Day Two: Monday, August 17, 2020

7:15 am - 8:00 am Networking Breakfast


Michelle Eppler Ed.D

Associate Vice President
Bellevue University Human Capital Lab

8:05 am - 8:35 am Skills Capabilities of the Future: Helping People Achieve Their Personal Purpose

As we look into the unprecedented change of the future of work and the skills necessary to keep pace with future technological advances and process change, the need to develop employees to transcend change is more imperative than ever before. In this session, Rose Sheldon, Director of Enterprise Learning, Allstate, will discuss the process in which they are helping their employees calibrate for change by:
  • Managing this challenge
  • Discuss ways to help your organization best equip themselves to engage in this disruptive state
  • Understand the impact on employee experience
  • Explore how to best drive the shift internal to your organization 

8:35 am - 9:10 am Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About” – The Power of Engaging the Employee Voice

Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue - whether it be due to geography, flex work - or simply that many people feel that speaking up has a cost associated with it. In this talk we will examine:
  • How technology can humanize the employee experience
  • The power of allowing all voices to be heard which results in organizations benefiting from higher engagement 
  • The value of gathering ideas and solutions from a broader, more diverse population


11:35 am - 12:20 pm How the Workforce Learns: 2019 New Strategies for Building Human Skills in the Age of AI
Whatever business you’re in — cars or ketchup, healthcare or hotels, ERP or ecommerce — emerging technologies and shifting market dynamics are creating new opportunities and unexpected threats every day. Now, everyone needs to keep their skills sharp, and to continuously develop new ones. This is the opportunity we’ve all been waiting for.

The most progressive learning leaders are fueling innovation, not just productivity. They’re shaping business strategies, not just reacting to them. But shaking up the status-quo requires rebuilding some fundamental L&D strategies, and refocusing on agility, not just efficiency. And that starts with understanding how today’s workforce really learns and grows.

Join us for this workshop to: 
  • Take a deep dive into brand new research on the anthropology of learning and careers from Degreed and Harvard Business Publishing
  • Uncover fresh insights and discuss novel ideas for keeping your people’s skills in sync with your business opportunities


11:35 am - 12:20 pm Exploring the Top Learning Trends of 2020
Uncover what’s hot and what’s not in this discussion on learning and development trends. You’ll learn how over 1,900 global L&D professionals ranked top trends in the sixth annual Learning & Development Global Sentiment Survey and how to use these results to plan your learning and development strategies for 2020 and beyond. 
  • Review of the 2020 Learning and Development Global Sentiment Survey results 
  • Understand which trends are hype, and what’s here to stay 
  • Hear how learning and development trends vary by geography

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Practitioner Roundtables

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges using the Thoughtexchange social learning tool. We identified the highest rated topic areas. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a topic and participate in a small group discussion. You will work in groups to develop an action plan for improvement.  

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Business Meeting

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Business Meeting

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business Meeting

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Disrupting the Narrative: Utilizing the Data to Drive a Wholistic Approach to a Diverse and Inclusive Experience

A growing body of research indicates that diversity isn’t just the right thing to do—it also improves operational productivity, boosts bottom lines, and is critical to the organization’s overall success. In this discussion we will hear from Discover Financial’s Diversity & Inclusion Leader on how they are approaching diversity and inclusion from a wholistic approach with an intent focus on meeting people where they are. In this discussion we will learn:
  • How the utilization of data can drive budgetary allowance 
  • Ways to disrupt and integrate diversity and inclusion into your company
  • How to position D&I as an integral part of all COEs

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Workshop: 50 Ways to Fight Bias

Gender bias is holding women back in the workplace. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences. This hurts women and makes it difficult for companies to level the playing field.

This workshop is a hands-on activity that will highlight specific examples of gender bias in the workplace and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do.  

Key evidence-based research findings include:
  • Diverse teams are often more innovative and productive
  • Companies with more women in leadership roles perform better, and employees on diverse and inclusive teams put in more effort, stay longer, and demonstrate more commitment
  • Organizations with diverse leadership realize higher profit

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception & Dinner Sponsored By: Thoughtexchange