Leadership and Organizational Development

PRESENTER: Karen Basile, Chief Learning Officer, Johnson Controls
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Making a Strong Business Case

How do you build a business case to justify a Learning initiative? Whether you are an internal leader, external consultant or individual contributor, chances are you are often faced with the need to make a strong business case that justifies investment in your ideas or projects. How do you make it compelling?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the role ROI plays in how decisions are made by executive leaders 
  2. Articulate the core components of a strong business case
  3. Identify three practical techniques you can use to present a persuasive case

About Karen Basile:  

Karen Basile is the leader of Johnson Controls enterprise learning function.   Prior to Johnson Controls acquisition of Tyco, she was the leader of Tyco University and Sr. HR Business Partner for sales. Karen’s work involves leading a global learning team in enterprise learning and development programs and curriculum; and promoting sales effectiveness and development. Karen has over 20 years’ experience in learning, talent and HR roles.  Previously, Karen was the Talent Management Leader for VWR, a global lab supply and distribution company.  She also held the role of global Commercial Learning & Development Leader for General Electric where she was responsible for the global training for sales and marketing across all GE businesses. 

Karen holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Penn State and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.  She resides in Wayne, PA with her husband and children. 


Learning and Development

PRESENTER: Kassy Laborie, ATD Press, Published Author, Expert Consultant, Virtual Training

TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Engaging Virtual Learners

Discover a full-proof approach for success in the virtual environment. Create a highly, interactive experience where people are engaged and nobody is thinking about checking email.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify common participant distractions that reduce the efficacy of virtual learning
  2. Recognize the techniques to create an environment that is most conducive to learning
  3. Articulate five, proven ways to engage learners in a virtual environment

About Kassy LaBorie:  

Kassy LaBorie, is an independent consultant, speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in technology, leadership, and learning. She helps organizations and training professionals move to the virtual classroom. In her previous role at Dale Carnegie, she was the director of virtual training services, a consultancy that partners with organizations to help them develop successful online training strategies. Kassy also served as the product design architect responsible for developing the company’s live online training product and experience. Prior to this, she was a master trainer for InSync Training, a Microsoft software trainer at ExecuTrain, and a senior trainer at WebEx, where she helped build and the deliver training at the WebEx University.

Kassy is the co-author of Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars.  A frequent speaker at industry conferences since 2006, she has presented at Training Magazine events including their yearly conference and Online Learning Conferences, Chief Learning Officer symposiums, The Virtual Learning Show, ATD’s TechKnowledge and International Conference & Exposition, as well as many local ATD Chapter events. Kassy is currently serving on the Proposal Advisory Committee (PAC) for ATD’s International Conference & Expo, selecting the speaker proposals for the Learning Technologies track of the conferenc

Career and Professional Development

PRESENTER: Matthew Levy, Interim Talent Leader, Former President of PSPS
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

D.R.E.A.M. Professional Goals

You can accomplish goals far larger than you ever imagined using the D.R.E.A.M. Framework. Spend time with Talent Leader, Matt Levy as he shares his unforgettable, personal story and reveals the critical, professional lessons he’s learned the hard way. Discover your calling, fulfill your ambitions, and achieve what you’d thought was impossible.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the components of a professional stretch goal
  2. Leverage the D.R.E.A.M. Framework as a pathway to achieving goals
  3. Create a professional plan for advancing one stretch goal

About Matt Levy:

Matthew Levy’s background includes more than 20 years of broad experience in human resources. Matt was a senior HR leader at Johnson & Johnson, Amgen and Merck. He is passionate about coaching people to discover their calling, reach ambitious goals and achieve what they’d thought was impossible. Matt is now focused on building COURAGE in organizations and individuals.

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