2018 Conference

Angela Crawford

Dr. Angela Crawford is on a mission to help people and organizations discover and live out their passion.  She has over 25 years of corporate experience working to design and enhance customer and employee experiences.  As the Dean of the College of Business at Thomas More College, she enjoys teaching and researching in the areas […]

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Tracy Imm

Tracy Imm is a communications expert and leadership coach based in Maryland. Her international podcast, Brave Girls with Tracy Imm, showcases the stories of accomplished women and the lessons they are here to share with the world. Tracy has been doing the corporate dance for decades and has more degrees and certificates than you’ll ever

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Theomary Karamanis

Theomary Karamanis, Ph.D, SCMP is a multiple Gold Quill Award-winning communication consultant and educator. She has worked in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Canada. She has been actively engaged in various industries (government, private and non-profit) and fields of expertise, including corporate communication, consulting, higher education administration and teaching, executive training,

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Stacy Wilson

Stacy Wilson, ABC, IABC Fellow, president of Eloquor Consulting, helps organizations get more collaboration and innovation value from technology investments by ensuring the people/process elements work effectively. She primarily focuses on intranet and digital workplace strategy, governance, usability, content and adoption. Clients are from around the world and many industries: XL Catlin, Newmont Mining, University

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Sara Jackson

Sara is the Cofounder for Cerkl. Cerkl radically increases engagement using artificial intelligence (A.I.) to personalize every digital interaction with your audience. Sara has extensive experience and expertise in internal and external communication and has developed locally and nationally recognized engagement programs and partnerships. Prior to starting her own company, Sara worked for in both

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Samantha Enslen

Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial, an agency that provides writing and editing to customers worldwide. She is the former editorial manager for CSC and a former contributing editor to the Editorial Eye. She is also an award-winning writer who has been recognized for her websites, brochures, features and white papers. Sam is the vice president

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Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

A former member of IABC/St. Louis, IABC/DC and IABC/Baltimore; contributor to IABC’s Communication World magazine; and international conference newsletter editor, Ruth E. Thaler-Carter (www.writerruth.com) is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, proofreader and desktop publisher whose motto is “I can write about anything!”™ She is the author/publisher of “Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a

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Renee Charney

Renee is a Managing Director within the BTS Executive Coaching practice and is based in New York City, NY. She partners with clients to help them gain clarity with what is most important to their personal and organizational success. This is accomplished through exploring key issues, asking powerful questions, and getting to the heart of

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Peter Evans

Peter’s startup experience over the past 20 years includes CMO roles at software companies Platespin (acquired by Novell) and FloNetwork (acquired by DoubleClick). A regular speaker on marketing trends and best practices, he has spoken at numerous conferences including CASE, International PRSA, The Associated Press University & Foundations Summit, SUNYCUAD and the Business Marketing Association. 

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Paul Omodt

Paul G. Omodt is a nationally recognized crisis communication expert and owner/principal at Omodt & Associates Critical Communications, a full-service communication firm dedicated to telling your story when communications are critical to your success. Paul also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches in the undergraduate Communications Department

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Paul Furiga

Paul Furiga is chief storyteller of WordWrite Communications. He is writing a book on storytelling in business Why Your Story Trumps Your Brand, that builds on WordWrite’s storytelling process, StoryCrafting℠. Previously, Paul was a vice president at Ketchum Public Relations, working with Firestone, Delta and Rutgers University. He spent two decades in journalism, covering Congress

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Mark Dollins

Mark Dollins is president of North Star Communications Consulting, a consultancy with core capabilities in communications talent development, and in employee communications strategy. His previous corporate roles include head of Executive & Global Employee Communications for DuPont; SVP & CCO at PepsiCo Americas Foods; and SVP of PepsiCo global internal communications. He serves on the

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Lisa Hartenberger

Lisa Hartenberger is director, Global Communications, at Lake Forest, Illinois-based Tenneco, a global automotive supplier.  Previously, she served in a variety of communications leadership roles at Navistar, one of the world’s largest commercial truck manufacturers. She is passionate about creating employee communications programs that drive engagement and build connections between leaders and employees. She has

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Lisa Gick

After 25 years at Macy’s Inc., most recently leading employee engagement for the enterprise, Lisa launched [curious]®, a researched-based, creative agency deepening organizational commitment to work culture and leader impact.  With a focus on the emerging research of complexity leadership and its relationship to individual and organizational agility, the team at [curious] ® is driven

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Kris Spisak

Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor; however, after six years in the classroom, she transitioned to professional writing and editing. Helping writers sharpen their craft was the driving force behind her book, Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017),

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Kent Lewis

Kent Lewis is President & Founder of Anvil Media, a digital marketing agency specializing in search engine and social media marketing. Under his leadership, Anvil has received recognition from Portland Business Journal, Oregon Business Magazine and INC as a 100 Best Places to Work, Fastest Growing, Most Admired, Healthiest, Greenest and Most Philanthropic Company in

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Justin Brunner

Justin holds more than 13 years of experience, specializing in corporate communication, employee communication, branding, and M&A communication. He currently serves as an Associate Director in Willis Towers Watsons’ Talent & Rewards practice, helping clients across the western United States. His past experience includes roles at SP+ Corporation, Merrill Lynch Bank of America, and the

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Jenna Bear

Jenna has held leadership positions at Allstate within Operations, Claims, and Underwriting, mostly in communication management roles. She has led communication strategy for things like department restructures, offshoring initiatives and branding over a 30 year career at the Fortune 100 Company. In 2013, she was asked to lead a deployment team as the company began

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Grant McLaughlin

Grant McLaughlin is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provides strategic direction for the firm’s communications, integrated marketing efforts, and community partnerships, while promoting a unified Booz Allen brand worldwide. Grant and his team work with leadership, markets, and employees to amplify the brand, support growth platforms, engage with employees,

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