines, and Downtown Des Moines.

Attendees registered on or before May 31 will also receive a free copy of Brian’s book, The End of Business as Usual.

A limited number of free student and educator registrations are available on a first come basis.

Visit the event page for full details and registration.


“I am a personal fan of Brian Solis’ books and have highly recommended them to other CEOs. His message is keen and positive in its forward thinking, which I believe will resonate deeply with Des Moines professionals. It is my hope that this event will spark dynamic conversations in our local community regarding the shifts all organizations must make in order to thrive in this rapidly changing landscape.”  Malcolm Netburn, Chairman & CEO, CDS Global

“Brian Solis is one of the true thought leaders in the social space. Our intention is for the Des Moines professional community to utilize Brian as a resource and an energizer. We hope to bring together members of the private, public, and educational sectors to discuss the future of communication in the social space. This event will be a first of its kind for Des Moines and we are truly excited to be a part of it.”                    Jon Troen, Managing Partner, Catchfire Media


 Who’s Attending:

Attendees are traveling to the event from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.  We’ve listed below businesses and organizations so far registered. You can also view the complete attendee list on the Eventbrite registration page.

Businesses and Organizations Registered to Attend

  • CDS Global
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • CenturyLink
  • Barkley
  • Insight Advertising
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • The Integer Group
  • First American Bank
  • HyVee
  • Wells Fargo
  • City of Des Moines
  • Catchfire Media
  • Lava Row
  • Veridian Credit Union
  • The Kansas City Public Library
  • Startup City Des Moines
  • Rockwell Collins
  • ING
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Silicon Prairie News
  • 3KB Graphics
  • Whitfield & Eddy, Plc
  • City of Lawrence, KS
  • Grand Falls Casino Resort
  • Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
  • Stansberry
  • Two Rivers Marketing
  • DMB Supple
  • Performance Marketing
  • Monk Development
  • Knapp Properties
  • CreateWOWmarketing, LLC
  • Shala Designs
  • Etc Graphics Inc
  • Iowa Credit Union League
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • JT Chesser LLC
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • SecurityCoverage
  • Social: IRL
  • Lawrence Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  • Emploi.Us
  • Des Moines Register
  • Mindfire Communications
  • Center on Sustainable Communities
  • Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • ASG Software
  • Royale Concrete
  • Signature Style PR
  • McLellan Marketing Group
  • Braland Consulting, LLC
  • Schuster Consulting
  • Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation
  • Spiral16
  • A Team Apparel
  • School Administrators of Iowa
  • The Bombshell Factor
  • The Computer Guy
  • Planning and Writing LLC
  • Holmes Murphy Associates
  • Bawte
  • Central Iowa PRSA
  • Iowa Innovation Gateway
  • Metro West Learning Center, LLC
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
  • Homemakers Furniture
  • Nead Inspiration
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Dropkin Editorial Services
  • LS2 Group
  • Coaching Actuaries
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Sukup Manufacturing Co
  • Share Marketing
  • National Publisher Services, LLC
  • SALT Solutions
  • iApps24
  • Great America Leasing Corporation

Educators and Students Registered to Attend 

  • Drake University
  • Minnesota State University
  • Creighton University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • The University of Kansas
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Mississippi
  • Dordt College
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Simpson College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Vatterott College
  • Van Meter School
  • Ankeny Community School District
  • Waterloo Community Schools

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