Learning & Development Interest Group: Creating a Learning and Development Culture in the Workplace
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When: Thursday, June 6
5:00 to 5:30 PM Networking & registration 5:30 to 7:00 PM Program
Where: GATX
233 S Wacker Drive
52 Floor
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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On May 7, the location for this event was updated from Willis Towers Watson to GATX.


Creating a Learning and Development Culture in the Workplace


"With tougher competition, technology advances, and shifting customer preferences, it's more crucial than ever that companies become learning organizations". —David Garvin  


A strong learning culture helps improve a company's bottom line by keeping business competitive, boosting productivity, and improving retention/engagement across the organization.   The best organizations prioritize learning, coaching, feedback, training, and more to learn continuously to ultimately drive value. Join us in HRMAC’s Learning and Development Interest Group’s interactive panel to hear from some of Chicago's best and brightest companies and understand how they have established learning cultures at their organizations.  You'll hear from L&D professionals across healthcare, manufacturing, consulting, advertising, and technology on how they have specifically promoted continuous learning and gain insight into best practices and tips on strengthening your company’s learning culture.


Moderator: Allison Peschel, Director of Client Service, JB Training Solutions 


Naomi Berkove is the Learning and Performance Manager at bswift, where she is responsible for developing and growing an organization-wide learning program for a fast-paced, high-tech company.

Naomi specializes in building learning programs from the ground up and has launched and led organization-wide learning programs in the non-profit, professional service, and commercial sectors.  Prior to bswift, Naomi led the learning program at CannonDesign, an architecture and engineering design firm with 1,000 employees in 15 offices worldwide.  Before that, Naomi served as the Director of Pantry University at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, where she launched the food bank's inaugural training program for its 600 member pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.

In her spare time, Naomi runs a networking group for learning professionals involved in Corporate Universities.

Peter Talmers is a Chicago-based leader in organizational learning. As a Solution Principal for Slalom, he partners with organizations in private, public, and non-profit sectors to grow talent, lead change, and transform culture. Learning is at the core of his work. He has twenty years of experience uniting behavioral economics, learning sciences, and human-centered design to improve the quality of employee experience and accelerate performance. He is an experienced author and speaker on the emerging trends in learning and human capital development. Recent experience includes leading a Learning Transformation for a Fortune 100 financial services company.


Joan Vivaldelli, SVP Director of Talent Management at Leo Burnett


G. Keenan SchneiderSenior Learning and Development Consultant at Sprout Social, where he leads the strategic vision and ongoing development of Grow@Sprout, Sprout Social's learning and development program.  In his role he builds out skill trees and learning paths, providing a simple, yet powerful framework for employees to identify key skills to grow personally and professionally.  Through internal presentations, coaching, and sourcing tools to facilitate learning, his goal is to inspire curiosity and put development front of mind for Sprout employees. 



This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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