Connect20 Conference Program

Wednesday, May 13

Noon-8 p.m.


Pre-Conference Workshops*

1-2:30 p.m.     

Concurrent Workshops                             

Oh My Pod: A Workshop About Internal Podcasts
Speakers: Chuck Gose, Zane Ewton

DIY Internal Communications Audit
Speaker: Priya Bates          

3-4:30 p.m. 

Concurrent Workshops         

Why, What, How: Elevating Internal Comms Through Thoughtful Planning
Speakers: Ann Melinger, Jackie Berg

Change the Way You Think About D&I
Speaker: Leeno Karumanchery, Ph.D.

5-5:45 p.m.

General Session
Speakers: Jonathan Mann, Chuck Gose                                                         

6-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Networking Reception
Start your conference experience off right! Chat with IC pros from around the world and meet the 2020 Executive Committee of the PRSA Employee Communications Section over drinks and appetizers.

*Pre-Conference Workshops require an additional registration fee

Thursday, May 14

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


7:30-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Rowboat in a Hurricane: Riding the Wave of Change
Speakers: Julie & Colin Angus

9:30–10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Set I

Open the Pod Bay Doors, Y'All — Learn to Love (not Fear) Digital Comms
Speaker: Russell Evans 

10 Tricks Internal Communicators Can Learn From Successful Salespeople
Speakers: Pinaki Kathiari & Becky Graebe      

10:30–11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Set II

A Fresh Take on Failure
Speaker: Erica Goodwin

How to Become Unforgettable
Speaker: Greg Monaco      

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1-2 p.m.             

Luncheon Keynote

Making History: Transforming an Unhealthy Culture Into a Top Workplace
Speaker: Bob Grennes, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Revenue

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Set III

Lead Your Team to Victory With an Internal Communications Playbook
Speaker: Betsy Jorgensen

High-Impact Employee Engagement Through Gamification and Pop Culture
Speakers: Sonja Popp-Stahly & Stacy Sarault      

3:15-4 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Set IV

Power to the People: Employees Tell the Medidata Story on Social Media
Speaker: Edward Ford

100,000 Acts of Gratitude: Turning Sticky Notes Into Inspiration
Speakers: Jolie Shifflet & Melanie Davis      

4:15-5 p.m.             

Keynote Presentation: Tales From “On the Road”
Speaker: Steve Hartman, CBS News correspondent   

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sponsor Appreciation Reception  


**Dine-Around participants are responsible for the cost of their own dinner and beverage

Friday, May 15

7 a.m. - Noon


7:15-8:15 a.m. 


8:15-9 a.m.

D&I Discussion
Speaker: Dr. Leeno Karumanchery

9:15 – 10 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Set V

Cures for the Common Newsletter
Speaker: Jackie Berg

Build Your Employer Brand With an Ambassador Program to Drive Engagement
Speakers: Kristen Bowser & Kelly Kavanaugh      

10:15-11 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Set VI

How to Find and Build Your Enterprise Social Muscles
Speaker: Rita Zonius

Enlisting Employees to Initiate the Launch of a New Advertising Campaign
Speakers: Steve Harris & Jennifer Wirtz

11:15 a.m.-Noon

Keynote Presentation: Everything I Know About Internal Comms I Learned From Star Wars
Speaker: Jason Anthoine, Managing Founder, Audacity

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