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Workforce Learning & Development 2017: Train. Retain. Excel.

Workforce Learning & Development 2017: Train. Retain. Excel.

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Workforce Learning & Development 2017: Train. Retain. Excel.

November 16-17, 2017 | Paris Las Vegas

Workforce Learning & Development is today's HR and training professional's must-attend event with proven methods for leveraging technology and applying cutting-edge strategies to enhance organizational performance.


The agenda will be packed with powerful strategies for creating an engaging environment for professional development that supports business growth and workforce retention and features insightful keynotes, substantive presentations, in-depth panel discussions, and interactive learning labs.


Workforce L&D offers practical, comprehensive, content-rich insights for anyone who is or needs to become a strategic advocate for comprehensive learning and development training solutions—solutions that can have a positive impact on the workforce and the organization’s underlying bottom line. Learning officers, Training Managers, Instructional Designers, and HR professionals are strongly encouraged to attend.


  • Just $700 per attendee — a $100 savings at the Early Bird rate (ends April 1, 2017).
  • Conference Materials: $320
  • Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch provided both days. Morning and Afternoon breaks provided.

Register before April 1st and lock in your Early Bird savings!

Your 2017 Location

Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.  
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Free parking!

Room Rate: $169, plus $26 daily resort fee

Resort Fee Includes:

  • Unlimited local phone calls (no long distance or international calls)
  • Two (2) Guest admissions per day to the Fitness Center (does not include use of the spa)
  • In-Room Internet access to include two (2) device per room per day (Property-wide and inter-property roaming available at that property for an additional fee.) 

Call 877-603-4389

Group Code: TBD

Reservation cut-off date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

DAY 1 | Monday, November 7, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Training Solutions Showcase: Technology Test Drives and Exhibitor Attractions
7:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m
LearningCon brings together L&D vendors providing the latest—and greatest—technology-driven corporate training software and platforms. Take a test drive at our Learning Solutions Showcase, which features exhibitor attractions focused on ways to enhance the way you deliver, manage, and measure your corporate learning-based initiatives.

Welcome Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: The
Learning Horizon: Where’s the Future of Learning at Work Heading?   
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Presented by: Richard N. Landers, Ph.D, Old Dominion University
How will learning at work change in the coming months and years? How do emerging technological trends fit into leading companies’ learning and development strategies? And, will investments in the latest and greatest methods of delivering learning-based solutions to employees result in positive outcomes, including increased engagement? This keynote will address these questions and more to give you a broad view of the learning technology trends to embrace for future learning in your workplace.

E-Learning: How You Can Easily Get Your Program Up—and Running!
8:55 a.m.– 9:55 a.m.
Presented by: Craig Weiss, E-Learning 24/7
When taking the plunge to elearning, there are many questions to address. If you don’t define the scope of the initiative, your goals, any financial constraints, and the potential risks, your chances of success diminish. This session will provide valuable insights into how to devise a plan for getting your e-learning program off the ground and running well—even if you are not a technical guru! You’ll learn:

  • Best practices for setting objectives and goals for new e-learning initiatives 
  • How to evaluate what the project drivers are and potential barriers to successful implementation of the e-learning project 
  • How design requirements can affect e-learning launch costs 
  • Tips for developing a robust scope of work, so you have a good idea of what you’ll need to complete your e-learning project—and how to go about it  

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Talent Management Training Strategies for HiPos: Moving Out of the Online and Classroom Training Jungle to Position High-Potential Employees for Success
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Presented by: Cyndi Sax and Ann Anderson, Caliper
High-potential employees (HiPos) represent a subset of the workforce that deserves your focused and strategic attention. Today’s HiPos crave more in way of job-related experiences to boost their skills and knowledge. To make learning and development most attractive to HiPos, it’s time to leave the online and classroom training jungle behind in favor of an expedition into a talent management zone where action plans and feedback across multi-workgroup channels provides HiPos with an L&D experience that reigns supreme. You’ll learn practical strategies for how to get the most return on investment with your HiPo learning and development-based initiatives.

Get In the Game: How to Integrate Gamification and Serious Games into Your E-Learning Modules 
11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Presented by: Richard N. Landers, Ph.D, Old Dominion University
Serious games and gamification differ in some key ways. For instance, gamification is generally focused on changing existing learning efforts to make them more engaging or effective. Serious games go far beyond this, immersing learners in an interactive experience that they won’t soon forget. Depending on your goals, both may have a place in your e-learning strategy. But, how can you tell when to use gamification and when to use serious games?  What are the trade-offs? This session will explain:

  • The key differences between gamification and serious games, including how their goals differ 
  • Examples of how to integrate serious games into your e-learning strategy 
  • Recommendations on budget-conscious serious game platforms that can help you get some “skin” in the game
  • Best practices for adding gaming elements to existing e-learning modules 
  • Metrics for measuring the success of game-based initiatives

Lunch, Networking & Exhibits
12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Learning to Lead, Change Behaviors and Achieve Business Results through Team-Based Simulations
1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Presented by: Rob Grossman, Advantage Performance Group
Discovery-based, experiential, and relevant learning experiences are the most powerful ways to develop leaders at all levels.  By engaging leaders through unique and immersive platforms including simulations, learning maps, etc., it’s been proven that both retention and application increase back on the job. This session will provide you the opportunity to experience portions of a leadership simulation to enhance your own learning and leadership; as well as explore the instructional design methodology and best practices for successful development and real-world application of your organization’s leaders.

Learning Analytics: Leveraging Data to Improve the Learning Architecture
2:25 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Presented by: Jenny Dearborn, SAP
Data, data, and more data. Organizations are inundated with information, and, as a result, learning managers likely have the opportunity to mine for important data that can help paint an accurate picture of their current learning management system’s health. By analyzing patterns and trends in this data, such as level of skill, test results, time spent on the LMS, clicks, scrolls, and more, learning managers are in a better position to identify areas of their learning architecture that may need improvement and make necessary adjustments based on what the data is telling them. This session will explore:

  • The latest advances in learning analytics 
  • Best practices for training stakeholders on how to effectively use LMS reporting features 
  • The importance of strict adherence to data input requirements for accurate results 
  • How to address data warehousing concerns, such as how to ensure that other enterprise software solutions, such as your company’s HRIS systems, are preserving the integrity of data that’s useful to learning managers

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
3:25 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Using Social Media to Drive Social Learning
3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Presented by: Bill Bruck, Ph.D., Bill Bruck & Associates
A 2015 study, Instructional Design Now: A New Age of Learning and Beyond, revealed that just 30 percent of organizations were using social learning while 46 percent of the talent development professional polled said they had plans to incorporate social learning into their eLearning strategy. Another study, Learners of the Future: Taking Action Today to Prevent Tomorrow’s Talent Crisis, explains that social media is a strong foundation on which social learning rests. It makes sense since at its core social media propels users to share experiences, and in effect, collaborate. The challenge, for most organizations, lies in merging social tools with their formal learning management systems. During this session you’ll learn:

  • Why the link between social media and social learning is so strong
  • Examples of how organizations are currently using social media to expand into social learning 
  • The challenges that social media presents for organizations’ group learning initiatives 
  • Where social fits within a formal LMS 
  • And more!

Speed-Learning Panel: Take a Bite Out of Content to Create Impactful, Memorable Micro-Learning Experiences
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Presented by: Bill Bruck, Ph.D., Bill Bruck & Associates
Debbie Richards, Creative Interactive Ideas
Natasha Bowman, J.D., SPHR, White Plains Hospital
Craig Weiss, E-Learning 24/7
Take a bite out of your traditional content delivery strategy by discovering methods that successful learning and development specialists are using to trim content into easily digestible, bite-sized content that appeals to the learner of today during this fast-paced panel discussion. You’ll learn micro-bite learning strategies that really work during this speed-learning session to wrap up day one! 


DAY 2 | Tuesday, November 8, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Training Solutions Showcase: Technology Test Drives and Exhibitor Attractions
7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
If you didn’t get the chance to check out LearningCon’s Training Solutions Showcase on Day 1, now is the time to get your learning engines really revving! Connect with L&D vendors providing the latest—and greatest—technology-driven corporate training software and platforms, and test drive our exhibitor attractions, which are focused on ways to enhance the way you deliver, manage, and measure your corporate learning-based initiatives.

Opening Keynote:
Design for All: Accessible Learning Experiences
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  
Presented by: Brian Dusablon, Learning Ninjas
Accessibility is about more than compliance. It is about making sure everyone can access what you design and have an equal opportunity to learn from it. In the real world, this can seem like a daunting task, and you are up for the challenge! Learn how to design for everyone. Learning Ninja’s Brian Dusablon will present real-world scenarios and tell real stories about accessibility and how design can benefit everyone. Learn how to start the conversation with stakeholders, create accessibility standards in your organization, and teach others about designing universal solutions.

Authoring Tools: How to Evaluate Market-Leading Software Offerings so You Select the Right One for Your Training Needs
9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Presented by: Thomas Toth, dWeb Studios. Inc.
Which eLearning and mobile learning authoring tools are best for your learning and development initiatives? This session will provide insights into how to evaluate the benefits and potential drawbacks of popular tools, such as Articulate Studio and Storyline, Lectora Inspire, and Adobe Captivate. You’ll learn: 

  • Strategies for making an authoring tool purchase decision
  • SWF vs. HTML5 – what it means for your development initiative
  • Ways to leverage additional software tools and resources to take your authoring tool development to the next level

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break

10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mobile Learning Solution Design: Best Practices for Building a Strong mLearning Base
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Sarah Gilbert, meLearning Solutions
If your learners haven’t already demanded mlearning—they will! As we face more and more remote working options, mobile learning is a must. There are many design differences between eLearning and mobile learning. If you’re not fully versed in how mLearning differs from eLearning, you cannot ensure that your learning initiatives for a mobile platform are going to be as effective as they can be. Attending this session will provide a comprehensive overview on why understanding key principles of mLearning design is so important. It will also demonstrate how an appropriate design goes a long way toward mobile content curation. You’ll learn:

  • Considerations in moving from elearning to mlearning
  • Recommendations on how to map mLearning content 
  • What to look for in an mlearning content provider
  • Best practices for sketching your mLearning prototype
  • Strategies for curating mobile content for small screens

Brain Food for Thought: What the Latest Neuroscience Research Tells Us About the Future Path of Learning Design
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Presented by: David Collins, TRACOM
Our understanding of the biological basis of how we think and act is growing at an incredible speed. There is a huge opportunity to put this breakthrough knowledge to work for people in the working world and potentially even change people’s lives. The key question every learning development professional should seek to answer is “how do I use this knowledge to grab the learner’s attention and keep them engaged and what can I do differently to build training programs that work?”  The latest research into neuroscience holds the key to optimizing the learning experience. This session will delve into: 

  • The impact major breakthroughs in the study of neuroscience are having on learning design
  • An opportunity to experience the power of neuroscience first hand
  • Recommendations on how to synthesize this research into actionable learning design
  • Examples of neuroscience in training

Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Case Study Corral
1:35 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Presented by Natasha Bowman, J.D., SPHR, White Plains Hospital and Debbie Richards, Creative Interactive Ideas
LearningCon’s Case Study Corral features inspired discussions on onboarding experiences that rock, training reinforcement principles for ongoing success, and measurable employee learning and development results that are well-aligned with organizational strategic goals
You’ll learn:

  • How a healthcare provider launched a new “WOW” employee orientation that has breathed valuable life into an otherwise dull review policy and procedure orientation
  • How changing up the location, agenda, speakers, activities and more for orientation has transformed the organization’s onboarding process. 
  • How games, a new “buddy” program, and an overall sense of fun have contributed to a positive onboarding engagement response from new employees
  • Key principles of reinforcement needed to achieve training success 
  • How additional simulations, blended learning, and multisensory learning approaches can be used to ensure the robustness of training programs to support the underlying training principles necessary for continued success.
  • How a company that’s been recognized as a leader in employee learning and development achieved measurable results with its employee L&D program
  • And more! 

Refreshments & Networking Break
3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

What Exactly is an LMS and Why Do I Need One?
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Presented by: Craig Weiss, E-Learning 24/7

Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Record Stores (LRSs) have been touted for what they can do above and beyond a traditional learning management systems (LMSs) driven by shareable content object reference modeling, or SCORM. LRSs permit trainers to track learning library content outside of the LMS. But, how can you tell if you should be using LMS? This session will sort through the alphabet soup, offering practical ways to evaluate which system is right for you. You’ll learn:

  • The fundamental functionalities of an LMS and the pros and cons of using one
  • What an LMS can do and how this factors into social features, scheduling, managing users, and more 
  • The factors to consider before picking and LMS depending on your industry and your organizational needs 

Closing Remarks
4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conference adjourns
4:30 p.m.


Your 2016 Speakers

Ann AndersonAnn Anderson
Director, Learning and Development

Ann Anderson oversees the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of client learning events. She combines her expertise in the Caliper Profile interpretation with in-depth knowledge of talent management, instructional design, and business strategy. Anderson has worked with Caliper since 2003, and in addition to her role with Learning and Development, she continues to serve as the lead consultant with several Fortune 500 clients. Before joining Caliper, her experience was in leadership and client management in employment screening, risk mitigation, and investigation services.

Natasha Bowman, J.D., SPHR Natasha Bowman, J.D., SPHR
Director of Education & Organizational Development
White Plains Hospital

Natasha Bowman JD, SPHR, has been leading organizations through the complex, fast-changing human resources landscape for over 10 years. Bowman has developed a reputation as an expert consultant and thought leader for organizations like The Heritage Foundation, Knowledge International, and Wiley Publishing. She is committed to developing the next generation of organizational leaders and has spoken and taught at some of the prestigious corporate classroom and graduate business schools across the country such as Fordham University, Walmart Stores Inc., Manhattan College, Northwell Health, Georgetown University, and the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Bill Bruck, Ph.D.Bill Bruck, Ph.D.
Learning Strategist
Bill Bruck & Associates

Bill Bruck, PhD, advises companies on how to transform training into proficiency-based learning to create a sustainable competitive advantage. He is founder of two successful start-ups, designer of the award-winning eCampus learning platform, and author of numerous books on the effective use of technology in the workplace. His expertise helps his clients go beyond the hype and past the glitter of new technologies to decide which technology waves will reach the shore and the timing required to ride them.

David CollinsDavid Collins
Vice President & General Manager

David Collins has been in the training and development field since 1989, including work in technology training, leadership development, e-learning, recruitment selection and succession planning. Mr. Collins has managed the expansion of TRACOM's product offerings, particularly new courses and guides to apply SOCIAL STYLE concepts. He is a frequent author and speaker on leadership and development. He has successfully led sales efforts for packaged products and custom solutions, and has worked with fast-growing companies such as LearningByte International and ePredix.

Jenny Dearborn
Chief Learning Officer

Recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2014 and 2015, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in learning, human capital management, and business culture. A regular contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company, Jenny has also written for Tech Republic, USA Today, and industry publications including CLO magazine, HR Executive, and Talent Development magazineHer book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, was in the top five business books written in 2015. (*Photo credit: Drew Altizer)

Brian DusablonBrian Dusablon
Learning Ninjas

Brian Dusablon has been in the learning industry since 1998 and performed many roles: content developer, instructional designer, LMS administrator, project manager, performance consultant, and coach. He currently helps organizations apply existing and emerging technologies to improve performance, with a focus on accessibility and usability. Mr. Dusablon also co-founded the Emergent Radio podcast network, co-hosting The ToolBar, which focused on learning technologies and design. He has written for numerous publications including Learning Solutions Magazine, T&D Magazine, the ATD Technology Blog, and eLearn Magazine.

Sarah GilbertSarah C. Gilbert
meLearning Solutions

Sarah Gilbert specializes in mobile learning technology strategy, design, and development. She also serves as director of the Informatics Academy at The Task Force for Global Health where she leads a team to support global public health workforce development. Gilbert’s work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TD magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications

Rob GrossmanRob Grossman
Advantage Performance Group

Rob Grossman brings clients more than 20 years of experience improving leadership, sales, business acumen, and change management capabilities. A consultant and facilitator with extensive experience designing and delivering learning, he specializes in inspiring and equipping managers and performers to create meaningful business impact. He has partnered with organizations across a broad range of industries and has led client engagements in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including at Macy’s, The Walt Disney Company, Newell Rubbermaid, BD, Teva Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, Cytec Industries Inc., ESPN, U.S. Postal Service, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Boeing.

Richard N. Landers, Ph.DRichard N. Landers, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Psychology
Old Dominion University

Richard N. Landers, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. His research program concerns the use of innovative technologies in adult learning, assessment, employee selection, and research methods, with his work appearing in numerous scholarly journals. Recent topics have included big data, game-based learning, game-based assessment, gamification, unproctored Internet-based testing, mobile devices, virtual reality, and online social media. His research and writing has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Science News, Popular Science, Maclean’s, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Debbie RichardsDebbie Richards
Creative Interactive Ideas

Debbie Richards has over 25 years of experience developing eLearning solutions, applications and web platforms. She has honed her skills as an instructional designer/developer while serving as a consultant and advisor, designing and developing a wide variety of training deliverables. Richards was named one of the most influential people in corporate eLearning for 2016, and is honored to be one of 38 global eLearning professionals awarded based on willingness to share knowledge (peer-to-peer learning).

Cyndi SaxCyndi Sax
Sr. Vice President, Consulting Services

Cyndi Sax focuses on identifying the potential within each person and supporting the fulfillment of that potential through individual, team, and organization-wide initiatives. Sax consults with clients in a broad range of industries, and her areas of specialty include leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, action learning, and team effectiveness. She has been a guest speaker to corporations and associations on a variety of management topics and has over 25 years of experience as a business leader.

Thomas A. TothThomas A. Toth
Managing Director and Founder
dWeb Studios, Inc. dWeb Studios, Inc.

Thomas Toth has over 20 years of experience in development of training programs and educational technology. He has led the creation of global learning initiatives for companies like Western Union, Janus Capital Group, and SafeNet, and has designed training programs for clients such as CHANEL, DiSH, Kelly-Moore Paint, Swarovski, Newmont Mining, the Walmart Foundation, Airgas, Murale, and Trizetto. He is the winner of ELearning! Magazine's Learning Champion Award 2016 in the category of Mentor, and his work in the area of leadership program development lead to an ASTD BEST award for training and development in 2008.

Craig Weiss
E-Learning 24/7

Craig Weiss provides advisory, analyst, and consulting services to buyers and vendors in the e-learning industry. For the second year in a row, Weiss has been identified as the most influential person in the world for e-learning. He writes the E-Learning 24/7 blog, which is read every week in 174 countries, territories, and colonial territories. Additionally, he has written for numerous publications and speaks regularly at conferences, events, and companies around the world. Later this year, he will be publishing his first book on learning management systems.