ece kurtaraner

mindful productivity, community & collaboration

I am a community strategist, helping freelance-focused businesses to create and follow the right action plan for building an engaging community.My mission is to create connections through events and community, where people grow with collaboration, trust and kindness.

Ece Kurtaraner

Fora: the unfurling of one's potential

Community and peer support help individuals to overcome blockers and barriers; events bring communities together. The ups, the downs, the highs and the lows: they’re all better together. Fora is there for the journey.

the journey

Fora was born out of a realisation that there was something more out there. I grew up thinking that studying hard and landing a corporate job where I could climb the ladder would leave me “successful” and satisfied. But I soon realised it didn’t quite hit the mark.Something was still missing.Corporate life soon began to feel like a hamster wheel, where opportunities to build real human connections were few and far between. In events and marketing, speed matters. I wasn’t able to spend time developing my strengths, building communities and making a real difference.The things I pride myself on (attention to detail, community, collaboration and delivering the best possible solutions) came second to just getting things done.With Fora, I’m able to fully utilise every part of my personality and skillset for others' benefit.Fora is all about community, collaboration and opening your eyes to a whole new way of growing your business. Harking back to my Turkish roots, ‘fora’ itself means ‘to unfurl the sails’.

Photo by Andrew Neel

Fora Club supports individuals to be accountable, to learn together and work well.

Fora Community helps freelance-focused businesses to grow their business through community strength.

Ece Kurtaraner

I’ve been a multi-hyphener for as long as I can remember. I could never answer questions like, “What’s your favourite subject at school?” or “What do you want to be when you grow up?” - because I loved and wanted to do everything!At one point, my goal was to be a teacher during the day, a dancer in the evenings and a waitress at the weekends. I haven’t quite followed the path Young-Ece saw for me, but I bring that same sense of multi-hyphenate experience and skills to everything I do now.I’m an engineering graduate (which often surprises people!) turned events and community manager, bringing together the two (somewhat conflicting) parts of my brain: the logical, engineering-focused side that focuses on detail and processes and planning; and the creative, enthusiastic side that brings ideas, design and a human-loving skillset.

i care about

  • Journeying starts with the first step. It's respecting how far there is to go. It's honouring that you need your own map, not someone else's. It's enjoying every pit-stop. It's honouring the challenge of taking your first step - before you're ready.

  • Peer support gives us the crew to guide us on our journey. Learning is a journey that never ends. Permission to simply observe and listen, allows us to absorb information and grow.

  • Events provide a place to visit, opportunities to turn strangers into support, to taste and test new experiences. To laugh, reflect and learn as we shape our lives.

  • Community is where we take a deep breath and crack a huge smile because our people honour and delight in our success.


  • living in 🐝 Manchester

  • reading 📚 "Do Pause: You are Not a To Do List" by Robert Poynton

  • working with 🙋 Pip Decks and Leapers Pods as community hosts

  • celebrating 🍾 Being nominated for The Freelancer Awards

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Last updated, 02.09.2022

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