Blanchard Leadership Summit

The Heart of Human Achievement

October 8–10, 2024, Dana Point, CA

Best Practice Learning Sessions and Networking for L&D Leaders, Instructional Designers, and Delivery Experts

This exclusive two-day conference provides opportunities to interact, network, and share innovations and best practices for creating and delivering high-impact learning designs. Attendees learn how to utilize technology options that support organizational strategies by taking a human centered, digital forward approach to drive growth and performance. Walk away knowing the latest trends and new solutions for designing, implementing, and measuring learning programs to grow leaders effectively and increase organizational engagement and performance.

Keynote Speakers

Marcus BuckinghamMarcus Buckingham
Global Researcher | NYT Bestselling Author

Jennifer BrownJennifer Brown
Inclusive Leadership Expert | Bestselling Author 

Terrell FletcherTerrell Fletcher
Executive Director | The Blanchard Institute

Scott BlanchardScott Blanchard
CEO and Co-Owner | Blanchard

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What to Expect

  • Network. Connect with L&D leaders, designers, delivery experts, and partners from around the globe.
  • Experience. Explore diverse tracks designed for your expertise, featuring strategy, design, and delivery.
  • Learn. Gain insights from industry leaders and Blanchard clients on boosting organizational performance through innovative leadership development and learning experiences.
  • Grow. Leave ready to take on the future of work with the latest trends, best practices, technologies, and innovative solutions in learning program design and implementation.

Case studies are the heart of the Leadership Summit.

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Session Topics

High-Expectation Workforce

Generative AI

Innovation & Change

Leveraging Neuroscience

Scaling Leadership

Facilitation Excellence



Learner-Generated Content

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Conference Program

Each day of the Blanchard Leadership Summit begins and ends with an inspiring keynote presentation. Throughout the day, you’ll have the option to hear from Blanchard clients sharing their best practices, as well as Blanchard leadership experts delivering sessions that address your challenges. Stay an extra half day for the post-conference sessions to dive deeper into Blanchard programs.

24 Expertly Curated Concurrent Presentations

The 2024 Blanchard Leadership Summit features 24 concurrent sessions divided into three tracks: Strategy, Design, and Delivery. 


The STRATEGY conference track is expertly crafted to address the core challenges confronting HR and L&D leaders today. The focus is on seamlessly adapting to technological advancements through the integration of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and sophisticated learning management systems. These sessions will help leaders be effective at enhancing learning experiences and ensuring these technologies align with business goals. 

  • Decoding the Employee Experience
  • Aligning HR and L&D Initiatives with Organizational Goals
  • Talent Acquisition, Engagement, and Retention
  • Using Coaching to Build Leadership Bench Strength
  • Generative AI: Impact and Adoption for L&D
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Stretched to the Limit: How Leaders Can Survive and Thrive
  • Dealing With Resource Constraints

The DESIGN track addresses critical aspects of instructional design, emphasizing leadership development and the strategic use of digital tools. It aims to equip instructional designers with the skills to create more engaging, effective, and impactful learning experiences through curated sessions.

  • Leveraging Design Thinking for Leadership Development
  • Scaling Leadership Training for Impact and ROI
  • Maximizing Your Investment: 5 Drivers of Learning Impact
  • Integrating Technology Into L&D Designs
  • Building Personalized Learning Experiences
  • Building Curated Content Designs
  • Using Neuroscience Principles to Optimize Learning
  • Proving ROI: Measuring Training Impact

The DELIVERY track is designed to address the diverse and evolving challenges faced by today’s corporate training facilitators. It focuses on integrating innovative technologies and teaching methods to enhance training delivery.

  • Balancing Theory and Practice: Keeping It Real
  • Learner Engagement and Motivation
  • Maintaining Momentum Post-Class
  • Strategies to Overcome Learner Resistance
  • Tech-Savvy Training: Staying Up to Date
  • Bringing Learners into the Real World with Simulations
  • Learner Time Constraints: I’ll Get Right to the Point
  • Engaging Remote Learners

Details on each track session can be found on the Curated Tracks page.

6 Client Case Studies 

Client case studies have always been at the heart of the Blanchard Leadership Summit. For more than twenty years, representatives from the world’s best companies have shared peer-to-peer leadership development best practices that focus on people and results. This year’s Summit continues that tradition. Confirmed client speaker lineup includes:

Erica Resnick, Amazon
Director, Product Management, Global Operations Learning and Development
Hear how Amazon partnered with Blanchard to create a work environment that enables operations leaders to develop their leadership styles and build deeper relationships with associates, making every day more inspiring, motivating, and meaningful.

Marilyn Allison and Nikki Larsen, Becton Dickinson (BD)
Sr. Director of Learning and Leadership Development and Sr. Manager, Learning and Development
Hear how they developed a blended, 12-week program that includes asynchronous learning modules, small group discussions, digital simulations, large group interactive facilitated modules, and project-based learning.

Monte Manson, CAL FIRE
Deputy Director Professional Standards Program
Hear how CAL FIRE designed and implemented a leadership development curriculum to help their employees at all ranks have more productive conversations, build trust, and develop stronger relationships.

James Sigismonti, Delta Dental
Manager Leadership Development
Hear the results of their ROI study and how they rolled out the Purpose-Driven Coaching Initiative to embed those skills and create a consistent approach to executive coaching across the enterprise.

Kristie Raines and Kelly Ramirez, BIC Corporation
VP People and Culture and Kelly Ramirez Sr. Manager People and Culture
Hear how they designed and delivered two leadership development journeys that are aligned with new core competencies.

Check back in soon for updates on additional speakers.

Explore Blanchard’s Most Popular Programs

Looking for an enhanced, extended experience? Stay an extra half-day to learn more about Blanchard programs, methodologies, and best practices. Participate in one of three half-day workshops. October 10, 2024, 8:30 12:00 p.m.

Learning Journey Essentials

What are the key elements to include in your leadership development designs? Join Blanchard subject matter experts for a “look inside” four essential programs—SLII, Building Trust, Coaching Essentials, and Self Leadership that are recommended most often as a starting point in building foundational leadership learning journeys.

Enhanced Skill Building

Join Blanchard subject matter experts as they take you on a deeper dive into four Blanchard programs designed to build new skills for motivating, communicating effectively, fostering inclusion, and increasing innovation.  You’ll explore key principles from Courageous Inclusion, Conversational Capacity®, Essential Motivators, and Fearless Innovation.

Measuring Impact and ROI

If you’re like most learning and development professionals, one big challenge is showing the impact of training in a way that makes sense to senior executives in your company. In this 3-hour, half day workshop, measurement expert Jim Irvine shares how to measure the impact of leadership development programs and create reports that provide the return-on-investment data senior leaders are looking for.

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Group Pricing: 25% off 3–5 passes, 30% off 6–10 passes. (Discount taken off of full conference price of $1,495). Contact [email protected] for group discount code.

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