Learning & Development Executive Summit 2019

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, Orlando, FL
February 3, 2019 - February 5, 2019

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Welcome to Opal’s Learning & Development Executive Summit

Engage. Cultivate. Elevate.
Transforming the Employee Experience

The Learning & Development Executive Summit is a gathering of C-Suite Executives and Senior Decision Makers from Fortune 1000 and leading enterprise organizations. Our intimate, invitation-only event creates new business relationships and opportunities to benchmark with true peers while focusing on key business challenges.

Our summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience featuring unparalleled speaking sessions, on and off-site networking opportunities, and customized face-to-face business meetings.

We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for Chief Learning Officers, Chief Talent Officers and other top executives in learning, development and talent management.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Cherlene Willis at (212) 532-9898 ext 230 or email info@opalgroup.net.

Current as of August 17, 2018


Welcome Brunch | Meet & Greet Scavenger Hunt | Event Registration


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks | L&D’s Impact on Employee Experience


Opening Keynote Presentation


Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning: Reinventing L&D Models to Fuel Purpose and Enrich the Employee Experience


Learning leaders are expanding L&D initiatives to not only create fresh, new ways to train and develop a global workforce, but they must leverage L&D to enhance the overall employee experience and deliver results. Today’s workforce is demanding purpose, vision and personal development. CLOs have the opportunity to develop employee capabilities and drive performance while engaging and reinforcing a culture of continuous learning.


Topics to be discussed in our keynote session include:

  • Creating a high-performance culture
  • Incorporating learning in the end-to-end employee experience
  • Scaling effective L&D programs globally
  • Leveraging technology to increase engagement
  • Developing personalized experiences

Interactive Panel Discussion


The Rise in Next-Gen Learning: Integrating Mobile, Social and Microlearning Strategies to Keep Employees and Organizations Competitive


Developing the workforce of the future requires a multi-faceted proactive approach fueled by innovation and desired results. Learning leaders must leverage new technologies and reinvent learning paths for employees of all levels to ensure knowledge is retained, future leaders are developed, and employees are prepared for rapid career and organizational changes.


This session will highlight how leading organizations have successfully implemented segmented and global programs while discussing the challenges and victories encountered along the way. Attend this session to hear how:


  • Consumer-like technologies are achieving learning objectives that align with organizational goals, including reskilling for future needs and identifying leaders at all levels
  • Levels of engagement, satisfaction and experience differ according to channel
  • Learning leaders integrated new tools into the existing L&D landscape
  • L&D innovation is supported throughout the organization

Interactive Workshops


Enterprise organizations need to remain competitive by ensuring leaders at all levels are skilled and prepared for future business needs. Traditional instructor led models are transforming into customized, blended learning programs to create “ready now” leaders.


Join this workshop to discuss the barriers encountered when developing a leadership pipeline and how new blended learning programs can help organizations achieve results.


Topics to be discussed include:

  • Embedding learning into work environments
  • Creating personalized learning paths that increase skill-building
  • Developing self-directed learning programs to develop leaders

The average person has seven social media accounts, according to market research. Today, people check their emails and social media accounts by the hour, not the day. By implementing social into the L&D ecosystem, the learning function will unlock greater opportunities for user-generated content, trigger collaboration and allow for “in the moment” learning opportunities.


Join this workshop to discuss obstacles during implementation and integration, as well as how to overcome these challenges to deliver a stronger employee experience.


In this session we will discuss how to:

  • Enhance real-time interactivity
  • Develop an informal and beneficial learning experience
  • Increase engagement through social platforms

Culinary Creations: Build Your Own Snack | Change Attire for Tour


Living Laboratory: Business Behind the Magic Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort


During this behind-the-scenes private tour of the Walt Disney World Resort, attendees will visit multiple locations and learn first-hand how Disney business insights and time-tested methodologies are operationalized to deliver a greater customer experience.


This 4-hour tour features concepts and illustrations from the professional development courses offered by Disney Institute and shows how they come to life each day at the Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members and guests.



End of Day One | After-Hours Networking


Networking Breakfast


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks | How L&D Leaders are Driving Business Forward


Opening Panel Discussion


Transforming Onboarding: How L&D is Improving the Onboarding Experience to Enhance Employee Development, Performance and Retention


Learning, whether it be about the company, job duties, performance expectations and more, no longer begins on day one of a new job. Today, potential employees want to learn as much as possible about potential employers before onboarding even begins. However, how can learning leaders ensure new employees fully understand what they’re walking into and if it’s the right fit for them and the organization? Join this interactive discussion to discover how leading organizations are addressing key onboarding issues through a learning lens. Join us to experience:


Royal Caribbean Cruises global initiative, “Embark – preparing for work and life at sea and beyond” is designed to onboard more than 15,000 new crew members each year and upskill another 45,000 crew members preparing for their next role. Hear how Dr. Mark Boccia is transforming the traditionally undocumented and tribal learning practices employed in the cruise industry and quickly elevating the learning experiences to better prepare a low-skilled workforce representing more than 170 countries and cultures.


Mark Boccia, Global Head of Learning & Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises


Breakout Sessions

What is your organization doing to grow and develop a diverse workforce? Diversity programs and initiatives are becoming an integral part in building the workforce of the future. Join Lisa Toppin, Chief Diversity Officer and VP of Talent Management, to learn how LPL Financial is creating informal mentoring programs to help develop female and minority leaders.


Topics to be discussed include:

  • How to leverage established L&D systems to identify potential employees for leadership positions


How to uncover and understand informal systems that may be preventing advancement of minority and female employees

Presented by

Lisa Toppin, Chief Diversity Officer & VP of Talent Management, LPL Financial

In this session, we will explore how premium education benefits are making headlines and becoming a key component in the overall employee experience. More importantly, let’s discuss execution strategies and results!


Topics to be discussed include:

  • How to develop best-in-class strategies for implementing new programs
  • Challenges encountered throughout real-world programs
  • How programs improve brand awareness, engagement and retention


Questions surrounding ROI


Culinary Creations: Build Your Own Snack | Networking Break


Interactive Workshops

L&D leaders are being forced to rethink and reinvent best practices to engage an increasingly diverse global workforce that now spans multiple generations.


From Millennials to Traditionalists, leading organizations are rolling out innovative programs that deliver personalized learning experiences. Join this session to discuss:


  • Best practices for reinventing traditional learning strategies to compliment growing diversity
  • Proactively planning for future L&D needs to accommodate a new wave of learners
  • How to increase overall engagement through personalized learning experiences

Learning leaders need to shift from creating eLearning courses to creating a learning experience.


In this session, you will discuss what the future of learning experience design looks like. What do you believe the future workforce will expect and how will experiences be delivered?


Topics to be discussed include:

  • Re-skilling a global workforce through interactive video
  • Developing a strategic approach to integrating video into workforce training


Creating an on-demand video library that is cost-effective


Cutting-Edge: AI, AR, VR, Machine Learning – Uncovering the Digital Tools of Tomorrow’s eLearning Ecosystem


How will the learning leaders of today deliver innovating learning experiences through emerging technologies? Join this session to hear from next-gen solution providers and receive a sneak peek into tomorrow’s delivery methods and learning modalities, today!



Interactive Workshops

Growing skills and talent shortages are forcing organizations to invest in employee development to motivate and inspire workers to become better employees. Traditional approaches are no longer unlocking employees’ full potential.


Join this session to hear how innovative professional coaching is improving performance and helping employees thrive in evolving environments.


  • Building a self-confident workforce that performs under pressure while meeting organizational demands
  • Integrating “in the moment” coaching opportunities when employees face new challenges


Developing new creative processes that enhance decision-making skills

AI-powered technologies are making their way into your employees’ lives as the adoption of personal assistants like Alexa or Siri continue to grow. People are using AI and becoming familiar with its capabilities, including making even the simplest tasks, simpler. How can AI and machine learning do the same for L&D?


In this interactive session learn more about unlocking the potential of AI in corporate training. You will explore how AI technologies are:

  • Delivering training in the flow of work by providing real-time support and guidance
  • Improving employee productivity


Enhancing employee user experience


Networking Luncheon | Dessert Competition




Executive-led interactive challenge-based roundtable discussions. Please select one session.

A. Building an Early-Identification Model to Uncover Learning Agility, Skills and Competencies that Meet the Demands of Future Business Needs

Led by

Roland Silverio, CHRO (Ret.) & Executive Coach, Jabil, Inc.

B. Transformational Coaching: How to Build Resiliency and Promote Employee Growth to Increase Performance

Led by

Jay Morris, VP of Education, Yale New Haven Health

C. Developing Women Leaders: Best Practices for Improving Representation and Support while Decreasing Talent Loss

D. Corporate Mindfulness: The Impact on Employee Experience and Satisfaction

E. Virtual Training: Designing L&D Programs to Upskill a Global Workforce

F. The Future LMS: How to Improve Employee Experience by Starting Over

G. Increasing Collaboration and Integration Between L&D and Diversity Leaders to Yield Results  


One-on-One Meetings


One-on-One Meetings


Culinary Creations: Build Your Own Snack | Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion


Developing Future Leaders Internally: How to Create Engaging, Interactive and Inspiring Leadership Development Programs Catered to Individual Learners at All Levels


From frontline leaders to top executives and all levels in between, enterprise organizations are investing in effective leadership programs that deliver forward-thinking employees who are embracing continuous learning and professional development. Join us to experience:


A behind-the scenes look at Berry Global’ s multi-tiered Executive Development Program, which develops all leadership levels within 19 countries. Hear how Tracey York, VP of Global Talent Management, created customized programs which feature real-time problem solving and a la carte style training based on critical, timely needs, to better identify what makes an effective leader at Berry Global.


Tracey York, VP of Global Talent Management, Berry Global


Keynote Session


Augmented and Virtual Reality: A Transformative New Approach to Improving Retention and Recall


Augmented and virtual reality training is providing L&D professionals with a new tool that potentially addresses all learning styles – visual, aural, verbal and physical – and provides a process that helps simplify complex, real-world situations within a controlled environment.


In this session, we will explore the growing opportunities in VR training and discuss key questions including:


  • How VR/AR training tools are allowing for real-time interactivity
  • How VR/AR is evolving experiential learning

How employee performance is enhanced through new capabilities


Refresh & Recharge | Tips to Keep Your Focus | Presented by The Four Seasons Resort Orlando


One-on-One Business Meetings


Evening Keynote


Lessons Learned: Pushing Past Adversity, Moving with Change, and Rising in Reinvention


Mixology 101: Library of Libations | Networking Cocktail Reception


End of Day Two | After Hours Networking at Disney Springs


One-on-One Business Meetings


Breakfast, Books, and Banter


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks | Preparing the Future Workforce through L&D


Opening Keynote


Transformation at the Speed of Business: Building the Future Workforce by Creating Continuous, Personalized, Quality Learning Experiences


Leading organizations are empowering employees to drive rapid innovation, growth and change. CLOs need to create a culture of learning, collaboration and advancement to arm employees with the skills and competencies needed to evolve the business. Learning leaders now need to become champions of change who are and leveraging new corporate learning opportunities to support employees at the moment of need, within the flow of work, that both inspire and motivate performance while achieving business objectives. Topics to be discussed include:


  • Redesigning personalized learning to drive performance
  • Integrating initiatives and models that achieve business objectives
  • Leveraging real-world opportunities to support and guide employees with real-time learning
  • Investing in L&D strategies, models and tools to support the workforce of tomorrow
  • Measuring ROI and understanding the true impact of L&D results

Microlearning: The Benefits of Bite-Sized Learning at the Moment of Need


Today’s global workforce requires meaningful learning experiences that are produced at the moment of need and in a manner that enhances employee performance without disrupting workflow.


Additionally, employees want to apply information gathered through microlearning formats immediately on the job. Join this session to learn more about how to build an effective strategy that integrates with current platforms. Questions to be discussed include:


  • How to strategically integrate microlearning into existing models
  • How to determine information and knowledge best delivered by this format
  • How to tie microlearning to overall improvements in employee performance



One-on-One Business Meetings | Refreshments & Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion


The Future of Learning: What’s Next . . . How Do We Get There?


Learning leaders will discuss predictions and leave us with action items, questions and answers as the event comes to a close.


End of Summit | Champagne Toast

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836

More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

One of the biggest challenges that companies face is standing out from the crowd. Your company has the perfect solution to your customer’s problem but how do you grab their attention?

The Learning & Development Executive Summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience for cutting-edge solution providers to engage, interact, and build relationships with pre-qualified C-Suite Executives and Senior Decision Makers from Fortune 1000 and leading enterprise organizations who are actively looking for new business partners.

Solution providers are developing new business relationships through unparalleled speaking sessions, bespoke networking events, and custom face-to-face business meetings.

Are you ready to stand out?
Contact Cherlene Willis at (212) 532-9898 ext. 230
  • Creating new L&D models for an evolving global workforce
  • Identifying key organizational capabilities to drive growth and innovation
  • Identifying and developing future leaders internally
  • Leveraging L&D to improve onboarding, retention and performance
  • Reinventing continuous learning strategies to engage Millennials
  • Aligning L&D strategies with business objectives
  • Leveraging learning measurement and analytics
  • Integrating informal learning approaches
  • Designing programs for a multigenerational workforce
  • Utilizing technology tools to develop skills for future business needs
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password-protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities:
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates an off-site networking activity, networking luncheons and cocktail reception. Leverage the meeting’s intimate atmosphere to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

The Leadership & Development Executive Summit is an invitation-only, exclusive event for 50 heads of learning, development, leadership development, talent management and organizational effectiveness from Fortune 1000 and leading enterprise organizations.


Chief Learning Officers (CLOs)
Chief Talent Officers (CTOs)
SVP/VP/Head of Learning & Development
SVP/VP/Head of Talent Management
SVP/VP/Head of Leadership Development
SVP/VP/Head of Human Resources


To request your invitation today, please contact Katherine Ilagan at 212-532-9898 ext 230 or email info@opalgroup.net.

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