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Breakfast Briefings

Enjoy breakfast while learning about customer experience strategies that work!

Tuesday, May 14   |  7:15AM - 8:15AM

Getting CFO Buy-in for KPIs Your Customers Deserve

Hear Valvoline’s real-world success story of implementing a unique omnichannel strategy blending physical retail stores with contact center expertise driving significantly improved performance and contact center growth.   Learn how customer experience drove innovative business models and hear Shawn’s 6 step framework for getting started on your own customer experience improvement project.  And, as Valvoline leaders learned, success breeds success, hear how this business transformation has turned their contact center into a profitable business unit!

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 Speaker:   Shawn Castle, Director of Customer Support, Valvoline

Shawn has over 18 years of call center leadership experience. Shawn’s experience includes supporting internal and external customers in the retail and consumer packaged goods arena. Shawn is currently the Director of Customer Support for Valvoline Inc., in Lexington, Kentucky. In this role, he is responsible leading the overall operations of a multifunctional group. These groups include supporting internal and external customers with customer service, technical support and inside sales.

Wednesday, May 15   |  7:15AM - 8:15AM

Deliver World-Class Customer Service Through Service Employee Empowerment

Now more than ever, customer service faces an immense demand for skilled managers and agents who can build lasting customer relationships while embracing the latest technology. Building an engaged and qualified workforce is nothing new, but it’s quickly becoming a clear focus. According to the 2019 Salesforce State of Service Report, the top priority for customer service leaders over the next two years is to improve workforce skills and to leverage leading technologies such as AI. Join us to discover strategies that will help you attract, build and retain a world-class customer service organization.

Key Takeaways:

  •  Examples of resources and opportunities to connect gaps across contact center workforce training
  • Success factors for empowering and motivating teams to drive employee success and customer loyalty
  • Fresh perspectives around how to connect top performers with clear career pathways to drive individual and company wide success
  • Address industry trends such as AI and digital offerings and discuss how service leaders are adopting new strategies and career paths

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Speaker:   Allison Johnson Bryan, Director of Product Marketing, Salesforce

Allison Johnson Bryan is Director, Product Marketing at Salesforce. With over a decade of experience in the high tech industry, Allison's expertise is on customer experience, new ways to empower agents and industry trends and insights. Her team manages the Service Cloud community and launched the Trailblazer for the Future workshops.
Having worked at innovative companies such as Cisco, Deloitte Digital and Salesforce, Allison has witnessed how leading companies have evolved, including the adoption of digital channels, the changing role of the agent, and the benefits of embracing your mobile workforce.
Having recently published the State of Service, Allison explores what it means to deliver a connected customer experience, including the benefits and challenges that modern organizations face. In an effort to build trailblazers, Allison enjoys receiving feedback and insights from those in the industry and is excited to see what comes next!

What our Attendees Are Saying

Attendee Testimonials

"This conference was well organized, had excellent speakers, and an engaged audience."

Lindsay Zarr
Customer Solutions Manager , North American Bancard

"Breakout sessions were very informative and learnings can be applied immediately to improve my business."

Rob Ryan
VP Member Services , Life Lock

“The quality of the speakers was excellent and the relevance of the topics was spot on. The keynote speakers were great also. I definitely feel I got my money's worth.”

Susan Litt
Customer Service Manager , Green Shield Canada

"One of the best conferences I have attended."

Jennifer High
VP Contact Center , Transamerica

“ACCE [Contact Center Expo] has motivated and inspired me to improve myself as a leader in my organization and to help cultivate and encourage myself to help others improve upon themselves as well. I had such as awesome time! The people I met were so friendly and eager to offer help/advise!”

Candace Estanique
Coordinator , Straub Clinic & Hospital

“We have worked with ICMI in the past and had good experiences. [The conference] delivered more than I expected and was so relevant for me and my current position. This was the first conference I have attended since becoming the supervisor of our contact center and it gave me an awesome opportunity to network with people, to learn how people become successful at this job and to see what is available.”

Kelli Detty
Contact Center Supervisor , LES

“The opportunity to learn from others is invaluable. There are so many companies represented, that we are able to learn from each other without worrying about giving away trade secrets! Being able to see how others use their technology is a huge plus- it's nice to hear the challenges others have faced and the creative ways they used the technology.”

Lindsey Weems
Call Center Manager , Pepsi Bottling Ventures

“The conference was well organized and provided a variety of training sessions that I found very valuable. I enjoyed the keynote speakers, as well as being able to discuss best practices with my peers from other call centers.”

Sherri Bramwell
Quality Manager , OptumRx

“Given the opportunity, I will plan to attend again and will encourage others in my area of responsibility to attend as well.”

Sharon Cole
Sr. Analyst , Verizon

“Having the opportunity to learn and share in a variety of settings, whether in a classroom setting that is interactive, networking with peers, or on the exhibit floor by seeing demos and squeezing in another session to take away, culminated into a wonderful experience.”

Steve Wilson
Customer Service Supervisor , Grant & Weber

It was so well orchestrated and organized and it has such a variety of topics to choose from that no matter what your needs or interests are you will find it at the ICMI conference."

Dawn Mangelsen
, DealerTrack Technologies

"It was amazing to be around so many people in the industry. It was exciting and invigorating. To share my perspective and to get so many other perspectives helped me learn and grow."

Jenny Dempsey

The content was great, the speakers were well prepared and shared relevant information, everything was so well organize and ran so smoothly.

Ruth Hansen
Contact Center Director , TwinStar Credit Union

"A great opportunity to understand emerging issues and trends, technical possibilities, and real-life examples of centers and issues.”

Marc Hassen
Claims Services Director , Auto Club Group

"I really enjoy seeing what other organizations are doing to meet customer expectations. Through the experiences of others, we learn how our business can best adopt new technology and methods of servicing customers to remain competitive."

Kevin Walker
Customer Care Section Manager , Volkswagen Credit

“The quality of the presenters was very good and I learned a lot of valuable takeaways. I have 3 pages of typed notes.”

Jessica Zupfer
Phone Bank Manager , Bremer Financial

"Quality was a great take away and social networking too. I have come back with a lot of new quality documentation procedures that I want to start in my center."

Cynthia Brittain
Customer Contact Center Manager , Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

"The environment at ICMI conferences is so refreshingly real - very different from other events. I learned so much by talking with the diverse attendees."

Serena Daly
Supervisor, Customer Care Sales and Retention , eHealthInsurance Services, Inc

"The keynote presentations were awesome!"

Suzan Gallion
Vice President , RBFCU

"I became a groupie of Lori Bocklund's sessions because I liked her topics and style of presentation so much. She is a wonderful speaker!"

Liz Hansen
IT Technologist , Medtronic

"I met some really great peers and loved the opportunity to share experiences with them."

Coreen Gaffney
Director, Customer Care Team , The Hanover Group

"Networking was tremendous and John Goodman and Joe Bannon are true assets to emerging technology and best practices."

Jason Kean
Manager, Service Assurance ,

"I enjoyed the opportunity to meet others in similar fields or facing similar challenges in their contact centers."

Christine Paeplow
Client Services Manager , Harland Clarke

"The conference sessions were great, and so interactive!"

Mariana Kenny
Quality Assurance Analyst , Entrust Energy

"Lori Bocklund - My favorite presenter in a session - smart, funny and filled with great information. Please keep her on the rotation of speakers at your future conferences."

Jennifer Stowell
Sales Support Supervisor , REI

"I really enjoyed the reception in the exhibit hall as this was a great way to network and see the various products that were available."

Kim Singh
Operations Manager , E-Comm 911