CMX Summit 2023: Shine is Here – Get Ready for Phase Two Speakers!

Ana Levidze
May 29, 2023
June 29, 2023

We’ve made a promise, and we’re sticking to it: CMX Summit 2023: Shine is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Our carefully curated lineup of thought leaders in the industry will inspire, challenge, and empower you to create communities that truly shine.

But CMX Summit isn’t just about learning from the best. It’s also about the energy and excitement of being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your passion for community building. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate, discuss what’s coming next in the industry, and expand your skill set. And with amazing meetups and workshops, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network and make lifelong friends in the industry.

If you didn’t catch the first round of speaker announcements, don’t worry. You can still catch up on all the details here!

And now, as we move into the second wave of speakers, we’re thrilled to build on the momentum of the first phase. Who will be joining us? What ideas will they share? One thing is certain: you won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.

Before we tell you all about our stellar phase II speaker lineup, we’d like to remind you that time is running out to get your early bird tickets. They’re only available until June 2nd, so hurry up and secure your spot at CMX Summit 2023: Shine.

Nicole Saunders, Director of Community at Zendesk

Nicole Saunders CMX Summit Speakers 2023

In her 12 years as a community professional, Nicole’s experience has ranged from consulting to launching communities for startups to currently leading the community team at Zendesk. She’s built communities across forums, social media, and offline. Her background also includes social media management, event production, communications, and freelance writing.

Nicole has become known at Zendesk as a strategic connector and has made it her team’s mission this year to identify opportunities to reduce redundancies and increase efficiency through cross-functional projects and collaboration.

Alaina Percival, Co-Founder & CEO of Women Who Code

Alaina Percival CMX Summit Speaker 2023

Alaina Percival is the CEO and co-founder of Women Who Code. Under Alaina’s leadership, the organization has grown to serve 343,000 members in 147 countries. Alaina is an accomplished global tech speaker, appearing at WSJ.d Live, CodeMotion Milan, Grace Hopper, Columbia University’s Social Enterprise, Harvard WECode, and more. Alaina has spoken on a range of topics, from development and retention models to intersectional diversity and equity-centered decision-making in data strategy for the United Nations to Social Justice and Advocacy in STEM at Harvard University.

Alaina is also an Angel Investor, a Venture Partner at Valor Ventures, and a Scout for Picus Capital, and in 2022 she taught WomenLead in Technology at Georgia State University.

Alaina has two young sons, loves chocolate, and has been to more than 75 countries.

Abbiola Ballah, Equity & Inclusion Consultant; Founder & CEO of Phern Education Studios LLC

Abbiola Ballah CMX Summit Speaker 2023

Abbiola Ballah (she/her) is an Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Mentor & Speaker, and Founder of Phern Education Studios. She founded Phern Education Studios to be a catalyst for change in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) space by prioritizing not just learning but taking action. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Abbiola has lived internationally in Japan, the USA, and Belize for 20+ years and worked as an educator and program designer for 17+ years, giving her a unique lens through which she approaches equity and inclusion.

Abbiola provides Equity & Inclusion coaching and consulting services to values-driven professionals, leaders, and organizations who work beyond borders to make an impact and is also currently a part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Database of DEI Practitioners. She is a dynamic speaker who has been featured on several podcasts and has spoken to international audiences at conferences and summits. Abbiola is an avid reader, travel nerd, theatre buff, and Japanese karaoke queen.

Tiago Forte, Co-Founder & CEO of Forte Labs

Tiago Forte CMX Summit Speaker 2023

Tiago Forte is one of the world’s foremost experts on productivity. His book Building a Second Brain is a worldwide bestseller on the art and science of personal knowledge management. His cohort-based course by the same name has graduated more than 5,000 professionals from 100+ countries, with a community-centric approach that draws lessons and insights from a vibrant community of practice made up of “Second Brainers.”

Ilker Akansel, Owner & Community Strategy Consultant at

Ilker Akansel - CMX Summit Speaker 2023

Ilker has a passion for technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and communities, which has been the driving force behind his career. Having worked on various projects, programs, and experiences at major companies such as Google, Cisco, and the London 2012 Olympic Games, he has gained extensive experience in the field.

As one of the first Community Strategy Consultants in Turkey and one of only a handful around the world, Ilker provides specialized services with a focus on brand, developer, and talent communities. In addition to his consulting work, he is also the founder of CMX Connect Istanbul, which is the local chapter of the world’s largest community of Community Management professionals.

Francisco Cruz Mendoza, Community Manager at Notion

Francisco Cruz Mendoza - CMX Summit Speaker

Francisco Cruz Mendoza is the Global Community Lead at Notion where he helps support the kindest community on the internet. He brings over a decade of experience in the space and pioneered community program playbooks that are used at various organizations around the world.

Don’t Miss Out on the Early Bird Pricing for CMX Summit 2023

With a lineup of industry leaders and innovators, CMX Summit 2023: Shine is the perfect place to learn, connect, and grow. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts and the chance to network with other community professionals from all over the world.

Early bird tickets for CMX Summit 2023 are available until June 2nd. This is your chance to save big on your ticket to the world’s largest annual conference for community professionals. Don’t miss out, secure your spot today!

Ana Levidze
Community Content Manager
May 29, 2023
June 29, 2023

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