David Kelly

Executive Director, The Learning Guild

David Kelly is the executive vice president and executive director of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.

11:00 - 11:45 AM ET

Monday Nov. 16

What Is Learning Leadership? (Panel Discussion)

The workplace is in a period of transition. The future of work was already rapidly evolving based on numerous forces of change; the addition of the pandemic to the equation only makes things more complex. The role of learning professionals to be leaders is more important than ever as we support individuals and organizations through these changes. But what exactly does it mean to be a learning leader?

In this opening session for Learning 2020 Online, we will explore what “Learning Leadership” means in a modern learning organization. We will look beyond learning leadership as an idea and examine what it looks like as a practice, targeting specific skills and behaviors that can be built and nurtured. We will explore not only the knowledge and skills you need as a learning leader today, but what you need to develop in order to prepare yourself and your teams for the challenges still to come.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What “learning leadership” means in 2020
  • The types of skills today’s learning leaders need to develop
  • The role learning leaders need to play in supporting organizations through the challenging times ahead
2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Monday Nov. 16

Five Perspectives on the Future of Learning and Work

The world of work is changing. Numerous forces are motivating organizations to pivot their strategies, causing a paradigm shift in what is expected from the workforce. This, in turn, fundamentally changes the work learning teams need to do in supporting workers and the organizations we serve.

In this general session, we will hear from five learning leaders, each of whom will provide a short TED-like talk exploring one aspect of the future of work that we need to pay attention to, and why that change matters to our profession. Be prepared for a fast-paced and thought-provoking session.

2:00 - 2:45 PM ET

Tuesday Nov. 17

Why 2020 has Forever Changed L&D

This has been a year of unprecedented challenge for learning leaders.  It's no wonder that many of us are looking forward to 2021, with hope that vaccines begin distribution and we can begin to return to "the new normal". But the experiences we've had this year—experiences that extend beyond just the pandemic—will shape learning and development for years to come,  if not forever.

In this session, we'll explore seven ways that learning and development will change as a result of our experiences in 2020. We will put the events of 2020 into global and cultural context, and examine how what we've experienced has changed our work, and how those changes will affect our work in the future.  We will discover the hidden opportunities presented to us this year, and how we can take advantage of them. By attending this session you will explore the silver linings of a challenging year, and how we as learning leaders can apply those learnings to a brighter future.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why 2020 has forever changed learning and development
  • Seven areas in which our work will change
  • How to shape the lens through which you view disruption
  • Tips on how learning leaders can harness the potential of 2020
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Wednesday Nov. 18

Preparing for the New Normal (Panel Discussion)

While we are still actively supporting organizations through the daily disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also prepare for the future and what the “New Normal” will look like once the urgent risks of the pandemic are behind us. While most predictions agree that we will not be returning to pre-pandemic “business as usual” any time soon, there’s much less consensus around what the new normal will look like.

In this closing session of Learning 2020, we will examine the critical role learning will play in leading organizations through the pandemic, and how learning leaders can prepare to meet the challenges to come. We will discuss what we know about the new normal and how that informs our work. Join us for a tactical discussion that provides guidance on how to use what you’ve learned at Learning 2020 to help prepare yourselves, your teams, and your organizations for success in a post-pandemic world.