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Are you or a loved one going through a major health event? CaringBridge is a social network keeping families and loved ones connected during the process.

CaringBridge provides a protected online space where you can create a site to connect, share news and receive support during any type of health event. There is also a planner that helps family and friends coordinate care and organize helpful tasks within a shared calendar.

46 million people visited CaringBridge.org in 2012.

Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge, created the first CaringBridge website in 1997. 

Based upon the idea of keeping friends and family informed when someone faces a health event, Mehring’s vision was to create a service available for everyone that is a personal and powerful connection point. That first site allowed family members to communicate information to a wide circle of people by posting regular updates. Visitors could use the site to send messages of love and encouragement.   

Sona is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. In 2013 Minnesota Monthly placed her 41st on their list of the 75 most influential people of the Twin Cities. She was named one of 2011’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company. In 2010 she received the Health Care Heroes Award from Twin Cities Business magazine. In 2009 she was named one of 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She has also been awarded CBS affiliate-WCCO-TV’s Good Neighbor Award, the Angel Foundation Star Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Mehring is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and is a board member of Minne* which exists to bring together the Minnesota technology community. She has also participated as a speaker and panelist at many healthcare related events.

Mehring is the author of Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge.

Virtual Newsmakers is a weekly webcast featuring everyday people who are bridging traditional and digital communications and empowering human communications through technology. It airs Fridays at Noon EST (9:00 AM PST).

The show's purpose is to ensure the audience gains something productive from the conversation. What to do when... How to deal with... All of these shows are kept on a positive note.

Virtual Newsmakers is not like most news shows. The goal is to give people something worth listening to and provide immediate and insightful tips they can take away and implement into their business or lives that will make a difference.

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Cynthia K. Seymour: In 2008, Cynthia founded a social media consulting and marketing agency, SeymourResults.com. After 12 years of sales and marketing, she jumped into the social media scene while developing teams during political campaign management and local lobbying. Today, she helps small businesses and busy professionals get up to speed with the latest trends in online marketing and social media skills. Her global team includes affiliations with graphic designers, creative web designers, and WordPress developers. She helps businesses develop the perfect social media strategy, create an online presence, attract new clients, and keep tabs on their existing business. In addition to coaching and strategy, she also teaches a graduate level course with Academy of Art University in the New Media and Web Design Department.

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here ya go - I was sort of wondering ...Hacker Group Anonymous' Leadership Disowns "Operation Facebook," Only "Some Anons" Are Involved http://t.co/HwnN44v
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Why do I secretly want to see this? ... Hacker Group Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook On November 5 http://t.co/GRGGP6y
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Guess who is in the top 8....HOARDERS: These Tech Companies Sitting On Massive Cash Piles Look Pretty Smart http://t.co/Qo5fA8Z
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OUCH! I say BUY NOW ...CHART/DAY: LinkedIn Has Been Mauled In This Crash http://t.co/1tKXPmc
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Love seeing the Cost of Living Compare too.....Here's How Much Everyone Makes In Silicon Valley http://t.co/4EI42tZ
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