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

Benefits of attending the Conference

  • 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

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. Learn from inspiring stories that highlight success and failures along the way.

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.

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.

Check out our conference booklet here:

Conference Agenda


Registration & Networking Breakfast


Welcome by Matt Manners


2018 Winner Company of the Year – Events DC

Misty Johnson Oratokhai
Chief People Officer, Events DC


2018 Winner
State of Michigan

Michael Zingsheim
Engagement Specialist


The Human Experience

Aimee Lucas
Senior Principal Analyst, XM Institute


Coffee & Networking


2018 Winner Story
Northwell Health

David Gill
AVP, Employee Experience
Northwell Health

Hattie Roche
This is Home


2018 Winner Story
Empire Today

Matthew Eade
Senior Director, Learning & Development, Empire Today


Case Study
Mongo DB

Alicia del Carmen Raymond



2019 Employee Engagement Trends

Jason Lauritsen


Lunch & Networking


Panel Debate
How to drive leadership buy-in for Employee Engagement powered by The C-Suite Network

Tricia Benn
The C-Suite Network

Steve Smith
The Starr Conspiracy

Rachel Headley
Rose Group International

Raphael Crawford-Marks

Tina Greenbaum
Tina Greenbaum

Matt Stephens

David Lichtenberg
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Richard Blabolil
Marketing Innovators


Coffee & Networking


The Secrets of Great Talent Branding

Jody Ordioni
Chief Brand Officer, Brandemix


Case Study
Zombies, Rock Stars and a Shoe: BMC’s Wellness Engagement Story


Closing Keynote
Jeffrey Hayzlett


Drinks & Networking
Live Entertainment


Matt Manners – CEO, The Employee Engagement Awards

Matt believes that competition is healthy and recognition vital. That is why he founded The Employee Engagement Awards in 2014 – to shine a light on and celebrate the great work that was being ignored internally/externally and to help educate those seeking to improve the world of work.

In four years, The EE Awards have established themselves in North America, Europe, Australasia and Africa, adding a conference and content element to aid the education process along the way.

It is this global insight from the world’s biggest businesses such as Ford, MetLife, Delta, DHL, BMW etc. that provides Matt with a unique insight into all facets of Employee Experience as it continues to evolve and improve.

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.

David Gill
AVP Employee Experience
Northwell Health

David Gill is the Assistant Vice President, Employee Experience with Northwell Health in the New York Metropolitan area. Within this role, David champions workforce engagement by working to improve employees’ experiences from attraction to retirement. David has responsibility for the strategy, development, implementation and ongoing execution of engagement initiatives and measurement, external and internal awards and recognition, and the sustainability of the employee value proposition. Prior to joining Northwell Health, David led the Human Resources Assessment and Selection function at Verizon Communications, which was responsible for the development, validation and implementation of the talent acquisition processes for hiring new employees.  With over fifteen years of Talent Management experience and applied research across multiple industries, David’s areas of expertise include employee engagement and retention, talent identification, performance management and employee development. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a certificate in Occupational Health Psychology from Kansas State University.

Aimee Lucas – CCXP
Principal Consultant
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

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
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

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.

Jeffrey Hayzlett
Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity, a prime time television show host on CSuite TV, and a radio host on CBS Radio’s Play.it and C-Suite Radio. From small businesses to international corporations, his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the c-suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling business books, The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet,and one of the most compelling figures in business today.

Richard Blabobil
Marketing Innovators

Jamie Colvin

21 years of consulting experience. Keen business sense. Exceptional strategic savvy. Her mojo is unstoppable. Her passion for employees runs deep. She’s the real deal.

She combines her background in marketing and HR consulting with crazy, out-of-the-box ideas that work…every time. To her every client is unique and their problems are her problems.

Want to see Jamie’s real talent emerge? Tell her “We can’t do that” or “That’s not how we do things.” Then watch her creative vision, strategic savvy and keen business sense beat those hurdles into submission.

Over the last 9 years SimplyConnect has been named IABC’s Small Agency of the Year four years in a row. They have also won over 150 communication and creative awards, including 47 IABC Gold Quills, and two U.S. Employee Engagement Awards.

Tricia Benn
Executive Vice-President
C-Suite Network

Tricia Benn is the Executive Vice-President of the C-Suite Network and General Manager of The Hero Club, an invitation-only membership organization for CEOs, founders, and investors.

As an executive within both organizations, her mission is to build a platform and community that accelerates the success of c-level executives. She is a leader in creating an executive community of collaboration, based on integrity, transparency, and measuring success beyond the numbers alone – ‘The Hero Factor.’

This approach has driven her more than 20-year track record of industry disruption in building new businesses, revenue streams, and delivering double digital and more, year-over-year growth.

In addition to sitting on multiple business, associations and not-for-profit boards, Benn served as a senior executive for three enterprise-level organizations in market research, telecommunications, media marketing, and advertising. As Global Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and U.S. Managing Director within MDC Partners, a $3 billion global holding company, Benn’s leadership drove double digit growth year-over-year and new contracts with some of the most important impact players in the world.

An award-winning business leader and international speaker, Benn shares an inspiring, practical and actionable message that empowers great leaders to take their businesses to the next level.



For the North American Conference Arlo SoHo, has offered a great rate, eliminated the minimum booking numbers and are giving us the concessions offered no matter how many rooms are booked.

  • Closest hotel to Tribeca 360 (.1 mile – a two minute walk) 
  • Hotel will waive the Urban Fee of $29.00 plus tax per night ($31.57) for all Employee Engagement group guests
  • Rooms will be upgraded to complimentary to city view
  • Room block expires June 5, 2019 so rooms must be booked by then
  • June 11th is the last day for guests to cancel their reservations without penalty



Address: Arlo SoHo, 261 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10016

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