Employee Engagement Summit & Awards

Chicago, June 22nd 2016

Everyone has a role to play in engaging employees.

Gain the skills and tools to start doing it.

About The Summit

Inspiring Excellence In Engagement From The People & Companies That Have Achieved It.

It gives us great pleasure to announce our second Employee Engagement Summit & Awards. Our first with winners from previous years and at a venue that has just won one of the best new venues in Chicago – Morgan MFG.

This is the only event that is able to combine award winning programmes & experts for your benefit before announcing the next generation of excellence at the 2016 Awards later in the day.

You will be able to learn from best-in-class engagement programmes across a wide range of companies and sectors and understand what pitfalls to avoid along the way. Speak with our esteemed judges who will be in attendance, respected industry experts for inspiration and most importantly, network with hundreds of your fellow professionals.

With more than 12 speakers, whether you are responsible for creating an entire engagement program or are a manager looking to motivate your team, this event gave practical and real-life advice which can be implemented to help employees feel involved and enthusiastic about their work, personal performance and the performance of your business. It might even inspire you to win one of our awards in the future.

Those who attend the conference will go away feeling more confident in what they’re doing, or what they can do, is creating loyalty and an emotional connection throughout their workforce.

The Employee Engagement Award Winners from last year can be seen here.

Tickets & Value From The Day

The ticket also gives you access to the Employee Engagement Awards party to celebrate with winners from this year that will be announced on the night. It will be a party not to be missed. Enjoying cocktail hour with the spectacular Chicago skyline backdrop as the sun goes down, sensational catering before celebrating the excellence in engagement that North America has to offer before we get down and party!

Check out last year’s event. This year we are going even bigger & better

Conference Agenda


12:30pmLunch & Networking


1:15pmOpening remarks
Chair:Matt Manners, Founder The EE Awards

The Best of the Best - EE Awards Company of the Year 2015

1.25pmThe EE Award 2015 Company of the Year Winner - Ford Motor Company
Speaker:Julie Roscini, Ford Motor Company

Employee Engagement - Essential to delivering business success

1.55pmHow Employee Engagement impacts the customer experience
Speaker:Aimee Lucas, The Temkin Group

What am I doing here?

2.15pmHow to identify and empower your Unsung Employee Advocates
Speaker:Celine Schillinger
Head, Quality Innovation & Engagement, Sanofi Pasteur


Panel discussion: "The Future of Engagement" powered by The Employee Engagement Alliance

2.55pm"What does the future of Employee Engagement look like?"
Chaired:Tim Baker, Community Director, The HR Gazette
Panellists:Josh Levine, Co-Founder, Culture LabX
Terry Byrnes, Caesars Entertainment
Kevin Sheridan, Leading EE Expert
Crispin Manners, Chairman, The Employee Engagement Alliance
Rob Catalano, CEO, WorkTango
Steve Smith, Partner, The Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit

3:30pmRapid Fire Engagement
Speaker:Chris Dyer, CEO of People G2 & Radio Show Host of Talent Talk

Workshop: Defining Employee Engagement

3.50pmWorkshop: Want to be involved in defining Engagement?
Facilitated by:KIm Abel-Lanier


Inspiring Millenials at Work

Speaker:Jill Christensen, Author
The Millennial Mess? Fable. Fantasy. Fiction.

Optimizing your team's potential

4.55pmTapping into your greatest asset - your people
Speaker:Nicole Bendaly, President Kinect

Closing Keynote

5.10pmClosing Keynote:
Speaker:Kevin Sheridan, Employee Engagement Specialist

Closing Remarks

5.30pmWhat have we learnt?
Speaker:Matt Manners, Founder The EE Awards

The Employee Engagement Award Ceremony 2016

5.35pmTime to announce this years EE Award Winners
Host:Melinda Doolittle

It's Party Time powered by The Employee Engagement Alliance

6:15pm till lateCelebrate or just have fun with a sunset cocktail looking over Chicago


Take advantage of our offer that provides you with a ticket to the Summit and Awards for only $200. This is incredible value for a world class catered conference and open bar awards party & presentation that follows.

When the deal offer ends, tickets will return to $595. The deal runs until June 11, 2016.


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Kevin Sheridan

Leading Expert on Employee Engagement

Kevin Sheridan is an Internationally-recognized Key-Note Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement.   For four years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 101 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 101 experts on Employee Engagement. Having spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, Kevin has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors.

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Aimee Lucas

Customer Experience Transformist & Vice President, The Temkin Group

Aimee Lucas is a Customer Experience Transformist and Vice President at Temkin Group, where her research and consulting efforts are dedicated to transforming customer experience within large organizations. Aimee leads Temkin Group’s research in employee engagement, culture, and B2B customer experience best practices.

Aimee has over 17 years of experience improving service delivery and transforming customer experience through people development and process improvement initiatives. Her areas of expertise include market research, program management, marketing, instructional design, and training.


Tim Baker

Community Director, HR Gazette

Tim has been voted one of the major HR influencers in North America. In his capacity as Community Director of The HR Gazette he will be chairing the panel discussion on The Future of Engagement.

The HR Gazette is a free news and information portal for HR and related professionals. Updated news and blog items are posted daily and there are regular updates to the features and analysis section, looking in depth at topical HR issues. The publication has a collective digital and print reach of 100,000s of HR professionals and business leaders across the US.

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Kimberly Abel-Lanier

GM, Employee Solutions, Maritz Motivation

Kim Abel is a thought leader in talent management, employee engagement and workforce recognition and regularly publishes whitepapers and appears on webinars. She is dedicated to helping companies create a great cultures through inspired and persuasive design of employee performance and recognition programs that work and deliver results.

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Celine Schillinger, Head Quality Innovation & Engagement

Sanofi Pasteur

Portrayed in Forbes as “driving some of the most award-winning and buzz-worthy employee initiatives at Sanofi Pasteur”, Celine directs Innovation and Engagement for Global Quality at Sanofi’s vaccine division. A leader in collaborative projects for business and organizational transformation, Celine has been recognized multiple times for her innovative engagement initiatives in the pharma world: Most Impactful Emerging Initiative (2015), Best Use of Social Media for Healthcare (2014), French Businesswoman of the year (2013). A TEDx speaker, Celine is passionate about people-centric innovation to modernize the business environment and increase performance. Celine is a Charter Member of the Change Agents Worldwide think tank.


Rob Catalano

Co-Founder, WorkTango

Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies be great – by leveraging technology to make employees successful. As a founding employee, Rob spent the past 10-years at Achievers, leading Marketing and the company’s global expansion in three different countries until its $139 Million acquisition last year. With his unique experience in HR Technology, Rob recently co-founded WorkTango – a platform that helps managers build authentic relationships and trust with their employees and create high performing teams.    

Rob has had the privilege to speak to in over 20 cities the past three years, and loves the opportunity to connect with passionate HR leaders across the globe. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveller, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points  for everything and anything!



Matt Manners

Founder, The Employee Engagement Awards

Matt has lived and worked in England, Australia and the United States. With a background in comms he set-up and sold a business in customer loyalty realising the future lay with Employee Engagement. He genuinely loves giving the employee a voice within an organisation (big or small) and is passionate about shining the spotlight on the trailblazing EE work being conducted by inspiring minds around the world. The inspiration for The EE Awards – which are the only dedicated awards in Employee Engagement. He can be contacted on matt@eeawards.co.uk

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Jill Christensen

Author and Employee Engagement Expert

Author of If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement

Jill’s career spans 28 years, where she led global internal communications teams at Avaya and Western Union. Jill has also advised executives, and directed communications and employee engagement programs in Fortune 500 companies in different seven industries, including AT&T, Lucent/Alcatel, Arrow, TIAA-CREF, and Novartis.  An expert in employee engagement, Jill is a visionary change agent, and author of the new book If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement.  Jill has lived in Denver for six years, and is passionate about applying her experience to help companies re-engage employees and catapult business results.

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Nicole Bendaly

President, Kinect

Nicole is an author and President of Kinect, a firm that has been helping organizations bring out the best of their people for over 30 years. Furtnermore, Nicole is an expert facilitator and speaker on various topics impacting organizational performance, all of which help people to tap into the best of themselves and those they work with.

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Josh Levine

Co-founder, Culture Lab X

A company is only as good as its people, and Josh Levine is on a mission to help organizations create a culture advantage from the inside out. His day job is Principal of Great Monday, a 10-year-old agency serving technology companies and social enterprises. Curious to experiment and connect with like minds, he co-founded CultureLabX in 2013 and has seen it grow into a nationwide community. And because he just can’t get enough, you will also find him sharing his ideas as an instructor in the MBA programs at California College of the Arts, on stage at culture conferences, and in publications including Fast Company, The Design Management Journal, and 99u Magazine. Josh holds a BS in Engineering Psychology from Tufts, and BFA in design from the Academy of Art University.

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Steve Smith

Partner, Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit

Steve is a partner at The Starr Conspiracy and Chief of its Intelligence Unit (TSCIU), which delivers growth-oriented strategy, research, and advisory services, providing the guidance and key insights needed to grow market share and increase profitability. He specializes in strategy, content, and consulting for employee engagement, human resources and human capital-focused technology companies. He’s developed messaging, positioning, brand, thought leadership, and content marketing strategy for dozens of enterprise software companies and written hundreds of white papers and research reports for HCM clients. Steve is based in San Francisco and runs the company’s office there. 

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer

CEO of People G2

Chris Dyer founded PeopleG2 in 2001 with a singular goal to make his vision for excellence in human capital due diligence services a reality. A recognized authority on human capital intelligence processes and best practices, he understands the complex challenges inherent to talent management decisions.

Chris believes that impersonal, automated background check solutions have little value in the global talent management spectrum, especially as it relates to strategically significant individuals and teams. This is why he built a company with innovative services which mitigate risk and maximize best fits – whether for a prospective candidate, a promotion candidate or even entire executive teams. Chris believes that people drive business forward so being armed with the best intelligence while making people-related decisions is just good business.

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Terry Byrnes

Vice President, Total Services, Caesars Entertainment

A back to back judge for The Employee Engagement Awards, as well as a winner in 2015 for his work at Caesars Entertainment, Terry brings a wealth of insight to our panel on The Future of Engagement.


Crispin Manners

Chairman, The Employee Engagement Alliance (EEA)


The Summit & Awards will be hosted at the Morgan MFG Innovation Lab. We can’t think of a better place to inspire and educate around the subject of Employee Engagement during the day and then to celebrate the award winners and party long into the evening on a summer’s evening in Chicago.

Address & Contact Details:  401 North Morgan – Chicago, 60642 – Ph. 312 763 3317

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