Community Management as a profession has been growing increasingly important. Quality community professionals are in high demand, and that means career opportunities.
Some folks boosted their income by changing jobs or roles. Others got raises by proving their value. The bottom line was this – the average community professional compensation in a 2015 sample approached $80,000. Community strategists and community directors are regularly earning over $100,000.
What does community mean?
What does a Community Manager do?
Where does it fit in the work culture?
Why is this so important for companies and brands to engage in community?
What’s the next opportunity down this career path?
Join CMX Connect DC in its launch event to support the community professionals in the Greater Washington, D.C. Region to grow and accelerate their career potential.
Build Your Own Brand Inc.
Chief Creative Economy Officer
Femme Fatale DC
As an innovator and brand builder, Andrew Nguyen, lives by the words, “you have to work twice as hard, to get half of what others have.” Co-Founding The O Agency: a Brand and Performance Marketing agency, was an intuitive leap that he never looked back from. With an extensive background working with a diverse roster of all-star NFL & NBA athletes, Fortune 500 companies, and SMB's, Andrew's expertise is in guiding today’s forward-thinking brands in building successful, consumer relationships within today's ever-changing landscape.
Within just 1 year of Corporate America, Andrew left his full-time job and at just 23 years old launched The O Agency. A true dot-connecter, Andrew channeled his corporate, personal branding, marketing expertise and natural ability to establish authentic relationships into a dynamic agency that helps businesses and personalities grow using online and content/inbound marketing strategies. His quick growth and story was recently highlighted by media maven & entrepreneur GaryVee in “Crushing It”, a #1 New York Times best-selling book.
Andrew is also the Co-Founder of BYOBLive, the parent company of #BYOBretreat (Build Your Own Brand) a yearly conference that gathers thousands of millennial creatives and entrepreneurs together for a weekend of personal and professional development. Previous guests have included Yvonne Orji, Co-Star on HBO’s Insecure, Jonathan Jackson Co-Founder of Blavity, Ron Busby, Founder of the U.S Black Chambers Inc and much more. He is a proud graduate of Hampton University, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and regularly speaks coast to coast across the entire nation as a way to give back and inspire the world.
You can follow his musings @brandwithdrew.
Working with an entrepreneurial approach, Maryann Lombardi has spent the past 20 years at the intersection of culture and commerce. She is the Chief Creative Economy Officer in Washington D.C. at the Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment, where she is working to grow the local creative economy, strengthen the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, and help creative entrepreneurs reach their goals. She manages Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 202Creates creative economy brand and portfolio of resources. Previously she was the Executive Director of Lisner Auditorium and Partnership Development at The George Washington University, where she worked with her team to reorganize, rebuild and grow the organization. Previous, as the Director of Creative Economy for UMass Amherst, working with the City of Springfield and University administration, she established and implemented economic development and cultural activities to create jobs and improve downtown development in Springfield. Before moving to MA, she spent ten years in New York City as an independent theater producer producing Off Broadway and regional tours. Maryann has an undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a member of the Creative Economy Coalition, and a part of the Private Sector Network Council with Americans for the Arts.
Adriana Mendoza is an entrepreneur and jewelry creator based in Washington DC. As Chief Operating Officer of Femme Fatale DC, founded 2016, and Owner and Principal Designer of So Me Design, founded 2011, Mendoza activates community for creative entrepreneurs. With a BA in Biochemistry and MA in Landscape Architecture (University of Maryland), she engages innovative working strategies with an interdisciplinary approach to collaboration and business. Femme Fatale DC has evolved from a pop-up retail experience to a community activator as well as a development resource for women entrepreneurs in Washington DC. She empowers women to activate their lives with imaginative and practical business innovations.
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