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Sunday, April 29

8:00am – 6:00pm

CRP II: Creating a Recognition Culture*

8:00am – 5:00pm

RPI Board Strategic Planning Meeting (invitation only)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Recognition Fundamentals*

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

Monday, April 30

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Mug-of-Motivation with Jason Thomson, Creative Mercenary  

9:00am – 9:15am

Conference Welcome

9:15 - 10:00am

Plenary Presentation by David Sturt, O.C. Tanner

10:00 - 10:45am

World at Work Panel Presentation

10:45 - 11:15am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:15am – 12:00pm

Breakout Session A-Series

A1. Measuring the Value of Employee Recognition
Jeffrey Fina, HALO Recognition

A2. 2017 BAE Systems Best Practices Winner Case Study
Dan Stern, BAE Systems

A3. Optimizing Employee Engagement while Aligning Company Culture
Tim Miller, Augeo Marketing, Inc.

12:00pm – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:30pm

Awards Luncheon

1:30 - 1:45pm


1:45 - 2:45pm

Breakout Session B-Series

B1. What does Recognition have to do with Workplace Health and Safety?
Theresa Harkins, Inspirus, LLC; Gail Rawlinson, Alberta Health Services; Barbara Ruddy, STARS; Roy Saunderson, Vistance Institute; 

B2. The Engagement Potential IndexTM: A New Industry Standard Measure for Culture and Engagement
Chris Winkelspecht, Maritz Motivation Solutions

B3. Maximizing the Impact of Recognition Through Effective Implementation Techniques
Karen Gray, O.C. Tanner Company

2:45 - 3:00pm


3:00 - 4:00pm

Breakout Session C-Series

C1. Improving the Vendor Selection Process
Dr. Bob Nelson, Nelson Motivation Inc.

C2. Measurement and Reporting in the Employee Recognition Function at the University of Calgary
Iryna Leonova, The University of Calgary, Elena Rhodes, The University of Calgary

C3. Linking Rewards and Recognition with Engagement to Improve Employee Well-being
Theresa Harkins, Inspirus, LLC

4:00 - 5:30pm

Exhibit Showcase Reception

Tuesday, May 1

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Mug-of-Motivation with Jason Thomson, Creative Mercenary  

9:00am –10:00am

Plenary Presentation by Chester Elton, The Culture Works

10:00 – 11:00am

Plenary Presentations by Kimberly Huffman, Dollar General and Rebekah Pauli, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

10:00 – 10:45am

World at Work Panel Presentation

11:00 – 11:30am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:30am – 12:15pm

Breakout Session D-Series

D1. Two-year Anniversary: MIT Recognition and Strategic Talent Management
Cori Champagne, MIT

D2. A Roadmap to Recognition: Case Study in Biltmore Rewards
James Robinson-Long, Biltmore Estate

D3. Health Care Panel
Amy J. Hurley, Ohio State University – Wexner Medical Center; Susie Lyons, Vanderbilt Medical Center; Melissa Minkow, St. Joseph's Healthcare System

12:15pm – 12:30pm


12:30pm – 2:00pm

Awards Luncheon & Special Presentation by the 2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Royal Bank of Canada

2:00 – 2:15pm


2:15 – 3:15pm

Breakout Session E-Series

E1. Rock, Roll & Reinforce: How Music Makes Recognition Memorable
Dee Hansford, Dee Hansford Consulting

E2. From Best Practices to Next Practices
Roy Saunderson, Vistance Institute

E3. Overcoming the Most Common Obstacles to Building a Culture of Appreciation
Dr. Paul White, Appreciation at Work

3:15 – 3:30pm


3:30 – 4:30pm

Ted-Style Talks with Doctors Bob Nelson and Paul White

4:30 – 6:00pm

Closing Reception

Wednesday, May 2

8:00am – 6:00pm

CRP III: Building a Recognition Blueprint*


*Separate Fee

Thank You, Business Partners

2018 Recognition Professionals International

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