The author states that TheCR connect forum invites speakers to the forum several times a year. But those who are familiar with this event will recall that the speakers do not tend to be outsiders. They rarely invite persons who are outsiders. Most years the sessions that are held are hundred percent made of clients who are invited to speak at the forum. In some other years there is a bit of good luck and star speakers are invited to speak at the forum to share their ideas. One example was a new face, Heather McGowan who was invited to speak about how the future of work will turn out and what it means for community managers. This year will be a little different. The forum will be welcoming a speaker who has been amazing in every respect. This speaker is right in the backyard of the forum organizers and he is by name Michael Wood-Lewis who is the CEO and Co-founder of the Front Porch forum. Michael Wood-Lewis will be speaking on the experience he has gathered over the years in building an organization that is community focused. Front Porch Forum was launched by Michael and his wife in 2006 in an attempt to connect with their neighbors in their hometown. Presently, more than two thirds of the households in the neighborhood subscribe to the forum to show how successful it has been.
- The TheCR Connect event is one where people come to speak about their daily concerns and people who are familiar with it know that outsiders are not allowed.
- The people who feature at the TheCR Connect for some years have been hundred percent clients of the company while sometimes stars are invited to speak.
- An amazing speaker will be featured this year and that speaker is Michael Wood-Lewis who is CEO and founder of Front Porch Forum, an organization in the community.
“Michael, and his wife Valerie, launched Front Porch Forum in 2006 as a way to connect with their neighbors in their hometown of Burlington, Vermont”