Social Connections 13 is taking place in Philadelphia this week over the course of two days, April 26-27. It’s packed to the brim with great educational sessions, workshops, and fun networking programming.

The conference’s agenda promises a lot of interesting content for you to choose from, so we put together a list of a few sessions on topics other than IBM Connections proper that had really caught our eye.


The State of Community Management – The Future of All Management

LOCATION: Dell Theater DATE: April 26, 2018 TIME: 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Community management is quickly becoming the future of all management – and leadership. The ability to inspire and engage a diverse network to solve complex problems quickly is a powerful differentiator. At the same time, the barriers to building networks are lower than ever.

You will leave this session with an understanding of the latest research and thinking about community management, based on data and conversations with hundreds of community professionals from around the globe.
Rachel Happe, The Community Roundtable



IBM Domino 10: A new chapter begins


LOCATION: Dell Theater DATE: April 26, 2018 TIME: 11:55 am – 12:25 pm

In the digital era, empowering the workforce with the ability to re-engineer their workflows, processes and activities into more competitive and effective outcomes for the business is essential. In this session we will share our vision for developers, programmers and “citizen developers” refreshing and developing new Domino apps that are the foundation to automating processes that free up workers to pursue higher value activities. We also want to share how customers all over the world helped us shape the future of Notes/Domino and defined the top outcomes to be included in Domino 10.


Luis Guirgay, IBM

Barry Rosen, HCL Associates



Life after bleeding yellow


LOCATION: Liberty Room DATE: April 26, 2018 TIME: 2:50 pm – 3:20 pm

After spending 15+ years working with Lotus Notes/Domino and then IBM Connections, Brian took a leap into a completely new career outside of IT. Most called him crazy, some called him genius. He’d say he’s lucky. Lucky to work for an Enterprise that supports these kind of moves. It was scary and exhilarating and he’d do it again 1,000 times. Come listen to Brian’s story and hear what life is like after being an IBM Champion and former member of the Social Connections team.

Brian O’Neill, W. L. Gore & Associates




Workshop: Enterprise Social Networking Strategy Framework

LOCATION: Independence Room DATE: April 27, 2018 TIME: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Back in 2008 and then again in 2013, Gartner stated how between 70% to 80% of Social Business initiatives would fail in the short time frame of a couple of years, mostly due to a lack of purpose and clearly aligned business imperatives. That means that 7 or 8 out of 10 social business programs will eventually fail no matter how hard people may try. What if there was a different way …?

This workshop will cover panagenda’s Enterprise Social Networking Strategy Framework that Luis Suarez has been using effectively with clients and business partners around different social business adaptation techniques to help organizations become successful ‘Socially Integrated Enterprises’. Come and join us to learn what those foundations for success would be like and how you, too, could kick off your own digital transformation initiative in just 6 different steps to start seeing immediate results and real business value, i.e. transform the way we share, learn, collaborate and innovate together to get work done more effectively. Working smarter, not necessarily harder.

Luis Suarez, panagenda


Reaching across the Aisle to Become a Different Kind of Champion

LOCATION: Liberty Room DATE: April 27, 2018 TIME: 10:45 am – 11:00 am

No matter where you’ve begun, you may want to stretch your skills and move into other areas of business. How should you get started and transfer your hard-won skills to another area?

Gabriella Davis, The Turtle Partnership
Wannes Rams, Ramsit


Social Software in the age of Political Turmoil: How to Effectively Deal with Cyber-Bullying and be an Active Bystander


LOCATION: Dell Theater DATE: April 27, 2018 TIME: 10:45 am – 11:00 am

The recent extreme political turmoil has led to dramatically increased incidents of hate and cyber-bullying, including within organizations. The differences among people are used as a wedge and a variety of tools are used in harm-doing. Join us as we explore how to be actively involved in both online and offline incidents with positive outcomes.

In this session, we’ll go over actual tips and tools to successfully deal with those who cause harm, including internal/external trolls, disenchanted people, and those who intentionally disrespect others. Learning techniques to support targets of harm while not harming the harm-doer is paramount to promoting safer communities both online and in the real world.

Please note this will not be an overtly political session.

Daniel Lieber, Innovative Ideas Unlimited


Late registration tickets to Social Connections 13 are still available HERE. Our president Jon Schultz will be attending, so if you see hi, feel free to say hi.