• 12 Dec 2016
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


Registration is closed


Employee Learning Week Celebration!

"Hot Topic" Round Table Discussions

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Come engage with learning and development leaders, share your expertise, and learn about the latest trends and best practices.  You will have the opportunity to participate in two different interactive topic discussions listed below.

Tips on Impact Action Learning

What are practical ways to make your meetings more impactful?  Mary Abbazia will share the proven approaches of Impact Action Learning™ that you can immediately apply to your organization during your next learning event.

Facilitator: Mary Abbazia, Managing Director of the Impact Planning Group, coaches executives at Fortune 500 companies such as GE, J&J, United Technologies and Marriott, as well as at Caltech and Columbia University programs.  Her Impact Action Learning™ approach combines real-life stories with practical frameworks and tools that directly benefit the business. 

Gamification of Learning

What is gamification of learning and what are its benefits? Anna Samorukova will review the concept and application of gamification to learning and take you through an exercise to design gamification elements as part of a sample learning project. 

Facilitator: As founder and CEO of the Edelweiss Group, Anna Samorukova creates engaging learning experiences in business and financial acumen that help and inspire people to reach the next level of their personal potential, and to increase organizational growth. Anna uses gamification and elements of games to embed active learning, immersive learning, interactivity, and practical application, into the learning process.

Experience the Future Today

Hugh Seaton will talk you through the state of Virtual Reality and training - come experience VR first hand and hear what we've learned after decades of research into Virtual Reality. This is going to be a key platform in the future; don't miss this chance to learn about it early!

Facilitator: As founder and CEO of Aquinas Training, Hugh Seaton creates software that delivers effective learning experiences to managers, employees, and people in transition.They can have learning experiences whenever and wherever they want.

Knowledge Exchange Software

Learn how to leverage knowledge exchange software to build community and continuity, as well as to extend and enrich the learning of your talent development sessions.

Facilitators:  Rich Kuepper and Steve King.  Rich is President of L.E.A.D. USA LLC, which specializes in the design and delivery of innovative, results-focused, and fun experiential learning and development programs. Steve King is a software designer and expert in collaboration, workflow and decision community applications.

Journey from Awareness to Adoption of Change

Kim Goodwin will take you on a journey to identify what it means to be aware of a change ... all the way through to a future state where the new way of working is part 'of how we do things'.  She will describe the four stages of change adoption and how to move to the next stage, as well as the needed behaviors of the change sponsor.

Facilitator:  As an Organizational Development Director at Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical company, Kim Goodwin uses her deep expertise in organizational development, change management, talent development and communications to help people effectively perform their roles as they interact across the organization.



Date:  Monday, December 12th, 2016

Time: 5:45 PM Registration - 8:00 PM

Registrations starts at 5:45 PM

5:45 to 6:15 PM "Heavy" Hors d'oeuvres, Pasta Station, Cash Bar followed by Program

6:15 PM Program Begins


$37 Chapter Members; $50 Guests; $25 Members In-Transition; $20 Students

Reservation Deadline: Friday, December 9th, 2016

Meeting Location: Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT


Join us for “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, a pasta station, and a cash bar at the Norwalk Inn.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your network and expand your expertise!


Special Note:  This program will NOT be broadcast or recorded.



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