Learning & Development Virtual Summit 2021

Virtual
June 17, 2021

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Learning & Development Virtual Summit

The Future of L&D: Balancing Efficiency, Culture & Engagement


The Learning & Development Virtual Summit is a gathering of L&D, Leadership, Talent and Organizational 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 with a highly-interactive virtual platform.

Our Summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience that features unparalleled keynote speaking sessions with thought-leading case studies, conversational and strategic panel discussions, highly-interactive Lunch & Learn breakout sessions, and a virtual experience that includes customized networking opportunities that allow for audience participation 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 Cherlene Willis at (212) 532-9898 ext 230 or send your inquiries via email to: info@opalgroup.net.

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Opal Group is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



Speakers

Michael Molinaro, Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, New York Life

Richard Nuffer, Chief Learning Officer, Department of Defense

Alison Shea, Vice President Global Talent Development & Learning, State Street

Sue Lam, Global Head of People Analytics, Strategy and Culture, The Coca-Cola Company

Dan Mitchell, Senior Vice President & Global Learning Leader, Marsh

Jeff Becker, Director, Corporate Learning Solutions, American Management Association

Michael Ioffe, CEO, Arist

Ryan Laverty, Co-founder & President, Arist

Michelle Clayton, Director, Learning & Development, Visier

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient

Elizabeth Greene, Director, Global Learning & Development, ON Semiconductor

Lamont Exeter, VP of TTEC Digital and Workstream Leader of Diversity Council, TTEC

Karen Bradbury, VP, Learning & Development, Unum

K.C. Blonski, VP of Sales, North America, American Management Association

Jennifer Tea, Director, Head of People Analytics, Blue Cross NC

Kim Gibson, Dir. Global Talent Strategy, Unum

All Times in EST

10:00am

Virtual Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:05am

Opening Keynote Presentation

The Future of Learning: Altering the Organizational Approach to Ensure Success of L&D Initiatives

The roles of L&D executives continue to expand, with many learning and talent leaders taking on new and critical responsibilities in helping to facilitate and support change initiatives in their organizations. These same leaders have been required to completely rethink how their functions and businesses operate, and now must find new avenues to reach organizational goals. As a result, this sudden and continued change has made it difficult to plan for long-term initiatives and growth.

In this engaging session we’ll discuss best practices in planning for the next chapter of learning, and ensuring the future success of L&D initiatives, such as:

  • Evaluating which roles and positions throughout the organization can remain permanently remote, hybrid, or require a full-time return to the office
  • Confirming that all aspects of training activities – from establishing processes and developing programs to accessing resources – are strategically aligned to where the business is going
  • Deploying additional virtual skills and engagement training so that leaders are equipped with the required new skills to properly support, engage and communicate wit the workforce.
  • Putting all of the systems, technologies and digital learning tools in place, in order to successfully execute all current and future initiatives
  • Helping leaders to understand the challenges and advantages of virtual training and making the case for your future cyborg learning.
Presented by

Richard Nuffer, Chief Learning Officer, Department of Defense

10:40am

Keynote Presentation

The Human Side of Change Management

Confounded by the complexities of the global changes occurring and its impact to business, leaders need to be aware of the effect on their workforce.  How do you support your people on the human and business side of the change management equation? It is more critical than ever to be emotionally intelligent and build trust through clear communication to promote successful implementation of change.

In this keynote session, American Management Association (AMA) will address the human and business strategies needed for managing change today–how it affects your people, your awareness of it and the way to approach it while providing easy-to-understand insights on:

  • Sharing what the need and the intended outcome of the change is
  • Communicating change with your team and frequency of communication
  • Establishing an environment of transparency and promotion of your authentic self
Presented by

Jeff Becker, Director, Corporate Learning Solutions, American Management Association

11:15am

Keynote Presentation

Pivoting to Growth: Upskilling to Drive Action and Cultural Change in Your Organization

What is your biggest upskilling challenge? This session will explore creative ways to imbed the development of skills of the future within mission critical initiatives. Significant skills gaps and rapid strides in technology are shaping our world and forcing us to continuously advance, organizations realize the need to evolve their workforce to stay current and future-ready is no longer optional.

In this session we’ll discuss some of the key considerations when planning transformational upskilling, such as:

  • Having candid conversations with key stakeholders; whether they are senior executives, HR leaders or the employees themselves, getting buy-in across the organization can create strategic efficiencies,
  • Identifying the right skills to prioritize in order to effectively understand talent supply and demand for certain areas within the organization,
  • Embedding personal coaching initiatives and individual skills development plans in order to effectively define the steps and training necessary to address new job requirements.
  • The future of work is coming and the skills that employees need are impacted by both planned and unplanned events. The ability to rapidly deploy and reinforce just in time learning will be a market differentiator for companies that practice it now.
Presented by

Alison Shea, Vice President Global Talent Development & Learning, State Street

11:50am

Keynote Presentation

Adapting L&D Strategies: Embracing the Continued Transition to Alternative Learning Modalities

Disruption and the “Next Normal” have become common themes that have intensified the corporate world’s need for developing new ways of learning. Companies are continually forced to determine the best methods to rapidly adapt existing L&D resources.

Join us in this highly interactive session as we discuss what L&D leaders should focus on when adapting new L&D assets, such as:

  • Ensuring that L&D resources are easily accessible and efficient
  • Making point-of-need solutions available to blend L&D in to the flow of work
  • Concentrating on upskilling and reskilling to close skills gaps
Presented by

Michael Ioffe, CEO, Arist

12:25pm

Lunch & Learn

Meeting Learners Where They Are: Teaching and Training in Bite-Size Chunks

Today’s learners prefer remote-friendly training with courses that are accessible, engaging, and super effective. As such, it’s critical to implement text-messaging into your learning organization – with a 95% open rate, text message courses drive completion, engagement, and satisfaction rates that are far greater than other learning tools.

Join us in this highly interactive Lunch & Learn session as we examine cast studies that highlight the benefits and best practices for implementing text messaging courses, such as:

  • Instantly reaching thousands of learners in just a few clicks, to eliminate video fatigue and reach even the busiest of learning recipients
  • Building text courses with interactive questions, GIF’s and emojis that eliminates the learning curve and keeps learners fully engaged
  • Providing meaningful outcomes that help shift behavior and improve knowledge retention
Presented by

Michael Ioffe, CEO, Arist

Ryan Laverty, Co-founder & President, Arist

1:10pm

Keynote Presentation

Diversity in the Workforce: Becoming a Truly Inclusive & Equitable Learning Organization

Inclusion and equitable learning are critical components of a modern learning culture in the workplace, and improves performance outcomes. Without diverse and inclusive learning initiatives, the same practices are continually repeated in a cultural status quo. Even with new learning implementations, organizational culture needs to be constantly monitored and modified to reap the benefits of learning and workforce development.

In this session we’ll discuss best practices for developing and maintaining a truly diverse and inclusive L&D and Talent organization, such as:

  • Driving and facilitating L&D based on the unique proficiencies and abilities of the diverse workforce – in order to meet employee needs across different jobs
  • Revising workforce planning and development strategies to ensure alignment with future skill and talent requirements
  • Utilizing innovative learning technologies to promote adaptive learning that is tailored to the unique needs and learning styles of the workforce
  • Establishing learning content that is shared in flexible quantities so that employees can consume to their individual capacities
Presented by

Elizabeth Greene, Director, Global Learning & Development, ON Semiconductor

1:45pm

Panel Discussion

People Analytics: Leveraging Data to Optimize Employee Experience and Maximize Productivity

Organizations require data and information to examine and explain how they can utilize the current workforce in order to maintain business continuity. In addition, the ever-changing business environment creates an urgent need for better people decisions everywhere, and the volume of workforce data continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. However, merely having this data isn’t nearly enough to succeed. As such, it’s critical for L&D and Talent leaders to gathering real-time insights about training, performance, and engagement to better demonstrate what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next.

Join this interactive panel discussion to hear how leaders are:

  • Analyzing data to understand the current state of the workforce, and inform discussions on talent and L&D initiatives that are needed to meet business objectives
  • Highlighting successful data collection initiatives and strategies to make evidence-based decisions to cope with change
  • Leveraging data and analytics to demonstrate real-time examples of how change and demand shifts are affecting training, performance, and engagement
  • Linking recruiting to business outcomes and determining what candidate attributes are likely to produce quality hires in the workforce
Moderator

Michelle Clayton, Director, Learning & Development, Visier

Panelists

Sue Lam, Global Head of People Analytics, Strategy and Culture, The Coca-Cola Company

Dan Mitchell, Senior Vice President & Global Learning Leader, Marsh

Jennifer Tea, Director, Head of People Analytics, Blue Cross NC

2:35pm

Keynote Presentation

Is Your Organization Ready for Behavior Change at Scale?

We are now challenged to translate the fresh insights and good intentions from 2020 into new ways of working and being together. Whether your organization is grappling with creating a more just and equitable culture, transitioning to a hybrid work environment, or rethinking what good and effective leadership looks like now—you are faced with the prospect of initiating and supporting significant behavior change at scale. A holistic approach is needed to prepare your organization to come together and engage these challenges—and each other—in practical and productive ways. This provocative presentation will illuminate key leverage points to turn good intentions into great outcomes, in part by instilling a culture where people feel safe, seen and supported to realize their potential.

Presented by

Dianna Anderson, MCC, CEO, Cylient

3:10pm

Fireside Chat

Accelerating Upskilling, Leadership Development and Culture Transformation

The role of learning and development continues to broaden, with many learning leaders helping to facilitate and support change initiatives in their organizations. From the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to the social and racial unrest across the country, L&D professionals have played an integral role in leading their organizations through unprecedented change. As we move forward, L&D must ensure employees have the skills they need to meet the evolving needs of the business.

Join us for this fireside chat as we discuss the trends shaping the future of learning and development, and how learning leaders are uniquely positioned to help their organizations achieve new levels of success.

Moderator

Michelle Eggleston Schwartz, Editorial Director, Training Industry

Featured Speaker

Michael Molinaro, Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, New York Life

3:45pm

Keynote Presentation

How Virtual Training Supports DE&I: 4 Must-Haves for Virtually Supporting DE&I

Inclusive and diverse workspaces are crucial to recruitment, employee retention, company culture, and revenue. A 2019 McKnisey study found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25 percent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile.

As organizations build initiatives around DE&I and meld it with their existing Learning and Development systems, it’s critical to create lasting programs that enable top down culture change that employees can act on and find engaging.

Join Lamont Exeter, VP of TTEC Digital and Workstream Leader of Diversity Council at TTEC in a conversation about the 4 Must-Haves for Virtually Supporting DE&I.

  • Hire Professional Help
  • Leverage Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to Create Belonging
  • Allow Self Expression
  • Equip Managers & Leaders with Tools for Inclusion
Presented by

Lamont Exeter, VP of TTEC Digital and Workstream Leader of Diversity Council, TTEC

4:15pm

Fireside Chat

Transforming Career Development and Upskilling to Support Talent Mobility

During the pandemic, employees and organizations alike had new needs arise and for many individuals this posed new challenges to day to day roles and responsibilities. That’s where the opportunity to focus on career development to mobilize talent across different sides of the organization became a key strategy for fulfilling talent and business needs.

Join us for this fireside chat as we discuss Unum’s evolving career development initiatives and how learning leaders are leading transformation.

Moderator

K.C. Blonski, VP of Sales, North America, American Management Association

Featured Speakers

Karen Bradbury, VP, Learning & Development, Unum

Kim Gibson, Dir. Global Talent Strategy, Unum

4:45pm

End of Summit

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Learning & Development, Talent Management, Human Resources Practitioners Complimentary*

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Practitioners representing consumer brand organizations within the following areas may qualify for a complimentary pass: Learning & Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, and Leadership and Organizational Development. Click Register Now to reserve your seat for the live sessions or access to on-demand, post-event.

*Executives representing solution provider organizations can attend through sponsorship. For sponsorship opportunities, contact info@opalgroup.net



Sponsorship Opportunities


More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

One of the biggest challenges that companies face is standing out from the crowd and getting exposure with executives from leading organizations. Your company has the perfect solution to some of the biggest challenges that L&D and talent executives are facing, but how do you grab their attention and present your success stories?

The L&D Virtual Summit is the perfect platform to gain valuable exposure for your brand with exclusive access to key decision makers and like-minded executives. The attendees at the Summit are all facing the same challenges, and this is an outstanding forum to benchmark and share ideas with practitioners from several different industry verticals. The virtual event provides a specialized, strategically-built experience for cutting-edge thought-leaders and solution providers to engage, interact, and build long lasting relationships.

Solution providers at the Summit have the opportunity to showcase their brand as a thought-leader in the Learning & Development industry while developing new business relationships through unparalleled speaking sessions and virtual face-to-face networking. For sponsorship opportunities, contact info@opalgroup.net

  • Beyond Functional Management: The L&D Executive as a True Strategic Business Partner
  • Developing Workforce Skills and Engaging L&D Capabilities in the Wake of Disruption
  • L&D’s New Role: Creating a Learning Culture that Improves Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Utilizing Team Building as a Key Component of Leadership Development
  • Increasing the Focus on Upskilling to Close the Proficiency Gaps
  • Transforming the L&D Organization from Traditional Training to Digital and Intelligent Learning
  • Adapting Learning Initiatives to Improve Engagement of the Remote Workforce Learning Experience
  • 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 Fortune 1000 and leading organizations across 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 Training/Corporate Training
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To request your invitation today, please contact Bobby Swartout at 212-532-9898 ext 248 or email info@opalgroup.net.

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