Learning & Development Summit 2020 Virtual

Virtual 3D Event
May 20, 2020 - May 21, 2020

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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 3D 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 May 20, 2020

Speakers

Tivonnia (T.J.) Harvey, Chief Learning Officer, Merck & Co,. Inc.

Theresa Zeller, Global Head of Integrated Learning Experiences, Global Learning and Development, Merck & Co., Inc.

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, Thoughtexchange

Anna Marie Crowley, Head of Global Talent Management and Development, Avaya

Scott Babcock, Director of Strategic Solutions, HALIGHT

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

Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching

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

Andy Schuster, Head of Training, Growmark

Kayla Campbell, Sr. Director, Performance & Learning - North America, Pernod Ricard North America

Deb Sinta, Vice President of Talent, Inclusion and Culture, Tyson Foods

Christopher D. Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

Shawn Lewis, Head of Instructional Design Services, Wells Fargo

Donna Didomenico, AVP Learning, Development & Performance, Amtrak

Doug Bolger, CEO/CLO and Founder, Learn2

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

Leanne Chiazza, Vice President, Training & Enablement, Pandora Media

Lisa-Anne Ferris, Ph.D., Director of Client Success, Wiley Education Services

Franchesca Ramirez, Co-Lead, ViacomCBS Mentoring/ Manager, Organization & People Development, ViacomCBS

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

Christopher Trerotola, Senior Coordinator, Organization & People Development, ViacomCBS

Théres Stiefer, Ed.D., Lead - Learning Effectiveness, Learning and Development Team, Sam’s Club People Group

Julie Horner Donahue, Head of Corporate Learning & Training, Nestle

Elizabeth Strobl, Chief Talent Officer, TreeHouse Foods

Samantha Simons, Manager, Performance & Learning, Pernod Ricard USA

10:00am EST

Virtual Welcome – Create Avatar and Review Summit Navigation Tools

10:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks:

 

Engaging the Workforce through New Modalities

10:20am

Opening Keynote Presentation

 

Building a Culture that Thrives in the World of Virtual Learning

 

Looking around it’s hard to dispute the need and value of virtual training.  Even if you offer virtual training today, are you get the outcomes you’re looking for? There are a number of reasons to go virtual, but leaders may fear results will not be what they expect.  Build a culture that learns and thrives virtually by using 6 steps to make the transition.

Presented by

Donna DiDomenico, AVP Human Resources, Amtrak

10:50am

Ready or Not, Here it Comes: Adapting your Learning Culture to a #SuddenlyRemote World

 

Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue – whether it be due to geography, power dynamics, organizational dysfunction or the new normal of social distancing and remote work. Even with the talk of “returning to work” many organizations want to have a robust remote offering for all of their once-live employee touch points. Learning leaders are being asked to find ways to adapt everything to our #SuddenlyRemote world, from on-boarding, to company town halls/offsites and traditional face to face training. What should we prioritize? How can we maintain the culture and connection when we are not able to be in the same room?

 

Learning objectives In this session we will learn:

 

  • How technology can humanize the employee experience
  • The power of allowing all voices to be heard
  • How to adapt learning to a virtual world
  • The value of gathering ideas and solutions from a broader, more diverse population
  • How to simplify cross functional collaboration and innovation through high quality, frequent conversations
Presented by

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, Thoughtexchange

11:25am

Panel Discussion

 

Making the Transition to Virtual Learning to Enhance Employee Engagement

 

With all of the uncertainty and concern about the resumption of in-person training, the implementation of virtual learning initiatives has become a necessary and enticing way for organizations to maintain learning programs that are engaging for employees. However, with all the benefits come concerns around perceived lack of interaction and engagement, lack of learner progress, ROI, or impact over time. When done right, virtual learning can be just as impactful as in-person learning, and can allow additional space for new, creative solutions for a more engaged workforce.

 

Join this informative panel discussion as we talk about best practices for implementing virtual learning initiatives that improve engagement, such as:

 

  • Building protocols before launching the programs to help the change management for end-users and administrators
  • Utilizing technology that can scale with your desired outcomes
  • Offering engaging activities to keep users stimulated in the virtual learning environment
  • Utilizing smaller breakout rooms with fewer individuals to minimize the imbalance and promote activity from all attendees
Moderator

Doug Bolger, CEO/CLO and Founder, Learn2

Panelists

Julie Horner Donahue, Head of Corporate Learning & Training, Nestle

Shawn Lewis, Head of Instructional Design Services, Wells Fargo

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

12:15pm

The New Future of Work

 

At the start of 2020, it would have been impossible to imagine the world as it is today.

 

In a matter of weeks, our work and lifestyles have been disrupted beyond recognition: flights grounded, people housebound, rationing of food and supplies, and rocketing unemployment. It’s no surprise that this time has been described as “a human crisis unlike any we have experienced.”

 

While we take a moment to recognize the devastating impact of COVID-19 on human lives, we need to think about what it means for the future of talent management.

 

In this interactive session, you will:

 

  • Explore the impact this crisis will have on business owners, our employees, and the unemployed
  • Discover the skills gaps this situation has exposed
  • Discuss emergency planning with a strategic focus
  • Investigate what a post-COVID-19 marketplace will look like
  • Talk through the long-term impacts that businesses need to be prepared for
  • Take away practical tips you can implement immediately

 

*This is an invitation-only private session. To request an invitation, email Alex Salas at asalas@opalgroup.net.

Speaker

Lisa-Anne Ferris, Ph.D., Director of Client Services, Wiley Education Services

Join your fellow speakers and attendees in the Summit’s Virtual Lobby to participate in the following networking activities:

 

  • Opal Group Virtual Book Exchange
    • Recommend your favorite book that you believe your peers could benefit from, personally or professional during these uncertain times.
  • 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

1:10pm

Keynote Presentation

 

How to Make the Move from Face-to-Face to Online Learning a Success

 

Transitioning your association to online learning can be daunting in the best of times. During a public health emergency, it can seem more challenging than ever. Yet it’s more important than ever to enable members to stay engaged and help keep your business on track—during and after the crisis has ended.

 

Join us in this engaging session as we talk about:

 

  • How to identify the key stakeholders and why they need to be involved
  • Strategies for streamlining and securing staff adoption
  • Tips and advice to help you get the most out of your online learning platform

Christopher D. Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

1:45pm

Solution Provider Showcase | Networking Break @ Virtual Lobby

2:15pm

Keynote Presentation

 

The Commercial Hackathon: Solving Real Business Challenges in a Radical Way during a Radical Time of Change

 

What if I told you that during the time of coronavirus, you can harness the power of collective collaboration and generate new and innovative ideas to solve business challenges? Well, you’d probably think that’s impossible! Although this is a challenging time for many people and many organizations, we can still use this time to our advantage by making brave decisions and bringing forward new ways of working that otherwise would be difficult to implement.

What did we do at Pernod Ricard? In walks the Commercial Hackathon! A bold and agile decision was made to harvest the creativity of our commercial teams across North America since their typical “day to day” had radically changed due to COVID-19. We posed three business challenges to this group and we were amazed with the ideas and collaboration that they brought to the table.

Come learn from us:

 

  • How we sold this idea to our stakeholders
  • What we actually did to make it work
  • The results and ROI
  • Our next steps and what we’d do differently
Presented by

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

2:45pm

Panel Discussion

 

The New Normal: Converting Face-to-Face Programs to Virtual Learning Experiences

 

As a result of the continuing uncertainty in the days and weeks ahead, engagement is going to change dramatically. As such, it’s critical to work with your learning and talent development teams to prioritize and develop a plan to identify which instructor-led courses can be converted to e-learning. The goal should be to provide a comparable learning experience through new learning delivery models instead of trying to aim for a one-size-fits-all approach to learning. To do so effectively, L&D has to connect with other departments and functions within the organization to develop a list of topics that can help management and staff make the transition to this new reality.

 

In this enlightening session we will review things that must be considered when making the transition to online learning, such as:

 

  • Finding the best ways for all employees to work remotely
  • Maintaining effective leadership during a crisis or shut-down
  • Developing a complete understanding of new mindsets and value systems for the future workforce
  • Identifying the best technology and methods to facilitate online training
  • Unifying talent and L&D functions to maintain a cohesive effort
  • Determining how to behave, adapt, and respond from a virtual perspective
Moderator

Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching

Panelists

Anna Marie Crowley, Head of Global Talent Management and Development, Avaya

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

Andy Schuster, Head of Training & Development, GROWMARK, Inc.

3:30pm

End of Day One

10:00am EST

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks:

 

Engaging the Workforce Through Continuous and Personalized Learning

10:05am

Keynote Presentation

 

Reimagining How Learning and Development can fuel Agility and Growth Mindset to Develop Future Workforce

 

To drive business and grow as an organization, the focal point of learning & development initiatives must be geared towards ensuring that your workforce has the skills required for future business needs. To do this effectively, it’s important for L&D leaders to evolve how learning is designed and delivered, and they must be able to react quickly to the demands of the organization. As such, it’s critical to find new ways to blend learning in the flow of work and enable a culture of continuous learning. In essence – L&D leaders must ready their global workforce for change.

 

Join us as we discuss ways that L&D leaders can ready their global workforce for change, by:

 

  • Reimagine the way Learning and Development is aligned to meet the demands of the business
  • Looking at real-world example of how Agile can be fuel your Learning Organization
  • Driving a continuous learning culture with future business needs driving positive change

 

Presented by

Tivonnia (T.J.) Harvey, Chief Learning Officer, Merck & Co,. Inc.

Theresa Zeller, Global Head of Integrated Learning Experiences, Global Learning and Development, Merck & Co., Inc.

10:50am

Panel Discussion

 

Modernizing L&D Ecosystems to Enhance Employee Engagement and Rapidly Adapt Delivery

 

Modern learning paths need to be agile, personalized, and continuous – while providing engaging experiences that inspire self-motivation and self-directed learning. For some L&D leaders, it can be a struggle to find one system that delivers all of the above. Today’s modern learner is looking for new ways, programs, and technologies to engage and enhance their experiences.

 

Join this session to hear how customized learning experiences are:

 

  • Delivering quicker, better, self-directed access to relevant and current content
  • Allowing L&D leaders to measure ROI, engagement, and completion rates
  • Enabling employees to take ownership of their development path and growth

 

Moderator

Scott Babcock, Director of Strategic Solutions, HALIGHT

Panelists

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

Deb Sinta, Vice President of Talent, Inclusion and Culture, Tyson Foods

Elizabeth Strobl, Chief Talent Officer, TreeHouse Foods

11:35am

Solution Provider Showcase | Networking Break

12:10pm

Meet & Greet & Virtual Book Exchange @ Virtual Lobby

 

Join your fellow speakers and attendees in the Summit’s Virtual Lobby to participate in the following networking activities:

 

  • Opal Group Virtual Book Exchange
    • Recommend your favorite book that you believe your peers could benefit from, personally or professional during these uncertain times.
  • 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

12:40pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Mentoring Through Change: Navigating the Virtual Workplace of Now at ViacomCBS 

 

Mentoring has become an increasingly powerful tool at ViacomCBS. Expanding and evolving through the years, it has fostered a safe learning and development space for both mentees and mentors, creating impact felt across the company. When COVID-19 hit, pushing the workforce into their homes, ViacomCBS’ Organization & People Development team turned to mentoring as an agile tool that could meet the connection needs of its physically distant employees.

 

Prior to the pandemic, in November 2019, the team created a new, more-flexible mentoring program called “Pop-Up Mentoring” to complement the existing, traditional 6-month program. This launch provided support to Viacom employees as they navigated the transformative changes of the merger and integration with CBS. The program saw immediate success and was viewed as an example of flexing L&D resources to meet current employee needs.

 

Learning from the impact and success of the Pop-Up Mentoring program launch, the team recognized the need to get the tool into the hands of all global ViacomCBS employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Swift measures were taken to expedite the scaling of Pop-Up Mentoring across the newly formed ViacomCBS, providing the opportunity for employees in all locations around the globe to connect with colleagues across teams, departments, brands and countries.

 

Side-by-side with the launch of the #AloneTogether campaign, the Pop-Up Mentoring program was just another piece put in place to sure that employees had what they needed to remain connected to the new, one ViacomCBS while navigating this virtual workplace.

 

This session will focus on:

 

  • ViacomCBS’ mentoring journey so far – through the merger and meeting the challenges of COVID-19
  • Wins and lessons learned from the launch and evolution of Pop-Up Mentoring
  • Mapping out the path forward in an uncertain, virtual workplace

 

Presented by

Franchesca Ramirez, Co-Lead, ViacomCBS Mentoring/ Manager, Organization & People Development, ViacomCBS

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

Christopher Trerotola, Senior Coordinator, Organization & People Development, ViacomCBS

1:25pm

Solution Provider Showcase

1:55pm

L&D of the Future: Where Do We Go from Here?

 

Keeping in mind that the best employees are usually made, not found, it’s crucial to devise a strategic plan when constructing a forward-thinking learning strategy. Building a modern corporate academy and a successful learning strategy starts with understanding the business goals, and the skills needed to achieve them. A strong learning and training strategy will make sure that employees’ skills are kept up to date, while jobs continue to evolve with technology. The real challenge lies in the fact that there are several factors to consider when planning the learning strategy of the future: What new skills are needed? What new job roles need to be created? What old job roles are no longer necessary? When new skills are achieved, how could they be applied to future job roles?

 

In this closing panel we will discuss some of the steps that are necessary for building and maintaining a successful learning strategy, such as:

 

  • Developing a sophisticated digital learning solution that makes learning new skills more relevant to actual work tasks
  • Optimizing learning content that is personalized for the individual needs of the workforce, and serves organizational objectives
  • Monitoring and reviewing learning activities and behaviors on an ongoing basis, and linking the learning activities to actual business outcomes
  • Harnessing the powers of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Automation, and molding these technologies into a system that seamlessly supports the development of the workforce
  • Tracking all of the learning data available, to better understand how the learning impacts business and helps to predict future training needs
Moderator

Théres Stiefer, Ed.D., Lead - Learning Effectiveness, Learning and Development Team, Sam’s Club People Group

Panelists

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

Leanne Chiazza, Vice President, Training & Enablement, Pandora Media

Samantha Simons, Manager, Performance & Learning, Pernod Ricard USA

2:40pm

End of Virtual Summit

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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
CHRO
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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