Learning & Development Executive Summit Fall 2019

The Statler Dallas, Dallas, TX
November 3, 2019 - November 5, 2019

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Fall 2019 Learning & Development Executive Summit

The Learning & Development Executive Summit Fall 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 November 1, 2019

Speakers

Kari McClure, Dr. of Learning Experience and Global Engagement, American Airlines

Donna Didomenico, AVP Learning, Development & Performance, Amtrak

Kristen Ireland, Head of Global Risk L&D, Head of Global Risk Development Programs, and Head of Engagement and Communications for Risk, Citi

Deb Betsch, VP Learning & Leadership, Goodwill Industries International

Adrian Voorkamp, Director, Learning Deployment - Americas, Johnson Controls

Cathy Ellwood, Head of Talent Management, Organization Development & Training, Schnuck Markets Inc.

Shawn Dingle, Senior Training Director, Sonic Automotive

Chad Pfeifer, Vice President, Talent Development, Trilogy Health Services

Ken Hubbell, Senior Vice President, Instructional Design Strategy & Innovation, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Lee Barnes, Head of Learning & Development, American Heart Association

Douglas Downs, Head of Talent Management & Professional Dev, Fluor

Lisa Dunn, Head of Global PL Learning & Development, Siemens Healthineers

Scott Hammerl, Dir. of L&D, Center of Excellence Data & Analytics, Hilton Hotels Worldwide

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

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain

Ann Ratcliff, Vice President, North America Client Success, Fuel50

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

David Roberts, President, UNC Executive Development

Larry Durham, Managing Partner, St. Charles Consulting Group

Matt Confer, VP, Strategy & Business Development, Abilitie

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient

Grant Hansen, Regional Director, eCornell Corporate Programs, Cornell University

Rachel Bourque, Director of Business Development, Pearson

Brian Steinberg, Director, Leadership Development, Kemper

Melissa Milani, Director, Learning & Development, Parexel International

Rahul Singh, Senior General Manager, Harbinger Interactive Learning

Kelly Kennedy, Business Development Executive, Blue Ocean Brain

11:00AM

Registration & Welcome Lunch

11:45AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks: The Future of Work: How L&D Leaders are Leading Transformation

Presented by

TBA

11:50AM

Opening Keynote Presentation

 

Learn2Unlearn: The Future Belongs to Those Who Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

 

Business as usual won’t get us to where we want to go! With a rapidly changing learning landscape, we’ll explore how learning architects can optimize the learning experience to help modern learners learn, unlearn and relearn. Join Jennifer Barnes, Director of Learning & Development at The American Heart Association (AHA), in a discussion that explores the concept and practical application of learning to unlearn by tackling the following questions:

  • How can we recognize which mental models are no longer effective?
  • How can we find or create new models that can better achieve goals?
  • When should we adopt new mental habits?
  • How is Heart U – AHA’s Corporate University – putting this concept into practice?

 

Presented by

Jennifer Lee Barnes, Head of Learning & Development, American Heart Association

12:20PM

Keynote Presentation

 

Measuring Learning for Business Impact

 

Many of us are working to define the “future of work” and what it means in terms of the necessary skills, knowledge, and behaviors our leaders must possess to be successful and lead our organizations into the future. Talent strategies have never been more important to build the required capabilities for the company’s success. For decades, organizations have tried to demonstrate a measurable return on investment for leadership and development. In fact, the need to demonstrate ROI perhaps has been amplified in today’s world of data-driven decisions…but are we chasing the “correct” measure?

 

In this interactive session, we will challenge the concepts of measuring ROI and ROL. We’ll offer a framework for reviewing your own decisions, and explore in more detail which leading indicators demonstrate the development of a learning culture. These are, perhaps, the true measures of L&D success.

 

Sponsored by

UNC Executive Development

 

Presented by

David Roberts, President, UNC Executive Development

12:55PM

Networking Break | One-on-One Meetings

2:00PM

Interactive Panel Discussion

 

L&D’s Impact on Defining, Rebuilding and Transforming Organizational Culture

 

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.

 

Join our panelists in this thought-provoking session as we discuss:

 

  • 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
Moderator

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient

Panelists

Deb Betsch, VP Learning & Leadership, Goodwill Industries International

Chad Pfeifer, Vice President, Talent Development, Trilogy Health Services

Douglas Downs, Head of Talent Management & Professional Dev, Fluor

Lisa Dunn, Head of Global PL Learning & Development, Siemens Healthineers

2:45PM

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

3:20PM

One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break

3:55PM

Keynote Presentation

 

Breaking Open the Learning Ecosystem

 

Learning has a massive role to play in today’s fast-paced world of work. Our people are learning every day, on the fly. As we head into 2020, it’s time to rethink how learning happens, how to make things stick, and how to use microlearning to build high-performance cultures of inclusion. In this session, we will grab hold of the science of what motivates us to learn and roll out tons of actionable ideas to help you inject high-impact learning across your organization.

 

Key areas of focus include:

  • Lessons learned from the Knowledge Pie
  • How to break the learning ecosystem wide open
  • Content that inspires
  • How the brain learns best
  • Reaching the “hard to reach” learner
  • Planning for massive learning in 2020

 

Sponsored by

Blue Ocean Brain

 

Presented by

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain

4:30PM

Keynote Presentation

 

Cultivating Talent and Growth through Focused Strategic Talent Reviews

 

Talent leaders must invest in all employees – from frontline workers to high potential individuals – in order to create a success robust bench of talent to achieve the business needs of today and tomorrow. Learn more about how Talent and Learning Leaders with Schnuck Markets have developed learning opportunities and specialized, targeted growth for more than 15,000 employees over the past 2 and a half years.

 

Join this session to hear how leaders successfully:

 

  • Developed a balanced approach with strategic talent reviews at the core, while encouraging real-time coaching within its culture
  • Increased levels of teammate engagement
  • Created an active and current strategic succession plan
Presented by

Cathy Ellwood, Head of Talent Management, Organization Development & Training, Schnuck Markets Inc.

5:00PM

One-on-One Meetings | Networking Break

6:00PM

Keynote Presentation

 

Re-imagining the Career Experience for 2020 World

 

Ann will present research on how organizations can transform the employee career pathing experience to ensure they have the people to meet the skills for a future-ready workforce. Hear about the transformations that are being achieved in some of the world’s leading global businesses.

 

Sponsored by

Fuel50

 

Presented by

Ann Ratcliff, Vice President, North America Client Success, Fuel50

6:30PM

Welcome Reception & Hors d’oeuvres

 

Sponsored by

Haslam College of Business

 

6:30PM

Networking Cocktail Reception

8:00AM

Networking Breakfast

 

Sponsored by

Blue Ocean Brain

 

8:30AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

 

Igniting Change: How the Modern eLearning Ecosystem is Transforming to Power Learners, Enhance Employee Experience, and Deliver Results

Presented by

Kelly Kennedy, Business Development Executive, Blue Ocean Brain

8:35AM

Keynote Session

 

Evolving from a Culture of ‘No’: How Learning Leaders are Developing a Results Oriented Global Workforce from the Top Down

 

 

Learning leaders are undergoing a massive transformation to encourage all employees – the board to frontline employees – to take ownership of a new culture that promotes a customer-first mentality. Additionally, to take on such an initiative, not only requires rethinking how service is delivered, but how employees can grow and develop to achieve business goals while becoming invested in business results. Join this session to hear how learning leaders:

 

  • Started with getting the board on board with transforming culture
  • Put a plan on the page that would enhance relationships and help employees feel invested
  • Invested in eLearning initiatives that greatly benefited employees through blended and interactive learning

 

Presented by

Donna Didomenico, AVP Learning, Development & Performance, Amtrak

9:05AM

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

9:40AM

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

Cylient

 

Presented by

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient

10:10AM

Networking Break | One-on-One Meetings

11:15AM

Interactive Panel Discussion

 

The Future of Work: Utilizing L&D to Re-Skill Your Entire Organization and Satisfy Future Needs

 

Every organization is in the middle of a talent war as they try to prepare their workforce of the future. The importance of L&D in the next few years is growing very rapidly due to the strong economy, the turnover of generations in the workforce, and a more fluid approach to work and talent. All of these factors mean that it’s hard to recruit people and hard to hold onto them, and that’s why investing in L&D can be so advantageous for every department in the organization. It’s critical for companies to utilize L&D throughout the organization, because it allows you to reskill and upskill the talent you already have.

 

In this panel discussion we’ll talk about the future of work and how L&D can become a true business partner by:

 

  • Transitioning workers into new roles with training and upskilling, in order to save on recruiting costs
  • Defining a vision for the L&D function and how it will support all of the separate departments in the business
  • Aligning L&D to the business strategy to effectively enable organizational goals
  • Connecting with key department stakeholders to incorporate their feedback into the L&D strategy
  • Creating an L&D road map of recommended training programs that will support the business in achieving its goals and priorities

 

Moderator

Grant Hansen, Regional Director of Corporate Programs, eCornell

Panelists

David Hare, Dir. Enterprise Learning & Development, GE Appliances

Scott Hammerl, Dir. of L&D, Center of Excellence Data & Analytics, Hilton Hotels Worldwide

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

Rahul Singh, Senior General Manager, Harbinger Interactive Learning

12:00PM

Keynote Presentation

 

The Future Of Learning Is Experiential: Tomorrow’s Leaders Demand More Than PowerPoint

 

Traditional leadership training is falling short in providing an environment in which people can truly change behaviors. Too often, participants leave training programs with no insight into their leadership style, their strengths and weaknesses, or concrete ways to apply what they have learned in their daily lives.

 

Experiential learning succeeds where lectures and discussions struggle—in changing patterns of behavior. For example, managers who are non-confrontational can be immersed in a situation that requires them to practice assertiveness.

 

Feedback and reflection on key experiences and moments—and the ability to try again —can lead to true improvements in behavior. At its core that is the power of experiential learning.

 

In this session we will discuss:

  • Identifying the factors that are leading participants to expect more immersive learning environments
  • Examples of different ways to leverage experiential learning ranging from on-boarding, new manager training, all the way to senior executive development
  • How to leverage virtual experiential learning when presented with blended learning opportunities that do not involve face to face interactions

Sponsored by

Abilitie

 

Presented by

Matt Confer, VP, Strategy & Business Development, Abilitie

12:30PM

Networking Luncheon

1:30PM

Interactive Panel Discussion

 

Looking at Change: Embracing New Technology Trends in Learning & Development

 

 

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.

 

Join our panelists in this interactive session to hear about new trends in L&D, such as:

 

  • Utilizing AI & chatbots to perform skills gap analyses and develop customized learning initiatives
  • 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

 

Sponsored by
St. Charles Consulting Group

 

Moderator

Larry Durham, Managing Partner, St. Charles Consulting Group

Panelists

Kari McClure, Dr. of Learning Experience and Global Engagement, American Airlines

Ken Hubbell, Senior Vice President, Instructional Design Strategy & Innovation, Wells Fargo

Tobias Washington, Director Learning Experience Design & Technology, CHRISTUS Health

2:15PM

Keynote Session

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML): Practical Applications for Talent Development

 

Peel away the hype surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to find the practical applications of these technologies in talent development and corporate training. You don’t have to be an AI expert to know that your company needs to wrestle all the data you have on your employees and training programs to gain contextual intelligence and data-driven insights to improve your workforce faster.

 

Join us for a review of these technologies in business terms (not technical lingo), examples of how they are being used today in learning and development and ideas on how to get started without having to become a data scientist. Learn how OpenSesame is using machine learning to expertly curate course recommendations.

 

 

Sponsored by

OpenSesame

 

Presented by

Spencer Thornton, SVP Curation, OpenSesame

2:45PM

Networking Break | One-on-One Meetings

4:00PM

Tour Buses Depart from Hotel

 

Special Event: American Airlines Tour & Cocktail Reception

 

Join us for our immersive-learning field trip to the American Airlines Headquarters, where we will participate in a one-of-a-kind tour of the AA Flight Academy and learn more about the organization’s unique L&D practices and processes.

 

  • View a mock airport and learn about the process of training airport employees
  • View the cabin simulator and be able to sit in an actual plane and learn about the different scenarios that flight attendants train for
  • Hear behind-the-scenes best practices and learn how AA ties it all together for all AA employees

 

Hosted by

American Airlines

 

6:30PM

Networking Cocktail Reception & Hors d’oeuvres @ American Airlines

 

8:00AM

Breakfast Roundtables

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

8:45AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

 

L&D’s New Role: Strategic Business Partner to the Organization

8:50AM

Keynote Presentation

 

L&D’s New Role: Strategic Business Partners and the Rising Impact on Organizational Success

 

Business decisions are no longer made without consulting key HR executives, and now, more than ever, learning leaders are involved in crafting the strategies needed to ready the workforce of the future. Hear how Learning Leaders with Johnson Controls are creating a team of learning professionals that are so deeply embedded into the business, that they are seen as true Business Partners, critical to the success of the enterprise.  Join this session to hear best practices, including:

 

  • Learning to report like a business, not like a learning function
  • Find The Way To Yes: Eliminate the phrase “…but that’s not learning” from your practice.
  • Embrace a “No Learner Left Behind” ethos that reduces territorial and functional boundary conflict.

 

Presented by

Adrian Voorkamp, Director, Learning Deployment - Americas, Johnson Controls

9:20AM

One-on-One Meetings

10:30AM

Interactive Panel Discussion

 

Aligning L&D to Corporate Business Objectives to Become a Strategic Business Partner with Every Department in the Organization

 

Workplace learning and development continues to change and evolve, bringing along not just challenges and exciting opportunities but also the need for L&D to constantly develop their skills to meet the demands of all departments in the organization. Any good business partner needs to understand the business problems that each department is facing, before they even think about creating solutions to solve them. For L&D to be successful for all departments, it’s critical to understand and be able to develop the skills required to achieve corporate stakeholder engagement.

 

Join us in this thought-provoking session as we discuss strategies for L&D to become true business partners for the entire organization by:

 

  • Developing stakeholder engagement skills so key department leaders can keep you informed of the results they need to see in order to achieve their objectives
  • Being at the forefront and fully involved in the design and delivery of L&D initiatives for each department
  • Supporting workforce performance outside of the HR Department to monitor the viability and success of cross-department L&D initiatives
  • Developing a complete understanding of the corporate brand to determine how to effectively promote the company learning programs

 

Moderator

Rachael Bourque, Director of Business Development, Pearson

Panelists

Kristen Ireland, Head of Global Risk L&D, Head of Global Risk Development Programs, and Head of Engagement and Communications for Risk, Citi

Melissa Milani, Director, Learning & Development, Parexel International

Brian Steinberg, Director, Leadership Development, Kemper

11:15AM

End of Summit | Champagne Toast | Thank You!

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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 Fall 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 Fall 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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      This experience was amazing. It was personal, conversational and relational. It expanded my knowledge and more importantly, my network. Laura Vostad

      POET, Dir. L&D

      What I enjoyed most was that the number of attendees was big enough to provide me a wealth of information, but small enough to allow me to network with almost everyone at the conference. I walked away with pages of notes, many new contacts and met some great vendors that we will likely do business with in the future. Shelby Pyatt

      Rayonier, VP, HR & IT

      By far, this was the most engaging, value added convening of leaders. It was the right mix of experience, learning, and networking. I absolutely enjoyed the Disney Tour and the book exchange was brilliant. The roundtables were also an added bonus. Sharahn Monk

      Worldpay, US Market Leader, Learning and Development

      Great event, very well organized with relevant speakers and potential business partners. I would recommend to anyone. Shawn Dingle

      Sonic Automotive, Senior Training Director

      OPAL is first class. It was the best Conference that I ever attended from the standpoint of speaker quality, organization, and venue. They really seem to care! John Barbieri

      Sompo International, VP, Human Resources

      I thought the whole conference was so well run and that the OPAL team did an amazing job. I would definitely love to attend another event! Tennille Boyer

      Blue Ocean Brain

      Excellent line-up of speakers Connie Keys

      Campbell Soup, Head of Culture & Learning