16th Annual Chicagoland Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange @ Hamburger University»

McDonald's Hamburger University 2715 Jorie Blvd Oak Brook, IL 60523


Richard Laible

Ace Hardware

Lisa Doyle

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The Future of Training & Development: Identifying Behaviors, Competencies & Skills to Sustain High Performance»
Presented on 9/26/2011


Karen Kocher
former Chief Learning Officer

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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 events: We continue to add collaboration strength with our community.


Hope everyone had an amazing Labor Day holiday. As we head into the remainder of 2017, we have several half-day and full-day Reimagine Workplace Learning experiences for you and your team. Topics such as learning’s role in culture change, rethinking talent mobility, talent sharing strategies, reducing talent risks, curating amazing content, and design thinking will be fully explored for increasing organizational capabilities with your forward-thinking peer-group. You will be pleased to see us continue with a strong business-focus for talent development while introducing new thought leadership in our strong community.

Want to collaborate F2F? Our next 2nd Monday of the month after-work Chicagoland Next Practices Collaborative Meet-up (11-SEP-2017, 5:30 – 7 pm) will be at the University Club of Chicago with two of our October contributors: Lisa Doyle (2011 CLO of the year) who recently joined Ace Hardware and moved to Chicago from North Carolina and Jessie Cutler (top-performing Learning/TM professional transitioned from Shell) who recently joined Kraft Heinz Company from Houston. As we are actively planning the agenda for Chicagoland Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange @ Hamburger University (23-Oct-2017), others plan to join us the evening of Sept 11th including Kyle Swanson (Harley-Davidson Inclusive Leadership Lead), Newton Moore (our primary contact at UL University) and others.

Also next week, Beverly Kaye’s new book will be released on rethinking career mobility; I believe this gem is a great, albeit simple, tool for organizations to prepare for the new, soon-to-come radically different talent-landscape (most of us have not envisioned yet). Others praises include Sue Padernacht (Tribune Online Content) who believes “this book will open your eyes to the landscape of possibilities beyond what lies ahead—for yourself, your employees, and your organization.”

Dirk Tussing will likely reach out to you as we work on filling in the Oct 23rd agenda details. Feel free to check in directly with Dirk if you would like to preview what is being planned and make sure your team is registered.

Looking forward to collaborating with you!

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Chicagoland & SE-Wisconsin

Active ELE Enterprise Members can use their PREPAID tickets at either our 7th Annual SE-WI Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange at GE Healthcare Institute planned for Thursday, May 18, 2017 or for our 16th Annual Chicagoland Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange @ Hamburger University planned for October 23, 2017; CLO/CTO Group members can purchase additional conference registrations at a discounted rate for their team to join us.

To help everyone plan for 2017, 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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