What is an ON Community Chapter? 💡
Local hubs created by Operations Nation, run together with volunteers from our amazing community of ops professionals.
By joining your local ON Community Chapter, you get access to:
- Regular informal meetups in person 🎉
- Usually formatted as a 30-min presentation from a speaker, followed by 90 mins of networking - but you can always relocate to the nearest pub if you feel like chatting more after the event.
- Starting out with an event every two months and increasing the frequency based on the community’s preferences.
- Private Slack channel 💬
- A private space within the ON Community Slack workspace to discuss local ops challenges, get insights from the local market, meet new ops people in your area, and keep in touch with folks you met at the meetups.
- Private mailing list 📢
- For announcements - so you never miss an invite to chapter events.
How do I join an ON Community Chapter? 👋
If there’s an ON Community Chapter in your city, you’ll automatically be added to it when you join the ON Community. This means that you’ll be able to use the private Slack channel and get invited to all local events.
Do I have to pay to become a member of my local ON Community Chapter? 💰
Joining your local chapter is free, but attending in-person events will always come with a small fee. This is because we know how easy it is to talk yourself out of attending a free event you signed up for. By having a small fee attached, guests feel more committed to actually showing up, which honours the time and effort our organisers put into the event and covers our venue costs.
How can I contribute to my ON Community Chapter? 🤝
We’re always looking for
There are lots of ways to get involved and give back to the community. Reach out to the ON Team via email@example.com to find out more.
How can I form an ON Community Chapter in my city? 🌱
If you’ve filled out our 2023 Community Survey and indicated that you’d like to lead a local chapter: we’ve registered your interest and will be in touch if there’s a high level of interest in local events from other ops people in your city.
If you joined our community recently and thus didn’t fill out the 2023 Community Survey, but would be interested in leading a local chapter, sign up here.
How does leading an ON Community Chapter work? 🤔
Each ON Community Chapter has two co-leaders, who volunteer to be responsible for organising the life of the local community, including:
- Representing the ON Community’s values in the local chapter and helping folks do the same
- Hosting regular events (ideally once a month)
- Speaker selection (deciding on speakers, inviting them to the event and coordinating with them on their presentation)
- Events hosting (setting up the physical venue, welcoming guests, introducing the speaker)
- Events set up (booking venue and coordinating with the ON Team for the RSVP page, ensuring the tech setup is working correctly)
- Events announcements (announcing the events on Slack and the private mailing list)
- Events promotion (promoting the event on LinkedIn and ensuring that the speakers share the events on their platforms)
- Events notes and material (taking notes during the event to be shared with the community chapter members afterwards)
- Events support (responding to any host or guest enquiries before, during and after the event; being available to resolve any unexpected issues)
- Moderating the Slack channel (encouraging engagement, chatting with folks, sharing content or questions you find interesting, deleting inappropriate content and informing the Community Organiser about incidents)
- Collaborating and communicating with the ON Team - we expect you to keep us informed because that enables us to help you with all of the above tasks! We want our community members to get the best experience possible - and that includes our co-leaders.
- A 6-month commitment, so we can give other community members a chance to contribute
- We’ll review our progress after 3 months and reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far and how to proceed for the second half of our collaboration - including gathering feedback from the chapter members on how we can improve.
If you ever have any issues, don’t hesitate to contact Community Organiser (Becca) - we’re here to help.
What benefits come with being an ON Community Chapter Lead? ✨
- Impact: give back, facilitate connections and knowledge sharing, and see your impact as the community grows thanks to you
- Leadership: lead and shape a vital part of the ON Community
- Networking: connect with other members of the community in a meaningful way; expand your professional network and foster valuable relationships
- Professional development: use, prove, and hone your skills as a leader, facilitator and organiser
- Professional recognition and visibility: raise your professional profile and gain recognition within the local and global operations community; position yourself as industry expert
- Access to resources and support: work closely with the ON Team and other chapter leads, and receive any support, guidance and resources you need
- Co-own ON: have a tangible ownership stake in the collective success of Operations Nation by becoming our shareholder