Speakers

Meet the speakers presenting at Y’all Connect 2017.

[See Schedule and Sessions.]

Jason Falls

Jason Falls

Jason Falls is one of the leading thinkers in the digital marketing, social media, public relations and communications industries. He is also a noted public speaker and social media keynote speaker.

Based in Louisville, Ky., Jason has the unique perspective of having lead a national advertising agency’s interactive and social media efforts, worked with Fortune 100 brands as a social media strategist and served as an independent consultant in the social media industry. He leads strategy for Elasticity, an innovative digital agency. In his previous roles as a consultant and agency-side advisor, he worked with major, regional and niche brands including Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, Humana, SHPS, Mighty Dog, Louisville Slugger and the National Center for Family Literacy.

He is the founder and former CEO of Social Media Explorer, consistently rated among the most read blogs on the subject matter in the world.

Jason spoke at Y’all Connect 2014. See his videos from the conference.


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Stacey Ferguson

Stacey Ferguson

Stacey Ferguson is Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media. She is also Founder and Chief Life Stylist at Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media. Her other roles include lifestyle media content and events producer, social media personality and veteran blogger.

She is also a technology, advertising and consumer protection attorney by trade.

Stacey gave the opening keynote at Y’all Connect 2015. See her videos from the conference.


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Donna Francavilla

Donna Francavilla

Donna Francavilla is an award-winning journalist and founder of Frankly Speaking Communications, a boutique public relations firm, handling voice-over work, media training, marketing plans and more.

She can be found locally on ABC 33/40 and on CBS Radio News, a 400-station network. Donna serves as a guest writer for the Radio Television Digital News Association’s “Communicator Daily” and writes a monthly column for the Alabama Media Professionals newsletter. Francavilla also enjoys freelance TV producing for CBS News and for “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”


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Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson

Director Taylor Robinson is the owner of Six Foot Five Productions, a full-service commercial and film production company in Birmingham. A West Texas native, he has crafted campaigns for many faith-based organizations such as Compassion International, Radical, LifeWay and along with other organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee. Taylor is also one of the co-creators and hosts of a thriving live storytelling event called Arc Light Stories.

Taylor spoke at Y’all Connect 2015. See his videos from the conference.


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Jenny Schmitt

Jenny Schmitt

Jenny Schmitt is the First Employee and Senior Spark at CloudSpark, an award-winning strategic communications company that specializes in helping companies answers the key questions of “What now?” and “What next?” With experience, expertise, inspiration — and a spark or two — the company provides answers that help business stand out and achieve results.

A veteran marketing and public relations professional and popular speaker, Jenny is a frequent media contributor and has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, BrandWeek, Ragan’s and Nielsen’s Small Business among others. An author as well, she regularly contributes to the online world through blogs relating to social media, marketing and communications. Jenny earned her master’s and bachelor’s of business degrees from the George Washington University in Washington.

Jenny spoke at Y’all Connect 2013 and 2014. See her videos from the conference.


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Kristin T. Scroggin

Kristin T. Scroggin

Kristin T. Scroggin is the founder and owner of Workplace Training Solutions as well as a Communication Arts Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Kristin actively studies communication issues in multi-generation workplaces, specifically examining how to effectively motivate the Millennial generation. She has spoken at the National Communication Association Convention and Strategy HSV. She designs customized communication-focused training programs.

Her travel blog, Tips from the Disney Diva and Devos, began in 2007.


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James Spann

James Spann

James Spann is chief meteorologist for Birmingham’s ABC 33/40, joining 1 month after the station signed on in 1996. In all, he has been a TV weather anchor for 38 years.

The American Meteorological Society gave him the 2013 Award for Broadcast Meteorology. The National Weather Association named him Broadcaster of the Year in 2012.

Readers of Birmingham Magazine voted James as Best TV Personality in 2011, and Best Tweeter in 2012. He has been named Best TV Personality multiple times by readers of the Birmingham News in its annual polls.

James spoke at Y’all Connect 2013. See his videos from the conference.

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