Enterprise Learning! Summit 2012: Inspiration and Innovation

“These are some of the smartest people that I’ve ever had the privilege of
listening to,” remarked David Grebow, CEO of KnowledgeStar. That was typical
of attendee comments about the Enterprise Learning!Summit.

This year’s Enterprise Learning! Summit 2012 spotlighted the Learning!100 Award winners. The Learning!100 Award recognizes 60 corporate and 40 public sector organizations for outstanding achievement in learning culture, innovation, or collaboration. Honorees cut across all industries and organization sizes, from five employees to 1.6 million employees.

Conference topics ranged from The Secrets of Top Performers, to Learning!100 Innovative Workplaces to How to Survive and Thrive in Today’s Environment. The panels featured the senior learning executives from Starbucks, the Cheesecake Factory, Cisco, AT&T, and IBM, as well as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Naval Air
Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

Three learning industry thought leaders opened the conference, all of whom were authors of forward-looking books in the world of education. Jay Cross, the author of several books including Informal Learning – Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance, was joined by Karie Willyerd, the co-author of The 2020 Workplace, and Nick van Dam, who authored Next Learning, Unwrapped. Karie Willyerd is the former CLO of Sun and Nick van Dam is the Global CLO for Deloitte, as well as the founder of the nonprofit organization, e-Learning for Kids. Both Deloitte and E-Learning for Kids were Learning!100 Award winners this year.

Each of these three speakers moderated thought-provoking panels about the top learning trends on the horizon, from innovative approaches to learning in the workplace, to the new role of leadership in this era of social networks and broad learner demographics.

Bob Danna from Bersin & Associates moderated a panel of Chief Technology Experts in a discussion about how new technologies might affect learning organizations going forward. David Wilkens from Taleo, Ed Cohen from SAP, and Jason Corsello from Cornerstone OnDemand explored the pitfalls, best practices, and overall impact of Big Data, Cloud/SaaS service models, mobile
computing, and social learning networks.

Dave Carey closed the conference with The Courage to Lead, a very inspirational speech about his imprisonment as a prisoner of war. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and a highly decorated veteran, Carey served as Director of the Navy’s Leadership and Management Training program.

Dave shared how he and his fellow prisoners turned their imprisonment into a classroom. They developed codes to communicate while avoiding detection by their guards. Carey taught French to the other prisoners, conducted group discussions, and even acted in plays. His story of turning a prison into a flourishing classroom offered a unique perspective for attendees.

“It’s always a thought-provoking event when you bring together the best and brightest in the industry,” said Joe DiDonato, Conference Chairman and director of the program. DiDonato added that it would be difficult to imagine that anyone could go home without five to ten new ideas.

“These are some of the smartest people that I’ve ever had the privilege of
listening to,” remarked David Grebow, CEO of KnowledgeStar. That was typical
of attendee comments about the Enterprise Learning!Summit.

This year’s Enterprise Learning! Summit 2012 spotlighted the Learning!100 Award winners. The Learning!100 Award recognizes 60 corporate and 40 public sector organizations for outstanding achievement in learning culture, innovation, or collaboration. Honorees cut across all industries and organization sizes, from five employees to 1.6 million employees.

Conference topics ranged from The Secrets of Top Performers, to Learning!100 Innovative Workplaces to How to Survive and Thrive in Today’s Environment. The panels featured the senior learning executives from Starbucks, the Cheesecake Factory, Cisco, AT&T, and IBM, as well as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Naval Air
Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

Three learning industry thought leaders opened the conference, all of whom were authors of forward-looking books in the world of education. Jay Cross, the author of several books including Informal Learning – Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance, was joined by Karie Willyerd, the co-author of The 2020 Workplace, and Nick van Dam, who authored Next Learning, Unwrapped. Karie Willyerd is the former CLO of Sun and Nick van Dam is the Global CLO for Deloitte, as well as the founder of the nonprofit organization, e-Learning for Kids. Both Deloitte and E-Learning for Kids were Learning!100 Award winners this year.

Each of these three speakers moderated thought-provoking panels about the top learning trends on the horizon, from innovative approaches to learning in the workplace, to the new role of leadership in this era of social networks and broad learner demographics.

Bob Danna from Bersin & Associates moderated a panel of Chief Technology Experts in a discussion about how new technologies might affect learning organizations going forward. David Wilkens from Taleo, Ed Cohen from SAP, and Jason Corsello from Cornerstone OnDemand explored the pitfalls, best practices, and overall impact of Big Data, Cloud/SaaS service models, mobile
computing, and social learning networks.

Dave Carey closed the conference with The Courage to Lead, a very inspirational speech about his imprisonment as a prisoner of war. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and a highly decorated veteran, Carey served as Director of the Navy’s Leadership and Management Training program.

Dave shared how he and his fellow prisoners turned their imprisonment into a classroom. They developed codes to communicate while avoiding detection by their guards. Carey taught French to the other prisoners, conducted group discussions, and even acted in plays. His story of turning a prison into a flourishing classroom offered a unique perspective for attendees.

“It’s always a thought-provoking event when you bring together the best and brightest in the industry,” said Joe DiDonato, Conference Chairman and director of the program. DiDonato added that it would be difficult to imagine that anyone could go home without five to ten new ideas.

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