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Enabling the Learning-Integrated Life

D2L Executive Summit

July 20, 2020 | Anaheim, CA

Summit Overview

The reality of technology in the workplace has truncated the half-life of skills. Employees need to continually reskill and upskill to stay ahead of automation and relevant in the workforce, whether in their existing role or a new role.

The D2L Executive Summit will explore how our systems of learning must adapt to create capacity and seamless entry- and exit-points for continuous learning. What are the roles of higher education, employers, unions and trade associations in creating learning opportunities and supporting worker learners? How can we shift the mindset of adults in the workforce to a learning mindset – one that is willing and able to adapt to a continually shifting workplace?

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Executive Summit Agenda

Note all sessions are invite only and exclusive to Executive Summit participants, unless otherwise noted (*)


July 19, 2020

Time TBA
Registration Open for Executive Summit
Time TBA
VIP Welcome Reception for Executive Summit


July 20, 2020

VIP Networking Breakfast
Summit Welcome Address

Jeremy Auger, CSO and Co-Founder, D2L

Morning Keynote
Fireside Chat
Networking & Coffee Break
Higher Education and the learning-integrated life – Panel Discussion

Traditionally, our higher education systems prepare students prior to entering the workforce or between jobs. As the workplace changes more rapidly though and continual learning becomes more necessary, are our institutions ready and able to support adult learners? Are working learners able to readily access learning in higher ed? Do we need to shift “access” problem solving from capacity building in existing instructional models to developing new models of learning for existing capacity? What’s the future of the degree?

Lunch & Networking
Summit Lunch Keynote
Networking Break
Creating opportunities for workers – Panel Discussion

Compliance training is perhaps the most widely available form of training in workplaces. Training to develop durable skills and knowledge is challenging to scale, and recognizing an individual’s every day and on-the-job learning is even more difficult. If continual skills and knowledge development by individuals is a lifetime requirement, how are we building systems of learning outside of and interconnected with our traditional systems of education?

Fireside Chat
Travel to Mainstage
Fusion Mainstage – Community Spotlight and Welcome Keynote, John Baker*
VIP Meet & Greet with John Baker

15 minutes

Fusion Main Conference Welcome Reception*

Executive Summit attendees get access to the full day exclusive Executive Summit as well as the entire Fusion Main Conference* program July 20-22.

(7:45am – 8pm*)
(8am – 10pm*)
(8am – 6pm*)
Executive Summit
Welcome Reception
Executive Summit – Full Day
Keynote, Guest Speakers, Group Discussions
Fusion Welcome Keynote
Networking Reception
Fusion Main Conference
Product and Solutions Spotlight
Breakout Sessions, Discussions, Labs
Guest Keynote Speaker
Evening Social Event
Fusion Main Conference
Breakout Sessions, Discussions, Labs
Guest Keynote Speaker
Closing Remarks

*Agenda subject to change

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Request an invitation password for this exclusive event today, then complete your full paid registration with your password before April 17, 2020 to save $100 off the standard rate. We can’t wait to see you there!

$700 US

Early Bird Rate ($100 off)
Rate Expires April 17, 2020

$800 US

Standard Exec Summit Rate

Venue & Accommodations

Anaheim Marriott | 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, California 92802 USA

We are thrilled to have the Executive Summit and Fusion 2020 conference in the beautiful city of Anaheim, California! Benefit from professional development at D2L Fusion and enjoy this beautiful sunny destination that has something for everyone! The Anaheim Marriott is minutes from Disneyland Park, Legoland, Angels baseball stadium, plenty of great shopping, and is just a short drive to the best SoCal beaches, and more!

Attendees qualify for a special room rate at the Anaheim Marriott! Rates starting at $199 US/night*. This room rate expires June 24, 2020. To take advantage of this conference rate, please use this booking link below.

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*Rates available for Fusion conference dates as well as three days prior and three days following the conference dates, based on availability. Rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-out.

**All reservations require a credit card guarantee.

Previous Speakers

John Baker Picture

John Baker

President & CEO, D2L

Jeremy Auger Picture

Jeremy Auger

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, D2L

Dr. Robert E. Johnson Picture

Dr. Robert E. Johnson

Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Matthew Sigelman Picture

Matthew Sigelman

CEO, Burning Glass Technologies

Linda Franklin Picture

Linda Franklin

President and CEO, Colleges Ontario

Alastair Summerlee Picture

Alastair Summerlee

Project Leader, Education City & former President, University of Guelph & Carleton University

Jaime Fall Picture

Jaime Fall

Director, UpSkillAmerica

Lynn Pasquerella Picture

Lynn Pasquerella

President, Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU)

Andrew R. Hanson Picture

Andrew R. Hanson

Senior Research Fellow, Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Aimée Eubanks Davis Picture

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Founder & CEO, Braven

Mary V.L. Wright Picture

Mary V.L. Wright

Senior Fellow, Institute for Work and the Economy

Mauricio Ferrazza Picture

Mauricio Ferrazza

Executive Director at the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex / Miami Dade College

Christine Robinson Picture

Christine Robinson

Head of Human Resources, Manulife Canada

Elizabeth A. Dooley, Ed.D. Picture

Elizabeth A. Dooley, Ed.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Central Florida

Erica Orange Picture

Keynote: Erica Orange

Futurist and Technology Expert

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach Picture

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach


Adam Gazzaley Picture


Neuroscape Lab & Gazzaley Lab

Brian Lewis Picture

Brian Lewis


Stowe Boyd Picture

Stowe Boyd

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

Kate Darling Picture

Kate Darling

Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center

Guy Ernest Picture

Guy Ernest

Principal Evangelist for Deep Learning at Amazon

Alastair Fitzpayne Picture

Alastair Fitzpayne

Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute

Dr. Sean Gallagher Picture

Dr. Sean Gallagher

Founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy

Krista Jones Picture

Krista Jones

Managing Director of Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District

Dalton McGuinty Picture

Dalton McGuinty

Former Premier of Ontario, Canada

Jeanne Meister Picture

Jeanne Meister

Partner Future Workplace

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri Picture

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri

President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

Tracy Weeks Picture

Tracy Weeks

State Education Technology Director’s Association

Sarah Doyle Picture

Sarah Doyle

Director of Policy + Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E)

Ray Kurzweil Picture

Ray Kurzweil

Author, Inventor, and Futurist

Sir Ken Robinson Picture

Sir Ken Robinson

Bestselling Author

Aaron Brower Picture

Aaron Brower

University of Wisconsin System

Bridget Burns Picture

Bridget Burns

University Innovation Alliance

Kate Day Picture

Kate Day

MetLife Inc

Joseph South Picture

Joseph South

Office of Ed Tech

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Mark Tewksbury

Great Traits

Patricia Deklotz Picture

Patricia Deklotz

Kettle Moraine SD

Poppy MacDonald Picture

Poppy MacDonald

National Journal (Moderator)

Richard Culatta Picture


Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island

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Sir Ken Robinson

Best Selling Author
An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers and a bestselling author. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.
Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations, and led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government.
Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

Adam Gazzaley

Professor – Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry; Director – Neuroscience Imaging Center, Neuroscape Lab & Gazzaley Lab
Dr. Gazzaley is a Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, the Founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, and Director of the Gazzaley Lab, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His lab explores mechanisms of neuroplasticity and designs, develops and validates new technologies to optimize cognitive abilities via engagement with closed- loop systems using custom-designed video games, neurofeedback and transcranial electrical stimulation. At his lunchtime keynote, Technology meets Neuroscience – A Vision of the Future of Brain Fitness, Dr. Gazzaley will explore a fundamental challenge of modern society – the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function and cognition in both the healthy and impaired and how this should be a core mission of our education system for the healthy, and medical system for the cognitively impaired. He will challenge how effective these systems have been and explore the latest research, thinking and technology that has the potential to further enhance our brain’s information processing systems with the ultimate aim of improving quality of life.

Bridget Burns

Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance
For the past decade, Bridget Burns has advised American university presidents, chancellors, and state policy leaders on strategies to expand access to higher education, address costs, and promote completion for students of all backgrounds. In her current role as Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, Burns leads a national consortium of large American public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students across the socioeconomic spectrum through innovation, scale, and diffusion of best practices. Seen as a leader and pioneer, Bridget’s work with the University Innovation Alliance is being studied and replicated broadly

Kate Day

Vice President, Global Workforce Enablement, Global Technology & Operations, MetLife Inc
Kate Day is a recognized leader in her field with expertise focused on building new organizations and enabling the workforce. She is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences in Europe, Canada and the US. As Vice President of Global Workforce Enablement for MetLife, Kate is responsible for building and implementing programs that enhance the productivity of MetLife’s technical workforce. This includes the creation of MetLife Technical University, a development program for early-in-career employees, as well as a summer technical internship program. In 2015, MetLife Technical University received three industry excellence awards. Prior to joining MetLife, Kate spent 17 years with Cisco. Speaking from her unique experience at two major multinational companies, Kate will open the day with her perspective on “Surviving in a digital world: New skills and different mindsets for the 21st century workforce”.

Poppy MacDonald

Publisher and President, National Journal
MacDonald joined National Journal from Politico, where she served as Politico Pro’s Executive Director of business development.
Prior to Politico, MacDonald worked at Gallup Inc and began her career serving members of Congress representing her Pacific Northwest hometown on both the Senate and House sides of Capitol Hill.
Poppy’s leadership and experience earns her a unique perspective and unparalleled understanding of Washington politics and policy

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Board of Directors, ISTE
Sheryl is the Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with educators from across the U.S. and around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities. She is an advisor to the U.S. Dept. of Education Connected Educators Initiative and a leader in the annual worldwide Connected Educator Month. She currently serves on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors and The National Science Foundation’s CS10K Board.

Tracy Weeks

Executive Director for State Education Technology Director’s Association
Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Educat