October’s Community Call: Expectations and Metrics

Our October call will focus on why community-building is important to different STEM organizations and what success looks like in each case. We’ll hear from three STEM leaders – each representing a different type of organization from a funder to a lead PI – about why community is important to the work they do.

Join us via Zoom on Thursday*, 20 October, 2022, at 11am EDT/3pm UTC.

*Please note that this month’s call is on a Thursday rather than during the regular Wednesday time slot due to speaker availability.

This month we’re looking at how to define successful community engagement.

What defines a successful community?

Community managers may find themselves handed different — and possibly conflicting — definitions of success from funders, colleagues, or community members. The question that therefore arises is, what does successful community engagement look like and how are different organizations valuing community-building? We invited leaders from a variety of STEM organizations to discuss their perspectives.

  • Joshua Greenberg, a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will discuss why supporting community-building is important for some of the Sloan Foundation-funded projects.
  • John Ohab, a Senior Director & Chief Strategist at the Hertz Foundation, will speak about how community has become a strategic pillar, resulting in the hiring of a director level community manager.
  • Karthik Ram, the Co-Founder and Director of rOpenSci and Lead at the US Research Software Sustainability Institute, will discuss community success metrics in the open source space.

October’s call


Join October’s Community Call to:

  • Learn more about how community is being prioritized in a range of STEM organizations
  • Learn how organizations may have evolved their approach to community-building over time
  • Find out how a community’s success can impact the long-term strategy of an organization


  • Josh Greenberg, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • John Ohab, the Hertz Foundation
  • Karthik Ram, rOpenSci and the US Research Software Sustainability Institute

How to join

October’s call will take place on Thursday, 20 October, 2022, at 11am EDT/3pm UTC

Our calls are hosted in Zoom – simply click here and we’ll see you in the webinar!

Video or not? You’re welcome to turn on your webcam if you like but fine if you prefer just to use audio.

Our community calls last 90 minutes, but we will do our best to ensure that all of the presentations take place in the first hour, in case you have to leave early. The last 30 minutes is generally reserved for open discussion and Q&A with the presenters and other participants on the call. Come for the hour – or for the full 90 mins, as your schedule permits!

Please note: We’ll be recording the presentations so that others who couldn’t make it can catch up later. The discussion section and any Q&A are not recorded. 


Our community calls usually take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 11am Eastern, but occasionally times and dates vary depending on speaker availability so please keep an eye on our calendar of events.

Wonder what we’ve talked about in previous calls? The archive listings can be found here, with select recordings available on YouTube.

Not yet in our Slack group? Request to join here.

Further resources

We curate a growing collection of resources for community managers on our website. If you have any questions about our work, or are interested in partnering with us on a future project or call, please contact info@www.cscce.org