Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Social Media & Social Good: An Afternoon with Sree Sreenivasan at Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor on Jul. 9

Sree Sreenivasan. Photo by Lia Chang

Sree Sreenivasan. Photo by Lia Chang

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is presenting Social Media & Social Good: An Afternoon with Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Staten Island Museum is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace (Building A), SI, NY 10301. 

If you are a business, community organization, not for profit or start up, here’s your opportunity to learn from a World Expert in Social Media. Explore the use of social media measurement and data-informed strategies used at one of the world’s most important cultural institutions. Participants will learn how digital media can support and improve a social good organization’s ability to report, respond, listen, and act on strategic initiatives and issues of importance. Mr. Sreenivasan will share The Met’s strategy of navigating the digital world as well as the knowledge he’s acquired during his tenure at the institution. Audience members will have the opportunity to present their questions and afterwards network with colleagues in the nonprofit and social good sector in a climate of generosity, sharing, and good will.

Guests of the workshop will enjoy free admission to the Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden’s NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden and Newhouse Center for Contemporary Arts, The Noble Maritime Collection, along with a 10% discount at Harbor Eats at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, an outdoor café in a garden setting. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

Check in: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Workshop: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Networking Reception: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Your ticket includes entry to the talk with Sree and networking reception!

In 2015, Sree Sreenivasan was named to Fast Company‘s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business, in part for the work he and the museum are doing on the future of culture; and joined CBS Radio’s new PlayIt podcasting network with the immodestly titled “@Sree Show: Talking tech, culture, entrepreneurship“.

He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer. He graduated from the Journalism School in 1993.

For four years, he taught an entrepreneurship class with Ken Lerer, co-founder and chairman of the Huffington Post and now head of Lerer Ventures. He has also taught media marketing classes at Columbia Business School. Because of his interest in startups, he has served as a mentor and adviser to dozens of new ventures, including many by his former students.

As Dean of Student Affairs, he supervised all aspects of the student experience for 400+ students from 40+ countries and 35+ states – from recruitment to placement and works on curriculum and planning in close partnership with Dean Nicholas Lemann and Academic Affairs Dean Bill Grueskin. The deans of Admissions, Student Services/Student Life and Career Services reported to him and he managed one of the school’s largest teams and runs one of the largest budgets ($7.8 million, including $5.8 million in scholarship)s. Using new technology, he introduced several protocols for connecting with students, alumni, faculty and prospective students that have since been adopted in other parts of the university and elsewhere. He also has been involved in creating, building and marketing of new degree programs, including the MA in Specialized Journalism and the joint-degree in Computer Science and Journalism.

In 2009, he was named one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter and in 2010 was named one of Poynter’s the 35 most influential people in social media; in 2014, he was named the most influential CDO in the US.

During 2009-11, he was part of the founding team of Digital News Associates – – a Manhattan news site with Joe Ricketts, Ameritrade founder (and owner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field). He was the lead consultant, business-plan writer and ideas guy, directly involved in all the initial hires (the team is now 45+ people). The site was named one of the  six hottest news startups of 2010 by BusinessInsider and was on New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix – “Brilliant” & “Highbrow.” It now has operations in all five NYC boroughs and Chicago.

He is cofounder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ journalists of South Asian origin across the US and Canada.

You can find Sree on Twitter at, on Facebook at, on Instagram at ,and on the web at

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to receive 2016 Alumni Award on April 16

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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