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Mirna Bard
Attended CSUF, University of Redlands
Lives in Los Angeles, CA


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A well-respected digital marketing and social media authority, a consultant, a mentor, a trainer, an educator, an entrepreneur, a keynote speaker, an author and a tenacious learner.

Named as the one of the “smartest people in social media” by various popular bloggers, Mirna is a world-known social media speaker, master trainer, thought-leader, and instructor of social media at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  She also recently contributed the introductory chapter to the “The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives” as well as Boomers into Business“.  As a highly regarded business advisor and hype-free social web strategy consultant, Mirna inspires organizations and entrepreneurs around the globe to leverage the Internet, so they can attract more powerful opportunities to their business.

Since the beginning of her career, Mirna has been employed at prestigious advertising agencies and top organizations. Since 1996, she’s worked with numerous brands, such as Guess? Inc.,  Taco Bell, Washington Mutual, Hilton Hotels, Taylor Made, Toshiba, Hoag Hospital, Kawasaki, Merrill Lynch, Avery, UCI, Ed Hardy and many more. Throughout Mirna’s career, her clients have constantly praised her genuine down-to-earth nature, energy, passion, consistency, reliability, resourcefulness, thoroughness, attention to detail, and hype-free approach.

Many companies globally now look to Mirna to educate them on the ever-changing world of social media. Since 2007, she’s empowered hundreds of businesses to create a sustainable strategy so they can consistently boost online transparency, heighten targeted website visitors, draw new qualified prospects, enhance customer relationships, magnetize the media and strategic partners, increase leads and sales as well as streamline internal company communication and empower employees.

In all consulting or training work she takes on, Mirna is results-oriented and works to incorporate social media and online marketing into the entire business and marketing strategy. It is her philosophy that all online and offline efforts should complement one another and without clearly set objectives and a strong fine-tuned strategy , she believes that no Internet marketing tactic will be truly successful.

With her bachelor’s degree in advertising, a master’s in business management, and 14 years of experience in advertising, corporate communications, and strategic planning, she draws on a combination of in-depth scholastic knowledge and real-world Internet experience in every client project she engages in. Being a tenacious learner and a student of her work, Mirna continues to study the online industry and evolve as a thought leader in an industry she has genuine passion for.

Mirna currently sits on the SmartBrief on Social Media Advisory Board and is the social media chair on the Public Relations Committee for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter (NAWBO-OC). In addition, she is an expert mentor for the Visa Business Network, an online community of 100,000 business owners.  Her volunteer work with these organizations fit nicely with her personal and professional interest to help executives and entrepreneurs augment their business strategy.

Southern California is home to Mirna, and there is nothing she enjoys more than a long walk on the beach (emphasis on the world long). Most of her free time is spent on outdoor activities, cooking, reading books that cover topics like Internet marketing, business strategies, nutrition, self-improvement and spirituality. Mirna is also an avid traveler, which suits her well since her consulting and keynote speaking requires her to spend time away from home.

Bragging rights
* Bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s in business management * In the advertising and corporate communications industries as a media strategy expert since 1996 * Discovered the power of the Internet, found a true passion for and completely embraced the social Web in 2005 * Empowering businesses to understand and leverage the social web through education and consulting since 2007 * Instructor of social media at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) since January 2010 * Contributing author: “The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives“ and "Boomers into Business" * International speaker and author of published articles and books since 2009 * Expert mentor for the Visa Business Network, an online community of 100,000 business owners * Social media chair for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter (NAWBO-OC) * Nominated for the Annual Women in Business Awards in 2010 and 2011 * SmartBrief on Social Media Advisory Board Member * Received the "Distinguished Instructor Award" from UCI, 2012
  • CSUF, University of Redlands
Hype-free Strategy Consultant for Today's Innovators
  • Hype-free Strategy Consultant for Today's Innovators, present
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Los Angeles, CA