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ATD Artificial Intelligence in L&D Symposium

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Artificial Intelligence is changing every industry, including learning and development.

Join the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Talent Development as we take you through AI from the start to today - what it is, how it works, how it works for you, and some specific ways it will impact learning and development in the coming years.

The goal of this exciting one-day event is to introduce HR, L&D and talent managers to the potential and opportunities that AI brings to corporate learning.

Information-packed agenda:

8:30-9:30am AI Primer Session: Everything About AI You Were Afraid to Ask

Hugh Seaton, CEO, Aquinas Learning

9:30 - 10:30 Opening Keynote: How AI will disrupt (and improve) Talent Development

Susan Steele, Global HR Reinvention Lead, IBM

AI is having profound results in enabling learning agility, empowering Talent Development leaders and enhancing the learner experience. IBM, an early adopter in the use of AI across the entire employee lifecycle, is known for transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of Talent Development through the pragmatic and innovative deployment of AI.

Susan Steele, the HR Reinvention leader in IBM’s Global Talent and Transformation Center of Competence, will discuss and demonstrate how AI is being used today to disrupt (and improve) Talent Development.

10:30 – 10:45am Break

10:45 – 11:30am Artificial In Learning: State of the Industry

Al Vazquez, Technology Director, Success Academy

11:30 – 12:30pm Applying AI to Your Business and the Future of HR: An Interactive Session

Moderated by Bryan Mattimore, The Growth Engine

Following the morning's talks, our moderator will guide us as we:

- Identify conceptual building blocks for understanding AI

- Show how these building blocks can be used for individuals' businesses

- Ideate as teams to create new potential uses and products

This session will be a hands on way for attendees to discuss and really understand what AI means for HR and Learning & Development.

12:30-1pm Lunch

1:15 – 2:15pm Practical AI - what it takes to make AI work for your learning organization

Hugh Seaton, CEO, Aquinas Learning

2:15 – 3:30pm Deep Dive Sessions

From Data to AI in Learning

Prof. Mo Cayer; Prof. Armando Rodriguez

Voice Agents for L&D

Cortney Harding

Recommendation Systems in Learning

Hugh Seaton

4:00 – 4:15 Break

4:15 – 5:00 pm Next steps: what you can do to stay ahead of the curve

5pm Closing

*ATD MEMBERS SIGN UP SEPARATELY (https://atdscc.org/event-3237636).



Session Introductions:


From Data to AI in Learning

Speaker: Prof. Mo Cayer; Prof. Armando Rodriguez

AI and Big Data @ Work (Even for Small Companies)

  • Learn about AI and Big Data in talent learning and development; Hear and see examples of how some organizations use the abundant HR-related and other data that they have (or could acquire) about their managers and employees:
    • Including performance information, social and relationship interaction networks, training records, 360 multisource data, emails/texts, demographics, personality and cognitive tests, project contributions, etc.
    • to make and improve decisions, and design more effective learning experiences
  • Get a brief overview with examples of the some methods and tools that are being used today such as Predictive Analytics, Regression Analysis, R, Machine Learning, Random Forests, Python, etc.
  • Lastly, leave with suggested next-steps to learn more about this rapidly emerging, high-impact approach to HR and Talent Management;

    It’s not just for Google, anymore!

Voice Agents for L&D

Speaker: Cortney Harding

2018 saw significant advances in the area of natural language processing, with key functionality improved to the point where powerful voice interfaces are available to almost anyone. Join Cortney Harding as she explains how her team have used voice to bring a virtual reality experience to life. Among the topics Cortney will cover are:

  1. How to write a voice agent script
  2. Options for non-developers to create and deploy simple chat & voice agents
  3. Challenges for learning professionals
  4. Opportunities for the future

Recommendation systems for L&D

Speaker: Hugh Seaton

The holy grail for learning systems is the ability to send the right content, at the right time, to learners. This session will explore how that is being done with increasing impact in different systems, including challenges around data collection, privacy, and quality of recommendations. Much like voice and imagery, the technology behind recommendation systems has made great advances in recent years, making this an area to watch.

About the Speakers:

Mo Cayer

As a career-long applied industrial/organizational psychologist, Mo has extensive industry and corporate experience improving organizational and human resource effectiveness. His corporate/consulting career includes:

  • Training Portfolio Leader at the American Management Association (AMA),
  • Head of Organizational & Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical, NA.,
  • At GE Capital Corp. (the financial services business within General Electric) for six years, Mo was the Leader, Best Practices & Program Development, designing and consulting on a wide variety of Organizational and Leadership Development interventions,
  • R.H. Macy & Co., as its Vice President, Leadership, Organizational Development & Executive Compensation,
  • Development Dimensions Int’l., Consultant for Service Excellence; and KRC Research and Consulting, VP Organizational Research & OD Consulting.
  • At JC Penney Co in various Human Resource leadership roles over 10 years
  • Mo continues consulting to private- and public-sector organizations, sometimes collaborating with Pivotal Resources, Inc., a global change leadership firm

Mo is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Haven, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and Management Department, and teach courses to MBAs, and graduate students in I/O psychology: strategic management, human resource management, HR development, psychological testing in industry, performance management, and talent management among others.

Mo earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Cortney Harding

Cortney Harding is the founder and CEO of the Friends With Holograms, a full-service virtual and augmented reality agency. She has created groundbreaking voice-activated VR experiences for Accenture and is currently advising Coca-Cola on its augmented reality strategy. Other agency clients include Verizon, Unity, and the Air Force. Prior to founding Friends With Holograms, she led business development at VR production company Moth+Flame, working with clients like AT&T, Ram trucks, and Discovery Communications.

Armando Rodriguez

Armando Rodriguez is an authority on forensic economics, competition policy and regulation, and an expert on discerning key information from published economic performance rankings by using machine learning algorithms.

Dr. Rodriguez is the founder of the University’s Economics Collective, an online, student-run blogging and teaching space and social network that aims to be a catalyst for creative solutions to today's economic challenges, and the New Haven Economic Performance Laboratory, which publishes the New Haven Economic Performance Index. He created the University of New Haven’s bachelor’s degree program in business analytics and the behavioral economics concentration as part of the University’s B.A. in economics.

Hugh Seaton

Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Learning, a software company that utilizes artificial intelligence to deliver learning on the job via Slack, mobile voice and chat, or simple messages. Hugh is founder of the nationwide Practical AI community, with monthly events in NYC, SF, Toronto, and Boston. An avid technologist, Hugh has also created events around IoT and VR/AR, including the NYVR Expo at Javits Center in NYC.

Susan Steele

HR Reinvention Leader

IBM Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence

Susan Steele advises C-Suite leaders on how to address today’s most pressing talent issues. Known for integrating cognitive technology into the HR domain, Susan has played a key role in reinventing the recruitment, learning and HR functions of many global enterprises. Her background includes Chief HR Officer, Chief Learning Officer and Chief Talent Acquisition Officer roles at WPP, Deloitte and global law firm, Linklaters.

Susan’s early career was in P&L leadership roles at investment banks JPMorgan Chase and HSBC and with the NASDAQ/PHLX derivatives exchange.

Susan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, completed further education at the London Business School and received her Executive Coaching Certification from the UK's Tavistock Institute. Susan is a frequent commentator on the growing impact of AI, automation, IoT and blockchain on both the Talent function and employee experience. Susan’s personal comments on the future workplace can be found on Twitter @TalentTalking and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/steelesusan

Susan, who lives in New York, serves on the boards of New York HR People & Strategy, Carnegie-Mellon University’s Dietrich College and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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