Day 1: General Sessions
July 19, 2023 - |
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Day 1: General Sessions - 07/19/2023
|8:00 am - 8:30 am|
Rise and Dine! Day 2 of the Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference Begins & Registration Is Open
Good morning! We hope you had a restful night and are ready to dive back into the second day of the Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference. If you're joining us for the full two-day experience, welcome back! And if you're just joining us for day two, we're thrilled to have you here.
We're kicking off the day with Registration: Badges, Bagels, & Beverages. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, help yourself to a delicious bagel and check-in to pick up your badge and any materials you may need for the day's sessions. It's also a great opportunity to visit with our partners and sponsors at their booths, and catch up on any conversations from the day before.
We have a full day of informative sessions and networking opportunities planned, with speakers and topics that are sure to inspire and inform. So grab your badge, a bagel and a beverage, and let's get ready for another day of learning, growth and connection.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible community, and we look forward to seeing you throughout the day!
|8:30 am - 9:00 am|
Chairperson's Welcome & Speed Networking
Pinaki Kathiari, CEO & Owner | Local Wisdom
To kick things off, we'll start with a fun and engaging speed networking session. This is a chance for you to meet and connect with other attendees, share your experiences and learn from each other. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the field, this is an opportunity to build your network, share insights and make lasting connections.
After the speed networking, we'll jump into our first session of the day, where we'll explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing internal communications professionals in today's rapidly evolving business environment.
Thank you for joining us again today and I hope you're ready for another great day of learning, networking and growth. Let's get started!
|9:00 am - 9:30 am|
The Internal Newscast: Stories, Ideas & Inspiration From The Kroger Family Of Companies
George Brown, Associate Communications & Engagement Manager | Kroger
Join George Brown, Associate Communications & Engagement Manager at Kroger, as he shares insights on how to create compelling internal newscasts that inspire and engage employees. In this session, George will share examples from Kroger's own internal newscasts, highlighting how video storytelling can be used to enhance employee engagement and build a strong corporate culture.
Learn how to use storytelling techniques to craft messages that resonate with employees, and discover the importance of visual elements in bringing stories to life. George will also share best practices for creating effective internal communications that connect employees across departments and locations.
Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from one of the most successful companies in the retail industry. Whether you're a seasoned communications professional or just getting started in the field, this session will provide you with practical tips and inspiration for creating impactful internal communications through video storytelling.
|9:30 am - 10:00 am|
It’s Not Just Internal Anymore, So Now What?
Jenifer Bice, Head of Internal Communications | Pinterest
Join Jenifer Bice, Head of Internal Communications at Pinterest, in an engaging discussion on the evolving role of communications in today's business landscape.
As internal communications strategists for organizations, our role has shifted dramatically over the past number of years. It’s not enough anymore to focus on helping the business achieve its goals and line that up with what our employees need to be engaged. More than ever we’re seeing the work of the internal comms team showing up - or even being proactively placed - externally. So what does that mean for how we approach our roles? That’s what we’re going to talk about in this session.
You’ll walk away with a solid understanding of what’s happening in our industry based on real, current examples. We’ll deconstruct some of those examples to learn from them together, and you’ll get practical tips about how to be the most strategic and thoughtful comms professional you know.
|10:00 am - 10:15 am|
Challenges In Internal Communications And How To Solve For Them!
Amanda Berry, Corporate Communications Manager | Simpplr
Join Amanda Berry, Corporate Communications Manager at Simpplr, for a thought-provoking session on the challenges in internal communications and how to solve for them. With extensive experience in the field, Amanda will provide valuable insights and practical solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing internal communications professionals today.
Through case studies and real-world examples, Amanda will explore the key challenges in areas such as employee engagement, remote work, and information overload, and share strategies for overcoming these obstacles. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to optimize their internal communications strategies and drive better outcomes for their organizations.
As a sponsor of the Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference, Simpplr is committed to helping internal communications professionals stay ahead of the curve and navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the field. Be sure to visit their booth to learn more about their innovative solutions and to speak with their team of experts.
|10:15 am - 10:30 am|
Sips, Snacks, and Sponsors: Refreshments and Networking Break
Enjoy a refreshing break with complimentary morning refreshments while networking with other attendees. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, share experiences, and make valuable connections with like-minded professionals.
Don't forget to visit the sponsor booths during this break. Our partners and sponsors are an essential part of this conference, and they are eager to showcase their latest products and services. Take advantage of this chance to learn about the latest industry trends and innovations, and to connect with representatives from leading organizations in the internal communications space.
Whether you are looking to network with your peers or to explore the latest solutions in the field, this is a break you won't want to miss. So grab a cup of coffee and start your day off right!
|10:30 am - 11:00 am|
Storytelling Meets DEI: How Communications Teams Can Fuel A Sense of Belonging
Julie Asselstine, Global Director of Communications
We know that storytelling is a powerful form of communication that has been used throughout human history to convey important information, preserve cultural values, and entertain audiences.
It is also a powerful way to connect us to others, help us make sense of our experiences, and persuade us to take action.
Maybe your business does not have a DEI program set up, but as a Communications team, you can pave the way by fueling a sense of belonging. If your business does have a program—here are some ideas on how you can support the program.
Storytelling is so powerful because:
This is where Storytelling Meets DEI and where the “belonging” rubber hits the road!
|11:00 am - 11:30 am|
|11:30 am - 12:00 pm|
🔥 Fire Side Chat: Unifying Internal Communications Teams and Channels
Caitlin Russel, Head of Internal and External Communications | Cloud Software Group
Tarek Kamil, CEO & Founder | Cerkl
Join Tarek Kamil, CEO and Founder of Cerkl, for a session dedicated to creating forward-thinking solutions that uniquely fit your communication and organizational goals. Whether your department is structured differently, Cerkl is committed to providing a platform that unifies your internal communication teams and channels. Learn about the features and benefits of Cerkl, and discover how you can streamline your internal communication efforts for optimal success.
|12:00 pm - 2:00 pm|
Lunch On Your Own, But Not Alone— Discover Boston's Best Bites, Reservations Are Booked!
We understand that networking and connecting with colleagues is important during the lunch break, but we also know that exploring the city and its culinary delights is a must-do while you're in Boston. That's why we've made reservations at some of the city's top eateries to provide attendees with the opportunity to dine at some of the best restaurants in town.
Please note that lunch is pay on your own or "dutch treat" as some call it. This gives attendees the flexibility to choose where they would like to eat and how much they would like to spend. We have made the reservations and provided recommendations for some of the best restaurants in town to ensure you have a delicious and enjoyable lunch experience.
So grab your colleagues and join us for a lunch break that is sure to delight your taste buds and provide an opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Boston.
|2:00 pm - 2:45 pm|
Mini Workshop: Elevating Internal Communications Through Thoughtful Planning
Ann Melinger, CEO | Brilliant Ink
Jackie Berg, Head of Research & Business Development | Brilliant Ink
This hands-on workshop will tackle the most commonly experienced pain points in employee communications and share actionable strategies for how to elevate IC in your organization, including:
|2:45 pm - 3:15 pm|
Creating a PATH to Hybrid Culture
Wendy Englebardt, Senior Internal Communications Manager | Monster
Learn how Monster pivoted from a siloed, pre-Covid culture to a connected, collaborative Remote Culture by prioritizing the individual with our unique talent development program, PATH and connect., our collaborative “any-to-many” intranet. Over the last three years, this team has fostered bonds between our Monsters by highlighting individuals’ priorities, interests, and attitudes.
|3:15 pm - 3:45 pm|
Networking & Partner Power Hour: Grab Some Refreshments and Meet Our Sponsors
Take a break and connect with our sponsors in a structured, speed-dating style networking event during the afternoon refreshments break. Our sponsors are here to offer solutions to your internal communications challenges, and this is the perfect opportunity to learn about their products and services in a fun and engaging way. Grab a refreshment, visit sponsor booths, and network with other attendees while getting a chance to know our sponsors in a relaxed environment.
|3:45 pm - 4:15 pm|
|4:15 pm - 5:00 pm|
Interactive Thought Leadership Panel | Future-Proofing Internal Communications: Strategies for Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Landscape
Cristina Girgis, Director of Internal Communications | Audible
Michael Powers, Director of Employee Experience Communications | Wayfair
As the landscape of internal communications continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it's essential for communicators to future-proof their strategies. This panel will bring together industry experts to share their insights on how to navigate change and create effective communication strategies that can stand the test of time.
Topics that will be discussed include the latest trends in internal communications, the impact of technology on employee engagement, the role of social media in the workplace, and more. Attendees will learn valuable insights and practical tips for future-proofing their communication strategies and staying ahead of the curve.
|5:00 pm - 6:00 pm|
Cheers to Connections: Networking Reception @ Hotel Bar
After a full day of learning and making new connections, it's time to unwind and relax at our open bar networking reception. Join us at the hotel bar to continue conversations with your fellow attendees, speakers, and sponsors. This is the perfect opportunity to further build your professional network in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. So grab a drink, raise a glass, and cheers to making meaningful connections!
|6:30 pm - 8:00 pm|
Boston Bites: Dinner Adventure —Reservations Have Been Made
Join fellow attendees for a culinary adventure through Boston's vibrant dining scene! Reservations have been made at some of the city's hottest restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience. Explore the local cuisine and soak up the city's lively atmosphere while networking with peers. Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood, savory Italian, or innovative American cuisine, there's something for everyone. Please note that this is a pay-on-own or Dutch treat event, and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
|8:30 pm - 10:00 pm|
Annual #ALIcomms Hong Kong Karaoke Outing (Optional)
Join us for a night of karaoke hosted by Local Wisdom in partnership with the Advanced Learning Institute. Sing your heart out at the Hong Kong Karaoke venue and network with fellow attendees in a fun and relaxed setting. No need to worry about payment as Local Wisdom has got you covered. This is an optional event and not included in the conference registration fee. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make new connections and create lasting memories!
Head of Internal Communications | Pinterest
Global Director of Communications
Director of Internal Communications | DHL Supply Chain
Director of Internal Communications | Audible
Senior Internal Communications Manager | Monster
Corporate Communications Manager | Simpplr
Head of Internal and External Communications | Cloud Software Group
Head of Research & Business Development | Brilliant Ink
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