Summit Speakers Agenda

Welcome to the Thriving Community Summit 2022. Here are our speakers line-up.

Free ticket holders have access to all sessions for 3 days.
All Access Pass ticket holders will have all the time they need plus access members bonus content. 

Get your free ticket and access today

Lea Woodford

CEO SmartFem Media Group

Time: April 29, 2022 @ 15:00

Amplify Yours & Your Member’s Influence with Magazines

In this session you will be taught:

  • The latest trends to help companies move to the next level in that ever-changing digital space. 
  • How magazines both online and in print can be used to elevate you, your business and your members in your community.
  • How to get sponsorships for your magazine.

Joy Lucinda


Time: April 29, 2022 @ 14:00

How to use mentorships and pilot projects to elevate members and foster belonging.

In this session you will be taught:

  • Start-up strategy and the need to stay focused on what it you want to create. 
  • How to help your community members make what's on their mind a reality by networking.
  • Mutual intergenerational mentorships.

Jessica Mclaren

Founder of Next Level Life

Time: April 29, 2022 @ 13:00

Leverage community as a powerful environment for the three stages of learning.

In this session you will be taught:

  • How to use the 3 stages of learning to build a successful community.
  • Evolving and transformation as a way to retain the members of your community.
  • The key factors to help you build a thriving business.
  • Being able to detach from the outcome by constant conversations with different people.

Gary Barnes

President, Gary Barnes International

Time: April 29, 2022 @ 11:00

The Art of Connection through Unconditional Collaboration

In this session you will be taught:

  • The secret to success through unconditional collaboration.
  • The three step process in how to connect with people.
  • Be relevant, launch and adjust.
  • Stage your public.
  • How to discover the inner celebrity in YOU and make that useful as being a part of a community.

Chris Holter

President, Chris Holter Consulting

Time: April 29, 2022 @ 10:00

Use the E-Factor to create success for yourself and your community

In this session you will be taught:

  • How to regain your energy when your batteries are low.
  • Shifting from anabolic to catabolic energies.
  • The best way to start a meeting or a live with your community revealed.

Dr. Carolyn Eddleston

Director of Cycles of Change

Time: April 29, 2022 @ 09:00

When you thrive, your community thrives

In this session you will be taught:

  • The different effects the seasons have on our bodies.
  • Changing how to rest and work according to seasons, by mimicking the outside.
  • Investigating ourselves and acknowledging what we feel or our current state is.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

CEO, Co-founder

Time: April 28, 2022 @ 15:00

Write your way to powerful and valuable content

In this session you will be taught:

  • Writing is a way of thought leadership.
  • Listen and respond to the input of your members.
  • Moderate the narrative, do not control it.
  • Create a collaborative culture that opens up for innovation.
  • Make sure that written content is easily visually accessible.

Dr. Pamela L. Gay

Senior Scientist, Astronomer

Time: April 28, 2022 @ 14:00

Those tools you’ll need to build a community that is robust in our changing world

In this session you will be taught:

  • How to attract your target community members at events.
  • Even homogeneous communities may still be different in terms of a lot of factors and you need to find your own niche.
  • Celebrate diversity in the community by allowing everyone to be themselves.

Charlott Fagergård McAnsh

Co-Founder of See No Bounds

Time: April 28, 2022 @ 13:00

Connecting people through innovative community events

In this session you will be taught:

  • How to widen your community.
  • People need people.
  • The importance of walks and talks.
  • Listen to your community.
  • The importance of face-to-face.

Phin Mpofu

Director of Community & Partner Success, Startup Grind

Time: April 28, 2022 @ 11:00

Discover the opportunity and potential of hybrid events in your community.

In this session you will be taught:

  • The importance of a hybrid strategy.
  • The fundamental principle of having two audiences.
  • Internet connectivity varies across the globe.
  • Tips for smaller communities.
  • Gaming communities are competitive.

Craig Forman

Lead People Scientist, Culture Amp

Time: April 28, 2022 @ 10:00

Building authentic communities beyond marketing or customer success initiatives

In this session you will be taught:

  • Keep your philosophy simple when starting your community.
  • Transitioning from In-person to virtual to hybrid events.
  • How to make Zoom events fun so you can veer off the fatigue.

Liam Austin

Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs HQ

Time: April 28, 2022 @ 09:00

Use virtual events to build, grow and powerfully serve your community

In this session you will be taught:

  • How to identify your end goal after the virtual summit.
  • Build authority as a crucial part of motivating people to join your summit and do high ticket purchases.
  • Inviting the right tier of speakers to your event can drive your opt-in rate.

Carl Spindler

Superuser & Community Moderator

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 15:00

Scale your Community with the help of Superusers

In this session you will be taught:

  • Inviting regular or super participants in your community to be moderators can help you as the manager get voice from the team and lessen the burden on tasks.
  • Members of your community feel compelled to volunteer once they see the value of their help and when they like the community they are in.
  • You may assign multiple community members as moderators of your community.
  • User management is important to moderate communities.

Cary Richards

Successful cold outreach using powerful email copy that is attention grabbing and apparent to your target leads

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 15:00

Successful cold outreach using powerful email copy that is attention grabbing and apparent to your target leads

In this session you will be taught:

  • Email as a powerful tool in marketing.
  • How to know who the cold leads are to reach out to
  • What subject lines to put to get the reader's interest and make them stick to read the email you're sending.
  • How your initial (and follow-up) emails should look like.

Jephtah Abu

Community Manager @Cerulean blue

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 14:00

A practicable approach to creating more welcoming community spaces and actively encouraging DEI

In this session you will be taught:

  • A fresh view of intentional creation of DEI from the perspective of a person of colour living in Africa.
  • Learning DEI from different places without making assumptions.
  • Hiring people with diverse gender and ethnicity is just the first step.
  • Personalising your onboarding template makes it more inclusive.
  • It's really important to have a clear code of conduct.
  • You have to have a definitive why for creating subgroups.

Jahin Tanvir

Founder of Breathe & Youth Advocate

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 13:00

How to use diversity & inclusion together with adaptive leadership to build thriving communities

In this session you will be taught:

  • Diversity is a super power and you may use it to elevate yourself.
  • Empowering leadership by inspiring young people to do better by opening up conversations. 
  • Empathy as a fundamental part of leadership.

Brooke Daily

Building Community @

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 11:00

Speakers Session title (coming soon)

In this session you will be taught:

  • The conditions for authentic connection that enable communities to experience deep belonging.
  • What emergent leadership means.
  • Participatory design is a concept that extends far back.
  • How to build in person online and hybrid communities.
  • Ask the community want they want and give them the space to lead.

Nicole Saunders

Director, Community at Zendesk

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 10:00

The essential leadership skills to run your community support and management groups.

In this session you will be taught:

  • What does it mean to and how to get into a leadership position by being cross-functional.
  • How to lean on the competencies of different areas of the company to produce better output in projects.
  • The challenges on implementing the cross functional team strategy.
  • Being comfortable in asking questions.

Alex Angel

Chief Community Officer, Commsor

Time: April 27, 2022 @ 09:00

Community-led Growth Model explained

In this session you will be taught:

  • Product led vs community led growth concept.
  • Interconnecting different divisions and departments in a company to feed one another.
  • Community as a rocket fuel to the success of the business.
  • Looking at KPIs to measure impact of community led growth.

Sam Jacobs

Founder & CEO of Pavilion

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 15:00

The Dos & Don’ts of Community Building

In this session you will be taught:

  • Paid vs free.
  • How communities can serve introverts.
  • Community as a mechanism to help other people to help them get best practices.
  • Using community as a means to build products and services.
  • Your members become your product.
  • The true philanthropic or altruistic purpose of community.

Josh Grose

Head of Growth at Common Room

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 14:00

Segmenting community membership to build impactful and well-received community programs

In this session you will be taught:

  • The business value of delivering a healthy, vibrant communities.
  • The segmentation practice, hyper-personalization and why it's important to communities.
  • How to avoid the echo chamber approach on listening to members.
  • Building programs using the results of segmentation.

Mike Rizzo

Community-led Founder,

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 11:00

Use Niche Groups to Drive Engagement And Elevate Members’ Uniqueness

In this session you will be taught:

  • The importance of creating niche environments to make engagement opportunities easier.
  • What to do to get the community involved once these environments are created.
  • Identify how to elevate the opportunities the members and the community needs.

Penny Power OBE

Community Creator and Founder of BIP100

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 10:00

Creating paid communities based on your values, purpose and your company’s why.

In this session you will be taught:

  • The distinction between creating community and building an audience.
  • How to close the gap between what we portray online vs who we really are as a person.
  • How your authentic self will attract more people to do business with you rather than the performance you put online.

Ben Davies

Community Manager, Smokeball - Ex Canva

Time: April 25, 2022 @ 15:00

Flywheels, hedgehogs and longing: the keys to creating community led growth for your business.

In this session you will be taught:

  • The flywheel effect.
  • The hedgehog strategy.
  • Community lead growth as a way to scale businesses.
  • A product journey is about getting advocates.
  • Money may be an answer to your community question, but it's not really it.

Victoria Cumberbatch

Community Expert & Consultant

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 13:00

The Essential Tools Every Community Manager Needs

In this session you will be taught:

  • Have unity highlighting the complexity of the community managers job.
  • The tools she uses to create thriving communities.
  • The different metrics to measure success depending on the community’s goals.

Pramod Rao

Leveraging Community-led Growth for your B2B SaaS Product

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 15:00

Leveraging Community-led Growth for your B2B SaaS Product

In this session you will be taught:

  • How community-led growth can outlast a company.
  • Community members keeps coming back because of the contents built by other members.
  • Community building is in it for the long game.
  • Five steps framework of the community building flywheel to create. a seven star experience for your members.

Joshua Zerkel

Head of Global Engagement Marketing, Asana

Time: April 26, 2022 @ 09:00

Meet people where they are by creating a multifaceted community

In this session you will be taught:

  • Why just having a forum is not enough to build a thriving community.
  • Which pillars you need to cater to your community members.
  • Empowering regular members to participate and make events that benefit the community.

Mike Morrison

Membership Site Expert

Time: April 25, 2022 @ 13:00

New member onboarding process for higher engagement and better member retention

In this session you will be taught:

  • The importance of not only onboarding but also the retention of members.
  • The 6 steps on how to help new members feel a warm welcome and get used to your community.
  • Golden nuggets from his years of experience in living and breathing in community membership.

Brian Oblinger

SVP, New Products, Commsor

Time: April 25, 2022 @ 11:00

Avoid overwhelm when building community with an operational & business-minded approach

In this session you will be taught:

  • The questions you need to ask yourself when creating a new community.
  • How much time do you need to properly launch a community?
  • The first person you need to hire to attract people to join your community.

Stu McLaren

Membership Expert, Co-Founder of

Time: April 25, 2022 @ 14:00

How to scale our communities and tap into the great opportunities an expanding membership site offers

In this session you will be taught:

  • Focus on conversion points.
  • Give members a reason to stay in your community.
  • Making big decisions around your team members managing the community.
  • Streamline content management.
  • Leverage alternative sources of revenue from offers to your existing members.

Todd Herman

Author (Alter Ego Effect), Co-Founder Upcoach

Time: April 25, 2022 @ 09:00

Use Rhythm to Create an Incredibly Engaged Audience

In this session you will be taught:

  • Create a beautiful structure.
  • Spectrum in the world of pedagogy.
  • How to create a container.
  • Critical to create rhythm.
  • Use social media as a feeler.

Gina Bianchini

CEO Mighty Networks

Time: April 25, 2022 @ 10:00

Use the Community Design(TM) Framework to build lucrative, self-perpetuating communities

In this session you will be taught:

  • The mindset you need to enter community building.
  • The fundamentals in community design.
  • 5 steps of how to break though the fear of designing a community.
  • How to design experiences for members.
  • The importance of monthly themes.

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram