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Friday, September 14

8:30–8:40 a.m.

Opening remarks with Mark Ragan and John Hellerman

8:40–9:30 a.m.
Opening keynote

The battle for truth: Earning trust in the era of fake news

Today’s volatile information landscape is a headline of its own, raising challenging questions for business and society as a whole. In a time of shifting public expectations, building trust is the No. 1 priority for leaders. Through the lens of the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer findings, Ben Boyd will explore these issues and provide a road map to navigate a world of distrust.

You’ll get answers to these questions:

  • Why must leadership go beyond the business?
  • When should businesses speak up on key issues?
  • What steps must business leaders take to build trust?
  • How can businesses maximize voices across the organization?
  • What role do businesses play in informing the public?

 

President, practices, sectors and intellectual property
Edelman
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9:40–10:30 a.m.

Build a relationship with your executive that puts you both on a path to communications success

To reach audiences and meet objectives, executive communicators need to be in sync with the leaders they work with. In this session, Christa Semko will show you a practical approach to building a stronger relationship with executives. Discover how to better understand their needs, maximize your time with them and help their authentic voice shine through your communications.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Gain the trust of your leaders by listening carefully to their needs and challenges
  • Give leaders flexibility and reduce their time commitment without making your job harder
  • Adapt to leadership and organization changes quickly and thoughtfully
  • Make it easy for leaders to communicate in an authentic, transparent way
Corporate communications senior consultant
Dell
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10:40–11:30 a.m.

Behind every great executive brand … is a great communications person

When it comes to executives, no two are exactly alike—and no two communicate in the same way. Therein lies the art of executive communications. Discover how to shape an executive brand that remains authentic to who your leaders are while accomplishing business goals.

Join this session and learn how to:

  • Define your executive’s brand personality and platform
  • Shape and shepherd the brand—both in person and online
  • Ensure a consistent voice across social media platforms
  • Evaluate what media and outlets work for your organization
  • Measure success, optimize for what works, and evolve your approach
Director of executive communications
Microsoft
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11:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Retrofit your executive communications strategy for the digital world

Executives at the American Dental Association deliver more than 200 speeches each year. To ensure that the impact of those speeches reaches beyond the back of the room, speechwriter Jerry Wohletz uses a variety of digital strategies to amplify leaders’ key messages. Discover how to reach a wider, multigenerational audience by bringing your communications to the platforms they visit every day.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Help leaders develop an authentic voice on social media
  • Use video, blogs and email to reach new audiences with your speeches
  • Turn your leadership team into online ambassadors for your organization
  • Use LinkedIn to establish executives as thought leaders in your industry
Speechwriter
American Dental Association
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12:30–1:30 p.m.

Bonus lunch presentation on-site

1:30–2:20 p.m.
Panel

Making the headlines: How to gain coverage and manage reputation in a heated media landscape

“There’s no such thing as bad publicity” is as untrue as it gets for today’s organizations. Communicators must gain coverage that establishes executives as trusted industry leaders, be prepared to respond to breaking news and crises and ensure that their organization’s reputation isn’t tarnished. During this panel, you’ll learn the story angles today’s reporters are looking for and what they expect from executive communicators. You’ll also hear the successful media relations tactics used by experts at top organizations.

3:30–4 p.m.

Networking break

4–5 p.m.
closing keynote

The importance of authenticity in executive communications

Among the most common characteristics of organizations recognized and awarded as “Most Admired” or “Great Places to Work” are those which maintain a culture of high trust. High-trust cultures are typically driven by executive leadership that’s seen by employees as not just transparent, but truly authentic. Authenticity is a major contributor to gaining and maintaining employee trust, commitment and overall job satisfaction.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Develop an authenticity strategy that shapes how you develop and share messages across all mediums
  • Produce content for corporate leaders that captures the hearts of your employees while driving your business strategy
  • Match the right communications medium with the right message
  • Harness the value of storytelling to drive authenticity
  • Make authenticity a two-way street
Chief marketing officer
Assurance
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For event information, contact Customer Service 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com