Learning & Development Executive Summit Spring 2020

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville - Riverfront, Jacksonville, FL
March 29, 2020 - March 31, 2020

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Learning & Development Executive Summit

Modernizing L&D to Engage the Workforce and Improve Culture in The Age of Digital Transformation

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.

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Current as of February 21, 2020


Molly Nagler, Chief Learning Officer, PepsiCo

Elizabeth Bruno, Chief Learning Officer, Baptist Health

Sean Champion, Head of Academy, North America, Cognizant

Kazem Moghtader, VP of People & Culture, Conifer Health Solutions

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain

Mike Berendt, Head of Talent Engagement & Compliance, Wayfair

Nancy Stefanick, Director, Regional Learning & Development, Americas, Stryker

Dr. Michael Grojean, Director of Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee

Ken Smith, Senior Director, Safety, Training & Development, Canon Business Process Services

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient

Tony Stramanino, Director, Learning & Leadership Development, ADT

Stuart Finn, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Success, OpenSesame

Dan Bixby, Director, Training & Development, Optum

Stacey Richter-Levy, Director of Learning, Publicis Groupe

Doug Robertson, Director, Business Development, Practica Learning


Registration & Welcome Brunch


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks:


Leveraging Technology to Modernize L&D Ecosystems and Support True Innovation 


Opening Keynote Presentation


Modernizing L&D Ecosystems to Enhance Career Experiences and Rapidly Adapt L&D Delivery


To achieve a continuous learning culture and position L&D leaders as drivers of change, it is critical to modernize learning experiences and learning models that deliver forward-thinking digital learning opportunities. Join this session to hear how L&D leaders are:

  • Helping learners focus on developing skills that enhance overall career experiences
  • Re-building learning modalities to become digital, engaging, and available in the flow of work
  • Leveraging technology to create new delivery methods and new opportunities to learn

Keynote Presentation


How Building a Coaching Culture Can Help Your Organization “Win” the New Leadership “Game”


Are leaders in your organization playing the “new game” of leadership by the “old rules,” leaving everyone involved feeling like something is missing? This interactive session will help you discover the “new rules” of leadership, and show you how instilling a coaching culture can help your organization “win” at creating engagement, keeping younger workers, and motivating people to have real conversations in real time, to make real change happen.


Sponsored by



Presented by

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient


One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion


Leveraging People Analytics to Fuel Development and Provide ROI


L&D leaders are leveraging data and analytics to gather real-time and post-training data analysis to adapt training programs more rapidly and effectively.The ability to deploy people analytics to shape strategy, advocate data-driven decisions, and achieve the outcomes the business desires is critical for today’s learning organizations. Join this interactive panel discussion to hear how leaders are:

  • Utilizing data and analytics to identify and expand successful programs
  • Shining light on costly initiatives to improve ROI
  • Highlighting successful learning outcomes

One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break | Afternoon Refreshments


Keynote Presentation


2020 Learning Technologies: What’s Hot and What’s Not


If you think there’s too much noise out there, and not enough hard fact, you’re not alone. To uncover what’s really happening in learning technology, use the results of the seventh annual Learning & Development Global Sentiment Survey to help you plan your L&D strategies for 2020 and beyond. Join us in this informative session as we’ll learn about:

  • What everyone’s talking about – and what actually matters
  • Which technologies are over-hyped, and which are set to stay
  • How learning and development trends varies by geography


Sponsored by



Presented by

Stuart Finn, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Success, OpenSesame


Keynote Presentation


Proving ROI and Creating Immersive Experiences through Virtual Reality


Expanded use of virtual reality training is growing beyond high-risk occupations within healthcare, construction, energy and many other industries. Today, popular restaurants, retailers and financial services companies are tapping into new technology to better train employees on soft skills, customer training, and more. Join this session to hear how VR continues to expand and demonstrate ROI in a multitude of industries. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How L&D leaders received buy-in to execute VR programs
  • Case-study examples of ROI after implementation
  • How L&D leaders expanded use of such technology

One-on-One Meetings| Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion


Navigating Change Management: How to Ensure Technology Initiatives & Strategy Stay the Course During Organizational Change


Learning and development cannot stop when organizational change takes place – including executive-level change, acquisitions, and more. It’s up to L&D leaders to continue delivery while ensuring that time, resources, and budget are not wasted due to perceived and real changes in organizational priorities. It’s important for L&D leaders to identify internal and external change management partners to ensure that effective learning delivery continues. Join this session to hear:

  • Best practices for navigating change management from the top-down
  • Real challenges and lessons learned
  • How L&D leaders leveraged tools, strategy, and technology to continue evolving learning delivery during times of change
  • Ways to create and allow for self-directed learning initiatives that aren’t confined to isolated activities

Networking Cocktail Reception & Hors d’oeuvres


Breakfast, Books, & Banter


Join us for this special activity where you’ll share a book from your personal library, build connections in a collective and meaningful way, and continue your learning journey beyond the Summit, as you take home a personalized recommendation from one of your peers.


Networking Breakfast


Sponsored by

Blue Ocean Brain


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks:


Engaging the Workforce through New Modalities that Drive Continuous and Personalized Learning


Keynote Presentation


Experiential Learning: Creating Impactful Real-Time, In-the-Moment, Workflow Learning Programs


Learning competes with several distractions that are “only a click away”; and modern learners want to play an active role in establishing their learning curriculum.L&D leaders also recognize the importance of leveraging new L&D opportunities to support employees at-the-moment of need – within the flow of work – that inspires and motivates performance while also achieving business objectives. Join this session to hear more about:

  • Real-world examples of experiential learning
  • How technology is creating new modalities for delivery
  • Performance and engagement benefits through experiential learning

Keynote Presentation


The Google Bump and The Knowledge Pie: Smart Strategies for Building a High-Performance Culture of Learning in 2020


As we spiral through the fourth-industrial revolution, the world of work has never been more ready for a massive step forward in how learning is created and delivered to employees. Join this fast-paced session to get a future-focused look at how L&D leaders are:

  • Providing learning moments for their people 365 days a year
  • Changing when, where and why employees embrace learning – even when things are really busy
  • Creating a new vision for what success looks like and measuring their results


Sponsored by

Blue Ocean Brain


Presented by

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain


Interactive Workshops

Adaptive learning programs remain vital within the big picture of corporate training, because one size does not fit all.


Today’s employee demands flexible modalities and adaptive learning that analyzes a learner’s performance in real time and modifies teaching methods based on real data. Join this session to hear more about how L&D leaders are utilizing adaptive learning to:

  • Realize the full potential of blended learning initiatives
  • Increase engagement through behavior-based training
  • Enable personalized learning at scale
  • Create individualized learning paths to help regulate the training and meet the needs of the learners.

While the delivery of soft skills training continues to evolve via video simulations, virtual reality, blended learning modalities, and more – the impact of soft skills training remains much of the same. Benefits of advanced soft-skills training continue to include self-motivation, future leader identification, and increased employee engagement. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Reinventing soft skills training for a multi-generational, multi-faceted workforce
  • Leveraging technology to enhance soft-skills and communications training
  • Demonstrating ROI
  • Understanding how people think and compute information in order to effectively personalize communication

One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break | Morning Refreshments


Interactive Panel Discussion


Reskilling in 2020: Leveraging Digital Technologies to Offer Increased Flexibility, Personalization and Learning on the Go


The digital transformation of learning has augmented the ability of organizations to evolve by providing just-in-time training solutions. Learning is becoming more measurable, developable, and goal-oriented. Simultaneously, changes to work paradigms are making work more virtual, spontaneous and hyper-connected. In this interactive panel we will discuss the steps necessary to improve digital learning initiatives, such as:

  • Implementing mobile learning for more convenient learning engagement
  • Developing gamification programs to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life situations
  • Initiating a hybrid learning program to allow participants to access learning in a variety of formats

Kazem Moghtader, VP, People & Culture, Conifer Health Solutions


Keynote Presentation


The Chief Learning Officer’s Role in Building an Agile Organization


Organizational agility is widely thought to be a significant competitive advantage for business.  The concept itself seems to consist of three aspects revolving around Insight – Dexterity – Resolve.  The learning and development function plays a vital role in preparing key leaders and stakeholders for their roles in the Agile Organization.  In this session, we will discuss:

  • Which leadership characteristics are best suited for leading an agile organization
  • How to identify key roles crucial to gaining the Insight necessary to be both proactive and responsive to a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) environment
  • Within these roles, how to develop strategic thinking capabilities which previously were the predominant domain of the executive suite
  • How to empower and develop leaders at all levels to build and reinforce an agile culture necessary to mitigate the fatigue and cynicism which may accompany frequent change


Sponsored by

Haslam College of Business


Presented by

Dr. Michael Grojean, Director of Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee


Networking Luncheon


Interactive Panel Discussion


Changing Mindsets: An Open Discussion about the Fear of Digital Adoption in Learning


L&D technology is creating more dynamic learning opportunities than ever before and employees are looking for experiences that not only transform how they learn, but also align with their personal values. HR leaders need to embrace new trends in L&D to ensure that their strategy will create win-wins for the organization and the people in it. However, with growing multi-generational teams, remote teams, and other barriers in delivering a consistent message, L&D leaders are faced with hesitation, resistance and more from employees. Join this session to discuss problems and solutions to the following questions:

  • Why are employees resisting the change?
  • Does your organization have top-down buy in and support?
  • What barriers stand in the way of implementing modern learning methodologies?

Interactive Workshops

Utilizing remote employees is a growing trend in multiple different industries, and contains numerous advantages. However, if not implemented properly there can be many drawbacks and lost working hours. Join this session to discuss some of the challenges and benefits to this growing trend, and hear how Fortune 1000 companies are:

  • Keeping remote workers engaged, invested in personal growth, and showing performance improvements
  • Leveraging technology to deliver personalized learning to remote workers
  • Benefitting from expanding remote opportunities

L&D leaders are inspiring performance growth, increasing engagement, and productivity through customized coaching and mentoring programs that are both in-person, in-the-moment, and virtual. Learn how blended coaching and mentoring models are providing:

  • Opportunities for personal growth for all employees
  • Real evidence of reduced turnover and attrition
  • Another touchpoint to improve soft skills, communication, as well as technical skills

One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break | Afternoon Refreshments


Keynote Presentation


Innovating L&D Models through Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Performance


AI-powered technologies are making their way into your employees’ lives as the adoption of personal assistants like Alexa and Siri continue to grow. People are using AI and becoming familiar with its capabilities, including making even the simplest tasks, simpler. A question many learning executive are asking is: How can AI and machine learning do the same for L&D? Join this enlightening session as we look to answer this critical question andexplore 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

One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break


Keynote Presentation


Leveraging Emotional Intelligence, Inclusive Cultures, and Change & Innovation to Develop Leaders for the Future


Digital learning is expanding delivery opportunities for leaders of all levels. From customized assessments, targeted learning programs, and one-on-one virtual coaching and mentoring initiatives, leadership development continues to evolve with the help of new technology and rapid delivery. Joint his session to discuss current wins and potential evolutions of leadership development training. Topics include:

  • Best practices from high-impact programs
  • Real-world examples of soft skills, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence training that is sparking agility and creativity
  • How EI is improving communication and collaboration in the real world

Networking Cocktail Reception  & Hors d’oeuvres


Breakfast Roundtables:


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


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks:


Leveraging Technology to Fuel Culture Change


Keynote Presentation


L&D’s Role in Fueling Culture Change Across the Enterprise


From the frontlines to the boardroom, culture should be developed, understood and utilized as a foundation for all employees to draw from for inspiration and motivation to do a better job. To properly develop an effective organizational culture and utilize it to inspire and motivate the workforce, it’s important to begin the evaluation with two critical questions: What are your organization’s core values; and, can your workforce identify and accurately explain what your company culture actually is? At the end of the day, Enterprise leaders want a global workforce that strives to enhance operations, cut back on waste, and achieve transformation. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The building blocks of creating a new organizational culture
  • How to create buy-in from the top
  • Ways to develop key initiatives that uncover your employees’ identity
  • The steps necessary to identify opportunities for making a culture shift

Interactive Panel Discussion


The Future is  –  Robotic, Automated, Unknown


Together, let’s deep dive into the unknown –the future of technology and it’s role within corporate learning and development. What’s next and what barriers or challenges may be in the way of successful implementation? What successes may be within reach? How can L&D leaders become comfortable with being uncomfortable as technology continues to evolve? Join this closing interactive panel discussion to break open new questions and share your forecast for the future.


End of Summit | Champagne Toast | Thank You!

10:45am - 2:00pm

Post-Event Tour: Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour 


Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour: We will be able to see the magic that happens after you click buy. Join this exclusively developed tour that showcases the Amazon Robotics utilized in approximately 14 sites across the U.S. – just two located in FL. Learn about how Amazon employees are:

  • Working side-by-side with robotic technology
  • Experiencing job training that can lead to a rewarding tech job without the need for a college degree
  • Receiving opportunities to continue higher education
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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.

  • 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 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 233 or email info@opalgroup.net.

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