Blanchard Summit Curated Tracks

Strategy Track

Decoding the Employee Experience

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 1:00 -1:30 p.m. 

Presented by Kristin Brookins Costello

Assessing culture, engagement, and experience is a challenging yet vital task for HR and L&D professionals. This session, led by expert Kristin Brookins Costello, will address common measurement obstacles such as low survey participation rates, concerns about anonymity, and the complexity of data interpretation. Attendees will learn how to implement effective feedback and recognition systems without causing survey fatigue, and how to act on feedback efficiently to maintain employee motivation and satisfaction.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn strategies to increase survey participation and ensure honest feedback
  • Understand how to effectively interpret and act on survey data
  • Explore advanced survey software for real-time feedback and analytics

Aligning HR and L&D Initiatives with Organizational Goals 

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 1:40 - 2:10 p.m.

Presented by Butler Newman

Aligning HR and L&D initiatives with overall business strategy is critical for maximizing the impact of development efforts and driving long-term organizational success. However, achieving this alignment is often challenging, requiring deep integration with organizational objectives, constant adaptation to evolving priorities, and effective communication between departments. Join Butler Newman for an insightful session that will provide HR and L&D professionals with the strategies needed to ensure their learning programs support and enhance strategic goals.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how to foster collaboration between HR, L&D, and leadership teams
  • Discover best practices for adapting learning programs to evolving business priorities
  • Explore using data-driven insights to measure the impact of development initiatives

Talent Acquisition, Engagement, and Retention

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

Presented by Ashley Vevoda

In today's competitive job market, attracting and retaining top talent is more challenging than ever. Skill gaps, cultural fit, and high competition for skilled candidates make recruitment difficult, while retention requires ongoing development, engagement, and alignment with organizational values. Join Ashley Vevoda to explore strategic, adaptable talent management approaches that can help you overcome these challenges and build a strong, committed workforce.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn effective strategies for attracting top talent in a competitive market
  • Discover how to foster a workplace culture that supports engagement and retention
  • Learn how to align talent management with organizational values to ensure a strong cultural fit

Using Coaching to Build Leadership Bench Strength

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Madeleine Blanchard

Coaching is a powerful tool for developing leadership skills and building bench strength, but it comes with its own set of challenges. High costs, time commitment, finding the right coach, measuring impact, and aligning with organizational goals are just a few of the obstacles HR and L&D professionals face. Join Madeleine Blanchard for an in-depth session that will address these challenges and provide strategies to effectively integrate coaching into your leadership development programs.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into selecting and managing effective coaching relationships
  • Learn how to align coaching with organizational goals and measure its impact
  • Explore scalable coaching solutions that can be implemented across your organization

Generative AI: Impact and Adoption for L&D

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Presented by April Hennessey

The advent of generative AI presents both opportunities and challenges for learning and development (L&D) professionals. Ensuring content accuracy, addressing ethical concerns, maintaining a human touch, and integrating AI-generated materials with existing programs are key issues to navigate. This session, led by April Hennessey, will equip HR and L&D professionals with the knowledge and strategies needed to leverage generative AI effectively and responsibly in their learning programs.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into the effective and ethical use of generative AI in L&D
  • Learn strategies for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of AI-generated content
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge to stay current with AI advancements in the L&D field

Innovation and Change Management

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Presented by Judd Hoekstra

Managing organizational change and ensuring employees are prepared for new processes and technologies is a complex challenge. Effective change management requires strategic planning, comprehensive training solutions, and robust support systems to guide employees through transitions, foster resilience, and maintain productivity. Join Judd Hoekstra for a dynamic session that will equip HR and L&D professionals with the tools and strategies needed to develop change-ready leaders and teams.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for training employees to adapt to new processes and technologies
  • Discover best practices for managing organizational transitions while maintaining productivity
  • Understand how to implement strategic training solutions that address employee concerns and minimize disruption

Stretched to the Limit: How Leaders Can Survive and Thrive

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Jay Campbell

Today’s leaders are in a permanent and often painful stretch between forces. They are asked to fulfill the needs of their organization as communicated from above. They must care for and guide their direct reports to fuel engagement and retention. They’re encouraged to fulfill their own needs to grow, achieve, and progress in their career. And leaders must also manage family commitments, social responsibilities, environmental tradeoffs, and the needs of other stakeholders. These forces stretch today’s leaders to the limit of their capabilities. Join Dr. Jay Campbell for an insightful session exploring practical strategies to help leaders cope with these forces and leverage them to great effect.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into the unique challenges faced by managers
  • Discover best practices for navigating difficult tradeoffs among stakeholders
  • Understand how to foster a supportive environment while achieving critical goals

Dealing With Resource Constraints

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Kristin Brookins Costello

HR and L&D professionals often face the daunting task of designing and implementing effective learning programs within the confines of limited budgets, time, and personnel. These constraints can impede the development of tailored, high-quality content and limit opportunities for continuous improvement. This session, led by Kristin Brookins Costello, will provide actionable strategies to navigate these challenges, ensuring that organizational needs are met and learning outcomes are optimized despite resource limitations.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into prioritizing learning objectives to maximize resource impact
  • Discover cost-effective digital tools and methods for scalable training solutions
  • Learn how to continuously evaluate and improve learning programs to meet organizational needs efficiently

Design Track

Leveraging Design Thinking for Leadership Development

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Britney Cole

Incorporating design thinking into leadership development offers a structured yet innovative approach to creating cohesive and scalable training experiences. However, challenges such as fragmented training, diverse leadership needs, immediate skill applicability, and global relevance require careful navigation. Join Britney Cole as she guides HR and L&D professionals through the process of using design thinking to develop leadership programs that are effective, resource-efficient, and adaptable to various organizational needs.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into the application of design thinking in leadership development
  • Learn how to create scalable and cohesive leadership training experiences
  • Enhance your ability to promote innovation and adaptability in training programs

Scaling Leadership Training for Impact and ROI

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Presented by Intrepid

Scaling leadership development solutions using technology presents unique challenges, such as ensuring consistent quality, engaging diverse workforces, and providing personalized experiences at scale. This session, presented by Intrepid, will explore how HR and L&D professionals can overcome these challenges through strategic use of digital tools and inclusive group dynamics. Learn how to design adaptable leadership programs that promote engagement, critical thinking, and problem-solving, ensuring impactful and cost-effective leadership development across your organization.

Session Objectives:

  • Explore how technology platforms allow you to scale leadership training effectively
  • Discover best practices for maintaining quality and engagement across diverse and distributed workforces
  • Learn how to embed practical exercises and real-world application into your program, fostering collaboration and accelerating impact

Maximizing Your Investment: The 5 Drivers of Learning Impact

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

Presented by Ann Rollins

Organizations invest billions annually in training initiatives aimed at driving growth and enhancing organizational vitality. However, translating these investments into meaningful improvements poses significant challenges. Ensuring that learners apply their new knowledge and skills, overcoming implementation barriers, fostering a supportive learning culture, and providing ongoing reinforcement are critical to achieving training effectiveness. Join Ann Rollins for this insightful session to explore The Five Drivers of Learning Impact and learn how to systematically maximize your training investment.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into The Five Drivers of Learning Impact and how they can enhance training effectiveness
  • Learn strategies for designing high-impact development experiences that drive behavior change and skill application
  • Discover best practices for fostering a supportive learning culture and overcoming implementation barriers

Integrating Technology Into L&D Designs

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Betty Dannewitz

Integrating technology into L&D designs presents unique challenges, including the rapid pace of technological advancements, ensuring compatibility with existing systems, and balancing innovation with stability. HR and L&D professionals must continuously learn and adapt to effectively implement new tools and platforms. Join Betty Dannewitz for an informative session that will provide strategies for leveraging technology and e-learning platforms for effective training delivery. Learn how to ensure seamless integration, provide digital literacy training, and keep training programs up to date to maximize the benefits of innovative learning solutions.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into effectively integrating technology into L&D designs
  • Understand how to regularly update and adapt training programs to keep pace with technological advancements
  • Explore innovative methods like learner-generated content and podcasts to engage learners

Building Personalized Learning Experiences

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Britney Cole

Creating a personalized learning curriculum involves understanding the learner's persona more than the topic itself. This process presents several challenges, including defining diverse learner personas accurately, ensuring content relevance and engagement, integrating personalized elements into existing structures, and maintaining consistency and coherence. Join Britney Cole for an insightful session that will equip HR and L&D professionals with the tools and strategies needed to design and implement effective personalized learning experiences.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for accurately defining and creating content for diverse learner personas
  • Explore how to leverage appropriate technology for personalization
  • Discover best practices for integrating personalized learning into existing programs

Building Powerful Curated Content Designs

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Presented by Ann Rollins

Successfully leveraging curated content into leadership development experiences presents numerous challenges. Ensuring content relevance and quality, customizing for different leadership roles, integrating seamlessly with existing programs, maintaining engagement, leveraging appropriate technology, measuring effectiveness, managing costs, and navigating legal and ethical considerations all require significant effort. Join Ann Rollins for this comprehensive session that will provide HR and L&D professionals with strategies to overcome these challenges and create cohesive, personalized, and impactful learning experiences tailored to their organization's unique needs and goals.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for contextualizing and customizing content to different leadership roles
  • Discover best practices for integrating curated content with existing programs
  • Learn how to maintain engagement and leverage the power of multi-modal, spaced learning to its greatest impact in your leadership development experiences

Using Neuroscience Principles to Optimize Learning Design

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

Presented by Madeleine Blanchard

Optimizing learning journey effectiveness goes beyond content delivery; it requires a deep understanding of neuroscience principles. Effective learning design must incorporate methods that align with how the brain processes and retains information. Join Madeleine Blanchard for an insightful session that explores how neuroscience can enhance learning designs. Learn to implement spaced learning for better retention, foster social learning to boost engagement, and utilize stacked learning for comprehensive skill development. This session will equip HR and L&D professionals with the knowledge and strategies to create more effective and satisfying learning experiences.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into neuroscience principles and how they can optimize learning design
  • Learn strategies for improving retention and engagement through spaced and social learning
  • Discover the benefits of stacked learning for comprehensive skill development

Proving ROI: Measuring Training Impact

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Jim Irvine

Measuring the impact of training effectiveness is sometimes a challenging task for HR and L&D professionals. Accurately assessing whether training objectives are met, evaluating improvements in participants' performance, and demonstrating the ROI of training programs requires robust methodologies and ongoing analysis. Join Jim Irvine for this informative session, where you will learn how to use immediate feedback, follow-up assessments, and performance metrics to evaluate training effectiveness and justify future budgets to senior leadership.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how to collect and analyze reliable data to demonstrate training impact
  • Discover strategies for using feedback and performance metrics to improve training initiatives
  • Enhance your ability to present quantifiable results to senior leadership

Delivery Track

Balancing Theory and Practice: Keeping It Real

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Jim Irvine

Translating theoretical knowledge into practical skills is a common challenge in training and development. Ensuring that learning is directly applicable to participants' real-world scenarios is essential for effective skill application. Join Jim Irvine for an engaging session that explores strategies to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Learn how to design training that is relevant, actionable, and tailored to everyday work environments, using real-world examples, case studies, and hands-on exercises to enhance practical application.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for designing relevant and actionable training
  • Discover the benefits of using real-world examples, case studies, and hands-on exercises
  • Enhance your ability to create training programs that effectively bridge the gap between theory and practice

Learner Engagement and Motivation: Putting the Active Into Interactive

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Vicki Halsey

As in-person training opportunities increase, updating delivery skills to keep learners engaged and motivated is essential. This is particularly challenging during long or mandatory sessions where participants may struggle to remain attentive or find the content valuable. Join Dr. Vicki Halsey for an engaging session that explores strategies to enhance in-person training by using interactive activities, real-world examples, and frequent breaks. Learn how to focus on practical activities, clearly articulate benefits, link training to personal and professional growth, and spend 70% of the time on hands-on practice to ensure effective learning outcomes.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into effective strategies for enhancing learner engagement and motivation
  • Learn how to use interactive activities to keep training relevant and engaging
  • Discover techniques for having participant’s “hear their own voice” during sessions

Avoiding the Chasm: Maintaining Momentum Post-Class

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Jay Campbell

With smiling faces and high expectations, your participants exit their workshops with intentions to use their new skills, only to return to a growing pile of work and a stream of mixed messages. Ensuring that learning continues and skills are applied after a training class ends is a significant challenge. Too often, participants struggle to effectively apply it in their work. How can we turn this chronic issue around? Join Dr. Jay Campbell to learn about a handful of powerful methods to boost application of learning and deepen the impact of your training initiatives.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into designing training programs with a focus on retaining information post-class
  • Learn strategies for providing effective follow-up support and ongoing learning resources
  • Explore the benefits of peer support networks and online communities for continuous learning

Embracing Change: Strategies to Overcome Learner Resistance

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Judd Hoekstra

Learner resistance to change is a significant challenge in training and development initiatives. Adult learners, often comfortable with their established practices, may resist adopting new methods and ideas. Overcoming this resistance is crucial for the success of any training program. Join Judd Hoekstra for an enlightening session that explores strategies to foster openness to change, address comfort with current practices, and create an environment where new concepts can be accepted and integrated effectively.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into the common causes of learner resistance to change
  • Discover how to highlight the benefits and relevance of new approaches effectively
  • Understand the importance of creating a safe space for exploration and discussion

Tech-Savvy Training: Staying Up to Date

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Betty Dannewitz

Ensuring that training content remains relevant and up to date with industry standards is a significant challenge for HR and L&D professionals. Effectively integrating technology into the classroom can enhance learning but also presents potential distractions and frustrations. Join Betty Dannewitz for a comprehensive session on the best practices for classroom technology integration. Learn how to update training materials regularly, incorporate participant feedback, stay informed about industry trends, and use technology to enhance the learning experience without causing distractions. Discover how to provide clear instructions, offer technical support, and ensure all participants are comfortable with the tools, including digital credentialing.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into keeping training content current and relevant
  • earn best practices for effectively integrating technology into the classroom
  • Explore the benefits of new technologies such as digital credentialing in recognizing learning achievements

Bringing Learners into the Real World with Simulations

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Presented by Advantexe

Bridging the gap between learning and real-world application is a persistent challenge in traditional training. Without practical experience, learners struggle to apply skills, innovate, and make strategic decisions effectively. Join learning specialists from Advantexe for a compelling session that explores how cloud-based business simulations can transform training by providing a risk-free environment for practice and self-correction. Discover how these simulations, akin to flight simulators for pilots, enable participants to navigate real-world scenarios, enhancing their strategic decision-making abilities and overall business performance.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how cloud-based business simulations provide practical, risk-free environments for skill development
  • Discover the benefits of simulation-based learning for enhancing strategic decision-making and business performance
  • Explore real-world examples and case studies demonstrating the impact of simulation-based learning

Learner Time Constraints: I’ll Get Right to the Point

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

Presented by Randy Conley

Balancing training with job responsibilities and personal commitments presents a significant challenge for many learners. Ensuring comprehensive learning and skill development within limited time frames necessitates efficient, focused training solutions. Join Randy Conley for fast-paced session that will explore strategies to maximize training impact without overwhelming learners or compromising their performance. Learn how to prioritize key topics, provide pre-session materials, and offer follow-up resources to create efficient and effective training programs.

Session Objectives:

  • ain insights into balancing depth and breadth of content within limited time
  • Learn strategies for prioritizing key topics and breaking content into manageable chunks
  • Discover best practices for providing pre-session materials and follow-up resources

Engaging Remote Learners: Remote But Not Distant

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Vicki Halsey

Keeping remote learners engaged and ensuring they receive the same quality of training as in-person participants presents a unique set of challenges. Facilitating effective digital sessions requires specific techniques to maintain engagement and interactivity. Join Vicki Halsey for an insightful session that will explore innovative and effective strategies to enhance remote training. Learn how to encourage active participation, foster meaningful conversations, and ensure remote learners have an engaging and impactful experience.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain insights into effective strategies for engaging remote learners
  • Discover techniques for encouraging active participation and conversation
  • Enhance your ability to gauge progress and celebrate achievements in remote training