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Comms Club

September 18th
In association with Simply, a Gallagher Company , we invite you to attend Comms Club, a complimentary one-day event at The Shakespeare’s Globe in London designed to inspire change in your workplace.

You'll leave Comms Club with:
  • Knowledge around making digital tools equitable: Learn how to enable inclusivity in your organization.

  • Takeaways to help upskill and train your people managers and leaders.

  • Methods to elevate campaign effectiveness through gamified experiences.

  • Strategies for implementing strategic narratives that inspire positive change and shift perceptions.

  • Valuable insights from case studies to better understand AI technologies and their strategic application in your workplace.
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21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
18.09.20248:45 AM 5:00 PM BST
You are invited to attend Comms Club, a complimentary one-day event designed to inspire change in your workplace.
Key Presenters
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Frank Wolf
StaffbaseChief Strategy Officer & Author of “The Narrative Age”
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Stefani Quarles
Microsoft Director, Azure Segment Go-To-Market, Americas
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Henry Davies
106 CommsFounder and Communications Consultant
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Ann-Marie Peacock
Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)Communications, Change and Engagement Manager
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Matt Holder
EYGlobal Communications and Engagement Director
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Xeniya Shilina
MedtronicSenior Manager, Internal Change Communications
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Chris Maloney
Rolls-Royce Global Head of Content and Channels (internal)
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Louise Harris
Connected Comms SocietyStrategic Communications Consultant
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Sonya Poonian
Simply, a Gallagher CompanyDigital Workplace and AI Transformation Consulting Director
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Charles Radclyffe
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Lauren Burgess
StaffbaseCustomer Marketing Manager
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Sara Barrow
Arriva Rail LondonHead of Communications
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08:45 - 09:30
Registration & Breakfast
Kickstart your day with a light breakfast while networking with fellow attendees.
09:30 - 10:15
MBNL Case Study: Reducing Business Impact through Clear Change Programmes
Ann-Marie Peacock, Communications, Change and Engagement Manager at MBNL, will present a compelling case study on the power of strategic narratives during significant change. She will discuss how capturing and communicating a company's vision can inspire and connect employees, especially during challenging restructures and reorganizations.

Drawing from her experience working with MBNL's senior leaders, Ann-Marie will share insights on navigating redundancies and operational changes while maintaining employee morale and alignment.
10:15 - 11:00
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The Science of Storytelling: How to Craft Strategic Narratives
Using the power of strategic narratives in communication is a transformative strategy. It inspires and empowers businesses and delivers tangible outcomes by creating engaging and authentic connections with stakeholders.

In this session, Frank Wolf will facilitate an interactive discussion that delves into the science of storytelling. He will explore how organizations can gain a competitive edge by leveraging the art of storytelling to build compelling, authentic relationships with their stakeholders.
11:00 - 11:45
Breakout Session Green Stage: Build Your Own Gamified Experience
Xeniya Shilina, Senior Manager of Internal Change Communications at Medtronic, will showcase how she has successfully implemented gamified experiences in her role. Drawing from her extensive career, Xeniya will highlight the impact of gamification on employee engagement and motivation.

Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate in teams and create their own gamified communication strategies during this hands-on session.
11:00 - 11:45
Breakout Session Orange Stage: The Forgotten Art of Training Managers in Key Communication Skills
Louise Harris, Strategic Communications Consultant at Connected Comms Society, will address the often-overlooked need for training people managers in effective communication. As digitization increases, managers can become disconnected from organizational objectives.

Louise will demonstrate how, with the proper training, managers can become invaluable assets in delivering critical corporate messaging. This session will provide practical strategies for empowering managers to communicate effectively with their teams, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and enhancing overall engagement.
11:00 - 11:45
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Breakout Session Yellow Stage: Mission Control Demo
Experience a live demonstration of Staffbase's Mission Control, showcasing how it enhances communication strategies and organizational efficiency.
11:45 - 12:35
Networking Lunch & Interactive Demos/Games
Enjoy a delicious lunch while exploring innovative demos and participating in fun games.
12:35 - 13:20
Thriving Together: Equitable Tech in Action
Join Stefani Quarles, Microsoft Americas Director of Azure Go-to-Market and Chair of Blacks at Microsoft, for an enlightening plenary session on the transformative power of equitable technologies. Stefani will explore how these technologies can create inclusive environments where minority groups are empowered to thrive.

She will share success stories, best practices, and actionable takeaways, demonstrating how equitable tech initiatives can positively impact organizational culture and performance.
13:20 - 14:05
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Customer Panel: How to Make Employees Care - Engagement Tactics That Really Work
Ready to crack the code on employee engagement? Join our panel of Staffbase customers who’ve mastered the art of getting their employees' attention. We’re talking personalized messages that hit home, interactive platforms, and recognition programs that actually make people feel good.

Plus, tips on building a positive company culture and feedback loops that keep everyone in the loop. Get ready to listen, learn, and leave with ideas that’ll really resonate with your organization!
14:05 - 14:50
Breakout Session Green Stage: Your Channel Ethics and How to Promote Healthy Debate
Chris Maloney, Global Head of Content and Channels at Rolls-Royce, will present an enlightening session on navigating channel ethics in the workplace. In today's era of transparency and open communication, striking a balance between free speech and upholding company policies can be challenging.

Chris will delve into the complexities of managing Enterprise Social Networks and facilitating honest discussions while respecting organizational guidelines. Learn practical strategies for promoting healthy debate that aligns with your company's values and enhances communication effectiveness.
14:05 - 14:50
Breakout Session Orange Stage: The Art of Saying No to Leaders and Not Getting Fired
Henry Davies, Founder and Communications Consultant at 106 Comms, will share invaluable insights on mastering the delicate art of saying no to leaders. Henry, joined on stage by Sara Barrow, Head of Communications at Arriva Rail London, will demonstrate how effective communication strategies can enhance an organization's strategic influence.

Learn when and how to diplomatically decline requests, ensuring alignment with overarching goals and maximizing the impact of your messages and campaigns. This session explores the skilful balance of assertiveness and diplomacy required to navigate challenging scenarios while maintaining professional relationships and achieving communication objectives.
14:05 - 14:50
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Breakout Session Yellow Stage: Mission Control Demo
Experience a live demonstration of Staffbase's Mission Control, showcasing how it enhances communication strategies and organizational efficiency.
14:50 - 15:10
Networking Break
Take a short break to refresh and connect with other attendees.
15:10 - 15:55
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Customer Case Study: Intranet & App Success
Learn from successful campaigns that leverage intranet and app platforms for onboarding and engaging remote workers. Discover practical insights and strategies to enhance your own initiatives.
15:55 - 16:40
Generative AI Panel - Choosing Innovation Over Fear
The final panel session of the day delves into the ethical use of generative AI tools in the workplace. We aim to gain a competitive advantage and foster enterprise innovation. This session is chaired by Sonya Poonian, Digital Workplace and AI Transformation Consulting Director at Simply, a Gallagher company.

Global Communications and Engagement Director at EY, Matt Holder, will spotlight, EY's proprietary generative tool designed to enhance productivity and empower employees to focus on pivotal tasks, driving organizational efficiency.

Charles Radclyffe, CEO of EthicsAnswer and former Head of AI at Fidelity, will explore ethical considerations in AI utilization, navigating potential pitfalls of the AI revolution while distinguishing essential applications from unnecessary noise.

Stefani Quarles, Director of Azure Segment Go-To-Market, Americas, Microsoft, will provide a holistic perspective on workplace dynamics amidst AI advancements, offering insights into future trends and implications for organizational environments.

Frank Wolf, Chief Strategy Officer and author of "The Narrative Age" at Staffbase will also join this thought-provoking discussion on responsibly leveraging AI to shape a progressive and innovative workplace culture.
16:40 - 16:45
Closing Remarks & Wrap Up
Conclude the day with final thoughts and key takeaways from the event.


Is there a cost to join Comms Club?
There is no cost to join.
Can I attend virtually or will recordings be made available after?
No, all sessions will be in-person only and will not be recorded. We look forward to seeing you in your local city and hope you can join us!
Who do I notify if I have a dietary restriction?
There will be vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options available. If you suffer from a food allergy please get in touch with the team by emailing

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