Employee Engagement Conference & Awards

Chicago - June 08, 2017

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About the summit

Driving the world of work to improve the employee experience & business performance

It gives us great pleasure to announce our third annual North American Employee Engagement Conference & Awards. We return to the great city of Chicago with some of our 2016 event winners ready to present updated award-winning case studies along with a host of experts, sessions & thought-provoking ideas. You will be inspired in unique ways personal to you. Past attendees have commented that the conference challenged them to think differently, gave them proof to convince a CEO to invest more, convinced them to stop a program that just wasn’t working, and just allowed them to bounce ideas off like-minded professionals.

We also return to one of the best new venues in Chicago – Morgan MFG – in the West Loop next to Google, Glassdoor, McDonald’s and other iconic businesses.

This is the only event that is able to combine award-winning programs & experts for your benefit before announcing the next generation of excellence at the 2017 North American Employee Engagement Awards later in the day.

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

With more than 15 speakers, whether you are responsible for creating an entire engagement program or are a manager looking to motivate your team, this event gives practical and real-life advice that 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.

Our ticket price offers sensational value compared to other conferences around the world.


Tickets & value from the day

The Conference ticket also gives you access to the Employee Engagement Awards Cocktail Hour, Ceremony & Party. Celebrate with the newly announced 2017 North American winners. It will be a party not to be missed, enjoying the spectacular Chicago skyline backdrop as the sun goes down, sensational catering and an open bar.


Conference agenda


10:00am Registration, Brunch & Networking


11:00am Opening remarks
Chair: Matt Manners, Founder & CEO - The EE Awards

Case Study

11.05am 2016 EE Awards Company of the Year Winner
Speaker: Atos

Case Study

11.25am 2016 EE Award Winner - Enterprise & Social Responsibility Awards 2016
Speaker: Tata Consultancy Services Strategy in North America

The Customer Experience

11.45am The Impact of Employee Engagement on the Customer Experience
Speaker: Aimee Lucas, VP, Temkin Group

Break & Refreshments


Case Study

12.20pm Case Study: 2016 EE Award Winner - Small Business
Speaker: N2 Publishing

Real World Employee Engagement

12.40pm Real World Employee Engagement
Speaker: Jason Lauritsen

Break & Refreshments


Collaborating on a Global EE Model

1.30pm Want to be Involved in Defining Employee Engagement?
Speaker: Kimberly Abel-Lanier, VP and GM, CultureNext, Maritz Motivation Solutions
Speaker: Ashley Whillans, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Speaker: Charlotte Blank, Chief Behavioral Officer, Maritz

Case Study

2.20pm Chili’s Restaurants
Speaker: Chris Ebbeler, Director of Social & Community Engagement

Break & Refreshments


Panel discussion: "The Future of Engagement"

2.55pm "The Future of Employee Engagement"
Chaired: Rob Catalano, Founder WorkTango
Panelists: Jill Christensen, Author & Engagement Expert
Steve Smith, Partner, The Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit
Didier Elzinga, CEO & Co-Founder of Culture Amp
Nicole Dessain, Co-Founder & President, Disrupt HR Chicago
Christine Comaford, Smart Tribes Institute

The Unconference Collaboration - Working together to overcome workplace barriers

3.35pm The Importance of Culture within an Organization
Facilitator: Culture Lab X

Break & Refreshments


Case Study

4.15pm Bringing a Sales Culture to Life
Speaker: Caesars Entertainment - Terry Byrnes, VP Total Service

Case Study

4.35pm Case Study
Speaker Carl W. Anderson, Manager, Employee Recognition, Delta Air Lines

Case Study

4.55pm Case Study
Speaker Jay Goldman, Co-Founder at Sensei Labs

Closing Keynote

5.10pm Closing Keynote
Speaker: Kevin Sheridan, Employee Engagement Expert & Author

Cocktail Hour & Canapes


The Employee Engagement Award Ceremony 2017

6.15pm Time to announce the 2017 North American EE Award Winners
Host: Matt Manners, Founder of The EE Awards

It's Party Time powered by The Employee Engagement Alliance

6.50pm till late Celebrate or just have fun with a sunset cocktail looking over Chicago


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Jason Lauritsen

American EE Awards Advisor & www.JasonLauritsen.com

Ashley Whillans

Professor & Psychologist, Harvard Business School

Kimberly Abel-Lanier

VP & GM, CultureNext, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Marty Fukuda

COO, N2 Publishing

Aimee Lucas

Customer Experience Transformist & Vice President, The Temkin Group

Jay Goldman

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Sensei Labs

Terry Brynes

VP Total Service, Caesars Entertainment

Kevin Sheridan

Leading Expert on Employee Engagement

Steve Smith

Partner, The Starr Conspiracy

Charlotte Blank

Charlotte Blank, Chief Behavioral Officer at Maritz

Jill Christensen

Employee Engagement Expert, Author

Didier Elzinga

CEO & Co-Founder, Culture Amp

Nicole Dessain

Co-Founder & President, Disrupt HR Chicago and Founder, talent.imperative

Rob Catalano

Co-Founder, WorkTango

Lindsay Wolff Logsdon

Co-Founder Culture Lab X

Josh Levine

Culture Lab X

Matt Manners

CEO & Founder, The Employee Engagement Awards

Narasimhan Srinivasan

Vice President & HR Head for TCS


The Conference & 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. Although we do hope for better weather than last year.

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

Public parking is not available on-site. Please plan to either use a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

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