Cocktails & Communication Technology

A “behind the scenes” look at Atlanta’s best internal and external communication tools and services!

Join us for a libation, a snack and learn how Porter Novelli, J.M. Huber Corporation, Verifone, Piedmont Healthcare, Macquarium, and others are bringing technology innovations to the front line of internal and external communications. The registration fee includes one drink (includes cocktails) and valet parking is included.

5Church Atlanta • 1197 Peachtree St NE #528, Atlanta, GA 30361 • 5:30-8:00pm
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This year’s event will be held at 5Church in the heart of downtown Atlanta. An outpost of a Charlotte original, this chic Midtown New American is decked out with swanky black leather and head-turning artwork. The creative seasonal menu spans snacks to steaks, and there’s a buzzy weekend brunch and a full bar crafting creative cocktails.

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Meet Our Presenters
At J.M. Huber Corporation, we’re improving today for a better tomorrow. Combining imagination, inspiration and innovation, we enhance the performance of thousands of consumer and industrial products around the world. Over the past 135 years we have grown and evolved to continually meet the changing needs of our customers, with a focus on the long-term. Our portfolio of companies hold leadership positions in industries ranging from personal care products to food and beverage, flame retardants and smoke suppressants, sustainable forestry and engineered wood products.

The J.M. Huber Corporation’s website was out of date, clunky and difficult to update. Using an opportunity to update the website to refresh the company’s brand positioning, the Corporate Communications team built an innovative, dynamic new website on a WordPress based platform that has had an immediate impact on the company’s ability to promote its culture and key corporate initiatives. This has already increased the speed to hire in several executive job positions, and garnered immediately positive feedback from the family owners, employees and other external stakeholders.

Presented By:
Frank Martin, Content Writer / Coordinator
Donovan Jackson, Content Writer / Coordinator
Drew Kelly, Graphic Designer

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Macquarium is a digital agency and customer experience focused application development company based in Atlanta. We are a team of thinkers, dreamers, and doers united by a deep passion for creating transformative customer experiences. We began our journey 27 years ago by ushering iconic brands into the digital age. Today, we continue our mission of helping our clients harness the power of digital experiences to drive both business and customer success. Our award-winning portfolio includes a broad range of digital marketing, branding, research, strategy, web, mobile, eCommerce and workforce enablement projects including our recent and ground breaking work with voice and smart speakers.

Presented By:
Will Payman, Vice President Strategy
Arthur Povlot, Director of Business Development
Gil Wolchock, Vice President Sales

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Piedmont is an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system of 11 hospitals, 24 urgent care centers, 28 Piedmont QuickCare health retail clinics at Walgreens, 555 physician offices and 1,800 Piedmont Clinic members across greater Atlanta and North Georgia. We are more than 22,000 healthcare professionals committed to Piedmont’s purpose – to make a positive difference in every life we touch.

“Piedmont’s Intranet Guide Comes to Life”:
Last year, Piedmont launched a new intranet to improve user experience and briefly introduced Ludwig, an online assistant named after one of Piedmont’s founders. At launch, Ludwig hosted an online Q&A forum and (passively) recommended items of interest when employees read content. This summer, Ludwig received his own profile and started climbing the ranks as an online influencer who speaks on behalf of the organization.

Presented By:
Ashley Council, Senior Intranet Program Coordinator
Kelli Newman, Director of Internal Communications

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Porter Novelli is a global public relations agency built on a rich heritage of marketing for social good. We’ve been motivating people to change deeply ingrained behaviors rooted in cultural and social norms for more than 25 years.

“CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. – Milestone Tracker App”:
Our client needed a tool that makes tracking developmental milestones easy for parents and empowers them to act early if their child displays signs of developmental delay. Porter Novelli developed the Milestone Tracker app, incorporating vital features missing from other materials in order to best meet parents’ needs in an interactive format. The app features: milestone checklists; descriptive photos and videos; activities to support early development; tips for taking action when there are concerns; and reminders for appointments/screening.

Presented By:
Shelly Spoeth, Senior Vice President/Practice Lead
Demeika Wheaton, Vice President
Jennifer Linke, Senior Account Executive

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Verifone is transforming every day transactions into new and engaging opportunities for merchants and consumers at the last inch of payments and commerce. Powered by a growing footprint of more than 30 million devices in more than 150 countries, our people are trusted experts working with the world’s best-known retail brands, financial institutions, and payment providers. Verifone is connecting more products to an integrated solutions platform to better meet the evolving needs of our clients and partners. Built on a 37-year history of uncompromised security, we are committed to consistently solving the most complex payment challenges.

Verifone will demonstrate how they’ve produced a successful – and low budget – Tech Talk podcast series for employees, in which we highlight our most innovative technical leaders within the company.

Presented By:
Scott Perkins, Manager of Internal Communications
Michele Curtis, Director of Corporate Communications

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Meet Our Sponsors

Codesigned was founded in 2011 with a focus on creating innovative solutions utilizing SharePoint. IntranetPro was created to give our clients a full-featured, cost effective solution which can be deployed in a matter of days. IntranetPro empowers content owners through simple content creation, allows end users to personalize their experience, and provides a custom analytics platform to measure engagement. Learn More

Local Wisdom was founded in 1999 by 4 Rutgers computer scientists huddled in a basement. Today, we’re a diverse team of designers, coders, writers, sports fans, pet lovers, gamers, and musicians in the artists’ haven of Lambertville, NJ. We’re a tech-driven think tank with heart, where love is coded pixel by pixel and work and play are one and the same. Learn More

Poppulo is the global leader in employee communications and we work with many of the world’s most biggest brands and successful corporations. It’s the only software that can measure the effectiveness of employee communications across multiple digital channels: email, intranet, video and social – linking communications to business goals and demonstrating the value of the communication function. Learn More

Sweeney & Sons will make your company’s video stream event a success – town hall meetings, product marketing, training, customer and consumer facing events. We provide professional solutions for all of your video streaming needs, with high-end broadcast tools. Learn More

Swift Branded Apparel & Products provides promotional product solutions for your company or organization. We specialize in rush orders, custom online company stores, and international distribution. Learn More


Sep 25 2018


05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

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