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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.


We had over 40 learning and talent development executives from six states join for this year’s CLO/CTO/CHRO Experiential Learning Leadership Retreat @ Fluno Center with Steve King. Many of us arrived a day or two early to take advantage of a variety of UW-Madison University Campus events and activities offered in Madison WI. We concluded our day at Smitty’s Study Pub, Fluno Center’s 8th Floor, with a Next Practice Roundtable Discussion on Aligning an Organization for Business Performance facilitated by Steve.

2017 ELE's Annual CLO/CTO Leadership Retreat

HOW YOU CAN HELP US PREPARE for our 16th Annual Chicagoland Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange @ Hamburger University on Oct 23rd?
We are collecting the following from our ELE Enterprise Members to help us create the agenda:

  • What topics & speakers would you propose to be included in this year’s agenda?
  • Speakers & Participants from your organization should register online here.
Our keen interest this year is to share Reimagine Workplace Learning & Talent Mobility case studies, roundtable discussions, TED-like presentations and interactive workshops. Now that we have formally closed membership to vendors, you can expect more energy focused on practical best and next practices from your peer-group. Please send your proposed session topics directly to Dirk.Tussing @

Want a preview of the types of conversations to expect?
Watch Lisa Schumacher who will be sharing insights on McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity during our morning welcome:

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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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