A half-day executive forum for senior client-side marketers, designed to accelerate the way brands approach, develop, and execute event strategies.



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Our pre-conference Executive Forum, available exclusively to client-side marketers, will bring together the industry’s most innovative brand marketers. You’ll discuss today’s most pressing issues with the brightest marketing minds, trendsetters, and decision makers. The Executive Forum is designed to advance the way organizations approach, develop and execute event strategies.

Discover how innovative companies are using events to transform the marketing mix

Find ways to define and capture disparate audiences with tailored brand experiences

Learn how to cut through the noise and ensure brand relevance in a crowded marketplace

Unlock proven strategies to utilize storytelling, thought leadership and attendee journey

Engage in facilitated networking to connect with your peers and gain valuable knowledge



Josh Arnold

Experiential Marketing Manager

Bob Bejan

General Manager, Global Events
Justin Boone

Justin Boone

VP of Creative Strategy

Alyson Griffin

VP of Marketing

Nicola Kastner

Head of Global Event Strategy
Kim Kopetz

Kim Kopetz

EVP Strategy & Marketing

Erin McElroy

Program Director, Marketing Innovation

Zachary Papale

Global Head of Experiential Marketing & Brand Partnerships

Lisa Riley

VP of Events  
Alessandra Sapiz

Alessandra Sapiz

VP Global Events
Shawn Silverman

Shawn Silverman

SVP, Brand Marketing and Events
Jamey Sunshine_Nestle

Jamey Sunshine

Experiential Marketing Team Leader


11:00-11:30 AM
Registration & Networking

11:30 AM-12:40 PM
Welcome & Lunch

12:40-1:15 PM
Opening Session: Inside Events at Intel

Speaker: Alyson Griffin, VP of Marketing, Intel
Learn how events and brand activations can actively shape the conversation for your brand’s perception. Alyson will discuss strategies to move beyond awareness and achieve true brand relevance in unique ways that appeal to multiple personas at a single event.

1:15-1:45 PM
Fireside Chat: Shawn Silverman, SVP, Brand Marketing and Events, Comedy Central/Paramount Network/TV Land
Shawn will share insights on how experiential strategies drive brand affinity. Topics will include immersive storytelling; the pros and cons of stunt marketing, using marketing to both reward “fans” and attract and engage “non-fans,” and the intersection between advertising, paid social, and events. Interviewed by Kim Kopetz, EVP Strategy & Marketing at Opus Agency.

1:45-2:15 PM
Panel: Storytelling Through Experiences
Event marketers are constantly balancing the goal of connecting on an emotional and relevant level with their audience, while also driving results with their spend. There is also the challenge of having too many stories to tell and how to justify or measure the impact. Hear the unique perspectives from our panel, which includes Josh Arnold, Experiential Marketing Manager at General Mills, Erin Mcelroy, Program Director, Marketing Innovation at IBM, and Zachary Papale, Global Head of Experiential Marketing & Brand Partnerships at YouTube. Moderated by Justin Boone, VP of Creative Strategy at MAS Event + Design.

2:15-2:30 PM

2:30-3:00 PM
Panel: One Event, Many Personas
Many marketers today are challenged with how to connect across many different audiences at one event or activation. Listen to some of the world’s most valued brands as they share how they define their audiences, attendee journeys, and create “find your tribe” strategies. This panel features Alessandra Sapiz, VP Global Events at Cisco, Jamey Sunshine, Experiential Marketing Team Leader at Nestle, and Nicola Kastner, Head of Global Event Strategy at SAP. Moderated by Lisa Riley, VP of Events at Sirius Decisions.

3:00-3:30 PM
Table Topics: Dissect the day’s content through Interactive discussions with your tablemates, covering hot topics and trends including audience segmentation, social strategy, and portfolio development.

3:30-3:45 PM

3:45-4:15 PM
Afternoon Session: Adapting Event Strategy for a Modern Audience
Speaker: Bob Bejan, General Manager, Global Events for Microsoft
Bob will share the transformative journey Microsoft has been on over the past few years to build a comprehensive, theme-based portfolio that delivers results. Bob will discuss his approach to addressing increasingly sophisticated audiences, as well as their strategy around attendee journeys and content delivery.

4:15-4:45 PM
Closing Session: Events in the Apparel Industry

Speaker: Beth Malafa, Head of Global Events, Under Armour
Details Coming Soon!

4:45-5:30 PM
Executive Forum Post-Event Reception
Join us for a drink and continued connections with your peers.

New for 2019 – Executive Forum Strategy Lab, hosted by Opus Agency!

New for 2019 and available only to our Executive Forum attendees, the Strategy Lab will host our post-forum reception, as well as exclusive content on Wednesday and Thursday. This includes vendor presentations on topics such as innovative event technologies and production techniques, as well as meet-ups on:

  • eSports and Why You Should Care
  • Diversity and Inclusion at Events
  • Building A High Performing Event Team … and More!



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