Workforce Learning & Development 2017: Train. Retain. Excel.

Workforce Learning & Development 2017: Train. Retain. Excel.

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Workforce Learning & Development 2017: Train. Retain. Excel.

November 16-17, 2017 | Paris Las Vegas

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: At Workforce L&D you’ll access proven methods for leveraging technology and applying cutting-edge strategies to enhance organizational performance. Tap into the training trends that today’s pioneers swear by, and learn how you can help your employees be better prepared, more engaged, and able to produce twice the work in half the time!


The agenda will be packed with powerful strategies for creating an engaging environment for professional development that supports business growth and workforce retention and features insightful keynotes, substantive presentations, in-depth panel discussions, and interactive learning labs.


Workforce L&D offers practical, comprehensive, content-rich insights for anyone who is or needs to become a strategic advocate for comprehensive learning and development training solutions—solutions that can have a positive impact on the workforce and the organization’s underlying bottom line. Learning officers, Training Managers, Instructional Designers, and HR professionals are strongly encouraged to attend.


  • Just $700 per attendee — a $100 savings at the Early Bird rate (ends April 1, 2017).
  • Conference Materials: $320
  • Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch provided both days. Morning and Afternoon breaks provided.

Register before April 1st and lock in your Early Bird savings!

Your 2017 Location

Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.  
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Free parking!

Room Rate: $169, plus $26 daily resort fee

Resort Fee Includes:

  • Unlimited local phone calls (no long distance or international calls)
  • Two (2) Guest admissions per day to the Fitness Center (does not include use of the spa)
  • In-Room Internet access to include two (2) device per room per day (Property-wide and inter-property roaming available at that property for an additional fee.) 

Call 877-603-4389

Group Code: TBD

Reservation cut-off date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 1 | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Training Solutions Showcase: Technology Test Drives and Exhibitor Attractions
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Workforce L&D 2017 brings together learning, development, and training vendors providing the latest technology-driven corporate training software and platforms. Take a test drive at our Learning Solutions Showcase, which features exhibitor attractions focused on ways to enhance the way you deliver, manage, and measure corporate learning-based initiatives.

Welcome Remarks
7:50 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

Opening Keynote
The Learning Horizon: Top Training and Talent Development Trends You Can Bank On 

7:55 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Workforce L&D 2017kicks off by examining the hottest learning and development trends shaping how forward-thinking corporate learning officers, HR managers, and other organizational stakeholders are investing time, resources, and company dollars in the quest to continually engage and inspire their workforces.  You’ll learn what’s hot on the L&D scene—from gamification, virtual reality, mobile learning, video, and more.

90 Ways to Expand Learning Beyond the Training Room  
9:00 a.m.– 10:35 a.m.
Companies that succeed at building and maintain a dynamic workforce have mastered the integration of learning and development into every day work life. This speed-learning experience will provide dozens of tips on how to expand learning far beyond the training room to consistently and effectively engage talent. You’ll get 90 tips—in around 90 minutes—that you can immediately incorporate to expand your L&D strategy.

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Gamification for Talent Development: Key Design Principles Proven to Drive Learning Success
10:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Gamification can improve learner satisfaction and retention, and  increase knowledge and skill gains among employees. Choosing the right gamification can be a huge asset to HR and training professionals, but the difficult part is implementing “proper design.” Your goals as the trainer, communication with the employee, and the proverbial toolkit you use will all play a part in whether your experience is a success. Thankfully, with a few science-driven recommendations, you can be on your way to an effective learning and development program that leverages gamification. This session will focus on how different organizations are using gamification as a talent development technique and how, when properly designed, it can work for your organization.

You’ll learn:

  • Examples of successful uses of gamification for developing talent
  • Why making learning fun is a valuable goal for designers
  • The differences between gamification, simulations, and serious games as learning tools and how to tell when it’s best to use each
  • How games can provide assessments of learning and training transfer
  • How badges, points, and leaderboards are just one little piece of the gamification toolkit


12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Training Up: Evaluating What It Takes to Develop Lasting, Engaged Leaders
1:10 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
You want the best out of current and future departmental and organizational leaders. But, what should you be doing to help them excel as impactful leaders? Being a manager doesn’t always translate into being a natural leader, and leaders aren’t always high performers. There can be lots of reasons for this—sometimes the manager lacks accountability, self-awareness, or the ability to attract and inspire talent. So, what can you do to ensure that managers at all levels of the business cultivate their leadership capabilities?

During this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to evaluate whether your current leadership development strategy aligns with business goals
  • How to assess leadership development strategy strengths and weaknesses
  • Examples of how to nurture talent to stay strong as leaders, regardless of changes to the business structure, company’s goals, and other variables 

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
2:35 – 2:55 p.m.

Millennials at Work: Top Employment Brands’ Strategies for Continuous Learning and Engagement
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
According to Bersin by Deloitte’s Future of Corporate Learning report, Millennials crave training and development above benefits like flexible schedules and cash bonuses. A PwC report, Millennials at Work: Reshaping the Workplace, reflects the same sentiment, noting that Millennials want constant feedback and encouragement and are likely to embrace digital learning delivery methods. Since Millennials have surpassed Generation X as the largest segment of the workforce, it’s important to understand precisely what millennial learners expect from work and how you can deliver it in an effective way. This session will examine how successful employment brands like Yelp, Adobe, Salesforce, and Facebook approach learning and development to ensure that Millennials and other generations of workers are continuously engaged.

The Data-Driven Leader: Case Studies on How People Analytics Can Be Used to Evaluate the Strategic Alignment of Business and L&D Goals  
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
It’s important for corporate learning and talent management professionals to understand what makes various aspects of the underlying business successful. Only then can they effectively evaluate how their learning programs can be improved upon to drive future business success. Enter big data. With data analytics, L&D stakeholders can identify new types of learning content to training requirements, examine learning patterns, user interaction with learning content—and, in turn, create personalized learning content that meets learners’ needs—and predict future learning needs. This session will provide real-life examples through case studies on how data analytics related to HR and people management can be used to foster L&D strategy. 


MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 2 | Friday, November 17, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Training Solutions Showcase: Technology Test Drives and Exhibitor Attractions
7:00 a.m. –  1:30 p.m.  
If you didn’t get the chance to check out Workforce L&D 2017’s Training Solutions Showcase on Day 1, now is the time to get your learning engines really revving! Connect with L&D vendors providing the latest—and greatest—technology-driven corporate training software and platforms, and test drive our exhibitor attractions, which are focused on ways to enhance the way you deliver, manage, and measure your corporate learning-based initiatives.

Breakfast & Learn Solutions Demo |
7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
Grab your lunch and join us for an informative test-drive of BLR’s winning digital solution TrainingToday® is a leading provider of online education programs for employees and supervisors. Each course in our extensive library addresses a specific topic with engaging and interactive presentations, delivering practical advice and clear instructions that trainees will remember long after the training is complete. And with a built in LMS, TrainingToday does all the assignment, tracking, testing, and reporting for you. It’s your turnkey training solution. Attendees will be entered to win one of the hottest new technologies on the market!

[Announcements: 7:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.]

Case Studies: From-the-Trenches Tactics on How Real-Life Companies Are Driving L&D Success   
8:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Workforce L&D’s case studies sessionfeatures 3 inspiring segments showcasing the real-life application of best practices to:

  • Successfully integrate varied modes of training—classroom, mobile, online—to maximize the effectiveness of blending learning-based strategies 
  • Drive positive business outcomes through effective sales onboarding 
  • Train the trainer 

Training Tools on the Cheap: An Insider’s Guide to Cost-Effective Solutions for Creating Infographics, Tutorials, and More
9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
This demonstration of quality, low-to-no-cost tools will illustrate how specific training goals can be achieved on a tight budget. You’ll learn techie L&D insiders’ tips on where to find and how to use software tools that can be used to create training tutorials, infographics, and other interactive training materials that fit your budget. You;’ll leave this session knowing with an arsenal of tools that you can use to do more with less!

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
10:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Mentoring Hub: How to Formalize Knowledge Transfer Opportunities to Zap the Skills Gap
10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Pew Research Center reports that 10,000 baby boomers reach age 65 each day. That means more and more boomers are retiring. Whether employees depart due to retirement, other job opportunities, or personal reasons, when they leave they take invaluable knowledge with them. And, it’s not enough for a departing worker to write a manual on their duties for successors to follow. To stay at the top of the talent management game, it’s important to focus on tacit knowledge, which is rooted in workers’ skills, their experiences, and their ideas. This session will:

  • Explain the difference between information and knowledge 
  • Provide real-life examples of how knowledge transfer experiences—some as short as 1 minute—among mentors and mentees can be integrated into every day work life to ensure that the workforce is well prepared for talent shortages
  • Reveal expert tips on how to formalize knowledge transfer experiences so your mentoring program is equipped to zap the skills gap

How to Make Required Training Fun—Yes, We Said Fun!

11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Training on legal and compliance obligations related to reporting of workplace harassment, safety training, fiduciary responsibilities, or other areas may be mandatory under federal or state law depending on your industry, specific workers’ roles, etc. But, just because you’re legally required to address a certain subject matter doesn’t mean the content of the training needs to be so dry that the learning experience turns into a snooze fest. This session will teach you:

  • Strategies for infusing pizazz into required workplace training
  • How to make required trainings informative and fun, so employees easily recall and set into practice what they’ve learned—so you can minimize legal risks
  • How to evaluate whether your preferred method of delivery for required training, e.g., via Skype, a mobile device, or another platform—is legally permissible under the regulations that mandate a particular type of training

Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Smartphone Cinema: Mobile Design Considerations to Satisfy Microlearning Objectives    
1:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

To excel at learning and development, it’s essential to recognize that a smartphone or tablet is likely the preferred method of delivery for many workers. With the use of mobile technologies becoming more prevalent, particularly with respect to microlearning, designing learning-based content for smartphones comes with a host of challenges that companies must be ready to address. This session will focus on:

  • Design criteria for adapting training content for mobile learning
  • Examples of cost-effective tools for developing video-based training for mobile devices 
  • Design and integration trouble spots that may arise from screen size and other smart phone attributes 
  • Checklists for ensuring that mobile modes of delivery satisfy key learning objectives

Refreshments & Networking Break
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Strategy Speed Talk: Ditching the Corporate Ladder—How the Corporate Lattice Aligns with L&D Strategy
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Forget about climbing the corporate ladder, nowadays it’s about straddling the corporate lattice. This Strategy Speed Talk is a burst of insight into how a career lattice works to maximize employee performance, engagement, and improve retention—all fundamental goals of L&D programs.

The Art of Storytelling: The Psychology of Learning and How to Incorporate Memorable Vignettes into Training Content
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Stories connect us through emotion, and emotion to a large extent drives cognition, according to neuroscientists.
But, what really makes a story great? The art of storytelling in large part lies in being able to effectively and succinctly tap into the subject’s emotions. Workforce L&D 2017 closes with a look at:

  • The psychology of learning and the scientific evidence supporting the theory that our brains crave stories   
  • How stories can be used to help you achieve training goals
  • Weak training storylines that fall flat in creating an engaging learning experience  
  • Examples of tales that do an exceptional job of tapping into emotion and, in turn, breed A-list training content 

Closing Remarks
4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conference adjourns
4:30 p.m.


Your 2016 Speakers

Ann AndersonAnn Anderson
Director, Learning and Development

Ann Anderson oversees the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of client learning events. She combines her expertise in the Caliper Profile interpretation with in-depth knowledge of talent management, instructional design, and business strategy. Anderson has worked with Caliper since 2003, and in addition to her role with Learning and Development, she continues to serve as the lead consultant with several Fortune 500 clients. Before joining Caliper, her experience was in leadership and client management in employment screening, risk mitigation, and investigation services.

Natasha Bowman, J.D., SPHR Natasha Bowman, J.D., SPHR
Director of Education & Organizational Development
White Plains Hospital

Natasha Bowman JD, SPHR, has been leading organizations through the complex, fast-changing human resources landscape for over 10 years. Bowman has developed a reputation as an expert consultant and thought leader for organizations like The Heritage Foundation, Knowledge International, and Wiley Publishing. She is committed to developing the next generation of organizational leaders and has spoken and taught at some of the prestigious corporate classroom and graduate business schools across the country such as Fordham University, Walmart Stores Inc., Manhattan College, Northwell Health, Georgetown University, and the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Bill Bruck, Ph.D.Bill Bruck, Ph.D.
Learning Strategist
Bill Bruck & Associates

Bill Bruck, PhD, advises companies on how to transform training into proficiency-based learning to create a sustainable competitive advantage. He is founder of two successful start-ups, designer of the award-winning eCampus learning platform, and author of numerous books on the effective use of technology in the workplace. His expertise helps his clients go beyond the hype and past the glitter of new technologies to decide which technology waves will reach the shore and the timing required to ride them.

David CollinsDavid Collins
Vice President & General Manager

David Collins has been in the training and development field since 1989, including work in technology training, leadership development, e-learning, recruitment selection and succession planning. Mr. Collins has managed the expansion of TRACOM's product offerings, particularly new courses and guides to apply SOCIAL STYLE concepts. He is a frequent author and speaker on leadership and development. He has successfully led sales efforts for packaged products and custom solutions, and has worked with fast-growing companies such as LearningByte International and ePredix.

Jenny Dearborn
Chief Learning Officer

Recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2014 and 2015, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in learning, human capital management, and business culture. A regular contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company, Jenny has also written for Tech Republic, USA Today, and industry publications including CLO magazine, HR Executive, and Talent Development magazineHer book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, was in the top five business books written in 2015. (*Photo credit: Drew Altizer)

Brian DusablonBrian Dusablon
Learning Ninjas

Brian Dusablon has been in the learning industry since 1998 and performed many roles: content developer, instructional designer, LMS administrator, project manager, performance consultant, and coach. He currently helps organizations apply existing and emerging technologies to improve performance, with a focus on accessibility and usability. Mr. Dusablon also co-founded the Emergent Radio podcast network, co-hosting The ToolBar, which focused on learning technologies and design. He has written for numerous publications including Learning Solutions Magazine, T&D Magazine, the ATD Technology Blog, and eLearn Magazine.

Sarah GilbertSarah C. Gilbert
meLearning Solutions

Sarah Gilbert specializes in mobile learning technology strategy, design, and development. She also serves as director of the Informatics Academy at The Task Force for Global Health where she leads a team to support global public health workforce development. Gilbert’s work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TD magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications

Rob GrossmanRob Grossman
Advantage Performance Group

Rob Grossman brings clients more than 20 years of experience improving leadership, sales, business acumen, and change management capabilities. A consultant and facilitator with extensive experience designing and delivering learning, he specializes in inspiring and equipping managers and performers to create meaningful business impact. He has partnered with organizations across a broad range of industries and has led client engagements in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including at Macy’s, The Walt Disney Company, Newell Rubbermaid, BD, Teva Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, Cytec Industries Inc., ESPN, U.S. Postal Service, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Boeing.

Richard N. Landers, Ph.DRichard N. Landers, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Psychology
Old Dominion University

Richard N. Landers, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. His research program concerns the use of innovative technologies in adult learning, assessment, employee selection, and research methods, with his work appearing in numerous scholarly journals. Recent topics have included big data, game-based learning, game-based assessment, gamification, unproctored Internet-based testing, mobile devices, virtual reality, and online social media. His research and writing has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Science News, Popular Science, Maclean’s, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Debbie RichardsDebbie Richards
Creative Interactive Ideas

Debbie Richards has over 25 years of experience developing eLearning solutions, applications and web platforms. She has honed her skills as an instructional designer/developer while serving as a consultant and advisor, designing and developing a wide variety of training deliverables. Richards was named one of the most influential people in corporate eLearning for 2016, and is honored to be one of 38 global eLearning professionals awarded based on willingness to share knowledge (peer-to-peer learning).

Cyndi SaxCyndi Sax
Sr. Vice President, Consulting Services

Cyndi Sax focuses on identifying the potential within each person and supporting the fulfillment of that potential through individual, team, and organization-wide initiatives. Sax consults with clients in a broad range of industries, and her areas of specialty include leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, action learning, and team effectiveness. She has been a guest speaker to corporations and associations on a variety of management topics and has over 25 years of experience as a business leader.

Thomas A. TothThomas A. Toth
Managing Director and Founder
dWeb Studios, Inc. dWeb Studios, Inc.

Thomas Toth has over 20 years of experience in development of training programs and educational technology. He has led the creation of global learning initiatives for companies like Western Union, Janus Capital Group, and SafeNet, and has designed training programs for clients such as CHANEL, DiSH, Kelly-Moore Paint, Swarovski, Newmont Mining, the Walmart Foundation, Airgas, Murale, and Trizetto. He is the winner of ELearning! Magazine's Learning Champion Award 2016 in the category of Mentor, and his work in the area of leadership program development lead to an ASTD BEST award for training and development in 2008.

Craig Weiss
E-Learning 24/7

Craig Weiss provides advisory, analyst, and consulting services to buyers and vendors in the e-learning industry. For the second year in a row, Weiss has been identified as the most influential person in the world for e-learning. He writes the E-Learning 24/7 blog, which is read every week in 174 countries, territories, and colonial territories. Additionally, he has written for numerous publications and speaks regularly at conferences, events, and companies around the world. Later this year, he will be publishing his first book on learning management systems.