We can’t believe CMX Global Connect has already come and gone! Our first virtual conference was a success!
We would like to give a HUGE shout out again to the wonderful organizations who brought some fun to CMX Global Connect:
SnapFiesta for our epic photo wall (shown in the photo above!)
Top Hat Provisions for the awesome mixology class
King Blotto the III for teaching us calligraphy
DJ Airsun for bumping some sweet beats to close the show.
The recordings from this event are now available for attendees. Subscribe to the CMX Weekly newsletter to be the first to know when the recordings are made public!
This was a huge learning opportunity for the CMX team, and we want to share with you what we learned from this process, to help you host your own virtual events and conferences! How can we help you learn from our experiences, our successes and challenges? What do you want to know about our process? Here at CMX, we are big believers in not reinventing the wheel.
So, we’ve compiled our learnings into this blog post, in hopes it will help you plan your upcoming virtual events and conferences. Read Everything we Learned from Running a 2,800 Person Virtual Conference.
We are hosting the first ever CMX Global Connect. This event has the purpose to educate and connect our community during this time, and provide content with the particular focus on how to build community virtually and online.
The idea for CMX Global Connect was born during the Covid-19 crisis that swept the world. The community industry is constantly changing, and during the months of Covid-19, many community professionals pivoted their *entire* programs. The purpose of this virtual conference is to bring our global community together, online, to learn, grow, and, well... Connect.
This virtual event will include presentations, facilitated discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, real time platform demos, and other awesome virtual activities (like a whole breakout stage of just cute animal videos... I mean, why not, right?).
This is a free event. We don’t want to put up any barriers that might hinder our community from being able to attend.
We will be recording every session, so our community members in non-permitting time zones will have access to the content. To view the recordings after the event, please RSVP. *Only those with RSVP to the event will receive the recordings.
EVP & GM, Platform, Trailhead and AppExchange
GM, VP of Marketing
Erica Kuhl Consulting
CEO & Founder
Head of Community
CreativeMornings and Tattly
Founder and CEO
Hooked & Indistractable
World Economic Forum
Head of the Global Shapers Community
Be My Eyes
VP of Community
Community Team Lead
Director of Marketing and Community
Fuckup Nights Toronto & Create Community Podcast
Founder & Host
Open Source Community Growth Strategist
Go Community Advocate
CMX Connect Host
Committee for Children
She Hit Refresh
Alzheimer's Society UK
Online Community Manager
Message Crafter & Public Speaking Trainer
Leading Minds at Work
Head of Community Building
Top Hat Provisions & Culture Cocktail Design
Founder of Top Hat Provisions & Cocktail Curator at Coachella &Outside Lands
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry. He is the CEO of Glitch, the friendly community where millions of creators collaborate on making and discovering apps, bots, art, and anything else they can imagine.
Sarah Franklin is the EVP and GM of Platform, Trailhead and AppExchange at Salesforce. In her role, Sarah leads Salesforce platform, developer and education initiatives focusing on democratizing technology and education for our ecosystem of customers, partners, and developers. Sarah is passionate about empowering everyone to pursue successful careers in technology and bridging the skills and equality gaps by making technology and learning accessible to all.
Currently GM and VP of Marketing at CloudApp, he has more than 15 years of marketing and remote management experience. Prior to CloudApp, Martin was the Head of Social Analytics at Adobe. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Utah’s and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business. His work has been published in the Forbes, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and other top tier outlets.
Erica Kuhl is a true Rockstar in the Community field. Most recently, she spent 17 years building the iconic Trailblazer Community at Salesforce. As the VP of Community at Salesforce, she was responsible for a 3 million+ member thriving customer Community where members go to connect, learn, have fun and give back. Recently, Erica has ventured out on her own and is helping organizations build successful and engaged communities. She is passionate about transforming the way organizations team up with their customers through community. She provides expert, authentic and trusted services to customers starting or reinvigorating a customer community. She also helps build scalable programs and clear ROI to gain value from a community as fast as possible.
At Salesforce, Erica ran a sizable team that was responsible for a variety ofTrailblazer Community Programs, such as:
1) The MVP Program, which rewards and recognizes top community experts/advocates for their ongoing contributions back to the Trailblazer Community.
2) The Community Group Program where Trailblazers volunteer to run groups in their region, by vertical or by affinity.
3) And the newest addition to the Trailblazer Community suite: the Salesforce Student Programs, which help students and career changers learn in-demand job skills and connect to opportunities, from mentorship to employment and Trailblazer Placement.
Erica lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, two kids and their dog.
Shana is a black, queer womxn who was (currently transitioning jobs) the Head of Community for HER App, the largest community and dating app for LGBTQ+ womxn and queer people.
Shana is also the co-host for the podcast “Bad Queers” - if you’ve felt like you came out of the closet and got placed in a box, welcome to the Bad Queers Club. Subscribe and leave a review on all places you listen to podcasts.
With a community of over 5 million users world wide on HER, Shana has worked from the ground up to launch and grow a community that supports the wants and needs for this rainbow filled group. Online communities, in person events, social media, content creation, email marketing and customer support are just scratching the surface of skills utilized on a day to day basis. Shana has had the opportunity to speak on multiple panels (as panelist and moderator), podcasts, private events and stages as both a speaker and keynote speaker. In her free time, you will find Shana running around a sports field, exploring new restaurants or getting tickets to the latest Beyoncé concert.
Previously a Music Therapist for 5 years and taking those skills to the tech world.
Can check out content written at www.weareher.com/blog
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the leading social media platform dedicated to online groups that meet in person. He has over 20 years of experience as a tech and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and traffic acceleration. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Pace University.
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a Swiss born, raised and trained graphic designer, gone NYC. Over the past 15 years Tina started numerous side projects that have organically turned into businesses: a creative co-working community called FRIENDS, a global lecture series called CreativeMornings, a to-do app called TeuxDeux and Tattly, a high-end temporary tattoo shop.
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, "The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology."
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
He is the author of two bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Indistractable received critical acclaim, winning the 2019 Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award as well as being named one of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year by Amazon and one of the Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible. The Globe and Mail called Indistractable, "timely reading, a smart, thorough look at getting traction in a world of distractions – the best business book of 2019." In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir's writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, Time Magazine, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify), Kahoot!, Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Byte Foods, FocusMate, and FindShadow.
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.
Wadia is Head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum. Wadia is 2012 United Nations Alliances of Civilizations fellow and 2013 cohort of the Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum. Wadia holds a Master Degree in Euro- Mediterranean Affairs, and a Bachelor degree in International Studies, with a minor in Women & Development from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.
Will has worked as a journalist, writer, editor and marketing director for a number of initiatives ranging from accessibility to the arts. He joined Be My Eyes in 2019 to launch new community efforts and launch content and engagement initiatives for both the accessibility community at both B2C and B2B levels.
Tara McMullin is the founder of What Works, a podcast & online community on a mission to facilitate candid conversations about what's working to run and grow a small business today. She's been bringing people together to talk business for over 11 years and her work has been featured on Fast Company, Forbes, and Inc.
Hugh Lashbrooke is a Community Manager for the WordPress open-source project, sponsored by Automattic, where he works to bring his two passions together - open-source software & community building. In this role, he works on programs that support the global WordPress community. When not actively engaging with the community, his focus is on his faith & his family.
Lauren Hagerty is the Director of Marketing and Community for PowerToFly - the fastest growing diversity recruiting platform connecting women with Fortune 500 corporations and fast-growing startups. Lauren launched PowerToFly’s Virtual Chat & Learn program in 2018 and has hosted over 300 chats with female thought leaders worldwide. She currently works remotely from her home in upstate New York
Marsha Druker is the Founder of Fuckup Nights Toronto, a community that de-stigmatizes failure. Before getting into community building, she held various Marketing and PR roles in companies ranging from consumer packaged goods to tech startups. Marsha is also the host of the Create Community podcast, where she chats with fellow community builders to define what community truly means.
João Figueirinhas Costa is the CEO of Humaniaks - a Talent Advisory, Recruitment and Training startup. Over the past few weeks he has been dedicated to being one of the enablers at Tech4Covid19, a volunteer based movement fighting covid19 related challenges.
Andrea Middleton has been contributing to the WordPress open source project since 2011, training and supporting WordPress community organizers all over the world. A wine enthusiast and avid reader of science fiction, Andrea lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two kids.
Van Riper has worked as a community builder for more than 20 years. For the past 9 years, he has worked at Google as a community builder. From 2014 through 2018, he helped create and ran community well-being programs focused on self-care through mindfulness practices for all Google employees. He currently works with the Go developer community as a member of the Google Open Source Program Office.
Nancy built up over 60 knowledge sharing communities during her 11 years at Cadbury/Kraft and confirmed millions of pounds worth of value from innovation and collaborative work. Working independently now, she helps her clients avoid common pitfalls and accelerate the benefits, particularly with their super member programs
Matt is the community manager at Committee for Children, and international nonprofit located in Seattle, WA that is a leader in the field of social-emotional learning.
As the Community Manager at Committee for Children, Matt strives to support the important work of social-emotional learning educators, advocates, and thought leaders by fostering the development strong, sustainable communities of practice. Previously, Matt developed research-based SEL curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students, taught language arts and social studies, and (in the distant past) appeared on stage at many schools throughout the Chicagoland area dressed in chain mail and wielding a very large sword. In his spare time he chases two small children and . . . well, that’s about it.
Cepee Tabibian is the founder of She Hit Refresh, a global community for women age 30 and over who want to break free from routine and start a life of travel. She is also the creator of the Madrid Blogger Network, Madrid’s largest community for bloggers and content creators.
People are her passion and since moving to Madrid in 2015 she has reinvented herself as a skilled community builder with a reputation for creating meaningful online and offline spaces, connections and gatherings.
Serena has been building and managing online communities for 11 years. She is currently working to oversee Dementia Talking Point, a peer support community for Alzheimer's Society. As part of this work, Serena has received training from the Helplines Partnership and Samaritans to support vulnerable people and those facing difficult situations.
Miles is a Message Crafter & Public Speaking Trainer who helps people communicate and connect. He was an organizer of a community of several hundred solo professionals in NYC called the Soloist Collective, and is currently on the leadership team of 2 freelancer communities in Brooklyn. Miles LOVES facilitating (and having) meaningful conversations, and always welcomes opportunities to do so.
Kimberly Gladysz is a senior consultant offering 20 years of experience in mindful coaching. As a graduate of Naropa University ’97 in Somatic Psychology, she works with individuals to utilize the power of self awareness to manage stress and to reachmpersonal and professional goals.
Kimberly specializes in helping executives and teams to build a work culture of resiliency, focus and innovation. She has designed and instructed the stress management for resiliency program at the Federal Executive Institute, a residential leadership program for executive government employees. She has worked with the executive leadership team of the UVA Physician’s Group, The Southern Environmental Law Center, The UVA Engineering Graduate School, and the United Methodist Women’s International Leadership Team. Her passions are music, meditation, outrigger paddling and dancing.
André Forte is the Communications and Community Manager at Startup Portugal, a public-private think tank promoting entrepreneurship and mediating government-ecosystem relations in Portugal. For over 8 years, André has been working with community and communications, with a new focus for tech and entrepreneurship since joining the Startup Portugal ranks.
Rachel Eilbott serves as Head of Community Building at makesense, an organization born out of a grounds-up community that’s specialized in training community professionals. After launching makesense in Asia, she now helps partners design and run their own communities. She’s lost count of the number of online events she’s facilitated (200ish?), but not so secretly still gets excited for every call!
Spinning popular music of all eras and styles (“open format”), DJ Airsun has been putting people in the mood to groove at Bay Area private parties, events and clubs since 2012. Mashup is DJ Airsun’s signature style, blending beats to create a musical mix that always feels funky and fresh. “Something magical happens when everyone is with you and the music, and everyone is dancing and you’re just there in the moment and nothing could be better."
Airsun currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Live Events Association, Northern California Chapter (ILEA-NCC)
Adriana has been teaching yoga regularly since 2015 and practicing since 2010. She is 500hr Yoga Alliance certified, a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and a Birth Doula. Through her yoga practice, she has been able to align with the truth - that our inner guidance is what gives us a true advantage. She is committed to opening students' eyes to this philosophy one class at a time using self-study, music, movement through asana, and meditation.
King Blotto III is a multimedia creative and calligrapher. He enjoys collaborating with other artists and making experiences that cross the analog to digital divide. You can find him on Instagram at @kingblottothethird
Shane McKnight has been a passionate bartender since 1997, a curator of craft cocktail programs since 2001, a grateful member of the San Francisco Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild since 2004, the National Beverage Director of Best Beverage Catering, a Craft on Draft Cocktail Engineer since 2010, the founder and president of Top Hat Provisions & Culture Cocktails since 2015, & a humble teacher of Craft on Draft Cocktail Technology Classes all over the United States since June of 2015.
Top Hat Provisions bottles, distributes & activates “Best in Market” Craft Cocktail Mixers, Elixirs, & Tonics including: Top Hat Ginger Beer, Top Hat East India Tonic, Top Hat Bloody Mary, Top Hat Margarita, Paloma & Top Hat Cold Brew which are ALL available on Amazon!
To date, Top Hat Provisions has designed, installed, activated & supplied over 4000 Craft on Draft Cocktail Programs at award winning craft bars, world-class hotels, epic festivals, stadiums, restaurants & gourmet events all over the country (including 10 Coachella’s, 5 Bottlerock’s, 11 Outside Lands, 10 NFL Super Bowls, 8 Stagecoach’s, & 42 Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. Many of these events are attended by 50,000 to 300,000 people and we estimate the Top Hat Craft on Draft movement has touched approximately 80 million people in the market so far since 2015.
Head of Community
Beth is the Head of Community at CMX. She manages the ever-growing Facebook group, the bustling CMX Slack Workspace, and the incredible CMX Pro Community, CMX's premium space. You will also find her in your inbox every Wednesday with the CMX Weekly Newsletter, which includes top community industry news, trends, events, resources AND fun GIFs.
Beth also built and runs the CMX Connect program, an incredible volunteer-led, distributed events program which now hosts events both IRL and virtually in 56 chapters around the world! Check out when your local CMX'ers are meeting next!
Beth lives in the incomparable Rocky Mountains in Jasper, Canada and spends most of her free time in total awe of their majesty.
Ann-Marie Pawlicki Dinkel is the Event Manager at CMX. She manages planning CMX Summit and local chapter events for CMX Connect San Francisco. She is truly passionate about bringing an incredible attendee experience and will forever make that her life's work.
Ann-Marie lives in the City by the Bay and enjoys eating cupcakes and taking walks - doing both of those at the same time is an added bonus!
David Spinks is the VP of Community at Bevy and the Founder of CMX, the premier network for community professionals, where thousands of community professionals come to for support and education in community strategy. Bevy is the leading provider of in-person community software, powering community programs at companies like Slack, Twitch, Salesforce, Atlassian, and Duolingo.