Workforce L&D 2018 | Captivate. Motivate. Educate.
November 15-16, 2018 | Las Vegas, NV
Learn from the nation’s top learning and employee engagement professionals how to build a superior professional development program that supports business growth and workforce retention. The agenda features insightful keynotes from coveted experts, substantive presentations, and interactive learning labs—guaranteeing you leave with real, concrete takeaways to apply at your company.
Access Best Practices from the Nation’s Top Learning and Employee Engagement Professionals
Network and Ideashare with Peers and Practicing Experts
Earn Recertification Credits Towards Your Professional Advancement
Build a Superior Professional Development Program
When you attend this leading event, you will:
- Uncover the latest technologies available to support L&D initiatives, from augmented and virtual reality to gamification and more
- Step-by-step guidance on developing new hire training curriculum assessments
- 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
- And more!
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2018 Program Agenda
|7:00 – 8:00 am||Registration/Breakfast|
|7:55 – 8:00 am||Welcome Remarks|
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Opening Keynote|
|9:10 – 10:20 am||L&D Hot Topic Power Talks|
|Workforce L&D’s “Hot Topic Power Talks” are designed to provide insightful and sophisticated commentary on some of the most interesting learning and development issues workplaces are facing for 2018 and beyond.
L&D Game Changers: VR, Microlearning & Other Learning Technologies Have Shaken Training to Its Core – Now What?
Right now, there’s a demand to address the digital skills gap, to make the learner experience “consumer-grade,” and to address technical challenges ADDIE poses. What’s happening right now to move the L&D needle to improve the digital skills gap, scrap the one-size-fits-all approach to learning, and design and develop agile, robust L&D-based frameworks? Here’s a clue: It’s all about what we do next with the learning organization itself. This Hot Topic Power Talk will consider new organizational approaches designed to make learning part of the culture and “disappear” – and yet be everywhere all at once.
Essential Training Audit: 10 Steps to Evaluate Needs, Allocate Investments, and Track ROI
Where should you invest your training dollars and why? The needs of each workplace are unique, so it’s important to evaluate your individual situation to discern what you really need and why. This Hot Topic Power Talk will teach you fundamental principles to consider when evaluating your training needs that can be applied to any workplace of any size in any industry.
How can you make the case to the C-suite that you need capital investments into learning and development-based initiatives if you can’t give them cold, hard stats supporting your position? Well, you can’t! Senior leadership invariably will want to know what the anticipated, bottom line return on the investment will be before signing off and giving you the buy-in you need to proceed. So, how does one measure the ROI of L&D, especially for things like soft skills? Hot Topic Power Talk will discuss ways to measure to return on investment of soft skills in today’s workplace.
|10:20 – 10:45 am||Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break|
|10:45 am – 12:00 pm||Stellar Performance Begins with Onboarding Training: How to Develop New Hire Curriculum Assessments|
|Presented by: Robyn A. Defelice, PhD, Dishing Design and Revolve Solutions LLC
Do your new hires really “get” what you’re teaching them? That’s a fundamental question to ask; otherwise, onboarding is just a “check the box”-type exercise. It’s also important to think about onboarding training in the context of what it can reveal about a new hire’s likely trajectory in terms of future performance. This hands-on workshop will cover how to draft curriculum assessment that help to demonstrate new hires’ comprehension of their job role, and while providing insight into their ability to take initiative to manage their job responsibilities.
|12:00 – 1:00 pm||Lunch, Networking & Exhibits|
|1:00 – 2:15 pm||Empathy Mapping: The Best Approach to Understanding Your Trainee Personas to Customize Your Program Design|
|Presented by: Kathleen Horton, Navis Learning
An empathy map is a useful tool for evaluating what a targeted persona wants out of the user experience. This session will focus on ways to use empathy mapping to drill down to assess how your L&D-based activities align with the workforce’s needs.
|2:15 – 2:40 pm||Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break|
|2:40 – 3:55 pm||Energize Your Mandatory Compliance Training Programs: Innovative Strategies to Motivate Your Employees and Make Your Message Stick|
|Presented by: Sally Hovis, Navis Learning
You’ve seen the look that employees give when you tell them they must complete a mandatory compliance-based training. But, that gazed-over look of boredom doesn’t have to be the norm. This session will provide real-life examples of how today’s most innovative businesses are making mandatory compliance-based training on harassment, safety, and other fundamental topics fun, engaging, and most importantly, memorable—so employees are well trained to do the right thing. You’ll walk away with many nuggets of useful information you can begin incorporating into your mandatory compliance training-based initiatives that are sure to help move the needle on your workforce’s perception about mandatory on-the-job learning.
|4:00 – 5:00 pm||The Latest Strategies for Exceptional Gamification Project Management|
||Presented by: Sharon Lucas, CDT3 Training and Mark Richards of O2E Brands
The challenges and the timelines you face with respect to your L&D projects and particularly those involving gamification—from serious games to simulations–aren’t necessarily the same. And, there are many variables at play that can significantly impact your outcomes. For instance, choosing the right gamification can be a huge asset to HR and training professionals, but the difficult part is implementing “proper design.” So, it’s very important that you’re prepared with a strategy useful techniques and approaches for managing gamification projects with as much ease as possible. This game show style experience will include an instructional designer, a project manager, and an end client who will discuss the benefits and shortcomings of a gamification project plan that’s revealed to the audience. Then, it’s game on! Each panelist will select from categories and be presented with some true-to-life project challenges. How will they respond? Do they see things the same way? Are there any important insights they each bring to the table that the others may not have yet considered?
This session is designed explore how to successfully manage the roadblocks that could derail L&D projects generally using a gamification example to drive home many key points.
The idea is that you’ll walk away from this discussion with some cool tips for managing:
|5:00 pm||Networking Reception|
|6:00 pm||Exhibits Close for Day 1|
|7:00 – 8:00 am||Breakfast & Exhibits|
|7:15 – 7:30 am||BLR Solution Demo: HR.BLR.com and Training Today|
|Join BLR’s sales team for a dynamic demonstration showcasing the power of BLR’s resources. You won’t want to miss this high-energy talk where we’ll announce the conference raffle winner. You must be present to win, so we hope you can join us!|
|7:55 – 8:00 am||Opening Announcements|
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Sales Training Design and Delivery Methods that Rock|
|Without high-performance sales teams, you don’t have much. This session will focus on how sales trainers, managers, and leaders can make the most out of competency-based learning and salesforce development tools. You’ll learn:
|9:10 – 10:25 am||Developing a Culture of Innovation: How to Build Employees’ Entrepreneurial Spirit so They Own and Grow Their Skills—and Their Business Contributions|
|10:25 – 10:40 am||Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break|
|10:40 – 11:55 am||Roundtable Discussions|
|Workforce L&D’s roundtables are designed to give you the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with conference peers and our expert facilitators on some of today’s most pressing learning and development-related challenges such as how to refine instructional learning modules, enabling gamification elements to work with your current LMS using badging, customized activities/assessments based on learning histories, developing a robust measurement and reporting strategy for L&D efforts, and capitalizing on smartphone cinema and mobile technology. Ahead of the event, we’ll survey attendees on which topics they most want to discuss and then we’ll craft an agenda that our expert facilitators will work through with the groups.|
|11:55 am – 12:55 pm||Lunch, Networking, & Exhibits|
|12:55 – 2:10 pm||Learning Hubs: How to Choose the Right Blended Learning/Modality Framework to Deliver Formalized Learning Opportunities and Support Personal Learning Paths|
|Presented by: Dan Kurber, Coaching Sherpa
Today’s talent craves a combination of learning-based opportunities, and that’s where blended learning design comes in. By providing the workforce with personalized training to support their preferred learning paths, in conjunction with formalized on-the-job training, you’re better able to meet your end goal of making talent development, a key driver of employee engagement, a priority. This session will teach you how to craft a blended learning campaign that’s chock full of learning hubs designed to support your workforce learners.
|2:10 – 2:35 pm||Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break|
|(Exhibits Close at 2:35 p.m.)
|2:35 – 3:50 pm||The Neuroscience of Engagement: The Latest Science-Backed Strategies for Optimizing Your Training for Adult Learners|
|Presented by: Edward Hubbard, Ph.D. and Myra Hubbard, Ph.D., Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc. and Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., Center for Resilient Leadership
It’s important to recognize key neurological differences that contribute to how adult learners in your workplace are able to receive and process important information you need them to know—and follow. What does the latest research into the adult mind tell us about the optimal conditions for learning?
This session has got you covered, with the latest research on:
|3:50 pm||Wrap-Up Announcements|
Venue and Accommodations
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Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Recertification Credit Information
This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute® for review.
Business & Legal Resources (BLR) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 11.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the SHRM Certification website at www.shrm.org/certification.
CPLP® Recertification Program
CPLPs can earn recertification credits by participating in continuing education activities that meet ATD CI Recertification Guidelines. Please review the CPLP Recertification Guidelines posted at www.td.org/Certification/For-CPLPs/Recertification for more information.