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Apr 24, 2013

Cory Booker Could Be the First Affiliate Summit Keynote to Become a U.S. Senator

Shawn Collins
Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, was the keynote speaker at Affiliate Summit East 2008, which took place in Boston on August 10-12, 2008. I would guess it was one of the more unique introductions Mayor Booker has gotten, as he was introduced by the Blue Man Group. Cory delivered what still stands as my favorite keynote in ten years of Affiliate Summit (watch the video of the Cory Booker keynote at Affiliate Summit), and he literally left many of the folks in the crowd with tears in their eyes from his moving, inspirational talk. One of the stories he told was of a woman named Virginia Jones who had a big impact on him as he started his political career in Newark. The following spring after the conference, he took over control of his Twitter account from his staff, and has since become the standard of how a politician can connect with their constituents online.
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