Creating stronger communities through our leading-edge Member Experience platform for associations and professional organizations.

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We are a passionate, global team committed to client success.

Forj has a strong history of looking ahead and making a positive impact. The foundation of our technology was developed over the past ten years where it has been used to build and support an online community of HR professionals. Forj was formed in the summer of 2020 to meet the pressing needs of hundreds of associations searching for a solution to modernize their member experience.  

We chose the name Forj because we believe in the power of forging relationships and strengthening bonds between community members in pursuit of a common goal. It’s a name that reflects our commitment to forge ahead and bring innovative solutions to our clients and their communities, as well as their drive to bring people together to bring great value to the world.


We are purpose-built for communities of practice.

Forj is purpose-built for professional communities and associations. We know harnessing the energy and engagement your members feel at annual events (not to mention sustaining it all year long) can be a challenge. With our proven technology, you can create more personalized, enriching virtual experiences for your member community to fuel interest and connections for the long-term. Forj is experienced in creating engaging, meaningful experiences tailored for:

  • Associations

  • Media and Trade Press

  • Professional Membership Groups

  • Higher Education


Kurt Heikkinen

Kurt Heikkinen


Leading with a culture-first approach, Kurt is a highly regarded SaaS CEO with a proven track record for building high growth, innovative companies and technologies to meet the ever-changing needs in the world of work. He also serves on the Board of various early-stage SaaS companies, was previously the CEO at Modern Hire and Montage, and served in executive leadership roles at PeopleSoft, Metavante and Evolve Software.

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Kristen Wright

Client Experience

Kristen is responsible for enabling the growth of Forj through differentiated brand experiences, digital marketing and thought leadership - providing association executives with research, insights and ideas to help them succeed. She brings brand strategy and marketing expertise from large global tech-enabled services and SaaS organizations including Cielo, Pinstripe, Provade and ManpowerGroup. 


Mark Unak


Mark is an experienced technology leader with an extensive background in enterprise architecture, cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence.  With a passion for innovation and disrupting complacent markets and traditional processes, he leads the vision and development of our next generation platform for community engagement.  He previously served as CTO of Amdocs, Codifyd, Harqen and Scratch Digital + Data.  

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Jackie Berdy


Jackie is highly skilled in creating and launching innovative partnership opportunities to generate revenue and meet clients' goals. She previously served as Vice President of Channel Development at Xvoucher, Global Business Development Executive at HR Certification Institute and as a Business Development Advisor for the National Restaurant Association, and AARP.

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Sandi Wozniak


Sandi is a leader in product management and operations, positioning Forj to deliver ongoing product innovation and value. With strategic vision and a focus on user experience, Sandi’s expertise lies in creating innovative digital tools that excite people and make their lives easier. She has held senior product positions at organizations such as JDA Software, 7Summits, and IBM Consulting.

Karl Tiedemann

Karl Tiedemann


Karl is a talented and experienced product and UX designer whose work has been used by millions worldwide for companies including Audi, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, TATA and Jimmy Johns. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, english and interactive, and he is responsible for designing member-centric experiences for Forj clients.

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