February 11th -13th, 2018
Dallas, Texas

Sunday, February 11, 2018

11:00 am - 11:45 am Registration

Sponsored by: Roundtable Learning

11:45 am - 1:30 pm Lunch & Networking Activity

Sponsored by: Thoughtexchange

1:30 pm - 1:35 pm Welcome Orientation

1:35 pm - 1:45 pm Chairperson's Introduction

Sponsored by: Kremple Communications

1:45 pm - 2:25 pm Learning in Practice! Applying the Principles of Design Thinking to Develop Learning & Performance Solutions

Lorraine Stomski, Vice President, Global Learning & Leadership ,Walmart
When it comes to delivering results from L&D, the main focus should always be on the business value for these programs. However, this focus is often overlooked and organizations fail to measure up. During this session, attendees will learn how Walmart empowered their teams to tackle and solve complex and immediate problems using a design thinking approach.
·         Explore the value of empathetic design in modern instructional design
·         Participate in hands-on examples of Walmart's design thinking techniques modified for instructional design


Lorraine Stomski

Vice President, Global Learning & Leadership

2:25 pm - 3:05 pm The Learning Engine: How L&D Can Power Culture Change

Mike Kennedy, Associate Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development ,NBA
When the NBA’s new commissioner (and CEO) took office in 2014, he quickly made clear that a cultural transformation within the league office would be a top priority of his tenure. Previously, the league had grown by excelling at execution; managers achieved results by prioritizing replication over innovation and steadiness over readiness. But this top-down, execution-first culture would not, the commissioner believed, sustain growth within the new, increasingly global sports and media business landscape. The NBA’s global head of learning and leadership development will describe how the learning function acted not just as enabler or promoter, but as a true driver of the evolution toward employer of choice for an engaged workforce embracing innovation, collaboration, and strategic agility.
 Understand the structural and institutional preconditions for the learning function to assume leadership of major change  Narrow L&D’s focus to prioritize initiatives that most closely align with the objectives of cultural transformation
 Integrate senior executives into leadership development activity to position them as change ambassadors
 Engage intensively with HR leadership to ensure consistency of processes, philosophy, and information flow

Mike Kennedy

Associate Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm Business Meeting

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm Business Meeting

4:05 pm - 4:20 pm Networking Break


4:20 pm - 5:05 pm The Secret to Offering Feedback that Inspires Action
Ideally, feedback should inspire people to learn, grow, and push the edge on what they are capable of. Sadly, too often it results in resentment, disengagement and damaged relationships. 
That’s a real problem—for your entire organization—because people need feedback so can learn fast enough to keep pace in our ever-changing world. That’s why that so many companies are moving to “in the moment” development.  Clearly, the ability to offer feedback that engages and inspires is essential—and elusive.
Join Dianna Anderson, CEO of Cylient, for a lively, interactive learning experience where you will discover for yourself how to offer “in the moment” feedback that inspires people to take action.

Master Class

4:20 pm - 5:05 pm Best Practices Expert Panel: How HR, Ops and L&D Must Work Together to Create Best in Class Education Benefits
It’s no longer a choice. With more than 6 million job openings in the U.S., it’s critical to have compelling benefits to attract, retain and engage the agile workforce needed to compete today. Education is the #1 non-cash benefit according to surveys of Millennials. And it’s particularly important to career-motivated, A players on your team.  

That means L&D and HR must work together, focused on education benefits.

This panel, composed of experts from L&D, Operations and HR – explain how they worked across functions in their companies to create Best-in-Class education benefits.  They’ll share best practices, their challenges and solutions and answer your questions.

5:05 pm - 5:50 pm Bugs Bunny and the Process of Change

In this interactive session participants will be asked to consider learning and culture in some
new ways. We’ll discuss process, brain science, group learning and we’ll get a chance to put
Thoughtexchange through its paces as we explore what is important to this group of CLO

5:50 pm - 6:30 pm Seeing the Big Picture: Building Business Acumen To Build Your Credibility, Career & Company

In our experience with Fortune 500 companies from around the world, we’ve learned that to become a top performer employees need to be able to:
  • Use the 5 Business Drivers® to understand how their company operates and makes money
  • Align their individual and team decisions (micro) to executive initiatives (macro)
  • Engage in the overall business by recognizing how their role impacts company results
  • Think more strategically and create action plans that improve financial performance
In this session, you’ll learn a “big picture” mentality that will give you an invaluable edge in accomplishing your top learning and development priorities.

Sponsored by: Acumen Learning

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Business Meeting

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner

Sponsored by: Simpleshow