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Wednesday, July 24

8:15am EDT

Bonus Breakfast Session: Shoot Today, Share Tomorrow: Educate and Empower Teams with Engaging Video Content - Sponsored by Shootsta
Kick-off the day by learning some quick tips to help you shoot your own videos. Use these tips throughout the day & rest of conference while sharing on social media #ALI_IC.

Need more help, Shootsta will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

Leave Boston ready to capture employee videos back at work - they'll be in awe of your video skills!

Chad Lakin, Vice President - North America

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Chad Lakin

Vice President - North America, Shootsta
Chad Lakin is VP of Shootsta North America, one of the world’s fastest-growing startups. Chad has many years of expertise in design, digital media and strategy.Since joining Shootsta in 2015, Chad's overarching leadership, strategy and wicked charm have consequently propelled the... Read More →

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The need for video content for brands is increasing at an exponential rate and communications professionals are trying to meet these demands with limited budget, time and resources. Shootsta offers a unique subscription model that provides the tools and resources to enable brands to create high-quality video content, incredibly cost-effectively, at scale, and ready to share in 24 hours... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2019 8:15am - 8:30am EDT

1:30pm EDT

Thought-Leader Panel Session: Your Biggest Internal Communications Challenges Solved: Bright Horizons, Clarivate Analytics, Medidata, Brilliant Ink, GoDaddy, Staffbase, & Writing With Clarity
You've submitted your biggest internal communications challenges via Waggl before the conference. Our panelists have also been following the conversation #ALI_IC. They'll provide answers to the questions that came up most often and solutions to your biggest hurdles. There will be additional time for you to ask questions that weren't answered.

Ann Mellinger, CEO, BrilliantInk 

Kim Saltmarsh, Manager of Internal Communications, Bright Horizons
Kate Stickel, Director, Internal Communications, Clarivate Analytics 
Carolyn Clark, Senior Director, Internal Communications, GoDaddy
Edward Ford, Senior Director, Talent Brand + Experience, Medidata Solutions        
Ken O'Quinn, Professional Writing Coach, Writing With Clarity 
Jason Etter, Director of Marketing (U.S.), Staffbase

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Jason Etter

Director of Marketing (U.S.), Staffbase
Jason Etter heads the U.S. Marketing and Brand strategy for Staffbase and has served as an expert in operational leadership, marketing, sales, and business development for over ten years. He's obsessed with delivering a personal and delightful customer experience and brings along... Read More →
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Edward Ford

Senior Director, Talent Brand + Experience, Medidata Solutions
Edward believes that when people can easily connect with their colleagues and critical information, they can produce amazing results. He's committed to using his experience in communications, marketing and social media over the past decade to create a more rewarding employee experience... Read More →
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Carolyn Clark

Founder | Senior Director, Internal Communications, After Ever Communications | GoDaddy
Carolyn Clark is a seasoned communications professional with experience in many facets of communications – from consumer PR to product PR, media PR to corporate communications, and for the last four years leading internal and HR communications at Yahoo. Most recently, she led internal... Read More →
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Ann Mellinger

CEO, Brilliant Ink
Ann has spent the last 15+ years counseling organizations on improving employee engagement and business results. Employee engagement is her passion and she believes strongly in the role that communications plays in helping people feel good about the work they do every day. Ann believes... Read More →
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Ken O'Quinn

Professional Writing Coach, Writing With Clarity
Ken O’Quinn is a professional writing coach who has helped thousands of business professionals worldwide improve their ability to craft clear, compelling messages. He started Writing With Clarity following a long journalism career with the Associated Press and now conducts corporate... Read More →
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Kim Saltmarsh

Manager of Internal Communications, Bright Horizons
Kim Saltmarsh is the Manager of Internal Communications at Bright Horizons in Watertown, MA. Prior to BH, Kim was the Director of Communications & Development at Courageous Sailing, a non-profit in Charlestown, MA. Kim also spent years in the broadcast journalism world as the Manager... Read More →
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Kate Stickel

Director, Internal Communications, Clarivate Analytics
Kate joined Clarivate Analytics in November 2018 as its Internal Communications leader with responsibility for global employee communications, employer brand, internal brand, and change management. She and her team focus their efforts on connecting Clarivate employees to their company... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

2:20pm EDT

The Top Internal Communications Tools at Your Fingertips: Q&A, Demos, & Refreshments
With the variety of internal communication tools available it's hard to navigate and choose the one that is best for your organization. In this fast-paced session you'll have the opportunity to see 3 demonstrations of top internal communications tools of your choice.

We'll alert you when it's time to switch - grab a sweet treat on your way.

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bananatag solves communication problems for some of the biggest companies in the world. We’re on a path to change the way big things (vision and purpose) and small things (news and updates) are communicated within the organization. Our employee email platform allows internal communicators... Read More →
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Brightcove is a pioneering force in the world of online video and has been since their founding in 2004. They continue to push the limits because of their belief in video’s unmatched power to educate, inspire, entertain, and communicate.
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Eko is an internal communication and operations employee platform for companies with a large amount of non-desk staff. Companies around the world use Eko to connect their teams, boost staff engagement, reduce employee turnover, and maximize operational efficiency. Eko’s all-in-one... Read More →
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Osmosis Films

Osmosis combines high-quality video storytelling with the technology to distribute your content across your workforce. Osmosis specializes in distilling complex ideas into engaging, impactful video, animation, and other media. Osmosis One is our interactive, mobile-based platform... Read More →
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PoliteMail provides meaningful metrics for any of your email communications programs. Create, send, track and measure your Outlook internal communications broadcasts, including corporate newsletters, executive and leadership messages, employee education and training, or any other... Read More →
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Poppulo is the global leader in employee communication software, partnering with many of the world’s biggest and most successful organizations. When companies such as Unilever, Experian, Nestlé, Johnson Controls, Rolls-Royce –  and 9 of the world’s 20 biggest pharma companies... Read More →
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The need for video content for brands is increasing at an exponential rate and communications professionals are trying to meet these demands with limited budget, time and resources. Shootsta offers a unique subscription model that provides the tools and resources to enable brands to create high-quality video content, incredibly cost-effectively, at scale, and ready to share in 24 hours... Read More →
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Simpplr is today’s modern employee intranet. Our software helps companies connect their workforce by streamlining internal communications and forging employee connections. We pride ourselves on our stunning user experience. Our product’s employee adoption rates are multiples higher... Read More →
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SocialChorus is the leading workforce communications platform that transforms how workers and organizations connect every day. With SocialChorus, organizations are able to connect and align their teams, power organizational initiatives and measure the business outcomes. Designed for... Read More →
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Speakap is a secure and private platform that enables organizations of all sizes to reach and engage with their highly-valued front-line employees in order to deliver greater customer experience and business value.On the shop floor, in the kitchen, on the ward, on the road, or on... Read More →
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Staffbase is the leading mobile employee relationship platform for large or decentralized organizations. Our employee app provides a secure channel for employers to connect with their people via smartphone or desktop computer. Based in New York and Germany, Staffbase creates alignment... Read More →
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theEMPLOYEEapp was created by professionals with decades of communications and HR experience to address the challenges organizations face in communicating with a dispersed, frontline and deskless workforce through the use of mobile technology.   Our solution wasn’t developed by... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2019 2:20pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

4:10pm EDT

Rapid Fire Panel: Maximum Ideas in Minimal Time - PGA Tour, rue21, SocialChorus, Desert Financial Credit Union, PoliteMail, & Local Wisdom
This top-rated session is one you won't want to miss.

With 5 internal communication professionals, each presenting a number of quick 1-minute ideas, you'll need your notebook ready.

Pinaki Kathiari, CEO
Local Wisdom

Dave Cordero, Director of Internal Communications, PGA Tour
Mikki Cook, Director of Store Experience, rue21
Lara Smith, Director, Internal Communications, Desert Financial Credit Union
Gregg Apirian, Senior Director, Advisory Services, SocialChorus 
Michael DesRochers, Founder & Managing Director, PoliteMail

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Michael DesRochers

Founder & Managing Director, PoliteMail
While studying computer science at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, Michael DesRochers served as president of the Acacia fraternity. After graduating with his bachelor of science in computer science, he entered the field of software development and ultimately went into business... Read More →
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Lara Smith

Director, Internal Communications, Desert Financial Credit Union
Lara is a communications professional with proven experience strategically driving companywide goals and objectives that increase employee engagement through the execution of innovative integrated communications campaigns and programs. At Desert Schools, Lara partners with executive... Read More →
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Gregg Apirian

Senior Director, Advisory Services, SocialChorus
As Senior Director of Advisory Services at SocialChorus, Gregg develops and delivers a suite of strategic services that support communications professionals with the guidance to plan, create, publish and measure their communications. These experiences build trust with communications... Read More →
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Mikki Cook

Director of Store Experience, rue21
Mikki Cook is the Director of Store Experience at rue21. Her mission is to drive high engagement among the millennials and gen z’ers working in their 700 stores. In her 10 years at rue21 she has worked to ensure the field team has a voice to provide feedback and influence corporate... Read More →
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Pinaki Kathiari

CEO, Local Wisdom
Pinaki is CEO of Local Wisdom, a digital agency that focuses on creating custom solutions to today’s digital challenges, managing platforms to protect and enhance the digital investment, and staying in the forefront of technology through R&D and products.Pinaki spends his days solving... Read More →
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Dave Cordero

Director of Internal Communications, PGA Tour
Dave Cordero is the Director of Internal Communications at the PGA TOUR, overseeing special projects and all facets of employee communications. As part of this cross-functional role, Cordero works closely with Communications, Human Resources and the Office of the Commissioner to implement... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston
Thursday, July 25

10:30am EDT

Interactive Session: Let's Get Personal! Building Personas to Create Communications that Resonate and Inspire - led by Brilliant Ink
No matter how hard we try, communications can’t be everything to everyone. Inside every organization, there are groups of employees who process and react to communications differently. But how often do you find yourself developing messages for all employees? If you’re spending a lot of time on all-employee communications, they can end up watered down and uninspired. There’s a better way—we promise.

In this interactive session, Brilliant Ink will show you how to build employee personas so that your communications have the greatest impact. Because by not speaking to a particular someone, we risk not connecting with anyone.

Here’s what you can expect:
  • Techniques for learning more about your employee audiences vs. operating off assumptions.
  • How to use personas to help you better understand your audiences, target your messages and ensure your communications resonate with the people who need to hear them most
  • Real-world examples demonstrating how personas can improve your communications approach
  • A hands-on exercise to building personas that you can take back to your organization and re-create for other audiences

Ann Mellinger, CEO
Brilliant Ink

Jackie Berg, Head of Research & Business Development
Brilliant Ink

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Jackie Berg

Head of Research & Business Development, Brilliant Ink
Jackie Berg is the Director of Research & Business Development at employee experience agency Brilliant Ink. After nearly a decade supporting Fortune 500 companies connect more effectively with their key audiences through the power of data, Jackie has now turned her analytical eye... Read More →
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Ann Mellinger

CEO, Brilliant Ink
Ann has spent the last 15+ years counseling organizations on improving employee engagement and business results. Employee engagement is her passion and she believes strongly in the role that communications plays in helping people feel good about the work they do every day. Ann believes... Read More →

Thursday July 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

1:20pm EDT

IC Pros Picked to Sit on a Panel - Find out What Happens When You Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real #RealWorldIC - Wayfair, Imperial Dade, Reebok, Envolve PeopleCare, SpeakAp, Level Comm, and more!
Remove the gloves, get rid of the fluff, these experts are here to tell it like is.

You've got questions - these experts have answers. In this unique panel session you'll have the chance to unload your frustrations, ask your most pressing questions, and gain ideas from some of the best and brightest in the industry.

Sherhara Downing, Founder
Level Comm

Panelists include:
Laura Ann Craven, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Imperial Dade

Kristin Geyer, Manager, Internal Communication Strategy

Kristen Moss, Senior Director, Corporate Communications

David Schreiber, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Envolve PeopleCare

Robert Hassett, Account Director South East United States

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David Schreiber

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Envolve PeopleCare
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Kristen Moss

Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Reebok
As Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Kristen is responsible for leading Reebok’s communication strategy and execution globally, optimizing all external and internal communication activities in alignment with adidas. Kristen joined the organization in January 2018 to strengthen... Read More →
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Sherhara Downing

Founder + Master Trainer, Level Comm
As an international corporate trainer and facilitator, Sherhara transforms boring and jargon filled content into entertaining and effective presentations. She teaches corporate professionals proven strategies and tactics to transform communication skills. Her dynamic personality engages... Read More →
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Kristin Geyer

Manager, Internal Communications Strategy, Wayfair
Kristin spearheads Global Internal Communications Strategy at Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home. At Wayfair, Kristin partners with stakeholders across the organization to optimize and consolidate communications platforms and tactics to engage... Read More →
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Laura Ann Craven

Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Imperial Dade
Laura oversees all aspects of corporate communications and marketing for Imperial Dade, a national distribution company headquartered in Jersey City, NJ. Her responsibilities include brand and reputation management, internal and external communications, marketing communications, experiential... Read More →

Thursday July 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

2:45pm EDT

A Tune to Remember: Top Internal Communication Tips, Tricks, and More - Surprise Guest
You've had 2 - some 3 - days to see what your internal communication peers are doing. From the challenges they're struggling with, innovative strategies they're using, and even what tools have worked the best. You've also had the chance to share your biggest success stories!

In this exciting recap, we'll tie up the loose ends and send you on your way with the key things to remember!

When booking your flight - be sure to stay for this session!


Thursday July 25, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

3:15pm EDT

Ending Wrap-Up Session & Champagne Toast
Wrap up the past 2 days in this fun, fast-paced session.

Jill Christensen, Employee Engagement Expert, Best-Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker

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Jill Christensen

Employee Engagement Expert, Best-Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker and Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer, Jill Christensen International LLC
Jill is Founder & President of Jill Christensen International LLC, a global firm focused on teaching companies her proven strategy to increase employee engagement. Jill was a Corporate Communications Fortune 500 business executive at Avaya and Western Union prior to launching her... Read More →

Thursday July 25, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston
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