Brain Science Research Live!

Brain Science Research LAB with MIT!

We are very excited to announce a LIVE Brain Science Research LAB that will be conducted with participants at Learning 2017.  The LAB will focus on measuring brain waves of workplace learners while learning with content segments that are both short and longer.  How does the brain reach differently when the content is "micro" or "longer". 

The LAB will be conducted by our colleagues from MIT's Office of Digital Learning and the MASIE Learning CONSORTIUM.

Throughout Monday and Tuesday at Learning 2017, volunteers will be asked to watch or read learning content segments of different durations, while wearing an EEG hat - which is an electroencephalogram that will measure brain wave responses.

Our MIT colleagues will report results to the 1,600 participants throughout the conference and we will discuss the role of bio-big-data on assessing content duration for learning design.

This will be VERY cool and provide a real-time research study of value to both the Learning 2017 participants and the wider field of academics and practitioners.

If you are interested in helping with this project, send an email to Elliott Masie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Disney Tickets: Tuesday Night

Learning 2017 Goes to Disney!

Ticket to Epcot OR Animal Kingdom on Tuesday Night!

On Tuesday night, we will provide a free ticket and transportation to either Epcot or Animal Kingdom for Learning 2017 participants.

You can choose between Animal Kingdom, featuring new and exciting evening activities, and Epcot, which is holding its annual Food & Wine Festival!

Both options will provide opportunities for fun, networking and even a game challenge. 

A Ticket to Epcot:
(with Food & Wine Festival)

Includes all Future World attractions, such as Soarin’ and Spaceship Earth, and access to the World Showcase, home of the annual Food & Wine Festival, where you can purchase treats from around the world. You can cap off the evening with Disney’s Illuminations Fireworks display at 9pm.

A Ticket to Animal Kingdom:
(with new "Pandora: The World of Avatar")

Featuring the Tree of Life, African Safari and a host of new nighttime activities, including the brand new “Pandora – The World of Avatar” attractions, and the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular!

Transportation from the Coronado Springs Convention Center to Epcot and Animal Kingdom will be available. You will only be able to choose one park, to be selected at the time of departure (no advance sign up for the Tuesday activity is required), and passes for attendees will be distributed as you board the bus. Please note that Learning 2017 is providing your park admission, and any food purchases are at your own expense.

Your family members and guests are welcome to join us! Passes can be purchased for them at a discounted group rate from the hotel front desk concierge.





Timo Gorner, Fox Learning Leader

Timo Gorner
Fox Entertainment Group

We are honored to have Timo Gorner, Director of Organizational Development and Training at Fox Group as one of our General Session speakers and learning leaders.   
Timo Gorner describes himself as a self-taught teacher. With a German accent.

TimoGornerFoxA 17-year veteran with Fox Entertainment Group, his career had quite a few plot twists that ultimately led him into the field of corporate learning and development. Born and raised in Frankfurt, he lived in London, worked all over Europe and Latin America, and is now a Los Angeles resident (who is still amazed by year-round summer temperatures).
Having experienced cultural differences first-hand, and the effects they have on how people learn and grow, Timo has found one common thread all over the world: a yearning for being real. And as simple as that insight may seem, it has a profound impact on the way he sees his role as an internal consultant, facilitator and coach – defining one overarching goal: to enable honest conversations.
A late entry to the learning profession, Timo brings both a business and an international lens through which he looks at this field.


Diane Adams, Mt. Sinai

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.

In this role, she provides leadership around the enterprise-wide talent strategy and the design and execution of educational solutions for the workforce. Since joining Mount Sinai, Diane has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles, including a faculty appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine.


Chris Pickett, PG&E Learning

Chris 300Chris 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.

His responsibilities include oversight and management of all technical field training, safety and compliance training, Leadership and Professional Development programs and IT systems training for the company. In addition he is responsible for the governance of all training for PG&E Utility.

Chris is an education business executive with 25 plus years of international and domestic strategic planning and business development experience. Prior to joining PG&E in 2007, held several positions including Chief Strategy Officer for Global Knowledge - OnDemand Software and was the Director of Technical Training for PeopleSoft.


Cyber & Terror Readiness?

thief behind computer

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

In response to the growing frequency of these events, Learning 2017 is organizing a special Forum for CLO's, Learning Leaders and Talent Directors:

Cyber, Terror & Emergencies Readiness Forum

The Forum will include Government, Law Enforcement, Learning Leaders and Emergency Resources to honestly evaluate how Learning and Talent organizations can help prepare their workforces for the impact of these disruptions.  Representatives from countries around the world will share how they prepare their citizens and for Cyber, Terror and Emergencies Response.

If your organization is interested in assisting with the Cyber, Terror & Emergency Readiness Forum, please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, singer, comedian, voice actor, and author. He has received two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.  Lithgow has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Lithgow is well known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arthur Mitchell in Dexter and Sir Winston Churchill in The Crown as well as for his roles in films Blow Out, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Cain, Shrek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar. His performances in The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment each earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

On the stage, he has appeared in many Broadway productions including the musical adaptation of Sweet Smell of Success and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2007, he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio in Neil Bartlett's production of Twelfth Night. He has also recorded music, such as the 1999 album of children's music, Singin' in the Bathtub, and has written poetry and short stories, such as Marsupial Sue, for children. His work for children has earned him Grammy Award nominations and two Parents' Choice Silver Honor Awards.


LearningTown is Coming!

We are proud to introduce a brand that you will be using for your networking, benchmarking and colleague connections at Learning 2017: LearningTown.

LearningTown will be the name of:

  • Learning 2017 Mobile App for Participants
  • Community Spaces & Labs for Collaboration at Learning 2017
  • Real Time Curation of Content & Context

LearningTown will be your Network at Learning 2017.


Physics for Rock Stars!

christinemckChristine 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

  • Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, rock star, television icon, and author of Physics for Rock Stars.

  • Christine co-hosted Under New York for Discovery Channel and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded for History Channel while continuing her work as an engineer.

  • Her musical Gracie and the Atom, won a Portland Drammy for Original Score.

  • Her book, Physics for Rock Stars has been described as “…an enthusiastic appreciation for science as described by an unconventional narrator. Not a nerdy guy, but a bright and over-achieving female sings the siren song for science.”—Dan Coffey, a.k.a. public radio’s Dr. Science

  • She has spent most of her engineering career designing and managing the construction of power plants, semiconductor facilities, hospitals, and schools.

Christine will be an amazing, rocking Keynoter at Learning 2017!


PITCH! for Learning

Learning 2017 is excited to introduce a high energy set of experiences called "PITCH! for Learning"

There will be several PITCH! for Learning Sessions at Learning 2017 including:

  • Start Up PITCH! for Learning: You will hear short "elevator pitches" from early stage start ups in the Learning or EdTech area.  Ala Shark Tank, we will explore how these makers of learning "apps", systems or tools might eventually impact workplace learning.
  • Reverse PITCH! for Learning: Three Chief Learning Officers will tell a wide range of learning suppliers and vendors about their wish list for new and disruptive learning innovations and technologies.
  • PITCH! for Learning from Other Fields: We will take a deep look at learning innovations that are working in the K to 12 School Area, in Higher Education, Religion or Hobby Areas.  Let's learn, borrow and "steal" learning ideas from other fields.
  • Gadget & Tech Stretch PITCH! for Learning: What about emerging technology from other worlds - Your Alexa from Amazon, FitBit, VR & Mixed Realities, 3D Printing and other technologies - that might be STRETCHED for Learning in the coming years for workplace learning.

Learning 2017 participants will participate in these PITCH! for Learning Sessions to be energized on the disruptive future.


Former First Lady Michelle Obama to Keynote Learning 2017

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2017 conference on October 23rd in Orlando, Florida.


Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

As a transformative First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

Before becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

Mrs. Obama was born on January 17, 1964. She married Barack Obama in 1992. They currently live in Washington, DC and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

“Mrs. Obama’s presentation will set the stage for rich dialogues at Learning 2017”, says Elliott Masie, Host and Chair of the event.

Learning 2017 will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 22 to October 25 at Walt Disney World.

Learning 2017 is produced by a collaborative of 200 global corporations, focused on improving workplace learning and training. Hosted and curated by Elliott Masie, Learning 2017 brings together several thousand learning professionals as they focus on the changing nature of workplace education and development. In previous years, keynotes have included General Colin Powell, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, President Bill Clinton, Apolo Ohno, Captain Sully Sullenberger, ABC’s Robin Roberts, and business authors Marshall Goldsmith, Ken Blanchard and Tom Peters.

Content and online registration at http://www.learning2017.com


Learning Cruise Invite

You and your family are invited to join Elliott Masie and other colleagues for a special Learning Cruise right after Learning 2017.

Simple and very affordable Learning vacation after Learning 2017:

  • We will sail on the LIBERTY from Carnival.  It will leave from Port Canaveral (1 hour from Orlando and we provide the bus from Disney) on Thursday, October 26th, the day after our event ends.

  • The prices start at $229 per person, depending on the type of cabin and location.

  • The cruise lasts 3 nights and we return to port early on Sunday morning.  You will need to get a bus transfer to the airport and can fly out mid day back to your home.

  • We will visit Nassau and have a day at sea.

  • And, we will have many informal get together times aboard the Cruise.  It is a social cruise with learning colleagues - and a chance for some wonderful conversations while enjoying the Cruise together.

  • Here is the link with information about the cruise, boat and prices: http://tinyurl.com/masiecruise

  • In order to reserve your room as part of the MASIE Group, you need to book by Friday, August 11th!

There are no extra charges from The MASIE Center.  Just book your cruise with Liberty Travel and we will provide a bus from the Learning 2017 hotel to the cruise departure on Thursday.

To book, and for details regarding pricing and cabin availability, please contact Stephanie Garrett at Liberty Travel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 518-587-1600) and be sure to tell her you are with the MASIE group. (Note that Stephanie is on Vacation 7/28 - 8/4, so best to call in the week of August 7th.)

Hope to see many of you on our Learning Cruise! 


Content Map 1.0 :)


Today, we begin the exciting and engaging process of creating and curating the "Content, Themes, Issues, Innovations & Conversations for Learning 2017.

The overall theme for 2017 will be "Learning Changes!"

Based on my on-going dialogues with learning leaders and colleagues around the world, we are clearly living in a time with "Learning Changes".  Changing Learner Expectations, Changing Technology, Changing Workplaces and more.

In the coming weeks, we will develop topics, labs, conversations, controversies and sessions that are fully focused on how Learning Changes in many areas.  Here is our version 1.0 idea map for this year:

We will be building a complete Learning 2017 Agenda and Community Engagement on how Learning Changes in these areas and more.

As you register for Learning 2017, we will reach out for your input, ideas, key challenges and perspectives.

This is the 27th year that I am honored to Host our Learning event.  I invite you to join me in exploring the ways in which Learning Changes! and how we can create the best learning opportunities for our employees and organizations.

Yours in learning.
Elliott Masie

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