Employee Engagement Conference & Awards

Chicago - June 08, 2017

Everyone has a role to play in improving the world of work

We want you there – Not $1500 to attend but $150 – unbeatable value

About The Summit

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

It gives us great pleasure to announce our third Employee Engagement Conference & Awards. We return to the great city of Chicago, with winners from 2016 to present updated award winning case studies and a host of experts, sessions & thought provoking ideas. All of which will inspire you in unique ways personal to you – past attendees have commented it challenged them: to think differently, gave them proof to convince their CEO to invest more, to stop a program that just wasn’t working and just bounce ideas of like-minded professionals.

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

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 2017 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 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 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.

Super Early Bird price is just $150 instead of $500. This is 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.To continue networking and to celebrate with 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. We will be announcing our famous Awards host in May.

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

Conference Agenda


10:00amRegistration, Brunch & Networking


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

Case Study

11.05am2016 EE Awards Company of the Year Winner
Speaker:Atos Origin

Case Study

11.25am2016 EE Award Winner - Social Responsibility
Speaker:Tata Consultancy Services

The Customer Experience

11.45amThe impact of Employee Engagement on the customer experience
Speaker:Aimee Lucas, VP, Temkin Group

Break & Refreshments


Case Study

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

Real World Employee Engagement

12.40pmReal World Employee Engagement
Speaker:Jason Lauritsen



Workshop: Collaborating on a Global EE Model with CultureNext & Harvard Business School

1.30pmWant to be involved in defining Employee Engagement?
Facilitated by:KIm Abel-Lanier, GM, CultureNext
Speaker:Ashley Whillans, Professor & Psychologist, Harvard Business School
Speaker:Charlotte Blank, Executive Director, Maritz Institute

Case Study

2.20pmChillis Resaturants
Speaker:Chris Ebbeler, Director of Social & Community Engagement

Break & Refreshments


Panel discussion: "The Future of Engagement"

2.55pm"The future of Employee Engagement"
Chaired:Bill Banham, The HR Gazette
Panellists:Jill Christensen, Author & Engagement Expert
Steve Smith, Partner, The Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit
Dr.Bob Nelson, Worldwide best selling author
Didier Elzinga, CEO & Co-Founder of Culture Amp
Nicole Dessain, Co-Founder & President, Disrupt HR Chicago

The Unconference Collaboration - Working together to overcome workplace barriers

3.35pmThe Importance of Culture within an Organization
Facilitator:Culture Lab X

Break & Refreshments


Case Study

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

Case Study

4.35pmCase Study
SpeakerDelta Airlines

Closing Keynote

4.55pmClosing Keynote
Speaker:Kevin Sheridan, Employee Engagement Expert & Author

Closing Remark

5.10pmWhat have we learnt?
Speaker:Matt Manners, Founder The EE Awards

Cocktail Hour & Canapes


The Employee Engagement Award Ceremony 2017

6.00pmTime 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

6.45pm till lateCelebrate 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

My main research interests centre around understanding how to promote the health and well-being of individuals, organizations, and society. I am also obsessed with understanding how we can best incentivize employees to promote workplace prosociality, engagement, and happiness. I am a member of the UBC Public Scholar Initiative where I conduct research with non-profits, companies, and the government.

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.

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.

Terry Brynes

VP Total Service, Caesars Enterainment

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.

Steve Smith

Partner, The Starr Conspiracy

Charlotte Blank

Executive Director, Maritz Institute

Jill Christensen

Employee Engagement Expert, Author

Nicole Dessain

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

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!


Lindsay Wolff Logsdon

Lindsay Wolff Logsdon

Co-Founder Culture Lab X

Josh Levine

Culture Lab X

Matt Manners

CEO & 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]

Didier Elzinga

CEO & Co-Founder, Culture Amp


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

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