Steve WalkerAVP, Learning & Development
Steve Walker is assistant vice president – Learning & Development for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Companies. His role as assistant vice president includes responsibility for enterprise leadership and employee development programs; Industry, Professional, and Collegiate Education (IPaCE); L&D Business Office; and the Learning Delivery Solutions function. Steve has more than 30 years of experience with State Farm. Steve joined State Farm® in 1986 and has served in a variety of executive leadership positions in Human Resources and Learning & Development. He assumed his current position in 2006. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration from Bradley University, where he graduated with distinction. He earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1998. Steve has served in a variety of leadership roles within the community including serving on the Board of Trustees for Lincoln College. Steve and his wife Teresa have two children, Ben and Ellie, who are overly active in school, travel sports, music, competitive dance and many other creative pursuits. Steve and Teresa play in a local “basement” rock band called The Readers
5:00 PM Meet The Modern Learner
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.