The Rise of the Learning Scientists: Digital Disruption and the Future of Learning Leadership

Tuesday, 12/4   |   9:30 am – 10:45 am

Chris Pirie

Founder, The Learning Futures Group · Former Chief Learning Officer, Microsoft

The accelerating pace of innovation in computing, storage, and connectivity has had a profound effect on our working and private lives, connecting us to billions of other humans, disrupting every aspect of how we do business, and democratizing our access to information and capital. The result is a platform for an almost exponential pace of change and has given rise to a confluence of technology breakthroughs in such areas as robotics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and energy production that will in turn further accelerate the accelerating pace of change! Living and working in such an era will require extreme adaptability; the ability for organizations and individuals to quickly learn and unlearn will be the difference between success and failure, growth and irrelevance. 

This session will explore how one organization created a culture of learning that respects and leverages the forces of change, and aims to build competitive advantage and a measurable impact on stock price. You’ll examine four forces at work on learning professionals: the rise and the role of robots, the new cult of learning culture, the learning advantage, and Corporate Learning 2.0. In the context of these trends, you’ll discover some tools to plan your future as a learning leader. You will get a reading list and a list of questions to help you frame your future as a learning leader in the age of digital disruption and what is perhaps the most exciting time in human history.

Professionalism in Turbulent Time

Tuesday, 12/4   |   11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sophia Tong

CEO, Testrite Group

The rapid change of technology brings the disruptive change and impact to enterprise workforce. In this session, the speaker will share the perspective on how Artificial Intelligence will impact and reinvent the talent roadmap to create the unique value, career potential, sustainable learning, personal branding and leadership development.

In this speech, the speaker will focus on the four core capabilities for a successful career:

  1. Communications and Collaboration
  2. Agility and Resilience
  3. Character Strength
  4. Leadership Competency

Hope this speech may inspire you to cultivate a usual practice of positive thinking and therefore become an outstanding leader moving forward. 

Mass Producing Extraordinary Leaders

Wednesday, 12/5   |   3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

John H. (Jack) Zenger

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zenger Folkman

Having the right leader at the helm of an organization will have a dramatic impact on its success. The selection process isn’t flawless, and even the most promising recruits may struggle in a new position at an unfamiliar company. Recent research, including more than a million assessments, has shown it is more effective to develop leaders from inside the organization to leverage the human capital already familiar with your business and culture. Further, leaders don’t need to be perfect as long as they demonstrate several key competencies recognized as the hallmarks of extraordinary leadership.

This session will discuss how organizations should design the professional development process to more efficiently aid the growth and advancement of those in the leadership pipeline. By shifting the strategy to a research-based approach, you will be able to mass produce great leaders to lead the business to higher levels of success.