November Program Leader: Nancy VanReece
Nancy VanReece’s mission is to help communities achieve their full potential through the advocacy of creative opportunities. This has been the driving force throughout her successful career. VanReece is an engaging and regular speaker on issues such as online marketing, social media communications, branding, copyright administration and clearance. VanReece brings a wealth of experience and understanding particularly helpful to arts organizations and individual artists; she has worked for more than 30 years in the music business, as well as served as the executive director of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival from 2007-2009; as senior director of partnership development at Cool People Care, Inc.; and as strategist for GivingMatters.com, and the Nashville Library Foundation. She also served as the new media consultant for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.
In addition to speaking nationally, VanReece served two years as the full-time social media strategist for the GRAMMY® Award winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. In 2012, she went on a trip to Carnegie Hall with the organization. The six-month build up on social platforms for the event was well received and garnered praise from The New Yorker magazine: “The orchestra has been offering extensive coverage of its preparations on its Road to Carnegie website (blog), not to mention Twitter and other media. Whoever has been running this online operation deserves a raise — it’s an informative delight….” – Alex Ross, music critic, The New Yorker
Her work at Carpe Diem Management, Mother's Digital and with Parachute Media's Para-Diem Projects allows her to help businesses and nonprofits understand and use social media to reach, build and lead core audiences. With a keen eye to the latest trends in social media and online communications , she has provided detailed social media and social communications strategies for many businesses around the United States.
Nancy VanReece was a finalist for Social Media Strategist of the Year 2012 Nashville Technology Council