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


We are a passionate team committed to client success.

Forj has a strong history of looking ahead and making a positive impact. The foundation of our technology has been used to build and support an online community of HR professionals for over a decade. Forj was formed in 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. 



Kurt Heikkinen

Kurt Heikkinen

Chief Executive Officer

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

Chief Experience Officer

Kristen is reimagining communities of practice in her leadership of the Forj product vision, brand experiences, and thought leadership - which provides association executives with research and insights to help them succeed. She brings customer experience strategy and marketing expertise from large global tech-enabled services and SaaS organizations including Cielo, Pinstripe, Provade and ManpowerGroup. 

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Amber Winter

Chief Client Officer

Amber combines her passion for community-driven learning with a keen business acumen to lead Forj’s client success model and team. She promotes a "learn fearlessly" mentality to encourage innovation and drive growth and works side-by-side with association executives to develop their strategies. Previously the CEO of Web Courseworks, Amber’s expertise lies in sales, marketing, and operations.


Mark Sehmer

Chief Technology Officer

Mark is a technology leader whose industry experience has shown him the inadequacies of traditional software development. At Forj, he helps associations modernize the member experience by re-imagining what could be. Mark has led high-caliber teams and modernized businesses through culture, employee empowerment, and product innovation at organizations like Web Courseworks, Propeller Health, and Terso Solutions. 

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