February 11th -13th, 2018
Dallas, Texas

Monday, February 12, 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:35 am Chairperson's Remarks

Sponsored by: Kremple Communications

8:35 am - 9:15 am Why Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Will Change Everything You Know About Learning

Derek Hann, Chief Learning Officer,PayPal
OBM will fundamentally change how you think about Training and Development. You'll come
away with tools and practices you can put into action tomorrow. By employing an OBM lens,
you'll direct business leaders to articulate what matters most for your organizations sustained
success and show them the specific actions needed to get there. You'll deliver business results
that are aligned, measureable, and create incontrovertible ROI. You'll leave inspired, excited,
and equipped to drive change in your organization. Once you start your OBM journey, you'll
never look back.
Participants will:
·         be introduced to the ABCs of OBM
·         apply the ABC lens to their most pressing training and development challenge(s)
·         identify gaps in current learning strategies / initiatives  

Derek Hann

Chief Learning Officer

9:15 am - 9:55 am Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Workforce - The Need for Power Skills

As a prior F500 CLO, Stephen Krempl had a front row seat observing how some employees progressed their careers effectively, whiles others did not. The difference - Standing Out. In today’s crowded global workforce StandingOut requires the right Power Skills.  AI is impacting the workforce by automating routine tasks, augmenting roles and amplifying processes evolving jobs and careers to be more human.  AI’s emergence is elevating the need for the right Power Skills to help your employees’ progress their careers where they work today and to help expand your internal talent pipeline.
  • The insight to AI and the need for the right Power skills 
  • Capturing employees’ in the moment sentiment feedback drives higher levels of engagement and connection
  • Skills executives look for and recall that could impact employees’ career progression where they work today
  • Skill practicing diminishes the forgetting curve’s impact and why only perfect practice makes perfect

10:00 am - 10:30 am Business Meeting

10:30 am - 11:00 am Business Meeting

11:00 am - 11:15 am Networking Break


11:15 am - 12:00 pm Building the Capability to Manage Complexity
Managing complexity is hard.  And, as a rule, we are not very good at it.  We often try to dismiss complexity, to simplify it, to make it fit into an old mental model.  But the ability to effectively and efficiently manage complexity is a function of achieving clarity – not simplicity or avoidance or fitting a square peg into a round hole.  It is both an individual and team sport.  Individually, we must do the cognitive work to reconcile conflicting facts and forecasts.  As a team, we must encourage and respect diversity in perspectives and experiences.  Demands on mid- to senior-level executives continue on a relentless upward path – significantly raising the value of managing complexity.  In this session, we will discuss the different types of complexity and novel approaches to building this capability in your organization.

Sponsored by: UNC Executive Development

Master Class

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Continuous Innovation: Embedding Design Thinking Into Your Corporate DNA
There's no such thing as “business as usual" in today's global economy. In an environment of almost constant change, disruption is the order of the day. For your business to thrive amidst the turmoil, your teams need to be fluent in a cutting-edge approach that integrates design tools with foundational business concepts, which enable flexibility and a capacity for continuous innovation. The New School is pioneering a highly collaborative, original approach of design-led education. Get a glimpse of what it's all about by participating in our hands-on, experiential design thinking workshop. You'll come away with an understanding of how design can deliver meaningful solutions for re-shaping your educational offerings, and prepare your current and next generation of leaders to transform your business. 
- Discover how design tools drive innovation
- Gain a new perspective to solving business challenges

Sponsored by: The New School

12:05 pm - 12:35 pm 5 Simple Rules of Explanation - Enhance Workplace Communication

In today’s fast-paced world a short simple message is essential. By reducing a complex topic to its key concepts, any subject can be simply explained, easily understood, and widely shared. During this session, you will become an explanation expert with the 5 Simple Rules of Explanation, which can be used in hundreds of workplace situations. From onboarding to certification, HR policy explanation to intra-office communication, reducing your topics to the key points and presenting them in an engaging way is critical.

12:35 pm - 1:35 pm Lunch

1:40 pm - 2:20 pm Flourish: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People

Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D., Head, Leadership Development, Executive Programs, & Coaching ,Cigna
Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron. In the face of adversity, why do some people flourish, while others fold? The essential condition required to live a flourishing life is not found in the absence of adversity, but rather in a person’s response to difficulty.
Here’s what resilience is NOT:

-Merely bouncing back, resilience is dramatically more than elasticity.
-A mentality of “this too shall pass.” As Andy Warhol said, “Time changes things, but you have to change them yourself.”

Adversity is a trip we take. Resilience paves the road. Resilience is, as Rumi said, “the business of being human,” the willingness to endure hardship, and, as a result, to allow ourselves be fundamentally and forever changed. In return for our effort, we receive gifts of enhanced confidence, strength, wisdom, and compassion. After working with hundreds of extraordinary leaders, five core practices of particularly resilient people have emerged.  Now it has a name: Adversity Quotient (AQ): The inability to be deterred by failure. Perhaps it’s not IQ or EQ, but the ability to persevere, despite the odds, to acknowledge fear, setbacks, and failure, and forge onward is the stuff of true success.  In this keynote address, we will share all five practices (Vulnerability, Productive Perseverance, Connection, Grati-osity, and Possibility) including new ways to re-think high potential leadership competencies as well as our own.“There is only one road to true human greatness: the road through suffering.” Albert Einstein
During this session you will learn;

-The five practices of particularly resilient people
-How best to develop leadership (your own and others’) resilience
-How to create a culture of resilience in your organization

Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D.

Head, Leadership Development, Executive Programs, & Coaching

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm OMG! How AMC Theatres Moved From PowerPoint to Reality TV To Train Its Millennial and iGeneration Associates

Mike Allison, Vice President, Learning & Development ,AMC Theatres
AMC has approximately 26,000 combined Millennial and iGeneration associates.  As such, the organization must leverage learning solutions that appeal to younger generations.  At its recent Crew Training Summit, AMC took the concept of "creative learning" to a whole new level in developing content that was inspired by the reality television show Undercover Boss.  Armed with spy cameras, four directors of operations posed as new crew members and went undercover in theatres.  In addition, two undercover guests wreaked havoc in those same theatres.  The goal was to use hidden video to capture and reinforce what associates were already doing right while also integrating live training activities.  Participants in this session will:
  • Hear directly from AMC’s learning and development leader, who also happened to be one of the undercover guests.
  • View portions of the undercover footage and accompanying learning activities.
  • Learn why the Crew Training Summit content, played in all 660 AMC theatres, yielded the highest engagement, satisfaction, and retention levels from any summit ever held.
  • Hear how AMC is further engaging younger associates through creative uses of media and technology.

Mike Allison

Vice President, Learning & Development
AMC Theatres

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Business Meeting

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Business Meeting

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Business Meeting

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Networking Break

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Ignite: The Wrong Way to Prove the Impact of L&D: Traditional ROI

Your organization’s goals aren’t based on ROI, but on improving key metrics throughout the organization. That’s why the future of learning success will be judged on L&D’s ability to impact business results, not on how many programs earned its money back. Hear how Fortune 500 organizations are using learning analytics tools to align learning improvements with performance metrics to impact revenue, margins, and productivity. After all, if your focus is to positively impact the bottom line in a measurable, repeatable way, then ROI will come naturally.
Today’s modern learner is impatient, overwhelmed and frustrated. They desire flexibility in where and how they learn, and have only a small amount of time to focus on training and development. How do we as learning leaders address these radical shifts? How do we provide nontraditional training and delivery to accommodate their need for just in time everything? Are we finding microlearning, mobile, communities of practice, on-demand performance support and curation to be effective? To remain relevant as a business function, L&D must understand the needs of modern learners. This very real discussion will cut through the noise and open up to the challenges facing learning professionals today.

Steve Walker

AVP, Learning & Development
State Farm


Kat Steinmetz

Director, Learning & Development
Stitch Fix


Jennifer McCuen

Senior Director, Enterprise Learning
UnitedHealth Group


Bradley Samargya



Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D.

Head, Leadership Development, Executive Programs, & Coaching

5:40 pm - 6:20 pm Roundtable Discussions: Choose Your Topic

How Can Learning & Development Leaders Increase Their Influence In the Boardroom
In an era where great talent has never been harder to attract and retain, organizations can benefit tremendously by fully leveraging their current staff and not just pursuing the latest candidate du jour. Yet too often LD leaders don't have sufficient influence in the boardroom to fully enroll other executives in their people strategy as the full blown competitive advantage that it could be. When you join us for this small executive roundtable you will have an opportunity to discuss with your LD peers the communication, education and mindset shifts that need to happen for you to gain the strongest possible influence in the boardroom
Daniel Kimble, CEO, Resonance Executive Coaching
Virtual Leadership Development - Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Leadership development programs are increasingly conducted in virtual or blended settings -- whether to serve a global audience, cut costs, or expand reach, more and more organizations are moving all or parts of their leadership development online.  
How do top companies maintain engagement and affect behavior change when program participants are distributed across the globe? How do organizations create the right type of networking and peer learning experience when participants are remote? Many organizations are still struggling with the right answers to these questions. Join Abilitie in an interactive discussion on blended L&D and we'll share case studies of companies that have run successful virtual leadership development programs in 2017
Led By: Abilitie
The Business Case for Adaptive Learning
Mastery-based adaptive learning (a field which uses computers to actively tailor content to individual needs) has been identified as the holy grail of learning technology, and has also remained largely out of reach. Now introduced into corporate environments, this milestone learning technology is a proven game-changer. Join this session  to explore ways to leverage the benefits of adaptive learning for immediate, sustainable and measurable results, driving top-line growth and bottom line results
Led By: McGraw-Hill Education

Sponsored by: McGraw Hill

Sponsored by: Abilitie

Sponsored by: Resonance Executive Coaching

6:20 pm - 6:50 pm Cocktail Reception Followed by Dinner

Sponsored by: Thoughtexchange