Community is the future of business.

It’s the vision we’ve always had at CMX, and it’s quickly becoming a reality.

The business world is shifting. As a result of new communication technology and changing consumer expectations, community has become a vital piece of building a successful company. If you don’t build one, your business will hit a wall. It’s time to start paying attention.

More companies are hiring community professionals than ever before. More companies are finding ways to measure the ROI of community. More companies are growing frustrated with traditional marketing. More companies are learning that they cannot build in a vaccuum. They must involve their customers.

It cannot be ignored. The community industry has arrived.

With that, today we’re thrilled to announce…

CMX Summit West 2015

October 15 at Broadway Studios in San Francisco

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

On October 15th, 2015, over 400 community professionals and businesses will gather in San Francisco for a full day of talks, networking, and deep connection that will change the trajectory of their companies and careers forever.

Early Bird Discounted Tickets are now available for a short time. (And, heads up, the pre-sale for this event sold out in less than 8 hours.)

camille ricketts“CMX Summit is simply incredible. If you’re working in a community role or at a company where community is important, consider it mandatory.”
– Camille Ricketts, First Round Capital


CMX talks are carefully selected based on our incredibly high speaker standards. CEO’s and community leaders have taken the CMX stage representing organizations like NASA, Airbnb, the FBI, Burning Man, Lyft, Apple, Facebook, the Navy, Salesforce and more.

CMX Summit West 2015 will be our biggest and most exciting event yet. Don’t miss it.

Meet the CMX Summit West 2015 Speakers and Workshop Leaders

(More speakers will be announced soon)

Joe Navarro, Nonverbal Expert and Former FBI Special Agent

Joe NavarroAs community builders, communication is perhaps the single most important skill you should master.

For 25 years, Joe Navarro worked as an FBI special agent in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment. Today he is one of the world’s leading experts on nonverbal communications.

Joe has appeared on all major U.S. and International media outlets and is the author of eleven books, including the international bestsellers: Louder Than Words, which The Wall Street Journal acclaimed as “One of the six best business books to read for your career” and the #1 selling body-language book in the world, What Every BODY is Saying.

Gina Bianchini, CEO of MightyBell

Gina BianchiniGina is one of the most determined and inspiring entrepreneurs in the community industry. Every time I speak to her, I leave smarter and energized about the future of communities.
She is the founder and CEO of Mightybell, a modern community platform for specialized professional networks.
Before Mightybell, Bianchini co-founded Ning with Marc Andreesen, the largest social platform for communities of interests online. She served as CEO of Ning from its inception in 2004 to March 2010, at which time Ning had 90 million monthly unique visitors and 300,000 monthly active communities across entertainment, politics, education and interests.

Bianchini serves on the board of directors of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) and is also the co-founder of Sheryl Sandberg’s

Jjim gilliam headshotim Gilliam, Founder of NationBuilder

We’re honored to have Jim join us. If you don’t know why, take 12 minutes to watch this video.
Jim Gilliam is founder and CEO of NationBuilder, a software platform for leaders. He previously cofounded Brave New Films, a non-profit grassroots media powerhouse of over one million members, launched as its Chief Technology Officer, and worked at Lycos, one of the first internet search engines. His first book, The Internet is My Religion will be released on July 22nd.

meghan_murphy_headshotMeghan Murphy, Head of Community and Marketing at

We’ve always had an incredible amount of respect for Meghan’s work. She is one of the people who has lead the community industry on the ground in the Bay Area for many years, and we’re really excited that she’ll be sharing her wisdom with the CMX community.

Meghan leads community and marketing efforts for, raising global awareness of HandUp’s mission to alleviate poverty through engaging a new generation of online giving.

Prior to HandUp, Meghan spent almost three years as the Senior Manager of Community Programs for Twilio driving strategy on defending, nurturing and inspiring their community of developers.

She also led the creation of, the social initiative that empowers nonprofits with communications technologies.

tim_falls_headshotTim Falls, Vice President of Community at Keen IO

Tim is another veteran of the community industry and someone we turn to for wisdom on a regular basis. Fun fact, he’s also one of the few elite CMX members who has been to every CMX Summit to date.

Tim is the Vice President of Community for Keen IO – a platform and toolset for data analytics.

He previously led the community team at SendGrid and helped with community efforts at Techstars in its early days.

Growing up, Tim created overlap in Venn Diagrams of various social circles – the smart kids and jocks, stoners and straight-edged, cool kids and band nerds.

Today, he helps bring together people from different worlds – be those geographic, professional, spiritual, socioeconomic, or other – fostering environments of inclusion and value.

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

This year, I’ll be giving the opening keynote. I’m incredibly lucky to spend every day of my life learning how different organizations invest in community and the results of their efforts. Everyone on the CMX team has developed a deep understanding of the community space and where it’s going. I’m really eager to share those insights with you at CMX Summit.

I’ll also be teaching the CMX Community Strategy workshop the day before the summit. This is our premier training product, which has been attended by some of the world’s largest companies and fastest growing startups around the world. This may be one of the last times it’s offered to the public as an in-person course, so don’t miss out.

Erica KuhlWorkshop with Erica Kuhl: Integrating Community with your Product Strategy

Few people have as much experience in the community space as Erica Kuhl, Sr. Director of Community at Salesforce. Never before has she shared all of her experience and incredible drive, passion, and intellect with our community in tactical, strategic ways. We convinced her to teach a five-hour workshop where she’ll share the frameworks she has used to build a community with millions of users at Salesforce, who help them develop their product. This is one you don’t want to miss.


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 taught a workshop at the CMX Summit in NYC, and her students gave us such positive feedback that we had to invite her back. 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!

Get ready for an event that you will never forget. You’ll go home with an entirely new view on how to build your business, specific tactics for executing on that vision, and with lifelong friends who will support you along the way.

Register for CMX Summit West 2015 Now

Big shout out to our launch 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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If you’re interested in joining CMX Summit as a partner, we have limited spots that are available. Get in touch.

David Spinks

David is the Founder of CMX (, the world's largest and most passionate network for community professionals. Thousands of community professionals come to CMX for support and education in com...

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