Social media gurus, take note. The DFW chapter of Facebook Leadership Circles is now meeting monthly at event1013 in Downtown Plano. It’s a morning of networking designed to help those who manage a Facebook group. Each month a different speaker talks about issues important to these moderators and administrators. Past topics have included legal advice and how to better monetize a Facebook group.
“I think the real benefit of the Community Leadership Program isn’t just the speaker we have once a month,” said Nicole Wight, the lead for Facebook Leadership Circles in the Dallas area. “It’s really about the networking opportunities. It’s just a really good way to meet people that have shared knowledge about Facebook communities and how to run them well.”
Facebook has invested $20 million into the Community Leadership Program. There are now 93 Leadership Circles around the globe. The Dallas-Forth Worth chapter is one of the 10 most active circles.
Nicole is a Plano resident who’s been professionally involved in social media marketing for nearly a decade. When she first moved to Texas, her job responsibilities included talking with Facebook administrators on a regular basis. During the course of her work she became familiar with many of the inner workings of the social media giant. A couple of year ago she discovered the Leadership Circles Program and thought it would help her personally and professionally. Last December she was asked to lead the local program.
So far, meetings have attracted a wide variety of people. Some attendees run business-related groups while others utilize Facebook to promote hobbies, neighborhoods or other activities they are passionate about.
Facebook Leadership Circle meetings are open to anyone who is an administrator or moderators of a Facebook group, as well as those who are considering starting one. There is no fee to join the online group or attend a meeting. Those interested are encouraged sign up ahead of time. Once there they will be asked where they live, if they plan to attend in-person events and which Facebook groups they run. The answers will help program leaders better understand how they can assist them.
“We just really want to let more Facebook community leaders know that there is a place for them right here in Dallas/Fort Worth that can help them reach some of their goals, whether it’s personal or professional,” Nicole said. “There’s a direct line that’s here for them. They just may not know about it.”Facebook Leadership Circles >