Day 3- Tuesday May 23rd

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Networking Breakfast

8:20 AM - 8:25 AM Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Here's the good news: The economy is heating up. Stock prices are rising. The GDP is strengthening. In general, market conditions are pretty favorable.

But, the improved economy is putting immense pressure on recruiting, developing, and retaining top talent. Unemployment is exceptionally low, and employees today have lots of choices, lots of expectations, and a willingness to jump ship frequently.

In this interactive panel discussion we’ll be discussing best practices around attracting, developing and retaining top talent. Specific attention will be paid to:

•The use of social media in recruitment
•Unique challenges in retaining Millennials
•Specific programs designed to aid in the development and retention of top employees
•Mistakes made, and lessons learned, in retaining top talent


Jill Katic

Head of Research, Feature & Infotainment Planning
Fiat Chrysler Automobile

Stacey Fabricant

AVP-Business Insights
Penn Mutual

Brett Sever

Director, Market Research & Insights

Elias Soussou

Director of Analytics & Marketing Research
FGX International

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM Business Meeting & Networking Break

Are your insights engaging your organization and inspiring new ideas for innovation? The majority of our industry communicates ideas and research findings through reports or powerpoint presentations filled with facts and figures. While this data may be important, it could be at risk for ending up in in a binder or on a shelf somewhere in your office.

Join us in this enlightening panel discussion as we’ll talk about:

•Use storytelling methods to illustrate how our brains are wired for stories
•The reasons why stories elicit emotion and create an empathic connection
•How empathy for our consumers engages our imagination and inspires meaningful innovation


Mike Berendes

VP of Business Development
CIS (Custom Intercept Solutions)

Nancy Baker

Vice President of Market Intelligence
Erickson Living

Holly Butka

Director, Global Consumer Engagement

Todd Blackwell

Director of Consumer Insights

10:40 AM - 10:45 AM Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

10:45 AM - 10:45 AM End of Event