Virtual Learning Sessions - Friday, March 27, 2020

This is value-add for those registrants who are transferring their registrations to 2021!  Thank you for sticking with us.  We are looking forward to seeing you in 2021 for what will still be our 10-year celebration of this regional conference.  Webinar links to the virtual sessions were emailed directly to registrants along with access to some free online courses.

Virtual Session #1 - 9 am EST

AI-Driven Role-Play for Practicing Leadership Conversations

with Andrea Laus &
Matteo Malatesta

Virtual Session #2 - 12 Noon EST

The Future of L&D: It's Up to You

with Clark Quinn

Virtual Session #3 - 3 pm EST

Where Technology is Going:
Removing Barriers Between Learners and Ideas

with Hugh Seaton

Virtual Session #1 - 9 am EST

Session Presenters:  Andrea Laus & Matteo Malatesta 

AI-Driven Role-Play for Practicing Leadership Conversations

L&D professionals are familiar with many models of learning, but there's one area, soft-skills improvement, where role-play practice remains one of the most effective strategies.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) may be a very efficient answer to boost its effectiveness expanding its usage and objectivity.

There are several ways AI-driven digital role-play can be used to empower employees and leaders at scale for better performance.

Remote practicing, smart objective setting, big-data benchmarking and adaptive learning scheduling are some of the strategies that can help to go beyond the limitation of soft-skills knowledge-led e-learning solutions, to start providing continuous empowering value to the learners.

This webinar will touch many aspects connected with that, guiding the audience through this approach and providing an in-depth sharing from the speakers’ experience about:

·       What digital role-play is and how it can help corporate L&D professionals deliver effective and practical soft skills learning strategies;

·       The main characteristics to look at when designing a learning strategy based on digital role-play;

·       What early-adopting L&D professionals report are the leading advantages behind this new learning strategy;"

Virtual Session #2 - 12 Noon EST

Opening Keynote:  Clark Quinn

The Future of L&D: It's up to you

Learning & Development is at a juncture. Information is increasingly available, and people are getting used to self-help. And there’s a growing recognition that most of training isn’t effective. Finally, change is happening faster, and L&D can’t keep up. Something’s going to give, the question is what? Is there a future? In this talk we’ll talk about a new perspective, focusing on performance, not learning. There’s a new future for L&D, but it won’t come from doing what we’ve always done, it’ll take a revolution. We’ll show how cognitive science gives us some new handles to succeed where courses can’t, and how to make courses better. We’ll show how the performance ecosystem is possible and desirable, and what it takes to get there. Come see what the future of L&D can be!

Clark Quinn, Ph.D., consults with corporations, government, higher education, and not-for-profit organizations to align technology use with how we think, work, and learn. He applies a deep background in the cognitive and learning sciences with broad experience in technology applications to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. After an early academic career, Dr. Quinn has served as an executive in online and elearning initiatives and has an international reputation as a speaker and scholar, with five books and numerous articles and chapters. He blogs at, tweets as @quinnovator, and works through Quinnovation.

Virtual Session #3 - 3 PM EST

Closing Keynote: Hugh Seaton

Where Technology is Going:

Removing Barriers Between Learners and Ideas

The increased focus on distance learning brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has made technologies like Virtual Reality become much more relevant. How can we leverage this technology, as well as Augmented Reality and AI to increasingly deliver the right learning, at the right time, in the right way for the learner?

A serial technology entrepreneur, Hugh is currently GM of Adept Reality, a VR/AR training company that is part of the Glimpse Group, the largest VR/AR firm of its kind ( Hugh has spent his career involved in the creation and marketing of new technologies. From novel steel wire in southern Taiwan to flat screens at Philips, Walkman at Sony and online services at AOL, and now VR powered talent development at Adept, Hugh has driven innovation and adoption for over 20 years. Since returning from China in 2012, Hugh has led creation and execution of 20+ hackathons, and created conferences in Connecticut & New York City. Hugh is graduate of Columbia Business School, and lives in Stamford, CT.

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