Cyber Risk Seminars and Speaking

Ann Marie captured the attention of the group and several followed through on her suggestions during the meeting. As a group, we are trying to integrate Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare and a few other sites to spread awareness of our name. A very well presented topic and any questions were handled with ease.

John Ruffalo

Chief Financial Officer , SubStation II - Southwest Regional Sandwich Restaurant Chain

Experience Presenter on All Things Cyber


Ann Marie van den Hurk speaks regularly to executives, professional, business, and community groups from twenty to two-hundred.  Her topics include cyber risk, cybersecurity, crisis communications, and online reputation management. Ann Marie speaks and teaches cyber risk seminars. When speaking to groups, Ann Marie customizes her presentation to the need of your group. She presents in-person and virtually. 

Ann Marie’s talks are relaxed and interactive. She mixes humor in her presentations to keep the energy flowing through tough topics. Participants appreciate her ability to break down confusing topics into the understandable. Her two goals for every talk or seminar is for participants to walk away one actionable item they can do right away and have learned one new thing.

Ann Marie spoke on Social Media Crisis Communications planning at the May luncheon for the New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was a wonderful speaker, with a lot of insight into how a crisis can impact an organization over social media before people realize it. She had a lot of great examples and solid advice for those professionals who would have to deal with a crisis quickly in the social media world. If you have a chance, your organization should bring in Ann Marie to get you ready before a crisis happens. You’ll be glad you did.

Benson Hendrix, APR

Board Member, PRSA - New Mexico Chapter

Crisis, Cyber Risk, & Digital Seminars (1-3 hours):

  • Crisis Communications
  • Cyber Risk / Cybersecurity
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Website Development
  • E-Commerce
  • Online Reputation Management
  • Google For Business

Speaking Topics (1 hour)

  • Crisis communications: Planning for the unthinkable and keeping your business communicating and open for business
  • Cyber #Fail – How to Understand & Manage a Cyber Risk
  • CYA for PHI: Managing Healthcare’s Cyber Risk
  • When Social Media Hits the Fan: How to do plan for, prevent, and manage a social media crisis.
  • Digital Peeping Toms – Understanding Online Privacy
  • Cyber Safety: Keeping yourself and teens safe online through an understanding of the platforms, privacy concerns, and coping strategies.
  • Digital Presence: In today’s connected world, businesses must have an online presence in order to be competitive.
  • Changing Dynamics for Media: Social media has changed how news is gathered and reported which has implications for your business in the news cycle.
  • Building a Great Online Reputation: Solid building blocks to creating and protecting your business’s reputation.

Ann Marie has spoken in the past to the following types of organizations:

  • SBA
  • SCORE Chapters
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • PRSA chapter meetings
  • Trade groups
  • Business networking events
  • Merchant associations
  • Industry conferences
  • Parent/Teacher conferences

Past Speaking Engagements and Digital Seminars:

New England Micro Business Association, Newport, RI – Cybersecurity in COVID-19

Rhode Island Small Business Administration Marketing Series, Newport, RI – Marketing in a Pandemic

Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce Connections Group, Newport, RI – Cybersecurity Basics

Southeastern SCORE chapter, Middletown, CT – Social Media Marketing Basics

Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, NC – E-Commerce for Small Business.

Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, NC – Utilizing Mobile Apps for Business.

Edgecombe Community College, Rocky Mount, NC – Social Media Marketing Class.

Edgecombe Community College Small Business Center, Tarboro, NC – Website development for businesses.

Downtown Merchants Association, Tarboro, NC – How to get your business on Google Business.

Butte-Glenn Community College Small Business Center 18th annual Women in Business Conference – Keynoted on getting your business digital and workshop on online reputation management.

International Conference of Crisis and Risk – Spoke about online crisis communications to emergency personnel.

Research Triangle High School, Durham, NC – Speaking to parents and students about keeping cyber-safe.

ConvergeSouth – Winston-Salem, NC – Ann Marie is talking about managing when social hits the fan.

Rocky Mount Business Builders – Rocky Mount, NC – She shared information about Net Neutrality and what it means for small businesses.

Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie shared with businesses how to manage their online reputation.

Rocky Mount Business Builders – Rocky Mount, NC – During Wednesdays of February, she spoke to communications trends for small businesses.

Internet Summit 2013 – Raleigh, NC – She joined a panel on digital ad strategies.

Realtime Marketing Lab – New York City, NY – Ann Marie was featured as part of The Help Desk where you can pick her brain on crisis communications.

Downtown Rocky Mount Business Association – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie spoke on how small businesses can build its online presence and connect with broader groups of potential customers.

National Federation of Presswomen National Conference – Salt Lake City, UT – Ann Marie joined Cynthia Price to speak about crisis communications. She spoke about when social becomes unsocial.

Women’s Professional Networking Group (Rocky Mount Chapter) – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie spoke on the Paula Deen situation and how business owners can manage this type of crisis situation.

New Mexico Chapter of PRSA – Albuquerque, NM – Ann Marie spoke with peers about social media crisis communications and her new book.

Rocky Mount Business Builders – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie talked about reputation management.

Women’s Professional Networking Group (Rocky Mount Chapter) – Rocky Mount, NC – She spoke about her book and how business owners can manage their online brand.

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