Why I’m Leaving MediaLeaders

I’ve decided to no longer organize the Raleigh MediaLeaders.tv organization.

Raleigh Media Leaders

Raleigh Media Leaders

When I first reached out to them in January of 2010 I was looking for a way to achieve escape velocity from my job at McClatchy Interactive. I saw Media Leaders as the perfect way to help expand my social network. It turned out to be so much more.

I reached out to some of the smartest people I knew to help me get it going, including: Sarah Burris, Brian McDonald, Dan London, Morgan Siem, Karl Sakas, Meg Crawford and Rachel Healy.

What I came to realize over the last month or so is that the reason medialeaders.tv was started and the reason I wanted to participate are not in sync. It’s nothing terrible, we just see the opportunities differently.

What I hope to do is to run a more open source media leaders event. Rather than a centralized organization making decisions about how the local event should be promoted, priced and who should have access to attendees information, I feel like that should be in the hands of the people doing the work locally.

The best part of the early events was that all the cities rocked on the same night. With that in mind, I’ve started to reach out to friends in other cities that I think would benefit from an awesome open source networking event.

Step 1: I’ve spoken with Tiffani Murray about expanding this open source media leaders event into Atlanta.

Step 2: I’ve spoken with 9 other people who have expressed interest from Miami to Boston.

Step 3: World East Coast domination!

I will be aiming for early November for the next event. I hope you decide to continue this journey with me and the great group of people helping me make something awesome.


  1. You rock beyond all comprehension, Mr. Buckley. Thanks for all you’ve already done. Can’t wait to see what you do next… :)

  2. Sounds like an awesome plan.

  3. Phil,
    Thanks so much for this idea and concept. Thank you also for the service you provided the participants. You know I see the benefit of the engagement with just such a group. I think coming up with a way to broaden the group to allow more to benefit sounds like the way to go. Thanks again for all you do for the Triangle.

    • Aww thanks Eddie, I appreciate it. But the truth is, the Triangle area has given me way more than I could ever hope to give back. I love how awesome the people around here are, we’re a lucky bunch.

  4. Yancy Strickland says:


    Very good news. I’m busier than usual but happy to help however I can. At the very least, look forward to attending!



  5. Count me and ChallengeWave as your first sponsors.

    Let’s talk about some ways we can help.


  6. Camden Watts says:

    You are always impressing me, sir. Keep at it. If I can do anything to help, it’d be a pleasure. Looking forward to hearing more about the next event!

  7. Phil, I’m looking forward to working with you again to organize the new event! In the meantime: http://karlsakas.com/raleigh-media-leaders-lunch-at-joel-lanes/

  8. Phil, I think this is a great idea, dude. I’d love to help you get something of the ground, let me know if I can be of any help.
    Rock it!

  9. Funny. This is precisely why I try to keep Tweet Divas from turning into a “we must do this” “we must do that” group too. The only thing I require with my attendees is that they are willing to give back t to the community in some way each time, which is why we always choose a charity. Outside of that, it’s a group meant just for the ladies to connect as they wish! I applaud you for not conforming but rather, forming something a lot more conducive to our Triangle-wide philosophy here. You know I’m happy to help any time. I’m GREAT at the registration table. ;)

    God Bless ya, Man!

  10. Open source is the way to go nowadays. Great job of recognizing this. Looking forward to hearing about what kind of help you are looking for.


  11. Sounds like a good personal decision, i’ll be looking forward to more events since i had a blast at the last one.

  12. You are always on the move Phil! As we grow and develop our priorities, reasonings and prerogatives change, so it only makes sense that you’ve outgrown your former self. I’ll be on the look out for this new event. Let me know if you need help with anything.

  13. Robbie McAlister says:

    Well let me know how I can help you Phil. You’re always full of good ideas.

    “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”

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