CLO Think Tank on the Future of Empolyee Enablement | Fusion 2017
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CLO Think Tank

Digital is here and the nature of work is changing. The evolution of technology at work has created a business imperative for learning leaders to take an active role in business strategy. New operating principles have emerged which demand action for companies to provide fast and furious employee development. Gone are the days where learning engagement is a “nice to have”. CLOs can no longer only buy off- the-shelf content to satisfy learning requirements. Instead, CLOs must be able to provide their workforce with training that immediately addresses the context of their business.

Accomplishing this new imperative, requires a different operating paradigm for learning organizations. That is why we created CLO Think Tank. Our goal is to create a forum to discuss ideas with industry thinkers. How can companies shift from a traditional learning mindset to one that is agile in responding to business initiatives? What will the next generation LMS look like? How can digital play a role in employee enablement?

When: July 20, 2017
Where: Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

CLO Think Tank is a can’t miss event.

Why Attend

  • Collaborate on a digital strategy that you can take back to your company
  • Develop new frameworks for next gen operating principles
  • Learn to mitigate risk through learning
  • Get individual attention and ask questions to a leading learning analyst and technologist

Agenda Highlights

  • Executive Panel: Digital transformation & the new strategic learning imperative
  • Facilitated Discussion: The journey of transformation for L&D


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Shawn Storer

Chief of People and Culture | Dickey’s

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Claude Werder

VP/Research Operations and Principal HCM Analyst | Brandon Hall


Opening remarks
Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation and The New Strategic Learning Imperative
Moderator: Brandon Carson, Director of Learning, Home Depot
Panelists: Claude Werder from Brandon Hall, Keith Meyerson from Topgolf, Shannon Sisler from Western Union and Shawn Storer from Dickey’s
Facilitated Workshop: The Journey of Transformation for L&D, Redefining the CLO
Facilitator: Jeanne Meister, Future Workplace
In this session, attendees will participate in a workshop environment where we will discuss new operating principles for the new workforce. Workshop takeaway will be a framework for organizations to use immediately upon return.
Lunch in Bellagio Ballroom
D2L Solution Spotlight in Grand Ballroom
Learning: The Foundation of Transformation
Speaker: Josh Brand, Harvard Business Publishing
The vast majority of organizations today are in transformation: 85 percent, in fact, will undergo a transformation in the next five years. Organizations in transformation often struggle to shift thinking and behavior among employees during what is typically a long and challenging evolution. The stakes have never been higher for leadership development than when your organization is in transformation, and to succeed L&D leaders must rethink how leadership development can and should be delivered. In this session, you will apply Harvard Business School’s participant-centered learning approach to a real-world example. You will put yourself in the shoes of a newly hired Chief Learning Officer of large global company that is brought in from the outside address significant challenges. The case study will also illuminate the key leadership capabilities organizations need today, from managing complexity and global business to cultivating learning agility and fostering innovation. As part of the session, you will learn effective uses for emerging learning methods, including in-company MOOCs, gamification and social learning, that help leaders practice and internalize new concepts and frameworks, and ultimately to succeed in their current and future roles within their transformed organization.
Creating a Learning Strategy for 2020 and Beyond
Analyst Speaker: Claude Werder, Vice President/Research Operations and HCM Principal Analyst
After years of talking about the transformation of corporate learning, with little action, a swift evolution has now begun. To excel in the new reality over the next few years, learning executives must forge a holistic strategy that:

  • Re-engineers learning to focus on performance outcomes based on demonstrated behavior change.
  • Delivers a truly digital experience that enables micro-learning available anytime, anywhere.
  • Leverages learning systems, driven by AI and machine learning, that recognize and resolve knowledge gaps and curates content so that learners take control of their own experiences.
  • Uses a mix of formal, informal, and experiential modalities custom-fit for each learning initiative, based on desired performance outcomes.

Join Claude Werder, VP/Research Operations and Principal HCM Analyst for Brandon Hall Group, as he shares research and leading practices to truly transform corporate learning into the driver of individual and organizational performance.

Josh Brand

Senior Director of Global Delivery | Harvard Business Publishing

Josh Brand is senior director of global delivery and is responsible for the team of practitioners who design and deliver Harvard Business Publishing’s solutions for clients around the globe. Josh has more than 20 years of leadership development and management consulting experience and has built management education programs for clients around the world. Over the past seven years, Josh has built the global delivery organization from a small “start-up” team to several hundred people located on five continents. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is an adjunct professor of management at Boston College. Prior to joining Harvard Business Publishing, Josh was a senior member of the executive education team at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, focusing on designing and delivering customized executive education programs, and spent over a decade as a management consultant, focusing on helping global companies formulate strategy.

Stowe Boyd

Editor-in-Chief Work Futures, Managing Director Another Voice

Stowe Boyd is an internationally-recognized futurist, analyst and researcher. He serves as managing director, Another Voice, rethinking research for the new economy. His approach is to combine research, analytic and conjectural frameworks, and futures scenarios and other tools to help clients answer their most strategic questions.

Stowe’s general focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating postnormal era.

Editor-in-Chief, Work Futures, a cabal of futurists exploring the shifting realities of work and our place in it. He serves on Microsoft’s future of work advisory board, and the Pew Research advisory board on robotics and automation. Stowe’s been noted as one of the Top Writers on Medium for Futures, Leadership, and Economics, and also serves as a Contributing Editor for Traction Technology Partners.

Keith Meyerson

Senior Director of Training & Development | Topgolf

Keith’s background spans the talent management spectrum and includes learning, performance management, succession planning, leadership development, sales and product training, as well as Organizational Development. He has worked for such brands as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus. He also spent 3 years in consulting where he assisted organizations in the selection and implementation of their learning and talent management systems. He was helped companies such as United Airlines, Kohler Manufacturing and Susan G. Komen through the use of these technologies.
After spending 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Analyst and Water Survival Instructor, Keith completed his BS in Sociology, as well as his MSL in Leadership & Organizational Development. A frequent speaker on the use of learning and talent platforms, Keith also has authored industry articles on the subject for CLO and Training Management magazines.
Keith currently resides in Plano, Texas with his wife Jill and 2 children. He is also owned by one Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier, an English Bulldog (with his own Facebook page), and 2 Himalayan cats. He obviously loves business travel as a time to relax.

Shannon Sisler

Senior Vice President of Talent Management at Western Union

Shannon Sisler is a business-minded, progressive leader with a successful track record of building, directing and transforming Human Resources operations that enable high-level success for global corporations. Most recently, Shannon has served as the Senior Vice President of Talent Management at Western Union responsible for global talent acquisition, talent management and organization effectiveness/workforce strategy. Previously, Shannon was the Vice President of Talent and Diversity at DaVita and was responsible for leading efforts to optimally select, assess, develop and retain teammates. Additionally, she led corporate social responsibility and diversity initiatives. Prior to DaVita, Shannon was the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at Janus Capital Group and started her career at Accenture.
Shannon has earned her MBA from the University of Denver (DU)and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, from the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder. She currently serves a member of the Board of Directors for The Girl Scouts of Colorado. Shannon is married and is the mother of three children (ages 5, 8 and 16).

Claude Werder

VP/Research Operations and Principal HCM Analyst | Brandon Hall

Claude Werder oversees Brandon Hall Group’s research and analyst team and serves as a Principal HCM Analyst. He also produces BHG’s annual HCM Excellence Conference. Claude directs Brandon Hall Group’s research priorities, contributes research reports on Learning and Talent Management topics and solution providers, and conducts briefings.
Before starting at Brandon Hall Group in September 2012, Claude was Vice President/Editorial and Conferences for LRP Publications for 15 years. In that role, he produced the HR Technology Conference and Expo®, which he helped build from a small conference to the largest event in the world focusing on HR technology. He also produced several other annual national HR events in the private and public sectors. He was also editor-in-chief of LRP’s multi-media products, including subscription web sites and newsletters, e-Learning, videos, books, manuals and webinars, in the fields of human resources, special education, secondary and higher education, federal employment law, sales, customer service, bankruptcy law, and personal injury law.

Shawn Storer

Chief of People and Culture | for Dickey’s Capital Group, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

Shawn Storer is the chief of people and culture for Dickey’s Capital Group, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. In this role, he oversees all aspects of leadership and management training, employee development, human resources, payroll, benefits, and recruiting for the home office, field employees, and company owned and operated stores. Additionally, he creates and inspires a shared cultural vision across the system of more than 560 franchise and company owned stores, turning meaningful strategies into intentional actions.
Storer holds a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting and has performed with orchestra, opera, and musical theatre companies on some of the world’s greatest stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Meyerson, the Meyerhoff, and Symphony Hall to name a few. He has led global training teams and has run 24x7x365 operations for contact centers in the US, Philippines, India, Canada, and Mexico. He has developed high potential institutes, leadership academies, mentorship programs, system cultures and is a frequent guest lecturer on culture, core values, and strategic initiatives. He actively maintains numerous creative outlets including pottery, sculpture, sketching, drawing, and painting. He does not know what he wants to be when he grows up — and prefers it that way.

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