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Leah Klingbeil Biography

Marketing Coordinator at GFI Systems Inc.
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“What about the good that’s come from the incredible reach of social media? Like… natural disaster response. Tragic natural disasters will always occur, the difference is, we now have a way to respond immediately worldwide…

On… Twitter, 2.3 million Tweets were sent within the first 48 hours of the #HaitiEarthquake in 2010. ‘Survivors took to social media to alert aid agencies of their need…’ FEMA Tweeted during Hurricane Sandy: ‘Phone lines may be congested during/after #Sandy. Let loved ones know you’re okay by sending a text or updating your social networks’…

On… Facebook, 4.5 million status updates contained the words: Japan, Earthquake, or Tsunami on March 11, 2011. Facebook responded by creating a Disaster Message Board, equipped with a SAFE button, which reached 3 million users by April 2011…

Social media networks are the new ‘milk-cartons’ in helping to find missing people. Loved ones and police now have access to hundreds of thousands of people with a single tweet, update, or photo stream. According to the National Centre for Missing or Exploited Children, social media has helped to resolved and recover 98.5% of AMBER alerts since 2005. Tools like SecuraChild, an AMBER alert system powered by social networks, dramatically increases chances of recovery by sending blasts of information to the social platforms.”

“Is Social Media Bad for Us?” Social Media Today, July 1, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Marketing Coordinator, GFI Systems Inc. (Canada), Nov. 2015-present
  • Contract Graphic Designer, Klingbeil Kreative (Canada), Sep. 2009-present
  • Marketing Specialist, LoginRadius (Canada), Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015
  • Contract Graphic Designer and Community Investment Advisor, Edmonton International Airport (Canada), 2009-2014
  • Contract Graphic Artist and Administrative Assistant, Community Association for Lasting Success (CALS) (Canada), 2007-2014
  • Research Assistant, Marketing, University of Alberta (Canada), Jan. 2012-May 2012
  • Gymnastics Coach, Vegreville Gymnastics Club (Canada), 2001-2008
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Marketing, University of Alberta (Canada), 2014
  • Degree unknown, Management Studies, Concordia University College of Alberta (Canada), 2011
  • Degree unknown, Graphic Communications, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology / NAIT (Canada), 2009
  • Twitter handle: @TeacupLeah
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