The leading
employee experience

San Francisco
October 17-19, 2023

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Don’t miss out on
Early Bird Pricing of only $595!
Expires July 15th

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Why Attend?

Join us and hear from employee experience thought leaders and luminaries from innovative companies. Learn the latest best practices from industry experts. Get inspired, network, and connect with the community that is transforming the market and putting employees at the center of everything they do.

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COHESION 2023 conference will be in the beautiful city of San Francisco - renowned for its breathtaking views, fine dining and art scene, and diverse cultural and historic neighborhoods. Our premier event will ensure you get the most out of all that San Francisco has to offer.

COHESION 2023 will be held at the Hyatt Regency SF Downtown SOMA, located in the center of the city’s dynamic arts scene and within walking distance of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Embarcadero waterfront, and numerous restaurants, coffee houses, and nightclubs.

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A seasoned leader, with deep roots in employee communications and employee experience, Carolyn joined to help Simpplr elevate the employee experience by driving innovation and reimagining how employee communication is delivered in today's world.

Carolyn Clark


Dhiraj Sharma is a serial entrepreneur and technology enthusiast who is passionate about promoting purpose and meaning in the workplace. He is a devotee and evangelist for the mantra “When work is good, life is betterTM”.

Dhiraj Sharma


Miriam is an expert and strategist focused on employee experience, organizational culture, leadership & teaming, change resiliency, and talent. Miriam brings a wealth of insight and knowledge through her work with dozens of organizations.

Miriam Connaughton


Bala is a veteran product leader with more than 15 years of experience in product management, product design, and customer experience. Bala is focused on transforming community, connection, and culture in the workplace through a unified EX platform.

Bala Kasiviswanathan



(optional at additional cost)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Welcome Reception

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM



Keynotes and
Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Offsite Event

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM



Keynotes and
Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday | October 17


Maximize Employee Engagement

Research has proven that engaged employees are happier and more productive in their roles. This has a direct impact on retention and reduction of employee churn costs. In this session, the Simpplr team will provide an overview of strategies that can be employed on the Simpplr platform to maximize employee engagement.

This session is part of an optional training program that is an additional cost.


Creating Engaging Content

We all strive to create compelling and engaging content. In this instructional session from the Simpplr team, you'll learn how to use content in both centralized and decentralized communications, what content types and styles get the most engagement, and how to leverage video to take your communications to the next level.

This session is part of an optional training program that is an additional cost.


Onboarding New Users

A comprehensive onboarding program lays the foundation for a successful rollout. In this session, you'll learn how to create an effective and engaging onboarding program, digest tips and tricks with Simpplr onboarding features, and discover how to start new employees off on the right foot with the newest tool in your kit.

This session is part of an optional training program that is an additional cost.


Recognize Employees

Employees feel more valuable and motivated when their efforts are recognized not only by their managers but also by colleagues. In this session, Simpplr will provide compelling insight into how to create a robust Employee Recognition program using the multiple features available on the Simpplr platform.

This session is part of an optional training program that is an additional cost.


Developing a successful intranet program strategy

Contemplating rolling out a new intranet / EX platform because your current one isn't meeting your needs or delighting employees? Did you know that most organizations selecting a new platform focus only on the technology and haven't thought about the things that happen outside of the platform, like governance, value measurement and change management? Based on Simpplr research the top three reasons intranets fail are because of lack of a clear purpose, lack of governance and not enough executive engagement.

This 4 hour workshop will cover how to mitigate intranet failures risks and develop a successful intranet program strategy. In this interactive workshop you'll learn how to:

  • Define the intranet purpose and value metrics
  • Design your program roadmap with the use cases, technology efforts and change management needs for launch and beyond
  • Identify the governance model that works for you for people, content and the culture of your intranet

You'll walk away with a plan and templates to roll out your intranet in a way that ensures delivering value to the company and the employees.

This session is invite only.

Wednesday | October 18


The Unified Employee Experience Flourishes

The Simpplr community are employee experience leaders who have embraced the transformation of the employee experience. In this keynote, hear from Simpplr executives on how Simpplr customers have realized the benefits of the modern intranet, and showcase upcoming product innovations that will further enable employee engagement, retention and productivity.


From 0 to 365: Customer playbook to a successful intranet program in one year

Standing up a modern intranet and employee engagement platform isn’t easy, especially when you have limited resources. Hear how you can build out a successful intranet program in one year.

Gain clarity and learn proven best practices, such as getting stakeholder buy-in, designing a modern employee onboarding experience, and generating engaging content to achieve high adoption and engagement in one year.


Friend or Foe? Using generative AI to add value to employee communications

While some view AI as a threat to jobs and human interactions, others recognize its potential to add value to employee communications.

Learn how generative AI can be a friend to your employee communications strategy and enhance your employee and digital workplace experience. Hear how AI can support your day-to-day with employee engagement, content strategy, and personalized communications.


Reinforcing the ROI of Simpplr during a challenging environment

In times of budget cuts and organizational changes, it can be challenging to build a case for investing or keeping technology. Learn how to develop a compelling business case for Simpplr, even in challenging economic conditions.

Discover how to emphasize the ROI of Simpplr, highlight the consequences of not investing, and prioritize organizational alignment as it relates to employee experience.


Excelling and proving strategic value of employee communications during turbulence

In times of turbulence, internal communication (IC) professionals play a critical role in keeping employees informed, engaged, and aligned with organizational goals. Too often, however, IC is viewed as a tactical function rather than a strategic one.

Walk away from this session with renewed confidence on how to coach leaders to be more effective employee communicators, align IC initiatives to impact business goals, and balance between IC strategy and tactics.


The art of delivering bad news:
A five-step strategy to employee communication with authenticity and clarity

There’s a fine line between transparency and authenticity in employee communications. If you overcommunicate, the message may be missed. Without the right delivery, it can fail.

Learn how to navigate tough conversations with empathy and clarity. Using real-world examples and best practices, learn to facilitate difficult conversations, and help enable genuine dialogue between leaders and employees to maintain employee morale and mitigate risks.


Designing the ideal employee experience for your business

Every company has its own unique ideal employee experience (EX). EX encompasses every aspect of an employee’s journey, from recruitment and onboarding to development and retention.

In this session, EX leaders share the value of understanding the employee experience, identifying who is responsible for EX, and using the power of storytelling in employee communications to shape the organization’s culture and values.


Integrate learning & development with employee to transform employee experience (EX)

Investing in learning and development (L&D) and internal communications (IC) is essential for leaders aiming to align business goals, drive productivity, and create a positive employee experience.

Learn the key skills and competencies necessary for effective collaboration and delivery of learning and communication initiatives in order to support a more holistic EX.


Build a better employee experience (EX) for frontline workers through mobile-first technology

Frontline workers often face unique challenges in their day-to-day work, and providing them with access to mobile tools can help improve their productivity, engagement, and satisfaction.

Our expert IC and EX leader will share strategy, insights, and lessons learned on leveraging Simpplr’s mobile app. Build a more engaging and productive EX for the frontline and foster inclusion, culture, satisfaction, and retention.


Galvanizing a positive employee experience through employee listening

The rise of an increasingly diverse workforce means companies must prioritize understanding employee needs and concerns — beyond surveys — to create a positive and inclusive workplace experience.

Employee Listening and other listening channels will deliver a more accurate, holistic view of employee sentiment to pinpoint and identify moments that matter for employees. Learn more about Simpplr’s Employee Listening, which drives engagement, improves retention, and enhances company culture.


Breaking down information silos with Simpplr and Glean

It’s estimated that employees spend up to 35% of their time searching for information, and find what they’re looking for less than 50% of the time. This increases frustration and lowers employee productivity. Learn about advances in federated search capabilities that eliminate information silos, shorten the time spent searching for essential content, and improve worker productivity.


Intranets and your digital workplace in 2023

A modern intranet is the foundation for creating a seamless employee experience. Learn how to deliver an integrated, personalized experience that exceeds expectations and improves employee engagement and productivity.


Real-time analytics and insights for continuous improvement

Make a bigger impact on your organization. Learn how to leverage detailed insights to drive intranet adoption, collaboration, and productivity. Identify what information your employees are searching for, what content is resonating, and what misses the mark.


Building an amazing culture

Leverage employee feedback to build an amazing culture. Learn how active and passive listening deliver deep insights into what matters most to your employees.


Hello? Can you hear me?

Are your messages being heard? Are they resonating with employees? Uncover employee perception and sentiment and truly understand how employees are feeling about company policy and communications.


Using recognition to align employees with your company mission and values

Align employees to the company mission and values by using employee recognition. Learn more about the advances in Simpplr’s Employee Recognition product.


Recognize the impact of your frontline and mobile employees

Discover strategies for creating a culture of inclusivity and eradicate the perception of a two-tiered workforce. Gain insights on fostering collaboration and equal recognition for all employees, resulting in a more unified and productive workforce.

Thursday | October 19


Overcoming the challenges of integrating video communications into your comms strategy

In today's digital age, corporate video communications have become essential for businesses to deliver impactful messages. However, transitioning from a culture of typing to a culture of recording can be a struggle.

Learn from our experts who will share best practices and the latest trends in video communications, covering topics such as messaging, multi-channel distribution, and audience targeting to help you drive engagement and business objectives.


Leveraging employee communications and employee experience (EX) to build resilience

As businesses continue to navigate uncertainties of the economic and political climate, CEOs look to employee communications and EX to help them develop a more resilient workforce that is better equipped to navigate and thrive in times of change.

Learn from our expert speakers who will equip you with EX and crisis communications strategies to provide clarity and direction in times of ambiguity and how to foster a culture of transparency that promotes employee morale, retention, and talent brand.


Breaking down content silos with federated search

It's estimated that employees spend up to 35% of their time searching for information, only to find what they’re looking for less than half of the time. This leads to frustration and decreased productivity. Learn about advances in federated search capabilities that eliminate information silos, shorten the time it takes to find essential content, and improve worker productivity.


Putting recognition at the heart of your employee experience

Recognition is a critical but often overlooked element in creating a best-in-class employee experience. Discover how placing recognition at the heart of your digital workplace can increase participation and amplify the culture.

Take a look back at the highlights from COHESION 2022

COHESION 2023 will return to beautiful San Francisco on October 17-19, 2023 and will feature daily keynotes and over 20 breakout sessions for internal communications, HR and IT professionals, pre-conference training, plenty of opportunities to network with other Simpplr customers, partners and prospects, and our attendee-favorite events and excursions.

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Have more questions?

We're standing by to assist with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have for the conference. Feel free to email us at [email protected], and we'll get back to you as soon as possible