CHA Winter 2011 Keynote Speaker Replaced

The Craft & Hobby Association announced today that there has been a last-minute change in the keynote speaker that is scheduled for the CHA Winter 2011 Conference & Trade Show that opens on January 29th.

Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s Marketing Director, was originally scheduled to give the keynote address for the show on Saturday morning. Zuckerberg is unable to present “due to unforeseen circumstances” according to the CHA announcement.

Stepping in at the last minute to deliver the show’s keynote will be Nick Bilton, the lead technology writer for the New York Times. Bilton is the author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted. Bilton will speak to CHA attendees about the advantages that businesses gain by staying on the cutting edge of technology. He’ll discuss the impact of Facebook and Twitter, and how technology has altered the next generation of consumers.

Nick Bilton will speak to CHA Winter 2011 attendees on Saturday, January 29th at 8:30am in Concourse Ballroom 153 of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets are available to registered attendees at until pre-registration ends January 25th.

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5 Responses to CHA Winter 2011 Keynote Speaker Replaced

  1. Renee Lecatsas January 20, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    I’d love to know what he has to say about Facebook and Twitter. So sad regular consumers can’t attend the show though I do understand that this is a buying convention.

  2. Denise January 20, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    I know I sound snarky, but if I were going to CHA, I’d rather hear someone who is in the craft industry giving the keynote address. It would be like going to an Apple event that Steve Jobs normally gives the keynote and having him replaced by a director from a marketing department from WalMart or whatever. I know CHA is about selling the craft items to businesses, but it would make better sense to have a head of a craft industry talking. Just my two glue dots on the subject.

    • Nancy Nally January 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      It’s quite frequently someone from outside the crafts industry that gives the CHA keynote. The idea I believe is to provide an interesting outside perspective on the world since we talk to each other all the time.

  3. Jackie January 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Sometimes we need a perspective from another arena to help us think outside the square. In some cases not all the topic presented may be relevant but its amazing what is and can be put to good use by retailers that attend.

  4. Vicki January 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    You have to realize that there are many forms of crafts represented to.. better to have someone alittle removed.

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