Rhea Drysdale

Rhea Drysdale

Chief Executive Officer

Rhea Drysdale is Chief Executive Officer of Outspoken Media where she oversees the strategic vision and growth of the company, its clients, and team. She’s most passionate about building a responsible, honest business that provides industry-leading, innovative services while striving for exceptional team benefits. Rhea is proud to call Outspoken Media a lifestyle business — she wants her clients and team to achieve great results while still accomplishing greatness in their own lives.

While Rhea often has her hands in every aspect of the company, she’s still heavily involved with client strategy and loves to keep her mind busy solving complex technical SEO, content, reputation marketing, and outreach problems. Solving puzzles with an analytical, creative, and transparent approach is what led her to start the business in the first place!

Since 2004 Rhea has grown her understanding of digital marketing and brand development with both in-house and agency positions. She previously worked in-house with a startup, Fortune 1000, and multi-channel retailer. That diverse experience as a client gave Rhea unique insight into the world of clients and their needs. Little could prepare her for business ownership though, especially at the age of 26 and during the height of a recession. With many lessons learned along the way, Rhea continued to grow Outspoken Media and in 2013 was recognized locally by the Albany Business Review‘s 40 Under 40 as a young business leader.

Rhea speaks often at conferences, events, and to her community where she tries to connect with and inspire others to achieve their dreams. In the past, Rhea contributed to several industry blogs and has been featured as an expert online reputation management consultant by the Wall Street Journal.

When Rhea is not battling trademark registrations or trying to save the world one beach at a time, she resides in Troy, NY, with her husband and their son.

Notable Achievements

  • Albany Business Review 40 Under 40
  • Capital Region Women@Work Sept/Oct 2014: On the Cover
  • CAPITAL Magazine Sept/Oct 2013: Honored as a Talented Young Entrepreneur and Business Leader
  • Former Development Board Member, Commission on Economic Opportunity
  • Former Board Member, Vanderheyden Hall
  • Judge, All Over Albany’s Startup Grant: 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Organizer, Social Media Breakfast Tech Valley
  • Instructor, StartUp Institute NYC: SEO Module
  • Mentor, Startup Weekend Tech Valley
  • Session Coordinator, SMX East
  • Speaker, Yextalk on the Future of Search at Yext’s Headquarters in NYC
  • Speaker, RPI Women’s Mentor Program and the Society of Women Engineers
  • Speaker, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Speaker, NYU Graduate Program
  • Speaker, SUNY Albany
  • Speaker, Albany Ad Club
  • Speaker, New York Capital Region American Marketing Association (NYCRAMA)
  • Speaker, TechConnex
  • Speaker, Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East, West & Advanced
  • Speaker, PubCon Vegas & Pubcon South
  • Speaker, MozCon
  • Speaker, Affiliate Summit East
  • Speaker, SearchFest
  • Speaker, SearchLove NYC
  • Speaker, LinkLove Boston
  • Speaker, Blog World Expo
  • Speaker, Search Engine Strategies
  • Speaker, Moz Meetup
  • Speaker, Internet Marketing Conference, Toronto
  • Speaker, BlueGlass FL
  • Speaker, Web 2.0 Expo
  • Speaker, Vermont Marketing Summit
  • Speaker, Bend WebCAM Conference
  • Speaker, Social Media Breakfast Tech Valley
  • Speaker, GenNEXT – Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Speaker, Search Engine Marketing New England (SEMNE)
  • Speaker, Annual Conference for Catalog and Multichannel Merchants (ACCM)
  • Speaker, Scary SEO
  • Speaker, IM Spring Break
  • Course Contributor, MarketingProfs University
  • Contributor, Moz’s Whiteboard Friday and Blog
  • Contributor, Search Engine Journal
  • Contributor, SEO Bible
  • Featured Guest, Women’s Radio
  • Featured Guest, Blog Talk Radio, Ecom Phenom
  • Featured Guest, Webmasterradio.fm, SEO 101 and Webcology
  • Member, Women in Technology International (WITI)
  • Guest Author, CNN Technology


What I believe in

  • NO FAS
  • Surfrider Foundation

Recent blog posts

Meet the rest of the team

Rhea Drysdale
David Scott
Pearl Higgins
Kate Morris
Melissa Gold
Ashley McKenelley
Danika Atkins
Brad Cornelius
Leo Martinez
Samantha Riccio
Loretta Longo
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