Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Randi to Keynote Austin Tech Conference
Facebook evangelist Randi Zuckerberg – not her more famous and wealthier brother, Mark Zuckerberg – will take center stage this summer at a convention in Austin, Texas.
Randi, the outspoken director of market development at Facebook (founded by her brother), will deliver the keynote speech June 20 at the 2011 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference. Her speech is titled Change Through Social Media: How the Web is Radically Altering Our World.
An announcement about Randi Zuckerberg’s appearance at the Austin Convention Center calls her one of Facebook’s “greatest spokespeople.”
“As the director of market development for Facebook, Zuckerberg knows firsthand how this platform hit the sweet spot of consumer demand for connectedness, and it’ll be interesting to hear how she intends to shape its role at the heart of the global social revolution," said Cindy Estis Green, co-chair of the technology conference’s advisory council.
The conference announcement said that although Randi is Mark’s sister, “she is no beneficiary of arbitrary nepotism.” Conference organizers pointed out that Randi Zuckerberg has brokered content deals with ABC and Comcast and ranked No. 45 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of “Digital Power Players.”
At Facebook, Randi Zuckerberg manages partnerships related to media, news, current events and nonprofits. Previously, she was a panelist on the news show Forbes on Fox and authored the book Spark Your Career in Advertising.
Randi has represented Facebook as a correspondent for CNN’s Inauguration Day, State of the Union and Michael Jackson broadcasts.
In 2009, TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington wrote of Randi: “One thing I love about Facebook spokesperson Randi Zuckerberg – she says exactly what she thinks, and she isn’t afraid to use the power of Facebook to back up her opinions.”
Arrington’s observation followed Zuckerberg’s comment that Facebook representatives were treated “like rock stars” at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 but were ignored at the Republican National Convention, where “no one would meet with us.” A GOP spokesman fired back that Zuckerberg was “totally full of sh**.”
Arrington wrote: “Whenever Randi speaks, point a camera at her. There’s almost certainly a story in there somewhere. All I hope is that Facebook never muzzles her. As the most powerful person in the world, we need to hear more from her, not less.”
Zuckerberg and her brother are Harvard University alumni.
The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference is sponsored by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, a trade group based in Austin.