August 18 - 20, 2019
Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Day Three: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

Michelle Eppler Ed.D, Associate Vice President at Bellevue University Human Capital Lab

Michelle Eppler Ed.D

Associate Vice President
Bellevue University Human Capital Lab

8:35 am - 9:10 am The Culture Engagement Program: Personalizing the Employee Experience

As workforce preferences shift, driving strength-based careers for all employees will become a necessity to retain top talent and continue growth. When we think about how to build a career on strengths, we know that we need to put our strengths to work through constant growth, continuous learning and curiosity in the future. A real need for commitment to setting up the learning environment employees need while providing them with the platforms, tools, and resources that allow them to learn what they want, when they want. During this session, attendees will:
  • Learn how to move from a focus on formal training, to a multi-faceted culture of learning centered on curiosity, empowerment, and active participation
  • Discuss strategy, implementation and enablement of next gen learning technologies 
  • Hear how to tie in engagement strategies and technologies to strength-based careers proving to result in positive business outcomes
Jody Huls, Director, Field Training at Buffalo Wild Wings

Jody Huls

Director, Field Training
Buffalo Wild Wings

9:10 am - 9:40 am Practitioner Led Tech Back

Earlier in the exchange, you had the opportunity to choose a critical topic area as identified by the Thoughtexchange tool. Smaller groups were formed to develop an action plan for improvement. During this session, attendees will have the ability to continue the discussion and receive a report from each group, detailing their specific action plans and next steps.


What are some things organizations must do more of to transform and remain competitive?
Without effective leadership development at all levels, organizations are at risk of not remaining competitive. In this new, always on, globally connected, fast paced world how can you keep up with the demand to train and develop your talent? What is the right leadership strategy and the right leadership development strategy needed to remain competitive in the 21st Century? During this panel, attendees will: 

  • Highlight novel leadership development methods and approaches to nimbly shift direction, and manage the constant change that directly impacts strategic business challenges
  • Engage in discussion on how to shake up legacy development programs to advance our next generation of leaders
  • Align leadership development initiatives with business goals and receive examples of direct and measurable impact on the business
  • Discuss the role of technology in leadership development
Paul Mumma, CEO at Cerego

Paul Mumma


Katie Hollis, Senior Director, Employee Development at Indeed

Katie Hollis

Senior Director, Employee Development

Stephen Russell, Senior Director, Learning & Development at MAXIMUS

Stephen Russell

Senior Director, Learning & Development

Julie Holbein, Director, Talent Development at Big Lots

Julie Holbein

Director, Talent Development
Big Lots

Lisa Lang, Head of Learning and Education Americas at Siemens

Lisa Lang

Head of Learning and Education Americas

Dominik Rus, Corporate Learning & Development Director at Copa Airlines

Dominik Rus

Corporate Learning & Development Director
Copa Airlines

10:35 am - 11:05 am Business Meetings

11:05 am - 11:35 am Business Meetings

11:35 am - 12:05 pm Business Meetings

12:05 pm - 12:25 pm Networking Break

12:25 pm - 12:55 pm Applying Design Thinking to Learning & Development in a Digitally Savvy Workforce

There's no such thing as “business as usual" in today's global economy. In an environment of almost constant change, disruption is the order of the day. For your business to thrive amidst the turmoil, your teams need to be fluent in a cutting-edge approach that integrates design tools with foundational business concepts, which enable flexibility and a capacity for continuous innovation. Your team can inspire and lead the market in a transformative environment that aligns values across the divergent stakeholders of your business. See how design involves critical thinking and discovery, demonstrating how design tools are core for:

  • Uncovering deep user insights
  • Understanding key industry trends that affect emerging user experience and behaviors
  • Doing the design concept work
  • Engineering commercial-ready solutions
  • Releasing a prototype to market
Rachel Horwitz, Global Learning and Development Director at Mars Incorporated

Rachel Horwitz

Global Learning and Development Director
Mars Incorporated

12:55 pm - 1:25 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Michelle Eppler Ed.D, Associate Vice President at Bellevue University Human Capital Lab

Michelle Eppler Ed.D

Associate Vice President
Bellevue University Human Capital Lab