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607 Using AI in L&D: A Panel Discussion of the Implications—and Concerns

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday, April 13

Tracks: Instructional Design

AI-powered tools are the talk of social media—and have captured the imagination of many L&D leaders, developers, and designers. Join our expert panel as we explore the role of AI in L&D, answering:  

  • How can AI help us personalize learning experiences, track performance, and provide feedback to learners in real time? 
  • Will AI improve our efficiency and effectiveness and help learners acquire skills faster and more proficiently? 
  • What are the ethical implications of using AI in L&D?  
  • How can organizations ensure that AI is used responsibly and in a way that promotes inclusivity and diversity? 

Through discussion with one another and with attendees, our panelists will address the challenges associated with implementing AI in L&D, such as data privacy and security concerns and the need for upskilling and reskilling of L&D professionals. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and insightful discussion of the potential of AI to transform L&D and its implications for the future of work.

Sierra Marquardt (Host)

Program Manager

Learning Guild

If there’s an innovative way to build enthusiasm for learning and engage L&D professionals, Sierra Marquardt will create it, promote it, and launch it in her role as program manager for the Learning Guild. Building on her background in education, nonprofit, and corporate training, Sierra brings passion and purpose to crafting memorable, learner-centered online and in-person experiences.

Sierra earned an M.A. in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations from the University of Iowa, where she specialized in Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences while also earning her Certificate in Online Teaching. A committed lifelong learner, Sierra is pursuing her PhD in Instructional Design and Performance Technology at Baker University.

JD Dillon

Chief Learning Architect


JD Dillon became a learning and enablement expert over two decades working in operations and talent development with dynamic organizations including Disney, Kaplan, and AMC. A respected author and speaker in the workplace learning community, JD continues to apply his passion for helping people around the world do their best work every day in his role as Axonify’s chief learning architect. JD is also the founder of LearnGeek, a workplace learning insights and advisory group.

Jennifer Solberg


Quantum Improvements Consulting

Jennifer Solberg, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Quantum Improvements Consulting (QIC), an Orlando-based firm specializing in the application of emerging technology to training for complex skills. A cognitive psychologist by trade, her work focuses on how to design, develop, implement, and evaluate training technology for the Department of Defense and other clients. At QIC, she leads a growing team of learning science professionals. In addition to her many peer-reviewed publications, her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Pentagon Channel, and Signal Magazine.

Chad Udell

Chief Strategy Officer


Chad Udell is the award-winning managing partner, strategy and new product development, at Float and SparkLearn. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to create experiences for 20 years. Chad is an expert in mobile design and development, and speaks at events on related topics. He is author of Learning Everywhere: How Mobile Content Strategies Are Transforming Training and co-editor/author, with Gary Woodill, of Mastering Mobile Learning: Tips and Techniques for Success and Shock of the New.