Learning & Development Summit 2020 Virtual

Virtual Event
November 18, 2020 - November 19, 2020

28 days left

Welcome to Opal Group’s Learning & Development Virtual Summit

Modernizing L&D to Engage the Workforce

The Learning & Development Virtual Summit is a gathering of L&D, Leadership and Talent Development practitioners that will connect, benchmark, network and focus on key learning initiatives. During these uncertain times, it’s important to create and maintain relationships with like-minded L&D professionals, and the L&D Virtual Summit fosters these relationships - all from the safety and comfort of our homes or offices.

Our Summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience that features unparalleled keynote speaking sessions with thought-leading case studies, highly-interactive panel discussions, and a virtual experience that includes customized networking opportunities and real-time attendee insights.

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, Leadership Development, Talent Management, and Corporate Training.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Katherine Ilagan at (212) 532-9898 ext 233 or email info@opalgroup.net.

Current as of October 21, 2020

Previous Speakers

Molly Nagler, Chief Learning Officer, PepsiCo

Adri Maisonet-Morales, VP, Enterprise Learning & Development, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Scott Bonneau, VP of Global Talent Attraction, HR Analytics, and HR Technology, Indeed.com

Molly Hill, Vice President of Global Talent, Starbucks

Willie Mazyck, VP Performance & Learning, XPO Logistics, Inc.

Lisa Lang, Head of Learning & Education Americas, Siemens

Jennifer Buchanan, Senior Director II, Leadership, Learning and Talent Development, Sam’s Club

Shawn Lewis, Head of Instructional Design Services, Wells Fargo

Corey Kobashigawa, Vice President, Organization & People Development, ViacomCBS

Sharahn Monk, Head of North America Learning, FIS Global

Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching

All Times in EST


Virtual Welcome and Opening Remarks


Opening Keynote Presentation


Developing Workforce Skills and Engaging L&D Capabilities in the Wake of Disruption


In today’s unprecedented landscape, it’s critical for Learning and Development executives to focus on helping people prepare for the future. When facing disruption, successful L&D initiatives are all about agility, quality and resilience, and the challenge will be helping to cultivate workforce skills and capabilities across the entire organization – from marketing to management, all L&D initiatives should have the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. L&D leaders will be faced with a perplexing array of learning decisions and unprecedented pressure from organizational stakeholders going forward.


Join us in the engaging discussion as we review the critical factors to keep in mind when developing adaptable L&D initiatives, such as:


  • Understanding that digital learning platforms are only as good as the materials they deliver and the principals they are built on
  • Focusing on learning experiences that speak directly to the anxieties and goals of employees to help provide a sense of progress, hope and productivity
  • Connecting people around engaging content and interesting ideas to enable vital debates and practical discussions
  • Implementing learning experiences that include significant interactions with several groups of people to develop the ability to achieve in team settings
  • Matching learning approaches to specific learning goals in order to reflect the realities that they are actually facing

Keynote Presentation


Your People Want More: Why Building a Continuous Learning Culture is No Longer an Option


If you’re still measuring training success as a series of completions and checkmarks, it’s time to think differently. The competition for top talent is tighter than ever, and the best of the best are looking for opportunities to continuously grow and improve their skills every day.


The key to developing a learning culture is to curate, surface, and build experiences that reward continuous learning and supplement formal training with curiosity and knowledge networks. Continuous learning is all about practice and measurable progress. It’s never about perfection or completion.


During this session, Dave Romero, President at Unboxed Training & Technology, will share how to develop the continuous learning culture your people want by:


  • Empowering your team with employee-driven learning roadmaps
  • Blending virtual and in-person learning and coaching experiences for the greatest impact
  • Embedding new learning rhythms into every part of your business
Presented by

Dave Romero, President, Unboxed


Executive Breakout


Important Conversations: Turning Knowledge into Skill in a Virtual World


This breakout session will explore ideas and data on how we convert training knowledge into measurable skills in a remote and virtual world. The focus will be on skills such as coaching, DEI, customer-facing, and peer-to-peer conversations.


Organizations spend the majority of their L&D budget on knowledge transfer activities such as workshops and eLearning, but does this new remote workplace offer opportunities to increase the skill level for these important conversations?


Join this interactive discussion as we will review skill data from 20,000 Sales and Coaching conversations and share best practices.

Presented by

Randy Sabourin, Co-President, Practica Learning


Learn something new and stay connected in the L&D space by reserving your spot for a research meeting with one of our premier Summit sponsors.


For more information contact cwillis@opalgroup.net.

Meet & Greet with Daniel Kimble, CEO of Resonance Executive Coaching and author of, “Unshakeable Influence: Mastering the Inner Game of Leadership.”


Register to receive your free hard copy of the newly published book.

Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching


Keynote Presentation


Leveraging Diversity in the Workforce to Become an Inclusive and Equitable Learning Organization


Inclusive and equitable learning is an important part of a modern learning culture in the workplace, and transforms the benefits of multiple perspectives emerging from its diverse workforce into improved performance outcomes. Without new learning, the same practices would get repeated in a cultural status quo, leading to the same results. Even with new learning, organizational culture needs to be constantly monitored and modified to reap the benefits of the learning.


In this enlightening session we’ll discuss the ways to develop a truly diverse and inclusive learning organization, such as:


  • Facilitating learning based on the unique proficiencies and abilities of its diverse people and their needs across different jobs
  • Adapting workforce planning and development strategies that help create diverse and distinctive insights to ensure alignment with future skill requirements
  • Implementing modern learning technologies to facilitate adaptive learning that is tailored to each member’s unique needs and learning style
  • Developing learning content that is distributed in flexible quantities in a “just-in-time” fashion so that employees can consume to their capacities – be it small or large

Keynote Presentation


Human-in-the-Loop VR Simulation for Essential Workplace Skills 


This is the moment for human skills. Traditional, top-down, one-size-fits-all leadership is a way of the past. True leadership is highly context dependent and team driven. The modern leader is inclusive, assumes risk with judgment, provides certainty in an uncertain world, and inspires deep motivation with a lived-in, authentic grasp of the landscape and people involved.


By offering immersive practice and precision in virtual connection and influence, VR simulation is the fastest way to achieve mastery of these skills. See it for yourself in this interactive session.


Powered by a blend of AI and live human interaction, experiential VR has become the ideal way to gain essential workplace skills and see rapid gains in leadership, communication, and empathy. It combines true human intelligence augmented by AI in order to unlock empathic potential in your workforce and ensure organizational readiness to perform.

Christina Yu, VP of Growth, Mursion


Solution Provider Showcase


Learn something new and stay connected in the L&D space by reserving your spot for a research meeting with one of our premier Summit sponsors.


Interactive Panel Discussion


The Future of Executive Development


The developmental needs of executives have changed dramatically in 2020. What was ideal pre-pandemic no longer works like it used to. Moreover, the level of VUCA we are experiencing in 2020 probably only marks the beginning of a more dynamic and difficult to predict future. It’s never been more important to re-evaluate how we can best approach executive development to optimally prepare leaders to maximize their effectiveness in the VUCA reality that is our new normal.


Join this engaging and interactive panel as we discuss how 1:1 executive coaching supports the executive development outcomes we need to aim for in 2021 and beyond, including:


  • Emotional intelligence and flexibility to expand self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation and empathy
  • Developing more insightful and empathic perception in order to see and value others more clearly, there by meeting-people-where-they’re-at and better empowering and inspiring them
  • Managing ourselves and others at a time when the lines between our personal and professional lives have largely fallen by the wayside
  • Learning to do less with more by leading more through influence, letting go of direct control, and bringing out the best in others even when we’re not in the room
  • Taking full advantage of existing leadership strengths, while learning not to over-use those skills and developing a more complete palette of skills to choose from for any possible scenario
  • Building more effective relationships with a wider variety of people in the organization to improve decision-making and improve organizational agility

Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching


End of Day One

All Times in EST


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


Keynote Presentation


Optimizing L&D Delivery Through Digital Transformation


In learning and development, the urgency for digital transformation is being driven by increased demand for performance-based training and a shift in learner expectations. While many organizations have tried to overcome barriers and challenges with innovative approaches to learning, the shift away from a traditional classroom format has been slower than needed for successful transformation. Virtual learning will remain a business priority for the foreseeable future, and it’s important that the instruction in the virtual training is clear, logical, and well-organized to encourage investment in personal and professional development. To effectively optimize L&D delivery, it’s critical to define digitally-driven and performance-based learning objectives to help learners relate the information to the workplace.


In this session we will review some key strategies for optimizing L&D delivery through digital transformation, such as:


  • Designing and structuring a program with gamification elements to improve information retention
  • Adopting a collaborative approach to develop new digital assets, curate content, and structure your learning program to enhance consumption
  • Digitizing the process of knowledge capture and course development to create processes, workflows, and templates that allow the workforce to quickly understand learning objectives and best practices
  • Categorizing the information by knowledge level and indexing the knowledge to make it easily searchable for course designers



Keynote Presentation


Upskilling Your Workforce to Support Adaptable Recovery Models Throughout the Organization


Adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building operating-model flexibility. Even before the current crisis, changing technologies and new ways of working were disrupting jobs and the skills employees need to do them. A growing number of organizations are experiencing skill gaps in the workforce, and an alarming number of them don’t have a clear sense of how to address the problem. The coronavirus pandemic has made this question more urgent. Workers across industries must figure out how they can adapt to rapidly changing conditions, and companies have to learn how to match those workers to new roles and activities.


Join this informative session as we discuss how to craft a strategy to reskill the workforce and develop employees’ digital capabilities, such as:


  • Quickly identifying the skill sets that will be needed to achieve the recovery models that the organization depends on
  • Building technical awareness and critical thinking skill sets that will help employees respond well to the new business model
  • Launching custom learning campaigns with digital tools to close skill gaps and re-create the best of in-person learning
  • Strengthening social and emotional skills to ensure effective collaboration and employee support
  • Building adaptability and resilience skills to help employees thrive during sudden and evolving business situations



Learn something new and stay connected in the L&D space by reserving your spot for a research meeting with one of our premier Summit sponsors.

Meet & Greet with Daniel Kimble, CEO of Resonance Executive Coaching and author of, “Unshakeable Influence: Mastering the Inner Game of Leadership”


Register to receive your free hard copy of the newly published book.

Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching


Interactive Panel Discussion


Using Online Learning to Create an Agile Upskilling Program that Aligns with Business Priorities


Ongoing learning is an essential career practice, and online learning is an attractive option to improve L&D initiatives for a variety of reasons. Online learning is a critical component of an agile upskilling program, as it gives learners control over the scheduling, convenience of access, and lets learners tailor their programs by choosing the courses they actually need. However, not all online courses are alike, and it’s very important to ensure that the online education initiatives foster the learners’ sense of support and guidance and prevents feelings of isolation that can demotivate them.


Join this interactive panel discussion as we discuss strategies to administer effective online learning initiatives that help to create an agile upskilling program, such as:


  • Implementing stackable learning experiences to support learners at every stage of their development
  • Utilizing a blended learning technology that supports learners and keeps the courses grounded in real-world requirements
  • Providing high-engagement, outcome-centric learning options to meet specific needs and assure your organization will develop a well-trained workforce that can meet the demands of rapidly-evolving marketplaces

Solution Provider Showcase


Learn something new and stay connected in the L&D space by reserving your spot for a research meeting with one of our premier Summit sponsors.


Keynote Presentation


Personalizing L&D: Integrating Learning Within the Flow of Work and the Point of Need


With personalized learning, L&D becomes less about managing learners and ticking boxes and more about enabling learners to develop their potential. Rather than taking the responsibility for training out of their hands, the learner-centric focus of personalization gives L&D executives a new, empowered role to deliver training that has a real impact on performance. Within the overall structure of the needs of the business, each individual should receive support for learning, specific to their personal needs and goals. To do this effectively, it’s critical to personalize the learning engagement by making it relevant, and ensure that it connects past activities to future goals.


In this informative session we will discuss effective ways to successfully integrate personalized learning into L&D programs, such as:


  • Investing in an updated Learning Management System with an effective eLearning solution to support an effective L&D program
  • Establishing a competency framework that defines the skills, knowledge, and attributes learners need within an organization
  • Utilizing statistics such as content traffic, average view time and direct user feedback, in order to provide individual learning in preferred formats
  • Serving the workforce with learning according to their respective competencies and complementary skills
  • Creating branching scenarios to improve engagement, encourage exploration and augment decision-making skills

Closing Keynote Presentation


Remote Work is Here to Stay: Leadership Development in a Virtual World


With the world of work going virtual, leaders must adapt their skills and improve their ability to manage remote teams. Now more than ever, a focus on Leadership Development is crucial to the success of companies who hope to thrive in a virtual world. Being a leader can be challenging at the best of times, but even more so in a crisis situation like the current pandemic –  if leadership development services hope to stay relevant, they must be delivered effectively in the virtual format.


Join us in the informative session as we discuss the essential elements of an effective virtual Leadership Development program, such as:


  • Creating the leadership development programs with remote engagement in mind by balancing content delivery with engaging online games and activities
  • Offering group workshops and one-to-one training to introduce participants to new concepts and give them opportunities to connect, network, and learn from their peers
  • Designing multiple development phases over an extended period of time to create meaningful impact
  • Providing frequent opportunities for coordination to spontaneously interact and coordinate engagement

Closing Remarks


End of Summit | Thank you!

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1 user/pass
Learning & Development, Talent Management, Human Resources Practitioners Complimentary*
Solution Providers $149.99*

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are practitioners within the following areas qualify for a complimentary pass: Learning & Development, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, and Organization Effectiveness. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations must register as a sponsor attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

The Learning & Development Virtual Summit is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and share cutting edge solutions in the L&D space. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership opportunities by contacting info@opalgroup.net

  • Transforming Learning Culture: How the Current Landscape is Changing Learning Behavior and Enhancing Engagement
  • Technological Transformation of the Workforce: Enabling Socially and Economically Sustainable Learning Programs
  • The New Normal: Converting Face-to-Face Programs to Virtual Learning Experiences
  • Powering Learners: Igniting Workforce Transformation through Agility, Resilience and a Growth Mindset
  • Modernizing L&D Ecosystems to Enhance Employee Engagement and Rapidly Adapt Delivery
  • Transformation at the Speed of Business: How Adaptive Learning is Building the Future Workforce by Creating Continuous, Personalized, Quality Learning Experiences
  • Learning Experience Design: The Shift from Content to Experience Driven
  • L&D of the Future: Where Do We Go from Here?
  • 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 Learning & Development Virtual Summit is an exclusive event for L&D, Talent and Leadership Development practitioners from leading organizations in North America and around the world.


Chief Learning Officer
SVP/VP/Head of Learning & Development
Directors and Managers of Learning & Development
Chief Talent Officer
SVP/VP/Head of Talent Management
Directors and Managers of Talent Management
SVP/VP/Head of Leadership/Organizational Development
Directors and Managers of Leadership/Organizational Development
SVP/VP/Head of Organization Effectiveness
SVP/VP/Head of Training/Corporate Training
Directors and Managers of Training/Corporate Training
SVP/VP/Head of Human Resources
Directors and Manager 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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