Community Manager Appreciation Day is an annual event dedicated to recognizing and honoring community managers and their incredible work.
Celebrated every fourth Monday of January, Community Manager Appreciation Day (CMAD) highlights community managers and their often behind-the-scenes efforts in building impactful and vibrant communities that members coming back!
In the spirit of appreciation, we asked community managers to share what they value most about their roles and the communities they manage.
"Empowerment is my primary source of motivation—enabling everyone to get involved, play a role, serve a cause, or contribute to a project.
I enjoy creating the steps and processes within the community that make it possible and easy for members to take action. This feeds my need for meaning and social utility."
Sébastien Erard, Community Manager, Alptis
“In my role as a community manager, I cherish the opportunity to cultivate meaningful connections and foster engagement. Building relationships with diverse individuals energizes me. Witnessing the community flourish through shared experiences and open dialogue brings me immense satisfaction. It's the synergy of these connections that makes my role fulfilling and drives the vibrant heartbeat of our community.”
Debbie Bird, Community Manager, APM
“Being a BlueBioMatch Community Manager means bringing together diverse experts working in the blue bioeconomy. BlueBioMatch is a convergence point for startups, SMEs, researchers, policymakers, and funders committed to promoting a sustainable use of blue bioresources.
What excites me most is seeing insights and opportunities shared daily and witnessing how BlueBioMatch is supporting our transition to greater environmental sustainability and economic resilience in blue sectors. I especially enjoy the possibility of supporting mentoring and matchmaking between different actors for business and project development.”
Silvia Tosatto, Community Manager, BlueBioMatch
“The Bosch Alumni Network is a very lively network of more than 8,000 members – organized in various sub-communities and driven by their own dedication and wish for positive social change.
It’s always inspiring, and a lot of fun, to work with these humble people all over the world and to enable their exchange via the Hivebrite platform. To me, this is the biggest emotional incentive.”
Tobias Gerber, Community Manager, Bosch Alumni Network
“I feel it is a privilege to be helping to build a community of people across Wales who are all tackling climate change in different ways in their communities, such as starting upcycling or food-growing projects, implementing an energy retrofit on their community building, and many other fantastic ideas that can be shared with others.”
Matt Swan, Community Manager, Egin
“At the helm of the Global Young Leaders Alliance (GYLA), I am deeply appreciative of
the transformative power of our global community.
The synergy within our network fosters leadership development, professional growth, and impactful collaborations.
Every success story reflects our commitment to empowering young leaders, fostering. strength, influence, and global impact in a transformative space. Community Manager Appreciation Day is a celebration of the profound impact our community creates.”
Boniface Mahulo, Community Manager, GYLA
"I've been lucky enough to be in this profession for 10 years. The Institut de l'Engagement's community is young, committed, and dynamic.
Witnessing the evolution, growth, and success of this community, as well as the forging of close relationships and members helping each other, reaffirms my dedication to my chosen career path and strengthens my commitment to the community."
Matthieu Schenk, Community Manager, Institut de l'Engagement
We love the fact that our community has an immediate connection because of our shared love for loud music. This makes it easier to help each other out on a business level. Our job as community managers is to encourage members to connect on a deeper level and share their knowledge, which is awesome.
David Brinks and Tom Schilders, Community Managers, Metal Business Club
"I love the fact that our community is all about empowering and supporting each other. And that's what makes a community in my opinion: Being strong together for each other, whether that's in person or digitally, and working towards a common goal. In our case, that would be 50% women in leadership."
Maria Maske, Community Manager, PANDA