Learn From the BEST Conference 2016

What Makes the BEST Different from the REST? Find Out.

Learn from the BEST is a unique conference where practitioners are the presenters. BEST award winners share their leading strategies and best practices with attendees, demonstrating how to transform the learning function into a key driver of performance, productivity, and profitability.

  • Find out what exceptional companies are doing differently.
  • Hear firsthand how BEST award winners identify needs and use talent development programs to solve real business problems.
  • Ask questions and learn in a peer-to-peer environment unlike any other.
  • Gain insights that will benefit your work and your organization.
  • Utilize talent development to strategically drive enterprise-wide results. 

See the 2016 BEST Award Winners.


Company Industry Topic
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Rita Bailey Rita Bailey
CEO and Founder of Up to Something (former CLO of Southwest Airlines)
Welcome and Opening Keynote by Rita Bailey

Disrupting Learning as We Know It!

In today’s VUCA environment (Vulnerable, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) if your organization is not disrupting the way learning initiatives are developed, delivered, and supported, the chances of becoming irrelevant are pretty high. Today’s leaders want to develop innovative, future oriented, agile, highly productive global workforces. That won’t happen by using old traditional, obsolete methods and leadership practices. 

Rita Bailey has been working with progressive, entrepreneurial leaders who are disrupting development tactics in search of sustainable, transformative change. The results? Committed leadership teams that are leveraging their strengths, stretching beyond their comfort zone to think bigger, and challenging status quo processes and practices.

Rita will share stories, experiences, and resources to help evaluate your organization’s current DISRUPT status. If your organization is ready to consider new approaches to ignite extraordinary performance this is for you!
9:45 - 10:35 a.m.

MWH Global, now a part of Stantec Engineering Talent Development Impacting Transformational Cultural Change
Tata Consultancy Services Professional Services Partnering with Business to Build a Learning Organization
University Health System Healthcare Shark Tank: Engaging the C-Suite as Coaches in the Performance
Hitachi Data Systems, Kimberly-Clark Professional, UL LLC Innovation Panel
10:50 - 11:40 a.m.
Freese and Nichols, Inc. Engineering Applying Continuous Improvement to Talent Development
Lupin Limited Pharmaceutical Applying Continuous Improvement to Talent Development
Resource Residential Real Estate The Trainer Scorecard: Linking Training to Business Results
UST Global IT A Four Step Process to Enhance the Business Impact of Talent Development Initiatives
Cathay Life Insurance Co., Ltd., IBM, Saunders Construction, Inc. Social Learning Panel
11:45 - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Bridgepoint Education Education Developing the Millennial Generation
Consumers Energy Energy Using Scorecards and Metrics for Success
MillerCoors Retail MillerCoors' Approach to Bringing on New Employees
TELUS Telecommunications Borderless Talent Development
Asurion, Enterprise Holdings, Florida Blue, ICICI General Insurance Company Limited, The Aerospace Corporation Achieving Business Impact Panel
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Insights Learning & Development Training How Your People's Personal Breakthroughs Enable Your Organization's Business Breakthroughs
JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd. Manufacturing Nurturing A Talent Culture: Practices & Experiences
Wipro Limited IT Training for Digital Fitness to Transform Your Customer’s Business Verizon Technology/Telecom "Use of Bursts & Boosts for Learning Retention"
   Verizon  Technology/Telecom Use of Bursts/Boosts for Learning Retention
3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
BNSF Railway Co. Transportation On Track with Mentoring at BNSF
ITU AbsorbTech, Inc. Industrial Services ODISC for Leadership: Performance Managing and Motivating Employees Based on DISC
Persistent Systems Ltd IT Blended Learning at Persistent 
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Retail Loud, Noisy and Virtual: Making Synchronous Online Learning Work in Nontraditional Environments

What do previous attendees have to say?

“I would HIGHLY recommend this learning conference to anyone who has strategic planning responsibilities in their training and development office. We are currently already working on a number of the projects and best practices that were discussed and I walked away with a ton of useful ideas and contacts with those who have been through the process. I believe I had more applicable aha moments here than in other conferences I have attended. I will definitely be back next year!” – Vicky F.

“This was my first time attending the event. I learned actionable approaches to real world challenges, made great contacts and enjoyed a well-organized event. Great keynote speaker and beautiful venue. Thumbs up!” – Mitzi P.

“Hearing best practices followed by other BEST organizations was very useful. The Q&A with them provided valuable insights. Well organized by ATD. Keep it up!” – Vishwas S.



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