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The 2019 North American Employee Engagement Conference
  • June 20, 2019 8:00 am

Thursday 20th June 2019 – New York City

It gives us great pleasure to announce our annual North American Employee Engagement Conference & Awards.

For the first time since our inception, we will be returning to New York alongside some of our 2018 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 will be hosting our conference at the illustrious Tribeca 360 in the Lower Westside of Manhattan

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 2018 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.

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.

Benefits of attending
  • Learn from award winning companies
  • Unique insight to give your company a competitive advantage
  • Ask questions to solve issues you maybe having
  • Network with peers
  • Meet world class Employee Engagement consultants and technology providers
  • Fully catered event throughout the day

Conference Agenda


Registration & Networking Breakfast


Welcome by Matt Manners


Case Study: 2018 Winner Company of the Year – Events DC


Case Study: Broadsoft


Case Study: State of Michigan


Coffee & Networking


Case Study: Northwell Health


Case Study: Empire Today


Case Study: Vistaprint


Case Study: TBC


Lunch & Networking


Panel Discussion


Coffee & Networking


Case Study: Calvin Klein


Case Study: Qualtrics


Case Study: Achievee


Case Study: The Starr Conspiracy


Drinks & Networking


Charlie Judy – President, Workforce, QuestionPro

Charlie Judy is the President of Workforce – a burgeoning survey-based analytics platform and product line for QuestionPro. After spending 25 years as a Human Resources Executive with some of the world’s most prominent professional services firms – including Deloitte, Navigant, and Baker Tilly – Charlie took a radical career detour into technology entrepreneurship. He built WorkXO®, the workforce culture management platform that’s helped organizations across the planet measure, analyze, and then activate their cultures toward differentiated success. QuestionPro acquired the WorkXO platform and Charlie’s company in 2018; since then, his team has been focused on building the next generation of workforce analytics that give enterprises the data they need to turn employee experience into operational excellence.

Conference Speakers

Misty Johnson Oratokhai – Chief People Officer, Events DC

Mrs. Johnson Oratokhai develops and directs a comprehensive human capital program for Events DC by serving as a change agent who implements the President & CEO’s strategic vision for the organization. Mrs. Johnson Oratokhai is responsible for developing an organizational culture which fosters and values employee engagement and customer service as Events DC’s business model across all divisions and departments and partnering with senior management to align human resources goals across the organization. Prior to Events DC, Mrs. Johnson Oratokhai served as the Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer for Dimensions Healthcare System, Director, Labor Relations – Amtrak, Employee & Labor Relations Manager, Tribune Publishing Company, Labor Attorney, D.C. Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining. She is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and a member of the Maryland Bar. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Business, with a concentration in Human Resources Management. Ms. Johnson Oratokhai joined Events DC in September 2013.

Michael Zingsheim – Engagement Specialist, State of Michigan

Michael Zingsheim is an Employee Engagement Specialist for the State of Michigan’s Office of Performance and Transformation. Michael works closely with cabinet level agencies across state government in the development and implementation of employee engagement initiatives. As project manager for the statewide effort on employee engagement he led the State of Michigan to all-time highs in employee engagement over the past 8 years as evidenced by key metrics from ongoing statewide employee surveys.

Matthew Eade – Senior Director, Learning & Development, Empire Today


Jason Lauritsen – Employee Engagement Expert

Jason Lauritsen is a keynote speaker and employee engagement expert. His passionate, engaging and thought-provoking style will challenge you to think differently. Jason has been described as “a corporate executive gone rogue.” For nearly a decade, he spent his days as a corporate Human Resources executive where he developed a reputation for driving business results through talent.
Most recently, he led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program where he has studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest. Classically impatient, curious, and ambitious, Jason’s early career was a rapid progression of sales and management roles including launching, leading, and ultimately selling a small business in his mid-twenties. He’s a leader, sales guy, entrepreneur, and corporate executive — all rolled up into one.

Aimee Lucas – CCXP,
Qualtrics XM Institute

Aimee Lucas is a customer experience and employee engagement researcher, advisor, trainer, and speaker. As part of Qualtrics’ XM Institute, she focuses her efforts on helping organizations optimize their experience management (XM) programs. She leads the XM Institute’s research into employee engagement best practices and the broader organizational capabilities for building loyalty by improving customer and employee experiences.

Aimee has over 20 years of experience improving service delivery and transforming CX through people development and process improvement initiatives. Her areas of expertise include market research, program management, marketing, instructional design, and training. Aimee joined Qualtrics when it acquired Temkin Group, a leading CX research and advisory firm. Prior to joining Temkin Group, she implemented the CX strategy and managed the Voice of the Customer program for Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the top 10 public accounting and consulting firms in the US.

Aimee is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in marketing management.

Jody Ordioni – Chief Brand Officer, Brandemix – Founder, Achievee

Jody Ordioni, is the author of “The Talent Brand.” In her role as President and Chief Brand Officer of Brandemix, she leads the firm in creating brand-aligned talent communications that connect employees to cultures, companies and business goals. She engages with HR professionals and corporate teams on how to build and promote talent brands, and implement best-practice talent acquisition and engagement strategies across all media and platforms.

A frequent contributor and keynote, Jody has been named a Recruitment thought-leader to follow in 2018 and her mission is to integrate marketing, human resources, internal communications and social media to foster a seamless brand experience through the employee lifecycle.

Steve Smith – Partner, The Starr Conspiracy

Since 2001, Steve has specialized in human resources and human capital-focused strategy, content, and consulting after nearly a decade as a newspaper journalist and a stint in tech startups. He has developed messaging, positioning, brand, thought leadership, and content marketing strategy for a wide range of enterprise software companies innovating the workforce.

From 2014-18, he launched the agency’s San Francisco operations and opened its office at 2nd Street and Bryant. Today, he leads the agency’s marketing and thought leadership efforts, as well as ramping up its New York City operations (office opening 2020).

Jill Katz – Founder & Chief Change Officer, Assemble HR Consulting

Jill Katz is an Influencer, Speaker and Coach that is passionate about shifting the workplace to be more #PeopleFocused. She is the Founder and Chief Change Officer of Assemble HR Consulting, a boutique Human Resources firm that focuses on Organizational Transformation and Employee Experience.

Jill brings candid insights, brave questions, humor and empathy to her advisory practice. She is a seasoned executive coach, facilitator, and human capital expert with more than 20 years of success in the fashion, retail, digital technology, media, and banking industries. Jill is best known for her “3C’s Approach”: candor, courage, and care.

Jill has held senior HR leadership roles at USA Networks/IAC, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein Inc./PVH, Elie Tahari, and Macy’s. In leading the human resources functions, Jill has worked closely with senior executive teams to build leadership capability, drive performance strategies, and focus on employee culture and experience. She has extensive experience in large-scale organizational design projects, including the selection and placement of top talent, along with the communication and rollout strategies to manage effective change.

Jill works closely with executives to help them see the value in relationships; and how taking accountability and focusing on authentic communication can result in better business results for teams and organizations. She is certified in assessments including the Gallup StrengthsFinder, Hogan Suite of Assessments, Change Style Indicator and several 360 degree feedback methods. Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication from the University of Michigan. Most important of all, she is a very proud Mom, a devoted wife, a Broadway fanatic, and a dog lover.

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