2024 Event Agenda

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Convergence 2023 Schedule


7:30 am to 8:30 am                Registration and Refreshments                     Foyer Area


8:30 am to 8:40 am                Welcome and Opening Remarks                   Main Room/E005


8:40 am to 9:45 am                Morning Keynote                                           Main Room/E005

"The Good Organization that Communicates Well:
The Role of Public Relations in Building a Civil Society and Public Trust"

Presented by Dr. Erich Sommerfeldt


9:45 am to 10:00 am              Break                                                              Main Room/Foyer


10:00 am to 11:00 am            Concurrent Sessions I                                     E021/E022     

“Managing Employee Communication and Rising Expectations”

Panel discussion led by Amye Zemke


Research Into a Neglected Corner of Healthcare Reputation: Patient Experience”

Presented by Dr. Michael Porter & Dr. Xiaowen Guan


11:00 am to Noon                  Main Room Sessions I                                    Main Room/E005

“Brand Trust:
Using Thought Leadership and People-First Storytelling to Build Trust – and Why It Matters Now”

Presented by Shelli Lissick and Hyedi Nelson


Noon to 1 pm                         Networking Lunch                                          Upstairs Dining Area


1:00 pm to 2:00 pm                Concurrent Sessions II                                   E022 & E021

“Cracking the Decency Code: Building a Decency Driven Workplace Culture”
Presented by Jim Lukaszewski


Change Management for Communicators 101

Presented by Naomi Rettke


2:00 pm to 3:00 pm                Main Room Session II                                    E005 (Main Room)

“2023 Social Media Trends”

Presented by Arik Hanson


3:15 pm to 3:30 pm                Break                                                              Main Room/Foyer


3:30 pm to 4:30 pm                Closing Keynote                                             Main Room/E005

“Establish Balance & Avoid Burnout: Invest in You”

Presented by Dr. Ameilia Reigstad


4:30 pm to 6:00 pm                Happy Hour                                                    Upstairs Dining Area

“Let’s Converge and Find Synergy”

Sponsored by Omodt & Associates Critical Communications