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Multiple in-person and virtual meetings each year connect members to top peers and high-profile guest speakers. Video meetings are held at least monthly and in-person meetings are hosted by members in major business cities, mostly running noon-to-noon over two days so travelers can minimize time on the road. Members choose meetings that fit their schedules. Attendance at in-person meetings is limited, which contributes to more meaningful and engaging discussion. Substitutions are not permitted.

Recent guest speakers include:

Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics

Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent, New York Times


The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York


Jim VandeHei, Founder and CEO, Axios


Jon Steinberg, Founder and CEO, Cheddar

Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, The Gallup Organization

Alan Colberg, President and CEO, Assurant, Inc.

Dana Perino, Fox News Channel contributor, former White House press secretary


David Faber, CNBC anchor and award-winning author


Bob Pisani, CNBC sr. reporter

Jim MacGregor, co-founder and vice chair, The Abernathy MacGregor Group


From one-hour Zoom calls to day-long in-person meetings, Forum-Group builds the meeting calendar throughout the year; 28 meetings were held last year. Some meetings are organized with just a few hours of notice to enable members to respond to fast-breaking news, such as the Oct. 7, 2023 attack on Israel.


If you're in a leadership role for a large company or nonprofit and want to join the conversation, reach out to Ted Matthews at


  • Jan. 18, 1pm, RTO mandates hurt working moms, author and guest speaker Joanne Lipman

  • Jan. 25, 1pm, Media measurement, analytics and AI, guest speaker Natan Edelsburg of Muck Rack

  • Jan. 26, noon, Free Agents

  • Feb. 8, 12:30pm, New Edelman Trust Barometer findings, w/Chuck Kaiser from Edelman

  • Feb. 22, 1pm, Resume expert and coach Robynn Storey, for Free Agents and all members

  • March 14, Int comms and engagement challenges, member discussion

  • March 28, 1:30-7pm, Atlanta regional meeting hosted by Paul Catherwood/Capital Group

  • March 29, noon, Free Agents

  • April 18, 10am-7pm, Chicago in-person meeting hosted by Mike Aabram/Allstate Insurance

  • April 26, noon, Free Agents

  • June 27, noon, Member discussion, topic TBD

  • June 28, noon, Free Agents

  • July 25, noon, Member discussion, topic TBD

  • July 26, noon, Free Agents

  • Aug 29, noon, Member discussion, topic TBD

  • Aug 30, noon, Free Agents

  • Sept or Oct, targeting NYC for in-person meeting

  • Sept 27, noon, Free Agents

  • Oct 25, noon, Free Agents

  • Nov TBD, Wash DC in-person post-election meeting

  • Nov 22, noon, Free Agents

  • December, no meetings planned




Agenda topics and guest speakers are decided with help from the host and other members, which ensures meetings are highly relevant and address members’ specific issues. Unstructured time is built in for networking and open discussion. A recent meeting agenda is below: 


Washington, DC Meeting, Nov. 30, 2023

(times are Eastern Zone)


10 am                   Members arrive, American Clean Power Association, 1501 M Street, NW, Washington, DC

                              Social time and welcome



10:20 am             Member intros, a.k.a., “what keeps me up at night”



11 am                   Seven trends driving policy and politics through 2024, guest speaker Bruce Mehlman


12 pm                   Lunch



1 pm                     Cybersecurity: Identifying risks, preparing and responding effectively, guest speaker Imran Ahmad



2 pm                     Two perspectives on our industry, Rosanna Maietta and Gil Jenkins


                              Lightning Round

                              -Israel/Gaza messages, monitoring geopolitical risks, all

                              -Managing a talent gap, Mike Aabram

                              -Engaging employees in a hybrid work world, Shira Miller

                              -Getting traction with major market media, Brenda Andolina

                              -Taking or deferring stands on political/social issues, Brian Kosoy


                              -Big budget beatdown and decision trees, if interest and time allow, Ted


3:45 pm               Break



4 pm                     What clients look for in prospective CCOs, guest speaker Susan Goodwin Thomas


5 pm                     Social hour at Dauphine’s, short walk to 1100 15th St. NW

6 pm                     Confirm w/Ted ASAP if you’re staying for dinner

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