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Tuesday, July 23

8:00am EDT

Workshop A: How to Build an Employee Experience Team Specific for Your Workplace - to Drive, Measure & Improve Your Culture - led by Local Wisdom & Microsoft
If revenue is the engine that runs your business, then culture is the oil that makes everything flow without friction. The experience that you create for your employees is what drives a positive culture and that’s why employee experience is the next competitive differentiator for businesses. Companies that invest in their employee experience are more likely to be on “best places to work” lists, have a greater profit and revenues, and have greater productivity.

Organizations struggle with barriers such as: workload, cost overhead, leadership buy-in, analytics/ ROI, technology, and the list goes on. There are many elements that comprise an employee experience, but central to all of that, is a great employee experience team.

Companies need to know how to find the right people, personalities, and skills to drive, measure and create an improved company culture. This is no easy task because each company has unique differences, the concept around employee experience is new, and the ever-growing set of solutions to choose from is daunting.

In this highly interactive and participatory workshop, you’ll walk through a simple framework where you’ll work together and discuss how to build a successful employee experience team specific to your company. You’ll come out with great insights including:

  • Understanding the why and what of employee experience
  • Getting a pulse of your organization's current state
  • Choosing which areas to focus on
  • Assembling your leader and team

Laurel Dzneladze, Customer Success Manager for Modern Workplace

Pinaki Kathiari, CEO
Local Wisdom


"Loved the energy, collaboration, swag, and exercises."

"Great interaction, interesting topic."

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Laurel Dzneladze

Customer Success Manager for Modern Workplace, Microsoft
Laurel Dzneladze is part of the newly formed Customer Success organization at Microsoft. As a Customer Success Manager for Modern Workplace, Laurel is a digital evangelist, employee experience advocate and change champion. Her background in internal communications and HR gives her... 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 →

Tuesday July 23, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

9:45am EDT

Workshop B: Peanut Butter & Jelly: Why Internal Communications and HR Must Be a Dynamic Duo - After Ever Communications
One of the most crucial pairings in the internal communication world is the relationship between HR and internal communications. If a partnership is not created it can be detrimental to the employee experience.

In this forward-thinking workshop discover best practices to help you align your internal communications and HR strategies to achieve results, including how to:

  • Get a seat at the table and ensure HR understands the value and importance of internal communications
  • Infuse internal communication principles into HR communications
  • Utilize and develop channels for HR related communications
  • Develop a plan for when internal communications needs to be involved in HR related communications and when they don’t

Carolyn Clark, Founder
After Ever Communications 

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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 →

Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

12:45pm EDT

Workshop C: Refresh, Revive, and Rejuvenate Your Digital Workplace Without Breaking the Bank - led by Rogue Solutions
Despite what intranet platform your organization is using, keeping your employees engaged & your intranet updated is a challenge for all. You have an existing intranet that has continued to evolve over the years, but you may now be at the point of noticing that:

  • User adoption is low and employees are no longer visiting the intranet
  • Appearance and theme of your intranet is inconsistent
  • Employees aren’t using the intranet to interact with one another
  • Content management & creation has become a tangled web with no clear place to start

If so then it is time to refresh, revive, and rejuvenate your intranet. Roll up your sleeves as we discover cost-effective ways to:

  • Ask the "need-to-know" questions in order to take you existing intranet to the next level
  • Integrate new media tools into your their existing intranet to drive employee engagement and innovation across your organization
  • Create meaningful and captivating content that drives employee engagement and jives with company culture
  • Collect feedback and make real-time changes in an effort to continuously improve your intranet
  • Ensure that your intranet drives engagement, fosters collaboration, and increases productivity

Michelle Bolda, Senior Partner
Rogue Services and Solutions

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Michelle Bolda

Senior Partner, Rogue Services and Solutions
Michelle Bolda is an agile evangelist who has transformed organizational processes through  a commitment to transparency in alignment of plans, priorities, and expectations. Dubbed the "Client Whisperer" by her colleagues, Michelle excels at creating trusted client relationships... Read More →

Tuesday July 23, 2019 12:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston

2:30pm EDT

Workshop D: Playing to Win: How to Get Your Leaders Involved and Owning Their Leadership to Power Performance - Level Comm
Leadership is a contact sport and leaders need to play to win.  Today, best-practice organizations are counting on internal communications leaders to go beyond sharing information and advance leader and organizational capability.

Learn tried and true strategies to get the leaders in your organization to take an active and lead role in how they communicate and engage with their people.

In this hands-on workshop, you will gain practical and proven techniques that directly improve the level of ownership leaders have and their results, including how to:

  • Drive leader accountability
  • Activate every leader to tell his/her story
  • Make message delivery practice a must-have for leaders
  • Leverage communications teams and business partners to reinforce leadership communication priorities
  • Use data to motivate leaders to be even better

Sherhara Downing, Founder & Master Trainer
Level Comm

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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 →

Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Hyatt Regency Boston