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Ft.Lauderdale, FL | May 11-14, 2020
The Diplomat Resort

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2019 Maximize Productivity Sessions

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Critical insights and techniques into knowledge management, QA, workforce management, forecasting, and operational efficiency.


Session 106

It's an Omnichannel World - The Rise of Blended Agents!

Tuesday | 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Jeff Rumburg

An increasing number of contact centers are developing "Blended Agents" with expanded skill sets that include the ability to resolve complex issues in an omnichannel environment, a deep understanding of performance metrics, and a knack for generating positive ROI. Those who have successfully undertaken this transformation report lower overall costs, quicker resolution times, and much higher customer satisfaction levels. Using real-world examples, Jeff Will reveal how blended agents spread a culture of fanatical customer service that has direct business benefits. Learn the success factors for omnichannel customer care and how to find, train and develop successful blended agents in an omnichannel world.

Session 206

Developing a Roadmap for Operational Improvement

Tuesday | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Wendy Fowler

We all want to boost results and drive efficiency, but how do you identify and prioritize the areas of highest opportunity and potential impact within your center? During this interactive hour, you'll gain insights on how to do a comprehensive assessment of your current operations, including organizational alignment, quality assurance, performance management/coaching, workforce management, knowledge management and more. Based on principles used in ICMI consulting, this session will arm you with tools and practical next steps to identify and tackle the challenges that will have the greatest impact on your contact center's success.

Session 306

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Building Successful Workforce Management Process and Structure

Tuesday | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Marshall Lee

When it comes to workforce management, do you ever feel lost or confused? In this session, your guides from Firstsource Solutions will help you navigate how to build a process manual and specific documentation for your workforce management team, and how to structure your team to effectively move those processes to completion. From capacity planning, staffing, scheduling, exception entry, and anything else you do, learn how to navigate your way to success.

Session 406

Work at Home: Linking Best Talent to ESAT and CSAT

Tuesday | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Conference Hotel
Michele Rowan

With unemployment levels at decade lows, smart hiring, alternative benefits, and stellar support are required to attract and retain talent that will propel the customer experience. Work at home programs expand applicant pools by 300-400% and offer innovative staffing solutions that are appealing to many. They also save everybody money by eliminating or reducing transportation costs for employees, and reducing real estate, operating, and labor costs for businesses. This session reveals current best practices, policies, and technology solutions that Fortune 1000's and small businesses alike are utilizing to secure best talent and keep them (happy) via work at home programs.

Session 506

Secrets from an Award-Winning Small Contact Center

Wednesday | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Amber Krueger

Looking for best practices specifically for small contact centers? This session features insights from US Bancorp Fund Services, ICMI's Best Small Contact Center winner in 2018. As a contact center providing third-party services, USBFS has unique challenges that affect how they manage their business to provide quality service in an efficient manner. Learn how they balance the requirements of their clients, shareholders and staff so that each group gets what they need. Get a glimpse into how they use metrics to drive success, foster employee engagement, development and retention as well as their approach to performance management, communication, and collaboration.

Session 606

Faster Than the Speed of Math! High-growth Capacity Planning at Hulu

Wednesday | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: Conference Hotel
Todd Hixson, Nicholas Solomon

In this session, see how Hulu has grown from less than 200 agents to a future of over 2000 in just a few short years, with a goal that goes beyond the status quo to being disruptors! Culture, strategy, vision and thinking way outside the normal screen has led to a culture of "Hulugans" that are seriously engaged and still looking to grow. They'll demonstrate techniques for team design, WFM and self-help strategy and a properly tired approach that are valuable to both emerging companies and longtime entities – and make winners of the agents, customers and the company!

Session 706

10 Knowledge Management Best Practices That Lead to Success

Wednesday | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Conference Hotel
Pete McGarahan

Successful knowledge management is more about people and process than technology. This informative session explores the key principles and core concepts that organizations, including First American Title, have discovered lead to successful adoption of a knowledge-centered support model. Discover how to improve knowledge in the workflow so that no one in your organization can ever say there's garbage in the knowledge base without also admitting they're responsible for it.


Attendee Testimonials

What Attendees Are Saying About Contact Center Expo

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I loved it! It was my first ICMI conference and I learned something useful every single day! Most of all I loved having the chance to talk "shop" with other centers to learn best practices.

Jo Henry
Team Captain , Dorel Juvenile

Attending the ICMI Conference provides the ability to meet others who share the challenges inherent in Contact Centers. It is informative and an opportunity to share knowledge and "war stories".

Claire Neumann
Customer Service Manager , The General Insurance

By attending as a group, we were able to attend different sessions during each block and share our notes in order to get the most out of the conference.

Evan Watson
Documentation Specialist , AICPA

This conference was a game changer for me. There were so many concepts around metrics and coaching that we have been trying to implement, and those same concepts were discussed here. I was able to take what we have already done, mix in some of these amazing ideas from the conference, and build something that will totally change our contact center for the better!

Haley Birdyshaw
Sponsor and Donor Relations Operations Analyst , Compassion International

There is always something we can do better to help our customers and it is good to share best practices with others that live in your world.

Kathy Liatos
Member Services Manager , Christian Care Ministries

I learned so much and I have come back to my contact center with new enthusiasm and great ideas for improvement.

Lonnie Gridley
Contact Center Director , Progressive Finance

This was my first ICMI conference and I was very impressed with this event. The keynotes were relevant and amazing; the venue was well organized and used very well; the sessions were valuable not only from content but from crowd participation. I couldn't have picked a better conference to attend for my first contact center conference.

Matthew Bingham
Sr. Manager Customer Care, Technology Services , J. J. Keller & Associates

Attending the ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference is an extremely worthwhile and energizing experience. I can't recommend it enough!

Michelle Wedding
Associate Manager , Mead Johnson

ICMI conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn about new technology, network with my peers.

Nancy Ellis
Network/Telecommunications Analyst , Vectren Corporation

This was my third straight year attending and I've come away with pages of notes to share with my team when I return. I get so much from the sessions and site tours that all the other stuff feels like a bonus.

Nicholas Woltring
Director of Customer Service , National Guardian Life Insurance

The ICMI Contact center expo and Conference provided me with not only the opportunity to network with peers in the industry, but also provided me the opportunity to stay current with industry hot topics and solutions. ICMI is one of my go to resources for all things contact center related.

Tina Domer
Customer Care Manager , Restaurant Technologies, Inc.

The speakers and sessions were very informative and the conference was extremely well-organized. Just enough time in each session/presentation! Well done ICMI!

Trenyse Briggs
Business Development Manager , Convey Health Solutions

I have been attending these conferences over 8 years and each time they are more informative and enjoyable. I always bring action items back to the agency.

Esther Edmonds
Contact Center Manager , U.S. Government Printing Office

The conference was so valuable; I learned a great deal and made some excellent connections.

Cortney Jonas Burnos
Workforce Management Director , CareCentrix

"Everybody is really happy to share. There's no real competitors here. It's all about sharing knowledge."

Luke Jamieson
Head of Member Services , UniSuper

"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

"By far the most comprehensive, well planned and content rich contact center event I have ever been a part of."

Luke Jamieson
Head of Member Services , UniSuper

"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

"You get a lot of feedback and interaction not only from speakers but from your peers. There's a lot of exponential learning and for me that's the enjoyable part of the show."

Dan Blattler
, Cox Communication

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
, Phone.com

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 , AutoTrader.com

"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

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