Session Key
Workshops General Sessions Solution Provider Briefings/Case Studies Breakout Sessions Executive Interviews
*All sessions and speakers subject to change at any time.

Breakout Sessions

High-Performance Leadership Development:
Award-Winners Share Their Success Stories

Moderator: Madeline Laurano, Vice President and Principal Analyst of Talent Acquisition Practice, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 10:30-11:30am

David Wright, Senior Director, Leadership Development, CIBC

Steven Smith
Corporate Vice President, Capgemini University Director

Meribeth Germino
Principal Leadership Consultant, Genentech

Three-quarters of global organizations surveyed by Brandon Hall Group said their leadership development programs were not effective. Less than half said they had formal LD strategies. This is a disheartening picture in light of a hyper-competitive business environment and a looming retirement boom that will drain many organizations of their intellectual capital and seasoned leaders. But some organizations have solved the leadership development puzzle in meaningful – and highly effective -- ways. This session features three winners of Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Leadership Development Awards. From this session you will take away:

  • Key practices on how to develop world-class Leadership Development programs that deliver measurable results
  • Lessons learned and mistakes to avoid in building your Leadership Development programs.
  • Full case studies detailing the methodologies of the award-winning organizations employed to drive their programs.

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Best Advancements in HCM Technology: Q&A with 5 Award-Winning Innovators
Moderator: Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 10:30-11:30am

Pete Beck, Director of Learning Technology & Operations, Verizon

Tim Martin, Co-Founder, Rustici Software
Ludo Fourrage, Head of Virtual Learning, Microsoft
Hardeep Gulati, General Manager and Head of SumTotal, a Skillsoft Company
Gene Pease, Founder and CEO, Vestrics

Solution providers all believe their technologies will enable you to deliver results that your organizations need. But only a select few – Brandon Hall Group award-winners in technology – have been judged by an international panel to actually deliver a high-value proposition, innovation, unique differentiators and measurable results. Five award-winning technology solution providers – each one focused on a different function of Human Capital Management – will answer questions about their ground-breaking innovations from BHG’s Michael Rochelle, an awards judge who also has helped corporations selection hundreds of millions of dollars worth of HCM technology in the last few years alone. In this session you will:

  • Hear about the latest innovative HCM technologies that have been judged to meet the needs of their organizations.
  • Receive examples of exemplary customer service and collaborations employed by these solution providers.
  • Take home award-winning case studies on advanced HCM technologies.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of some of the industry’s leading technology innovators.

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How Learning Initiatives Can Impact Business Transformation
Moderator: Mike Cooke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 10:30-11:30am

Angie Ballinger, Commercial and Leadership Portfolio Global Lead, Cargill

Dan Bielenberg, Director of Learning & Talent Development, Accenture Strategy
Paul Pastrone, Vice President, Learning and Organization Development, Printing and Personal Systems Division, Hewlett Packard

Jacob Eli Thomas, Chief Learning and Program Manager, EAG

For the first time in 2014, the Excellence Awards in Learning and Development recognized learning programs created specifically to support major changes within organizations. Mike Cooke will provide an overview on Brandon Hall Group’s research on this topic, and then executives from award-winning organizations will share their success stories on how they developed learning programs to drive mergers, acquisitions, technology conversions, operating model conversions, and product changes and migrations. The presentations include time for your Q&A, and you will come away from this session with:

  • Key practices for using learning programs to support business transformation
  • Lessons learned from the ambitious initiatives of the award-winners.
  • Full case studies detailing the methodologies the award-winning organizations employed to drive their programs.

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Getting to the Heart of High-Performance Onboarding
Moderator: Kyle Lagunas, Talent Acquisition Analyst, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm

Vernon "Bud" Blom, Director, Learning Solutions, MUFG

Emily Cates, Head of Zebra Knowledge Center

Amanda Reynolds, Director of Sales Training and Development, CareerBuilder

Onboarding traditionally has been an administrative process – new hire paperwork, benefits enrollment, perhaps a superficial orientation where new employees are introduced to company policies and resources. Not coincidentally, three of four organizations surveyed by Brandon Hall Group in 2014 rated their onboarding programs as less than moderately effective. For a select handful of organizations, however, onboarding is playing a critical role in driving employee engagement and retention, and overall business performance.

Brandon Hall Group’s Kyle Lagunas will report on a six-month, ground-breaking research project on  high-performance onboarding, and will facilitate discussion between talent acquisition leaders who have pioneered high-performance onboarding in their organizations. This session will help lay the groundwork for building a more effective program in your company by:

  • Examining the measurable results achieved by our panelists.
  • Defining critical success factors.
  • Identifying key performance indicators and key action steps.

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Content Creation: How Excellence is Achieved
Moderator: Mollie Lombardi, Vice President of Workforce Management Practice and Principal Analyst,
Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm

Lee Clark, Manager, Training and Development for Worldwide Sales, Carnival Cruise Lines


Tara Lenaghan, Head, Global Tax Learning & Development, KPMG

Pat Golden, Senior Director, Deltek University, Deltek, Inc.

After all the strategies are formulated, after all the budgets are determined and allocated, what really drives the success of learning in organizations is high-quality content. In this session, representatives from award-winning organizations will explain how they created excellent content that not only resonated with learners but achieved breakthrough business results for their organizations. You’ll come away with:

  • Examples of how various types of learning modalities drove business improvements in major organizations.
  • Key strategic and creative decisions that drive content excellence and business results.
  • Lessons learned and mistakes to avoid in creating innovative content.

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The HCM Innovator Interviews
Interviewer: Laci Loew, Vice President of Talent Management Practice and Principal Analyst, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm

Daniel Abdo
, Senior Vice President, Global Learning Organization, Bank of America
Chris Peck, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources
Peter Heller, Sr Director Talent & OD Development

This session features three award-winning HCM innovators talking candidly about the challenges their organizations faced regarding learning and other HCM practices and how they dramatically improved results through strategic thinking, collaboration, and understanding their workforces and what they needed to excel. At press time, one of our guests is confirmed. Daniel Abdo will talk about how Bank of America has created a learning experience that is similar to what employees may experience when using some of their ecommerce sites and mobile applications. Laci Loew will interview Abdo and one other guest and will leave plenty of time for you to question them directly.

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HCM Measurement and Analytics: How to Leverage Data to Drive Organizational Results
Moderator: Trish McFarlane, Vice President and Principal Analyst of Human Resource Practice, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 2:30-3:30pm

Steve Boese, Program Co-Chair, HR Technology Conference, and adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, LRP

Mike Psenka, Senior Vice President of Workforce Analytics, Equifax

Edward Pertwee, Head of Workforce Planning

Data is increasingly the ‘must have’ resource for HR leaders. It can reveal insights on pay, turnover, and job movement from a wide swath of industries and millions of data points in order to give organizations a better understanding of how their workforce trends stack up against the competition. It also means using data and decision support tools to ensure the organization is making the right decisions and remaining compliant with complex requirements. But leveraging the best data, analyzing it effectively, and using it appropriately are still unmet challenges for many organizations. In this session, you will come away with:

  • A better understanding of what big data is, and how to determine appropriate uses for your organization.
  • Examples of how companies are using technology to make the best uses of data.
  • Examples of the pitfalls of not using the data you have, or misinterpreting the data.

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Evolutionary Progress in Social and Mobile Learning: Lessons Learned from Pioneers
Moderator: David Wentworth, Senior Learning Analyst, Brandon Hall Group
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 2:30-3:30pm

Bridgette Dalzell, Head of Alternate Resourcing & Learning, Spark

Bill Epstein, Director of Applied Learning Technologies and Innovation, Boeing
Cory Colton, Senior Manager of Learning Technologies, Cox Automotive (AutoTrader)
Katrina Williams, Director, Sales Capability

Social and mobile technologies are everywhere, both in the consumer market and within the enterprise, and the two have become inextricably linked. However, the learning function has been slow to leverage   these technologies to bring learners together with content, experts, and other learners in new and engaging ways. More than one-quarter of organizations say there is no mobile interaction with learning at all, and 30% only do so in a very limited fashion. The story is much the same for social learning. Brandon Hall Group has developed maturity models for mobile and social learning that provide a foundation for examining the experiences Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence Award winners in social and mobile learning, who will share their stories and answer questions. You will also be able to identify your organization’s current standing in the mobile/social journey and hear practical examples of how to move toward maturity. You will come away with:

  • An understanding of the current social and mobile learning technology landscape.
  • The leading social and mobile learning practices of high-performing organizations.
  • A model for diagnosing your organization’s own current state of mobile and social learning maturity.
  • Real-world examples of excellent mobile and social learning in action.

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