Employee Engagement Conference & Awards

Chicago - June 08, 2017

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 Conference & 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.

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


10:00amRegistration, Brunch & Networking


10:50amOpening remarks
Chair:Matt Manners, Founder & CEO - The EE Awards

Case Study

11.00amEE Awards Company of the Year 2017



The Customer Experience

11.40amThe impact of Employee Engagement on the customer experience
Speaker:Aimee Lucas, Temkin Group

Case Study


Case Study


Thought Provoker

Speaker:Kevin Sheridan



Panel discussion: "The Future of Engagement"

2.00pm"The future of Employee Engagement"
Chaired:Tim Baker, Community Director, The HR Gazette
Panellists:Josh Levine, Co-Founder, Culture LabX
Steve Smith, The Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit

The Unconference - Solving EE Barriers together


Break & Refreshments


Workshop: Collaborating on a Global EE Model

4:00pmWant to be involved in defining Engagement?
Facilitated by:KIm Abel-Lanier, GM, CultureNext

Case Study


Case Study


Case Study


Closing Remark

5.20pmWhat have we learnt?
Speaker:Matt Manners, Founder The EE Awards

Cocktail Hour


The Employee Engagement Award Ceremony 2017

6.30pmTime to announce this years EE Award Winners

It's Party Time powered by The Employee Engagement Alliance

7.00pm till lateCelebrate or just have fun with a sunset cocktail looking over Chicago




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.

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.

Kimberly Abel

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.

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 [email protected]


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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