Learning & Development Executive Summit Fall 2019

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

164 days left

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.

The Summit Experience - Hear from Starbucks, Expedia, Home Depot, and more!

Current as of March 7, 2019


Jeff James, Vice President and General Manager, Disney Institute

Molly Hill, Vice President of Global Talent, Starbucks

Clint Kofford, Global Head of Talent Development, Johnson & Johnson

Shelly Holt, VP Learning & Development, Expedia

Timothy Munyon, Associate Professor of Management, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Claire Herring, Head of Product, Blue Ocean Brain

Constance Keys, Head of Learning & Culture, Campbell Soup

Kee Meng Yeo, Vice President, Enterprise Talent Development, Amway

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

Seanna McGough, Learning & Development Leader, Wells Fargo

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

Jay Morris, Executive Director, Institute for Excellence (IFE), Vice President, Education, Yale New Haven Health System

Maria Wayne, Head of Talent Management, Seagate Technology

Jamie Graceffa, Director of Learning and Organizational Change, Philips

Lauren Gohde, North America Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Philips

David Nace, Head of Brand Development, Education, and Bose Brand University, Bose Corporation

Christine Belknap, VP Talent Development, NCR

KimArie Yowell, Vice President of Talent Development, Quicken Loans

Adam Girard, AVP - Learning Technology & Analytics, MetLife

Shawn Dingle, Senior Training Director, Sonic Automotive

Carol Alfieri, VP, Organizational Development - Center of Expertise, Rogers Communications

Donna DiDoenico, AVP, Learning, Development & Performance, Amtrak

Gretchen Lumsden, Dr. Leadership & Learning, Home Depot

Deborah Varao-Martin, Sr. Dr. Learning & Leadership Development, BlueCross BlueShield of MA

Tobias Washington, Head of Learning Experience, Design & Technology, CHRISTUS Health

Kristen Ireland, Head of Learning & Development and Global Development Programs for Risk Management, Citigroup

Kayla Campbell, Senior Director, Performance & Learning, Pernod Ricard North America

David Hare, Head of Enterprise, Learning & Development, GE Appliances

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

Matt Confer, VP, Strategy & Business Development, Abilitie

Catherine Crabtree, Sr. Director, LearnSearch

Carey Bongard, SVP of Global Talent Management and Development, Assurant

Carrie Straub, PhD, Executive Dir. Educational Programs and Research, Mursion

Fraser Bowie, Innovation & Augmented/Virtual Reality Learning Technology Team Lead, Verizon

Steve Arntz, Senior Product Manager, Bridge

Matthew Murphy, VP of Customer Success, Adeption

Dallas, TX

Please contact your business development associate to reserve your hotel room.

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