Day 1: General Sessions
September 21, 2022 - |
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Day 1: General Sessions - 09/21/2022
|8:00 am - 8:30 am|
Registration: Badges, Bagels, & Beverages
Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and continental breakfast as you meet your fellow attendees.
Sign-in, pick up your materials and enjoy a continental breakfast before we start the day.
Be sure to stop by and visit your sponsors!
|8:30 am - 9:00 am|
Chairperson's Welcome & Speed Networking
Preston Lewis, Founder + CEO | Intactic
Welcome to the Innovations In Employee Communications conference.
In this fast-paced forum, you'll get to know your fellow peers, their biggest communications challenges, and a few fun facts.
|9:00 am - 9:35 am|
How to Make Your Workplace the World’s Finest: Creating Community with a Hybrid Workforce
Raleigh Decker (She/Her/Hers), Senior Director, Communications | World’s Finest Chocolate
Hybrid teams require extraordinary communications in order for employees to feel engaged, included and important.
Join Raleigh Decker, leader of Employee Communications at World’s Finest Chocolate, to learn how this third-generation, family-owned company connects on-site and remote employee teams with fun & purpose. By promoting a digital community, combined with in-person collaboration from day one, WFC constantly finds meaningful ways to support the World’s Finest Workplace.
Hear the secrets behind this organization’s success in creating community within their hybrid workforce by focusing on:
|9:35 am - 10:15 am|
New Solutions To Prioritize Your Mental Health In The Workplace
Zynara Ng, Team Lead, Video Operations | Google
An article was recently published about how managers are quitting their jobs at all-time high rates due to stress, burnout, and challenges with retention on their teams. Managers are often left to deal with these challenges without receiving the necessary tools or guidance on how to navigate these difficult situations.
In this session, you will learn the importance of recognizing the signs of burnout, identifying the root causes, and developing skills on how to take care of yourself and prioritize your mental health. Leave this session with best practice ideas from Google on how they are making sure their managers are focusing on their own well-being as well as their teams by:
|10:15 am - 10:30 am|
Challenges In Internal Communications & How To Solve For Them
Amanda Berry, Corporate Communications Manager | Simpplr
Internal communication has a direct impact on an organization’s success. When done well, it builds employee engagement, company culture, and trust in leaders. Part of any good strategy is being able to recognize and solve for some of IC’s biggest challenges. In this session, learn strategies, insights, and tactics for tackling some of IC’s biggest challenges
|10:30 am - 10:50 am|
Morning Refreshments, Networking Break + Visit Your Sponsors
Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and other refreshments as you network with your peers.
Visit your sponsors to check out some of the latest tools and innovations supporting internal communications.
|10:50 am - 11:25 am|
Interactive Group Breakout Session: *Trending Now* Dive Deep Into Relevant Topics And Modern Practices
Preston Lewis, Founder + CEO | Intactic
|11:25 am - 12:00 pm|
Creating Certainty: Managing Change In An Uncertain Environment
Howard N. Karesh, APR, Communications and Leadership Consulting | Former VP of Corporate Communications, Hillrom
The employee experience has increasingly been a hot topic over the last few years. From ping pong tables and free lunch to group bonding events and nap rooms, there have been many ways organizations have tried to bring the best experience to their people in the workplace. But, do these strategies work?
As we begin to reinvent the way we work, we need to embrace the uncertainty of today and leverage the learnings we've gained along the way.
In this session we will have a meaningful discussion around:
|12:00 pm - 12:30 pm|
Capturing The Authenticity Of Company Culture: Harness The Power Of Listening Early, Often & Effectively
Clifton Johnson, VP Staff Engagement & Experience | Teach For America
When Teach For America saw a gap between employee engagement survey responses and their 1500 staff members’ lived experiences, they recognized an opportunity that allowed them to double staff favorability about internal communications in 18 months.
Learn about how they harnessed the power of listening to improve employee communications:
|12:30 pm - 2:00 pm|
Lunch On Your Own, But Not Alone—Reservations Are Booked!
Reservations have been made at a number of local restaurants.
Don't miss this opportunity to have lunch with your peers at a local Chicago hot spot!
Everyone is financially responsible for their own lunch.
|2:00 pm - 2:40 pm|
Mini Workshop: Redefining Leadership for the Realities of Modern Work
Amanda Atkins, Founder & CEO | Atkins Leadership HQ
Communication leaders are critical advisors to the executives they support – so they must be equipped to empower and guide them in the right ways to work with today’s workforce and ever-changing trends, instead of against them.
This workshop will provide relevant, actionable guidance and frameworks that leaders can put into practice to see fast, meaningful results. Because whether an organization is going through good times or hard times, execs can succeed without compromising their integrity or becoming a villain – and you can help them get there.
|2:40 pm - 3:15 pm|
Engaging your Hybrid Workforce: Connecting Team Members From The Frontline To The Office To Your Brand No Matter Where They Work
Stacie Barrett (she/her/hers), Director, Internal Communication | Domino's
Details coming soon...
|3:15 pm - 3:55 pm|
The Top Innovative Employee Communications Tool At Your Fingertips: Q&A, Demos & Refreshments
|3:55 pm - 4:30 pm|
Fire Sidechat: What It REALLY Took To Innovate IC In A 120,000 Person Organization
Wendy Sherwood, Vice President, Corporate Communications | CBRE
Tarek Kamil, CEO & Founder | Cerkl
In this Q&A session, you will learn how CBRE modernized its internal communication to provide personalized content to each of its 100,000+ employees across the globe. You’ll learn:
|4:30 pm - 5:00 pm|
Interactive Panel: Reimagining Internal Communications
Camden Robertson, Director, Corporate Communications | Neiman Marcus Group
Muriel Clauson, Co-Founder & CEO | Anthill
Symone Lenoir, Senior Manager, Employee Communications – Equity & Center for Global Impact | LinkedIn
Nponano Maikori, Senior Manager, Internal Communications | Glassdoor
In this no-pressure setting, you'll be able to ask your most pressing questions and receive honest feedback from your peers.
More panelists TBA!
|5:00 pm - 6:00 pm|
Close Of Day 1—Join Us For A Networking Reception @ Midway Club Gleacher Center
Don't stop the conversation!
Join us at Midway Club as you network with your peers and sponsors at the #ALI_IC reception.
Participate in raffles & sign-up for dinner with your peers.
|6:30 pm - 8:00 pm|
Dinner With A Group—Reservations Have Been Made
Want to keep the conversation going? Join a group of attendees for dinner at a local Chicago hot spot.
Sign-up with an ALI team member to join a group at tonight's dine-around.
Reservations have been made.
Everyone is on their own financially.
Vice President, Corporate Communications | CBRE
Howard N. Karesh, APR
Communications and Leadership Consulting | Former VP of Corporate Communications, Hillrom
Corporate Communications Manager | Simpplr
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