Summit Schedule

All sessions will be recorded and a replay will be available to registrants.


Crisis Management: How a Company That Is 70% Events Is Adapting to the New Reality

In his first year as CEO of Questex, Paul Miller and team achieved both top and bottom line growth thanks to a new strategy with a rich engagement platform centered on leading events and surrounded by data insights and digital communities. Then COVID-19 hit, forcing Questex, a company that sees 70% of its revenue from events, to dramatically pivot. Hear how Miller and team are preserving event revenue, making up for lost revenue with data and media, and benefitting from a strategy already in place that restricted the company from 17 verticals to five growth-oriented industry sectors.

Paul Miller, CEO, Questex


CEO Power Panel: How Industry Leaders Are Planning for Their Companies to Not Just Survive but Thrive

Join us for a conversational think tank, as some of your most innovative peers candidly discuss the state of their companies, the steps they’ve taken to manage the crisis, how they are managing staffs (and keeping them productive) in a new workflow and what they think about the state of the industry and where we go next.

Sean Griffey, CEO, Industry Dive
Tim Hartman, CEO, Government Executive Media Group
Gemma Postlethwaite, CEO, Arizent
Tony Uphoff, President and CEO, Thomas


PE Perspective: How COVID-19 Is Changing The Way Private Equity Looks at Media and Information, From Valuations to the Future of M&A

Join for a discussion on how private equity is responding to the crisis, specific steps they are taking to help their media and information properties get through this what it means for M&A and how they think the market will change after the crisis.

Wilma Jordan, Founder and CEO, Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI)

Geordie Pierson, Principal, Falfurrias Capital Partners
Jesse Serventi, Founding Partner, Renovus Capital


Corporate Entrepreneurship: How to Transform Your Business Model

Events will be back – but publishers can’t expect things to be business as usual. Over the past 15 years, 52% of S&P companies have disappeared, while the average lifespan of a corporation has shrunk from 61 years in 1955 to 17 years in 2017. To survive and thrive, business leaders today must adopt startup attitudes that change not only how they go to market but how they think and operate internally day-to-day. Sean Ammirati, a partner at venture capital firm Birchmere Ventures and distinguished service professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, will demonstrate how legacy companies can apply an entrepreneurial culture that leads to continuous innovation (and growth).

Sean Ammirati, Partner, Birchmere Ventures

TUESDAY, MAY 12 | 1pm ET

A World Without Trade Shows: How Managers Are Making Their Numbers Without Events

With event revenue postponed, marginalized or off the table all-together, publishers need to find new revenue (and more revenue) elsewhere to make up for the gap. See where publishers are finding revenue, growing revenue, how they are pushing sales staffs to take budgets from 100% to 150% and how they are putting in the org structure to make it work.

Jim Elliott, President, James G. Elliott Co., Inc.
John French, CEO, John French LLC
Matthew Yorke, Chief Digital Officer, Northstar Travel Group


Navigating the CARES Act: How To Use The Coronavirus Stimulus Package To Benefit Your Business

The recent trillion dollar stimulus contains provisions designed to keep businesses running. This session will boil down a thousand pages into what you need to know: 

  1. Paycheck Protection Program – who is eligible and for how much?
  2. Loan Forgiveness: Does the PPP have to be paid back?
  3. What are allowable uses of PPP loans?
  4. Affiliation rules – Does the fact the company is controlled by a private equity firm render them ineligible?
  5. Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – who is eligible and how much?
  6. Emergency Grants – request, timing and eligible uses.
  7. What are the affiliation rules for the EIDL loans?

TUESDAY, MAY 19 | 1pm ET

Why Membership Models Are Thriving

If "subscriptions" was the buzzword of 2019, "membership" is the hot trend of 2020. Customers no longer want to be passive recipients of content--they want to help drive the conversation. Hear how converting audience into community isn’t as hard or as time-consuming as you might think, why its helping drive revenue for publishers in the downturn and how they are positioning publishers for growth post-COVID 19.

Jeff Mancini, Chief Strategy Officer, arizent
Rob Ristagno, CEO, Sterling Woods Group


Closing Keynote: No More One-Way Doors: How a Culture of Innovation Remade the Washington Post

When Jeff Bezos acquired the Washington Post in 2013, the brand was beset by challenges and flashy new competitors like Politico, staff departures and an old media model that was struggling to keep up. Today, the Post is a profitable powerhouse, boasting leading edge digital experiences, more than one million subscribers (and growing) and a new publishing platform business that observers say could be worth $100 million.

Connectiv is proud to welcome Jeremy Gilbert, the Washington Post’s director of strategic initiatives, who will show how a culture of innovation brought The Post’s engineering, product, content, audience and sales teams together to not only produce one of the most successful turnarounds in media history, but position The Post for continuous evolution down the road.

Jeremy Gilbert, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Washington Post

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