Don't Miss These Speakers at CMX Summit 2024!

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Ana Levidze
February 27, 2024
April 23, 2024

Building something impactful, shoulder-to-shoulder with people who truly click? That's the magic of community. And that's exactly the power we celebrate at CMX Summit 2024.

For 10 years, we've been your partner in building communities. This year, we're shaking things up to celebrate (and because, frankly, it's time for a change!). Mark your calendar for April 25th and April 26th - a new date to ensure more of you can join the magic.

The core, however, remains the same: transforming your community vision into reality. Imagine communities that thrive beyond trends, fueled by genuine human connection even in the age of AI. At the summit, you'll learn from voices who understand your journey, who've faced the same challenges and celebrated the same wins. They'll share tools and actionable insights, not just a theory, to help you transform your communities.

And besides the professional development opportunities, which there will be plenty of, CMX Summit will forever be about reconnecting with the purpose that brought you here in the first place. We want to ensure you're part of that experience, so grab your ticket soon – spots are limited! ‍

Now, we wanted to share a couple of amazing faces joining the CMX Summit 2024 stage this year and those who can't wait to connect, learn, and discuss alongside you! So without further ado, here they are…

Kasley Killam, Founder of Social Health Labs

Kasley Killiam - CMX Summit

Kasley Killam, MPH, is internationally recognized as leading the advancement and understanding of social health. She is the author of the forthcoming book, THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CONNECTION: Why Social Health is the Missing Key to Living Longer, Healthier, and Happier. As a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, sought-after advisor and keynote speaker, and founder of Social Health Labs, Killam has been improving global well-being through connection for over a decade. 

Her collaborations with organizations like Google, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Economic Forum contribute to building more socially healthy products, workplaces, and communities. Killam’s insights can be found in outlets such as the New York Times, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Washington Post. Join her newsletter at kasleykillam.com.

Kobie Fuller, General Partner at Upfront Ventures

Kobie Fuller - CMX Summit

Kobie has been a General Partner at Upfront since 2016, with a core investing focus on AI, enterprise SaaS, and immersive XR platforms. With over two decades of experience in venture capital, Kobie has held key positions at leading firms, including Accel, OpenView Venture Partners, and Insight Venture Partners, where he made early investments in companies such as Exact Target (which was sold to Salesforce for $2.5B), Usertesting (which had a $1.3B exit), and Oculus (which was sold to Facebook for $2B). His current notable Upfront investments include Cordial, Invoca, Wave, Bevy, Soot, and Endgame.

Kobie's experience extends beyond investing. As the former Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, he played a pivotal role in driving the company's explosive growth. He leveraged his expertise in marketing technology, along with his relationship management skills, to help architect their influencer growth machine from the ground floor up.

Kobie is a graduate of Harvard College, where he captained the track team and won numerous Ivy League sprint titles.

Ryan Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot

Ryan Wilson - CMX Summit

Ryan Wilson, the co-founder, and CEO of The Gathering Spot, is a visionary entrepreneur and recognized thought leader. His transformative approach at The Gathering Spot has redefined the art of networking, making the club a vibrant hub for collaboration, connections, and experiences. Ryan's work as a community builder and his dedication to fostering a culture of innovation and inclusivity have established him as a distinguished figure in the world of business and community engagement.

Ryan's accomplishments have been recognized extensively. He was named the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, listed among the 40 under Forty honorees, and the 100 Most Powerful Leaders. He was celebrated by Goldman Sachs as one of the Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, and he has been consistently recognized among Georgia’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders by Georgia Trend. The Mayor of Atlanta awarded him the Phoenix Award, the city's highest honor; and in 2023, he was honored as the Philanthropic Leader of Tomorrow by the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Ryan has also been named one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100.

Ryan's expertise has made him a sought-after speaker and moderator. He has been featured in notable national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., The New York Times, Revolt, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and USA Today. His work has led to several keynote presentations for various companies

including Goldman Sachs, Delta, Google, Meta, Ford Motor Company, and Nike. He has also delivered keynote presentations at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities including Georgetown University Law Center, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Atlanta, Ryan is an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He proudly serves on the boards of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Usher’s New Look, The Woodruff Arts Center, The Atlanta Business League, The Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Invest Atlanta’s Foundation, and has previously served on the boards of Hands on Atlanta and Peace Preparatory Academy. He is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the 100 Black Men and the Atlanta Rotary Club.

Ryan graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center, where he proudly serves on the Board of Regents. He currently resides happily in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and two children.

Karuana Gatimu, Principal Manager at Microsoft 365 Customer Advocacy Group

Karuana Gatimu - CMX Summit

Karuana Gatimu is a business architect with a passion for people, technology, and communications, believing that the success of any technology hinges on its impact on people and businesses. With 25 years of experience spanning technology and marketing, she drives the adoption and usage of Office 365 services like Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Planner, and Power BI, ensuring their real-world value for users.

Karuana wears many hats: she is the executive producer of "Coffee in the Cloud" on YouTube, a platform empowering individuals to share their stories through her studio. Additionally, she authored the "Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist" course and fosters community engagement through the Microsoft Adoption newsletter and a dedicated LinkedIn group.

Karuana's expertise extends beyond her passion for technology. Throughout her career, she has held various leadership roles, including chairing the Women of Color Leadership Community and the Community Leadership Board for the SharePoint community. Her dedication to public service is evident in her 2011 Mayoral Citation from the City of Inglewood for her contributions to youth health and fitness initiatives.

Alan Aisbitt

Alan Aisbitt- CMX Summit

Alan is the Director of Community at Splunk, where he spearheads community marketing initiatives to foster a vibrant ecosystem for Splunk users, focusing on education, collaboration, and inspiration. He has over 10 years of experience in creating and scaling online communities, programs, and events in both Europe and North America, managing teams distributed around the globe.

With a passion for helping others, Alan has a track record of delivering impactful community outcomes, such as leading the conception and execution of Robinhood's 'Ask Me Anything' Reddit campaign, which earned the greatest engagement of any brand Reddit AMA ever, and co-hosting the eBay for Business podcast, which reached thousands of listeners every week. 

Alan's mission is to connect and empower users with the best resources, insights, and opportunities to succeed.

Join Us at CMX Summit 2024!

Ready to build something amazing alongside these community rockstars? The incredible speakers you just saw are just a sneak peek of the magic waiting at CMX Summit 2024. Don't miss your chance to learn from the best and turn your community vision into reality. Spots are filling fast, so grab yours today!

Ana Levidze
Community Content Manager
February 27, 2024
April 23, 2024

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