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The Learning, Development and Talent Executive Forum at The Harvard Club of New York City
The Learning, Development and Talent Executive conference program provides senior L&D and Talent Management professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we present case studies by today's thought-leaders, interactive seminars and peer-to-peer discussion groups.
Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the L&D industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form - and implement - strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.


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2017 Keynote
2017 Keynote
  • Leading in a VUCA World: When it Becomes More than a Nice Acronym

    Pamela Puryear, Ph. D., Senior Vice President & Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer

    Learning Objectives:
      1. Hear how one senior executive applied the theory of change and transition during a significant business event
      2. Understand the leadership skills necessary to thrive during volatility and change
      3. Learn how to help your team drive results when the landscape is uncertain

    In this keynote presentation, Pfizer’s Dr. Pamela Puryear will share how she managed and lead through VUCA - a military and business acronym short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

    When Pfizer acquired Hospira in 2015, the term became much more than a nice acronym for Pam. Instead it was a condition caused by the mercurial nature of M&A’s and global transformation.

    Pam (formerly VP, OD & Chief Talent Officer at Hospira) will share how her perspective on VUCA was impacted as she experienced it first-hand. Learn what happened when theory met practice and 19,000 Hospira employees handled change and transition - while continuing to deliver business results.
    In her role as Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer at Pfizer Inc., Pam is responsible for leading strategy and implementation of programs and services that impact nearly 100,000 employees globally in the areas of talent management, learning and development, employee engagement, organization culture, diversity and inclusion, and workforce analytics.

    Pam's professional passion is performance excellence, and from her diverse professional experiences, she has developed a unique perspective on what creates and sustains excellence. She has worked with individuals, teams and organizations to excel by assessing needs, and offering solutions that impact performance and productivity. With an MBA and a PhD, she considers financial and human factors and how to manage both using sound organizational management thinking and focused business metrics.

2017 Confirmed Speakers
2017 Confirmed Speakers
  • Confirmed Speakers

    The Learning, Development & Talent Executive Forum Distinguished Speaker Faculty:

    Pamela Puryear, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer, KEYNOTE

    John Stout, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Learning Officer - Sales Training and Development, AIG

    Wagner Denuzzo, VP, Leadership and Management Development, IBM Leadership Academy

    David Metzger, VP, Talent Management, Appian

    Taryn Stejskal, Director, Global Leadership, Development and Assessment, Cigna Corporation

    Cory Muscara, MAPP, Long Island Center for Mindfulness, (Teacher at Univ of Penn. & Columbia Teachers College - mindfulness in the school)

    Michael Bungay Stanier, Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

    Irena Djordjevic-Behery, VP, Talent Management & Board Development, The United Way

    Jean Larkin, Vice President, Talent Development, Johnson Controls

    Karen D. Niessink, Managing Director, New York Life Investment Management

    Michael Molinaro, Chief Learning Officer, New York Life Insurance Company

    Clara Musto, VP – ETRS Learning & Development and Knowledge Management E*TRADE Financial Corporation

    Please call Cheryl Fallick at 212-651-8736 if you are interested in speaking or participating in a conference development research call.

    *as of February 9, 2017. Program development is complete; however, please take note that the program is subject to change.


Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace

    Cory Muscara, MAPP, Founder, Long Island Center for Mindfulness

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Explore what mindfulness meditation is and why it might be worth cultivating in a business setting
    2. Review the relevant research supporting mindfulness in the workplace
    3. Learn how to shift from living on “automatic pilot” to living wit...

    Culture Transformation through Elevation of the Role of the Manager – IBM Case Study

    Wagner Denuzzo, HR Vice-President, IBM Leadership Development

    Many companies are eager to implement a strategy that can transform their organizational culture in order to improve both the employee the client experience. IBM is an example of a company that found an exciting and productive way to achieve both goals by creating ‘manager champions’ with...

  • Hyper-distractibility: Today’s Norm and Its Impact on Learning - Workshop

    John Stout, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Learning Officer - Sales Training and Development, AIG

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the implications of living in a hyper-distracted world
    2. Learn neuroscience research about how people process information
    3. Develop a strategic and tactical response

    In this experiential session, Dr. Stout wi...


    Fostering a Talent Management Strategy that Facilitates Individual and Organizational Resiliency – Discussion Group

    Taryn Marie Stejskal, Ph.D. Director, Global Leadership Development & Assessment Cigna Corporation

    The business world is becoming increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. For an organization to thrive in such an environment they must be more adaptive and agile than ever before. Prioritizing individual and organizational resiliency is playing an increasingly important rol...


  • Millennials as Leaders in High Growth Organizations

    David Metzger, VP, Talent Management, Appian

    Conventional wisdom says the traditional approach to leadership development won’t work with a millennial workforce.

    What if conventional wisdom is wrong?

    Developing millennial employees and preparing them for leadership roles is a challenge for every organization. The sec...


    The Five Question Leader: How Your Leaders Can Coach in 10 Minutes or Less

    Michael Bungay Stanier, SVP, Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

    Coaching is a foundational skill for your managers and leaders. But it’s not easy to help them change their behavior, so they stay curious for a little longer and rush to action and advice-giving a little slower.

    Why’s it so hard?

    There are three reasons why your manager...


  • From Localization to Globalization: Keeping Up With the Direction of Business

    Irena Djordjevic-Behery, VP, Talent Management & Board Development, The United Way

    Organizations today have to globalize if they are going to compete not only for business but for talent too! Globalization is at the forefront of much organization’s business planning and changing how people work. Some of the challenges companies are facing include the cross-border competit...


    Make it personal! Developing Your Senior Leadership Pipeline - Discussion Group

    Jean Larkin, Vice President, Talent Development, Johnson Controls

    Senior leadership talent is in high demand. To retain this critical talent segment, organizations need to understand the career factors that motivate executives at this level and the support they require from organizations for their career development. Learn from a rich qualitative study th...


  • Corporate Learning and “the Business”: Community as a Model for Partnership

    Michael Molinara, SVP, Chief Learning Officer, New York Life Insurance Company

    Karen Niessink, Managing Director, New York Life Investment Management LLC

    We all know, as Learning professionals, we face a constant struggle between meeting the demands of individual business areas while also driving forward company-wide strategic learning objectives. Is it surprising that they are not always in synch?

    In this session, our co-presenters will...


    Linking HR and L & D to Build a Talent Focused Culture (Discussion Group)

    Clara Musto, VP – ETRS Learning & Development and Knowledge Management, E*TRADE Financial Corporation

    This discussion group will focus on systems and processes that L&D professionals can use to create and embed a culture that effectively engages employees, advances a sense of belonging, provides impactful feedback and contributes to retention and career advancement opportunities for employee...


Past Speakers
Past Speakers
  • Many Thanks to our Past Speakers


    VP, Leadership Development & CLO, IMS Health Incorporated

    Chief Learning Officer, Unisys Corporation

    Former Chief Learning Officer, BNY Mellon

    Senior VP & Chief Learning Officer Northwell Health, Center for Learning and Innovation

    Researcher, London School of Economics

    AVP, Workforce Development, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

    VP, Talent Management & Org. Effectiveness, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

    SVP, Global Learning Director Consumer, AIG

    VP, Talent Management & OD, TD Bank Group

    President, CSI International, Inc.


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