Learning & Development Interest Group: Creating a Learning and Development Culture in the Workplace
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 Export to Your Calendar 6/6/2019
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

Online registration is available until: 6/5/2019
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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 Solution 


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.

Nicole Poole, Vice President, Talent Development at Digitas earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University. She has over 15 years of experience in Professional & Leadership Development. Her background includes managing large-scale projects, developing effective training strategies, facilitating learning, and coaching individuals and teams. Nicole has been recognized for her expertise in managing and implementing leadership development programs, partnering with business leads and senior leaders to develop and implement quality learning solutions, and leading special initiatives to educate and train employees. Nicole has supported multiple business functions, as well as provided dedicated support to specialized business areas. She has worked in a number of roles including instructional designer, college professor, facilitator, consultant, coach, manager and leader.

In her current role, Nicole reports to the Chief Talent Officer at Digitas and supports over 1,800 employees across the US. She also sits on a Learning Council at Publicis Groupe to support a mutual objective to connect and collaborate with global learning communities. Nicole is responsible for consulting with agency partners, developing curriculum and implementing focused coaching programs for mid and senior level employees.

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.


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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