The business world.

Consumers’ expectations of business are shifting, connectivity through technology is growing and companies are becoming more aware of the inevitability of community-driven business.

Entire industries are scrambling to reinvent their business models as a result of the power of these changes – the taxi industry, the semiconductor industry, media companies, hotel chains, education. The list goes on. Community has become a new competitive advantage.

Businesses must reinvent themselves around the power of the people that they serve. This idea has been building for decades, as more and more consumer technology has put people around the world in contact with one another and put the power in their hands. Now we are at a critical moment.

At CMX we’ve always said that community is the future of business. Well, that future is here right now.

Community professionals are the people making this future a reality, steering businesses large and small in the right direction. Now, more than ever, we need the tools and the inspiration to navigate these new waters. We need leaders to show us the way.

At CMX Summit, we gather those leaders together so that they have the opportunity to lead one another. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce…


CMX Summit East 2016

May 18-19, 2016

Day 1: Workshops – Location TBD

Day 2: Speakers – At Brooklyn Bowl in New York

CMX Summit is where community professionals and businesses gather from all over the world to learn from the leading experts in the industry.

This May, we are transforming CMX Summit into a two-day experience with in-depth actionable workshops taught by world-class community builders on Day 1 and talks from the world’s most inspiring community professionals on Day 2.

Early bird discounted tickets are now available!

Holly Goldin Salesforce“As a community manager, I want to build a big, bright fire, and I always leave CMX Summit with a can of gas and a box of matches.

– Holly Goldin, Advocacy Program Manager at Salesforce


CMX talks and workshops are carefully selected with rigorous standards toward giving you a solid mix of community inspiration and actionable advice you can take back to work on Monday morning.

Past CMX speakers have represented organizations like NASA, Airbnb, the FBI, Burning Man, Lyft, Apple, the Navy, Salesforce and more.

CMX Summit East 2016 will combine the absolute best speakers and instructors with thoughtful opportunities to connect with fellow attendees. It will open up a world of career and community possibility.

Meet the CMX Summit East 2016 Speakers and Workshop Leaders

(More speakers and workshop instructors to be announced soon)

NYTCREDIT: Earl Wilson/The New York Times February 2013Bassey Etim, Community Desk Editor for The New York Times

Bassey Etim is a journalist and musician who runs the Community Desk at The New York Times.

He is a child of Nigerian immigrants, was born and raised in Milwaukee and lives in Brooklyn.

In 2011, Bassey released his debut novel The God Project, with WorldLive Mobile along with a cinematic sound track with the bands Sleep Station and New London Fire.

Bassey is currently working to build the next generation of Community at The Times and on strange music with his band Minus Pedro.

Bassey will look at how communities evolve and the best ways to react to these changes, all through the lens of his 7+ years building community and moderation programs at The New York Times.


Poppy Liu and Ryan Fix, Pure House CMXPoppy Liu and Ryan Fix, Founders of Pure House

As an exuberant lover of humans, Ryan Fix employs his skills as a connector and catalyzer to promote a common good in the world.

Ryan’s diverse background has taken him from finance on Wall Street to riding the first dot-com wave of entrepreneurship in the 90’s to being named one of the top real estate professionals in NYC under 30.

Poppy Liu is a performance artist and culture creator. Poppy has appeared on the NY stage at The New Ohio Theater, Interart Theater, The Box, The McKittrick Hotel, The Wild Project, Irondale Center, Theater for a New City, New Oxford Space, and The Drunk Shakespeare Lounge to name a few. She is the founder of the storytelling movement The Collective Sex which hosts monthly performances in Williamsburg featuring a network of first-person stories on the topics of sex, vulnerability, relationship, and body.

Together, Ryan and Poppy focus on building Pure House, a network of co-living and co-creation spaces driven by shared values and aligned people. Pure House has been featured in The New York Times, Financial Times, CBS, Fast Company, Gothamist, The Atlantic, Fox News, Wired Magazine and several prominent international publications as one of the organizations at the forefront of the co-living trend.

Ryan and Poppy will discuss how they’ve created, managed, and grown a unique collaborative space called Pure House, and how this relates back to building any online or offline community. They’ll touch on space design, values, member self-regulation (moderation), and activating growth by giving up power to your members.


lizmilch_headshot-2Elizabeth Milch, Deputy Director of Content at Genius

Elizabeth “Liz” Milch is the Deputy Director of Content for Genius, the Internet’s largest home for lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge. In this role, Liz oversees the creation and distribution of Genius’s content on and other platforms, including its social media and video channels. Liz came aboard Genius in January 2014 as its first Senior Community Manager, scaling the site’s mission and working with talented Genius scholars to annotate millions of songs.

Before Genius, Elizabeth spent three years designing and implementing a middle school Great Books curriculum for the Ascend Learning charter network. She earned a master’s degree in English Education from New York University and majored in English Literature as an undergrad at Yale. She’s a huge fan of a lot of things, especially Stephen Sondheim musicals.

Elizabeth will talk about how she mobilized community volunteers to create the user-generated content that makes Genius the destination for musical knowledge online. From bootstrapping to massive success (they’ve attracted major celebrities, songwriters, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to join their ranks and grown their community by 80% in the last year), Elizabeth will cover how to scale your community.


CMX East SpeakingDavid Spinks, Founder and CEO of CMX (Speaking and Workshop)

David will be giving the opening keynote on the state of the industry and the strides we’ve made in the last year as professionals.

David will also be teaching the CMX Fundamentals of Community Strategy Workshop on Day 1 of CMX Summit. This course came out of workshops that the CMX team has taught at some of the world’s leading companies and for students all over the world as part of our first Fundamentals of Community Strategy Online Course. We’ve tested and honed this workshop over 18 months to deliver models and frameworks that will allow you to set up an unbreakable infrastructure for community success in your company.


WLauren Perkinsorkshop with Lauren Perkins: Community-Driven Marketing Strategy

Back by popular demand, Lauren is an experienced, enthusiastic, and business-minded community instructor and consultant who has taught for General Assembly for several years, and is one of the world’s leading experts on community-driven marketing. She has taught workshops at CMX Summits in NYC and SF, and her students give us such positive feedback time and again that we had to invite her back for a third round. For anyone who needs a strategy for building a community that will contribute to your marketing goals, this is the workshop for you.

Let’s do this!

Secure your tickets now so you are guaranteed access to this year’s premier event for community professionals, founders, and organizations. Our attendees consistently rate this one of their favorite events of the year. Our intention is to create a space for deep learning, connections among the world’s top professionals, and inspiration to pursue your career goals with confidence. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take your community and career to the next level.

Register for CMX Summit East 2016 Now

Big shout out to our sponsors…

Without these supporters, CMX Summit would not happen. We owe them a great deal of thanks, and we’re thrilled to count some of the leading community platforms in the world as our partners. We couldn’t have better friends to introduce to you:

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