Schedule of Appearances

Becky McCray interacting with the audience during her keynote speech at NADO-National Association of Development Organizations

National and International events:

  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference
  • National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Annual Training Conference
  • National Main Street Now Annual Conference
  • National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship
  • American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) National Conference
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), webinar and Twitter chat
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) PowerXchange national conference
  • Radically Rural: Remote conference
  • Business and Professional Women (BPW) USA National Conference
  • US Senate Staff Briefing Panel on broadband access, Public Knowledge
  • State of NOW/140 Characters Conferences, co-host and speaking appearances at 10 events in New York City, London, Detroit, Central Sierra California and Hutchinson, Kansas
  • BlogWorld/New Media Expo, speaking appearances at 5 events in New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles
  • South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), 2 speaking appearances


Becky McCray and a diverse group of audience members talking
Becky McCray works one-on-one with an audience member during her 9th appearance at SMTulsa.
  • British Columbia Economic Summit
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Municipal Economic Development Forum
  • FarmTech, Alberta
  • Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference, Greenstone Community Futures, Northern Manitoba
  • Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations Conference
  • British Columbia Economic Development Association teleconference
  • Algoma Workforce Investment Board, Northern Ontario
  • Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Symposium, Ontario


  • TEDxGympie: Innovation in Rural Communities


  • 140 Characters Conference, London

2023 Speaking in person and at virtual events

  • Virtual Roundtable, Radically Rural, presentation and discussion with Deb Brown on volunteerism and community engagement, February 15, 2023
  • Placemaking Conference, attending, The University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities, Norman, Oklahoma, March 20, 2023
  • Main Street Now Conference, Main Street America, presentation on Pull Your Town Together: Overcoming Divisiveness, in person, Boston, March 27-29, 2023
  • Oklahoma State University, Rural Economic Development course with Prof. Brian Whitacre, guest lecturer, in person, Stillwater, April 6, 2023
  • Teeny Tiny Town Summit, Northwest Oklahoma Alliance, in person at Woodward, Oklahoma, October 10, 2023
  • Tentative: long term placemaking project with a rural community in North Dakota

2022 Speaking in person and at virtual events

A group of women in conversation in a trade show booth
Desiree Dunham SPHR SHRM-CP with NRECA, Kristie Kelley with Center for Energy Workforce Development, Deb Brown and Becky McCray with SaveYour.Town, finish the conversation at NRECA PowerXchange 2022 conference
  • Neighboring 101, University of Missouri Extension, guest lecture on the Idea Friendly Method, virtual, January 20, 2022
  • Dakota Resources, Virtual Coffee Break, presented Rural Trends 2022 with Deb Brown, February 3, 2022
  • PowerXchange, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference, workshop on Practical Steps to Cultivate Your Co-op as a Community Leader, roundtable Spark Sessions with CEOs and directors with Deb Brown, in person, Nashville, March 7-8, 2022
  • Rural Summit, NC Rural Center, opening keynote Building a More Resilient Community, in person, Raleigh, March 21-22, 2022
  • Oklahoma State University, Rural Economic Development course with Dr. Brian Whitacre, guest lecturer, in person, Stillwater, March 31, 2022
  • Cooperatives First, Canada, webinar on Cheap Economic Development Ideas with Deb Brown, May 11, 2022
  • RuralX, attended virtually, Dakota Resources, June 8, 2022
  • Multi-county Tourism Conference, Red Carpet Country, attended in person, Alva, Oklahoma, August 2022
  • Estill County, Kentucky, community visit in person, Sept 21, 2022
  • Brushy Fork Leadership Summit, Be Idea Friendly: People Restoring Communities keynote presentation, in person, Berea, Kentucky, Sept 22-23, 2022
  • Rural Renewal Symposium, attended, Oklahoma State University Rural Renewal Initiative, in person at Stillwater, October 5, 2022
  • East Central Colorado Council of Governments, keynote presentation and four county working groups, in person, October 11-13, 2022
  • Teeny Tiny Town Summit, Northwest Oklahoma Alliance, presentation on Developing Resilient Communities: The Idea Friendly Method, in person at Woodward, Oklahoma, October 25, 2022
  • East Central Colorado Council of Governments, Q&A follow-up call with Deb Brown, via Zoom, November 17, 2022
  • Insider Mastermind, Owner Media Group, discussed the Survey of Rural Challenges, November 28, 2022

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

Becky McCray interacting with the audience at the Teeny Tiny Town Summit.
Becky adapts to the formality or informality of each event, staying interactive with the audience.

2021 Speaking in person and at virtual events

Becky McCray presenting the general session for the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives regional event in Washington, DC
Becky McCray moderating a community engagement panel including Curtis Wynn, at the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives regional event near Washington, DC.
  • Rural Vitality Workshop series: Developing Resilient Communities: The Idea Friendly Method with Deb Brown, Limestone Bluffs RC&D, Iowa, virtual via Zoom, March 9, 2021
  • Oklahoma State University, Rural Economic Development course with Dr. Brian Whitacre, guest lecturer via Zoom, Stillwater, April 1, 2021
  • Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference, opening keynote, (3 state region) virtual via Zoom, April 8, 2021
  • Rural Vitality Workshop series: Beating the Online Competition, Limestone Bluffs RC&D, Iowa, virtual via Zoom, April 13, 2021
  • Leadership Wheatland County, Montana, presented Idea Friendly Communities and Idea Friendly Implementation, virtual via Cisco Webex, May 10, 2021
  • Rural Vitality Workshop series: Restarting Local Shopping, Limestone Bluffs RC&D, Iowa, virtual via Zoom, ​May 11, 2021 
  • Restoring Rural Business webinar series, Tiny, Temporary, Together, Traveling and Tech: New Rural Business Options, virtual via Zoom and FCC, North Carolina, June 1, 2021
  • Rural Vitality Workshop series: Creating Events People Will Attend, Limestone Bluffs RC&D, Iowa, virtual via Zoom, June 15, 2021
  • Restoring Rural Business webinar series, The New Shop Local, virtual via Zoom and FCC, North Carolina, August 2021
  • Kansas State Research and Extension Community Development, First Friday series, Improving Rural Housing, virtual via Zoom, September 3, 2021
  • National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Regional Meeting 1&4, present Survey of Rural Challenges results and moderate panel on community engagement, in person at National Harbor, Maryland, September 10, 2021 (first in person event since March 2020!)
  • Rural Developers Assembly, Idea Friendly Communities, Empty Lots and Roofless Buildings, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, virtual via GoToMeeting, September 14, 2021
  • National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Regional Meeting 2&3, presented Survey of Rural Challenges results and moderate panel on community engagement, in person at Birmingham, Alabama, October 7, 2021
  • Rural Renewal Symposium, Oklahoma State University Rural Renewal Initiative, presented Survey of Rural Challenges research results, facilitator for two Community Round Tables, via Whova, October 12, 2021
  • National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Regional Meeting 8&10, presented Survey of Rural Challenges results and moderate panel on community engagement, in person at Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2021
  • Teeny Tiny Town Summit, Northwest Oklahoma Alliance, presented innovative rural retail models, in person at Woodward, Oklahoma, October 26, 2021
  • Co-op Connections Reenergize session, Touchstone Energy, webinar, October 28, 2021
  • Community visit and presentation, Vision Caldwell, Kansas, in person, October 29, 2021
  • Main Street Training: Economic Vitality, Oklahoma Main Street, presented Fixing Your Volunteer Problem and Filling Your Empty Buildings, at Altus, Oklahoma, in person, November 2-4, 2021

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

Speaking in person and at virtual events in 2020

Screenshot of Becky's video and chat in the Whova app
Becky McCray moderating a round table discussion at the Oklahoma State University Rural Renewal Symposium.
  • Seiling Chamber of Commerce banquet, Positive Rural Trends, in person in Seiling Oklahoma, January 21, 2020
  • British Columbia Economic Summit, BC Economic Development Association, keynote presentation Idea Friendly Economic Development, in person in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, March 9-10, 2020 (last in-person event until 2021)
  • Oklahoma State University, Rural Economic Development course with Dr. Brian Whitacre, guest lecturer via Zoom, Stillwater, April 2, 2020
  • British Columbia Economic Development Association, Economic Response & Restart teleconference, Refilling the Business Pipeline with Deb Brown, via Zoom, May 21, 2020
  • RuralX, Dakota Resources, led an OpenX session on How to Open Up to New Ideas, via Zoom, June 17-18, 2020
  • Kansas State Research and Extension Community Development, Rebuilding with Resilience, via Zoom, August 7, 2020
  • SMTulsa Social Marketing Conference, virtual keynote presentation It’s Your Community Too, via Whova, Oklahoma, September 17-18, 2020
  • Radically Rural: Remote, virtual keynote presentation, via HopIn virtual platform, Keene, New Hampshire, September 24, 2020
  • Reimagining Rural, Montana Extension, webinar with Deb Brown, via Cisco Webex, September 29, 2020
  • Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference, virtual keynote presentation on Save Your Town, Greenstone Community Futures, ManitobaCanada, via Zoom, October 5, 2020
  • Rural Renewal Symposium, Oklahoma State University Rural Renewal Initiative, facilitator for two Community Round Tables, via Whova, October 13, 2020
  • Reimagining Rural, Montana Extension, Q&A session with Deb Brown and Dr. Ben Winchester, via Cisco Webex, October 13, 2020
  • Co-op Community Webinar, Save Your Town By Engaging Everyone, with Deb Brown, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in cooperation with National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA), via Cisco Webex, October 20, 2020
  • Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum, Mid America Economic Development Council (13 states), Refilling the Business Pipeline:  Expanding Economic Development Opportunity with Innovative Rural Business Models, via Whova, December 2-3, 2020
Becky McCray addressing a large audience with "Idea Friendly" shown on the screens
Becky McCray keynoted the annual Economic Development meeting for Cowlitz County, Washington.

Presentations, keynotes and appearances in 2019

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

  • Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Annual Meeting keynote and walking workshops in 5 communities, Cowlitz County, Washington, February 4-8, 2019
  • Main Street Now Conference, workshop on Idea Friendly communities, Seattle, March 25-27, 2019
  • SMTulsa, Oklahoma, keynote speaker on Automation Magic, March 28-29, 2019
  • Oklahoma State University, Rural Economic Development course with Dr. Brian Whitacre, guest lecturer, Stillwater, April 4, 2019
  • Idaho Economic Development Association Spring Conference, keynote speaker on Idea Friendly Communities and workshop on Seeing the Small Town Future, Boise, April 17-18, 2019
  • RuralX, Idea Friendly Communities pre-conference workshop, Dakota Resources, Mitchell, South Dakota, June 17-18, 2019
  • Association of Washington Cities,  Elected Officials Essentials webinar series, presenter on Positioning Your Community to Attract New Business, via GoToWebinar, August 7, 2019
  • Washington State Department of Commerce Associate Development Organizations, Best Practices Meeting, keynote speaker on Developing Idea Friendly Communities, Wenatchee, September 24, 2019
  • NADO – National Association of Development Organizations Annual Training Conference, plenary presentation on Becoming an Idea Friendly Community and pre-conference workshop with Deb Brown on Rural Jobs Creation Strategies and Innovative Rural Business Models, Reno, Nevada, October 20-22, 2019
  • Cherokee Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, 120th anniversary celebration, invited guest, Claremore, Oklahoma, November 2, 2019

Speaking and events in 2018

Rural speaker Becky McCray leads a group discussion in front of a small town downtown building
Becky McCray leads a group out of the meeting room to apply ideas on Main Street in Colfax, Washington
  • Entrepreneur Summit, keynote presentation on Innovative Rural Business Models, Ada, Oklahoma, March 9, 2018
  • BASEC Inspiration: Inform, Inspire, Involve, Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community, keynote presentation on Opening Up to New Ideas, Frankfort, South Dakota, March 22, 2018
  • Grow Spink, keynote presentation on If not me, who? Redfield, South Dakota, March 23, 2018
  • SMTulsa Business Conference, keynote presentation on Flip This Webinar Business, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 29-30, 2018
  • Wheaton College, Fundamentals of Business course with C.C. Chapman, guest lecturer via Skype, Norton, Massachusetts, April 4, 2018
  • Oklahoma State University, Rural Economic Development course with Dr. Brian Whitacre, guest lecturer, Stillwater, April 5, 2018
  • Kansas State Research and Extension Community Development, e-call, Innovative Rural Business Models, April 6, 2018
  • Tennessee Rural Development Conference, plenary session on Gather Your Crowd, workshops on What to do About Empty Buildings and Empty Lots and Innovative Rural Business Models and Rural Jobs Creation Strategies, Murfreesboro, April 18-19, 2018
  • Embedded Community Experience with Deb Brown, visiting three communities each and presenting on the Idea Friendly Method, Forest County, Pennsylvania, May 1-3, 2018
  • Regards to Rural R2R, Rural Development Initiatives, Shift Happens: The BOLD Question Behind Rural Problems We All Face, special session on rural trends for Oregon Rural Opportunities Initiative communities, Portland, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018
  • Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference, Making Your Small Town More Idea Friendly, workshops on What to do About Empty Buildings and Empty Lots and Innovative Rural Business Models and Rural Jobs Creation Strategies, Yakima, June 27-28, 2018
  • North Central Illinois Council of Governments Economic Development Summit, keynote presentations on Positive Rural Trends, Opening Up to New Ideas, Innovative Rural Business Models, Spring Valley, Illinois, walking workshop in Ladd, Illinois, July 12, 2018
  • Embedded Community Experience, Colfax, Washington,walking workshop, Aug 2-3, 2018. Read an update from Colfax 1 year later
  • Texas Economic Development Council, Innovative Rural Business Models and Rural Jobs Creation Strategies, webinar, November 7, 2018
  • Forest County Business Alliance, return visit, guest lecturer at high school technology class, Pennsylvania, November 12-15, 2018

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If you think I’d be a great fit for an event with you, please contact me. Let me know what would work best for you.

Becky McCray keynoting a sold-out session at Inland Northwest Partners in Moscow, Idaho

Speaking and events in 2017

Rural speaker Becky McCray stands on a chair to bring the audience to their feet
Becky McCray getting the audience members on their feet at FarmTech in Alberta, Canada
  • Small Business and Community Development Forum, Filling the Downtown Gaps, Stillwater, Oklahoma, January 23, 2017
  • FarmTech 2017, Big Ideas in Small Towns: Making Rural Places Open to New Ideas, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, January 31-February 2, 2017
  • Community visit, 10 Positive Trends for Small Towns, Elkhart, Kansas, February 7, 2017
  • Kansas Community Development Extension Agents, Filling Empty Buildings, via online meeting, March 3, 2017
  • Mid-Valley Rural Conference, 3 part keynote: Innovative Rural Business Models, Rural Jobs Creation Strategies, Gather Your Crowd. Marion County, Oregon, March 7, 2017
  • SMTulsa Business Conference, 6th appearance as keynote: Fear of Moving On: Overcoming the Other FOMO, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 30-31, 2017
  • Green County Development Corporation Annual Dinner, Positive Rural Trends: Developing the Will to Act and Facing the Fear of Failure, Wisconsin, April 25, 2017
  • Small Business Week event, Positive Trends for Rural and How to Act on Them, Ponca City, Oklahoma, May 2, 2017
  • Inland Northwest Partners, 3 part keynote: Foundations for Survival: Trends Affecting Small Towns; Filling the Gaps: What to do About Downtown Vacancies, Empty Lots and Roofless Buildings, and Shaping the Future of Your Community: Innovative Business Models & Job Creation Strategies, Moscow, Idaho, June 7, 2017
  • Clearwater Economic Development Association, Positive Trends for Rural and Innovative Rural Business Models, Kendrick, Idaho, June 8, 2017
  • Washington State University, downtown walk around and town/gown collaboration, Pullman, Washington, June 9, 2017
  • RuralX Summit, Gather Your Crowd, second consecutive year to keynote with Deb Brown, South Dakota, July 18-19, 2017
  • Empower! Dakota Conference, South Dakota, July 20, 2017
  • Small Business and Community Development Forum, Innovative Rural Business Models and Rural Jobs Creations Strategies, Cleveland, Oklahoma, August 16, 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

Becky McCray speaking to a rural and small town audience
Becky McCray speaking at the Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 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, via distance learning classroom, Feb 25, 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
  • Oklahoma Works Partners Conference, Speaker on 8 Innovative Rural Business Models: Encouraging Entrepreneurship Through Small Steps, April 22, 2016
  • Brainstorming with Lake Arrowhead Village Merchant’s Association, Lake Arrowhead, California, June 15, 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
  • 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
  • Heart and Soul call, Orton Family Foundation, via phone, October 20, 2016

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
  • US Senate Staff Briefing, Public Knowledge, Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. Represented rural stakeholders on Broadband Access as a Basic Service panel
  • 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:

Rural speaker Becky McCray along with a diverse panel of rural entrepreneurship leaders, seated on stage.
At the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship, Becky McCray shared her practical small town perspective as an entrepreneur and leader.
  • 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

Mayor of Norfolk County Dennis Travale and Becky McCray, holding her book Small Town Rules
Mayor of Norfolk County, Ontario, Dennis Travale and Becky McCray discuss rural issues in her first visit to Canada. She was invited 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

A young man, Colton Foote, and Becky McCray speaking from a large stage.
Becky’s nephew Colton Foote joined her on stage to share his perspective as a young person in a rural community.

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
  • 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

Becky McCray and Barry Moltz pose for a photo after speaking at South by Southwest Interactive.. Photo by Sheila Scarborough.
Becky McCray and Barry Moltz presented the book Small Town Rules in a session at SXSW.
  • 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
  • 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

Rural speaker Becky McCray and Chicago entrepreneur Liz Strauss spoke on entrepreneurship at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, shown taking audience questions in a packed meeting room.
Rural speaker Becky McCray and Chicago entrepreneur Liz Strauss spoke on entrepreneurship at SXSW in Austin.

In 2010, Becky presented at:

  • NFIB webinar, 4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Business in 2010
  • Kansas Marketplace, Dodge City. “Marketing Rural Businesses with Foursquare”
  • 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
  • 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.

Becky McCray speaking in London with Alex Bellinger. Photo by Marsha Collier.
Becky McCray speaking in London with entrepreneur Alex Bellinger.
  • Northwest Oklahoma Alliance,“Facebook and Twitter: Sharing your ideas,” 2009
  • 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
  • Woodward Main Street, Downtown Streetscape plans, Woodward, Oklahoma, 2009
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference, Keynote: “Social Media and Small Towns,” 2009
  • Leveraging Twitter to Grow Your Small Business webinar hosted by Marketing Studio, 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 an 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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