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Amanda Vega is an interactive industry dinosaur who began her career over 20 years ago as a chat moderator at AOL, later helping develop some of AOL’s signature products like AIM and Love@AOL. After working her way up the ranks, she left the company to work with other industry pioneers, helping create and grow many of the online marketing capabilities and services many people currently take for granted. After that, she started her own web consulting firm, which she sold to Ogilvy before embarking on consulting adventures with McKinsey, where she helped media outlets transition into the online world (NYT/WSJ), all while working on her MBA at Columbia University and launching her eponymous consulting company, Amanda Vega Consulting. For the past 11 years, she has used her position as CEO to work with both agencies and clients, in the areas of PR, social media management/compliance compliance services, and other web-related activities. Her company has grown to four offices nationally, servicing 15 countries. Key clients have included Banana Republic, WebMD, General Mills, Sears, LG, British Airways, Sanofi, and many more. Amanda is a published author (she wrote “PR in a Jar” was a contributing author for “The Social Media Bible”) and frequently speaks at industry events. Additionally, she has been profiled in “Ohhh Ahhh” media outlets such as Oprah and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Amanda Vega Consulting, she is currently invested in several other ventures, including a seminar firm that teaches parents how to become paid bloggers (mommybloggerseminars.com) and a specialty marketing firm that specializes in infant/child industry products (brilliantbabyproducts.com.) When she’s not out being a pink Porsche driving Pug owner known for her honesty and snark, Amanda is combining her skills as an author and professional speaker with her educational background in organizational and industrial psychology to offer true, all-around business consulting. Specialties Social media management, public relations, web design, marketing, internet marketing, compliance, social media, blogs, reputation management, public relations, pr, social marketing, search engine marketing, advertising planning & placement, integrated media, social media, social marketing, social media management, twitter consulting, comment marketing specialist, community management, facebook and other social network expert, integrated marketing, direct email, online contests, viral marketing