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Executive Learning Exchange

Our strong learning leader & talent development community, The Executive Learning ExchangeSM (ELE), started in 2002 as an internal Chicagoland Learning Leaders Conference at Baxter. Over the years we have evolved into two strong invite-only cohorts (no vendors)—one based in Chicagoland and the other in Wisconsin—of highly diverse and collaborative leaders.

We hope you can join one of the following upcoming peer-networking experiences: We continue to add collaboration strength with our community.


For many years our strong learning leader community has provided thought leadership sharing & learning together in-person. As the level of integration and sophistication continues to increase, even more amazing opportunities emerge. We would like our ELE member companies help us co-design four Learning Circles; Curation, Future of Learning, Learning Partnerships & Sales Training which will help support our CLO/CTO/CHRO executives to engage their direct reports with similar experiences and dig deeper.

Click below to explore more and contact Dirk Tussing to get involved with ideas for co-designing with your peer group…

Curation of L&D Content Future of Learning is Here!
Creating Learning Partnerships
Sales Training: Think Future-back

Benefits of an ELE Learning Circle:

  1. Join a Learning Circle—most of us absorb far more when seated in a circle of diverse & collaborative peers that are studying the same thing;
  2. Mix with the Best—surrounding yourself with great minds is critical if you want to raise your game.
What is an ELE Learning Circle? A cohort of about 15 Learning/Talent Development Leaders (Current ELE members given priority if space is tight, likely nominated by ELE's CLO/CTO/CHRO Group members), Learning Circles meet virtually 3-4 times per year (using Adobe Connect and your computer's webcam) and in-person 1-2 times per year (May @ GE and Oct @Hamburger University).

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Chicagoland & SE-Wisconsin

Active ELE Enterprise Members can use their PREPAID tickets at either our 8th Annual SE-WI Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange at GE Healthcare Institute planned for Thursday, May 17, 2018 or for our 17th Annual Chicagoland Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange @ Hamburger University planned for October 4, 2018; CLO/CTO/CHRO Group members can purchase additional conference registrations at a discounted rate for their team to join us.

To help everyone plan for 2018, our upcoming full-day exchanges are scheduled for:

If you are a CLO/CTO Group member and interested in having your team present, please contact Dirk Tussing for more details.

Please note in 2016 we formally closed our vendor membership so we can focus on more robust experiences for heads of learning and talent development. A key part of this shift is to invite five to possibly eight solution industry thought leaders, whom provide forward-thinking talent services, as ELE Strategic Partners to replace our current vendor membership.

Since 2004, the Chicagoland Learning LeadersSM have informally gathered at McDonald’s Hamburger University for an annual one-day exchange of local thought leaders to share best practices. To learn more about the benefits included with becoming a Learning Executive Exchange member, view a one page program summary and read our on-line FAQ’s for more details.

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