is gearing up for our 50th (!!) Member Meeting in Chicago, October 8-9 started when 12 heads of social media came together needing a place to talk — just leaders, big brands, and no vendors.

That was 12 years and — incredibly — 49 Member Meetings ago.

It's such a testament to the members of this organization that while all the other groups and conferences came and went over the past decade, continued to grow into the thriving community it is today.

Looking back, we couldn't help but add up all the crazy numbers from 12 years of Member Meetings:

  • 6,330 attendees
  • 800 Show & Tells talks
  • 2,400 unconference discussions
  • 19 different cities
  • Over 25 member-hosted meetings at the following headquarters: Boeing, Cisco, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Duke Energy, General Mills, Intel, McDonald's, McGraw-Hill, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Newell Rubbermaid, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, SunGard, Texas Instruments, U.S. Navy, USA TODAY, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Whole Foods Market, Yahoo!, and 3M.

We can't wait to celebrate with our members at Member Meeting 50 in Chicago, October 8-9.

It's going to be an incredible series of conversations with senior social media leaders at the world's biggest brands — and we're hoping to make it one of our best meetings ever.

Learn more about our 50th meeting here:

See you there!