Matt Smith

Chief Learning Officer, McKinsey & Company

Matthew Smith is a partner and chief learning officer at McKinsey & Company. He is responsible for developing the firm’s learning and development strategy and for the execution of L&D programs for more than 29,000 colleagues globally.

Prior to his current role, he served as chief of staff to McKinsey’s global managing partner and spent 10 years as a consultant and leader in McKinsey’s organization and pharmaceutical & medical products practices. He sits on the firm’s global partner-election committee.

Matt has published several articles on organizational and talent topics, including in Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly. He served as senior faculty for McKinsey’s Change Leaders Forum program, where he brought his research and experience in change management to senior executives across sectors. He was the research director for the recently published book Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018).

12:00 – 12:45 PM EST

Tuesday Nov. 17

The Learning 2020 CLO Panel: Navigating the Pandemic

COVID-19 has created the largest disruption to learning and work that most of us have ever seen in our careers. The pandemic has affected almost every company around the globe, requiring learning organizations to pivot in ways many of us never expected. Supporting workers during these disruptions is a critical challenge organizations face, and learning leaders will play a major role in helping us navigate these uncharted waters.

In this year’s Learning 2020 CLO Panel, we will explore these challenges and learn how we can help lead our organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic. We will examine the critical role that learning plays during a crisis, and discover the opportunities that emerge for learning leaders to help their organization navigate the difficult times and support workers through the crisis.

12:00 - 12:45 PM ET

Wednesday Nov. 18

Intentional Learning: The Most Fundamental Skill

Learning itself is a skill, and developing it is a critical driver of long-term career success. The level of intention we bring to improving our performance readies us for challenges, prepares us to raise our capabilities when needed, and ultimately keeps us inspired and engaged.

In this session, you will discover why unlocking intentional learning can boost personal and professional lives and deliver a competitive edge. You will explore the core mindsets and skills of effective learners and discuss how you can apply those skills for yourself and with your teams.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why intentional learning is so important
  • How to unlock intentionality in yourself and others
  • How to foster learning by adjusting mindsets
  • The core skills of intentional learners