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 marketing
Learn how to define and capture disparate audiences with expertly tailored brand experiences, designed to drive brand affinity and shape the conversation for your brand
Learn how to cut through the noise and achieve true 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 knowledge
Registration & Networking
11:30 AM-12:40 PM
Welcome & Lunch
Speaker: Alyson Griffin, VP Brand and Thought Leadership, 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.
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.
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.
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, Nicola Kastner, Head of Global Event Strategy at SAP, and more. Moderated by Lisa Riley, VP of Events at Sirius Decisions.
Table Topics: Interactive discussions on hot topics and trends with your tablemates.
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.
Speaker: Beth Malafa, Head of Global Events, Under Armour
Details Coming Soon!
Executive Forum Post-Event Reception
Join us for a drink and continued connections with your peers.