2019 National Conference – San Diego

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Preparing for Your Future Starts Now!

CMMA’s National Conference gives you the tools you need to lead your department towards success and peak performance, provides take homes to align your future goals, presents bleeding-edge industry advancements, offers unparalleled opportunities to discuss best practices with industry peers and ensures direct access to top vendors in the media industry.

Our 2019 Keynote Speaker -Rick Eldridge

CEO-Producer of ReelWorks Studios a multifaceted film/video production company in Charlotte, NC; Rick has over 35 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director and entrepreneur. He has been involved in every facet of creative development and production management in the entertainment industry.

Our 2019 Opening Day Featured Speaker

Mark A. Hyde MA, CEAP

Leadership Perspectives on Managing Workplace Culture

One of the most challenging tasks for leaders is managing the day-to-day interaction issues that occur in every work environment.  This presentation will identify specific strategies leaders can immediately apply to manage employee complaints, change undesirable behavior and minimize co-worker conflict.

Mark has been managing the Employee Assistance Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester for the past 19-plus years. He has been working with workplace leaders for the last 25 years, focusing on ways to enhance employee performance and job satisfaction. Mark has published leadership articles in HR Executive Magazine, SuperVision Magazine, EAP Digest, McGraw Hill graduate school textbook and been featured in Carolyn Kepcher’s  New York Daily News article on a variety of workplace issues. Mark is a popular speaker and trainer on a variety of work and life related topics.

Participants will be able to:
  • Identify key reasons behind employee conflict
  • Teach employees How to Complain
  • Redefine teamwork and work culture
  • Debunk common myths related to teamwork

Featured Speaker

Melonie Parker

Building a diverse team and preparing for the future

Advancing diversity and inclusion engagement drives Melonie Parker—an inventive, stimulating, and timely Human Resources leader

Media managers are continually challenged to stay ahead of communication and technology trends while maintaining a strong team culture. Melonie Parker, Google’s Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Employee Engagement will share ways to keep employees engaged and feeling valued, so that the best creative ideas flourish. It’s not just about helping employees be happy. It’s helping them to be comfortable and confident in bringing their whole selves—the things that make them a unique and valuable contributor—to work with them each day.

Prior to Google, Melonie shared this same passionate and innovative approach to equity and inclusion as the Vice President of Human Resources & Communications at Sandia Corporation. She also has 17 years of experience in diversity programs, employee relations, and outreach initiatives from her time at Lockheed Martin.  Melonie has a rich and varied background, full of experiences that inform her efforts to help mangers achieve sustained success by building diverse teams.

Managers will learn how to:

  • Foster individualism through the strength of the group
  • Retain employees through stretch assignments and growth opportunities
  • Give the most pertinent information to executive management to influence funding and strategic direction
  • Grow future talent from within your department




Closing Speaker

Richard Lederer

Nothing is more important to communicators than the ability to use language to educate, inform, motivate, and convince. Richard is the author of 50 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current book, The Joy of Names.   Join him on an intellectual joy ride through our English language. Some of the stops will include grammar, usage, pronunciation, metaphor, and puns.

The CMMA Leadership Forum

Featuring 2019 Moderator Greg Sneed

A CMMA cherished tradition, the Leadership Forum is an opportunity for attendees to discuss leadership successes (what’s worked) and challenges (what could work better). Join host, Greg Sneed, Mayo Clinic Arizona, in sharing best practices in performance management, workplace satisfaction, and creating a culture of innovation.  The Leadership Forum is an excellent opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge and experiences of CMMA members.

2019 CMMA Leadership Forum Moderator Greg Sneed

Greg manages Event Support Services at all Mayo Clinic campuses. He is a Mayo Clinic Quality Academy faculty member and a teaching facilitator for Mayo Clinic Workforce Learning. He serves on five Mayo Clinic institutional committees, is co-chair of a Mayo Clinic employee resource affinity group, and is a member of the Mayo Program in Professionalism & Values Arizona team.

The CMMA Technology Forum

Featuring 2019 Moderator Pete Pallagi

Always a CMMA highlight, this year’s Technical Forum, hosted by Mayo Clinic’s Pete Pallagi, features Dan Mooney from Kohl’s and focuses on using LED backdrops to create the illusion of an immersive environment that surpasses traditional approaches such as green screens. In addition, we’ll be discussing member-submitted topics such as new trends in webcasting, shared storage systems/DAMS, and how media teams partner with technology/IT teams.

2019 CMMA Technology Forum Moderator Pete Pallagi

Pete is the Supervisor for Photography at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He has been part of teams that have developed hardware and software for the Mayo Clinic enterprise and is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals related to hardware and software creation, uses and acceptance. Pete also serves as the Sustainability Officer for Mayo Clinic Arizona where he works with department leaders to ensure the responsible use of our limited resources.

CMMA Gives Back!

What do you love about the beach? The cigarette butts? The plastic bottles? How about old food wrappers? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Join your CMMA colleagues Saturday morning as we give-back by cleaning up Silver Strand Beach!

Healthy oceans are everyone’s responsibility. One of the best ways to keep trash out of the ocean is to get trash off the beach. Gloves and bags will be provided, all we need from you is a little elbow grease.

The 2019 Bijou Content Experience Showcase

Have something really cool to share? Want to discuss challenges in producing it?  Submit your best media project to the Bijou Experience.
The Bijou Experience is your opportunity to share new approaches and ideas for videos, campaigns, web builds, print media, and live events.  You’ll come away inspired by the number of CMMA individuals producing outstanding content.
It’s always a fun time!  (Be sure to leave room for candy and popcorn!)

CMMA Cares!

CMMA believes in giving back—Join us as we help the San Diego Book Project get books into the hands of underprivileged students! The San Diego Book Project began in 2007 with the donation of books from a local online bookseller to an inner city school. Since then, the non-profit has given more than 750,000 books to San Diego’s preschool, elementary, middle, and high school classrooms and on-campus libraries, with thousands more given to students to take home for themselves.

For some, these are the first books  they have ever owned.

Helping couldn’t be easier – bring a book or two to donate. We’ll drop them off.