How to upskill your workforce for the digital future

 Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM EST

Duration: 60-minutes

Is your organization keeping pace with the speed of digital transformation? Many companies are struggling to define new job roles and approaches to management. As AI and machine learning take on tasks and services, what are the best ways to evolve your work force? This session will offer practical insights on:

  • Understanding what it means to be a digital organization.
  • Why learning and development must be everyone’s responsibility.
  • How to work across functions to co-create key new systems.
  • How to upskill using design thinking, agile practices and AI.
  • Ways to measure success.

Speakers Amy Loomis and Robert Burnside bring direct experience from their years of work in industry and current consulting engagements. Loomis is founder of Loomis Digital Learning and co-founded IBM’s Think Academy program. Burnside is senior adviser for Nomadic Learning and was Ketchum’s chief learning officer. Join them in a conversation on how to build resilient workforces that have the skills necessary for the digital era.

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   Amy Loomis

Amy Loomis is the founder of Loomis Digital Learning. She consults with a range of clients from Fortune 100 organizations to start-ups. She currently sits on the advisory boards of Boston University’s Digital Education Incubator, start-up Demingway, and the UMass Amherst Graduate Communication Program.

Loomis spent 15 years at IBM in various leadership roles across the communications function, often collaborating with HR and marketing. In 2013 she co-founded IBM’s Think Academy, a global digital learning platform and program for 380,000 employees across 170 countries. Think Academy is designed to enable IBMers and business partners to effectively engage with clients and peers around IBM’s strategic imperatives. This employee, partner and client engagement model represents a key cornerstone of how the future of work will be built using a cross disciplinary and digital approaches to program development.

Loomis’ research and consulting focus on the relationship between technological innovation, organizational change and business results. Her experience working with HR professionals focuses on recruitment, onboarding, branding and leadership developments on a global level. She has published in trade, academic and industry outlets. Loomis consults, writes and speaks on the future of work, digital transformation and education.

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   Robert Burnside

Robert M. Burnside provides senior learning and development consulting, increasing the impact of adult learning to achieve organizational goals, with a focus on best use of technology for effective education. In addition to his ongoing commitments he provides project-based consulting in the areas of managing the learning and development function, improving the effectiveness of digital learning and designing effective leadership development programs. His work is informed by decades of experience, most recently as senior learning adviser with Nomadic Learning since 2016; partner and chief learning officer Ketchum Public Relations, 2002-16; but also notably in executive teaching and management roles at the Center for Creative Leadership, 1985-2000.

Burnside joined Ketchum as chief learning officer in 2002. In his role as partner and CLO, Burnside oversaw Ketchum’s global learning and development function across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

In 2015, Burnside facilitated 1,900 client-facing globally dispersed employees participating in a social engagement online program named “Ketchum 2016: The Race To Make It Real,” which rolled out a new agency strategy and taught how to build campaign-leading creative programs. Participants rated each other’s ideas to create a leaderboard of the best ideas. The program won an award from Brandon Hall for “Best Social Collaborative Learning Program 2015.” The program was so popular that Ketchum’s clients also asked to participate in it. The follow-up program “Ketchum 2016: The Race in Real Time,” which teaches social media skills in listening at scale, digital content, influencer relations and channel selection, was delivered in 2016 and won a gold award in social and collaborative learning from the Learning Performance Institute in 2017. Nomadic Learning designed and delivered both programs. Since joining Nomadic Learning as senior learning adviser, Burnside facilitated a relationship with the Center for Creative Leadership to bring CCL’s award-winning leadership development knowledge to the Nomadic platform. He works with Nomadic’s clients to maximize the success of their learning initiatives.