October 27th-29th, Miami Beach

Ascend 2019

Agenda Overview

  1. - Education Sessions
  2. - Partner Day
  3. Welcome Reception

    Sponsored by Luminos Labs

  1. - Breakfast & Expo
  2. Justin Anovick
    - Keynote: Justin Anovick

    Chief Product Officer

    Episerver Product Strategy

  3. - Keynote with Deane Barker

    Senior Director of Content Management Strategy, Episerver


  4. - Break
  5. - Labs & Sessions
  6. - Lunch & Expo
  7. - Customer Panel with Nate Barad

    Director Product Marketing, Episerver


  8. - Labs & Sessions
  9. - Break & Expo
  10. - Labs & Sessions
  11. - Monday Night Cocktail Reception

    Sponsored by Valtech

  1. - Breakfast
  2. - Sessions
  3. Lunch

Secure your tickets for Ascend 2019 today!

Early Bird Rate: $860 (April 10th - May 26th) SOLD OUT!

Advanced Rate: $1,075 (May 27th - July 31st) - SOLD OUT!

Standard Rate: $1,225 (August 1st - September 15th) – SOLD OUT!

Last Minute Rate: $1,400 (September 16th - October 27th) – ON SALE!


Need to justify your trip? Use our justification letter for Ascend 2019!

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Book your room!

Episerver has secured a special room rate at Fontainebleau for Ascend 2019. This rate is available through October 3rd, or until our room block runs out. Book your room today


Amy Purdy

2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist, 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, and Three-Time World Cup Gold Medalist

Top-Ranked Adaptive Snowboarder in the U.S.

Read Amy Purdy's bio

Women's Panel

  • Sheryl Kingstone, Research Vice President & General Manager - VOCUL, 451 Research

    Sheryl Kingstone leads 451 Research’s coverage for Customer Experience & Commerce, which covers the many aspects of how customer experience is a catalyst for digital transformation. She oversees the company’s coverage of a variety of customer experience software markets spanning ad tech, marketing, sales, commerce and service. Before joining 451 Research, she consulted with a number of enterprise software companies in the areas of B2B e-commerce, CRM, e-services and internet infrastructure on company and product positioning, acquisitions and IPO strategies for Blanc & Otus. Prior to this, she worked at DataMirror and Praxis International, launching new products in the enterprise data replication, transformation and database software market. As a recognized thought leader with over 25 years of experience in the customer experience technologies, Kingstone was awarded the CRM Influential Leaders Award and was also the first female to be inducted in the CRM Hall of Fame.

  • Allison Abraham Simpkins, Sr. Vice President, North America, Valtech

    In June 2017 Allison officially joined Valtech, a global digital agency focused on business transformation. Valtech is a digital powerhouse with 38 offices, in 16 countries and 2200+ digital experts around the world. As SVP, North America Allison holds significant contribution to the growth of Valtech in NA and owns Valtech’s North American Partnership strategy. She is also the Managing Director of Valtech's expanding Toronto office.

  • Lani Phillips, Vice President, US Channel Sales Microsoft Corporation

    As Vice President of Microsoft’s US One Commercial Channel Sales Organization. Lani Phillips is responsible for driving digital transformation across our customers in Commercial, Mid-Market and Regulated Industries in the United States with our partner ecosystem. With responsibility for a $30B+ business she is responsible for accelerating the Co-Selling partnership which enables our partners and Microsoft to drive joint sales pursuits, revenue and ultimately customer success. Our partners help drive cloud sales and consumption across all four solution areas: Modern Workplace, Business Applications, Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI.

  • Nicole Erickson, Director of Marketing Operations & Technology, Applied Systems, Inc.

    With nearly 15 years of software and BPM experience, Nicole Erickson leads the Marketing Operations and Technology (MOT) team tasked with optimizing the systems, processes, data management and integrations necessary to support Marketing campaigns in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. The MOT division is composed of certified systems administrators, analysts, web developers and seasoned execution professionals who oversee the company’s CRM, MA, BI, Web, and other online systems for the Applied Systems and IVANS Insurance brands.

  • Jessica Fardin

    CMO & SVP Worldwide Marketing, Episerver

  • Justin Anovick

    VP Worldwide Product, Episerver

  • Ed Kennedy

    Senior Commerce Evangelist Director, Episerver

  • Joakim Platbarzdis

    Senior Product Manager, Episerver.

  • David Bowen

    VP, Product Management, Episerver.

  • Jeff Cheal

    Senior Customer Product Strategy Director, Episerver.

  • Aniel Sud

    VP Software Engineering, Episerver

  • Quan Mai

    Senior Director, Customer Implementation, Episerver

  • Joey Moore

    Head of Evangelism EMEA and APAC, Episerver

  • Anjali Yakkundi

    Senior Product Marketing Director, Aprimo

  • Andy Dempster

    Web Manager, SME

  • Anna Lergaard

    CMO, Digizuite

  • Brian Beck

    Ecommerce Strategist and Advisor, Guidance

  • Kristine Stebbins

    Senior Vice President, Client Services, Hero Digital

  • Jon Price

    Development Lead, C2 Group

  • Henrik Fransas

    System Developer, Episerver trainer and Episerver Expert (EMVP)

  • Ross Lucivero

    Managing Director of Verndale LA

  • Brian Beaupied

    C2 Group

  • Eric Deschambault

    E-commerce business analyst, Thinkmax

  • Kais Makhlouf

    VP Digital Solutions, Thinkmax

  • Patrick Guedj

    Executive Vice President, Thinkmax

  • Jacob Jones

    Lead Episerver Developer & Episerver Most Valued Professional (EMVP), Valtech

  • Jeroen Stemerdink

    Principal Episerver, Valtech Netherlands

  • Nicola Ayan

    Solution Architect & EMVP, Niteco

  • Jason Lichon

    Chief Solutions Officer, Blue Bolt.

  • Michelle Tran

    Strategy & UX, Niteco

  • Stephen Lynch

    Head of Growth, Luminos Labs.

  • Carlos Manalo

    Dot Foods

  • Kevin Baum

    Dot Foods

  • Chris Mason

    Branding Brand

  • Brian Browning


  • Arnold Macauley

    Delivery Director, Nansen

  • Robert Carter

    Sr. Web Analyst, Nansen

  • David Boland

    Sr. Developer, Nansen

  • Rob Strube

    Episerver Commerce Architect

  • Patrick Van Kleef


  • Brian Weeteling


  • Mandy Wiles

    Chadwell Supply

  • Jeremy Joseph

    Paragon Inc

  • Jacob Maloney

    Manager, Ecommerce, Frontier Airlines

  • Keegan Govender


  • Kevin Schofield


  • Khurram Khan


  • Mads Wermelin

    ALM Brand

  • Michael Baruch


  • Nazanin Ramezani


  • Nicole Erickson

    Applied Systems

  • Paul Gruffydd


  • Stefan Schackow


  • Tanuj Joshi


  • Wessel Terpstra

    Freelance Developer

  • David Postill


  • Gautam Lohia

    Apply Digital

  • Jill Grozalsky


  • Janaka Fernando

    Made To Engage

  • Matt Wozniak

    Luminos Labs

  • Rob Folan


  • Jonas Bergqvist


  • Mark Hall


  • Per Gunsarfs


  • John Håkansson


  • John Field


About Ascend

Inspire. Learn. Connect.

Episerver Ascend brings together our community of digital marketers, developers and ecommerce leaders to share their strategies for driving growth through digital transformation.

Whether you join our hands-on sessions, get inspired by industry leaders or connect with our partner and customer community, Episerver Ascend aims to provide attendees with the very best insights to inform the future development of not just their business but our business too.

This year, Ascend will take place in a new, fantastic location, Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Join us there to learn from industry visionaries and innovators who continue to push the boundaries to create outstanding customer experiences, and start building connections with our community of Episerver users and partners.

Episerver Innovation Challenge at Ascend 2019

The Episerver Innovation Challenge (EIC) at Ascend 2019, sponsored by Thinkmax, allows Partners, Customers, and Developers to design, build, and showcase features, integrations, and capabilities using Episerver products. This challenge will provide an opportunity to showcase your strengths, build your brand, and generate new services engagements. Registration is required for the EIC. 

Register now!

Keynote Speaker 2019

Amy Purdy

2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist, 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, and Three-Time World Cup Gold Medalist

Top-Ranked Adaptive Snowboarder in the U.S.

Read Amy Purdy's Bio

The winners have been announced!

Find out who won the Episerver Web Awards 2019

Global Sponsor

Global Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors


Book your room today!

Episerver has secured a special room rate at Fontainebleau for Ascend 2019. This rate is available through October 3rd, or until our room block runs out. Book your room today

Need to justify your trip? Use our justification letter for Ascend 2019!

Who should attend Ascend?

  • Marketers

    Be motivated and inspired by how some of today’s leading brands are using Episerver to gain a competitive advantage. Join a range of sessions designed to empower you to develop your skills across content marketing, personalization, analytics and more.

  • Developers

    Be the first to see exclusive previews for newly announced product releases, updates and APIs. Attend hands-on product labs and training with our product experts and EMVPs and meet and collaborate with our community of like-minded developers.

  • Merchandisers

    Learn how to deliver a truly experience-driven commerce experience for your customers. Find out how to differentiate your brand with customer-centric experiences, scalable content personalization and product recommendations.

  • Tech Leaders

    Ascend provides you with exclusive insights to inform your technology roadmap and support your organisation’s digital transformation. Learn more about our cloud deployment strategies and what will work best for your organization.

  • Business Leaders

    Ascend is your opportunity to network with Episerver’s senior management team at a range of rountables and leadership lunches. Our leadership events and analyst keynotes will provide you with the trends and insights needed to set your organization up for growth.

  • Ektron Customers

    Learn more about the benefits of evolving your platform to the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud. Get hands-on advice from our product specialists and network with our partners who have guided many customers through the journey from Ektron to Episerver.

Meet with us at Ascend!

Take the opportunity to meet with Episerver employees in Customer Success, Onboarding, Education, Partner Management, Sales and Marketing. Make an appointment now.

Looking to sponsor Ascend 2019?

Interested in sponsoring Ascend 2019? 

Download the Sponsorship Prospectus and send an email that includes the sponsorship you are interested in to ascendevents@episerver.com

Calling all EMVPs!

We want you at Ascend 2019! We've put together a package just for you. Contact us today to find out more