New: Complete Program

Learning 2017 Full Schedule with Sessions, Leaders and Time
(The Complete Guide will be posted in the coming week, Download PDF here)

In the “old” days of planning a conference, one would assemble a set of “breakout sessions” with a speaker and a PowerPoint schedule and be done!

Learning in 2017 demands a more agile, experiential, and participant-based learning model. Here are some of the Learning Experiences that over 1,700 learning colleagues from around the world will choose from.

We invite you and your colleagues to join us for Learning 2017 (October 22-25 in Orlando, Florida) featuring a Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and keynote sessions from John Lithgow (The Power of Storytelling), Christine McKinley (Physics for Rock Stars), Karl Kapp (Gamification), Jayzen Patria (Diversity & Inclusion), Andrea Wong (User Experience/Google), Diane Adams (Mount Sinai Health System) and many more.


Ted Idea Accelerator

 TED Idea Accelerator:  A Preview LAB

By: Logan Smalley and Stephanie Ng, TED-Ed

We are honored to host TED Ed, as they preview the Ted Idea Accelerator!

Be among the first to experience an exciting new learning program being developed by TED. The TED Idea Accelerator aims to spark celebrate the best ideas in companies and schools around the world. You'll get a sneak peek of the program in a Learning 2017 General Session, and later you'll be able to experience the TED Idea Accelerator in person with the TED-Ed team.

The MASIE Center has provided a $10,000 grant to TED for this provocative learning program.  We believe it can radically change how ideas are communicated within organizations.


Afghanistan Learning Story!

Using Technology to Enable & Empower Girls in War Torn Countries
Metra Mehran, Fulbright Fellow from Afghanistan


Several years ago, I met Metra Mehran, an amazing college student from Afghanistan.  She was already quite a leader of social change in a war torn country.  We invited her to speak at Learning 2014.  In the following years, she graduated from college, became a Fulbright scholar and social entrepreneur.  She served as a Children Right's Advocate to the Human Rights Commission.  And, she has a deep passion for Learning.  

This year, she asked if she could present a session looking at how technology can enable and empower girls in war-torn countries.  It takes the story of eLearning to a new reach.  Here is the session that Metra Mehren will present at Learning 2017 on Wednesday morning:

“War leaves millions of children unable to access education around the world. Unfortunately, more immediate needs such as food and shelter take the priority. The absence of school buildings and teachers prevents children mainly girls from getting an education. With currently children out of school, the huge cost of human capital of the lost years of schooling is frightening as it will threaten means to stabilize those countries in the future. We need new solutions now to fill the gap where traditional education does not yet reach. We believe technology is one of the most convenient ways to fill that gap - give children in the war-torn area a chance to learn.” 


 Join Metra Mehran for a provocative conversation! 










WATSON to Learning 2017!

Gulliermo Miranda (IBM CLO) & Watson @ Learning 2017

Gulliermo Miranda is IBM’s Chief Learning Officer, in charge of reinventing the end-to-end education and skills enablement practices and platforms across the global enterprise. Before this role, he was the People & Talent Head (CHRO) for IBM Digital Business Group, driving a new organizational culture and revamping the overall engagement and customer relationship management processes for the digital sales and marketing teams in IBM. His previous assignment was based in Kenya, Nairobi as the HR Regional Director to lead the talent management and workforce expansion in IBM's fastest growing territory: Africa and the Middle East.

Watson RobotHe has presented in multiple business forums and human resources conferences across Latin America, the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a Future Trends Fellow of the Bankinter Innovation Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors of IPCOM Global LLC. Guillermo holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Deusto University in San Sebastián, Spain, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is married, and currently lives in Washington DC with his wife Talia and their three children: Luciana, Rodrigo and Tiago.

And we will also be meeting IBM’s Watson!


Jayzen Patria - Inclusion!

It is always an honor and fun to select our global keynoters for the annual Learning event.  This year, I am adding a person that I have known and worked with over the years.  Jayzen Patria is one of the most impactful and agile thinkers and leaders in the field of learning and performance.  And, his focus on Diversity & Inclusion is a focus of his presentations and perspectives.  I am honored to announce that Jayzen Patria will be one of our Keynoters at Learning 2017.  Here is his bio:


Trends Briefing Video

Follow-Up Video with Questions from Participants

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Escape Room & Gamification Labs

Gamification & Escape Room Learning Experiences!  This year, we are adding a Gamification LAB and a Escape Room LAB as Experiences at Learning 2017.  In both situations, our participants will have opportunities to create and experiment with "extreme" experiences as learning activity options:


Content List Updated

August 4, 2017 - Update on Content for Learning 2017

In addition to our General Session Speakers, you will have an opportunity to participate in a range of the over 160 Learning Conversations, Sessions and Dialogues that are now under development for Learning 2017.  Here is a quick sample of some of these one hour learning choices:

  • Agile Learning Development: Wins, Fails & Lessons Learned (Capital One, Bloomberg)
  • Amateur Videos for Engagement (Mount Sinai Health System)
  • Learning Strategy vs. Business Strategy: The Digital Connection (PwC)
  • Digital Distractions & Learning? (30 Under 30)
  • Cyber, Terror & Emergency Disruption Readiness (Learning CONSORTIUM)
  • Making a MARK on Your Organization (Yahoo)
  • More Variety = Improved Learning Outcomes (Herman Miller)
  • Prove It! Measuring SMARTER to Show Business Relevance (Cisco)
  • Ice-Ice-Breakers...& Other Engagement Activities! (Keurig Green Mountain)
  • Two-Way Coaching: A Grassroots Way to Grow Your Employees (State Auto Insurance)
  • Using Improv Techniques to Boost Creativity in Your Team! (Garney Construction)

Diane Adams, Mt. Sinai

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Diane Adams, MS, LCSW, is the Chief Learning Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, which consists of 38,000 employees, 7 hospitals, a school of medicine and an extensive ambulatory care network.


Julian Stodd & Nigel Paine - The British "Invasion"

A British "Invasion" of Learning Keynoters at Learning 2017 :)


Our learning leader colleagues from the UK will make a powerful presence as Keynote and Session Leaders at Learning 2017.  I am honored to host Julian Stodd and Nigel Paine (a MASIE Learning Fellow).


Chris Pickett, PG&E Learning

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Chris Pickett is the Senior Director of Training for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). PG&E is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States; they have over 23,000 employees and serve 1 out of every 20 Americans.


Cyber & Terror Readiness?

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How are we, as Learning Leaders, preparing our workforce for the very real impact of Cyber Intrusion, Terror Incidents and Emergencies?


John Lithgow: Storytelling

Lithgow blackWow! We are proud to present the extraordinary John Lithgow in his one-man theatrical memoir, STORIES BY HEART at Learning 2017. Earlier in the day, Elliott Masie will interview John Lithgow on the ‘Power of Storytelling’ - a key competency in the ever evolving field of Learning.

The Tony®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity.


Physics for Rock Stars!


Christine McKinley, author of "Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You", will be one of our Keynoters at Learning 2017.

STEM activist Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, author and host of Discovery Channel’s Decoded, and author of Physics For Rock Stars

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