Vanessa DiMauro is the founder and CEO of Leader Networks, a research and strategy consulting company that helps organizations succeed in social business and B2B online community building. DiMauro is a popular speaker, researcher and author. With over 15 years experience in social business leadership positions at Cambridge Technology Partners, Computerworld, Bitstream and TERC, she has founded and run numerous online communities, and has developed award winning social business strategies for some of the largest and most influential companies in the world. Many of her clients have won prestigious industry awards such as Forrester’s Groundswell Award in the community category as well as SNCR’s Excellence in Communications Award.

Her work has been covered by leading publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Vanessa DiMauro sits on several boards. She is former Executive-In-Residence at Babson College’s Olin School of Management, holds both a B.A

    Survey: Lawyers Use Online Social Networks to Build Professional Relationships

    New research prepared by Leader Networks and commissioned by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® indicate more than half of surveyed lawyers – in corporate legal departments and in private practice — are members of online social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook or MySpace. However, fewer than ten percent thought current networking solutions helped them work efficiently.

    The “2008 Networks for Counsel Survey” is the first survey of its scope to examine the social networking practices of legal professionals.

    “Online professional networking is a growing area of importance in the legal industry,” said Ralph Calistri, CEO of Martindale Hubbell and senior vice president of Global Client Development at LexisNexis. “As we develop a global network for the legal community through Martindale-Hubbell, objective research such as this survey by Leader Networks serves as an important way for us to listen to clients and guide our efforts.”

    Here at Leader Networks, we think the legal profession is traditionally slow to adopt new technologies, so attorneys’ readiness to use online networking tools represents a significant shift in behavior. We think the survey results show a real need for a private, online network for attorneys.

    Get more information on the survey in the full release here.Thank you for reading Building Online Communities for Business by Leader Networks. We are a research and strategy consulting company that helps organizations succeed in social business and B2B online community building.

    Visit us on the web at http://www.leadernetworks.com. Connect with us on Twitter http://twitter.com/vdimauro Call us at 617 484 0778

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