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Upcoming workshops

    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Crowne Plaza King of Prussia - 260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406


    We are living through a time of great disruption in society and in the workplace, due in part to the accelerated digitization and automation of work. Many of tomorrow’s jobs have not even been imagined yet, and many of today’s jobs are changing rapidly. We are starting to recognize that learning and development will play an important role in re-skilling the workforce and building greater organizational agility to enable innovation and transformation. How do we rise to the occasion?

    Start by joining us for the 2019 Chief-Learning-Officer Panel, where we will hear from four innovative and highly experienced corporate learning leaders as they share what they’re doing to address these challenges, what technologies they’re leveraging, what lessons they’ve learned, and what results they’re achieving. Come also to connect with colleagues who share your passion. While you’re at it, bring your team and turn the day into a great development experience that stimulates brainstorming around the future of L&D at your organization. Our 2019 panel features:

    • Tamara Ganc, Global Head, Learning Design & Innovation, Google
    • Eric Brand, Executive Director, Endo Pharmaceuticals
    • Regina Carr Tierney, System Director, Education & Development, Main Line Health
    • Dominic DiGiacomo, Vice President - Talent Management, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC

    Longtime talent and organizational development consultant Gus Prestera will be the moderator for this panel discussion, bringing his insight and experience working with senior leaders in the industry.


    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:

    • Onboarding
    • Employee performance
    • Employee development
    • Change resilience
    • Leadership development

    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 Thursday 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.

    Sponsored by:


    Tamara Ganc | Global Head, Learning Design & Innovation | Google

    Tammy Ganc is the Global Head of Learning Design and Innovation within Google’s Go- to-Market organization (GtM). GtM ensures Google's complex and ever-evolving Ads business (which drives 80% of Google’s revenue) runs smoothly. The learning that Tammy’s team ensures that Google’s 10,000+ internal sellers around the world, as well as millions of external business using Google’s ad products are well-trained and proficient. Prior to Google, Tammy served as Vanguard Investments Chief Learning Officer and led the organization’s learning and development strategy as the head of Vanguard University. Her goal during her tenure was to enable the Vanguard crew to reach their highest professional potential so that they, in turn, could help Vanguard clients achieve their financial goals and dreams.

    Prior to this position, she served in other senior HR leadership roles within Vanguard and also led Vanguard's global HR transformation initiative responsible for all aspects of the program related to organizational design, training, communications, and workforce transition. She also has worked as a Learning and Development Manager for Deloitte where she oversaw Deloitte’s global e-learning development team. Tamara's formal education includes studying English at the University of Delaware, Instructional Design Penn State, and an MBA from St. Joseph's University.

    Tamara's passion for workplace inclusion has led her take on leadership roles within twoof Vanguard's corporate resource groups, Women in Leadership Success (WILS) and currently the Vanguard Black Professional Network (VBPN). Tamara resides with her family in northern Delaware.

    Eric Brand | Executive Director | Endo Pharmaceuticals

    Eric's 25+ years of experience is in broad in scope and spans the medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer products sectors in small, medium, and large sized organizations. His time in the laboratory, selling in front of customers, leading sales teams, and leadership roles within commercial organizations, has provided him with a unique perspective on the business. He's been able to leverage this perspective to develop action-oriented plans that accelerate collaboration within cross-functional teams and drive business results. He's learned to do more with less, helping to focus teams on what is important to the customer, and business.

    His areas of specialty include the development and execution of product and process launch plans, sales force restructuring and integration, sales operations, sales force effectiveness, commercial operations, pharmaceutical sales, business development, sales training, change management, vendor management, sales analytics.

    Regina Carr Tierney | System Director - Education & Development | Main Line Health

    Regina Carr Tierney, MEd, ACC is a learning and development leader dedicated to organizational learning, integration and practice. Regina currently works at Main Line Health, a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. For the past 6 years, she has held the position of System Director, Education and Development, where she evolved a traditional training function to include talent management, organizational development, executive coaching, and an internal faculty program. She has expertise in diversity and inclusion, as well as the impact of mindfulness and self-compassion in leadership and daily life. Prior to healthcare, Regina has held learning roles in the pharmaceutical industry and public health.

    Regina completed her MEd in Psychoeducational Process at Temple University and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation.

    Dom DiGiacomo | VP - Talent Management | Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC

    Dom DiGiacomo has extensive experience in the field of Human Resources, with specific expertise in Talent Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Employee Engagement, Change Management, and Succession Planning.

    With more than 25 years of progressive human resource management and leadership experience, Dom is currently the Vice President, Talent Management for Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. Dom previously was the Director of Human Resources and Director of Organizational Development at Modular Space Corporation, as well as the Director of Training and Organizational Development at GE Capital Services. Prior to this time at General Electric, he held a number of progressive HR leadership roles with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Graduate School at USDA, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Dom has a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as well as master’s degrees from both Rutgers University and Penn State University. Dom lives in Somerdale, NJ with his wife Gina.

    • 22 Aug 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Ronald P. Bird Training & Conference Center - Devereux Foundation - 444 Devereux Drive, Villanova PA, 19085

    Event Description

    Even though Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most ubiquitous software packages in the training world, many learning professionals merely scratch the surface of its capabilities. In this fast-paced session, you’ll uncover some of the best features for customizing the look of slides, engaging your audience, and saving you time.

    Our facilitator will show us design strategies to move from flying bullet points (which were the height of fashion in 1997!) to instructional animations. In this session, you’ll get into the nuts and bolts of PowerPoint and learn how to make some of those designs come to life. Whether you present in the classroom, convert PowerPoint slides to eLearning, or use PowerPoint for graphics to put in another authoring tool, this session will help you take your designs to the next level. You’ll learn to create graphics, animations, presentations, and courses that people won’t believe you did in PowerPoint. Plus, you’ll learn little-known shortcuts that will save you time in getting these great effects.

    In this session, you will learn:

    • How to create custom graphics quickly in PowerPoint
    • How to create engaging instructional animations with PowerPoint
    • Time-saving PowerPoint techniques
    • How to customize the PowerPoint environment to your needs


    Diane Elkins

    Diane Elkins is co-founder of E-Learning Uncovered and Artisan E-Learning, a custom e-learning development company specializing in the use of Articulate Studio, Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora. Diane has been in the e-learning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about e-learning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series and blog. She has served on the boards of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Pyramid Club of Philadelphia - 1735 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    • 125

    Information Coming Soon!

Past events

26 Jun 2019 Summer Happy Hour
19 May 2019 ATD International Conference & Expo - Kick-Off Happy Hour
10 Apr 2019 Driving Business Results with Every Interaction - Insights on Customer Service Training
9 Mar 2019 March 2019 Monthly Workshop - Getting More of What You Want Out of Life & Business
19 Feb 2019 Special Event - Brewery Tour & Networking
12 Feb 2019 Brews with some Views - February Networking Event in the City
12 Jan 2019 January Workshop - Linking Thinking & Self-Leadership to Value, Culture, and Performance
10 Nov 2018 Open Mic 2018 Edition - Free & Low Cost Resources - featuring Padcaster
8 Nov 2018 Meet the Author - Dave Bookbinder - "The New ROI" - in partnership with Meet the Author
13 Oct 2018 October Monthly Workshop #1 - In Partnership with ACP Philadelphia - Be Your Own Boss: Expert Advice on Running a Successful Business
11 Oct 2018 Meet the Author - Peter Demarest - Answering the Central Question - in partnership with MTA
22 Sep 2018 September Monthly Workshop - in Partnership with ACP Philadelphia - Mythbusters: The Real Truth Behind Resumes That Get Noticed
11 Sep 2018 2018 Philadelphia HR, Training, & Talent Networking Extravaganza! - Sponsored by TrainingPros
25 Jul 2018 Innovative Solutions to Today's L&D Challenges - A CLO Panel Discussion - brought to you by Drexel University Goodwin College of Professional Studies
14 Jul 2018 July 2018 Monthly Workshop - Change Management – New Perspectives and Tried and True Tools
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

Harrisburg University is a proud sponsor of L&D Philadelphia, offering Master’s degrees, certificate programs or individual courses in Instructional Design, Instructional Management, or Games and Simulations. Visit their website to discover more

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