GSMCON2019 Confirmed Sessions

Session & Speaker Lineup


A portion of the speaker lineup for the fifth annual Government Social Media Conference has been established. The Call for Speakers ran from October 1-24, 2018 and is now closed. More speakers, sessions and keynotes will be added as we continue to develop our 2019 program. View the Agenda for the complete schedule, including locations and time slots.  



20 Instagram Stories Hacks to Increase Engagement
Lauren Oxford, Town of Gilbert, AZ

Claiming and Managing Your Google My Business Profiles
Dawn Connet, State of Iowa Office of the CIO

Ensuring Social Media Accessibility
Emma Shouse Garton, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities and Sarah Sampson, TN Disability Coalition

Making the Case for Separate Pages
Major Chad Norvell, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, TX

Job Recruiting for Free on Social Media
Brad Perez, Fort Worth Police Department, TX



Communicating with Diverse & Underserved Populations via Social Media
Yolonda Spinks, YoloSpin Media and Giovanni N. Dortch, Zenzile’s Way Consulting

Create Social Media Reports Your Agency Can Understand
Sabrina Merritt, October Social Media

Developing Effective Training for Social Media Admins
Sophia Champieux, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA

First Amendment Issues Facing Government Social Media Coordinators
Mark Weaver, Communications Counsel, Inc.

Helping Elected Officials Share Their Stories – Without the Politics
Stephanie Guzman-Barrera, City of Seattle, WA

How to Overcome Internal Pushback
Alexandra Walden, Nevada DMV

Reaching Non-English Speakers on Social
Warren Kagarise, King County, WA

Secrets to Being on Camera in Live Video
Roshanda E. Pratt, The REP Network

Setting up Your Customer Service Framework on Social Media
Tom Christensen, County of San Diego, CA

Successfully Handle Social Media in Large Scale Emergencies
Chelsea Sawyer, Chatham Emergency Management Agency, GA

Strategies for Managing & Releasing Video Footage in Crisis Communications
Chris Hsiung and Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Department, CA

Top Advertising Techniques for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
John Huntinghouse, Epic Marketing

Understanding How Government Can Use Facebook Groups
Zach Whitney, Utah Department of Transportation



Advanced Social Media Data Insights
Christina Roach, Fort Worth Housing Authority, TX

Advanced Tactics for Video & Tech
Ryan Gajewski & Nick Nerbonne, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Facebook Power Editor for Ads Explained
Jennifer Sadler, Columbia College Chicago



Speakers will be provided with a special registration link for the complimentary pass. If you already registered, you will receive a refund. Applicants who were not selected were notified by November 16, 2018.

If you have any questions, please reach out to or call Mai Linh Johnson at 1-888-803-9401 extension 11.