Future of Community Building (Oct 10th)



Wednesday, October 10th: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves)
New York, NY 10019

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Join us on October 10th at 7PM for an inspiring and engaging conversation on the Future of Community Building with experts sharing strategies, techniques and best-practices for creating in-person and online communities. Our diverse panel will break down everything you need to know to create a community that shares your same passions and values as well as learn ways to find the community you’ve been searching for. You’ll have an opportunity to network with like-minded people from the Be Social Change community, and walk away with a better understanding of why community building is important, what it takes to build an engaging community, and how to create meaningful connections.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available.
We strive to make Be Social Change events zero waste – help us by bringing your reusable water bottle to the event.


    • 6:30 – 7:00pm – Doors Open
    • 7:00 – 7:15pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
    • 7:15 – 8:00pm – Panel Discussion
    • 8:00 – 8:30pm – Q&A
    • 8:30 – 9:00pm – Networking & Closing


    • Jillian Richardson, Founder, The Joy List
    • Kristin Hodgson, Partnerships Director, Meetup
    • Kara Cronin, Community Engagement Manager, theSkimm
    • Fabian Pfortmüller, Founder & CEO, COMMUNITY


Jillian Richardson, Founder, The Joy List

If you believe the rumors, Jillian Richardson is actually two kids in a trench coat.

Otherwise, she’s the founder of The Joy List, a weekly newsletter which features events that New Yorkers can go to by themselves and leave with a new friend. She’s also the co-founder of NYC Community Builders, and the author of an upcoming book about the most powerful ways to create belonging. When she’s not gathering people, Jillian is ghostwriting thought leadership for CEOs or dancing badly… yet enthusiastically.


Kristin Hodgson, Partnerships Director, Meetup

Kristin Hodgson is a marketing and communications leader with extensive experience in branding, campaign development, and partnerships. In her role at Meetup, Kristin evangelizes Meetup’s mission of bringing people together and champions the Meetup community through storytelling. After President Trump’s first travel ban, she co-founded a network of 1,000+ #Resist groups on Meetup.

Prior to Meetup, Kristin was the Senior Managing Director, Digital at Teach For America. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, with her husband, daughter, and her Frenchie, Bogart.


Kara Cronin, Community Engagement Manager, theSkimm

Kara started her career at theSkimm in product support, gaining first-hand experience into the power of theSkimm’s community. She quickly transitioned into her current role as Community Manager for theSkimm’s brand ambassador program — Skimm’bassadors. She now leads campaigns, programming and communications for a community of over 30,000 highly-engaged female millennials that has accounted for over 20% of theSkimm’s audience growth. Fun fact: before Kara became a full-time employee at theSkimm, she was a Skimm’bassador herself.

Previously, Kara lived out of a suitcase, traveling the country as a Consultant for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. In that role, she worked with collegiate chapters on leadership development, strategic planning, recruitment, and retention. Her favorite place in the world is the window seat of an airplane…and she’s happy to share tips on how to pack a bag just under 50 lbs.


Fabian Pfortmüller, Founder & CEO, COMMUNITY

Fabian runs COMMUNITY, a strategic advisory firm that helps organizations understand and build authentic communities. Fabian is the co-author of the Community Canvas, an open-source framework to support community builders across the globe. Fabian is also currently an Innovator in Residence for the Kauffman Foundation.

Most recently Fabian co-founded Holstee, a lifestyle brand that provides tools and inspiration for a meaningful life. The organization’s manifesto (The Holstee Manifesto) has been shared over 120 million times online and was described by the Washington Post as “the new just do it”. In the past, Fabian co-founded Sandbox, a global community of entrepreneurial minds under 30, with 1200 active members in 40+ hubs across the world.

Fabian loves NPR and has helped build and co-lead NPR’s Generation Listen Initiative. He is a frequent speaker at events and organizations around the world on the topic of building communities, authentic brand, values driven organizations and entrepreneurship. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and has been recognized as “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by the Diplomatic Courier in 2011.


Marcos Salazar, CEO, Be Social Change

Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community-builder. His passion is working with professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to help them find and do purposeful work, connect with like-minded people, and lead sustainable lifestyles. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as CEO of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community in New York City. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.MarcosSalazar.com.



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