Learning & Development Virtual Summit 2021

Virtual
February 25, 2021

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Learning & Development Virtual Summit

Strategic L&D: Connecting Workforce Development to Business Outcomes


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 Bobby Swartout at (212) 532-9898 ext 248 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®.



Current as of

2021 Speakers

Shawn Lewis, Chief Learning Officer, Wells Fargo

Theresa Zeller, Global Head, Integrated Learning Experiences, Merck

Cecil W. Johnson, Head of Talent Development, North America, Johnson & Johnson

Svetlana Yedreshteyn, Head of Learning & Development, OneMain Financial

Heidi Gerhard, Head of Talent Strategy, BASF

Stephanie Clark, Chief Learning Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care

Jessica Salyers, Chief Talent Management Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Jake Breeden, Head of Global Learning Solutions, Takeda

Maria Weicker, VP Director, Learning & Development, Publicis Media

Adele Cook, Chief Learning Officer, Arizona Department of Economic Security

Caroline Abzug Ceisel, Senior Vice President, Talent & Development, Reyes Holdings

Elizabeth Veliz, AVP Talent Management & Organizational Development, VCU Health

Tom Verbeke, VP HR, Talent & Organizational Development, CommScope

Maria Wayne, Vice President of Talent Management & Global Mobility, Equinix

Courtney Michener Miller, Director, Talent & Development, AstraZeneca

Emily Yurachek, VP, Head of Learning & Leadership Development, Brown Brothers Harriman

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

Jayne Jenkins, Founder & CEO, Churchill Leadership Group

Sarah Johnson, VP, Enterprise Surveys and Analytics, Perceptyx, Inc.

Lisa Rohrer, Head of University Partnerships, EMERITUS Institute of Management

Kerri Garbis, Founder & CEO, Ovation

Anna Strasshofer, Director, Mursion

Paul Egan, Learning Partner, Mursion

All Times in EST

9:45am

Virtual Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00am

Opening Keynote Presentation

 

Re-imagining Learning: The Strategic Role of Building a Social Learning Culture

 

Organizational leadership research has spoken for years about the VUCA world we live in, but never before has our corporate environment been challenged as much as in the last two years. The global pandemic, remote working environment for much of our knowledge workers globally, and the widespread economic impact we are all seeing have genuinely transformed how companies need to define and build their learning cultures.

 

Moreover, having gone through serial acquisitions in the last decade, CommScope underwent a transformational acquisition in 2019. This joining of two companies sparked tremendous business interruption and a cultural transformation, setting out to redefine its corporate purpose, vision, strategy, and leadership definition. The global telecommunications company has been on this journey for two years now and recently saw a leadership change that marked a new chapter in its evolution. Amidst all of this, the Talent team in CommScope extensively researched learning strategies and concluded that learning needed a new definition altogether. Initially a transactional support process, “Learning’ is now put at the center of its transformation efforts.

 

This keynote will address the strategic organizational context for why learning needed to be redefined, investigate essential research relevant to this journey and finally focus on the changes made to transform learning into a strategic pillar in the business, driving a cultural shift in line with the company’s transformation efforts. Of course, this is a journey that is ongoing and not finite in its timing and deliverables. The presentation will conclude with a focus on lessons learned so far and attempt to provoke ideas and suggestions around how learning can be strategically used to impact the culture in times of transformation.

Presented by

Tom Verbeke, VP HR, Talent & Organizational Development, CommScope

10:30am

Keynote Presentation

 

How Successful Leaders Influence Your Organization and Your Bottom Line

 

In a time when change is the only constant, and ambiguity and volatility are the norm, managers’ competencies and strategies are of increasing importance as they are the link between the organizations strategy and the people that deliver the results.  It is not enough that an individual’s direct actions are well executed–it is the collective actions of the team that drive success. Equipping managers with a complete toolkit, develops the right level of competence and consistency of application which will lead to better employee engagement, productivity, retention, organizational culture–and results.

 

This session will provide insight in how to approach and create a standard for recognizing managerial competence within your organization and highlight:

 

  • The impact that managers can have on the organization’s bottom line
  • Applicable competencies of both the human and business side of management
  • How managers influence behavior to drive the employee experience
  • The effects of the inability to manage and lead successfully in today’s environment
Presented by

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

11:00am

Keynote Presentation

 

Making Your Learning Program More Desirable by Defining Purpose

 

Creating a learning program that is more than just “training that people have to do” and turning it into a culture of something that people “can’t wait to do” can be obtained with just a few tweaks to your program. This workshop-style session covers 4 critical questions:

 

  • How can you transform your L&D Program and culture? We’ll share how adding WIIFM can transform a program into a compelling learning experience.
  • What are small ways to incentivize your population to make your program into a sought-after program?
  • How can purpose transform your programs? We will highlight some questions to consider to ensure your program is meaningful for your population.
  • What are ways to make your trainings more meaningful and valuable overall, even in this digital age?
Presented by

Maria Weicker, VP Director, Learning & Development, Publicis Media

11:30am

Keynote Presentation

 

Continuous Learning: Leading the Way Forward with People Analytics

 

In these challenging times, when COVID-19 has forced companies to redeploy their people across the organization, reskilling is crucial and L&D has taken center stage at many organizations. The idea of continuous learning has the promise of professional and personal growth for both organizations and individuals – and successful companies have seen that People Analytics and L&D have the same focus on letting people and organizations thrive. The L&D function must influence the people practices that will ensure health, safety, and fairness for all employees, but we can’t do that successfully based on hunches and guesses. Organizations must make data-based decisions about people, culture, and the new workplace normal, to ensure that the organization won’t just weather the storm, but will succeed.

Join us in this engaging session as we hear about key research findings and look at different areas in which analytics can help you leverage your L&D efforts, such as:

 

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Skill development
  • Supporting women in the workplace
  • The return to the workplace
  • Performance, turnover and promotions
Presented by

Sarah Johnson, VP, Enterprise Surveys and Analytics, Perceptyx, Inc.

12:00pm

Panel Discussion

 

The New Rules of Engagement & Transformation

 

Transformation and Employee Engagement initiatives are often difficult, expensive, and doomed as organizational endeavors. Despite years of companies trying to drive engagement, the number of disengaged workers hasn’t changed much, if at all. One of the biggest challenges seen in the field of transformation is not technology, structural issues or process bottlenecks – it’s shifting people’s mindsets.

 

In this engaging session we’ll share a transformational approach to employee engagement that will help your organization move from focusing on scores, to using simple and effective methods that will actually move the needle when it comes to improving engagement and performance. We will discover:

 

  • The key link between engagement, performance and success (both personal and organizational)
  • The most common mistakes organizations make before, during and after an employee survey and how to avoid them
  • How organizations can improve both engagement and organizational performance without “driving engagement”.
  • How hundreds of organizations have already successfully implemented this new approach to solving the right problems of employee engagement
Moderator

Sarah Johnson, VP, Enterprise Surveys and Analytics, Perceptyx, Inc.

Panelists

Theresa Zeller, Global Head, Integrated Learning Experiences, Merck

Maria Wayne, Vice President of Talent Management & Global Mobility, Equinix

Heidi Gerhard, Head of Talent Strategy, BASF

Cecil W. Johnson, Head of Talent Development, North America, Johnson & Johnson

12:40pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Storytelling: Leveraging Our Most Powerful Engagement Tool for Human Connection

 

Emotional connection is human connection. It’s how we buy, retain information, and get inspired to take action. We’re now leading, communicating, and attempting to connect with people without handshakes, eye contact, or sometimes even seeing a smile. Yet, business must continue. We must continue to grow relationships authentically. The most powerful tool we have is storytelling!

 

Join us in interactive session as we introduce the most vital emotional connection tool we have to use in virtual and in-person environments. Participants will understand the primary components needed for a complete story, different types of stories to tell, and where/when it is best to tell a story. Participants will also learn how to tie stories to presentation content and a foolproof rehearsal process, along with robust virtual presentation strategies to ensure performance is stellar.

 

In this session we will explore:

 

  • Why we should be telling stories
  • How to build a strong story
  • Where to find the best stories
  • What presentation strategies will garner the most potent connection
Presented by

Kerri Garbis, Founder & CEO, Ovation

1:10pm

Panel Discussion

 

How Effective Leaders use Team Building to Elevate their Organization

 

Many organizations continue to place too much emphasis on simply training their managers and sending them back to their respective departments to impart what they’ve learned – rather than developing effective teamwork and collaboration. There is widespread agreement that effective team leaders focus on purpose, goals, relationships and an unwavering commitment to results that benefit the organization and each individual. For leadership development initiatives to be truly successful, it’s critical to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of organizational teams – and to provide the encouragement and proficiency necessary to achieve common goals.

 

In this engaging panel we’ll discuss the importance and key considerations of utilizing team building to improve performance and leadership, such as:

 

  • Developing team-building activities to unite the workforce, improve communication, develop strengths, and address weaknesses
  • Creating healthy competition and incentives to improve motivation, and energize the workforce to strive for optimal team performance
  • Harnessing the distinct strengths of the higher performing groups to teach the employees how to operate as a sustainably high-performing team
  • Ensuring that the team members possess the complementary skills that are needed to sustain a commitment to performance, excellence and mutual respect
  • Opening the lines of communication – at all times – to provide motivation, maintain interest and promote cooperation
Moderator

Jayne Jenkins, Founder & CEO, Churchill Leadership Group

Panelists

Jake Breeden, Head of Global Learning Solutions, Takeda

Svetlana Yedreshteyn, Head of Learning & Development, OneMain Financial

Courtney Michener Miller, Director, Talent & Development, AstraZeneca

2:00pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Implementing Innovative Ideas During Times of Disruption

 

Innovation frequently happens when there is disruption, and can add to the disruption itself. Attend this session to hear how one organization faced the disruption associated with Covid and events in 2020 and beyond, and found ways to thrive. We’ll hear about:

 

  • Change has happened—now what? How to address innovation while in the disruption
  • Key elements for rapid implementation.
  • Staying prepared for the next innovation
Presented by

Adele Cook, Chief Learning Officer, Arizona Department of Economic Security

2:35pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Transforming the L&D Organization from Traditional Training to Digital and Intelligent Learning

 

Digital technology is transforming workplaces and L&D departments worldwide at an increasingly accelerated pace. In addition, most employees prefer digital methods for learning and working, and most senior executives believe that emerging digital technologies will change the nature of work and human-centric skills moving forward. As such, it’s critical to make the necessary adjustments to stay relevant, support the global digitalization strategy and stay abreast of business needs.

 

In this engaging session we will examine some of the steps needed for successful digital transformation, such as:

 

  • Focusing on the digital skills and training that the workforce will need to remain competitive and productive on a rolling basis
  • Taking into account the technology-related training and skills your personnel will need to implement, manage, and use the technology to complete their work
  • Paying attention to your organization’s data to effectively determine which digital skills their employees need to learn, and which digital tools the organization needs to utilize
  • Reviewing goals, objectives, customer data, revenue data, and learner data in order to determine how the organization should embrace the digitization of their L&D programs
Presented by

Anna Strasshofer, Director, Mursion

Paul Egan, Learning Partner, Mursion

3:10pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Future of Work: Trends & Implications in STEM

 

As the world continues to change, the importance of organizational agility and the ability to pivot to address the changing nature of work and the workforce is paramount to not only organizational competitive advantage, but to talent strategy and the ability to attract and retain top talent, globally. The US military is often viewed as traditional, large, bureaucratic, and slow. This presentation explores the journey of one organization in the Air Force as it strives to predict and understand the future of work, and holds up a mirror to determine how and if it can change to meet the challenge. Join us to hear about the major findings—six “shocks” for prediction of the future workforce, with particular emphasis on the future STEM workforce, and how the organization decided to pivot to meet the challenge. Shocks include brain drain (talent exportation), balancing intellectual property in a knowledge economy, transdisciplinarity, gig science, microcredentials, and expectations of the future workforce.

Presented by

Jessica Salyers, Chief Talent Management Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

3:45pm

Panel Discussion

 

Adapting the Organizational Culture with Engaging L&D and Talent Initiatives

 

In today’s unprecedented landscape and digital-first world, it’s critical for Learning and Development executives to focus on helping people prepare for the future. When facing continued 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 this engaging panel as we review the critical factors to keep in mind when developing adaptable L&D initiatives, such as:

 

  • Understanding that digital transformation and corporate learning platforms are only as good as the materials they deliver and the principals they are built on
  • Creating leadership development initiatives that nurture an environment of mutual trust and respect in order to drive stronger employee performance
  • Increasing employee engagement by connecting people around captivating content and interesting ideas to enable vital debates and practical discussions
  • Improving the company culture and encouraging internal learning by offering required training along with optional classes the employees can take to up-skill
  • Developing an appreciation of differences and openness to new ideas in order to improve diversity, equity and inclusion
Moderator

Lisa Rohrer, Head of University Partnerships, EMERITUS Institute of Management

Panelists

Caroline Abzug Ceisel, Senior Vice President, Talent & Development, Reyes Holdings

Stephanie Clark, Chief Learning Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care

Emily Yurachek, VP, Head of Learning & Leadership Development, Brown Brothers Harriman

Elizabeth Veliz, AVP Talent Management & Organizational Development, VCU Health

Shawn Lewis, Chief Learning Officer, Wells Fargo

4:30pm

End of Summit

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

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Practitioners within the following areas qualify for a complimentary pass: Learning & Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, and Leadership and Organizational Development.

*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 Summitis 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 areall 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-facenetworking.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
Directors and Managers of Training/Corporate Training

 

To request your invitation today, please contact Bobby Swartout at 212-532-9898 ext 248 or email info@opalgroup.net.

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