The work of in-house corporate event teams changed drastically during the pandemic as people shifted roles, learned new skills, or perhaps were forced to take furloughs or were temporarily assigned to new roles. But internal and external events were key to motivating employees, maintaining relationships with clients, and more. Jennifer Savica, vice president and head of corporate events at New York Life Insurance Company, will share how her team thrived during the pandemic and how in-house teams can pivot to stay relevant in uncertain times.
Jennifer joined New York Life in 2019 as Head of Corporate Events where she is responsible for creating and implementing the strategy for corporate, incentive and training-based programs. In her current role, Jennifer and her team provide internal business partners with strategic and creative solutions to meet their business needs through the successful planning, management and execution of the company’s programs and meetings. Prior to New York Life, Jennifer was Head of Strategic Events and Field Recognition at UBS Financial Services for nearly a decade. In this role, she was responsible for the planning and execution of all events and programs, including content development; partnering with field management on local sponsorship opportunities; managing the Field Recognition platform, serving as liaison to all Financial Services industry publications; and helping financial advisors build and deepen relationships with clients and prospective clients. During her tenure at UBS, Jennifer also managed the Regional Marketing team as well as all Marketing Partnerships for the company. Before joining UBS, Jennifer created many memorable event and marketing programs, managed conference center services, and led numerous initiatives that are still in existence today at some of the world’s premier companies, including Citigroup, Snapple Beverages, TD Bank Financial Group and Federated Department Stores. BizBash Magazine named her one of the 15 Most Influential Event Professionals in New York. Jennifer, an avid yoga practitioner, resides in Manhattan and is a popular guest speaker at industry events.
Tammy Kockaya, CMP, CMM
Tammy Kockaya, CMP, CMM, has been a leader in the events industry for over 20 years. After a nearly 10-year tenure with KPMG LLP, Tammy is now a freelance consultant executing strategic initiatives and business development for the Event Leadership Institute.
During her time at KPMG, she served as Director for Strategic Event Delivery with the Events & Meetings department. In this role, Tammy led a team of over twenty event professionals responsible for the production, management, and execution of nearly 1,000 annual market development, training, and internal engagement events across KPMG’s Audit, Tax, and Advisory functions as well as Industry and Sectors, with a managed spend of over $100M.
She is passionate about growing talent, developing high-performing teams, and creating strategies to achieve organizational success. Tammy is a mentor and coach and is currently focusing her coaching efforts on supporting the many talented professionals in the job market with mindset shifts and resiliency.