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    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Temple Ambler Campus - Learning Center - Room 209

    Change is everywhere and constant. It’s not going away anytime soon, so we’d better get good at dealing with it.

    Change Management is often reduced to a method or process, but it’s more than that. It’s about people. Join us for an interactive session to explore how to think about change, how people really experience it, and how you can immediately apply practical change tools, resources and principles.

    This program has been designed especially for you by two seasoned OD consultants with deep experience in transformational and evolutional change efforts in pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare services and technology industries.

    Come learn tried and true concepts, insights, and tools, and gain a new perspective on change management.

    Christine J. Young is President and Principal Consultant of OrgMomentum Consulting Inc., a boutique Organization Development consulting firm. With over 25 years of Organization Development experience in Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Chris focuses on mobilizing organizations and leadership to achieve business results. By focusing on multiple aspects of developing organizations, she helps drive businesses to create their own future both near and long-term. Ultimately, her goal is to help businesses realize the full potential of their people and organization.

    Chris’ experience in global companies such as Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Quest Diagnostics spans multiple business divisions, including R&D, Commercial, Manufacturing & Supply and Global Support Functions. As an internal OD consultant, she spent several years embedded in each type of business division gaining deep knowledge of functional areas, end to end processes, and cross organizational interactions while developing a holistic and integrated perspective. She leverages this knowledge coupled with her expertise in Organization Development to increase the effectiveness of executive leaders, teams, and organizations in practical and meaningful ways.

    Chris’ expertise in the field of human and organizational performance includes: organization design, organization diagnosis, organization capabilities, large scale transformational change, merger and acquisition integration, executive and team effectiveness and coaching, talent strategy, culture change and facilitation.

    Julia Urbanchuk is an Organization Development Practitioner with 20+ years experience in the field of human and organization performance. Currently, she is Senior Director, Talent & Leadership at Celgene, providing organization consulting and talent management & development across the company globally.

    Previously, Julia was Sr. Director Global Talent & Organization Development at eBay, where she led the company’s culture change and employee engagement initiatives. Prior to that, she was Director, Organization Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb, leading projects in the space of organization design, diagnosis, capability-building, and transformational change. Julia also has served global HR roles at Merck and L’Oréal.

    Externally, she has presented and led workshops at the NJOD Network, Tech360, Symposium for Integrated Thinking, NY HRPS, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), University of Pennsylvania, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), and Drug Information Association (DIA).

    Julia holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Villanova University, a Masters of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Universidad de Cádiz in Spain. She is a certified Change Agent in Change Execution Methodology, Leader as Coach, 360 feedback, and trained in many OD methods, Lean, and Six Sigma.

    • 25 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The Pyramid Club of Philadelphia - 1735 Market Street, 19103

    As the war for talent rages on, the talent development landscape continues to shift under our feet and L&D professionals are being asked to play a more strategic role in the fight to attract, retain, and grow talent. Market disruptions, generational differences, AI, robotics, AR/VR, changing consumer tastes, low unemployment, the gig economy, and a host of other trends contribute to the chaotic pace of change. It can be difficult to know what works anymore. 

    That’s why we’re going to ask a panel of innovative L&D leaders what solutions they’re employing to tackle today’s talent development challenges. 

    • Emma Engel, Chief Learning Officer, Unisys University
    • Eric Brand, Senior Director of Training, Endo Pharmaceuticals
    • Karen Clay Basile, Chief Learning Officer, Johnson Controls
    • Susan Gunn, Exec. Director, People Advisory Services, EY (formerly, SVP, Aramark)

    Longtime talent and organizational development consultant Gus Prestera will be the moderator for this panel discussion, which is co-hosted by Philly L&D and Beacon.

    What will you get out of it?

    This is no academic affair: you will walk away with practical strategies, tactics, technologies, and ideas for dealing with a range talent development challenges, including:

    • Given the pace of hiring, how do we best onboard people into new positions?
    • How do we optimize individual and team performance?
    • How do we promote retention through professional development?
    • Given the frequency of organizational changes, how do we build greater change resilience?
    • How do we identify and grow superheroes internally and enable their rise through the leadership ranks?

    Plus, you’ll have a great time networking with colleagues, and maybe you’ll even bask in the victory of winning a door prize. What else could you want for a Wednesday morning?!

    Join us as the leading edge meets today’s realities; bring your questions and your energy; don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear what approaches these innovative L&D leaders are using to drive results for their organizations.


    Emma Engel | Chief Learning Officer | Unisys Corporation

    Emma Engel is Chief Learning Officer for Unisys University, setting and executing the learning strategy across technical, business and personal development for all 22,000 associates and leaders. In her 11-year tenure at Unisys, she has designed and implemented the Executive Leadership program, various Sales enablement initiatives and transformed the corporate university into a consultative yet metrics-driven organization that aligns and adapts to the ever-changing needs of a global information technology company. Emma has held key leadership roles in corporate L&D, consulting organizations, business focused and sales roles. Her experience has extended across multiple industries and is underpinned by a solution focused consultancy approach with key stakeholders across the business. Constantly challenged with a global and incredibly virtual audience, Emma seeks to balance the requirement for technical innovation that drives learning with cost constraints and a small team.

    Karen Basile | Chief Learning Officer | Johnson Controls

    Karen Basile is the chief learning officer of Johnson Controls enterprise learning function.   Karen has been with Johnson Controls and Tyco (pre-acquisition) for four years.  Karen’s work involves leading a global learning team in leadership development and core skills development programs and curriculum; promoting sales effectiveness and development. Karen has over 23 years’ experience in Talent and HR roles.  Previously, Karen was the Talent Management Leader for VWR, a global lab supply and distribution company. In that capacity she was responsible for talent acquisition, talent strategy, leadership development, and learning.  She also held HR and Talent roles for over 5 years at General Electric, as the global training leader for sales and marketing across all GE businesses, and talent and HR roles within GE Energy. Karen holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Penn State and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.   

    Susan Gunn| Executive Director |People Advisory Services - EY

    Susan Gunn is an Executive Director in the People Advisory Services practice of EY. A global business executive with deep expertise in the Human Capital function and more than 25 years of HR experience, Susan has advised executive leaders on matters pertaining to HR strategy and transformation, executive compensation, mergers & acquisitions and C-Suite, including CEO, succession. Most recently, Susan was the SVP of Global Talent and Compensation for Aramark. In this role, Susan had leadership responsibility for Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Learning & Development, Compensation, HR Technology, HR Analytics, HR Shared Services and HR Transformation. Prior to Aramark, Susan was CHRO of Gardner Denver, a $2.3 billion, publicly traded, global manufacturing company with 40 manufacturing operations in more than 20 countries. In 2013, the National Diversity Council named her one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful & Influential Women. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources with honors, both from McGill University.

    Eric Brand | Sr. Director of Training | Endo Pharmaceuticals

    Eric Brand is the Senior Director of Training at Endo Pharmaceuticals, where he has responsibility for all aspects of talent development, from new sales rep onboarding to leadership development. He has close to 30 years in the health care industry. An engineer by training, Eric started his career in healthcare in R&D, then Regulatory Affairs, after which he moved over to the field-based part of the business as both a sales representative and a District Manager. For the past dozen years, Eric has either been in Training, or had the training and development function report to him directly. He has worked in some of the largest companies in the sector and has also been a part of start-ups. Eric’s approach to training is pragmatic, and geared towards solving an identified problem, with an expected business outcome in mind.

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    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Pyramid Club of Philadelphia - 1735 Market Street, 19103

    Event Description

    “Say do you remember dancing in September?” sang Earth Wind & Fire on their 1971 hit song “September.” Well, we may not be dancing (although you never know with this crew) but we’re certainly going to have a fantastic time at The Philadelphia 2018 HR, Training, & Talent Networking Extravaganza on September 11, 2018!

    Featuring fun activities, plenty of food, raffles, prizes, and a discounted cash bar – plus amazing views from the beautiful Pyramid Club in Center City – this is one party you won’t want to miss. Register now as we expect a packed room for this one!

    Join L&D Philly and our partner organizations - ATD Philadelphia, ATD Mid-New Jersey, Philly SHRM, Greater Valley Forge HRA, Delaware SHRM, Beacon, The Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy, the Philadelphia Chapters of: The Society of Technical Communication, the National Speakers' Association, the Association of Career Professionals, the Philadelphia Area New Media Association, Visuals for Change, the Center for Millennial Engagement, and others as we kick start the fall with a night of excitement, elegance, and best of all - freebies!


    Registration and refreshments start at 6pm! 

    At 6:30, we'll kick off with some introductions and news, and then go into a fast-paced, but fun structured networking activity facilitated by local training guru, comedian, and host of Meet the Author - Theresa Hummel-Krallinger.

    Then, it's open networking time! Catch up with old friends/colleagues and meet some new ones! We'll bring the house down and close out the event with our Basket Raffle - where you could win a business or L&D starter library, tickets to Meet the Author, a free DISC assessment, a free resume consultation, free career coaching sessions, a free professional headshot, or other great prizes!


    Discounted parking (only $10 with validation at the Pyramid Club) available at both 1700 Market Street and the Sonesta Hotel garages. 

    Those with severe dietary restrictions can contact us at info@ldphilly.com

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Temple Ambler Campus - Learning Center - Room 209

    A lot of what is written about resumes on the Internet is good advice, but a lot of it is outdated, confusing, or just plain wrong. On September 22, learn from the wisdom and insights of someone who’s trained hundreds of professionals and graduate students to become more competitive in today’s employment marketplace – Kim Neubauer.

    In this hands-on workshop, Kim will discuss ways to get your resume noticed. You will hear what employers really care about and why they might pass over a resume. Expect to receive peer feedback on the current version of your resume and leave with renewed confidence.

    Please Note: You must bring copies of your (printed) resume with you.

    Don't miss out! Join the Learning & Development Professionals of Greater Philadelphia in conjunction with the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Career Professionals for this timely and well designed chance to add that extra level of polish to your resume!

    Kim Neubauer designs and facilitates learning solutions that raise the bar on service excellence, develop leaders, improve job performance, and foster more productive job searches. Her ability to focus on business objectives, establish a safe learning climate, deliver effective feedback, and ask good questions has empowered others with new insights and perspectives, confidence, and better results in their lives and work.

    Kim is known for helping clients appreciate and leverage cultural and personality differences. In addition to being certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, her extensive global experience contributes to increased productivity and openness when working with diverse populations.

    Her specialties include: customer service, team building, training of trainers, diversity, inclusion, supervisory training, MBTI, Peace Corps, career transitions, and leadership development.

    • 11 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pyramid Club of Philadelphia

    Join L&D Philadelphia & the Meet the Author Series run by local training guru Theresa Hummel-Krallinger for her monthly "Meet the Author" at the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia. This month, Rick Brandon, CEO of Brandon Partners and founder of the Organizational Savvy workshops & clinics will join us for a discussion and a meet & greet. 

    Do you have Organizational Savvy? Let's face it, success in business depends on our attitudes about power and politics. Dr. Brandon helps people confronts naiveté about the hidden dynamics found in every organization and provides practical political skills for building organizational impact with integrity. His work can help anyone navigate organizational politics and power, achieve strategic influence, recognition, and credit, sell their ideas and positively impact the enterprise, ensure their career satisfaction and growth, build role credibility for their entire team, and prevent and protect you from being passed over, underestimated, marginalized, or sabotaged.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Join the Learning & Development Professionals of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Career Professionals (ACP) for the first of two great workshops in October.

    Thinking of starting your own business? Maybe you’re contemplating starting your own consulting gig or toying with the idea of living life as a contractor. Whether you’re wondering what it would be like to run your own business or have already started down that path, join us for a fun, engaging, and truthful discussion on what it takes to be your own boss. Our panel will include individuals who are currently making it on their own as well as financial and marketing experts who can help make the journey a little easier.

    No matter what your dream, fulfilling it takes hard work and dedication.  Let us help get you a little closer to achieving it!

    Facilitator - Ken Blackwell - CEO of InKlaritas


    • Dr. Brandi Baldwin-Rana - CEO of Millennial Ventures
    • Judy West - CEO of English That Works
    • Liz Nover - ID Specialist & Contractor to the Stars
    • John Shimp - Private Wealth Advisor and Managing Director - RidgePoint Financial
    • Lesley Katz - Owner - Leveraging Financial Knowledge, LLC
    • Anthony Biondo - President & CEO - Biondo Creative
    • Ed Hunter - CEO - Life in Progress Coaching
    • Dale Power - Marketing & Social Media Strategist

    That’s why we’re going to ask a panel of local experts who started and built successful businesses to offer you advice and answer your questions. Between our panelists there's over 100 years of small business knowledge and experience.


                                  Dr. Brandi Baldwin-Rana- CEO of Millennial Ventures

    Dr. Brandi Baldwin-rana is a Leadership Psychologist and serial entrepreneur. She leads the executive team at Millennial Ventures Holdings, sharing her philosophy on millennial engagement, leadership development, and a concept that she calls "career freedom". Dr. Brandi is tapped by organizations like Comcast, Discover, and the Federal Government to provide her unconventional insights on creating inclusive workplaces, attracting and retaining millennial talent, teaching HR leaders to think like business leaders. She has been highlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal's "People on the Move" campaign, and was appointed to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's Millennial Advisory Commission in 2017.

    John Shimp - Private Wealth Advisor and Managing Director - RidgePoint Financial

    John J. Shimp, CFP®, CRPC®, APMA®, CDFA™, CLTC, CFS is a Private Wealth Advisor and Managing Partner of RidgePoint Financial Partners™, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. He began his career over 16 years ago as an employee advisor, promoted to district manager and since 2007 an independent franchisee of Ameriprise. His business was built organically and he now helps lead a branded team of ten financial advisors and eight support staff. They collectively manage and/or advise nearly $1B of client assets. He is Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, active volunteer for various organizations, St. Joseph St. Robert School Advisory Board (Current Chairman), Boy Scouts of America, Cub Pack 318 Committee Chair, and spent over 21 years on the board of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia (Former Vice Chair). A Philadelphia native and proud alum of St. Joseph’s University, Shimp now resides in Bucks County with his wife, Carolyn, and two children, Connor and Kelsey.

    Liz Nover - ID Specialist & Contractor to the Stars

    Liz Nover is a lifelong educator who made the transition to workplace learning. This was a subtle career shift in her opinion, but it was difficult to convince prospective employers that she had the skills and mindset they required. Starting from a return to school, involvement in professional associations, and a graduate student internship at age 51, she assumed progressively more responsible contract roles in Instructional Design, and has gradually built her credibility in the field. Liz will share the highlights of her path, and the challenges and joys (yes, there are some!) of consulting.

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Maybe you feel comfortable with your current position. And maybe...just maybe...you feel like you career couldn’t possibly be going any better.

    Stop. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

    Even in the midst of a great career, unexpected things happen. That’s why the best time to think about finding a new job is when you already have one. Don’t wait for the economy to tank again to think about your current trajectory and where you want to go. Proactive work today can set you up for success, even if it’s years down the line!

    Join the Learning & Development professionals of Greater Philadelphia and an all-star panel of locally-based recruiters on October 20th  for an in-depth look at the current job market. Hear from individuals who interact with candidates every day about the trends going on right now. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about professional profiles, interviewing tips, hiring practices, and much more!

    • 8 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pyramid Club of Philadelphia

    Join L&D Philadelphia & the Meet the Author Series run by local training guru Theresa Hummel-Krallinger for her monthly "Meet the Author" at the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia. This month, David Bookbiner, will join us for a discussion & meet & greet on his book - the NEW ROI (Return on Individuals). More information to come soon!

    Ask anyone from the CEO to the shipping clerk about the organization's most valuable asset, and you'll get the same answer: "The people!" However, when it comes to the valuation of that organization, especially in terms of intangible assets, items like patents and trademarks wind up seeming to be more valuable. How can that be? Simple: They're more quantifiable.

    In The NEW ROI: Return on Individuals, David delves into placing a more quantifiable value on the human capital asset - the most valuable asset in every organization. Additionally, he explores universal ways to promote even greater workforce value including creating difference makers, increasing employee success, improving happiness, reducing toxic employees, generating innovation by building trust, embracing and improving corporate culture, and much more.

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TBD

    Moment of Truth: Not all business professionals get access to unlimited budgets. Okay, no one really does. Somewhere, sometime, we all end up searching for a tool or resource to help us get the job done. Not all tools, though, bring the same value. And every job requires a different tool or toolkit. So where can we find the best free or low-cost resources to help us achieve our goals? Well, we could spend countless hours searching on the internet. Or posting in vein on LinkedIn. But wouldn't it be awesome to find things from our peers - to hear and see what others use when their budgets run dry?

    Join the Learning & Development professionals for this one of a kind event in November. Open mic time! Bring your favorite tool(s) and get 5-7 minutes to talk about it in front of your peers, showcasing how it works and how it helps you claim "mission accomplished". Topics include:

    • Project Management Tools
    • Timelines
    • e-Learning Development Tools
    • Other development tools
    • Audio/Video editing
    • Text to speech tools
    • Stock - Photos, Video, Sound, etc - 
    • Budget & project tracking
    • Other ideas?

    Everyone who registers and wants to demo a product - please contact us at info@ldphilly.com We'll provide you with a rubric to follow so you stay within your allotted time and provide the most value to your peers as you demonstrate your wares. 

Past events

9 Jun 2018 June 2018 Monthly Workshop in Partnership with ATD Philadelphia - Make Training a Want to (Not a Have to)
2 May 2018 Philly Tech Week 2018 Event #2 - Exploring the Possibilities of Real-Time Collaboration in a Virtual Landscape
28 Apr 2018 Philly Tech Week - Event #1 - Designing Experiential Learning for Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
14 Apr 2018 April Monthly Workshop - Unlocking Creative Solutions Through Design Thinking
3 Mar 2018 March Monthly Workshop - NOW VIRTUAL! - Micro-learning for the 1%
17 Feb 2018 February Monthly Workshop #2 - Tears of Laughter Method: Advanced Articulate Storyline (Variables, Triggers, and Conditions)
10 Feb 2018 February Monthly Workshop #1 - eLearning Design for Beginners
13 Jan 2018 January Monthly Workshop - Smash Your Sales Stereotypes!
2 Dec 2017 A New World - Bottom-Up vs Top-Down: Creating the Training Experience People Really Want
11 Nov 2017 November 2017 Monthly Workshop - Designing Experiential Learning for Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
8 Nov 2017 Fall Webinar Series - Captivate versus Storyline - A Comprehensive, Objective Review
25 Oct 2017 Fall Webinar Series - (The) Future of Learning Technology
4 Oct 2017 Fall Networking Event
16 Sep 2017 September 2017 Monthly Workshop - Prototyping Your Concepts: Turning Ideas into Reality
13 Sep 2017 Fall Webinar Series - Road Map to xAPI
1 Aug 2017 Mastering the Art of Strategic Selling - in Partnership with Drexel University's Goodwin School of Professional Studies
15 Jul 2017 July 2017 Monthly Workshop - Experiential Learning for High Engagement and Learning
17 Jun 2017 June 2017 Monthly Workshop - Cafeteria Style Learning for Adults
18 May 2017 Gamification for Talent Development - Deconstructing the Psychology of Games to Entice and Engage
3 May 2017 May Workshop - Philly Tech Week 2017 presented by Comcast - Brain Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom
22 Apr 2017 April Workshop - Funny Fuel: Gas to Gain Glee in Your Work
25 Mar 2017 March Workshop - Hooked on a Feeling: Amplifying Your Emotional Intelligence for Peak Performance
4 Feb 2017 February Workshop - The 6D's of Breakthrough Learning
21 Jan 2017 January Workshop - Mind Over (subject) Matter
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