Megan Torrance is the CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, connecting learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. Megan has more than 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works. They devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning design, racial equity, and xAPI & learning analytics. Megan is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, Data & Analytics for Instructional Designers, and Making Sense of xAPI. She is also a facilitator with eCornell’s Women’s Executive Leadership certificate and courses in virtual teaming, team leadership, and communication.


Full Speed Ahead: Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Learning Tech Environment

Wheeeee! New technology is only arriving faster. With so much going on in our industry, keeping up with everything is nearly impossible. But that’s also what makes it exciting! The road ahead will be fast, fun, and a little bumpy–and your job is to keep it safe and productive for you and your team. In this keynote session, we’ll explore how you can navigate this innovation landscape and focus on what matters.

First, we’ll examine the map: What promising new technologies are getting the most real-world traction? How do innovations evolve, gain momentum (or not), and become mainstream? When is it right to jump in, and when should you wait?

Next, the on-ramp: How can you keep up with all there is to learn? We’ll explore the strategies that have been effective in the evolution of xAPI and learn what they offer us in a new landscape full of AI, VR, and more.

Finally, the big picture: Along the way, we can’t lose sight of how we’re using all this technology to solve big organizational and societal challenges. As talent professionals, we can use our powers and tech not only to fill skills gaps and develop talent, but also to mitigate disconnectedness, inequality, and injustice.

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Sardék Love, known as the engagement expert, is an internationally recognized CEO, author, and keynote speaker. He is renowned for his expertise in teaching talent development professionals how to engage audiences. With two popular books, international speaking engagements in 32 countries, a weekly video blog series, and accolades as a top global thought leader in talent development, Sardék Love is a powerhouse in captivating, educating, and inspiring audiences in person or virtually.


The Science of Participant Engagement

According to a recent survey, the number 1 problem facing training professionals today is a lack of participant engagement. Join renowned engagement expert Sardék Love in this captivating general session as he unveils the secrets to creating highly engaging training experiences. Delve into the fascinating science of participant engagement and discover the three pillars of engagement from his Engage FrameworkTM. Learn how to transform even the most content-heavy technical training into powerfully memorable and entertaining learning experiences, in-person or virtual.

Compelling scientific evidence will expose why most training falls woefully short in engaging participants. Sardék Love will arm you with a short list of powerful actions that make active participation automatic and turn your sessions into dynamic and impactful learning experiences, no matter what content you teach. Whether you're a trainer, facilitator, instructional designer, or learning manager, this session will provide evidence-based insights and practical strategies to elevate your training programs and empower you to excel back on the job.

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Maria is an organizational consultant, coach, and facilitator specializing in diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. She serves clients in developing sustainable and transformational change efforts to build thriving organizational communities. She is on the faculty at American University, is a TEDx speaker, and is published in Forbes, Ellevate, and TD magazine. Maria also hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew.


Inclusion Is Not Enough: How to Move Beyond Performative DEI

Although diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work is not new, events of the last few years have catapulted DEI efforts to the forefront of organizational and societal conversations. However, the renewed energy toward DEI is not necessarily yielding significant change, and some research has even indicated that in certain circumstances, DEI efforts cause more harm than good. Why? For one thing, most DEI efforts only scratch the surface of deep-seated problems around inequity and exclusion. This is often because the people who most need to change their attitudes and behaviors have the least incentive to do so. Inclusion efforts are still centered around the perspectives and needs of those belonging to dominant identity groups or holding status in our institutions.

True DEI requires organizations and their leaders to co-create a new culture with shared purpose and power. Rather than expecting assimilation from those who have been underrepresented or sidelined, we must design a new way of working together that incorporates divergent experiences, values, and needs, and seeks to create a more balanced power structure. In this session, we’ll explore how to do so.

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