Speaker Presentations – 2019

Michael Merk
Director of Communications
Steelcase

To Make Sure Your Anniversary has a Sustainable Impact, Start with The Question WHY.

100 Dreams. 100 Minds. 100 Years. The Steelcase Centennial theme inspired curiosity about its own culture, the world, and the bright future for Steelcase. Michael Merk led the Centennial project and shares how an anniversary is an incredible boost to your company’s strategic direction and how important it was to begin with the “think” phase.

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Kevin Bishop
Former, VP Global Brand Systems
IBM

Demonstrating Effective Anniversary Planning Principles

In this session Kevin Bishop, who is a Milestone Master with Anniversary University™, leads attendees through a structured dialogue to reveal the priorities, strategies, planning approaches, and anxieties that face anniversary leaders. This highly interactive session will address critical topics such as purpose, audience, outcomes, investments, and organization, with organizations who are currently at different stages of development and execution of their anniversary plans.

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Kari S. Evans
Ex. Dir. Bicentennial
University of Virginia

The Bicentennial Story of UVA is the Story of America.

Kari will guide attendees through the steps needed to successfully take advantage of a pivotal milestone moment for an institution.

She’ll share the challenges and lessons learned, as well as the highlights and accomplishments, from UVA’s bicentennial commemoration.

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Carmen Ferrigno
VP Communications
Saint-Gobain

From Sun King to Space Exploration: Celebrating 350 years with Saint-Gobain

How do you celebrate the 350th anniversary of a $55 billion global company founded by Louis the Fourteenth to build the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles? With a great amount of planning, creativity, collaboration and passion.

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Matt Weismantel
Sr. Dir., Comms & Mktg.
Rutgers University

How To Successfully Manage Anniversary Planning

In 2016 Matt Weismantel led Rutgers 250th Anniversary to great success. President Obama was the 250th Anniversary commencement speaker and the campaign received numerous accolades, including 26 Pinnacle awards and 15 Gold Awards from the International Festival and Events Association.

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Lisa Alonge Anniversary University The Corporate Anniversary ForumLisa Alonge
Founder
Anniversay University™

Making Milestones Matter
To Those Who Matter Most

You’ve been invited to attend The Anniversary Forum because your institution is coming upon a significant milestone and you’re helping lead this effort, which is a rare privilege and responsibility.

Your peers say that leading an anniversary enabled some of their proudest work and was a once-in-a-career opportunity. Consider yourself fortunate, this is going to be a fascinating ride – this will not be business as usual.

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