Digital Leadership Forum · Digital Comms · Corporate Culture · Boutique Conference

18 + 19 September · Vienna · hybrid conference · 10th Edition

Digital Leadership Forum 2023


Keynote: Leading into the Future

A deep dive into what it takes to build inclusive future-facing teams and digital communities that thrive on shared leadership, transparency, accountability and a sensitivity to everyone's cultural and contextual realities. A discussion on the nature of the current global shifts towards more feminist practices that challenge leaders to transform their approach from traditional corporate cultures to more flexible and sustainable methodologies for the best organisational outcomes.

Felicity Sibindi

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How emotion-aware AI leads to a step-change in music industry

He will describe how AI systems learn from humans to interpret emotions and where the benefit lies in creating products that understand people's personality, intents and interests.

Thomas Lidy

Avoiding the Dark Side: Predicting Consumer Needs and Analyzing Behavior Patterns Using App-Usage Data

Data science – getting the most out of your data: Wouldn’t it be great to replace cohort targeting with individual targeting?


Joerg Schudrowitz

Managing online communities: let data be your guide

The majority of online communities are destined to fail. Whether it is due to a lack of staff, purpose, time or strategy, most platforms and forums appear to lose momentum the moment they are launched. Discover how a complete restructure of its online community driven by data and user feedback helped Imperial College London to (re)engage with its alumni. This session will also touch on how to avoid common mistakes and identify easy wins, helping you to set your online community up for success.

Tina Schmechel

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Digital Workplace Demo - Award winning Intranet by Wellcome Trust

Sanjay Mistry

Keynote: How AI is Transforming Business Intelligence, Innovation and Reshaping the Future of Work

AI has a huge impact on the future of work, as it can automate tasks, improve decision-making, create new products and services, and enable faster and more personalized customer interactions. AI can also augment human skills and creativity, and help workers focus on higher-value activities. AI can also create new jobs and opportunities for learning and development. However, AI also poses some challenges, such as ethical, legal and social implications, as well as the need for reskilling and upskilling of the workforce. Therefore, businesses need to adopt AI responsibly and strategically, and ensure that their employees are prepared and supported for the changes that AI brings.

Lars Ruddigkeit

Inspiration or education? Striking the balance in company onboarding

The importance of an engaging onboarding experience for employees will be discussed in this talk. Through stories from the development of a new onboarding journey at FREENOW, Luke will share how the team balanced sparking excitement with conveying key information – plus learnings to make an onboarding sessions more human-centric.

Luke Hudson

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Inclusion at Work and the Role of Managers

Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at work goes beyond mere representation. It requires organizations to cultivate an environment where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives. Communicators, armed with their skills in messaging, storytelling, and engagement can (should) play a crucial role in championing inclusivity within the workplace.

Michelle Okwudiafor

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How to get business management buy-in to support & invest in eCommerce/digital

Do you sometimes struggle to get the active support and investments you need to drive digital or eCommerce initiatives?
She will share about her learnings based on her eCommerce experience and will address the following: build the business case, setup the governance to maximize impact of digital investments, measure results on KPIs, resistance from sales and the channel … and keep a positive momentum over time!

Delphine Bradshaw-Nguyen

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Sharon will talk about the University’s approach to social media management across a large public sector organisation, which involves, engaging with a range of divers external audiences, building relationships with current and prospective students, and fostering collaborative relationships with colleagues

Sharon Campbell

Fireside Talk: Navigating the Diversity & Sustainability Dialogue through an authentic voice.

Join Erik Hartman in conversation with CNN’s Bipasha Bhattacharya for a candid conversation on purpose driven dialogue around the critical themes of DE&I and sustainability. Every organisation wants to engage and be a step ahead on these themes but are these efforts’ purpose driven or simply outcome driven. The session does a deep dive into how organisations and communicators should focus on long term, authentic and impactful initiatives that will help them gain credibility and inspire positive change.

Bipasha Bhattacharya

Complex decision support with AI

How Bayer support decisions in production planning with AI, but also the lessons learned from applying AI solutions and the outlook on future AI application will be addressed.

Frank Giroux

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Advatera stands for the regular exchange of experiences between digital, communication and marketing managers. Challenges you have faced in digital, web or intranet projects have almost certainly been experienced by others. The sharing of experiences can help your organization reduce its costs and sharpen its focus on essential success factors.