WHO/WHAT IS ORGORG?
OrgOrg is a community of people who work in a field sometimes known as business/people operations.
We are the “Organization Organizers” – the folks behind the scenes making it all work at work. We are a community of like-jobbed individuals, sharing best practices and war stories because we know that it’s better not to go it alone.
OrgOrg (the org) provides a forum for discussion, as well as resources, events, and more! Our over 3,600 members span the globe, and we’re constantly growing! Click here for information on how to join.
WHO RUNS ORGORG?
OrgOrg is run by a group of dedicated volunteers, led by OrgOrg Founder Kim Rohrer and our Executive Director Kelli Doré. Our team comes from all sorts of Operational backgrounds, and from all over the United States and Internationally.
Our operations are sustained by private donations and sponsorships. Interested in making a contribution? Please email [email protected] for more information on available opportunities.
In 2018, OrgOrg was acquired by Eden Technologies, Inc. We continue to be run by part-time volunteers and our Executive Director, and maintain our community as a separate space from Eden’s customer base and communications.
In 2021, OrgOrg was acquired from Eden Technologies, Inc. Read full announcement here.
WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?
OrgOrg empowers the people who empower companies. OrgOrg builds community by providing resources, training and development to the people who organize organizations, and works to increase the actual and perceived value of the business operations role.
○ Build a strong network and community of business operations professionals.
○ Empower OrgOrgers to do great work through training, education, and tools that they can bring back to their companies.
○ Increase visibility within the industry and elevate the business operations role.
We value collaboration, education, empowerment, and supporting each other in the development of ourselves and our careers. We hold ourselves to high standards, and value upholding our promises. We pledge to approach our business fairly and honestly, with the touchstone always the being benefit to our members. These are the values all OrgOrg Volunteers pledge to uphold:
○ Collaboration: Share and communicate; we work better together.
○ Education: Seek knowledge; there is always more to learn.
○ Empowerment: Take initiative; give yourself permission to succeed.
○ Support: Be an ally; we encourage each other to do our best work.
○ Trust: Follow through; honesty helps us uphold our high standards of work.
HOW WE GOT STARTED.
In October 2010, Kim had just started her new job as the Office Manager at Disqus, as the 13th employee, 1st woman, and only person doing something that wasn’t coding or business. Disqus was located in an old and falling apart super cool brick and timber building, and sometimes the toilets didn’t flush (or the freight elevator was broken, or the garbage stank up the building…). Who was she to turn to for advice on how to deal with property management, or how to get in touch with facilities? The engineers certainly didn’t know.
Enter Melissa. Melissa worked at GitHub, conveniently located just one floor above Disqus, and one of Kim’s coworkers was kind enough to make the introduction. Melissa had been at this for several years already, and knew the ropes. It only took a few emails back and forth to bring other like-minded folks into the conversation; starting with Sharon, Heroku’s resident Vibe Manager.
Sharon, Melissa and Kim started by adding a few friends, but word quickly spread. Today, the group has thousands of members across hundreds of companies, from San Francisco to New York to London, Berlin, and Brazil! While Melissa and Sharon are no longer operationally involved, their legacy lives on through the work of our dedicated volunteers. We’re excited about the future of this group, and look forward to helping OrgOrg’ers learn and grow while building successful careers and connecting with each other.
*HOW WE GOT OUR NAME
Kim’s friend Miranda was working at Couchsurfing.org, with the title “Organization Organizer”. It seemed appropriate. As we’ve evolved as a group, so has our name, shortening to OrgOrg.