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Betsey Merkel 7025 Cedar Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 Ph: (216) 246-2447 E-mail: betseymerkel@gmail.

com Google Profile Page: Skills Summary Marketing and communications for economic and business development. Specializes in social media knowledge curation for social commerce. Consults and collaborates with individuals, organizations, firms, universities and colleges on projects. Strengths and Qualifications Start-up coordinator. Administrator of programs, communications, and projects. Team leader and collaborator. Creative problem solver. Communications, knowledge management and social media outreach skills. Experienced Blogger, micro Blogger and online publisher. Developer of Web 2.0 workspaces. Mentors, trains, and coaches collaborative behavior and new business technologies. Experienced public presenter. Trusted convener. Technical Skills Microsoft Office and Apple programs. Basic HTML, Drupal, Wiki. Word-processing, spreadsheets, presentation programs. Social media and analytic tools. Collaborative workspaces. Fluent in leading industry multi-media digital publishing platforms. Broadcast production and video editing. Database management. Specialties Connects strategic research and industry networks. Champions successful practices and tools to accelerate enterprise. Communications for education, economic, and workforce development. Convenes broadcast conversations for collaboration and capacity building. Curator of social media knowledge. Community manager. Published author in Open Source Economic Development. Project History 2007-2011 - Social Media Knowledge Curator. I-Open Civic Wisdom Library Developed multi-media civic intelligence libraries containing over 10,000 minutes of 100 research and industry entrepreneur interviews and public Betsey Merkel E-Mail:

conversations representing regional, national and global business, government, academic and civic leadership. From 2010 - 2011 the I-Open Media Library attracted over 1,225,000 views and I-Opens six broadcast channels were watched for a total of eight thousand hours since 2008. June 2011-October 2011 - Curation of social media knowledge libraries for Smart Business, a Northeast Ohio based online publication featuring senior regional leadership presentations in the areas of health care, building a regional sports economy, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a regional attractor and global leader in online education. May 2010-Oct 2010 - Global Communications, Strategic Networks & Community Manager. Collaborative Innovation Networks COINs 2010 Conference six month project working with research leaders representing the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), and Wayne State Universitys, School of Engineering to build global research-industry networks, design social media architecture, generate blog and micro-blog publishing, communications, community manager, establishing multi-media knowledge libraries attracting 100,000+ viewer minutes in 21-days post event. Coached, mentored and trained student volunteers virtually and on-site in new broadcast and collaborative platform technologies. 2007-2009 Strategic Networks, Programs & Communications. Managed all aspects of Midtown Brews, a Northeast Ohio based entrepreneurial community convening broadcast conversations focused on innovation in technology, health care, creative industries and energy for business development. 2008-2009 Strategic Networks, Communications & Programs. Managed all aspects of Womens Enterprise Network, a NEO based inter-generational community of women and girls focused on broadcast conversations and the development of global friendship networks and economic development initiatives. 2006-2009 Collaborative Technology Platform Developer. Assisted in the development and deployment of a collaborative software platform for business enterprise development. Representing The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) with specific applications in research-industry network building, communications, projects, and collaborative community development. 2005-2010 - Co-Founder and Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (IOpen), a not for profit, educational economic development organization developing and deploying new practices and tools in Open Source Economic Development. 2004 Communications Manager & Community Engagement. Member of leadership team for Northeast Ohio National Deliberation Day, a project of civic engagement for the 2004 Vice Presidential Debate. Managed communications and civic engagement for host convener Case Western Reserve University, Center for Regional Economic Issues, 90.3 and WCPN ideastream, Cleveland, Ohio with sponsor, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and By the People: America and the World, an initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. Debate topics: Health Care, Homeland Security & Globalization. Distinguished by Betsey Merkel E-Mail:

highest attendance of all national convening sites. 2003-2005 - Strategic Networks, Communications & Programs. Created and managed a civic forum process engaging 3000 NEO leaders over a 17-month period to build strategic research and industry networks, strengthen civic engagement, knowledge sharing and enterprise generation for economic development in Northeast Ohio. Managed all digital and print materials and four regional conference meetings. Supported by SBC Global.

Work History The Institute for Open Economic Networks, Cleveland, Ohio Co-Founder and Director

2005 2011

Develop and deploy new practices and tools in Open Source Economic Development. Identify and connect civic, business, academic and government leaders. Teach collaborative leadership, network building and project management skills. Support face to face/online communities with Web 2.0 tools. Curate social media knowledge libraries.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 2002 2005 The Center for Regional Economic Issues Director of Marketing; Strategic Network Development Communications and database management. Coordinated research and industry collaborations. Orchestrated programs, events and projects. Coached, mentored and trained entrepreneurs. Manager of Web 2.0 publishing and community building platforms. Developed integrated technology tools and social practices for strategic networks outcomes. Equestrian Training & Education Center, Hunting Valley, Ohio 1998 - 2001 Co-Founder and Managing Director at Wildefields Managed office, promotion, events and facility operations for Equestrian School; over 100 students and families; volunteers; $250,000 first year income. Managed Farm livestock operations and supplies, office, employees, volunteers, land use and equipment maintenance. Managed day-to-day historic facility restoration, initiated land conservancy proceedings and guided the Education Centers not-for-profit application. Coryton & Co., Gates Mills, Ohio 1983 - 1987 Managing Director & Harpist Managed not-for-profit chamber music ensemble. Directed and produced concerts, residencies and master classes in the United States, Alaska and China. Commissioned compositions by international composers. Betsey Merkel E-Mail:

EDUCATION Case Western Reserve University BA, music, 1977 - 1983 Cleveland Institute of Music BM; MM, Music, Education, 1974 - 1983 The University of Connecticut Plant Anatomy, Music, 1975 - 1977 HONORS AND AWARDS - 1992-1997 Office of the Governor of the State of Ohio, Public Education Seminar - 1992-1997 Ohio Arts Council Artist Touring Program Award - 1985 People's Republic of China, Guest of the Government, Performance/Teaching Tour - 1985 Ohio Arts Presenters Award of Merit - 1983- CWRU Music Education - full scholarship for Ph.D. Program - 1977-1983 Salzedo School Performance Scholarship Award - 1974 Graduating High School Class Science Award, Leadership Award, and Art Award INTERESTS Music, gardening, science, historical places, international cultures RECOMMENDATIONS Letters of recommendation are available upon request.

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