This is it. The big one. If you work in any post-sales or customer-facing role, you simply can’t afford to miss the definitive global networking and learning conference in Customer Success.

Keynote Speakers

Take a look at the agenda below to see every speaker.

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Pulse Academy Live! April 9

Pulse Academy Live! is the premier Customer Success education event in the world, offering a multi-track, day-long immersive experience for CS professionals of all levels. Whether you’re new to Customer Success, have previously attended a Pulse Academy or CSU Live event, or are looking to advance your Gainsight product knowledge, we have refreshed and advanced content, workshops, and experts to help accelerate your career and the impact you will have on your business.

What to Expect

Full-Day, In-Person Program

This is essentially a conference-within-a-conference that will include a keynote, workshops, topic breakouts, ask-me-anything sessions, and opportunities to collaborate with like-minded peers. Led by Gainsight, this year’s curriculum and content are all-new, with fresh perspectives from some of the top experts from the industry. They’ll guide the day’s learning and share their wisdom, culminating with an exam and opportunity to earn Pulse Academy certification.

Distinct Educational Tracks

  • Track 1: Customer Success Essentials
  • Track 2: Advanced Customer Success 1
  • Track 3: Gainsight Technical Enablement 2

1 Recommended for Pulse Academy alumni or those who’ve been in a CSM role for some time
2 Prerequisites: Admin 100 Series


$299 per person Includes lunch and access to Customer Success University CSM courses after the event.

We slashed prices nearly in half from last year, and doubled down on curriculum.

Bonus: Free Access to Customer Success University

All Pulse Academy Live! registrants will also receive access to Customer Success University after the event through the end of the year. This offer includes the entire Customer Success Manager track: CSM 101, CSM 201, and CSM 203 (an $897.00 value). Developed by top Customer Success experts, these online courses can be taken at your own pace and will provide you with additional knowledge to advance your career in Customer Success.

Pulse Academy Live Agenda April 9

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Time Title Description
7:30 AMRegistration Open & Light Breakfast
8:30 AMPULSE ACADEMY KEYNOTE with Dan Steinman
9:15 AMCustomer Success: An Academic’s PerspectiveIn this short opening presentation, we will hear from Professor Deva Rangarajan, PhD, BE, Director, Center for Professional Selling, Ball State University - Miller College of Business, about why the attention-getting topic of customer success compelled him to dedicate time to understand and research this exciting and rapidly evolving methodology.
9:30 AMWhy CS MattersWe’ve entered a new age. Customers have new expectations and represent new opportunities for growth. In this session, you’ll discover how Customer Success plays a critical role in maximizing the value of your customer base.
10:00 AMCustomer Success FundamentalsWhat is Customer Success? What isn’t it? And what does a CSM do, exactly? Learn the answers to these questions and much, much more in Customer Success Fundamentals. This session will provide you with a solid understanding of the function of Customer Success and the frameworks involved in delivering the outcomes your customers truly desire.
10:15 AMCustomer Success MetricsThe most impactful Customer Success teams are metrics-driven. They know which numbers matter and how to calculate them—and after this session, you will too. Get ready to deep-dive into the metrics commonly used by best-in-class Customer Success orgs and gain a deep understanding of terms like churn, retention, renewal rate, and more.
11:00 AM10 Laws of Customer SuccessCustomer Success is growing every day. With all the tactics and strategies floating around, it can be hard to turn the overflow of information into an organized strategy. This session will cover 10 fundamental laws of Customer Success that you can use to give your frameworks some more focus.
11:30 AMAsk-Me-Anything Session with Nick Mehta, CEO, GainsightThis session is a great opportunity to engage candidly with the CEO of the #1 fastest-growing company in the Bay Area, Nick Mehta of Gainsight. Bring your questions—even the hard ones. Nick will rapid-fire answer as many of them as he can, starting with the ones upvoted in real time by attendees.
1:00 PMPulse Academy Competition, It's a Tradition
1:15 PMTraits of a Great CSMNot every CSM is created equally. What habits and traits are required to move from good to great? In this session, we will explore the key traits found in the most effective CS professionals and provide a tangible approach for becoming a "rock star" CSM.
2:00 PMCustomer Journey Mapping WorkshopA customer journey map is a key part of Customer Success strategy, and in this session, we’re diving deep into the methodology for doing it right. You’ll learn invaluable skills like how to define key personas, build out playbooks, understand success across the customer lifecycle, define key stages, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll have the tools you need to create meaningful journeys for your customers.
2:30 PMCustomer Health Score WorkshopThe process of designing and implmenting an effective customer health score requires a careful balancing act of identifying meaingful measures and threasholds while keeping it simple. We will give you some very practical guidance and share best practices. The fundamental goal of scorecards is to improve customer retention and expansion by having better line-of-sight into risks and growth opportunities.
3:15 PMTwo CSMs Walk into a StarbucksThis fun and interactive session will feature two principal-level Customer Success Managers having "coffee talk" about best and worst practices. Top audience-voted topics will be covered such as EBRs, Risk Management, Surveys, Comp Structures, etc., giving everyone practical takeaways.
4:00 PMFinal Thoughts and Session Wrap
Time Title Description
7:30 AMRegistration Open & Light Breakfast
8:30 AMPULSE ACADEMY KEYNOTE with Dan Steinman
9:15 AMCustomer Success: An Academic’s PerspectiveIn this short opening presentation, we will hear from Professor Bryan Hochstein, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Marketing & Sales, University of Alabama, about why the attention-getting topic of customer success compelled him to dedicate time to understand and research this exciting and rapidly evolving methodology.
9:30 AMElevating your EQ game, CSM-styleYou're an advanced CSM. You know how to drive adoption, ensure renewal, and forecast with the best of them. Ever wondered what's next or how you can improve? Emotional Quotient (EQ) is the answer. EQ is what separates average CSMs from the great ones. In this session, Nils Vinje, VP of Customer Success at Rainforest QA, will take you through elevating your EQ Game—CSM Style.
10:15 AMAdvanced Segmentation WorkshopYou already know about the basic pyramid touch model. But what are the best-practices strategies when you have a complex customer population? Do you segment on revenue-band, region, industry, product, strategic-logo, partners/channel, etc.? These questions and more will be discussed actively during this class workshop led by Eve Kedar, EdD, Gainsight's Sales Enablement Manager.
11:00 AMLessons in Financials for Customer SuccessYou understand your retention and churn numbers and how they are derived. But what does a CFO think about when looking at the same book of business as you? COGS vs SG&A and overall cost vs ARR, % of New ACV from Upsells & Expansions, CAC Ratio, CAC Payback Period, FCF Margins, Attainment analysis, Rule of 40...whew. This session, led by Igor Beckerman, Gainsight’s CFO, will serve as a primer to highlight the most important financial measures used by your execs and BoDs that go beyond basic CS metrics.
11:30 AMAsk-Me-Anything Session with Allison Pickens, Chief Customer Officer, GainsightThis is an incredible opportunity to engage openly and freely with CS thought leader Allison Pickens, Chief Customer Officer at Gainsight. Bring your questions—even the hard ones. Allison will rapid-fire answer as many of them as she can, starting with the ones upvoted in real time by attendees.
1:00 PMPulse Academy Competition #2
1:15 PMWhy Challenging Your Customers Can BackfireChallenging prospects is a proven way to get them to do something different. But what about when it’s time to convince your customers to renew with you or even get them to do something different or potentially expand? Join Tim Riesterer, co-author of “The Three Value Conversations” as he shares science-backed messaging research on how you can convince your customers to stick with you while simultaneously improving your relationships.
2:15 PMCustomer Success That ScalesWhat are the best ideas and methods for executing an effective and scalable Customer Success program as you get many more customers? How do you keep delivery consistent and costs in check? Is Customer Success a function in its own right, or a part of your product? What skills do you need as you grow? When do you use which channel? How do you measure business performance? These and other related topics will be covered in this lively session, led by Michael Grafham, Principal Program Manager, Customer Experience, Microsoft – come prepared for a discussion!
3:15 PMThe Future of CS: What happens to CS in a consumption or outcomes-based model?Customer Success luminary Dan Steinman shares his vision of the future state of the Movement. How will Customer Success naturally evolve over the next 3-5 years? How will changing business models impact Customer Success in a consumption or outcomes-based world?
4:00 PMFinal Thoughts and Session Wrap
Time Title Description
7:30 AMRegistration Open & Light Breakfast
8:30 AMPULSE ACADEMY KEYNOTE with Dan Steinman
9:15 AMAdvanced OutreachesWhile Gainsight's CoPilot does a fantastic job delivering customized, personal emails to your customers for specific conditions, you may want to do more. Advanced Outreaches expand upon this capability, allowing you to design multi-step outreaches that guide your customer through a responsive series of email interactions to reach an enhanced outcome. In this session we will review a common use case and teach you how to configure a full outreach.
10:00 AMScorecards 2.0Scorecards provide you with a way to easily track customer health, but what if you want multiple scorecards to map to different customer segments? Whether you're on Gainsight original scorecard technology and want to upgrade to Scorecards 2.0 OR are already using Scorecards 2.0, in this session we'll cover how to configure and manage both Account and Relationship scores as well as provide you with more than one scorecard! Come prepared for a hands-on workshop on common scorecard use cases.
11:00 AMSuccess Plans Enablement & Use CasesSo you've had an Executive Business Review and now you have a long list of next steps. How do you track them and work together with your customer to help them adopt your product? Success Plans are a key Gainsight feature, providing you with all you need to create Objectives and Tasks to achieve success. In this session, our Customer Success experts will demonstrate common examples to help get you up to speed on using this great feature. Additionally, our product experts will show you how to use new filters and other customizable features.
11:30 AMAsk-Me-Anything Session with Karl Rumelhart, Chief Product Offier, GainsightThis session will give you the opportunity to engage openly and freely with Gainsight's Chief Product Officer, Karl Rumelhart. Bring your questions—even the hard ones. Karl will rapid-fire answer as many as he can, starting with the ones upvoted in real time by attendees.
1:00 PMTimeline Enablement & Use CasesHow are you tracking day-to-day interactions with your customers? If you do track them, are you able to easily and centrally share them with the rest of your organization? In this session, we will review common Timeline use cases, demonstrate how Timeline is the place you want to record that information, and teach you how to customize Timeline event types for quick access to some of the most critical touch points along your customer's journey.
1:45 PMData Management (S3 Connector)Data is the fuel that powers Gainsight's ability to provide customer insights and help you drive customer adoption, retention, and expansion. But what if you have data you can't easily get into the Matrix Data Architecture (MDA)? In this session, we'll focus on Gainsight's S3 Connector. You'll learn how to use your S3 "bucket" to load data easily and efficiently through hands-on exercises and learn techniques to avoid common pitfalls.
2:30 PMTopic Specific WorkshopsAfter all training sessions are completed, participants will be invited to select two topics to work through in workshop format. Gainsight team members will be available for every subject area and will help learners work through exercises for each topic. A workbook will be provided covering all the day's topics, so participants can continue working on material after the workshop ends.
5:10 PMBonus Session:
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Academy Professors
Dan Steinman - Box
Dan Steinman GM EMEA Gainsight
Nils Vinje - Box
Nils Vinje VP of Customer Success Rainforest QA
Elaine Cleary - Box
Elaine Cleary Customer Success Director Gainsight
Ruben Rabago - Box
Ruben Rabago Chief Strategist Pulse CS Programs Gainsight
Tim Riesterer - Box
Tim Riesterer Chief Strategist & Research Officer Corporate Visions
David Derington - Box
David Derington Director of User Enablement Azuqua
Michael Grafham - Box
Michael Grafham Principal Program Manager Customer Experience Microsoft
Dr. Bryan Hochstein - Box
Dr. Bryan Hochstein Assistant Professor of Marketing & Sales University of Alabama
Lila Meyer - Box
Lila Meyer Director, Product Education & Community Gainsight
Igor Beckerman - Box
Igor Beckerman Chief Financial Officer Gainsight
Lisa Mirth - Box
Lisa Mirth Education Consultant Gainsight
Evan Luberda - Box
Evan Luberda Trainer Gainsight
Dillon Chambers - Box
Dillon Chambers Sr. Client Outcomes Manager Gainsight
Dr. Deva Rangarajan - Box
Dr. Deva Rangarajan Director, Center for Professional Selling Ball State University-Miller College of Business
Dr. Eve Kedar - Box
Dr. Eve Kedar Manager, Sales Enablement Gainsight
Josh Weber - Box
Josh Weber Client Outcomes Manager Gainsight
Kelly DeHart - Box
Kelly DeHart RVP, Customer Account Management Gainsight
Joe Blanco - Box
Joe Blanco Customer Success Development Gainsight
Lauren Kennedy - Box
Lauren Kennedy Client Outcomes Manager Gainsight
Nick Mehta - Box
Nick Mehta CEO Gainsight
Allison Pickens - Box
Allison Pickens Chief Customer Officer Gainsight
Karl Rumelhart - Box
Karl Rumelhart Chief Product Officer Gainsight

Online registration is now closed. Register on-site any day at the front entrance.


The First Customer Success Festival, Presented by Slack

Coachella. Bonnaroo. Lollapalooza. SuccessFest. If you're wondering how we step it up after last year's aircraft carrier party, SuccessFest is the answer. Food trucks, art cars, live music from the legendary 80s band Tainted Love, and an actual, full-size Ferris wheel. And there are plenty more surprises to come!

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    Katie Kortnie

    Phenomenal week at #PulseConf2017 connecting & learning from some of the best #CustomerSuccess.

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    Eitan Saban

    Thank you @akennada @nrmehta and team @GainsightHQ for such insightful, empowering & epic #PulseConf2017 see you all next year #gratitude