Intranet Global Forum NYC 2015

Global Conference for Intranet Executives, Managers & Contributors.

October 7th and 8th, New York

Our senior Internet and intranet consultants are recognized knowledge leaders and are often called on to share their knowledge at speaking engagements, including dozens of conference, seminar and webinar events across the globe every year.


The Intranet Global Forum 2014 is North America’s leading dedicated conference on intranets with a specialized focus on the design, governance and management of enterprise intranets and social intranets.




The corporate intranet, long neglected and underfunded, has bounded forward several evolutionary leaps in the past two years. In particular, social media and SharePoint are dominating most intranet agendas, or considerations for the future. Many organizations, however, still suffer from sub-par intranets with poor funding, governance, and continual problems regarding content, search, and information architecture.

The Intranet Global Forum 2014 provides intranet executives and managers in communications, IT and HR with all the tools they need to understand the recent changes, and the fundamental skills for designing, deploying and governing a new era intranet.


The Intranet Global Forum is ideal for executives and managers that are involved in a new intranet launch, redesign, or technology shift, and for those that manage technical, business and content components of a corporate intranet or portal.


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I enjoyed the intimate size of the event and the ability to connect with other professionals, but also with the speakers and hosts. The case studies were excellent. - Saskatchewan Research Council

Excellent perspective on what others are facing in their intranet redesign. Networking was valuable. - Danaher Corp

The deep dive workshops were incredibly helpful. - Loma Linda University


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Early Bird Registration for sponsor organizations


Shel Holtz, Principal, Holtz Communication + Technology (USA)

Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow, is principal of consultancy Holtz Communication + Technology. He brings more than 35 years of experience to his engagements. The author or co-author of six communications-themed books, he is a pioneer podcaster and a long-time blogger. Shel is a founding fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and a member of The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media advisory board.

Toby Ward, CEO, Prescient Digital Media (CAN)

Founder and Chair of the Intranet Global Forum, Toby is one of the World’s most widely-seen intranet speakers, and read intranet writers, with dozens of leading clients including Harvard, HSBC, Nintendo, Pepsi, Sodexo, and many more.


Welcome and Introductions

Lee Hornick, Honorary Chair of Forum (USA)


Social content management: managing content in the social intranet

Speaker: Toby Ward, CEO, Prescient Digital Media, Conference Chair of Intranet Global Forum



Networking Lunch (catered)


A business, corporate communications approach to social business

Speaker: Shel Holtz, Principal, Holtz Communications + Technology




Shel Holtz

Shel Holtz has written numerous books on social media. He counsels clients on the adoption and use of social and digital media and is a long-time blogger and co-host of the first and longest-running communication-focused podcast, For Immediate Release.




Hosted Cocktail Reception


DAY 2 – Presentations (Wednesday, October 8, 2014)



Welcome and Introductions

Lee Hornick, Honorary Chair of Forum (USA)


Session A: The Unisys Social Intranet

Speaker: Gloria Burke, Chief Knowledge Officer, Unisys




Gloria Burke

Gloria Burke is Chief Knowledge Officer of Unisys and is responsible for the development of the company's Enterprise Social Business Strategy and its supporting social culture adoption and employee engagement initiatives. In addition, she is responsible for the company's collaborative intranet and extranet environments as well as  knowledge management practices and processes.  She serves as chairperson of the company's Knowledge & Collaboration Stakeholders Council and Intranet Steering Committees. Recently Gloria was named by Information Week Magazine as #2 of the Top Ten Social Business Leaders of 2013, and was also recognized in this list in 2012.




Session B: The Changing Role of Communications in a Social World, BT

Speaker: Richard Dennison, Intranet & Channel Strategy Mgr., BT

BT began introducing social media tools onto its intranet around 9 years ago. Since that time both the organization and its intranet have changed beyond recognition. Richard Dennison will share his experiences of the changes the intranet has undergone during that time and how it looks and feels today. He will also describe the challenges these changes have forced upon the internal communications community and how they are responding to remain effective in the new social organization.

Richard Dennison

Richard Dennison is the intranet & channel strategy manager at BT, one of the world’s leading communication services providers. He has unique experience of deploying social tools in a corporate context and is a thought leader in the use of social technologies for improved communication and collaboration within the enterprise.

He blogs at:
and tweets at: @RichardDennison.






Networking Break


Session C: Social Intranet Case Study

Speaker: Kevin Winterfield, Enterprise Social Strategy, Influencer Engagement Manager, IBM




Kevin Winterfield

Kevin Winterfield is an Enterprise Social & Digital Strategist and Influencer Engagement Manager at IBM’s corporate headquarters in Armonk, NY. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementing digital media and social influencing models and governance guidelines for brands and individuals in social spaces. He has worked on some of IBM’s biggest and most successful social media projects, including IBM Watson, Smarter Planet, IBM Centennial, Big Data & Analytics, and Social Business. Prior to joining the corporate team, Kevin worked as the social media lead in IBM Research, where he developed one of the first successful social eco-systems at IBM. And before that, he was in charge of community development for IBM’s 40,000+ software developers located in labs around the world. His career at IBM spans the disciplines of software development, finance, marketing and communications. He is also an avid cyclist, which led him to co-found the popular Low-Key Hillclimb Series in the San Francisco Bay Area which raises money for Cancer research. He dabbles in film production, having produced nine independent films through his Nine@Night digital production company and helped start the internet movie and community site,, a precursor to YouTube. And he enjoys trying to act and play music too.



Networking Lunch (catered)

1:00- 1:45pm

Session D: Social Intranet Expert Panel

With intranet experts Toby Ward, Shel Holtz, Gloria Burke (Unisys),Vishal Agnihotri (Head of Knowledge of EY’s elite Americas Financial Services business unit) and Michael Rudnick (Logical Design Solutions).

The panel of experts discuss the social intranet and field audience questions on problems and challenges that audience members may be encountering on their respective intranets. It's the free consulting portion of the agenda!

Vishal Agnihotri is the Head of Knowledge of EY’s elite Americas Financial Services business unit, a practice of 6,500 professionals. Vishal heads a group that catalyzes the practice’s successful pursuit of business opportunities, speed to market and overall competitiveness through the use of enabling technologies and knowledge resources. Her group also supports the research and analysis needs and the content management strategy of the practice, while raising awareness around current knowledge sharing practices. She is currently leading her practice through a large exciting migration from a legacy platform to a cloud-based SharePoint 2013 platform, that presents a new set of collaboration, content management and community building features. Prior to EY, Vishal led the global implementation and adoption of an enterprise social tool and the external client-facing collaboration platform in KPMG.


Session E: Case Study: Pfizer

John Santoro, Senior Director, Leadership Communications, Pfizer


Networking Break


Session F: Case Study: Cisco Systems Inc.

Speaker: Todd West, Sr. Manager of IT in the department that supports Cisco’s Global Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Todd West

Todd is a Sr. Manager of IT in the department that supports Cisco’s Global Marketing and Corporate Communications. During his career at Cisco, he had also managed IT teams in Finance and Workplace Resources and spent a few years on the business side in Corporate Communications. He is presently partnering with the business to converge the internal and external web platforms.



Session G: Intranet Innovation: Power Hangouts for Internal Collaboration

Speaker:B.L. Ochman, CEO, Maximum Plus Events

B.L. Ochman

Ochman, CEO, Maximum Plus Events, has been creating new media marketing and online brand strategy since 1995 for companies including IBM, Ford, McGraw-Hill, Budget Car Rental,, and American Greetings. She tracks online marketing trends and campaigns in What's Next Blog. She has one of the top blogs in the AdAge Power 150.



Session H:  Internal Communications Online + Offline

Speaker: Shel Holtz, Principal, Holtz Communications + Technology

Shel Holtz

Shel Holtz has written numerous books on social media. He counsels clients on the adoption and use of social and digital media and is a long-time blogger and co-host of the first and longest-running communication-focused podcast, For Immediate Release.




For both the workshop and forum (7 and 8, October 2014) - $1395 USD

For the workshop only (7 October 2014) - $745 USD

For the forum only (8 October 2014) - $745 USD

Early Bird Registration for sponsor organizations






Hosted by Pfizer, at Pfizer World Headquarters

235 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017



Westin New York Grand Central Hotel

212 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017


Pod 39 Hotel

145 East 39th Street

New York, NY 10016




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