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Dear (Amazing) Community Leader,

Thank you for doing what you do. Your passion, enthusiasm and sincerity in the work you do inspires me, every day, to continue doing the work I do.

Coming together this past week in beautiful Bohol, Philippines was more amazing than I can put into words. This year, more than 80 of you from over 20 countries joined us – and it was awesome. Community programs led by true community leaders are essential to building strong and thriving startup ecosystems – and I saw nothing short of that last week. Each of you shared deeply diverse and extraordinary stories from your communities, showing us just how much the work we all do matters.

I am so happy that every year we get an opportunity to come together and connect in person, because as much as connecting with you online throughout the year is awesome, nothing beats seeing you in person and listening to your journeys and stories and goals together.

I am so proud of the inclusive, happy, global community we are building. When we collaborate with each other, there are no bounds to what we can achieve together.

You inspire me. You keep me going. Keep doing what you do.

Love,

Your Community Building Partner-In-Crime.


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Lalitha Wemel Lalitha Wemel
Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. Lalitha has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both in and out of Malaysia. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, and travel. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across South East Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem.