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Featuring leading speakers from within and outside of the Industry, the Content Sessions bring you actionable and inspiring insight delivered on trends, opportunities, skills, best practices and personal growth; providing you with the means to inspire innovation, leadership and growth for you and within your own organization. Please visit frequently to see the details as they are added.

Sunday, January 22

Garrison Wynn

Opening Keynote: Making the Most of Difficult Situations: Changing Markets & Changing Times
6:00pm – 6:45pm


This funny, insightful keynote combines relationship building with no-fluff motivation and change to deliver real solutions in uncertain times. Garrison examines the challenges we face (from COVID-19 to tough economic circumstances) and shows how we can laugh at our problems while using them as catalysts for success. This research-based session covers a lot of ground and provides no-cost, easily implemented, proven solutions that your people can use right away.


Garrison Wynn
Motivational Speaker

Garrison helps people make the jump from being great at what they do to developing the qualities it takes to be consistently chosen for the job. He gets them to understand why their products, services, or leadership styles—or those of their competitors— are selected. As he says, “If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision making doesn’t work that way.” His presentations help people become more influential regardless of circumstances.

“Making the Most of Difficult Situations: Changing Markets & Changing Times”

Garrison has presented to some of the world’s most effective leaders and business developers, from multibillion-dollar manufacturers and national associations to top New York Stock Exchange wire houses. He has a background in manufacturing, telecom, and financial services and toured as a professional stand-up comedian. In his teens, Garrison worked with Magnavox and baseball legend Hank Aaron to promote the world’s first video gaming system, and by age 27 he became the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history. He researched and designed processes for 38 locations nationwide and developed and marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.

He is the author of the Bestseller “The Real Truth about Success”, The #1 Bestseller “The Cowbell Principle”, and has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazines. His award-winning success tools receive high praise, but his greatest strength is a magnetic live performance that keeps him in high demand, with more than 600 inquiries and 100 speaking dates per year.

Sunday, January 22

Industry Panel Discussion
3:45pm – 4:45pm


Sarah RogersSarah Rogers: Moderator
Senior Creative Director | TPN

Sarah is from Texas and recently moved to Atlanta. She has over 25 years of Retail Design and Communication Experience. Sarah has spent 17 years at TPN, a Shopper Marketing Agency, as the creative leader to many teams covering national retail, technology, CPG, restaurant and wine brands. She has a passion for how design and marketing can engage shoppers in new ways. Her team has created award-winning, compelling and innovative brand solutions and shopper connections across all channels.


Sarah CunninghamSarah Cunningham
Chief Growth Officer | TPN

Sarah is an industry veteran in the shopper, retail commerce and brand engagement experience, creating strategic solutions to make the buy happen for clients in the CPG, consumer electronics, telecommunications, apparel, digital and credit services industries.
She is best described as a strategic and seasoned brand builder of business accounts. Her curiosity to find an innovative, unique and better approach results in winning work and authentic connections and has defined Sarah as a go-to source of insight and inspiration within the commerce space and elsewhere.
Sarah brings her smarts, energy and passion to everything she does, within the agency hallways and beyond. A devoted mother, friend and proud Michigan alumna, Sarah is an example of how women don’t have to sacrifice to have families – it’s possible to go big at work, at home and in our communities.


Eric EhrlichEric Ehrlich
Vice President, Executive Creative Director | TPN

Eric is a strategic, thoughtful and creative brand storyteller, a part of his professional skillset he uses in crafting compelling brand experiences for his clients.
“To say that Eric is a creative visionary is an understatement,” Tim Austin, CCO, says. “He elevates the work with his passion, his vision and his commitment.” Eric is highly sought after for his creative mind in the technology space, TPN’s culture initiatives and his holistic point of view when it comes to industry trends. He is a true champion of his team and empowers them to stay true to the idea and its authenticity.
Eric merges his creativity and Star Wars fandom to serve more altruistic ends. Eric and his husband travel the galaxy as real-life stormtroopers to brighten kids’ days for charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Cheryl PolicastroCheryl Policastro
Chief Strategy Officer | TPN

Cheryl contributes over 25 years’ experience to TPN, with expertise in analytics & insights, brand management and shopper marketing.
Cheryl is the champion of insight-driven strategies and weaving a thoughtful approach into each and every client, project and initiative within the agency. Peers and clients alike trust her vision, approach and ability to see a problem as an opportunity for growth.
When not at TPN, Cheryl finds inspiration outdoors while hiking, kayaking, biking and skiing. After a long day of adventure, she enjoys fabulous food and wine with the company of her sons.

Monday, January 23

Dr. Heather Johnson

Content Session: High-Stakes Influence in a Fast-Paced World
1:30pm – 2:30pm


Influence is your most powerful tool, and your success ultimately depends on your ability to master this crucial competency. Often, the higher the stakes, the less time you have to make a genuine connection, deliver your message, and get to “yes”. Dr. Heather Johnson will share a common obstacle that could be preventing you from getting the results you need and specific tools to influence effectively when the stakes are high, and time is tight.
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Dr. Heather Johnson
Dr. Heather Johnson is an internationally recognized speaker and influence expert. With a doctorate in Psychology and 27 years of business experience, Heather is known for her courses and keynotes on Influence, Emotional Intelligence, Team Building, Communication, and Transitions.

Heather’s energy is contagious, and her stories will stick with you long after the conference. She has a knack for taking complex topics and distilling them down to the key nuggets that drive results. Whether delivering a keynote or facilitating a workshop, Heather is known for her ability to keep even those with the shortest attention spans engaged. As a result, you’re guaranteed to leave with actionable ideas that will get immediate results.