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Social Media for Social Good

24 Oct

Thank you to Arizona State University for having me as a featured workshop presenter at your 19th annual Sustainability Conference!  Held at ASU Lodestar’s Dessert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona, October 14, 2011, it featured some of the most brilliant minds on Collective Impact.  This year’s theme was “‘Go fast, go alone; go far, go together’: Collective Impact.”  Nearly 250 nonprofit leaders, community partners, students and professionals from across all sectors – business, government, general public, and nonprofit participated.

In the 90-minute Workshop, we covered a multitude of reasons why social media works so well for social good, and got many brilliant questions.  Although we can’t recreate the full session, the entire Keynote presentation can be downloaded for free  HERE.

[And I’m always reachable on amy@amyneumann.com. ]

Warren Buffett himself has quoted the wise ancient Chinese proverb — “To go fast, go alone; to go far, go together.” And it’s eloquently perfect for social media.

To put it another equally eloquent way, when thinking of social media:

“Luck is quite predictable.  If you want more luck, take more chances.  Be more active.  Show up more often.” ~ Brian Tracy

Essentially, that’s what social media is.  Conversations between people interested in the same things, in places convenient to them, when it’s handy.  If you’re in all the right places, at all the right times, with all the right messages, everyone will happily work together, almost instinctually.  That’s the message.  And that’s what I believe is the theme of social media, for Collective Impact, and for Social Good.

BitRebels – Twitter’s Top 75 Bada~s Women

5 Oct

When Diana Adams and Amy Howell wrote this piece earlier this year, I can’t tell you how  humbled and honored I was to be among such amazing women!  Diana and Amy are both famously well-known in social media, especially on Twitter, and to even be on their radar is incredible.  I am also very proud, after knowing them on social media for years,  to call them friends – initially through Twitter!  Thank you both for this list, which I must say is  amazing!  Even with me on it… LOL.  Also love that every woman’s Twitter, Facebook and site is listed, so you can connect where *you* spend your time.  Brilliant. Thanks Diana & Amy!

Original Article on BitRebels.com

Twitter’s Top 75 Badass Women – BitRebels

02/05/2011 – 10:00 am By Diana Adams

Awhile back my dear friend @HowellMarketing and I had a conversation about the influential and inspiring women on Twitter. We were both in awe of how many like-minded, talented, hard working, smart women we had become friends with as a result of Twitter. We talked about how we should write an article about such people.

Now, a year later, the time is right for such an article. We got together and compiled a list of the women who inspire us on a daily basis on Twitter. This list is different from most of the ones you’ll find. These aren’t the most popular women, or the women with the most followers. This is a list of women who are making it happen day in and day out, and they are tweeting their butts off in the process. They share and care consistently, and are always there to engage with their followers.

These women are all phenomenal at what they do. Whether they are known for being an artist, a photographer, a blogger, a marketer, a PR professional, a mom or even a celebrity, each person on this list is very special, and we hope you will take the time to get to know each one. And, before someone asks me, yes, there is even a dog on this list. You can read about her below.

These women are badasses because their style is instantly recognizable, and they exude confidence and humility whether they have 100 followers or 1,000,000 followers. Like a pair of good sunglasses or your favorite pair of jeans, they just feel good, and they know how to make others around them feel special. I listed everyone alphabetically according to their Twitter username; however, whenever possible, I listed their actual names here so you could get to know the person behind the username and avatar. Also, if you are new to Twitter, you might also want to check out my friend @HilzFuld‘s list of the first 99 people to follow. Thank you ladies for all you do to make the Twitterverse a fun place to hang out! @HowellMarketing and I had a blast putting this together, and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Twitter's Top 75 Badass WomenAdventure Girl

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Adventure Girl is known for just that… her adventures!  According to Twitter, she is known globally for talking travel.  She’s a media expert, journalist and morning show guest.  She loves to watch American Idol and Family Guy.  With almost 1.5 million followers, she’s definitely doing something right!

Twitter's Top 75 Badass WomenAlyssa Milano

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Alyssa Milano needs no introduction really. She sets a wonderful example for everyone on Twitter. She engages with her followers, and she is definitely part of the gang. When lots of tweeps got together to give her a special birthday present, she sent out this thank you video afterwards. Twitter definitely wouldn’t be the same without her. She is sincerely loved by many people.

Twitter's Top 75 Badass WomenAlys Drake

Twitter | Website

Alys is a Marketing and PR professional. She has lived in Memphis, Tennessee her whole life and is part of the Memphis Social Media Club. She has two little girls and she works for @HowellMarketing. She is known for engaging with her followers, and since she has sent over 11,000, I’d say she is definitely a Twitter addict!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmber Cleveland

Twitter | Website

Amber is a hard working, fun loving, creative, passionate leader. She’s a mover and a shaker in marketing, and she enjoys speaking French. It’s always a pleasure to see her in the Twitter stream. She is very well connected so check out the other people in her Twitter network for more great people to follow.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy Oscar

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Amy Oscar is a very dear friend, and she brings tons of positive energy to the Twitterverse. Reading her blog feels like a ray of warm sunshine. According to her bio, she can find your lost keys, she saves spiders, and she talks to angels.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAnita Nelson

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Anita Nelson is all about skin care as @ModelSupplies. She’s an eBay PowerSeller, a blogger and a radio host. She loves music, comedy and art. She calls Detroit, Michigan home and is a wonderful friend to many people on Twitter!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAnne Deeter Gallaher

Twitter | Website

Anne owns her own PR and social media business. She has many high profile connections including Ford. She is fan of powerful language and smart marketing.  She is known for sending great tweets and engaging with her followers.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAnn Tran

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Ann is so humble and gracious, you would never guess she has over 150,000 followers. She lives in Washington, DC, and also loves the beach. She is a spiritual seeker who is happily married. She is a generous RT’er on Twitter, and sends tweets full of love!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy Reneau

Twitter | Facebook

Amy, Amy, Amy… where do we start?  She is from Texas with tweets bigger than the state.  She is the only person I know who loves the color pink and shoes more than I do.  She is also very good friends with a man who I wish could be on this list: @PaulBritPhoto Amy is known for all her RT’ing.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenBridget Davis

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Bridget is a chef, food writer, geek girl, culinary craftsman, friend, and the better half of @Iconic88. She is also the founder of The Internet Chef.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenPatricia Wilson

Twitter | Website

Patricia is a brand marketer and media strategist. She has over twenty years of marketing experience. She is also the President of Brand Cottage.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy Neumann

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Amy is known for her big heart and positive tweets, especially when it comes to charity. She is an eternal optimist, and a true Twitter addict. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to her on the phone, and he’s as nice to talk to as she is online. She is from Los Angeles, California.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenBella

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Bella describes herself as an obsessed blogger who loves fashion, glamour, celebrity, make-up and shoes! In my opinion, her blog looks like modern day Sex and the City style. I love it! She is good friends with someone else on this list, @JessicaNorthey.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenCindy Vriend

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Cindy is known for her consistent, creative, fun tweets. She loves design, illustration, art, photography, smiles, music, race cars, silly dances and her sweet dog. She lives in the Netherlands, and always has something nice to say.  I don’t think this girl ever has a bad day. :)

Twitter's Top Badass WomenCheryl Burgess

Twitter | Website

Cheryl Burgess is a power tweeter on a mission. She loves #FF and #MM. She is the Managing Partner and Marketing Technologist at Blue Focus Marketing. She is also the winner of a 2010 Marketing Shorty Award. She is described as being a super connector with a strong grip.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKathy Meyer

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Kathy is such a wonderful Twitter friend. She is an eMarketing trends and technology enthusiast. She believes in balance. She’s also a mompreneur and a foodie interested in design, art, music, coffee and her iPhone.  Kathy is an influencer, and many people depend on her tweets for their information.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenChristina Kingston

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Christina is a writer, blogger and freelance hobo. Her blog is one of the spiciest you’ll ever read, and she knows how to write to entertain. She believes in perpetual laughter and beards.  She’s loud, she says what’s on her mind, she’s witty and people love her for it (including me).  She definitely has her own unique style.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenChristina Yow

Twitter | Facebook

Christina is a Signaporean Christian. She tweets everything, including lots of interesting pictures. She loves fashion, languages, music and traveling. She loves her job at Nike, and she is a huge soccer fan!  She is one of those people I’d like to meet in person one day.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDiane Brogan

Twitter | Website

As @HowellMarketing says, “Diane Brogan keeps @chrisbrogan in line.” (wait, did we just type that?) Diane is a wife, mother, gramma, sister, aunt, niece, friend and lover of life. She also designs and creates jewelry!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDawn Westerberg

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Dawn is a Duct Tape marketing consultant and tweeter from Austin, Texas. She is fascinated with how social media is transforming marketing. And, like most of us, she’s not a big fan of auto-DMs.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenElissa Freeman

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Elissa is a fast moving PR chick with a twist of foodie tweets sprinkled in with humor. She’s also a pop culturist and a mom. She is from Toronto, Canada.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenElizabeth Sosnow

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Elizabeth is a B2B PR girl who is a straight talker with a smart brain. She’s also a pop culture fanatic and mom to three mad men. Her tweets are fun and engaging.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenErin Margolin

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Erin is such a wonderful friend to so many people on Twitter. Her genuine smile and helpful nature make her one of my favorite people to follow. She is also a fantastic writer, and her blog is a lot of fun to read. She’s a stay-at-home-mom with 5 year old twins.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenGiselle MacLean

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Giselle is a passionate blogger, wife, mother and friend. She works in the financial services industry. She was one of the first people I met when I got on Twitter in 2009, and we’ve been great friends ever since. She truly is full of endless possibilities.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy D. Howell

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Amy, the co-writer of this article, hails from Memphis, Tennessee where she is always cooking up hometown southern food in her kitchen. She tweets the details and makes us all hungry on a regular basis. She is the CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies, a wife and a mom. She’s also a very special friend to many.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMirijam Rosenast

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Mirijam is such a fun person to follow!  She has a lot of energy, and is always into something new.  She likes Anime/Manga, gadgets, design, stories and people. She recently started a new blog with @BarryckR called Xcaped Cat which is already on its way to being a huge success.  It’s a great resource and a lot of fun!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSarah-Jayne Gratton

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Sarah-Jayne is an author and a screenwriter. She is currently writing a book on Social Media. She lives in the UK and she loves to RT on Twitter. Her Twitter username is @grattongirl, and she is married to @grattonboy! #really

Twitter's Top Badass Womenheykim

Twitter | Facebook | Website

I can’t imagine my Twitter stream without heykim. She tweets about social media, entertainment, news, sports, music, travel and people. Her blog oooozes with positivity and inspiration. She truly has a heart of gold.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJazz Baker

Twitter

Jazz Baker is another brilliant businesswoman who believes in living the life you want and loving the life you live. She is a CNN media consulting and tech geek. She is interested in journalism, art and her iPhone. She is one of those people who has the cred to be snobby, but instead, she approaches the Twitterverse with her own style of joy, humility and happiness. For that, she is definitely a badass.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJessica Northey

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Most of the time when we read “social media expert” in someone’s bio on Twitter, we roll our eyes. Jessica Northey is one of the very rare people who really is that good in social media. She teaches her clients how to leverage social media to fit their needs. She is also a country music writer/blogger, speaker, on-air personality and columnist for AllAccess.com.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSissy Northey

Twitter | Website

Sissy Northey is the professional companion and one-of-a-kind accessory for Jessica Northey. She is 50% Pomeranian and 50% Chihuahua. She likes long walks, short goodbyes and boiled chicken.  Sissy is a badass because she’s the only dog I know that has sent over 5,000 tweets. :)

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJackie Bigford

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Jackie is very passionate about ending world hunger, especially for children. She is also a friend to the animals, and she has a rescue shelter in her home for cats and kittens. Right now her main focus is to save the dolphins in Japan from the brutal annual slaughter in Taji, The Cove. It inspiring to watch Jackie and join her by being a voice for the animals and the people that don’t have one.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJoyce Cherrier

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Joyce Cherrier is a misplaced Maui girl living in New Orleans. She’s spunky, fun, and if you see her body, you will understand why all the who’s who on Twitter trust everything she says about health and fitness. She is a very dear friend of mine, and her new blog Freaking Fitness (link above) is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKarima-Catherine

Twitter | Website

Karima-Catherine is not afraid to speak her mind and challenge popular thinking. She is a social media practitioner, a business strategist, a foodie, a fashion observer and a Twitter addict. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKat Jaibur

Twitter | Website

Kat has a way of looking at life that is full of hope, happiness and possibility.  She has been around on Twitter for as long as I can remember, and her words of wisdom are always comforting to read in my Twitter stream.  She lives just north of Boston.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLisa Kemp

Twitter | Website

Lisa is a marketing pro in the equine industry. She blogs for equestrian business owners and managers. Lisa lives in Chicago, Illiniois.  She obviously loves horses, and her spirit is as spunky as theirs!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKim Sherrell

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Kim is a filmmaker and tech personality. Her interests are new media, art, design, film, culture, music and comedy. She is the founder of @ArtWalkTV and an inspiration to many people on Twitter. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKrys

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Krys is very passionate about law, all things iphone, all things videogame related and social media. She is the ultimate geek girl and friend. Whether she’s tweeting music for everyone in the Twitterverse to enjoy or talking about her new gadgets, this girl’s got it going on!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLaura Click

Twitter | Website

Laura Click is known as a marketer, a problem solver and an innovator. She is the founder and chief innovator at Blue Kite Marketing in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a dog lover, a runner and an avid Mizzou fan.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLaura Duran

Twitter | Website

Laura Duran is known for tweeting about leadership and PR. She is a PR consultant and brand manager interested in social media, creativity, art, food, placemaking, infrastructure, historic preservation and sustainability. She lives in Philadelphia.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLaura Walker

Twitter | Website

Laura Walker has got to be one of the nicest most sincere people on Twitter. She is a badass in her own right, but you’d never know it from her humility. She loves musical theatre and working with children. One of her favorite quotes is, “Anything can happen if you let it.” She is addicted to Twitter and television.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenLori McNee

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Lori McNee is an artist, a blogger, a poetic painter, a quote junkie, a novice photog, a friend to the birds and animals, and a busy mom. She lives in the mountains of Idaho. In my opinion, Lori tweets some of the most creative tweets I’ve seen. She is a very talented artist and a fabulous writer.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLori Moreno

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Thank goodness Lori decided to leave her career as an attorney because now we get her on Twitter all to ourselves! She is all about spreading love and inspiration around the world. One her quotes is, “The more love you give, the more love you will enjoy!” She is the #LOVE Twitter badass that everyone loves! Thank you for being you Lori.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLori

Twitter | Website

Lori’s blog called Oh, Shit… She’s Awake pretty much says it all. She is a sassy fun loving sweetheart that so many people on Twitter adore. He blog is hilarious and she is a great writer. Her positive energy has a way of transcending her avatar. She’s truly one of a kind!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLynda Bruschini

Twitter | Website

Lynda is an Italian artist and illustrator. She creates designs for babies, kids and moms. She loves to draw, paint and laugh. When I went through some health issues last year, she taught me that I could be stronger than I ever knew possible. She comes a across as a subtle and soft-spoken tweeter, but underneath, she is one of the strongest women I know.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMarcome

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Marcome is a Canadian singer, songwriter and musician. She does a mixture of pop world music mixed with new age, jazz and ambient voices. Her name is pronounced Marko-may. She is good friends with @zaibatsu. Here is a sampling of some of her new age music to relax to.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMarjorie Clayman

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Margie Clayman was recently named Twitter’s own “Mother Goose” of blogging. She represents the third generation of Clayman Advertising. Her motto is “Give to get and love every minute!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDiane Meyer

Twitter | Website

Diane Meyer specializes in promotional products, corporate apparel, events/tradeshows and marketing strategies. She is a business owner, and she is very involved with branding efforts through promotional products and print media. She has a big heart and is known for her gracious RTs on Twitter!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMary Sarah

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Mary Sarah, aka Mary Sarah Music, is more of what I would call a “badass in training.” She is only 15 years old, but she is rockin on Twitter everyday like a pro. She tweets before school, after school and during her performances. She is a country/pop music singer and songwriter who is passionate about life and helping the homeless. Those of us who know her absolutely adore her. This is a song of hers that I tweet every Sunday because it’s the perfect Sunday morning song.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMeryl K. Evans

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Meryl Evans is the ultimate badass because he is known as an outstanding writer and editor, but she volunteers and referees the kids. She’s one of those people that you ask yourself, “How does she do it?” She still finds time to tweet everyday, which makes her even more special. The editor of PC Today Magazine wrote, “Meryl Evans has been an outstanding freelancer for PC Today Magazine. Her understanding of mobile technology has made her one of our go-to writers.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMisty Belardo

Twitter | Facebook | Website

If I could, I would write an entire post about why Misty Belardo is a badass. Her close friends on Twitter know what she has been through over the past year, and yet, she remains strong, focused and positive. Just last month she moved from the Philippines to the United States to work in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is one of my co-writers here on Bit Rebels, and she is also my closest Twitter friend. I am excited that I get to finally meet her for the first time in two weeks!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMichelle Mangen

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Michelle Mangen knows everything about Android. Period. If for no other reason, that is why she is a badass. She is also a social media virtual assistant who is a self proclaimed Excel Queen. She splits her time between Wisconsin and Florida.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDebra Cincioni

Twitter | Facebook | Website

The name of Debra’s blog, Never Underestimate a Mother, is enough to keep me from misbehaving. She is a mom, entrepreneur, technology addict and musician. She works to unite moms of all kinds, and she reminds us that we are never alone as a mother.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenNini Baseema

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Nini is one of the most creative, talented photographers I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Her one self portrait a day project, which she started on January 1, 2001, inspires me and many others on a daily basis. She organized many of her social media friends to join her in the fun, and they are creating something really special. You can check out all the deets at One Selfportrait A Day. There is a lot of inspiration that follows this girl everywhere, and I’m so glad she shares the love with us all!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenIngrid Abbound

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Ingrid is on this list for one main reason… she is a kick ass blogger. Her nittyGriddy blog reads like a social media journal, and it is always a pleasure to learn and engage with her. Her content and copywriting is always spot-on. She is also witty, fun and insightful.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLucie Hys

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Lucie is another Twitter addict that is a wonderful friend and sincere positive energy in the Twitterverse. She lives, breathes and loves anything social media and technology, and it shows in her blog. Her online world is her real world (hey, mine too!). Her blog Social Media & Hospitality Under Microscope, has taught me a lot about the hospitality industry, specifically hotels.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenPam Moore

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Pam describes herself as half marketing, half geek, CEO, entrepreneur, social media speaker, best-selling author, coach, blogger, lover of brand, God, family, friends, beach and life. Wow, that is a mouthful of badass if I’ve ever heard it! She’s known as the “Marketing Nut” from Tampa, Florida.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAllison Rizk

Twitter | Facebook | Website
Since I’ve been friends with Allison for a while, I’ve known about her badass-ness for a decade now. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and as a result, everything she touches turns to golden success. She is an incredible speaker and motivator. Her most badass skill though is her ability to spot talented music artists before they become mainstream. She almost always calls it. Yep, badass for sure. She is known on the web as the famous Radio Potato. Check out her blog for great music clips and interviews.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenErika Napoletano

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Erika’s award-winning blog bitch slaps have earned her a reputation as a hot-headed fricken brilliant blogger who speaks her mind and always, always has spot-on content written well. If you like rants about brands that miss the mark and ladies who don’t put the seat down, you will love Redhead Writing. Her blog is one of the few in my bookmarks.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMilana Ryan

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Milana is a sweet soul that ooooozes creativity with everything she does. Whether it’s an illustration, a song, a photograph, she shares her love of life with us all. She was one of the first people I met on Twitter in 2009. I was inspired by her then, and continue to be inspired by her today.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenNicky

Twitter | Website

Nicky is another “badass in training” that is quickly transitioning into a full on badass. She is only 18 years old, but when you read her blog, it reads like it was written by a seasoned social media enthusiast. She is ranked in the top 64 Indian bloggers on Tech18.com, and she has guest posted at some of the most influential social media blogs on the net. She describes herself as an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Nicky, your talent is so far beyond your years, and it’s a blast watching you grow.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenHeather Ostrom

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Heather is a real-estate marketing gal who’s unique style and sassy humor make her one of my Twitter favs. If you are in the real estate industry, you can learn so much from Heather and how she incorporates social media into her work and her daily life. My favorite thing about Heather is how she so famously changes the color of her glasses in her avatar for each special holiday. Yep, badass all the way!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSasha H. Muradali

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Sasha has always been a PR badass, but when she moved from sunny Miami, Florida to New York City, her career exploded and now she is truly a PR Queen. She was recently in Forbes Magazine because of her social media badass-ness. The thing I love about Sasha is that even with all her success, she still keeps it real. Also, she loves the color pink almost as much as I do. *wink*

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSara Hawkins

Twitter | Website

Sara knows a lot about a topic many people could use a little help with. She knows how to “save for someday” and make her dollars stretch so that she can fulfill all her dreams. Her blog, called Saving For Someday, teaches how to stop wishing and start doing. She teaches others how to make informed choices about spending. That’s one of the most badass things I’ve heard in a long time!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSharon Hayes

Twitter | Website

Sharon Hayes is one of the first social media queens I met when I joined Twitter. She is a hard working entrepreneur, and she knows everything there is to know about the value of a domain name. She loves music, tech, fitness, coffee, travel, sushi and smiles. She is sincere and gracious. She is a badass in every sense of the word.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenEsta H. Singer

Twitter | Website

Esta is a passionate photographer whose work will blow your mind. She takes a lot of photographs out in nature, and those are always my favorites. She is a professional connector, a strategist and an author. I remember when Esta first joined Twitter about a year ago, and ever since then, she has been sending warm, positive tweets consistently. She has catapulted to badass status in a very short amount of time, and she deserves it!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenShelly Kramer

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Everybody knows a “Twitter Badass” article wouldn’t be complete without the famous Shelly Kramer. She is a brilliant marketing/brand strategist, and idea generator, a creator of buzz and awareness, a scribbler, a social media lovah and information junkie. She loves Milk Duds and beer. She is the social media “secret weapon” for her clients. I learn from her everyday, and I can’t imagine my Twitter stream without her.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenShilpi Bose

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Shilpi is a best known for being a sarcastic writer who always sends gracious tweets and engages with her followers. @HowellMarketing and I both agreed that she needed to be on this list because she has her own unique style of badass-ness. She describes herself as being independent, friendly, optimistic and almost perfect (except for her addiction to caffeine). Shilpi is also a wife and mom, and lives in Hong Kong.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSima Dahl

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Simply put, Sima is one of Chicago’s most admired tweeters for her content and “Sway Factor” (the name of her book). She is a consultant, connector, communicator and social networking coach. She is a passionate blogger and the President of Parlay Communications.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenStaci J. Shelton

Twitter | Facebook | Website

In a word full of fast-paced living, fast-paced technology, and fast-paced social media, I’m glad I have Staci Shelton. She is a joyful evangelist full of gratitude. She is all about passion, purpose and productivity. As she puts it, she “changes the energy in the room.” I agree 100%.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSusan Young

Twitter | Facebook | Website

When we were putting together this list, Susan Young was a person that @HowellMarketing instantly thought of. She inspires Amy and countless others on a daily basis. She is from New Jersey, but recently moved to San Antonio. She is all about news, PR and communications. She is an amazing connector and an amazing woman.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenGina Stark

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Gina, Gina, Gina… where do I start? Gina is a badass mainly because she makes up her own words and tweets them. Of course, being a talented belly dancer and having a rockin blog only add to her badass-ness. Gina is a very dear friend to many in the Twitterverse, and her I have a feeling she is a badass offline as well.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenTaryn Pisaneschi

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Taryn is the queen of creative marketing ideas. She lives right here in Atlanta, and she’s always cookin up a new networking event or marketing breakfast. She is also the founder of Women Intelligently Networking. She is a fun extrovert that I had the pleasure of meeting in person last month. She’s a badass all the way!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenTerri Nakamura

Twitter | Website

One thing a lot of people struggle with is finding great content to tweet. Terri obviously has that all figured out because every one of her tweets is pure gold. She is a Seattle based graphic designer who likes humor, Apple/Mac, interesting design, art, technology, weird pop culture stuff and breaking news. She RTs often and spreads her positive attitude about life to everyone she comes in contact with in the Twitterverse. She is also a very dear friend to many people, including me.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenCd Vann

Twitter | Website

Cd is the founder of #ungeeked chat on Thursdays at 8pm EST. She has her own very unique style of getting around the Twitterverse and collecting/sharing ideas. She loves coffee and purple martinis. She also believes in karma and faith. She’s a passionate advocate of intimate learning spaces. She’s also a mom, and a big talker!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenXan Pearson

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Xan, a VP of Marketing from Chicago, comes across as soft and sophisticated on Twitter, but underneath it all, this girl packs a powerful punch! She is a social media strategist who is interested in travel, reading, food and wine. She is a very genuine person who is a master connector on Twitter. She also promotes optimism and charity.

Update: Now that I have finished writing this, I can think of so many other women that deserve to be on this list like @beebow, @ellies58, @_Fleur__, and so many others. If you can think of some badass ladies that need to be here, please leave them in a comment below so we can check them out! :)

Ask 5 for 5 – Help Africa’s Famine! #Ask5for5

20 Sep

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5
Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography

Thank you (insert blog name) and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week.

A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps. 

At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.

The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.

When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?

My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues.”

Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.

That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grants to
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.

I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (http://seeyourimpact.org/members/ask5for5)
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share #Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter!

I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at ask5for5@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating this week.

A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.

Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving lives and changing history.

p.s. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!
 

Twitter IDs of People and Charities in 39 Inspiring Men

19 Sep

The Twitter IDs of the People and Charities in 39 Inspiring Men on Huffington Post – Follow them all!

@2morrowknight  @CharityIdeas  @ybeitollahi  @ClaireD  @kanter  @DrAndyBaldwin  @GotYourBackNet  @jeffrago  @NOH8campaign  @TheAntonioNeves  @Student_Mentor  @LAUnitedWay  @SeeYourImpact  @mayhemstudios  @the1010project   @live_united  @HuffingtonPost  @HuffPostImpact  @RayBeckerman  @Survival  @BullsAndBeavers   @SVAdaptiveSport  @zaibatsu  @GatesFoundation  @GWPStudio  @MummysWishInc   @AlexPriest  @88bikes  @jeffbullas  @FredHollows  @LXLEE  @josedramirez @Alyssa_Milano   @Unicef   @sdhumane  @KevinMinott  @jimgrayonline  @gofiliberto  @HomeboyInd  @ClementYeung  @KIVA  @TedNguyen  @gupshupblog  @Nisha360  @MartyMcPadden  @KidsAreHeroes  @randfish  @RickGriffin    @TheTop10Blog  @SaveTheChildren  @teeco71  @IS_Foundation  @iansomerhalder  @weirdchina  @WFP  @SavetheChildren  @ryanintheus  @TeamUp4NonProf  @StephenWelton  @MakeAWishCa  @MySODotCom  @ScottHarrison  @CharityWater  @kobyb  @arkarthick  @FeedingAmerica @Ahambhumika  @SteveAkinsSEO  @AmDiabetesAssn  @suthisak  @bitrebels  @Minervity  @CPCharity  @mqtodd  @goinggreentoday  @smaxbrown  @Love146  @ImadNaffa  @OperationSAFE  @Barryckr  @TheSchoolbag   @livestrong @lancearmstron @hardlynormal @kamichat @geoffliving @ChrisVoss @ASPCA @RobQuigley @AlexsLemonade

A Path from Pain to Positivity by @CharityIdeas – Huffington Post

13 Sep

This post originally appears in the Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-neumann/a-path-from-pain-to-posit_b_958558.html

Amy Neumann

Writer, speaker and social media consultant for nonprofits and businesses

A Path from Pain to Positivity

Posted: 9/12/11 07:48 PM ET

Sometimes a path forms where you tread most without you even realizing it. Sometimes a new path is simply presented to you. And sometimes, you are thrust onto a path by unanticipated events that in retrospect are a blessing. The last scenario happened to me.

Several years ago, I survived a brutal period of domestic violence with increasing levels of mental and physical abuse, including almost dying in one incident where choking and a knife were involved. The incomprehensible, surreal effect that this has on anyone, especially on anyone who has no prior knowledge of the cycle of domestic violence (as is common), is hard to put into words. The terror, the constant anxiety, the self-doubt and threats from the abuser about telling someone — unless you’ve experienced it, which hopefully you have not and will not, it’s challenging to acutely understand it.

Having felt this first-hand, I decided to try to help a population of hurting people who did acutely know this horrific feeling: moms with kids. Statistics vary, but on average, studies suggest that on the low end, just over a quarter (28 percent) of homeless moms are victims of domestic violence. In Southern California, where I lived, it’s closer to 50 percent. And these are likely underreported figures. At some point, to save your own life and/or your children’s lives, the only choices become: he’s out, or you’re out. And so moms and kids become homeless.

I had already been working with Union Rescue Mission for several years after being stunned upon learning of the number of homeless people in L.A. when I moved there from Ohio. Seeing the women and kids there on Skid Row broke my heart, even though the kids smiled and laughed and played like kids do, and the moms were so appreciative of the safety and shelter and basics of living.

Hoping to help more long-term, I asked to design and teach a series of classes at URM about finding jobs, which went extremely well. One of the women (whom we’ll call Jane) who had been in the classes for a couple months twice a week approached me one day after class. The stories Jane shared then about her history literally brought tears to my eyes.

And then, Jane dramatically altered my life for the better.

“Thank you for showing me last week how to use Word and Excel,” she said. “I just wanted to tell you I got a job in Vegas and am moving there next week.”

Jane was smart and only needed confidence and a little information. But she gave me something monumental. To have contributed even a little to one woman being freed from the situation she was currently in made my heart sing.

From then on, I became increasing passionate about social good in many ways, including donating a car and my diamond wedding rings to Karz 4 Kids and Hope Gardens, respectively. (Hope Gardens is Union Rescue Mission’s transitional housing for moms and kids away from Skid Row, which opened a while after Jane moved away; I was a member of their Capital Campaign for several years and am a big fan.) While donating financially is certainly not the only way to help organizations, it felt extremely cathartic to me personally. Spreading awareness and hope via social media is another way that feels great, and anyone can do it anytime. Twitter has been a huge source of ongoing inspiration for me and millions of others.

This piece of this tale has written a happy ending for itself. What caused immeasurable pain led to equally immeasurable growth, empathy and gratitude for learning and being able to help others.

When life hands you a giant bushel of lemons, it makes plenty of lemonade to share along your path.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline can help: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or NDVH.org. Not sure? This quiz can help: “Is this abuse?”

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Catchafire Virtual – Now You Can Do ProBono Work From Anywhere!

7 Sep

Giving your skills for good in America will take a great leap forward this September as Catchafire activates virtual pro bono for the first time. Catchafire matches professionals who want to give their skills with social good organizations that need their help, making it easy for every professional to use their skills for good and for every social good organization to access and effectively use pro bono as a way to build capacity within their organization.

Until recently, only pro bono professionals based in the greater NYC area were able to take advantage of @Catchafire‘s pro bono opportunities. However, professionals from all over the United States will be able to give their skills for good, even if they are not in the same location as the social good organization they are helping.  A few key points on virtual pro bono at Catchafire:

•  Almost all Catchafire projects are suitable for virtual pro bono, and social good organizations will receive project applications from virtual professionals in the same way they do from local ones.

•  Social good organizations will now have more talent choices and a larger pool of professionals to help them address their needs.

•  Meetings will be conducted via videoconference or telephone, with both parties taking advantage of 21st century technology such as Skype, Gchat and Google Docs to work efficiently.

“The move to virtual pro bono is based on us now being at a stage in our lifecycle where we feel that we can provide our organizations and our professionals with just as good an experience virtually,  as we can in person,” said Catchafire CEO Rachael Chong. “We wanted to make sure that we had all the pieces in place to make a virtual project just as successful as a project where the professional and organization can meet face to face. While we still advocate local matches, we want to provide our organizations with as much choice as possible in terms of talent, and do not believe we should restrict them if they decide to choose a virtual professional instead of a locally based one.”

Ready to get involved? Register here!

Top 10 Creative Social Good Resources | TheTop10Blog.com

22 Jul

Top 10 Creative Social Good Resources | TheTop10Blog.com

http://www.thetop10blog.com/top-10-creative-social-good-resources/

In this latest installment of my Expert Series I am delighted to welcome Amy Neumann with her compilation of web sites which provide creative resources and tools to help you to get involved in helping others.

Amy, who may be better known to you on Twitter as @charityideas is a passionate advocate of using social media and technology for social good. She is also a lady who is prepared to but her beliefs into practice as one of the team tackling Mera Peak in the Himalayas in Nepal, in April 2012 in aid of charity.

If you would like to find out more about Amy you can find all the places where she blogs and her other social media connections at About.me.

Top 10 Creative Social Good Resources

A question anyone in the “social good” space is asked often, is “What are some of your favorite sites?” Well, there are oodles, which can make it a challenge to select a few choice ones for lists. However, below are a few favorites that might be new or unexpected, ranging across volunteering, fundraising, research, donating, pro-bono, mobile, and a couple very cool celebrity-backed ventures! All of them are excellent tools. Just click on the images to pay them a visit.
Philanthroper

The daily deals site for charity! Get introduced to a new cause every day and give $1 when you’re interested. Awareness plus micro-action! Making doing good an easy daily habit.

Sparked

An opportunity to micro-volunteer anytime, anywhere, online. Projects range from 2 minutes to 2 hours and include many fun, techie things like reviewing social media or translating documents. To learn all about Sparked please see my Huffington Post piece with @2morrowknight.

Crowdrise

Ed Norton’s baby, Crowdrise leverages crowdsourcing for social good fundraising. Any site that uses the mantra “If you don’t give back, no one will like you” is on the right track! Look for their fabulous IYDGBNOWLY T-shirts and set up a fundraising site for your favorite cause.

Kiva

Welcome to the world of micro-finance! Lend a global budding entrepreneur as little as $25 to provide an opportunity for sustainable business. Kiva supporters have already funded close to 600,000 businesses worldwide.

Catchafire

“What will your Butterfly Effect be?” Catchafire helps you use professional skills like marketing and PR on a pro-bono basis, growing your own professional contacts and helping social good organizations at the same time!

Give.Mobi

Let your favorite charity know about this resource, and check who’s here that you support. Since give.mobi’s mobile donation platform works on any smartphone or tablet, it’s simple to set up and use to give a real-time mobile donation (or pledge). Perfect for nonprofit events or to call out on radio or TV interviews due to its easy-to-remember name. Here’s @Lotay Yang’s Black Card Circle Foundation’s page.

KarmaGoat

Free your stuff, shop from friends, do some good! This works like Craigslist, with all proceeds going to charity. Got something too nice to just give away? Some electronics? A gift you’ll never use? Create some good Karma with it. It will get a new home and love, and a great cause will get a donation.

CharityNavigator

Along with GuideStar, this is a great site to research organizations. It’s similar to a Better Business Bureau, for charities.

SixDegrees

It really is a small world! A partnership between Kevin Bacon and Network for Good, Six Degrees helps you see what causes you have in common with friends and celebrities, and you can “pay it forward” with Good Cards that can be redeemed for charity donations.

VolunteerGuide

Self-directed Ideas and resources for volunteering for 15 minutes, a few hours, or on a volunteer vacation. Some easy 15-minute activities:

The moral of the story is – there are nearly unlimited ways to do good. These are a few easy, fun ones to get started with – how will you use them? Please let us know in the comments below!

Many thanks to Amy for her excellent and varied breakdown of many of the best online places to go to be able to offer your money, skills or time to those less fortunate than you.

Thank you for visiting The Top 10 Blog. If you like this post I hope you will share and if you would like to see more please Subscribe, Follow, Like and Add to your Circles using the buttons at the top of the sidebar.

About Amy Neumann:

Amy Neumann is a passionate advocate of using social media and technology for social good and is VP of Social Media Initiatives for Social Impact Consulting, a Los Angeles firm. http://www.facebook.com/SocialImpactConsultingLLC

For the past 17 years, she has been in executive internet and media sales, helping large corporations leverage media, marketing, and technology. After being an active advocate for causes in Los Angeles for 15 years, she recently relocated back to Cleveland, Ohio.

Amy is a social entrepreneur, developing several non-profit technology apps for use in the US and China to be released in the summer of 2011. Her affinity for Asian culture and history has led to studying Mandarin Chinese for several years as well as an interest in emerging philanthropy markets where technology can really boost donations and volunteerism.

A keen love of nature, adventure, and social media also inspired her to join 12 Twitter friends in a 3-week trek to the top of Mera Peak in the Himalayas in Nepal, April 2012 (which of course will be shared via social media).

Amy’s penchant for all things social media stems from seeing sites like Twitter and Facebook change to course of history, as well as help countless causes by galvanizing human passion.

*Image credit

Hand and Heart – Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Share Learn Grow! An Interview with Twitter’s Famed @CharityIdeas | TechCocktail.com by Samantha Strauss

22 Jul

Share Learn Grow! An Interview with Twitter’s Famed @CharityIdeas

http://techcocktail.com/interview-twitter-charityideas-2011-07#.Thxro-Ap-8U

Samantha Strauss July 12, 2011 – TechCocktail.com
Social Media Entrepreneurs Amy Neumann

Today’s post by Tech Cocktail contributor Samantha Strauss (@SFSam22) is the first of a collection of interviews with some heavy-weight social media industry personalities with a goal to highlight the entrepreneur in all of us.

Are you on Twitter? If you’re reading Tech Cocktail, we’ll assume you are. Since you’re on Twitter we’ll also assume that you may have heard of and/or be one of the over 32,000 people who follows @CharityIdeas, aka Amy Neumann. As one of The Huffington Post’s Top 16 People on Twitter Who Inspire the World and Bit Rebels’ Twitter’s Top 75 Bad Ass Women, Amy is known by her followers as a constant source of engaging philanthropic content and enlightening tweets.

What her followers and the world might not know is that while Amy is a “Twitter celebrity,” she’s also an entrepreneur. After years in the corporate world working for companies such as AT&T and Yahoo in various marketing capacities, Amy launched the consulting firm Good Plus Tech in April of this year. Good Plus Tech, merged Amy’s two passions, technology and volunteering.

“Good Plus Tech does just what the name says,” Amy said. “Social good plus technology. We focus on cause marketing and social good branding for nonprofits and corporations, with an emphasis on social media….My long-term goal is to impact the global level of volunteering and donating, focusing on emerging philanthropy markets.”

Recently we had a chance to talk with Amy about how she got started and what her thoughts on entrepreneurship, social media (specifically Twitter), leadership and charity are. Here is what Amy had to say:

Amy Neumann, Founder of Good Plus Tech and @CharityIdeas on Twitter

TC: What are the key attributes of a successful entrepreneur?

Amy: I’d answer this with an adage we’ve heard a million times but is so true: we are all entrepreneurs. We sell our ideas to clients, coworkers, board members, spouses, friends, audiences….Even if you aren’t running your own company, you’re still running your life, and you’re always in charge. No matter what, we all control how we treat people and ourselves.

TC: Is there a guiding principle that you wish you knew when you started that you know now?

Amy: “Just Do It”! Take risks. If you’re wrong, you learn faster than any other way possible. And the more often you try new things, the faster you find the ones you love and are meant to do.

TC: What would you say to a budding entrepreneur?

Amy: Network with positive, smart, giving people. Ask people who are where you want to be how they did it. Find a great mentor or two or three. Most successful people got that way by being honest, friendly, hard-working, and helpful and are happy to share ideas and insight.

TC: Why is social media important to you?

Amy: I’m a wildly curious person and lover of people, so social media is the perfect way to instantly connect with fascinating people and ideas all over the world. And without sites like Twitter to connect people with similar passions, how else would we happen upon them? Love it.

TC: What’s your key to building a great following on Twitter?

Amy: Keep in mind that Twitter is IRL – real people behind avatars (mostly). So the things that work well in person, adjusted to social media format, work well. Share interesting and useful things. Be helpful. Listen. Respond. Be friendly and courteous. Thank people. Introduce people you think would like each other. And be positive.

TC: Do you thank every person that RTs you? Why or Why not?

Amy: Whenever possible, I try to thank people, and I RT tons of interesting links and quotes as well. Share the wealth, I say! After awhile it can be hard to thank everyone all the time, but I do read and appreciate every tweet even if I don’t send a thanks or RT right away.

TC: What’s your Twitter mantra?

Amy: Share, learn, grow!

TC: Why is Charity important to you?

Amy: Helping others makes both sides happy. It’s a fundamental love of mine. Not everything is perfect for anyone all the time, so helping one another when it’s needed is important. It really does help the giver as much as the recipient.

TC: How do you recommend people include charity in their life? Should it be a daily goal? Weekly goal to help someone at least once?

Amy: Some easy ones first! Smile more. Be friendly to strangers. Give people the benefit of the doubt. And of course, there are great sites online for raising money, virtual volunteering, and spreading awareness, in addition to volunteering in person. Twitter and Facebook are immensely helpful for spreading awareness, so just talking about your favorite cause is helpful.

TC: Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? How did this person impact your life?

Amy: My parents instilled a love of helping in me, and my father’s an entrepreneur. I have met countless people who’ve had an influence by being optimistic, unstoppable world-changers. And I adored Bill Gates and Warren Buffett long before they became the world’s largest philanthropists and created the Giving Challenge, which makes me admire them even more.

And For Some Extra Fun…

TC: If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Amy: Teleportation! I love, love, love traveling. The faster, the better!

TC: If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Amy: Leonardo Da Vinci. He was fascinated by and insatiably curious about life, which led to his discovery of and creating new things across art, science, writing, math…you name it.

TC: What’s your favorite motivational quote/saying?

Amy: “I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” ~ Pablo Picasso

8 Simple, Free Ideas to Help Your Favorite #Charity or Cause

2 May


8 Simple, Free Ideas to Help Your Favorite Charity or Cause


As busy as you are, there are still ways to easily fit some helping into your schedule without giving money.  Here are a few!

Help them post requests on the microvolunteering site Sparked. They can get free, skilled volunteer services for things like language translation, website or logo design, PR, marketing, and social media help.

Show some social love. Send some tweets on Twitter, share and like their articles on Facebook, Join their LinkedIn Group (or help them start one.) Add them to your profile and bio info.

Add yourself to their email list. Then remove yourself from their paper mailing list.

Help them write and mail personalized Thank You cards for donors.

Get creative with a fun fundraiser. Here’s a list of ideas to give you ideas.

Add them to your personal email auto-signature. Link to their site or donation page with a short snippet on what they do. Here’s how

Help them write articles. Or curate existing online news articles about them with headlines and shortened links, so they can have them in one place on their site. You can shorten links with Bit.ly or another URL shortener.

Volunteer, and add it to your resume and online profiles (like LinkedIn). Let the world know about the organization, and that helping is important to you — maybe open new doors in the process!  An example: Amy Neumann

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”  ~William James

Twitter Friends Unite, Climbing a Huge Mountain for Charity: Water

8 Nov

MERA PEAK – 6,476 metres (21,247 ft)

In the Everest range, Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. This will make a huge challenge for the Twitterteam. Most have never been anywhere near as high nor walked for so long in many days, never mind upwards.

To climb this Mountain, in April 2012, the team will need 3 weeks of guts, determination, willpower and teamwork to reach the goal at the top, as well as a massive year training/preparing…

Twitter Team Himalayashttp://twitterteamhimalayas.com

Charity: Waterhttp://charitywater.org

Meet #TeamMerahttp://twitterteamhimalayas.com/team.html

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