Forum-Group is the leading best-practices network for senior executives who direct communications, marketing and public affairs at major corporations and non-profit organizations across North America.  Members meet privately to discuss pressing PR issues, share lessons learned and engage with guest speakers.  Between meetings, they forward opportunities, solicit referrals and leverage the experience and connections of their peers to respond  more effectively to challenges.

Forum-Group members represent four broad sectors:

·     Global businesses

·     North American companies

·     Financial services firms

·     Non-profit organizations

 


FORUM-GROUP, LLC
Ted Matthews is president and owner of Forum-Group. A former member, he is the third person to lead the association since it was established in 1977. See ABOUT for more information.

Welcome

 
PARTICIPATION

Membership is by invitation and is limited to a senior leader of communications, marketing and public affairs in large companies and organizations. 

MEETINGS

Meetings are hosted by a member and held in major business cities. Members choose meetings that fit their schedules and most make one to two sessions per year. Debrief reports and speaker files are sent to all members after a meeting. Substitutions at meetings are not permitted.

Between meetings, members stay connected electronically to exchange job leads, solicit input, offer referrals and tap into the membership's veritable brain trust.

POLICY

Matters of policy are decided by the group, which has no officers or committees. All members are equal and are encouraged to share expertise freely and capture as much value as possible from colleagues. Meetings are confidential and all materials, including member lists, are circulated only for the use of members.

WHY JOIN FORUM-GROUP

 

Membership provides a broad network of top peers who are eager to share their practical knowledge and applied experience with colleagues. By leveraging their peers, members enhance their expertise, gain a competitive edge, deliver greater value to their organizations, and attract the best opportunities.
COST AND VALUE

Membership is a modest annual fee and is generously discounted for non-profits. Dues cover meetings and the ability to tap a vast network of experienced colleagues for insight and advice 365 days a year. Members cover their travel for meetings and pay their prorated portion of meal and conference charges.

For more information, contact ted@forum-groupllc.com 

“Forum Group meetings – along with Forum Group email dialogue with my peers – offer candid opportunities to discuss shared opportunities, challenges and issues; share best practices and innovative ideas; and develop valuable relationships that extend beyond the meetings.  The value of my Forum-Group membership provides an exceptional ROI, and I’m proud to be a member.”

Paul Gennaro, CCO,

Voya Financial

“I have participated in the Forum-Group for more than a decade.  Without fail, I leave each meeting with some useful bit of information or an approach that helps me solve a problem somewhere down the road.  The openness and sharing of challenges and information from peers across industries is invaluable.  The networking is also a huge plus. I'm a fan!” 

Linda Recupero, SVP-Global Comm,

Assurant

“It’s the only industry group that I have ever felt to be always worthwhile.” 

Nicole Didda, CCO,

Skanska, USA Inc.

“As for the value of the Forum-Group, I'd mention these three:

  • The ability to tap the experience of other Forum-Group members – on issues large and small, at any time – is worth the annual cost of membership.

  • The small-group setting for information sharing – whether through guest speakers or interaction with colleagues – is the most effective, appropriate way for senior communicators to learn.

  • Finally, this is a tough business and the value of periodically recharging on an emotional level with like-minded folks shouldn't be underestimated.”

John Boul, head of external relations,

Edward Jones

“I have been a member of Forum-Group for many years and consider it to be the single most valuable professional association to which I belong.”

 

Kathryn Caulfield, VP,

Corp Responsibility, Crisis Mgt. and CCO, The Clorox Company

 “The Forum-Group has been incredibly valuable for me in my role as head of corporate communications for one of the largest banks in the U.S. Getting together in person during the scheduled two-day meetings is great, but it’s the ability to tap into the group during the year about a question or conundrum that’s most beneficial to me... That’s a powerful tool -  the intellectual horsepower of hundreds of your peers responding in a matter of a day or two.  This is the group you dream about – senior-level communicators who are willing to help each other network and problem-solve.” 

Daniel Weidman,

Managing Dir.-Corp Comm, MUFG

“I’m so glad you reached out to me to join this group. I sincerely get a lot of value out of this membership – more so than others.” 

Kelly Kane, VP-Corp Comm,

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