This was a recent topic among the team here at d’Vinci. The result was a surprising consensus that the term “digital learning” should be used differently than the term “eLearning.”
The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), is a trade association that leads the effort to advance medical technology in order to achieve healthier lives and healthier economies around the world. As Senior Vice President, Talent Development, Jeff Hurdle oversees all of human resources as well as onboarding, training, change management and leadership training and development.
The ATD Central Pennsylvania Chapter recently hosted a panel discussion in partnership with The Hershey Company focused on onboarding, learning delivery and technology, metrics and sustainability, and employee development.
The panel was moderated by Grayce Langheine, Talent Management Manager, Turkey Hill Dairy. Corporate panelists included:
• Mary Farrell – Director of Centralized Learning and Development, The Hershey Company
• Kevin Hostetter – Director of Training, Auntie Anne’s Inc.
The Hershey Company has set a vision to be an innovative snacks company, offering a variety of snacks from indulgent to wholesome in more spaces and places for people to enjoy. As Manager, Learning Technology and Design, Megan Garrett supports a company with an expanding product line of prominent brands being distributed to global markets.
Today’s learning and development leaders are more focused than ever on improving their organization’s performance. In different organizations, this may mean different things at different times. For the L&D leader, this means aligning all training investments with the organization’s strategy and goals.
Special thanks to the learning leaders who shared their insights:
Through its publications, events and professional development opportunities, Training Industry is a leading source for the insights and resources needed to effectively manage the business of learning. As the Director of Training Manager Development, Amy DuVernet oversees the design, development and delivery of programs that help learning leaders build high performance training organizations. The flagship program she manages is the Certified Professional and Training Management program or CPTM.
Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home and business energy-related services with over 4 million customers. The Direct Energy/Success Academy provides training to technicians and other employees throughout the company’s franchise network. As Vice President of Training, Lance Sinclair needs to offer programs that are aligned with company goals and have a positive impact for the franchise and the individual learner.
This year, we asked the learning and development leaders we interviewed for our blog about the qualities they look for when selecting a vendor. Regardless of the type of vendor they were looking for, we found organizations want to hire companies and consultants that will be their partner, understand their mission and help them accomplish their goals.
With a 60-year history and more than 1,700 restaurants, Denny’s is one of America’s largest and most loved full-service family restaurant chains. To accomplish the company's training goals, Michelle Elder has to keep in mind that 90% of the restaurants are franchised-owned and they are all open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Relatively new to her position, Michelle is excited to bring new approaches to learning and development.
With more than 260 stores across the U.S., Guitar Center is one of the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment. The company also has a Music & Arts division with over 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for schools and students. As Director of Professional Development, Dr. Kristal Walker is responsible for learning and development enterprise-wide.
Learning and development leaders are always navigating the latest trends in training strategies, approaches and technologies. Depending on the background of the leader and the mission of their organization, he or she may be evaluating different methods to improve performance and results.