Our expert Feb. panel: Julie Spira, author of "The Perils of Cyber-Dating;" Jennifer Kelton, founder of Bad Online Dates community; and Scott Lewallen, co-founder of Grindr and Blendr apps and communities.

Our expert Feb. panel: Julie Spira, Jennifer Kelton and Scott Lewallen.

We’re not talking “put a ring on it”-engagement.

At this month’s panel, we’ve got leading social networking innovators Julie Spira (best-selling author, The Perils of Cyber-Dating, and online dating guru at CyberDatingExpert.com), Jennifer Kelton (founder, Bad Online Dates community and “Bad Online Dates TV”) and Scott Lewallen (co-founder, Grindr and Blendr), and they’ll give you a heart-to-heart on how social media makes engagement happen in online communities.

Our speakers have gone way beyond sites and apps to creating unique, engaged networks. So, there’ll be lots of juicy stuff to talk about, plenty of networking, and lots of goodies to give away. We’ve got copies of the funny, fascinating new book Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match by Amy Webb, courtesy of Dutton, and a WordPress-logo iPhone 4/4s case for lucky winners. And the fabulous Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in Santa Monica is baking scrumptious chocolate chip cookies for attendees. Check out their wonderful line-up of classes and workshops and catch them on Twitter at @gourmandisela.

Bring your colleagues, your friends, your plus-one (or find a new Valentine), and your business cards, when you join us for:

SMCLA FEB. PANEL: “Social Media & Dating Online: It’s Big Business”
DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: General Assembly, 1520 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (@GA_LA)
RSVP: http://smcladatingonline.eventbrite.com/
Members FREE!

Meet Our Engaging Panelists

Julie Spira – You’ve seen Julie on “Good Morning America,” CNN, NBC, BBC, in WIRED, Glamour, The New York Times, and Men’s Health. She’s a “Top 10 Columnist to Follow on Twitter” (@juliespira), and her dating advice has appeared on DatingAdvice, eHarmony, JDate, Match, YourTango, and Zoosk. Julie is editor-in-chief at online dating advice site CyberDatingExpert.com, where she helps singles find love online. Find Julie on Facebook and Facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert.

Jennifer Kelton – If you’ve dated in L.A., you’ve endured some bad ones. Jennifer went out and did something about that, creating a social network for all you single ladies and gents. She is founder and CEO of the five-year-old social dating community Bad Online Dates, as well as “Bad Date TV.” Jennifer authored Don’t Use My Sweater Like a Towel, a candid dating guide, and recently signed a production deal for a network TV show. A pioneer in the bad-date online conversation since 2007, Jennifer has been featured on CNN Living, Mashable, in TIME, the Washington Post and iPad News Tracker. Get advice and share bad date stories with this entrepreneur/innovator/author on Facebook and Twitter (@badonlinedates).

Scott Lewallen – A leading designer and marketer, Scott co-founded and helped launch the enormously popular Grindr app in 2009 – it’s now the world’s largest mobile network of guys, averaging 10,000 downloads a day. With such a popular, all-male dating app, it was inevitable that Scott and his team would create the new location-based app for guys and gals – Blendr. Scott led his own design company and worked as art director for E! Entertainment and creative director at Atlantis Events before co-founding Grindr. He’s now senior vice president of Product & Design at Grindr. Follow Scott on Twitter (@scottlewallen) and Grindr on Twitter (@Grindr) and Facebook.

Debra Eckerling, founder of Write On Online, moderates Feb.'s panel.

Debra Eckerling, founder of Write On Online, moderates Feb.’s panel.

Our moderator is Debra Eckerling. The creator of Write On Online, Debra is a professional writer and communications specialist with expertise in business, entertainment, tech, and education. Debra works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them jumpstart their content identity through blogging, social media or both. A freelance project manager and accounatbility coach, Debra helps individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses determine goals, plan their projects, and stay on track.

Don’t forget to register for this engaging panel: http://smcladatingonline.eventbrite.com/

Members get in FREE! If you’d like to know more about that sweetheart deal, check out the perks of membership in Social Media Club Los Angeles.