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Learnapalooza XL - Super Hero You!

Join us for the PacNW's only conference for Learning & Development and People Operations dedicated to innovation and disruption.

Connect. Learn. Build. Play. Be a SUPERHERO.

This year we’re taking it to the next level with Learnapalooza XL.

Here are the deets…

Registration is now open. Get your seat while the gettin’s good – this event WILL sell out!

  • 1.5 days of badass people and rad content in a fun, non-traditional conference environment
  • We’ll take over part of the iconic downtown Seattle Library 
  • May 2nd (9AM – 5PM) & May 3rd (9AM – 12PM)

Superhero You: Bridge Your Skills Gap

We know that we're all capable of being super at our jobs--and LAP helps bring out the inner superhero in all of us-- even if we don't have Black Panther's advanced tech, Captain America's strength, Thor's chiseled good looks, or Black Widow's stealth.

SO... for one and a half days, we'll showcase great ideas from amazing session facilitators. We want to help others level up their own abilities. We want to harness the powers of the collective to become the best teams and colleagues we can be.

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Event Participants

Event Speakers

Shelly Holt

Vice President of Learning & Development - Expedia

Andrew McMasters

Professional Training & Coaching

Darren Nerland

Chief Disruptor - Learnapalooza

Nick Iverson

Associate Consultant Intrepid

Kim Nesland

Sr. Lead, Learning Experience Design & Development

Scott McCormick

CEO Emergent Enterprise Consulting

Brian Washburn

Co-founder, Endurance Learning

Erin Petershick

Chief Innovator - Learnapalooza

Erin Schneider

Learning Solutions Architect

Laura Close

Founder and principal at Laura Close Career Consulting, LLC

Stella Lee

Chief E-Learning Strategist - Paradox Learning

John Chen

CEO & The Big Kid at Geoteaming

Tammy Dietz

Learning Experience Design

Maya Yankelevich Garza

Leadership and Talent Management Expert

Amy Lou Abernethy

Chief Learning Strategist at AMP Creative

Andrew Hughes

President of Designing Digitally, Inc.

Louann Swedberg

Learning Solutions Architect

Trina Rappoport

Learning and Talent Management Specialist

GET EXPERIENCE

Shift your perspective on learning

How you transform your business as the learning industry changes? Find out from those leading the charge.

May 2nd

8:00 - 9:00
Registration / Check in

Registration

Registration / Check in

Library doors open at 8 am. You can register, get your badge, and get some coffee and tea. Be sure to say hi to your fellow superheroes!

9:00 - 9:30
Welcome / Kickoff

Darren Nerland

Welcome / Kickoff

A Superhero Story: What does a superhero look like?

9:30 - 10:15
Keynote - The Future of Work

Shelly Holt

Keynote - The Future of Work

The global economy is evolving at an unprecedented pace and disrupting the composition of the workforce. If you follow many of the top influencers and disruptors in this area, you can easily become overwhelmed and even paralyzed with what to do. Unleash your inner superhero because as L&D professionals we finally have a platform for change. A real business reason to make an impact. With digital disruption comes opportunity. • Opportunity to ignite business transformation. • Opportunity for us to do what we do best – building critical skills that evolve mindsets. • Opportunity to help our business’s transform by turning awareness into performance execution. We have the chance to step up, to learn from each other, and to help our organizations execute now and in the future.

10:15 - 10:30
Break

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10:30 - 12:00
Speed Learning Rounds

Speed Learning

Speed Learning Rounds

You will be able to go to 5 - 15-minute sessions. It is a rotating group of participants. This is done in an open space or cafeteria style format - and what a smorgasbord of learning it is!

12:00 - 1:00
Lunch / Keynote - Learner Personas – Because Not All Superheroes Can Fly

Lunch

Lunch / Keynote - Learner Personas – Because Not All Superheroes Can Fly

Assuming a “one size fits all” approach will work for your learners is like saying every superhero has the same superpower. Buyer personas have helped marketing agencies understand consumers’ shopping habits for decades. Learner personas are a way to gain a clear picture of the learners at your organization – what motivates them, where their biggest challenges lie, where and how they prefer to consume learning, and whether they are an early or late adopter of new technologies. When done right, learner personas will boost the effectiveness of your learning solutions and help you design personalized, learner-centric experiences that are tailored to the diverse needs of your learner population. This session will introduce the concept of learner personas, explore best practices and examples of effective learner personas, and give you the tools and resources you need to get started.

1:00 - 1:15
Break

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1:15- 2:15
Immersive Learning and the Future of Workplace Learning

Andrew Hughes

Immersive Learning and the Future of Workplace Learning

The days when employers could dictate messages and working practices to employees are long gone. Now workplace learning is a two-way relationship between companies desire to stay competitive, and balancing the demand of information by employees to engage job functions. With the struggle for competitive advantage set to continue throughout the age for business, it pays dividends to create a flexible and technology-enabled learning ecosystem that can foster the future generations in the workforce. During this session we will discuss the best practices that companies should consider include the use of mobile technology, adoption of social learning tools, alignment with corporate objectives, use of adaptive learning principles, and the ability to measure effectiveness. We will also discuss the short term and long term approaches to workplace learning including Virtual Reality, Gamification, Serious Game, and Augmented Reality for the workplace. This session will talk about planning, developing, implementing, and supporting the future of workplace learning to assist companies to ensure they do not end up behind the innovation curve.

1:15- 2:15
Future of Work Ideation workshop/mini hack

Stella Lee

Future of Work Ideation workshop/mini hack

The nature of work is drastically changing. The World Economic Forum predicts that AI in the workplace will create 133 million jobs while 75 million jobs will be displaced by 2022. As a nation and as individuals, we need to prepare for and address the challenges in this change. In this interactive workshop, we aim to come to gather to ideate potential solutions, technological or otherwise, to tackle these challenges and to better position ourselves to upskill, reskill, and optimize our talents for the future of work.

1:15- 2:15
Navigating the new “whitewater world"-trends shaping the future of the workplace

Maya Yankelevich Garza

Navigating the new “whitewater world"-trends shaping the future of the workplace

The world of work is changing. Globalization, technological advances, demographic shifts, and alternative work structures are just some of the trends that will shape the future of the workplace. Navigating this new “whitewater world” will demand that organizations embrace constant change and create new knowledge faster than their competitors. People are at the crux of this challenge.

2:15- 2:30
Break

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2:30 - 3:00
Become a Brainstorming Transformer

Trina Rappoport

Become a Brainstorming Transformer

Tired of the same old ideas? This session will introduce you to a new way to power up, break down, or transform old ideas into new solutions. We’ll walk through a new tool to help increase innovative thinking and get more ideas on how to solve current learning problems.

2:30 - 3:00
Voice of the Learner Sessions

Nick Iverson

Voice of the Learner Sessions

Listening to learners early on can inform you about what is or isn't working in a digital learning experience. Voice of the Learner sessions, which are much like usability testing, are one strategy to gather early feedback even as you create a new experience, and can help you make informed decisions for improvements. After you observe and listen to a few learners try to use an experience, you might be surprised by their thoughts and reactions! Hear about what Voice of the Learner sessions are and how to get started.

2:30 - 3:00
Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Brian Washburn

Faster than a Speeding Bullet

How long does it take the mere mortal to develop a high quality, engaging lesson plan outline and throw some slides together to help keep a session on track? A week? A day? An hour? In this session, participants will be given 5 minutes to see what they can come up with. Sound like an impossible task? Participants in this session will be given the assistance of three Super Tools (a conventional lesson plan template plus two online tools they probably haven’t heard of but should be using) to see if they can beat the 5-minute Clock of Doom and develop a high quality, engaging lesson plan outline with slides to accompany it.

3:00 - 3:15
Break

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3:15- 4:15
Anything But a Course

Tammy Dietz

Anything But a Course

Want to get in on the future of learning? Join this session to learn about crafting learning experiences that vary from traditional ILT and WBT. You’ll be provided with guidelines, tips, and the opportunity act as a Second Century LX Designer by imagining the possibilities for learning experiences in the modern workplace. You will also learn about the shifting role of Instructional Designers as evangelists for the future of learning, and how to work with stakeholders who may be resistant to educational experiences that are outside of the norm.

3:15- 4:15
Imperfection as a Superpower: In Diversity & Inclusion, in Learning, and in Life

Amy Lou Abernethy

Imperfection as a Superpower: In Diversity & Inclusion, in Learning, and in Life

In this session, fellow superheroes learn: • Powerful “imperfect” mindsets that open conversations between diverse team members and are catalysts for transformational change. • The brain science behind these mindsets and why they work. • How these lessons transfer beyond traditional D&I to permeate a company’s culture. • How cutting edge tech is being used in the D&I space—blended with the human touch of deep conversation and coaching. I challenge our supergroup to create a space where we all learn and grow together, sharing our experiences, our setbacks, and our successes. This highly participatory session includes low effort/high impact tactics that participants can begin to use in their organizations and their lives immediately.

3:15- 4:15
Immersive Immediate Information: Enterprise Training in the 2020s

Scott McCormick

Immersive Immediate Information: Enterprise Training in the 2020s

This session will explore innovative ways companies in a variety of industries are adopting emergent technologies to deliver effective training and employee support. By producing deliverables such as remote assistance AR, VR environments for safety awareness, mixed reality collaborative sessions, and AI-fueled bots, just to name a few, this session will show how L & D, or increasingly coming out of other departments, is meeting the needs of a demanding and tech savvy workforce. Attendees will also learn how to strategically adapt in an effective and responsible process so as to deploy new technologies with a positive user experience (UX) in a budget friendly way. The session will present the ACT Connection Strategy that evaluates the Audience, the training Context and the required Technology for any successful initiative. Finally, there will be a look ahead at the incredible future innovation in technology and training. Attendees will participate in a group activity using design thinking that will result in new concepts for existing training challenges.

4:15 - 4:30
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4:30 - 5:00
Closing Keynote: Avengers Assemble!

Andrew McMasters

Closing Keynote: Avengers Assemble!

Every great superhero has their team. It’s time to extend your powers by teaming up with others to create your powerful alliances!

5:00 - 5:30
Wrap Up

Erin Petershick

Wrap Up

1:00 - 4:00
Even Superheroes Need a Coach

Laura Close

Even Superheroes Need a Coach

Laura Close, along with some of her own crew of superpowered coaching experts will offer insights and coaching expertise for LAP XL participants in these 1-on-1 mini-coaching sessions, available 1-4 PM on May 2nd. If you’re looking for an extra burst of superpowers to achieve your maximum potential, consider signing up for a session with Laura and her team. Tackle leadership issues, career transition questions, or anything else you need to be your superhero best.

Geoteaming is proud to host the Learnapalooza Happy Hour.  The no-host bonus networking is just 1 block away starting at 5pm at the beautiful W Seattle Hotel lobby bar.  1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 Disrupt traffic and innovate your life over an adult super hero beverage.

May 3rd

8:00 - 9:00
Registration / Check in

Registration

Registration / Check in

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome / Kickoff

Darren Nerland

Welcome / Kickoff

9:15 - 10:15
Save the World: Innovating and Disrupting Teams with Digital Escape Rooms

John Chen

Save the World: Innovating and Disrupting Teams with Digital Escape Rooms

The bad news, an evil villain wants you to lecture using the “death by PowerPoint” method. The good news, your team is full of superheroes. Can you Save the World from boring training? Save the World is an experiential digital escape room. An escape room is a series of challenges that your team needs to complete in order to escape the digital room before the clock runs out. You and up to 7 other people (your team), will work together to Save the World using your smartphones and the Geoteaming app. The challenges are missions related to Learnapalooza's theme of “Super Hero You” and will teach skills learned from 22 years of building teams around the world. Save the World accelerates participants’ networking at Learnapalooza, teaches team work in real time scenarios, and gives participants the opportunity to experience a digital escape room from an award-winning designer.

10:15 - 10:30
Break

Break

Break

10:30 - 11:15
Panel Discussion

Chris Pirie

Panel Discussion

Join industry leaders panel discussion about the future of learning. Chris Pirie Founder and CEO, Learning Futures Group, LLC - Scott McCormick CEO Emergent Enterprise Consulting - Stella Lee Chief E-Learning Strategist - Paradox Learning Michael Godfrey Head of Learning & Development | Media Solutions at Expedia Group

11:15 - 11:30
More SuperPowers

Erin Petershick

More SuperPowers

11:30 - 12:00
Wrap Up

Darren Nerland

Wrap Up

Seattle Public Library-Central Library
Address:  
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

The Seattle Public Library is the public library system serving Seattle, Washington. It was officially established by the city in 1890, though there had been efforts to start a Seattle library as early as 1868. There are 26 branches in the system, most of them named after the neighborhoods in which they are located.

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Reimbursement Policy

No refunds will be
granted within 15 days of the event. Transferred registrations or substitutions
are welcome. To send a friend or colleague in your place, please contact the
organizers.