I am delighted to announce the [Community Leadership Summit 2015](https://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/), now in it’s seventh year! This year it takes place on the **18th and 19th July 2015**, the weekend before [OSCON](https://www.oscon.com/open-source-2015) at the [Oregon Convention Center](https://www.oregoncc.org/). Thanks again to [O’Reilly](https://www.oreilly.com) for providing the venue.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the CLS, it is an entirely free event designed to bring together community leaders and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community. The event provides an unconference-style schedule in which attendees can discuss, debate and explore topics. This is augmented with a range of scheduled talks, panel discussions, networking opportunities and more.
The heart of CLS is an event driven by the attendees, for the attendees.
The event provides an opportunity to bring together the leading minds in the field with new community builders to discuss topics such as governance, creating collaborative environments, conflict resolution, transparency, open infrastructure, social networking, commercial investment in community, engineering vs. marketing approaches to community leadership and much more.
The previous events have been hugely successful and a great way to connect together different people from different community backgrounds to share best practice and make community management an art and science better understood and shared by us all.
I will be providing more details about the event closer to the time, but in the meantime be sure to [register](https://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/register/)!
## Mixing Things Up
For those who have been to CLS before, I want to ask your help.
This year I want to explore new ideas and methods of squeezing as much value out of CLS for everyone. As such, I am looking for your input on areas in which we can improve, refine, and optimize CLS.
I ask you head over to the [Community Leadership Forum](https://communityleadershipforum.com/) and share your feedback. Thanks!