Looking forward to GEO 2019

20 March 2019

If you’ve been anywhere near Stitch HQ in the last few weeks, you’ll probably have heard us getting a bit excited about our impending trip to Amsterdam, where Emma, Jane, Charlotte and Amy will be attending GEO’s 20th Annual Conference.

GEO is one of the industry highlights of our year as it gives us a chance to catch up with so many of our lovely friends in the world of employee share plans as well as some of our best clients. The fact that it’s taking place in one of Europe’s most culturally exciting and attractive cities is quite a bonus too!

It’s a packed agenda once again this year and we’re looking forward to attending loads of sessions. If you don’t see us in the crowd though, fear not. Charlotte, Jane and Emma will all be taking part in sessions on Thursday and Friday and Amy will be on hand to answer any of your burning questions about creative communications.

On Wednesday evening we’ll all be heading to the Rijksmuseum to attend what’s been billed as the Exhibition of the Year – an exclusive private event where we’ll be able to view All The Rembrandts. That’s 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 examples of Rembrandt’s prints.

It’ll be early to bed for Jane though as she’ll be getting some much-needed rest before hitting the streets of Amsterdam early the next morning as part of a guided jogging tour of the city.

Later on Thursday, Charlotte will be talking all things millennial in a session looking at the generation of young people who turned 18 around the start of the 21st century. While millennial characteristics vary slightly by geography, by and large they’re media savvy, travel obsessed and very partial to smashed avocado on sourdough toast. Charlotte and the rest of the panel will be challenging these clichés and discussing how accurate and effective broad generational labels really are. Ultimately, we all have the same priorities when it comes to financial security. It’s how companies design, administer and communicate share plans for this generation of employees that may have to be refreshed.

Jane will be joined on Thursday afternoon by friends from Rio Tinto, Sage and Interxion on a panel that will delve into the reward landscape and discuss the role creative communications are playing in the success of their employee global share plans and rewards. It promises to be a lively debate shining a light on how taking a creative approach can help to overcome some tricky challenges.

Thursday night brings the main event, the GEO Annual Gala Dinner and Awards. We absolutely haven’t been spending literally hours talking about what we’re going to wear but we have got high hopes that at least one of our best clients will walk away with a trophy, so watch this space for an update when the confetti settles.

For those of you who haven’t overdone it on Thursday evening and indeed for those of you who haven’t gone to bed yet, our Emma will be taking to the stage bright and early on Friday morning. She will be joined by a panel of share plan experts and they’ll be discussing exactly what the best ways are to ensure successful and effective communication with employees. Given the variety of businesses offering share plans, in terms of size, goals, culture and budget it’s far from being a case of one size fits all.

So now you know where we’ll be you’ve got no excuse not to come and say hello. There’s nothing we like more here at Stitch than a good gossip and catch up with you lovely people so don’t be shy. We can’t wait to see you all.