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Workforce L&D 2019: Talent Development Tactics to Supercharge Performance and Retention

November 14-15, 2019 | Nashville, TN

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In this years L&D landscape, one thing is absolutely clear: enterprises of all sizes are now considering eLearning as a solution to their budget and productivity- related issues, and they are now more than ever, embracing new learning and training tools. This is why, according to Brandon Hall Group, L&D leaders will allocate future budgets to stay in line with company growth goals.

At Workforce L&D 2019, you’ll learn from the nation’s top learning and employee engagement professionals how to build a superior professional development program that supports business growth, innovation, and workforce retention.

When you attend this leading event, you will:

  • Access step-by-step guidance on constructing assessment questions for new training curriculum
  • Learn how to effectively assess your training needs to target exactly where you should invest time and resources to optimize your L&D efforts
  • Discover research-backed strategies for creating compelling training content that keeps your staff engaged and able to retain your message
  • Take away proven ROI formulas to help you sell your L&D investment to the C-suite
  • Hear how other high-performance companies are tackling project management road blocks, aligning SME priorities and closing feedback loops
  • Determine how to choose the right blended learning/modality framework to deliver formalized learning opportunities and support personal learning paths
  • Uncover the latest technologies available to support L&D initiatives, from augmented and virtual reality to apps and more!

 

Preconference Agenda

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Continental Breakfast/Preconference Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Choose from Full- and Half-Day Workshops:

(Full day) FMLA Master Class: Advanced Leave Management Training
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own from Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
This intensive day-long workshop provides substantive instruction on FMLA compliance in light of new and existing regulations, court rulings, and application of this far-reaching law. Through attorney-led instruction, you’ll engage with workshop peers to solve day-to-day challenges concerning intermittent leave, return to work, employee performance, and much more.

You’ll enhance your advanced-practitioner skill set when you attend this satisfaction-guaranteed master class and learn:

  • How to judge a serious health condition the way judges do, and eliminate disputes about what does and doesn’t constitute it 
  • The latest FMLA revisions, so you don’t risk noncompliance 
  • What recent FMLA court decisions really mean, so you can adjust your policies accordingly 
  • Where FMLA recordkeeping trips up even the savviest human resource managers, and some solutions to avoid similar mistakes 
  • How to tame the intermittent leave and reduced schedule beasts, and put a stop to abuse and fraud 
  • How FMLA, ADA, and workers’ comp laws overlap, so you can avoid violations 
  • And more!


(Full day) Leader as Coach: Leadership Development Training
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own from Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
Presented by: Gregg Thompson, Bluepoint Leadership Development
This engaging, highly experiential course is designed for managers, leaders, and influencers who understand the necessity of superior coaching in today’s business ecosystem where leadership development has become everyone’s responsibility. The curriculum equips participants with immediately-usable skills they can use to cultivate collaborative talent development partnerships; engage in potent, performance-enhancing conversations; and create extraordinary engagement, alignment, productivity and innovation in their teams.

When you attend this action-packed workshop, you will:

  • Be introduced to a proven, very practical coaching model that can be effectively used throughout your teams and organization
  • Learn how to initiate and guide high-quality coaching conversations using Bluepoint’s Coaching Power Tools
  • Participate in real-life exercises that will allow you to hone your conversational coaching skills and receive direct feedback on your personal effectiveness
  • Understand how to apply the concepts of appreciation, constructive confrontation and accountability to your own leadership practices
  • Create your own professional development plan that will map out your leadership trajectory and set ambitious but achievable goals
  • Take away valuable course materials, tools, and a copy of Gregg Thompson’s popular book, The Master Coach


(a.m. only) Employee Handbook Workshop: How to Draft and Revise Employment Policies and Procedures that Align with Current Federal Law
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Is your employee handbook up to date with the latest legal changes? Even if you think it is, you need to make sure your policies don’t unintentionally create a binding contract with employees—one that could jeopardize their “at will” status and open you up to devastating lawsuits. Plus, with the continuing expansion of employee-friendly state and local legislation—not to mention the ever-changing nature of the National Labor Relations Board’s reach—it’s vital to make sure you’re staying on top of it all. This half-day workshop will provide critical information on the latest legal changes to incorporate into your company’s employee handbook.

You’ll learn the practical implication of important new federal updates and best practices for designing, building, and customizing your own employee handbook. We’ll cover:

  • Important wording to include and what to steer clear of in light of new federal court, legislative, and regulatory developments and national employment trends
  • Suggested policy language to include for 2020 concerning hot topics such as:
    • Drug testing/use/zero-tolerance policies
    • Internal hiring/antinepotism
    • Harassment prevention and antiretaliation, including compliant procedures for reporting
    • Reasonable accommodation requests due to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-protected disabilities
    • Pregnancy-based accommodations
    • Hiring practices
    • Social media usage and confidentiality
    • Varied forms of paid and unpaid leave (e.g., paid sick and family and medical leave)
    • Parental/bonding leave (distinct from maternity/pregnancy leave)
    • Moonlighting/antimoonlighting
    • Premium pay/use of time off during holiday periods
    • Treatment of accrued leave on termination (payout/forfeit/accrual cap)
    • Fragrances and allergens in the workplace
    • Discipline (to allow you, as the employer, the most flexibility)
    • Absenteeism/job abandonment/no-call, no-show
    • Harassment
    • Employee travel/compensation for travel time
    • Inclement weather/business disruptions
    • Telecommuting, remote work, and flexible work arrangements
    • BYOD/mobile device privacy
    • Cybersecurity/data breach response
    • Workplace violence
  • How to use your employee handbook as an effective tool in defending your organization against costly lawsuits
  • Best practices for distributing, storing, updating, and disposing of outdated versions of your employee handbook


(a.m. only) Workplace Investigations: Your Action Plan for Probing Complaints, Interviewing Witnesses, Reaching Reasoned Conclusions, and Taking Action
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
HR is legally required to thoroughly investigate every complaint of unlawful or potentially unlawful conduct that crosses your desk, even when it seems without merit. You want to investigate in a timely manner and limit your liability for keeping a guilty party on the payroll. If you act too quickly, though, you run the risk of cutting some key corners. The secret to conducting a successful inquiry is to get your complete investigation plan in place before the complaint ever hits your desk—because, as you well know, in HR, it’s never a question of if, but when. This preconference workshop will bring you up to speed on how to conduct efficient, effective, legally compliant workplace investigations.

You’ll learn:

  • What to do first when an employee comes to you with a complaint or allegation
  • How to handle those common requests for “complete confidentiality” and “I don’t want you to do anything about this, but …”
  • How to separate a complainant and the alleged wrongdoer without inviting retaliation claims (from either side)
  • Interviewing tips to help you get to the truth
  • Strategies for resolving those “he said, she said” situations
  • What you should and shouldn’t do before the investigation is concluded
  • When you should consider bringing in an outside investigator
  • What to do after the investigation is over to minimize your legal risks under federal laws


(p.m. only) Wage and Hour Audits: Find and Fix Your Biggest—And Most Costly—Trouble Spots Before the Feds Do
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where do we stand on overtime? The Department of Labor (DOL) is diving back into the job of modernizing and streamlining the overtime exemption rules. After a court invalidated Obama-era proposed regulatory changes in 2016, all eyes have been on the DOL to see whether it will follow through with establishing a new salary level that would align with modern-day job duties, wages, and salaries. Currently, there’s buzz that a new threshold of about $35,000 is on the likely horizon.

Now is the time to get up to speed on the steps to take to ensure that your exemption classifications will pass muster under the new rules. This includes reviewing job duties against job descriptions, as well as compensation paid, to determine whether currently classified exempt employees will still be exempt under the new rules. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg because the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently jacked up the penalty for repeat or willful Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime violations to $2,014 per violation. Since wage and hour compliance runs the gamut from overtime exemptions to travel pay, on-call time, and more, it’s important for employers to get up to speed on the latest regulatory and enforcement updates so they can minimize the risk of costly civil penalties.

During this intensive workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze job descriptions and duties to tell if positions are really exempt from overtime under current and anticipated federal DOL regulations.
  • Reclassify jobs as nonexempt or exempt in a way that minimizes potential legal risks and maximizes savings.
  • Calculate travel, waiting time, and on-call pay to ensure full FLSA compliance.
  • Establish and enforce legally compliant wage and hour policies.
  • Avoid WHD enforcement actions, which could result in financially devastating civil penalties.
  • And much more!


(p.m. only) Sourcing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts: Tactics to Identify Ideal Candidates While Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Facebook provides a tool that allows companies to filter out certain demographics when advertising open jobs. For instance, The New York Times reported that Verizon, when recruiting for financial planning and analysis positions, recently ran a promotion targeting Facebook feeds for users between the ages of 25 and 36 who lived within a specified region. The Times reported that hundreds of millions of Facebook users, many of whom are likely over the age of 40, weren’t aware the ad existed because it hadn’t been delivered to them. The article noted, too, that companies like UPS, Target, and State Farm all have targeted their recruitment ads as part of a comprehensive recruitment strategy to cast a net across all ages. But do such practices run afoul of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)? Your company could be at considerable risk for high-priced jury verdicts and settlements in the event you’re sued for these or other allegedly discriminatory sourcing practices. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg because there are a host of legal issues that could arise once you call in a candidate to interview. You must make sure you are asking the right questions to ensure that you are abiding by applicable legal requirements and that every candidate is given a fair and equal opportunity while also steering clear of questioning that oversteps and violates job candidates’ rights under the ADEA, the ADA, and other federal laws concerning equal pay and more. During this intensive workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Legal ways to source and interview job candidates
  • What questions you can and cannot ask
  • Which of your current sourcing practices may be exposing your company to legal risks
  • The do’s and don’ts of sourcing and interviewing through role-playing exercises and mock interviews designed to highlight legal pitfalls to avoid

 
Agenda subject to change.

Main Agenda 

Main Conference Day 1 — Thursday, November 14, 2019

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

What if Everything You Know about Personality Styles Training Is Wrong?
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by Merrick Rosenberg, CEO & Cofounder, Take Flight Learning

The DISC profile is one the most commonly used assessment tools in corporations around the world. And yet, while people find it interesting, if there is one thing that people like to learn about, it is themselves – awareness does not often translate into sustained behavioral change. It’s time to rethink how we teach the styles in the workplace, and this highly interactive and engaging kickoff session will reveal how to:

  • Seize the opportunity to introduce or reintroduce DISC training to your organization
  • Turn classroom-based DISC training into a fun and engaging experience
  • Transform DISC training into a process not an event by reinforcing the learning throughout the year
  • Refocus DISC training from awareness to results
  • Repackage the styles to shift from empty letters to metaphoric symbols
  • Revitalize training to involve the participants
  • Reallocate time from profiles and graphs to skills and application
  • Rebrand the message to shift from learning about letters to learning skills and applying principles


Learning Trends Talks 
9:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

LXP vs. LMS: Are You Ready to Evolve Your eLearning?
9:05 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Presented by: Bryan Naas, Lessonly
Learning experience platforms (LXPs) are gaining popularity in the corporate learning space. But, in what ways are they poised to enhance or replace today’s learning management systems (LMSs)? Our Workforce L&D Trends Talks segment kicks off by examining the benefits and optimal use cases for LXPs to compliment or, in some cases, replace LMS.

Cyber Security Training Schedules and Delivery Methods
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Presented by: Bryan Naas, Lessonly
How often should you train the workforce on what they can do to mitigate or altogether prevent cybersecurity risks? Does your workplace culture foster or hinder your efforts to keep sensitive and confidential data safe and secure—and how can you tell? What are the most effective training methods for thwart cybersecurity risks right now? And, what “bad behaviors” is your workforce engaging in that could be putting your company at grave risk for a cybersecurity attack? This talk will answer these questions and more.

Selling’ Training as an Employee Benefit to Boost Recruiting and Retention
9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Presented by: Jennifer Martinez, Consult HR Partners, LLC
Professional development opportunities position employees to contribute to your underlying mission in more meaningful ways, and they can be a tremendous asset in fostering a healthy recruiting and retention strategy. This talk will reveal how to develop and communicate a strong message through which current and potential employees will better understand and truly appreciate the overall benefit your training-related programs can provide for them.

5 Real-Life Examples of How L&D Can Be Used to Support Organizational Agility   
10:10 am. – 10:25 a.m.
Presented by: Chelsea Brookes, Simplify Training, a Simplify Compliance brand   
The organizational structures of yesteryear focused on who does what. That is, each team  had a mission and it was up to L&D to determine which functions employees needed to be trained on and then to build training to assist them in meeting those goals. But, nowadays, it’s a different story: Organizational charts are, in some cases, going way, and business priorities are shifting, often a few times a year. Also, with the rise of gig and contingent employment, real-time developments in talent and performance management require real-time L&D responsiveness. But, how can you ensure that your L&D efforts provide the necessary resources to develop skills when they’re needed? And, how can you use your L&D to help measure performance? This Trends Talk will provide real-life success stories of L&D agility to demonstrate how training can appropriately support talent management in today’s everchanging business world.


Networking, Refreshments & Exhibit Break
10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Onboarding: Building an Employee Experience Designed to Train, Engage, and Retain Straight Out of the Hiring Gate
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Tess Fyalka, O’Shea Builders

A quarter of new hires leave within the first 90 days of employment. That’s a hard fact to accept since the cost to recruit, hire, and train that a new hire’s replacement can cost as much as nine months of that workers’ salary. Onboarding is one of the most important touchpoints in your training arsenal because it presents immense opportunities not only to train new talent on policies and procedures, integrate them into your workplace culture, help them build key relationships, and establish a foundation for them to grow as a productive and valued member of your talent team straight out of the hiring gate. To nail employee engagement and achieve healthy retention rates (not to mention customer retention)—it’s critical to invest in your onboarding experience, and this session will show you how to:

  • Foster learning from day 1 and provide newly hired workers with a customized onboarding experience that will integrate them into your culture and ensure they are living your brand
  • Determine which training programs will set the new team member up for success and create pathways to proficiency
  • Strengthen new hires’ productivity, collaboration, job satisfaction, and overall performance and engagement well beyond their probationary period

 

Networking Lunch (Provided) & Exhibits
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Management Training to Foster Civility and Respect—and Banish Cultural Negativity
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Presented by: Jeremy Pollack and Colleen Passard, M.A., Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, Inc.
This session will provide a framework for training your supervisors and managers to address negatively, incivility, and disrespect in a way that reaps favorable cultural results. You’ll learn what frontline managers should do to manage their teams, so they can resolve day-to-day conflicts, potentially violent outbursts, and otherwise damaging and negative behaviors in a constructive and proactive way. You’ll gain a comprehensive roadmap for delivering preventative training so managers are well poised to address conflicts and incivility before they snowball out of control. And, you’ll learn how to train supervisors and managers on what to be on the lookout for in cases where employee’s arguments, rants, violent outbursts, or otherwise disruptive behaviors should be escalated to HR, so you can avoid claims stemming from alleged harassment, bullying, or workplace violence.

Networking, Refreshments & Exhibit Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Learning Style Inventories: A Leading Strategy to Discern Your Adult Learners’ Preferences
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Presented by: Edward Hubbard, Ph.D., Myra Hubbard, Ph.D., Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.
Learning style inventories are designed to help figure out the type of learning style to which a particular learner best responds. Once you crack the learning-style code, you’ll be in a far better position to design instruction based on that given learning style, which, in turn, will enhance the corporate learning process in general. This session will explore various types of learning style inventories (LSIs), including Kolb’s LSI and other relevant LSIs, to provide you with a roadmap so you can develop learning frameworks best suited for your workforce’s learning preferences, as well as provide insight into what to make of research suggesting that learning styles can't be relied upon as widely as previously thought.

 

How to Create Innovative Learning Journeys that Stick
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Sharon Lucas, CDT3 Training

One-time events for training and off-the-shelf approaches are not working! Discover how to create a customized learning journey that addresses real-world situations and increases retention of knowledge and skill sets and learn how to use different methodologies for engagement during this session that will teach you how to:

  • Use the provided learning journey process with your own internal or external clients
  • Explore methodologies to convert a learning event into a learning journey to gain real-world application
  • Uncover ways to involve managers of participants, the actual participants, and colleagues as part of the learning process
  • Apply the critical components of a successful learning journey
  • Strategically involve participants and managers to maximize results
  • Establish a solid learning journey process that you can replicate across talent development-based initiatives
  • Transform your learning events into continual and engaging learning journeys

 

Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Main Conference Day 2 — Friday, November 15, 2019

Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. 
Learn how HRHero.com can help you achieve training success!

Opening Keynote
The Transformative Role of the 21st Century Learning Professional—and What New Priorities Will Mean for Your Organization
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The Transformative Role of the 21stCentury Learning Professional—and What New Priorities Mean for Your Organization
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: Connie Malamed, Connie Malamed Consulting
Learning needs are changing. Now is the time for training and HR professionals to adapt and thrive in the new learning ecosystem. Day 2 kicks off with an insightful look at how new technologies, transformed cultures, and new approaches to design impact learning and performance. You’ll learn:

  • How your changing professional role can support today’s workforce and meet new learning and development needs
  • How workplace culture impacts the learning and performance ecosystem
  • Top strategies for your workforce to reap immediate benefits from new technologies
  • How human-centered design (HCD) will set you on a path toward success
  • How your organization and careers can stay ahead of the curve

Measuring Mentorship Program Success: How to Ensure That Your Program Aligns with Business and Leadership Development Goals
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Presented by: Guy Lambert, Mentorloop
Organizations that utilize mentors position their workforce for more success. For instance, mentees are better positioned to receive critical professional development training that translates into improved engagement and retention in many cases, especially for high-potential employees. And, for the mentors, they’re bolstering their leadership skills. But, having a mentoring program in place is only part of the L&D pie. Organizations must be able to objectively measure whether their mentoring program helps them achieve their business and learning goals. This session will examine how companies can evaluate the ways in which their mentoring program(s) could be improved to ensure that learning goals are really being reached.

Networking, Refreshment & Exhibit Break
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Digital and Mobile Content: Today’s Frontier for Delivering Cost-effective, Convenient e-Learning Solutions
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Sarah Mercier, meLearning Solutions
What are the latest trends at the intersection of learning and technology? And which tools and products are proving to be the most effective for addressing the workplace of today’s top e-learning challenges? This session will take a deep dive into how some of the newest and most popular technologies, such as microlearning, blended learning, and extended reality, can be used to improve e-Learning and engagement.

Networking Lunch (Provided) & Exhibits
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Making Virtual Classroom Learning Relevant: How to Effectively Use Scenario-Based Learning to Boost Engagement and Message Retention
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Presented by: Bryan Naas Lessonly
Adult learning principles state that adults learn best when content is relevant. So, why do most virtual classroom lessons rely on lectures and slides? One of the most effective ways to ensure learning sticks is by getting learners involved—and scenario-based learning design does just that! And, this session will show you how. You’ll learn how to:

  • Design 3 types of scenario-based activities in the virtual classroom: problem-based learning, predictive learning, and play-based learning
  • Discover ideas for producing appropriate scenarios that resonate with your learners in the virtual classroom
  • Appreciate the role scenario-based learning plays in today’s modern workplace learning
  • Use scenario-based learning to support adult learning theory
  • Implement 3 types of scenario-based learning in the virtual classroom
  • Construct scenario-based learning in 7 steps (and you’ll get to see the scenarios in action)


Networking, Refreshments & Exhibit Break
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Performance Management and Learning in the ‘Flow of Work’
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presented by:Joan Goodwin, MSOD,  and Matt Stevens, MBA, Deloitte Consulting LLP
As we think about the future of work organizations and their employees are facing shifts in technology, career longevity, work practices, and business models. As a result, rapid skill and capability development has become more critical than ever before. Organizations today are recognizing the opportunity and the need to deliver targeted performance, coaching, and learning experiences to people in a more dynamic, frequent and personal way “in the flow” of work. Employees at all levels are benefitting from these new practices and approaches to learning and performance management “in the flow” of work as organizations prioritize “consumer-grade” experiences and new technologies to enable more cohesive employee experiences. This session, which will feature a case study of an organization that’s moved to a more dynamic “in the flow” of work approach to performance and learning, will teach you how to:

  • Design performance, development and learning into the “flow of work”
  • Leverage performance management and learning programs to skill and reskill the workforce to help maintain your competitive edge
  • Redesign performance and learning “in the flow” of work to meet changing business needs by following several critical steps
  • Apply next-gen performance management and learning technologies that support “in the flow” of work processes


Wrap-up Announcements & Conference adjourns
3:00 p.m.

*Agenda subject to change.

Your Conference Presenters

Chelsea Brookes  

Chelsea Brookes
Director, eLearning
Simplify Training, a Simplify Compliance brand

Chelsea Brookes, director of eLearning for Simiplify Training, oversees instructional design and production of online training curriculum for Simplify Compliance. With a focus on blended-learning techniques and incorporating various mediums of training into cohesive packages, Brookes works on customer-facing products that are designed to improve organization’s internal training practices.

     
Tess Fyalka  

Tess Fyalka
Director, Employee Development & Engagement
O’Shea Builders

Tess Fyalka is Director of Employee Development & Engagement for O'Shea Builders where she serves as an internal coach and directs O'Shea's employee development programs. She also oversees and delivers training programs for "O'Shea University." Prior to joining O’Shea, she spent 14 years as an independent consultant. And before transitioning into employee and organizational development, Tess worked in marketing and public relations for three large organizations. She has written more than 2,000 articles, white papers, blogs, and chapters in books on topics related to management and leadership. She is trained in coaching and facilitation and is an Organization Development Certified Professional, a Leadership Circle Certified Practitioner, a Crucial Conversations Certified Trainer, and a Conversational Intelligence Enhanced Practitioner. 

     
Joan Goodwin  

Joan Goodwin, MSOD
Specialist Leader | Performance Management Practice
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Joan Goodwin is the Performance Management (PM) Practice Lead for Deloitte’s Human Capital practice in the United States. She has over 25 years of culture change, performance management and talent strategies consulting experience serving clients that include Fortune 500 organizations in multiple industries including technology, financial services inclusive of investment banking, manufacturing, biotech, life sciences, healthcare, oil and gas, and sports performance retailers. Throughout her career, Goodwin has advised business and HR leaders on some of their most challenging workforce issues including culture transformation, performance management, leadership development and aligning Talent Strategies to business results. She has led global performance management redesigns from business case through implementation resulting in practical and sustainable solutions. Her leadership role encompasses the development of new performance management service solutions and leading practices, new methodologies and vendor selection for next gen PM software vendors to enable ongoing continuous performance and development experiences for the workforce.

     
Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.  

Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Edward Hubbard, Ph.D., President of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc. specializes in techniques for applied business performance improvement, Diversity Return on Investment (DROI®) measurement and analytics, instructional design, and strategic organizational development. He is an expert in organizational behavior, organizational analysis, applied performance improvement and ROI measurement strategies, strategic planning, diversity measurement and analytics, and strategic organizational change methodologies.  He holds a Practitioner Certification and Master Practitioner Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), a Ph.D. in Business Administration, and is the author of more than 45 books. Dr. Hubbard was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences. This award recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated distinctive achievements in a career.

     
Myra Hubbard, Ph.D.  

Myra Hubbard, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Myra Hubbard, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc., has many years of successful experience providing consultation to executives, work groups, and organizations. Her consulting engagements support managers, teams and organizations to become more inclusive, improve performance and increase productivity. She specializes in Organizational Behavior, Organizational Analysis, Employee and Business Resource Group Performance Improvement and Measurement Strategies, Diversity Measurement, Team Building and Organizational Change Methodologies.  Her emphasis is on practical “how-to” approaches directly related to organizational goals and the empowerment of employees. Some of her  books include “Measuring the ROI Impact of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs): Ensuring Employee Resource Group Initiatives Drive Business and Organizational Results, Experience Leaves Clues: 7 Keys to Self-Empowerment,  and Assertiveness and Self-Confidence.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Psychology, a Masters degree in Counseling, a Practitioner Certification and Master Practitioner Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), a neuroscience discipline and earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration.

     
Guy Lambert  

Guy Lambert
GM EMEA & North America
Mentorloop

Guy Lambert is currently General Manager EMEA and North America for Mentorloop, a software company helping organisations around the world effortlessly build a mentoring culture. Previously, Guy has worked on growth strategy for both large enterprise and startup businesses, and knows first hand the benefits that quality mentoring can bring to individuals and corporations alike. Guy holds both a Master of International Business and an Executive MBA, and loves nothing more than good food, good company and good times.

     
Sharon Lucas  

Sharon Lucas, M.S., ISD
Certified DISC Behavioral Analyst, EQ, and Change Style Indicator
President
CDT3 Training

Sharon Lucas offers over 30 years of experience in the field of Organizational Learning and Development, Facilitation, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has had the privilege of partnering with a multitude of organizations providing innovative learning and organizational solutions as a consultant. Clients include GE, Synchrony Financial, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Noble Drilling, Toyota, Interliant, Eaton, Dick’s Sporting Goods, SABIC, Valerus, Oceaneering, TEAM Inc., MODEC and many others.

Lucas possesses the unique combination of offering instructional design, facilitation and organizational development solutions and has designed and facilitated Train the Trainer Sessions, Leadership/Management solutions, DISC Certification, Coaching, Team Building, Sales Training, Time Management, Business Writing, Change Management and Presentation Skills. She has worked with executive teams creating mission and vision statements for their organizations. Sharon has also consulted with companies to help establish competency-based succession planning, hiring and training processes and executive presentations. In addition, she and her team have created innovative and engaging solutions including a Gamification Leadership Course, virtual learning solutions, and Graphic Recording and Facilitation options for retention.

Lucas holds a M.S. in Occupational Technology with a focus on OD, Training, Coaching and Instructional Design. She also earned a B.A. in Psychology. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Masters Program at the College of Pharmacy at UH. Certifications include: DISC, EQ, CSI (Change Style Indicator) and additional course certifications. She is passionate about the design process, training and coaching, making it a goal to impact each and every one of the participants she comes into contact with.

     
Connie Malamed  

Connie Malamed
Learning Experience Designer
Connie Malamed Consulting

Connie Malamed is a “Next Generation Instructional Design” expert who helps organizations craft strategies and experiences that improve performance and the recipient of the Guild Master award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the eLearning Guild community and the learning technologies industry.

As a learning experience designer for Connie Malamed Consulting, she works collaboratively with organizations to identify the most effective strategies for improving workplace performance, create the best solutions for disseminating information, design and create digital media (including online courses and web portals), review course materials and make recommendations for improvement, and coach teams that want to improve their competencies. Malamed’s goal is to provide training content that’s well-designed, easy-to-understand, and engaging. Her design work is based on the cognitive science of how people perceive and process information.

In addition to consulting, Malamed speaks and writes in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has a Masters’ Degree in Instructional Technology and a background in Visual Arts. She is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers.

     
Jennifer Martinez  

Jennifer Martinez
President & CEO
Consult HR Partners

Jennifer Martinez is the president and chief executive officer with Consult HR Partners, a newly launched company, who provide operational and strategic HR outsourcing services and solutions for businesses of all sizes. As a role up your sleeves and business minded HR leader, Martinez’s approach is highly collaborative and customer service focused when working with her clients in both the public and private sector as an extension of their team to provide scalable solutions and services that tie directly to bottom line results.

Martinez has expertise in the areas of start-up HR operations, employee engagement and culture development, acquisition/due diligence and integration planning, organizational design work, developing and implementing strategic HR plans and leadership development programs.

In her 25-plus year tenure within the human resources field, Martinez held various HR leadership positions within the gaming industry at Scientific Games Corporation, Konami Gaming, Aristocrat and Caesars Entertainment Corporation.  In her earlier career, she worked in hotel operations.

Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Organization Leadership.  She was named a “Great Women of Gaming – Proven Leader” in 2004 by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and she served as a key member of the Public Relations and Community Relations committee in 2007 and 2008 on the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association Board. She also recently served as a Board member for the Southern Nevada Chapter Red Cross from 2014-2017.

     
Sarah C. Mercier  

Sarah C. Mercier
Partner
Learning Ninjas LLC

Sarah Mercier, a partner at Learning Ninjas LLC, has over 18 years of experience as a facilitator, instructional designer and learning solution developer. Her primary focus is strategy, design and development in the area of innovative learning technologies. Mercier founded meLearning Solutions, a mobile learning consulting firm now operating as part of Learning Ninjas LLC. She is a national facilitator for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) for the Master eLearning Instructional Designer and Mobile Learning Certificate programs; and designed and facilitates both the Essentials of Mobile Learning and Essentials of Interactive eBooks programs. Her innovative learning solutions have been recognized by winning industry awards such as Best of Show at FocusOn Learning DemoFest 2017 for “xAPI for Interactive eBooks” and Best Performance Support Solution at DevLearn DemoFest 2017 for “Critical Success Factors training and assessment tool.”

Mercier is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events in the areas of instructional strategy, learning technology strategy, and learning solution design and development. Her work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TD Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications. Learn more at www.melearningsolutions.com and www.learningninjas.com, you can follow Mercier on Twitter at @sarahmerci.

     
Bryan Naas  

Bryan Naas
Director of Sales Enablement
Lessonly

Bryan Naas is a leader in training with more than 15 years combined experience in training and learning design. With roots in public education, he cultivated a love for learning to take on leadership roles in both small and large software companies. Currently the director of enablement at Lessonly, Naas drives strategy and execution to ensure the whole company is prepared to successfully deliver the Lessonly message and brand.

     
Daniel Nelson  

Daniel Nelson, Esq., C|EH, CIPP/US
Partner & Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Security Practice Area
Armstrong Teasdale

Dan Nelson is both a commercial litigator and a privacy and data security lawyer. And what makes him even more unique is that he is among the few U.S. attorneys to hold the title of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). That means he has been trained to break into computers, but for the right reasons. His combined interest in technology and the desire to help clients protect their privacy and sensitive data motivated him to take the unusual step of becoming what’s known as a “white hat” hacker. Through this arduous training, Nelson learned how to break into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security. Because of this, he offers clients a perspective that few lawyers possess. In addition to his ethical hacking credential, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). This credential means that he knows privacy laws and regulations and how to apply them.

Nelson’s special training and experience enhances his ability to help clients protect against and prepare for data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. He assists clients in the creation, implementation and enforcement of privacy and security policies and data breach plans. This guidance includes counseling on appropriate cybersecurity insurance coverage and risk assessment engagements. He also assists businesses with understanding their duties to retain and protect sensitive information, including privacy and document retention requirements.

In the event of a cyberattack, Nelson serves as a data breach/cyber incident coach. He advises on the immediate steps needed to contain, investigate and remediate the incident. His knowledge of both the technical details of likely breaches and the attendant legal and business impacts enables him to provide clients the information needed from both a technical and legal standpoint.

     
Colleen Passard, M.A.  

Colleen Passard, M.A.
Conflict Resolution Expert
Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc.

Colleen Passard of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc. is a writer, mediator and coach. She has an MA in Humanistic Counseling Psychology. Ms. Passard is the Leadership Development and Wellness Coach for Berkley Inc. in Carson, CA and currently serves on an Employment Mediation Panel for the Department of Homeland Security. She has facilitated empowerment workshops, and conflict resolution trainings to a wide variety of audiences and organizations, from CEO’s to prison inmates. As a Conflict Resolution Expert and Team Builder, Colleen dives deep into the source of  conflict and performance, transforms communication and behavioral patterns and creates optimum balance and collaborative solutions that position individuals, teams and organizations to thrive and succeed.

     
Jeremy Pollack  

Jeremy Pollack
Anthropologist & Founder
Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc.

Jeremy Pollack, the founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc., is an anthropologist and conflictresolution expert based out of Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. As a scientist, Mr. Pollack studies how individuals and groups collectively fulfill core needs, and how other people's behaviors are perceived to threaten one's own needs, thus creating conflict. In the process of applied conflict management and peacebuilding, he aims to transform relationships by helping parties recognize that their core needs are actually not being threatened by the other parties' narratives. With a focus on psychology, social dynamics, and peacebuilding methodologies, Mr. Pollack helps individuals and organizations resolve interpersonal and intergroup conflicts. 

     
Merrick Rosenberg  

Merrick Rosenberg
Thought leader, Entrepreneur and Author
Take Flight Learning 

Merrick Rosenberg, CEO and co-founder of Take Flight Learning, is a thought leader on personality styles and team development. He is the author The Chameleon and co-author of Taking Flight!.

Rosenberg has taught more than 100,000 people how to incorporate the personality styles in their work and lives. The DISC training program that he designed, Taking Flight with DISC was recognized as the Best Personality Styles Training Program in the United States by Corporate Vision Magazine.

As CEO of Take Flight Learning, he led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia area. Under his leadership, his company was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine. He received his MBA specializing in Organizational Development from Drexel University who selected him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.

Rosenberg has also been recognized as the NJ CEO of the Year by AI magazine and Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year by the Society for Human Resource Management.

In addition to speaking at conferences and events for companies, Rosenberg has spoken to groups, such as TEDx and the Association for Talent Development. National publications, such as The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post,  Fortune, Wall Street Journal, regularly seek his input, and he is also a sought-after guest on radio and television shows.

Rosenberg has worked with people at all levels, from line staff to senior managers at more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the United States and around the world. He has worked with small and large organizations in a variety of industries and has also worked with government agencies.

     
Matt Stevens  

Matt Stevens, MBA
Specialist Leader | Workforce Transformation Practice
Deloitte Consulting LL

Matt Stevens is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte’s Workforce Transformation practice specializing in Learning and Career Mobility with over 20 years of experience in organizational learning and talent development leadership. He has extensive experience in developing and driving talent strategy, including leadership and professional development, and developing and implementing innovative learning solutions. Stevens brings to clients a high-level of expertise in organizational development, learning and employee development, as well as learning organization operations. He has recently led efforts to redesign the employee onboarding experience at a leading global retailer and to design and deploy a new digital learning strategy for the world’s largest restaurant franchise. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Leadership Studies, with an emphasis on business leadership.


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