Now retired, Connie Reece has been a pioneer in the field of social media and social networking. A popular conference speaker, Connie has presented at national and regional events, including: Association for Women in Communication, Association for Women in Technology, BlogHer Business (New York), BlogWorld and New Media Expo (Las Vegas), Entergy Corporate Communications, Executive Women in Texas Government, Marketing Profs Digital Mixer (Phoenix), PRSA Digital Impact (New York), and Women Who Tech.
In 2007 Connie created the Frozen Pea Fund, the first grassroots fundraising effort started solely on Twitter — long before Oprah or Ashton Kutcher brought the microblogging service to mainstream attention. The groundswell of community support for the unusual breast cancer campaign quickly caught the attention of online media outlets like TechCrunch, then spread to the BBC, and ultimately resulted in a feature story in the Washington Post. Within eight weeks the fund raised over $40,000. Connie’s work was also featured in best-selling author Shel Israel’s Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods (Portfolio Hardcover, 2009).
In 2009 Connie was a winner of the inaugural Texas Social Media Awards and was profiled by AustinWoman magazine as one of the top five women in social media in Austin. In 2011 Connie received the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award at South by Southwest.
She is a co-founding member (2006) of the international Social Media Club, founder of the Austin chapter, and has served on the advisory board.
From 1997-2002 Connie freelanced for one of the 10 largest publishing houses in the U.S. as a copyeditor, ghostwriter and “with” author.