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508 Guild Master Panel: What L&D Needs to Hear

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Thursday, April 21

Tracks: Instructional Design

Collaboration is difficult, you’re not the subject matter expert, training isn’t always the answer, who’s responsible for supporting DEI initiatives, the list goes on. These can all be tough things to hear for a learning professional, but we have to face the facts and start talking about the hard stuff. 

In this panel hosted by David Kelly, hear from four Guild Masters as they share their thoughts, reflections, and personal experiences on why these sometimes uncomfortable conversations need to happen, and how you can learn from your own practices. You’ll be able to join these Guild Masters in the discussion where we’ll ask the difficult questions, hear the tough answers, and talk about the hard messages L&D needs to hear. 

In this session you will learn: 

  • What L&D needs to hear but might not want to
  • Why these topics are important today and going forward

David Kelly (Host)

CEO

The Learning Guild

David Kelly is the CEO of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for over 20 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 previously contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more.

Julie Dirksen

Learning Strategist

Usable Learning

Julie Dirksen, a learning strategist with Usable Learning, is a consultant and instructional designer with more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive eLearning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives. She’s interested in using neuroscience, change management, and persuasive technology to promote sustainable long-term learning and behavior change. Her MS degree in instructional systems technology is from Indiana University, and she’s been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is the author of Design For How People Learn.

Nick Floro

Learning Strategist

Sealworks Interactive Studios

Nick Floro, a co-founder and learning architect at Sealworks Interactive Studios, has over 25 years of experience developing learning solutions, applications, and web platforms. Nick is passionate about how design and technology can enhance learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience to teach, inspire and motivate. As a learning architect, Nick gets to sketch, imagine, and prototype for each challenge. He has worked with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to help them understand the technology and develop innovative solutions to support their audiences. Nick has won numerous awards from Apple and organizations for productions and services, and has been able to reach over a million users with his latest project, which helps students in grades 2-12 learn how to think and write an essay critically.

Ron Price

Chief Learning Officer

Yukon Learning

Ron Price has over 35 years of experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership coaching, instructional design, spiritual development, and experiential learning. His unique background has allowed him to support a wide range of customers, from schools like Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Harvard Business School to corporations like Sanofi, Amazon, BP, and Pepsico. After joining Yukon in 2008, Ron began working closely with the Articulate team to design and develop the certified training programs for the Articulate suite of tools. Ron enjoys facilitating training sessions, designing solutions for Yukon Learning customers, and working to help maintain Yukon Learning’s “best-in- class” culture.

Megan Torrance

CEO

TorranceLearning

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. She has more than 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting . Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning, so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and the xAPI. She is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and Making Sense of xAPI. Megan is also an eCornell Facilitator in the Women’s Executive Leadership curriculum.