Appearances

Speaking events and rural conferences

National and International events:

  • Rural speaker Becky McCray presents the keynote in Ontario for the OACFDC.

    Becky McCray presents the keynote for the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations.

    International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference

  • National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship
  • American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) National Conference
  • Congressional Staff Briefing Panel, Public Knowledge
  • Business and Professional Women (BPW) USA National Conference
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) webinar and Twitter chat
  • South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW)two times
  • BlogWorld Expo, five times: New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles

Canada:

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Municipal Economic Development Forum
  • Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations Conference
  • Algoma Workforce Investment Board, Ontario
  • Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Symposium

UK:

  • 140 Characters Conference, London

Australia:

  • TEDxGympie: Innovation in Rural Communities

Keynote appearances:

  • Rural speaker Becky McCray presenting the keynote address at SMTulsa Conference in 2015--her fifth keynote for SMTulsa.

    Rural speaker Becky McCray presenting the keynote address at SMTulsa Conference in 2015–her fifth keynote for SMTulsa.

    Tri-State Agritourism Conference

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Municipal Economic Development Forum
  • Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations Conference
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference, two times
  • RuralX Summit
  • RevitalizeWA: Washington State historic preservation and Main Street Conference
  • Small Town Conference, Oklahoma Main Street
  • Big Ideas for Small Communities, North Dakota Department of Commerce
  • Social Media Tulsa Conference, five times
  • Economic Development Forums, Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas, two forums
  • Tourism and Economic Development Symposium, Norfolk County, Ontario
  • Community Connect Forum, University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement
  • #EstillRising, Estill County, Kentucky
  • Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • Doing Business Creatively in a Northern Community, Northern Ontario

Time to start thinking about 2017!

  • FarmTech 2017, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, January 31-February 2, 2017
  • Keynote and Brainstorming, community visit, Elkhart, Kansas, February 7, 2017
  • Rural Community Vitality Summit, 3 part keynote: Innovative Rural Business Models, Rural Jobs Creation Strategies, Gather Your Crowd. Marion County, Oregon, March 7, 2017
  • SMTulsa Business Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 30-31, 2017
  • Pending: Australia event and tour, August 2017
  • Pending: community visit, Pennsylvania, fall 2017

Want to talk with me about holding a date for your event? You can do that on the contact form.

Speaking and Events for 2016

Because I really am a small business owner in a small town, I limit my speaking trips and stay in touch with the real world.

  • Rural marketing webinar, North Dakota Department of Commerce, What Works in Rural Marketing Today: Be heard without shouting, January 12, 2016
  • Northwest Oklahoma Workforce Board, Microstartups and Innovative Rural Business Models, Feb 25, 2016
  • Webinar, SaveYour.Town, 8 Innovative Rural Business Models, with Deb Brown, March 16, 2016
  • SMTulsa, Oklahoma. Pre-conference workshop: Get Your Speak On: Becoming a more professional speaker, and Delivery: Mentoring Panel with Cheryl Lawson and Rob Hatch. Main event: How to Make the Most out of SMTulsa panel with Mandy Vavrinak and Roxanne R. Roark. 6th consecutive year to be featured at SMTulsa, March 30, 2016
  • Becky McCray speaking at Workforce Partners Conference, Oklahoma.

    Becky McCray sharing innovative rural business models at the Oklahoma Works Partners Conference.

    Webinar, SaveYour.Town, Rural Jobs Creation Strategies: Collisions, Serendipity, and the Hybrid Vigor of Ideas, with Deb Brown, April 20, 2016

  • Oklahoma Works Partners Conference, Speaker on 8 Innovative Rural Business Models: Encouraging Entrepreneurship Through Small Steps, April 22, 2016
  • Webinar, SaveYour.Town, Gather Your Crowd: Changing Small Town Attitudes Toward Entrepreneurship, with Deb Brown, June 8, 2016
  • Brainstorming with Lake Arrowhead Village Merchant’s Association, Lake Arrowhead, California, June 15, 2016
  • Webinar, SaveYour.Town, Filling the Gaps: What to Do About Empty Lots & Roofless Buildings, with Deb Brown, SaveYour.Town, July 12, 2016
  • RuralX Summit, Keynote: Top 5 Innovative Rural Business Models, with Deb Brown. Hosted by Dakota Rising. Aberdeen, South Dakota, July 19-20, 2016
  • #EstillRising, Keynote: Bringing BIG Ideas to Life: Small Town Secrets to Success, Estill County, Kentucky, July 29, 2016
  • Webinar, SaveYour.Town, Filling Empty Buildings: Identifying problems and finding solutions to downtown vacancies, with Deb Brown, August 16, 2016
  • Becky McCray speaking at the Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Becky McCray speaking at the Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Webinar, SaveYour.Town, Bringing BIG Ideas to Life: Small Town Secrets to Success, with Deb Brown, September 7, 2016

  • Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Keynote: Small Towns Have a Future: 10 Trends in Our Favor, Klamath County, Oregon, September 14-15, 2016
  • Association for Women in Communications, Be Heard Without Shouting, Oklahoma City, October 11, 2016
  • Rural Creative Placemakeing Summit, attending, October 12-14, 2016
  • Webinar, SaveYour.Town, Downtown After 5: Bringing life to your downtown after hours, October 19, 2016
  • Heart and Soul call, Orton Family Foundation, October 20, 2016

If you’re interested in a November 2016 event, I have an opening on my calendar. Let’s talk using this contact form.

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More Previous Appearances

Speaking and events in 2015:

Becky McCray keynoting the Big Ideas for Small Communities event in North Dakota.

Becky McCray, keynote speaker at the Big Ideas for Small Communities event in North Dakota, mixes with the audience, drawing out stories and questions.

  • SMTulsa, Oklahoma, March 26-27, 2015. Keynote speaker for fifth year in a row, on All Business is Local
  • Community Connect Forum, Cavalier, North Dakota, April 25, 2015. Hosted by University of North Dakota. Keynote speaker on 10 Trends in Our Favor, and workshop on Building a Strong Local Economy
  • USDA/TVA Rural Development Conference, April 29-30, 2015. Hosted by the Tennessee Valley Authority and UDSA Rural Development. Speaker on 10 Trends in Rural’s Favor and Why Small Towns Need Social Media
  • Congressional Staff Briefing Panel, Public Knowledge, Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. Panel member representing rural stakeholders on Broadband Access as a Basic Service
  • Big Ideas for Small Towns, Washburn, North Dakota. Keynote speaker on Bringing Big Ideas to Life: Small town secrets to success and workshop on What Works in Rural Marketing Today: Be heard without shouting. September 22, 2015
  • Rural Economic Development Webinar, Turning Rural Negatives into Positives with Deb Brown. Hosted by Blane, Canada, Ltd., and Pro Learning Laboratory, October 20, 2015
  • Indie Business Network, members-only coaching call, Pop-ups and New Business Models, December 3, 2015

Speaking appearances and other events in 2014:

  • Becky McCray speaking on stage.

    Becky McCray speaking at ConfluenceCon. 

    Doing Business Creatively in a Northern Ontario Community, Elliot Lake. Mar. 6, 2014. Keynote and workshop

  • SMTulsa Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mar. 20-21, 2014. Opening and closing keynotes. 4th consecutive year to keynote
  • Webinar for retailers, Missouri, April 10. Lead remotely via Skype
  • American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) Conference, Minnesota. May 8-11. Workshop on Creating Your Business’ or Organization’s Biggest Fans. Panel on Multiplying Your Online Reach with Jen Risley and Emma Wilhelm
  • Small Town Conference, Oklahoma Main Street, El Reno. June 17. Keynote speaker on Small Towns Have a Future
  • Confluence, Oklahoma City, September 6, 2014. Speaker on “The Liquor Store Model for Social Media Success”
  • National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship, Washington, DC, October 14. Panelist on Tackling the Challenges
  • Rural Broadband Policy Group, Washington, DC, October 15-16. Visits to Congressional and FCC staff to share rural broadband challenges

2013 Speaking Appearances

  • Becky McCray keynoting the Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Symposium in Canada

    Becky’s first Canadian appearance was in January 2013. She was back twice by the end of the year. 

    4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business in 2013, webinar with Entrelab, January 16

  • Norfolk County, Ontario, Tourism and Economic Development annual symposium/general meeting, Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, January 23, 2013. Keynote speaker on Small Town Rules
  • PRSA OKC, March 20. Speaker on Small Town Rules
  • Social Media Tulsa Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma. March 21-22, 2013. Keynote speaker for third consecutive year
  • Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma. April 1, 2013. Speaker on Small Town Rules
  • SOBCon, Chicago, May 3-5, 2013. Host/emcee
  • Small Business Week event, Ponca City, Oklahoma. Speaker on Growth Strategies. May 8, 2013
  • Managing Multiple Businesses, webinar with Entrelab, August 21
  • Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma. September 19. Speaker on Small Town Rules
  • Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Conference: Locally Energized. Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Sept. 25. Keynote speaker on Small Town Rules
  • American Planning Association Illinois State Section Fall Conference, Columbia, Illinois. Sept. 27, speaker on Social Media & Tourism: Market YOUR Main Street
  •  Homegrown Culture: Oklahoma Arts Conference, Ardmore. Oct. 23-24. Two sessions: building engagement and social media champions
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture’s Municipal Economic Development Forum,  Simcoe, Canada, Oct. 30-31. Keynote speaker. Interactive audience participation session on social media in economic development
  • Chamber of Commerce Roundtable and community visit, Webster City, Iowa. Nov. 4
  • Veterans Entrepreneur Conference, Enid, Oklahoma. Nov 12. Presenter on Social Media, Small Town Style
  • Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference, Washington State University Extension. Nov. 15. Keynote via remote video

2012 Appearances

Becky McCray speaking at Social Media Tulsa Conference 2012 - copyright Captured Charms Photography

Becky making her second keynote appearance at Social Media Tulsa Conference 2012 

My 2012 speaking appearances included:

  • Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Economic Development Forum: New Year, New Jobs: Growing Local Companies and Supporting Entrepreneurs. Texas. Keynote speaker. February 28-29
  • Gilford Flooring Dealers Conference – Indiana. Speaker on social media for small town retail businesses. March 9
  • Social Media Tulsa Conference.  Preview of Small Town Rules. Keynote speaker. March 15-16
  • Blogs: An Integral Part of an Economic Development Marketing Strategy. Webinar by Blane, Canada, Ltd., and Pro Learning Laboratory. March 22
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference: Returning Keynote speaker on Small Town Rules. Thompsonville, MI. April 16-18
  • Becky McCray speaking at the 140 conference in New York City

    Becky McCray co-hosting the 140conf in New York City. 

    BlogWorld Expo New York. Speaker on “Small Town Rules” with Barry Moltz. Member of panel on “Travel the World with Your Blog or Podcast” with Sheila Scarborough, Mark Tafoya and Jennifer Iannolo. June 5-7

  • Motherlode Innovation Summit on Technology, Sonora, California. “The Small Town Style Online” via recorded video. June 6
  • State of NOW: 140 Characters Conference Global, NYC. Co-host. Speaker on Small Towns Rules. Member of panel on “Bringing #140conf to Your Town” with Anthony Rotolo, Deb Brown, Jeff Pulver and Julia Rosien. June 19-20
  • Social Media Day, Wichita, Kansas. Special Guest, speaker on State of Now/140 Conference. June 30
  • Bartlesville Marketing Communication Association, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Speaker on Small Town Rules, via live video. August 9
  • Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Kileen, Texas.  Speaker on “Fitting Social Media into Your Workflow” with Sheila Scarborough. August 16
  • Hutchinson Social Media Club, Hutchinson, Kansas. Speaker on State of NOW. August 20
  • Social Media Breakfast Maine, Portland. Speaker on “The Return of Small Town Business.” August 24
  • AMA OKC, American Marketing Association Oklahoma City, speaker on “How Big Brands and Small Businesses are Thinking and Acting Small”. October 11
  • TEDxGympie, Queensland, Australia: Innovation in Rural Communities. Speaker on “Do small towns have a future?” via recorded video. October 23
  • Social:IRL, Lawrence, Kansas. “An Evening with Becky McCray.” October 25
  • State of NOW: 140 Characters Conference SmallTown, Hutchinson, Kansas. Co-hosted with Deb Brown. November 8

2011 Appearances

  • eXtension webinar – (national Cooperative Extension Program) Presented “Getting down to business with social media marketing.” February 10
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive– Austin. Presented with Barry Moltz on “What we can learn from small town entrepreneurs.” March 12

    Me and Barry Moltz at SXSW. Photo by Sheila Scarborough.

    Becky and Barry Moltz speaking at SXSW – South by Southwest Interactive. 

  • BlogChat Live – Austin. Co-hosted with C.C. Chapman. March 13
  • OpenBeta 6 – Austin. Official Oklahoma event at SXSW. Emcee. March 14
  • Tri-state Agritourism Conference (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri) – Pittsburg, Kansas. Keynote speaker. March 22-23
  • Social Media Tulsa – Keynote speaker. March 24
  • How to Draw the Line Between Free and Paid – webinar with Sheila Scarborough. April 26
  • RevitalizeWA – Walla Walla, Washington. Keynote speaker. Statewide preservation and Main Street conference. May 12
  • Book More Meetings with Your Social Media Toolbox – webinar in partnership with DMAI’s empowerMINT. Presented with Sheila Scarborough. May 18
  • 140 Characters Conference – Central Sierra. May 24
  • 140 Characters Conference Global – New York City with Cody Heitschmidt. June 15-16
  • Finding Your Online Champions – webinar with Sheila Scarborough. June 30
  • Tourism SEO Basics – webinar with Andy Hayes and Sheila Scarborough. July 26
  • Picture My Weekend – Alva, Oklahoma. July 29-30
  • Concrete, Washington – Speaking and community visit. August 29-31
  • 140 Conference SmallTown – Hutchinson, Kansas. Co-host with Jeff Pulver. September 20
  • Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Small Business – Spoke on “The Social Network: Marketing Strategies for Today.” October 14
  • Nebraska Travel Conference –  Spoke on Finding Your Online Champions, and Social Media Roundtable. October 19
  • BlogWorld Expo West – Los Angeles. Tourism and social media track co-leader with Sheila Scarborough. Nov. 2-5
  • Ask the Experts: How to Boost Your Holiday Sales – Live chat online in partnership with NFIB with Jim Kukral. November 9

Where I spoke in 2010

In 2010, Becky presented at:

  • Kansas Marketplace, Dodge City. “Marketing Rural Businesses with Foursquare”

    Becky on stage with Jeff Pulver

    Jeff Pulver and Becky co-hosted the 140 Characters Conference in Hutchison, Kansas. 

  • 140 Conference Small Town, Hutchinson, Kansas. Co-hosted with Jeff Pulver. “The Small Town Advantage”
  • 140 Conference, Detroit. “Lessons Learned from Life in a Small Town”
  • BlogWorld Expo, Las Vegas. Tourism and social media track with Sheila Scarborough
  • International Economic Development Council, Columbus, Ohio. “Social Media: Linkage to Multiple Markets.” Panel with Stefphanie Harper, Victoria Hirshberg, and Isabelle Poirier
  • Governor’s Rural Community Summit, North Dakota. “Marketing Your Community as a Destination”
  • Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. “Hosting Wired Fam Tours and Press Trips” with Sheila Scarborough
  • Picture My Weekend. Digital photography basics, Alva, Oklahoma
  • Get Social Conference, Oklahoma City. “Social media lessons from small towns”
  • SOBCon, Chicago. “A Business is Born and Branded” with Sheila Scarborough
  • Social Media Club Chicago. Panel with Liz Strauss, Terry Starbucker, Dave Taylor and Simon Salt

    Taking audience questions at SXSW with Liz Strauss

    Taking audience questions at SXSW with Liz Strauss. 

  • South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, Austin, Texas. “How did this happen? I’m in business!” with Liz Strauss
  • Social Media Breakfast SXSW, Austin, Texas. “How Social Media and Business Thrive in Rural America”
  • Northwest Oklahoma Partners in Progress, Alva. “Getting Down to Business with Social Media”
  • Oklahoma Entrepreneur’s Conference 2010, Accelerate Your Startup, “5 roadblocks that keep your community off the web” and Roundtable Discussion: “Entrepreneur and the Economy”
  • Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma. “Elements of Rural Tourism”
  • National Federation of Independent Business, webinar. “4 ways to jumpstart your small biz”
  • Okeene Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma. “There’s more to rural tourism”

Where I spoke in 2008 and 2009

From Shattuck, Oklahoma, to London, England, 2008 and 2009 were exciting years to be speaking on small business and small towns. Here is a list of where I spoke.

  • Northwest Oklahoma Alliance,“Facebook and Twitter: Sharing your ideas,” 2009

    Becky on stage with panel

    Becky McCray speaking in London on a small business panel. 

  • Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, “Marketing your business to the local community and beyond,” Oklahoma, 2009
  • 140Conference/London, Small business use of social media panel with Alex Bellinger, Heather Gorringe, and Pam O’Hara, London, UK, 2009
  • Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference, “Social Media in Tourism,” with Sheila Scarborough, Oklahoma, 2009
  • BlogWorld Expo, “Small Business, Big Impact,” panel with Arik Hanson,  Natasha Westcoat and Pierre Martell, Las Vegas, 2009
  • Small Business 101, “Small Business Ideas for Small Towns,” 2009
  • Throw Your Voice, blogging and podcasting, Oklahoma City, 2009
  • Small Business Forum with Lt. Governor Jari Askins, “New Tools for Websites,” Oklahoma, 2009
  • Bartlesville Marketing and Communications Assoc, “Marketing Plans for Small Business,” 2009
  • Picture My Weekend, Digital Camera Skills, Alva, Oklahoma, 2009
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference, Keynote: “Social Media and Small Towns,” 2009
  • Leveraging Twitter to Grow Your Small Business webinar with Eric Glazer, Aaron Strout, Kyle Flaherty, and Monica Valentinelli, 2009
  • BlogWorld Expo, “A Blogging Business: Sleek Plans for High Performance,” panel with David Bullock and Shama Hyder Kabani, Las Vegas, 2008
  • Innovation Interactive: The Entrepreneurs Conference, “Growth Strategies for Main Street Startups,” Oklahoma, 2008
  • OpenBeta unconference, “Ways to Delegate without Hiring,” Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2008
  • Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference, “New Tools for Tourism,” Oklahoma, 2008
Becky speaking to an auditorium of entrepreneurs.

Becky McCray speaking at Entrepreneur Day in Woodward, Oklahoma, in 2002. 

Before 2008, I spoke at over 60 other events and conferences, from local to national audiences.

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