Our 2021 Headline Speakers
September 7 - 10, 2021
Featured Keynote: Roadmap to 2025
Tuesday | 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
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2020 required contact centers the world over to do a lot of sudden improvising in order to continue supporting their customers. While the Herculean efforts were valiant and got us through a difficult time, more than a year later it’s time to focus on the future. Savvy leaders are moving beyond the band aids. They are fundamentally changing and strengthening their organizations to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead. Have your pen and pad in hand as Brad leads this rapid-fire panel of leaders, who are guaranteed to inspire as they help you to discover your own path forward.
Ted Stodolka VP and Chief Care Officer, Hallmark Cards
Anne Palmerine, VP, Customer Engagement and Enrollment Services, UPMC Health Plan
Eric Mackowitz, AVP, Service Center Operations, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Brad Cleveland is often cited as one of the world's foremost leaders and thinkers in customer service and contact centers. He has worked in over 60 countries, has advised numerous governments, and counts many of today’s service leaders – Apple, HP, American Express, and others – among his clients. Brad is author/editor of eight books, including Contact Center Management on Fast Forward, which won an Amazon.com best-selling award and is used in universities and corporate training programs around the world. One of the initial partners in and former President and CEO of ICMI, Brad grew the firm into a global industry leader that is now part of United Business Media (London: UBM.L). He now serves as a Senior Advisor to ICMI, and is an in-demand author, speaker and consultant. His current research is focused on the future of customer service.
Featured Keynote: Innovate the Way You Innovate: Instilling a Pervasive Culture of Innovation
Wednesday | 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM
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Well-intentioned leaders, in their attempts to boost innovation, are inadvertently destroying it. What if everything you know about creating a culture of innovation is wrong? What if the way you are measuring innovation is choking it? What if your market research is asking all of the wrong questions? It’s time to innovate the way you innovate. During this interactive keynote, you will discover that innovation isn’t just about generating occasional new ideas; it’s about staying consistently one step ahead of the competition. This educational experience brings to life the concept in Stephen Shapiro’s latest book: “Best Practices Are Stupid.”
You should hire people you don’t like. Bring the right mix of people to unleash your team’s full potential
Asking for ideas is a bad idea. Define challenges more clearly. If you ask better questions, you will get better answers
You don’t want to think outside the box. In fact, you want to find a better box. Instead of giving your employees a blank slate, provide them with well-define parameters that will increase their creative output
Failure is always an option. Looking at innovation as a series of experiments allows you to redefine failure and learn from your results
Innovation Evangelist and Author
Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them.
The first innovation opportunity Stephen Shapiro spotted was the opportunity to innovate within his own life. Halfway through his 15-year tenure at Accenture, while leading the company’s business process reengineering practice, he realized he no longer wanted to be responsible for people losing their jobs. So he did exactly the opposite by building Accenture’s thriving 20,000-person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation.
In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, Stephen left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Since then he has published four more books and spoken to audiences in 50 different countries. Today, Stephen continues to focus on transforming the way businesses like 3M, P&G, Marriott, Nike, and Microsoft improve innovation practices.
Featured Keynote: Making #HybridTeams Awesome
Thursday | 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM
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2020 and its aftermath turned our world upside down. It changed just about every area of our lives, and work was no exception. While remote work existed before, it’s the norm now – and for most companies, some form of hybrid work is here to stay. As we boldly explore what it means to create exceptional hybrid work environments, we can’t just assume previous practices will produce similar results. It’s time to rethink how we approach company culture. From bringing intentionality to our communication to fostering a sense of belonging despite the challenges of hybrid work, to reimagining camaraderie and community when we’re not gathered in one physical space and place, this presentation examines what we need to create an awesome, energized work environment, no matter where people are working from.
In this valuable keynote, culture expert Hannah Ubl will provide a better understanding of the shifts needed for a truly dynamic hybrid workplace and share predictions on what it will take to foster a healthy hybrid work culture. You’ll learn practical strategies to redesign how you communicate, connect, and collaborate and discover best practices from organizations with proven awesome virtual and hybrid workplaces.
Good Company Consulting
Hannah Ubl's core mission is to create organizations that don’t suck. She’s devoted her career to flipping the traditional workplace script, throwing out the old “employees are lines on a spreadsheet” in favor of treating people at work more like… well, people.
As Co-founder of Good Company Consulting, she’s sought after for her bold take on building workplaces that prioritize the human experience while simultaneously increasing the bottom line. Hannah has dedicated the past decade to researching people at work – not just top talent and leadership – but everyone in between. She’s discovered a strangely well-kept secret for recruiting and retaining the workforce of the future: the best recipe for organizational success is rooted in mindfulness, empathy, and kindness.
Hannah’s work is a fresh approach to the standard (and outdated) workplace narrative. With heart, deep conviction, and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Hannah will sweep you along on a journey of insights that lead to deep, lasting mindset shifts about how work works.
Featured Keynote: Connecting the Workplace and Life Through F.U.N.
Thursday | 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
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What’s GOOD?! How do today’s best companies accelerate business results? By engaging their employees, celebrating all that’s GOOD and creating a culture of experience that empowers their workforce to create joy, FUN and fulfillment.
In this engaging keynote, Paul Long leverages his concept of "Fundamism" to empower you to make strides in improving your quality of life at home and work. When applied, these tactical behaviors are proven to create more joy, FUN and fulfillment in life while creating a culture of experience that improves customer experience and employee engagement, reduces attrition and inspires growth across nearly every performance metric.
Why does the work you have to be different than the you at home? It doesn’t! In this energetic, engaging and tactically focused keynote, Paul J Long will spark your creativity by partnering together in finding ways to create more FUN at work!
Speaker, Author, Master of Shenanigans, and Former Director of Call Center Operations at Farmers Insurance
Paul Long is a speaker, author, podcaster and master of shenanigans – and as the former Director of Call Center Operations at Farmers Insurance he has walked in your shoes. He has developed a concept called Fundamism, simply defined as the FUNdamentals of a F.U.N. and optimistic lifestyle. When implemented, Paul’s philosophy has been proven to reduce attrition, attract great talent, improve customer experience and drive employee engagement. Paul is not only great in discussing operational growth theory, but in his corporate leadership experience he’s also seen success putting his FUNdamentals into practice.