2022 Page Up Annual Conference

The New Mandate for Communications Leadership

Since we last met in person at the Page Up Annual Conference in 2019, there have been tremendous shifts in how our organizations operate. We have been rethinking brand and purpose in a world that increasingly expects businesses to speak out and take action on societal issues. Corporate culture has been redefined by remote work and an acceleration of digital capabilities. All of this amid increasing polarization, the lingering impacts of the pandemic and geopolitical conflict in Eastern Europe. 

There are certainly positives to these transitions; the value of communications has only increased among the C-Suite because of how central our roles are to operating effectively in this new, multi-stakeholder world. But, looking ahead, our mandate will be dramatically different.

We are being called upon to not only drive messaging and communication strategy, but to serve as geopolitical strategists, social strategists, climate scientists, public health experts and change management gurus – all at the same time. In this environment, how do we discern what is truly important and impactful among so much noise, so that we can continue to lead our teams and achieve the results on which our organizations depend?

Our Annual Conference this October will help you reset your focus as we set a course forward, with the outstanding thought leadership and networking opportunities that only Page Up can provide. There will be an innovative hybrid format to the conference and an international focus to our discussions.

Conference Format

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reconvene in-person in Chicago. However, we recognize that many individuals will be unable to attend due to personal and organizational considerations. This year’s event will be hybrid, so we welcome you to join us for exciting opportunities to belong, connect, inspire and learn—either in-person or virtually. 

Registration Fee and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee breakdown is tiered based on your membership type and how you will be joining us. Register by August 19 for the early bird rate.

In-Person | Italicized numbers indicate the raised rate after August 19. 

  • Corporate, Agency, Executive Search: $1,595 | $1,695
  • Non-Profit or Government: $1,195 | $1,295
  • Educator: $695 | $795

Virtual | Italicized numbers indicate the raised rate after August 19.

  • Corporate, Agency, Executive Search: $250 | $300
  • Non-Profit, Government, Retiree: $175 $225
  • Educator: $100 $150

Our policy is to refund 50% of the conference fee if canceled 31 days in advance of the scheduled start of the event (by Thursday, September 15, 2022). There will be no refunds, in whole or in part, for cancellations received within 30 days of the event (on or after Friday, September 15, 2022). Registration fees are non-transferable. Cancellations for COVID-19-related reasons will be eligible for full refunds. All other cancellations will follow our standard cancellation policy.

COVID-19 Code of Conduct

Page has and will review and revise this policy based on  the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and local jurisdiction guidance on COVID-19. Requirements will be updated accordingly. 

As an attendee at the 2022 Page Up Annual Conference, you will:

Provide proof that you are fully vaccinated by uploading proof of your vaccination during the registration process or emailing it to safety@page.org prior to October 16. “Fully vaccinated,” for purposes of this event will follow CDC guidelines. Currently, this means that you received your single-dose or completed the second dose of a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to October 16. Boosters are strongly recommended if it has been five months or more since you received your second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna. If you received a single-dose vaccination, such as with Johnson & Johnson, boosters are strongly recommended if it has been two months since you received your vaccine. Vaccines administered outside the United States may include AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac. If your provider is not on this list, please email safety@page.org

Agree that you will not attend if you feel ill, are symptomatic in any way, or have had any exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Agree that you will respect other participants and take all advisable precautions recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate physical distancing, participating in the frequent washing of hands, avoiding risky environments and behaviors and choosing not to shake hands except by expressed mutual consent.

Acknowledge that, due to the circumstances created by COVID-19, there is a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility associated with attendance. You will not hold Page or the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, their officers, directors, employees or agents accountable, whether directly or indirectly, should you or your family contract illness arising out of your voluntary participation in the event.

Page will be taking the following precautions to encourage the health and safety of all attendees:

  • All attendees and Page event staff are required to be fully vaccinated.
  • We will follow all CDC and local guidelines in effect at the time.
  • Page has asked the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel to sanitize all event spaces, public areas, dining & bar locations and guest rooms.
  • In keeping with CDC guidelines, masks are encouraged but not required. 

Please be advised that all meals will be held inside.

Sunday, October 16th 

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. CT Registration
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. CT Networking Reception & Dinner


Monday, October 17th 

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. CT Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 a.m. CT Welcome & Open Interaction Session
8:40 – 9:25 a.m. CT Session TBA
9:25 – 10:25 a.m. CT Making Tough Decisions a Little Easier

There are a lot of tragic and unsettling things happening in the world today. It’s the job of the modern communications team to  address issues confronting their communities, colleagues, customers and other stakeholders—with words and actions.

These days, sitting on the sidelines isn’t an option. Some stakeholders expect—insist—that companies express a point of view on news-making events that impact all of us. Some are not convinced that companies should take a position, especially with the polarizing and divisive nature of many events affecting society today. Add to the mix, decisions to speak out could negatively impact the reputation of the company resulting in losses for shareholders, backlash from customers, and more.

Today’s news environment has made the job of communications leaders that much harder. These are difficult conversations and the divisive nature of the news might have business impacts. We have all been there. Should we say something? What should we say?

A communications team should consider developing a decision-making framework as a  tool to help answer that vexing question—should we say something or anything? If so, how and to whom?

In this session, Page Up member Maya Dillon, the head of corporate communications, and Page member Francesco Lagutaine, the chief marketing officer, for M&T Bank will discuss what they did to provide a tool that helps facilitate conversations and make these decisions just a little easier.

10:25 – 10:55 a.m. CT Networking Break
10:55 – 11:55 Stakeholder Capitalism Session
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT Networking Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT Session TBA
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. CT Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT The New Employee Contract: Lessons Learned
4:30 – 4:50 p.m. CT Engagement Activity
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. CT Closing
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. CT Travel to Offsite Dinner Location
6:30 – 10:00 p.m. CT Offsite Experience at the Museum of Science & Industry


Tuesday, October 18th 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. CT Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 a.m. CT Welcome & Housekeeping from Chairs
8:35 – 9:35 a.m. CT How to Reset Yourself & Team
9:35 – 10:50 a.m. CT Communicating, Implementing and Executing DE&I

 Businesses are moving quickly to implement diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives, but in some cases struggle to get it right, ensuring everyone is brought along. In this session, moderated by Maria Pia Tamburri, VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Dominion Energy a panel of corporate leaders will discuss key learnings from putting DE&I programs in place. They will offer best practices, cautionary tales – and address the following questions:

  • What is the right way to communicate DE&I internally and externally?
  • What does success look like and how should it be measured?
  • What are the DE&I considerations for a global company?

Come and see what insights you can bring back to your own company.

10:50 – 11:20 a.m. CT Networking Break
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. CT Annual Business Session
11:50 – 12:10 p.m. CT Innovation Award Session 
12:10 – 12:20 p.m. CT Audience Takeaways/Closing Remarks
12:30 p.m. CT Networking Lunch 

WHEN October 16-18, 2022

TIME 5:00pm-12:30pm

LOCATION Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel | 1 West Upper Wacker Dr Chicago IL, 60601