Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium - Full-Day Event - Registration Now OPEN!

  • 01 Mar 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • The Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851



Friday, March 1, 2019 

8:00AM to 5:00PM



Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium

A full-day program, sessions will be geared towards introduction to AI for newbies, current applications in development and learning and other HR disciplines, case studies, and round table discussions.

AI is taking the business world by storm, don’t miss this chance to get a head start and learn what it’s all about!

Here is our Agenda for the day:


Artificial Intelligence is changing every industry, including learning and development. 

Join ATD SCC as we take you through AI from the start through today -- what it is, how it works, how it works for you, and some specific ways it will impact learning and development in the coming years.

The goal of this exciting one-day event is to introduce HR, L&D and talent managers to the potential and opportunities that AI brings to corporate learning. 

Information-Packed Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 AM       Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30             AI Primer Session: Everything About AI You Were

                               Afraid to Ask

                              Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

9:30 - 10:30           Opening Keynote: AI Learning at IBM -

                               How AI Will Disrupt (and Improve) Talent Development

                              Susan Steele, Sr. Vice President, HR; Reinvention Leader, IBM                                  Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence, IBM

10:30 – 10:45         Break

10:45 – 11:30         Artificial Intelligence In Learning: State of the Industry

                              Al Vazquez, Director of Technology, Success Academy

11:30 – 12:30 PM    Moderated Ideation: How could AI address

                               your learning challenges?   

                              Bryan Mattimore, Co-Founder, Chief Idea Guy, Growth Engine                                    Innovation Agency

12:30 - 1:00            Lunch

1:15 – 2:15             Practical AI - What It Takes to Make AI Work for Your                                       Learning Organization

                              Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

2:15 – 3:30             Deep Dive Sessions:

1.  From Data to AI in Learning 

        Prof. Mo Cayer; Prof. Armando Rodriguez

                  2.  Voice Agents for L&D               

                          Cortney Harding

                           3.  Recommendation Systems in Learning

                                   Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

4:00 – 4:15              Break

4:15 – 5:00              Next steps: What You Can Do to Stay Ahead of the


5:00  Closing

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning 

AI Primer Session: Everything About AI You Were Afraid to Ask

Opening Keynote

Susan Steele – Sr. Vice President, HR Reinvention Leader, IBM Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence, IBM 

How AI Will Disrupt (and Improve) Talent Development

AI is having profound results in enabling learning agility, empowering Talent Development leaders and enhancing the learner experience. IBM, an early adopter in the use of AI across the entire employee lifecycle, is known for transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of Talent Development through the pragmatic and innovative deployment of AI.

Susan Steele, the HR Reinvention Leader in IBM’s Global Talent and Transformation Center of Competence, will discuss and demonstrate how AI is being used today to disrupt (and improve) Talent Development.

Artificial Intelligence In Learning: State of the Industry

Al Vazquez, Director of Technology, Success Academy

The learning industry is just beginning to leverage AI. From early use of voice interfaces and chatbots, to recommendation systems to assessments, join Al Vazquez as he presents an overview of where we are, and what to expect in the coming years.

Moderated Ideation: How could AI address your learning challenges?  

Bryan Mattimore, Co-Founder, Chief Idea Guy, Growth Engine Innovation Agency

After a morning of learning about what AI is, how it is being used, and how learning organizations can leverage AI, we’ll take a minute to think about how it might be used to solve problems attendees find in their work. Led by renowned creativity expert Bryan Mattimore, this session is your chance to apply AI to your own work!

Practical AI - What It Takes to Make AI Work for Your Learning Organization

Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

AI holds great promise for learning organizations, in part because it is different from other software. Deeply dependent upon data, Artificial Intelligence implementations have their own challenges that, if understood, are easy to plan for and overcome.

Deep-Dive Session Introductions

1.  From Data to AI in Learning

     Speaker: Prof. Mo Cayer, University of New Haven; Prof. Armando                             Rodriguez, University of New Haven

     AI and Big Data @ Work (Even for Small Companies)
*  Learn about AI and Big Data in talent learning and development. Hear and see examples of how some organizations use the abundant HR-related and other data they have (or could acquire) about their managers and employees:
  • Including performance information, social and relationship interaction networks, training records, 360 multisource data, emails/texts, demographics, personality and cognitive tests, project contributions, etc. to make and improve decisions, and design more effective learning experiences.  
*  Get a brief overview with examples of some methods and tools that are being used today such as Predictive Analytics, Regression Analysis, R, Machine Learning, Random Forests, Python, etc. 

*  Lastly, leave with suggested next steps to learn more about this rapidly emerging, high-impact approach to HR and Talent Management. 

It’s not just for Google, anymore!

2.  Voice Agents for L&D

         Speaker: Cortney Harding, Founder and CEO of the Friends with Holograms

    2018 saw significant advances in the area of natural language processing, with key functionality improved to the point where powerful voice interfaces are available to almost anyone. Join Cortney Harding as she explains how her team have used voice to bring a virtual reality experience to life. Among the topics Cortney will cover are:

    1.    How to write a voice agent script
    2.    Options for non-developers to create and deploy simple         chat & voice agents
    3.    Challenges for learning professionals
    4.    Opportunities for the future

    3.    Recommendation Systems for L&D

          Speaker: Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

    The holy grail for learning systems is the ability to send the right content, at the right time, to learners. This session will explore how that is being done with increasing impact in different systems, including challenges around data collection, privacy, and quality of recommendations. Much like voice and imagery, the technology behind recommendation systems has made great advances in recent years, making this an area to watch.

    Next steps: What You Can Do to Stay Ahead of the Curve

    Speakers Biographies

    Hugh Seaton - Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Learning, a software company that utilizes artificial intelligence to deliver learning on the job via Slack, mobile voice and chat, or simple messages. Hugh is founder of the nationwide Practical AI community, with monthly events in NYC, SF, Toronto, and Boston. An avid technologist, Hugh has also created events around IoT and VR/AR, including the NYVR Expo at Javits Center in NYC. 

    Susan Steele, HR Reinvention Leader, IBM Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence  - Susan Steele advises C-Suite leaders on how to address today’s most pressing talent issues. Known for integrating cognitive technology into the HR domain, Susan has played a key role in reinventing the recruitment, learning and HR functions of many global enterprises.  Her background includes Chief HR Officer, Chief Learning Officer and Chief Talent Acquisition Officer roles at WPP, Deloitte and global law firm, Linklaters.

    Susan’s early career was in P&L leadership roles at investment banks JPMorgan Chase and HSBC and with the NASDAQ/PHLX derivatives exchange.

    Susan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, completed further education at the London Business School and received her Executive Coaching Certification from the UK's Tavistock Institute.  Susan is a frequent commentator on the growing impact of AI, automation, IoT and blockchain on both the Talent function and employee experience.  Susan’s personal comments on the future workplace can be found on Twitter @TalentTalking and on LinkedIn at

    Susan, who lives in New York, serves on the boards of New York HR People & Strategy, Carnegie-Mellon University’s Dietrich College and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

    Bryan Mattimore - Co-Founder, Chief Idea Guy, Growth Engine Innovation Agency.  Bryan W. Mattimore is Chief Idea Guy of Growth Engine, an innovation agency he cofounded in 1999. Growth Engine, has managed over two hundred successful innovation projects, generating over $3 billion in new sales for a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients including Kraft, Unilever, Ford, AT&T, BNY Mellon, LVMH, Merck, and Pepsi. Growth Engine also conducts creative problem-solving training, war gaming, and strategic leadership innovation workshops. Bryan is the author of three books on applied creativity and business innovation, as well as the inventor of the creativity training game, Bright Ideas. Bryan’ newest book, 21 Days to a Big Idea, will be published this November by Diversion Books

    Al Vazquez - Director of Software Development at Success Academy Charter Schools

    Mo Cayer - As a career-long applied industrial/organizational psychologist, Mo has extensive industry and corporate experience improving organizational and human resource effectiveness. His corporate/consulting career includes:

    • Training Portfolio Leader at the American Management Association (AMA),
    • Head of Organizational & Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical, NA.,
    • At GE Capital Corp. (the financial services business within General Electric) for six years, Mo was the Leader, Best Practices & Program Development, designing and consulting on a wide variety of Organizational and Leadership Development interventions,
    • R.H. Macy & Co., as its Vice President, Leadership, Organizational Development & Executive Compensation,
    • Development Dimensions Int’l., Consultant for Service Excellence; and KRC Research and Consulting, VP Organizational Research & OD Consulting.
    • JC Penney Co in various Human Resource leadership roles over 10 years
    • Mo continues consulting to private and public sector organizations, sometimes collaborating with Pivotal Resources, Inc., a global change leadership firm.

    Mo is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Haven, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and Management Department, and teach courses to MBAs, and graduate students in I/O psychology: strategic management, human resource management, HR development, psychological testing in industry, performance management, and talent management among others.

    Mo earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

    Armando Rodriguez - Armando Rodriguez is an authority on forensic economics, competition policy and regulation, and an expert on discerning key information from published economic performance rankings by using machine learning algorithms.

    Dr. Rodriguez is the founder of the University’s Economics Collective, an online, student-run blogging and teaching space and social network that aims to be a catalyst for creative solutions to today's economic challenges, and the New Haven Economic Performance Laboratory, which publishes the New Haven Economic Performance Index. He created the University of New Haven’s bachelor’s degree program in business analytics and the behavioral economics concentration as part of the University’s B.A. in economics.

    Cortney Harding - Cortney Harding is the Founder and CEO of the Friends with Holograms, a full-service virtual and augmented reality agency. She has created groundbreaking voice-activated VR experiences for Accenture and is currently advising Coca-Cola on its augmented reality strategy. Other agency clients include Verizon, Unity, and the Air Force. Prior to founding Friends with Holograms, she led business development at VR production company Moth+Flame, working with clients like AT&T, Ram Trucks, and Discovery Communications.


    Location: The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 

    99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

    Date:  Monday, March 1, 2019

    Time: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

    A full-day schedule to follow shortly.

    Continental Breakfast: Assorted muffins and bagels, coffee and tea.

    Lunch:  Deli Buffet - A variety of salads, cold cuts, cheeses, fruit salad, bread etc.

    $79 Chapter Members; $99 Non-members 

    Preferred Registration Deadline no later than

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    There will be a $5 additional administrative charge for walk-ins 

    with no prior online registration and payment.

    No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.


    For more information, contact: 

    John Weidner, ATD SCC President at: or 203-762-0730.



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