Social Media for Nonprofits
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Co-Founder & CEO, Social Media for Nonprofits | Social Media for Social Change
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Executive Director and Co-Founder
Ritu Sharma is a public speaker, consultant, event planner, facilitator, and thought leader skilled in leveraging social technologies for social change. She is driven by her enthusiasm for volunteering and has an infinite zeal for continuous learning in all spheres of life.
Ritu is the CEO and Co-Founder of Social Media for Nonprofits, an organization committed to bringing social media education to nonprofits worldwide. She convenes thought-leaders and leading practitioners in the social media space in the unique TED meet Twitter style conferences in 14 cities in three countries. She speaks frequently around the world on a variety of topics in the nonprofit and social media spheres with a passion for effecting social change through social technologies.
She writes a blog at the Huffington Post on the intersection of social media, social change and leadership. She frequently contributes to various media outlets on matters pertaining to social media and has received several accolades for her work including the Social Innovation Award from the World CSR Congress.
Besides leading Social Media for Nonprofits, Ritu travels nationwide and globally to present on a variety of topics related to Social Media for Social Change.
Ritu is a frequent public speaker on the following topics:
Social Media for Social Change
Leveraging Social Media for Events
Social, Mobile and Tech Trends in Events
Harnessing the Mobile & Social Revolution
Embracing Change and Failure
Creating a Resilient Culture in Nonprofits by Embracing Failure
Failing Forward and Onward
Leaving the Safety of Best Practices: Creating a Culture of Innovation, Risk-Taking & Failing in Social Change Sector
Ritu oversees all aspects of running a global conference series on leveraging Social Media for Social Change in thirteen cities. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, social media marketing, event planning and overall operations.
Resource Development Consultant (Fundraising, Volunteer Management and Event Management)
Ritu organized financial literacy programs at over 43 prison systems in WI, community organizations and schools for teaching the basics of financial literacy and understanding and managing credit. As a community relations team member, she represented the bank at several charitable events by participating as a committee member at events and galas supported by the bank.
• Managed workplace giving campaigns at 48 companies
• Data entry and record keeping of all communications with employee campaign coordinators.
• Coordinated speaking engagements with members agencies to speak at kickoff
• Presentation with agency speakers (guest speakers) at kick off of United Way Campaign
• Wrote briefs, newsletter stories on successes of various campaigns
• Planned and implemented strategies for successful turnout at voluntary employee campaigns
Organized social events for the young professionals program at the Commonwealth Club of California. Responsibilities included identifying and securing venues, fun and creative ways of getting the Bay Area young professionals from INFORUM and members of several other young professional organizations like the Oprah, Symphony, YNPN together to connect, network and socialize.
Emerging Leaders is a network of philanthropic young professionals committed to reducing Bay Area poverty, with a focus on educating and empowering youth. Members of the Emerging Leaders Society help support United Way campaigns across the Bay Area, speak at work-place giving campaigns and organize events to raise funds for education and youth focused causes.
Ritu was a nonprofit member at the Global Economic Opportunity Circle, which focuses on supporting and strengthening channels for economic opportunity and empowerment, both in the Bay Area and internationally. Ritu participated actively in championing several organizations for partnership and facilitated circle projects.
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