Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer Thoughtexchange

Dessalen Wood, CHRP, is an innovative HR executive, seasoned speaker, and coach. She specializes in passionately leading Learning and Development and Human Resources teams at some of North America’s most-respected organizations. Dessalen has over 20 years of experience in national corporations such as Reitman’s Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company, The Children’s Place and The Disney Stores. In 2019 she left her role as Vice President, Talent Development at Cineplex Entertainment to join Thoughtexchange in the newly created role of Chief People Officer. Thoughtexchange’s community intelligence software empowers leaders to find common ground, inspire trust and use data to make decisions that get immediate support.

Throughout her career, Dessalen has coached senior leaders and built teams from the ground up, in addition to designing and delivering multiple original programs. The results have been engaging corporate cultures and high performing leaders at all levels.

Day One: Monday, August 17, 2020

12:35 PM Ready or Not, Here it Comes: Adapting your Learning Culture to a #SuddenlyRemote World

Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue - whether it be due to geography, power dynamics, organizational dysfunction or the new normal of social distancing and remote work. Even with the talk of “returning to work” many organizations want to have a robust remote offering for all of their once-live employee touch points. Learning leaders are being asked to find ways to adapt everything to our #SuddenlyRemote world, from on-boarding, to company town halls/off-site and traditional face-to-face training. What should we prioritize? How can we maintain the culture and connection when we are not able to be in the same room?


In this session we will learn:

  • How technology can humanize the employee experience
  • The power of allowing all voices to be heard
  • How to adapt learning to a virtual world
  • The value of gathering ideas and solutions from a broader, more diverse population
  • How to simplify cross functional collaboration and innovation through high quality, frequent conversations

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Dessalen.

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