Join us to hear directly from Aspect thought leaders:
Dr. Lisa Michaud, Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics, Technical Director of NLU
Annick Duffy, Managing Director of Workforce Management
Michael Kropidlowski, Director of Product Marketing

Thursday, June 14th 2018
9:00am – 3:00pm
One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J4, Canada
Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel

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Our subject matter experts will help you better understand how contact centers are transforming today and ways you can prioritize your business transformation to support your business now and in the future.


Speaker: Dr. Lisa Michaud 
Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics, Technical Director of NLU 
Customers’ expectations of availability and choice for customer service channels have created an undeniable need for enterprise presence in the text channel.  This session will cover:

Speaker: Annick Duffy
Technology is changing at a dizzying rate and the contact center is feeling the impact with a vengeance. Learn about the most important technological influences affecting customers and employees alike – and how your organization will need to respond with the help of WFO solutions. Learn about trends that affect the future workforce & how to improve service to customers – agile workforce, labor clouds, Artificial Intelligence, omni channel interactions - including what can be learned from companies such as Lyft and Amazon.

Speaker: Michael Kropidlowski
There has never been a more critical time for companies to respond to the growing consumer desire for digital channels and converge the experience across both self-service and assisted service. This session will cover:

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Speaker Bios

Lisa Michaud is the Director of Natural Language Processing (NLP) at Aspect. She has been centrally involved in the integration of NLP components into Aspect’s product suite for customer engagement and the architecting of our Interactive Text Response (chatbot) technology. She has more than 20 years of research experience in the field of NLP / Computational Linguistics, holds a PhD in Computer Science, and has been published in multiple international journals, workshops, and conferences in the fields of user-adaptive interaction and NLP.


Annick Duffy is the Managing Director, WFO, Aspect, she has held multiple leadership roles within the contact center industry over the past 28 years specializing in Workforce Optimization. Prior to joining Aspect, she led Workforce Management strategies for American Express standardizing best practices across the global American Express enterprise. Her efforts were rewarded and recognized by the Society of Workforce Planning Professionals. Currently, in her 13 year tenure with Aspect, she is managing a team of Strategic Directors responsible for leading WFO client sales strategies resulting in overall growth of the workforce optimization portfolio . Annick is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University specializing in Business Management & Psychology and is based in Toronto, Canada.


Michael Kropidlowski
Director, Product Marketing
Aspect Software

Michael brings more than 25 years of experience in the customer service and contact center industries to Aspect. As a Director of Product Marketing at Aspect, Michael contributes directly to company strategy with a view to market trends and product strategy, focusing on enhanced customer experiences enabled through Omni-channel contact strategies and workforce optimization.
Joining Aspect in April 1999, Michael brought more than nine years of customer service, technical and sales training experience to the company, where he was initially the lead sales and technical channel partner trainer for the company’s contact management platform.