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November 29 – December 1, 2023

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown

San Diego, CA

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Transforming L&D into a Strategic Business Enabler

Most organizations are acutely aware of the importance of learning in today’s business environment. They understand that technology is changing the nature of work and the roles within it. They also understand that the ability of the workforce to learn new skills, model new behaviors, and adapt continuously is key to sustained success. In a changing world, learning and development keep employees up to date. Hence the elevated role of the L&D function, which must work together with business leaders to enable an organization to learn effectively, at speed, and at scale.

Many companies face a looming skills gap, digital transformation, increased regulation, and all manner of other obstacles. Learning needs to be deeply integrated with an organization’s strategy and core talent processes to rise up to the challenge. Yet many companies feel their functions are ill-equipped to play such a role. Rather than being regarded as one of the most forward-thinking functions in an organization, many feel that their L&D functions struggle to keep up with the needs of their business.

The role of the learning practitioner has never been more important. However, measuring, analyzing, and understanding learning impact continues to be a challenge, as is convincing stakeholders of the importance of learning and getting executive buy-in.

We need data to help us shift from reactive to proactive and strategic when we think about our training programs. Instead of fighting fires all the time, we can be more future-focused when we look at the competencies, skills, and other core elements of learning design to ensure we can identify all the levers available to pull.

HRO Today‘s 8th Annual Learning & Development Summit will share strategies to turn your L&D function into a talent differentiator, an enabler of business transformation, and a catalyst for collaboration across teams, functions, business units, and/or geographies.

Session topics include:

  • E-learning best practices
  • Aligning learning and talent management with business objectives
  • Delivering a great learner experience
  • Building a learning ecosystem
  • Leveraging data analytics for learning & talent development
  • Nurturing a learning culture
  • Upskilling and reskilling the workforce
  • Bringing a diversity and inclusion lens to L&D
  • Leadership development and succession planning
  • Career management
  • Innovative onboarding
  • Leveraging learning and development for engagement and retention


Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown

601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101USA

2023 Speakers:

Melva Allen
Supervisor, Human Resources
Oakland County

Sunil Asija
Director, Human Resources
Oakland County

Jane Gire
Director Program Development
ClearChoice Dental Implants

Einav Lavi
Talent Transformation Executive and Former CHRO

Elden Maxwell
Vice President, Learning & Organization Development
First Tech Credit Union

Crystal Miller
Chief Learning Officer

Adam Morettin
Group Vice President, Learning & Development
US Renal Care

Kannan Ramaiah
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Black Box

Karen Wetherholt
Global Head of Talent

Kristin Zummo
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Organizational Development
Chelsea Groton Bank

Camellia Natalini
B2B Sales Manager North America
Babbel for Business

Will Baas
Vice President Talent & Learning Integration and Experience

Kiersten DeBrower
Director Learning & Development
Addison Group

Nidal Zmily
Vice President Organizational Development
Pegasus Building Services

Dawn Ferry
Vice President Organizational Development
Liberty Bank

Rob Taylor
Director Organizational Development

Garry Gross
Executive Director of Leadership & Organizational Development

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