Author Archive for Becky

Featured Appearances

Logos of prominent events

A few of the high profiles events I’ve been honored to speak at.

National and International events:

  • UK: 140 Characters Conference, London
  • Australia: TEDxGympie, Innovation in Rural Communities
  • Canada: Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Symposium
  • International Economic Development Council Conference
  • SXSW: South by Southwest Interactive, 2010 and 2011
  • BlogWorld Expo, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Keynote appearances:
  • Tri-State Agritourism Conference
  • RevitalizeWA: Washington State historic preservation and Main Street Conference
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference, 2009 and 2012
  • Social Media Tulsa Conference, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Economic Development Forums, Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas
  • Tourism and Economic Development Symposium, Norfolk County, Ontario

2013 Speaking and Appearances

2013 is an exciting year for rural events:

Becky McCray speaking at Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada

Keynoting in Canada, at the Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Symposium.

  • 4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business in 2013, webinar with Entrelab, January 16.
  • Norfolk County 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, 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.
  • Locally Energized: Community Futures Development Corporations Conference, 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.
  • TBEX Europe: The Future of Travel Media, Dublin, Ireland. Oct. 3-4. Media partner.
  • Homegrown Culture: Oklahoma Arts Conference, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Oct. 23-24. Presenter on building engagement and social media champions.
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture’s Municipal Economic Development Forum,  Norfolk County, Canada, Oct. 30-31. Keynote speaker.
  • Veterans Entrepreneur Conference, Enid, Oklahoma. Nov 12. Presenter on Small Town Style Social Media.
  • Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference, Washington State University Extension. Nov. 16. Keynote via remote video.

Holds for pending events:

  • Nov.4-5, community visit, Iowa
  • Feb. 4-6, 2014, economic development event, Toronto, Canada
  • April 9-11, 2014, tourism event, Beijing, China
  • May 7, 2014, chamber of commerce event, Iowa
  • June 27-28, 2014, business women’s event, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

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

2012 Appearances

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

Speaking at Social Media Tulsa Conference 2012 – (c) Captured Charms Photography

My 2012 speaking appearances included:

  • Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) , Texas: economic development forum: New Year, New Jobs: Growing Local Companies and Supporting Entrepreneurs. Keynote speaker. February 28-29.
  • Gilford Flooring – 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: Keynote speaker on Small Town Rules. Thompsonville, MI. April 16-18.
  • Becky McCray speaking at the 140 conference in New York City

    Speaking at the 140conf in NYC

    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.
  • AMAOKC, 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

Previous appearances in 2011

  • eXtension webinar – Presented “Getting down to business with social media marketing.” February 10.
  • 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.

    Me and Barry Moltz speaking at 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 – 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 – Tulsa. Spoke on “The Social Network: Marketing Strategies for Today.” October 14.
  • Nebraska Travel Conference – Omaha. 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.”
  • 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.
  • Get Social Conference. “Social media lessons from small towns.”
  • SOBCon. “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

  • SXSW Interactive. “How did this happen? I’m in business!” with Liz Strauss.
  • Social Media Breakfast SXSW. “How Social Media and Business Thrive in Rural America.”
  • Northwest Oklahoma Partners in Progress. “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. “Elements of Rural Tourism.”
  • National Federation of Independent Business, webinar. “4 ways to jumpstart your small biz.”
  • Okeene Chamber of Commerce, “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

    Speaking in London on a small business panel

  • Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, “Marketing your business to the local community and beyond,” 2009.
  • 140Conference/London, Small business use of social media panel with Alex Bellinger, Heather Gorringe, and Pam O’Hara, 2009.
  • Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference, “Social Media in Tourism,” with Sheila Scarborough, 2009.
  • BlogWorld Expo, “Small Business, Big Impact,” panel with Arik Hanson,  Natasha Westcoat and Pierre Martell, 2009.
  • Small Business 101, “Small Business Ideas for Small Towns,” 2009.
  • Throw Your Voice, blogging and podcasting, 2009.
  • Small Business Forum with Lt. Governor Jari Askins, “New Tools for Websites,” 2009.
  • Bartlesville Marketing and Communications Assoc, “Marketing Plans for Small Business,” 2009
  • Picture My Weekend, Digital Camera Skills, 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, 2008
  • Innovation Interactive: The Entrepreneurs Conference, “Growth Strategies for Main Street Startups,” 2008
  • OpenBeta unconference, “Ways to Delegate without Hiring,” 2008
  • Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference, “New Tools for Tourism,” 2008
Becky speaking to an auditorium of entrepreneurs.

Speaking to 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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