From day one, CMX was built with one goal in mind: to help community professionals thrive. The world is shifting, loneliness is on the rise, community is no longer an afterthought, and it’s up to community professionals to follow through on the value we promise. CMX Summit is the biggest community conference out there, with more Community Managers, Builders, Directors, and VPs, and more CMOs and CEOs than any other.
We are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting the first-ever, 100% virtual CMX Summit! Over two days, CMX Summit 2020 will virtually welcome thousands of community professionals to participate in discussions and workshops, learn techniques and tactics, and hear from industry thought leaders and heroes. You’ll gain insights from the best in the industry and make virtual connections with your peers.
"Our industry feels like it’s arrived. We feel like the world is finally paying attention and our work is becoming critical for businesses" - David Spinks, Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy (From his Reflections on CMX Summit 2019)
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For those who want access workshops, exclusive networking with CMX VIPs, access to the All Access Lounge during the event, early access to talk recordings, and SO much more.
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The Chopra Foundation
Chief Customer Officer
The Washington Post
Chief Marketing Officer
EVP & GM, Platform, Trailhead, & AppExchange
Chief Marketing Officer
Author (Simon & Schuster), Consultant
Chief Customer Officer
VP, Trailblazer Community and Trailhead Evangelism at Salesforce
Director of Community and Creator Marketing
Head of Community
Founder and CEO
Vice President Influencer Marketing & Communication
Jono Bacon Consulting
Author of We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships
Head of Community
Head of Product
Founder and Leader of "Real Talk: WOC and Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression."
Queer Women in Business + Allies
Cofounder and CEO
Global Head of Social & Community Products
Director, Community and Events
Lead People Scientist / Community Engagement
VP of People Americas
Head of Developer Relations
Institute for the Future
Open Source Community Growth Strategist
The Community Builder Show
Manager, Community Engagement
Head of Community
VP Solution Strategy
Director of Marketing and Community
Senior Community Manager
Director of the Trailblazer Community
Senior Community Manager
Marketing Director of Trailblazer Community
Director, Community Operations
Senior Community Manager
Director, Community Trust & Safety
The Mom Project
Chief Community Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Kay Fabella Consulting
DEI & Remote Team Specialist
Global Community Lead
Customer Marketing Manager
Erica Kuhl Consulting
Former: Senior Community Manager
Leadership Coach & Author
Customer Community Strategy
Sr. Community Manager
Slim Chance's Circus
Chief Customer Officer
Chief Programming Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Senior Account Executive
Lead Community Manger
Customer Success Manager
Hugh Groman Group
Sr. Solutions Engineer
Principal Product Marketer
Customer Engagement Operations Manager,
Client Success and Engagement
Co-Founder & Cooking Coach
Senior Community Specialist
Associate Marketing Manager
Head of Digital
The Positive Force Team
Big Al Caricatures
DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is the author of 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. His latest book, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential, published Oct.1, 2019, unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”
Yamini Rangan is HubSpot’s first Chief Customer Officer, overseeing the marketing, sales, and services teams and focused on reducing friction for the customer. A tech industry vet, she previously worked at Dropbox as CCO, Workday and SAP. Yamini holds a BS, MS, and an MBA from Berkeley. In 2019, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by San Francisco Business Times.
Miki King is CMO at The Washington Post, where she oversees subscription and new product marketing, branding and business development. Miki has led the team to drive digital subscription growth by more than 200%, focusing on both subscriber retention and engagement as well as new subscriber acquisition.
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. Witnessing the incredible inequality of women and minorities in STEM careers first-hand inspired her to help spark the Trailblazer movement by launching Trailhead--Salesforce’s free online learning platform. She is proud to work with the best and the brightest to change the face of the technology industry. Sarah’s career has spanned large enterprises to scrappy startups. She specializes in bringing emerging technologies and trends to market and has a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen. She is proud to have worked at Salesforce for over 10 years. Sarah holds a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.
As CMO of SurveyMonkey, Leela leads all marketing functions including brand strategy, growth marketing, product marketing, and communications. She also serves on the board of UpWork. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Lever, VP of marketing at OpenTable, and director of marketing at LinkedIn within the Talent Solutions business, where she co-founded the Talent Connect conference.
Doug Scott is CMO of Twitch. He has extensive experience in entertainment, media and technology driving profitable growth in management and marketing roles. Previously, Scott led marketing globally for Zynga. Prior to that, Scott worked at YouTube Music, was CMO of music startup BandPage, and VP, Marketing and Revenue at mobile game publisher, DeNA.
Anika's recent book, "How to Handle a Crowd," is a collection of interviews with moderators from across the internet. She wrote her Master's thesis about online news comments, and helped build and manage online communities for several media brands. Her current goal is to lead innovative, ethical and collaborative work that challenges how we think about online conversations and the digital future.
Robin is a best-selling author, professional speaker, trainer, facilitator, and retired FBI Special Agent and Chief of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program. Robin has taken his life's work of recruiting spies and broken down the art of leadership, communication, and relationship building into Five Steps to TRUST and Six Signs of who you can TRUST.
Amanda Kleha is the Chief Customer Officer at Figma, a cloud-based design platform. She is responsible for all go-to-market functions including marketing, sales, and support. Prior to Figma, she was the #12 employee at Zendesk, and led a number of marketing and sales teams through IPO to $300M in annual revenue.
Leah McGowen-Hare, MSEd, VP of Trailblazer Community and Trailhead Evangelism at Salesforce, is passionate about making learning accessible and empowering everyone to have a career in technology. Leah is an accomplished and dynamic Master Technical Trainer for Salesforce with over 20+ years of experience in technology; mastering a variety of roles including Consultant, Software Developer, Manager, Curriculum Developer and Technical Trainer. Leah is one of the brains behind Be a Multiplier (https://trailhead.salesforce.com/bam), a program that inspires people to be multipliers that will amplify and encourage their communities to skill up for the jobs of today and tomorrow using Trailhead, Salesforce's free online learning system. She uses her knowledge and experience to demystify and make technology more accessible to youth, girls, communities of color and Veterans’ through organizations such as BlackGirls Code, Hidden Genius Project, Girls Who Code and Trailhead Military. Leah has also published a children's book, Charlie the Hotdog. Leah is married to Shane Hare and has 3 children. She enjoys working out, and traveling with her family.
Erin Wayne started her career in gaming as a personality/content creator in 2012, and migrated from full-time creator to Twitch employee in 2014. Having officially joined the Community team in 2015, she’s now the Director of Community and Creator Marketing. She launched and contributed to projects like Twitch Ambassadors, Creator Camp, Community MeetUps, Twitch Unity, and TwitchCon. During her years in gaming and at Twitch, she’s focused on working towards educating content creators, increasing inclusion efforts, and supporting charitable efforts.
Tamar Blue is Founder and CEO of MentalHappy, a company facilitating peer support groups focused on mental health conditions and fostering healing. Based on personal experience and 6 years in HR, Tamar understands the challenges people with these conditions face in finding the help they need. Her passion for being part of the solution has fueled her work and advocacy over the past decade.
Leader. Builder. Marketer. Storyteller. Public Speaker. Intrapreneur. Amisha Gandhi is currently Vice President, Influencer Marketing & Communications at SAP. She leads the Global PR, AR, Influencer Marketing and Advocacy teams for Ariba and Fieldglass. Previously, she created the Global Influencer Marketing program and took it from pilot to a full scale marketing function across the company. She has experience running cross functional teams including demand-gen, product and regional marketing (EMEA, APJ), events, advertising/brand and corporate communications. Amisha has worked in marketing and communications roles in Silicon Valley for the past 15 years with startups and notable brands such as Citysearch.com (USA Networks), HP, Google, Accenture, Merrill Lynch, VISA and Time-Warner. Recently recognized in PR Week’s Women to Watch 2020, Top 50 Influence Marketer by Talking Influence and Top Digital Marketer on LinkedIn by TopRank.
Jono Bacon is a community strategy consultant and author. He previously led community at GitHub, Canonical, and XPRIZE. His clients include GitLab, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, Santander, HackerOne, and others. He is the author of ‘People Powered: How communities can supercharge your business, brand, and teams’, a Forbes columnist, and HBR author.
Kat Vellos is an experience designer, speaker and facilitator. She founded Better Than Small Talk and Bay Area Black Designers which was profiled in Forbes. She is a prolific gatherer and facilitator with 20 years’ experience running community groups where people connect authentically. Her debut book We Should Get Together is helping adults around the world create fulfilling friendships that last.
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.
Kobie is a partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest and longest-running venture firm in Southern California. He joined the firm in 2016 and has led investments in companies including TheWaveVR, Cordial, Bevy, The Mighty and MetaCX. Kobie is also the founder/creator of Valence, a networking platform aimed to unite the combined global power of black professionals. Kobie has deep experience in SaaS businesses, marketing technologies, and emerging technologies including VR and AR (he was an early personal investor in Oculus which was acquired by Facebook for $3BN). Kobie joined Upfront from Accel, where he was involved in investments including Campaign Monitor, UserTesting, AdRoll, and Invoca. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion ecommerce players based in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners where he sourced notable early investments in Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B) and Instructure (NYSE: INST.) Kobie received an AB in Economics from Harvard University where he was also captain of the track team and a multi Ivy League champion.
For the past 15 years Derek has been building communities. He is the co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies like Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, and Duolingo build virtual and in-person communities. He co-founded Startup Grind, a community of 600 Chapters in 125 countries educating, inspiring, and connecting startup people. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 10,000 events for more than 500,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked as a product manager at Electronic Arts. He currently lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.
Reina is Head of Community at Modern Fertility —a space for people with ovaries to connect with others, get clinically reviewed information, and chat with fertility experts — whether or not you want kids. Reina is dedicated to building a community that excels in listening to its diverse power users. These stories help to inform the content and products that are built for the community it serves.
Jess Zakira Wise is co-founder and CEO at Mesh Communities, a new social platform for communities to connect, moderate, and monetize. Prior to founding Mesh, Jess worked as an independent film producer, marketing and business consultant, and community organizer. She's currently working on closing the digital divide and fighting for economic equality in traditionally underserved communities.
Juraj Pal is the Head of Product at Slido, a technology company that builds Q&A and polling platform for live and virtual meetings and events. Juraj is responsible for leading Slido's product teams, product strategy, and strategic partnerships. Originally from Slovakia, Juraj now lives in New York.
Felicia Fulks has been a librarian for 15 years and is currently a faculty librarian at Xavier University. She is also the founder and leader of "Real Talk: WOC and Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression." Real Talk provides a safe space for women of color and also educates white women on how to become allies.
Kebone is a collaboration enthusiast who thrives at bringing people and organizations together to build impactful partnerships. As the co-founder and CEO of the go-to African business and resource hub for queer womxn founders and leaders, Queer Women in Business + Allies, she is passionate about harnessing the power of community and technology to drive equity and inclusion in business.
With a background in computer engineering and a passion for science, Laureline dedicated her career to tech, where she became passionate about product management and customer experience. At Dropbox, she aims at bringing innovation and customer centricity to online experiences while constantly challenging the status quo. Outside of work, she's an avid backpacker, an activist & an environmentalist.
Britt has 13 years of experience in marketing, community, and events at leading high-growth software companies including Atlassian and GitHub. She also founded a nonprofit concert series, Blues for Pops, and has grown a community for people affected by cancer. Connect with Britt on Things You Can Organize, delis as a lost art form, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and personifying inanimate objects.
Craig Forman is a Lead People Scientist with Culture Amp currently tasked with building the worlds largest community of people who believe a better world of work is possible. At the core of his work is a mission to help the world work better by improving the places we work. He holds a Masters degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, is a proud veteran of the US Air Force.
Jimena Zubria is an experienced leader of tech-focused teams with a passion for building high-performing company cultures, skill development programs, and preparing workforces for jobs of the future. Strong track record of managing complex global projects independently while building teams at scale and delivering operational excellence. Thrives in collaborative environments with a robust sense of personal responsibility and history of stepping up to leadership roles.
Gary Ware, the Founder of Breakthrough Play is a sought-after Corporate Facilitator and Keynote Speaker with nearly a decade of experience as performer in improv theatre. He assists teams with unlocking creativity, confidence, and sparks collaboration with experiential methods proven to drive peak performance. Gary spent over a decade in the corporate world and originally pursued improv to master public speaking. He quickly discovered that combining improv and play could be a powerful solution to achieve various business challenges. Naturally, he created workshops for his team and other executives in his network to deepen relationships and improve creativity. Gary became obsessed on learning how to use play as a transformational tool and as a result, happily transitioned from marketing to pursue facilitation full time.
Ryan Boyd is a Boulder-based software engineer, data + authNZ geek & developer relations (DevRel) executive. He is Head of Developer Relations for Databricks, responsible for advocacy + experience around the Databricks platform and OSS Delta Lake, Spark and MLflow. Previously he led DevRel teams for Neo4j and many Google products. He is the author of O'Reilly's "Getting Started with OAuth 2.0.
Vanessa is a research director at Institute for the Future, a 52 year old nonprofit that helps individuals, organizations & communities think systematically about the future. Her research explores & reimagines wellbeing & belonging. She has written for & been quoted in media outlets including NPR and Fast Company & writes about the future of belonging at belonging.substack.com.
Andrea is an experienced community organizer who's spent the last 9 years directing and facilitating the growth of healthy WordPress communities via volunteer-organized, face-to-face events. She cherishes her time spent training, empowering, and advising leaders in WordPress open source project contributor programs.
Travis helps companies build communities with their people. Travis has worked with fortune 500 brands, venture-backed technology startups, and rising entrepreneurs. He's an advocate for the truth and human connection. He’s currently the host The Community Builder Show and Addicted to Growth where he helps people and their teams learn what they need to drive meaningful impact in their worlds.
As the Manager of Community Engagement at Zendesk, Nicole oversees the community program, which drives product adoption and online support. Prior to Zendesk, Nicole spent 2.5 years at a VR startup in silicon valley, and 5 years in Denver as a social media consultant. She currently lives in Madison, WI. Outside of work, enjoys gardening, travel, and singing.
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
As the founder of SW Projects, Sara Wilson advises brands, publishers and influencers how to grow obsessive audiences across digital channels. Previously, she ran lifestyle partnerships at Facebook & Instagram, was an editor at Huffington Post, and wrote for several leading publications. She also created The Digital Campfire Download, an interview series featuring top online community-builders.
Lauren Hagerty is the Director of Marketing & Community for PowerToFly - the fastest growing gender diversity recruiting platform and community. Previously, Lauren led community efforts for the industry-leading home automation platform, Wink. In her free time, you can find Lauren skiing (with her own handmade knit goods) or taking pictures of her Pomeranian, Sprinkles.
Osioke is a self-driven lean community and growth manager who enjoys researching consumer habits and analysing qualitative data to build engaging consumer experiences. Osioke loves online communities; he loves them so much the only way he uses the internet is through online communities. Outside communities he likes explorations, street photography, helping others, and finding out how things work.
Alex has worked in Community for 8+ years, and has spent the past 5 years building, scaling, engaging, and supporting the Trailblazer Community at Salesforce as a Senior Community Manager. In his role, Alex is focused on how to connect our product organization with our community, and how to bring community feedback, at scale, to our entire product organization. Alex lives for people, giving back, equality, Oakland, sports, music, ice cream, and laughing. Life is great.
Jessica Langston is the Director of the Trailblazer Community at Salesforce overseeing Community Management and Programs including the online Trailblazer Community, Salesforce MVP Program, Trailblazer Community Groups, and Community Conferences. She has a passion for innovation and mindful community practice to foster meaningful customer connections to help Trailblazers succeed together. Jessica is an experienced marketer and program builder who has spent the last 15+ years creating customer-focused events, design, content and campaigns. Jessica is a Bay Area native and Sacramento State Alum who resides in Walnut Creek, California with her partner, two sons & beloved French Bulldog, Olive.
Do you know that moment when someone’s eyes light up because they’re talking about their passions? That’s the moment Sofía searches for in conversations. She's fascinated by people; what made us who we are, what we aspire to, and what we are challenged by. Since she can remember, she's sought to appreciate all layers of an individual, to make people feel included, and to shine a light on people’s spark. This would eventually lead her to community work. As a Senior Community Manager at Salesforce, Sofía is passionate about educating, empowering, and enabling others. She's been able to empower 70,000+ members via content campaigns fueling offline meetings, rally 170+ community voices in 7 conferences, and shape a content + speaker hub for 1,000+ user groups. In her spare time, she co-leads an internal community, is an MBA student, and does arts and crafts to the sound of live streams. Sofía aspires to be an inclusivity activist, mentor, great friend, and the ultimate spark finder.
Jessica Galiana aka Jess, Marketing Director of Trailblazer Community at Salesforce, is best known for her creativity and impact. She loves putting her skills to good use and often helps entrepreneurs and job seekers in their journey. Jess is an accomplished and ROI focused marketer with over 10+ years of experience in technology: from audience marketing, event marketing, demand generation marketing to now creating the Trailblazer Community growth engine and bringing innovation to our Trailhead user experience. Jess hails from Corsica in France. When she is not working, she travels with her family, reads Sci-Fi and takes hundreds of photos (a day).
Kendall Odom is the Program Manager on the Salesforce Trailblazer Community Team. Since joining Salesforce in 2017, she has managed day to day operations as the team Coordinator and now focuses on building scalable, effective, and data-driven programs. As a Certified Salesforce Admin and Trailhead Ranger, she finds joy in nerding out with the Salesforce platform and connecting with the Trailblazer Community through personal product wins and challenges. Outside of work, she loves interior design, weightlifting, music, and her cat Chester.
Carlos started his career at Disney Online Studios in 2008. Now Director, Community Trust & Safety at Two Hat, and co-founder/Vice Chair of the Fair Play Alliance. He believes in positive online spaces where the full potential of human interactions is enabled. He has spoken at GDC, eSafety Conference, RovioCon, Game UX Summit, and was featured in The Washington Post, Game Informer, and Polygon.
Colleen Curtis serves as Chief Community Officer at The Mom Project, a Series B startup focused on building a better workplace for moms and caregivers and the businesses (and families!) they support. She oversees Community Strategy and UX. Previously she spent a decade building Yelp, working in all facets of Community playbook development and execution both domestically and internationally.
Dan is Chief Marketing Officer at Influitive. He has more than 25 years of management and marketing experience in high-tech software and services companies across disciplines such as strategy, demand generation, research, and communications. Before joining Influitive, Dan held executive marketing positions at Citrix, Virtual Computer, nSight, and SellMasters.
As a DEI Consultant + Remote Team Specialist, Kay Fabella has worked with leaders in 17+ industries to translate their diversity and inclusion initiatives intersectionally across cultures — and equip organizations for an equitable future of work. She hosts the 5-star rated Inclusion in Progress podcast and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post.
Gabriel leads Global Community for SaaStock, a leading conference and global community for SaaS leaders. He started his career by connecting international organisations with London's tech scene, leading startup community events, mentoring and working with founders in community strategy. At SaaStock he's developed startup initiatives, a global movement in over 20 cities with chapter leaders.
With over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales operations, business development, and significant involvement with startups such as Digital Concourse, Next Wave Connect, and currently, WorkOutLoud. I have a passion for leveraging online communities to foster collaboration around important topics, while seeding and nurturing long-term business relationships. My successful business relationships have reaped big benefits for enterprises including IBM, Microsoft, Eaton, Infor, Cerner, Next Wave Connect and now with WorkOutLoud.
My primary focus is delivering value through driving business growth within online communities. Having spent time in both large, highly structured organizations and smaller entrepreneurial start-ups, I have cultivated skills that enable me to contribute to a company at every level of operations.
As a key part of the WorkOutLoud team our primary focus is to deliver enterprise networking applications, connecting software professionals and peers to discuss important topics and improve online communications. I continue to develop all of the marketing and sales materials, contracts, proposals, community websites, videos, product pricing structure, and manage all on-boarding vendor partners programs as Co-founder, President of WorkOutLoud.
Kelsey is an experienced Customer Marketing Manager currently driving the creation of User Groups across the Adobe Experience Cloud. Kelsey strives to connect Adobe customers around the world to empower them to increase their knowledge of product, network with other industry leaders, and have the opportunity to showcase their own expertise.
Erica has over 18 years of Enterprise community expertise. While at Salesforce she built everything from scratch from strategy and programs to metrics & ROI. She understands running community programs on any size budget & with any size team big or small. She’s also seen massive company growth from 176 to 49,000 employees allowing her to adapt strategies & deeply understand challenges at any stage.
With over 20 years in the industry, Brian has launched and contributed to the success of hundreds of communities including Acer, Alteryx, Autodesk, Comcast, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, and Sony PlayStation. He co-hosts a podcast with Erica Kuhl called 'In Before The Lock' where they share their experiences and free resources to help community professionals succeed (https://ib4tl.fm).
Angelica is the Senior Community Manager at Snowflake, and has over 7+ years of experience in building and transforming both B2B and B2C digital and in-person communities. Her focus is reducing business costs, scaling programs, and amplifying customers. When she's not in the office, you can find her working out and teaching fitness classes, camping, or dreaming about homesteading in Northern CA.
Rosemary O’Neill is CMO/co-Founder of Social Strata, a pioneer and leader in the online community platform space. She has 20+ years of leadership in online community as an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. She supports Fortune 500, nonprofits, and other organizations as they engage with fans, customers, partners, and internal teams. Rosemary has been named one of the Top 100 community managers on Twitter by Little Bird, and a Top Writer on Quora. She is a recognized HR innovator, appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered regarding Social Strata’s groundbreaking unlimited paid leave program.
Stephanie Thoma is a Forbes-featured leadership coach, author, and founder of Confident Introvert. She has facilitated over 1,000 events and established a fulfilling career helping people generate meaningful connections at online and in-person events. Her mission is to help introverts feel confident and establish relationships that catapult them forward in their career.
Phoebe Shin Venkat has 10+ years’ experience in community strategy and building. Her expertise spans several industries, and includes communications, marketing, leadership, and operations. Her greatest inspiration is her mother Hanna who first taught her the value of connection and belonging. Originally from New Jersey, Phoebe now lives in the Northern California with her husband and son.
Mike has built communities to drive business since 2002. In 2017 he co-founded the IS-CL Summit (International Startup Community Leaders Summit) the event that brought together 500 startup community professionals from over 50 countries! The event spawned his agency, IS-CL (AKA; The IS-CL Network) a decentralized community agency working with companies and organizations around the world.
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.
As Glint’s Community Manager, Brigid gets to work with and support the world’s nicest people: leaders in engagement and organizational listening. When not focused on the community, writing communications, or putting together events, Brigid is cuddling or hiding from her toddlers depending on their mood. She lives on the Lake Michigan coast.
David is the Founder of CMX (cmxhub.com), the world's largest and most passionate network for community professionals. Thousands of community professionals come to CMX for support and education in community strategy. The community industry's largest event, CMX Summit, brings together thousands of attendees each year, and 50+ local CMX Connect chapters gather regularly around the world.
In 2019, CMX was acquired by Bevy (Bevy.com) where David serves as the VP of Community. Bevy is a leading provider of community software, powering live community events and experiences for companies like Slack, Twitch, Salesforce, Atlassian, and Duolingo.
David is a 3x startup founder, an experienced community leader, and has personally advised and trained hundreds of organizations in community strategy over the past decade.
Jay Nathan is the Chief Customer Officer at Higher Logic. Jay has spent several years in different functional leadership roles in which he has developed a methodology for building, scaling, and operating customer-centered organizations. In 2017, Jay founded Customer Imperative, a consultancy focused on B2B SaaS, which eventually developed the Gain Grow Retain customer success leadership community.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). This event brings together more than 70,000 industry creatives from across the United States and around the world. These creatives are inspired by nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun. Forrest was named ""Austinite of the Year"" in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kenyon College, his alma matter. In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin-based accessibility company Knowbility. Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small monthly alternative publication called The Austin Challenger. He also wrote for several other newspapers and publications, including the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Sports Chronicle, the West Austin News, Willamette Week and the Seattle Weekly.
Joe Martin is the current GM, CMO at CloudApp, a video collaboration tool. He has over 15 years experience working in marketing and strategy. Prior to CloudApp he led multiple content, research, and social teams at Adobe. He has an MBA from Utah and an entrepreneurship degree from Stanford and his work has been quoted in top tier press like the WSJ, Forbes, AP, and CNBC.
Amanda Boyle is a Community Manager at Tableau Software and works with a brilliant team to bring data visualization software to a global audience. Amanda is passionate about connecting people so they can help each other see and understand their data, and leads Tableau’s Recognition Programs - the Tableau Ambassadors, Zen Masters, and Community Equity Task Force. Outside the office, Amanda enjoys baking, trail running, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She recently started the Communication Leadership Master’s program at the University of Washington and is passionate about issues related to social justice and the environment. Follow her on Twitter at @ettaboyle and learn more about the Tableau Community
Lizzy Roberts has worked in Community roles for the past 8+ years and is currently the Lead Community Manager at Salesforce.org. She is a Bay Area native who recently relocated to London to grow the Salesforce.org community in Europe. Since joining Salesforce.org in 2017, she has led global operational activities, focusing on fostering engagement and building scalable global programs for the community. Outside of work, Lizzy enjoys biking around London, taking long evening walks, and traveling around Europe with her fiancé and cat Mo. She is also currently pursuing an MBA at Imperial College Business School in London. Three words that sum up Lizzy: cats, coffee, community. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/imalizzzard
Amber has over 15 years of experience in communications, outreach, event management, and fundraising in both the United States and France. She works daily with clients around the globe to ensure the successful launch and management of their communities. Amber will be joined by Rob Elis, a digital engagement specialist with 10 years’ experience in vibrant community building.
The Hugh Groman Group consists of: Hugh Groman Catering, a certified green business by the County of Alameda since 2005, Greenleaf Platters, delivering high quality party platters throughout the Bay Area, Phil's Sliders Catering, and most recently, Greenleaf Provisions, delivering prepared foods and groceries 7 days a week.
The musical duo, LUMOS, is an LED musical experience comprised of William Cenoté, creator and performer of the worlds first synesthetic grand piano, and Shaina Evonik, member of Jazz Mafia performing with her LED violin. The two play original and cover music accompanied by a one of a kind light show.
Daniela is a Colombian Designer with an MSc. in Systems-Oriented Design who has worked in social innovation for +10 years. She has traveled the world developing skills as a facilitator in cross-cultural contexts. As Senior Community Specialist for OpenIDEO, she leads the network of +34 Chapters across the globe pushing the edges of diversity and inclusion, creating pathways to accelerate impact.
Nicole is the Associate Marketing Manager at PowerToFly. She is currently leading the Chat & Learn program where she invites skilled, thought leading women to share their stories. She is originally from Kerhonkson, New York and now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the Founder of momswithoutavillage, a community for moms who don’t have a ‘village’. She loves pizza, traveling & funny memes.
Matt Maxey is a deaf/hard of hearing man that founded DEAFinitelyDope in hopes of breaking barriers between the hearing and deaf communities through music!
Maryella Marie is a renaissance womxn with expertise in developing inclusive brand awareness.
She’s focused on raising emotional intelligence through her work by collaborating with provocative creatives in order to integrate our common ethos and instigate social change.
She currently interviews diverse leaders on PowerToFly, while curating social impact initiatives on the Positive Force Team.
Al has been drawing live caricatures at events since June 1985. Big Al strives to capture personality when creating a likeness of the subject before him.
Big AL can draw your caricature virtually! What is a virtual caricature? The artist will draw you live from his home base. Now you can be anywhere in the world and Big Al can draw you over your favorite digital device. Your phone, laptop, desktop anything with an internet connection.
Valentina is a Community Builder, Consultant and Events Manager dedicated to bringing people together and creating relationships, so they can learn and grow with each other. She's the founder of Eat Out Madrid, Eat In Madrid and chapter lead of CMX Connect Madrid and has been recognised internationally for commitment to building and growing engaged online communities that bring value to all.
Head of Community
Beth is passionate about building community IRL. Working with community managers, leaders, and builders, to grow and develop their in-person communities. She loves engaging with people, both customers and community members, and strengthening the relationship between consumer and product.