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March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS704 Building Your Learning Strategy from Scratch

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Thursday, March 23

Management and Strategy


Building an effective and efficient learning strategy for your organization is a complex undertaking. That’s why it can be extremely difficult to know where to start, particularly if you’re creating a brand-new approach. What resources do you need, and how should you prioritize which goals and challenges to go after first?

In this session, you’ll learn how to navigate the massive amount of data and ecisions needed to build an organization-wide learning strategy from scratch. Using a three-phase process, you’ll explore how to understand the greater context of your organization, how to unearth the hidden pain points your organization may not even know it has, and how to build a logical and affordable approach to address both the urgent needs and the long-term vision of your organization.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to survey stakeholders to get a realistic view of the organization
  • How to align your learning strategy to organization goals
  • How to prioritize the projects your team will pursue for the most meaningful results
  • How to share and discuss the challenges—and innovative solutions—of implementing learning strategy

Intermediate to advanced managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Irene Boland

Director, Performance Improvement & Training

Learning Development Institute

Irene Boland, the director of performance improvement and training for the Learning Development Institute, partners with people and organizations to solve performance issues, maximize the use of resources, eliminate waste, improve efficiency, and improve profitability. Irene received her PhD in education, specialization in instructional design in 2009. She has been working with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 learning and talent development clients for over 15 years. Additionally, Irene’s research interests focus on the intersection of learning and technology—determining the extent to which emerging technologies can be proven effective.

John Taylor

Director, Operations Learning

Ventura Foods

John Taylor, a director of operations learning at Ventura Foods, has over 20 years of experience as a plant leader for food manufacturing companies. In his role, John is informed by his background developing individuals and building teams at the front line of manufacturing. He assesses company-wide learning needs while also aligning all learning to organization-wide growth goals. John also has experience with creating a learning function and strategy from scratch.

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