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June 04 - 05, 2020

About the Conference

Today’s intense combination of economic, social, and political issues is challenging leadership like never before. Organizations are experiencing significant change and transformation, and pressures have led to an incredible need for human-centered, high impact leadership applications and methodologies. This year’s event will examine the latest best practices, strategies, and success stories for transforming the world of  leadership. This year’s focus will be on innovative and superior practices and mindsets necessary to advance your leadership development into the future. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a highly interactive and human centered conference experience.

Register by March 28, 2020 and SAVE $400!

Who Should Attend

  • CHROs
  • Directors and Vice Presidents of:
    • Leadership Development
    • Executive Development
    • Talent Management
    • Other L&D Functions
    • Centers of Excellence for Learning and Development
    • Corporate Universities
  • Diversity leaders
  • HR practitioners from: for-profit, not-for-profit and government agencies who are expected to build leadership capabilities and satisfy their organizations’ demands for “ready and able” leaders

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

Roger W Ferguson Jr, President and CEO, TIAA

John Gleason, Program Director, The Conference Board

George Hallenback, Director, Center for Creative Leadership

Simon Kahn, Chief Marketing Officer, Google

Jonathan Kirschner, CEO, AIIR Consulting

Mark Lipscomb, VP, Global Talent, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Noah Rabinowitz, Chief Learning Officer, Intel Corporation

Susan Steele, CHRO, Cision

Nancy Stefanick, Learning & Development, Stryker

Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor, Columbia University

Day One
Thursday, June 4, 2020


Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome, Introductions

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

General Session A 9:15 – 9:30am

How Creative a Leader Are You?

Creativity is one of the most sought-after Leadership Capabilities. This lightning session is designed to help us open up to the possibilities of the conference. We’ll explore your own creativity whist setting us up with the mindset for an engaging day-and-a-half of learning and collaborating.

General Session B 9:30 – 10:15 am

Leadership Agility Needed in A Disruptive Environment

Disruptive change and competitive threats have given rise to the search for a new holy grail – organizational agility – the business buzzword of the day – which organizations are urgently running to embrace as a core capability. But we’re putting the cart before horse – rushing to agility interventions without knowing what agility is, what creates it, and what outcomes it yields.

This keynote presents provocative new research – based on more than 350 companies globally – that not only defines ARA (adaptability, resilience, and agility) but shows that ARA and its precursors, remarkably, lead to up to 5x higher organizational profitability on multiple business outcome metrics. We’ll discuss organizational characteristics and multi-level leader behaviors that are essential for driving ARA and business outcomes, especially how to set up companies for effective interconnected performance across levels. We’ll focus on what leaders need to know to drive effective team and organizational functioning today, which is essential for ARA and long-term competitive success.

Elaine Pulakos, CEO, PDRI

General Session C 10:15 – 10:45 am

The New Game for Driving Value Through Leadership Capability

Intel’s Chief Learning Officer, Noah Rabinowitz is breaking barriers in how Intel thinks about people, leadership and learning. At a holistic level, the entire leadership ecosystem must be re-imagined allowing for greater connectivity and integration among siloed functions.

In this session you’ll learn how connecting these functions requires a common data thread that all systems can read, understand, and translate. To get this data thread, an organization must have certain foundations in place, such as an inference of skills, sentiment analysis and cognitive systems. Once the data thread is identified, artificial intelligence can be added to cognitively connect all functions and allow the systems to exponentially learn through the constant flow of data.

This new model provides enhanced value to an organization by proactively driving data and solutions for the business and adopting a professional "talent services" mindset – all while cognitive technology and A.I. drive value to your end users and customers

Noah Rabinowitz, Chief Learning Officer, Intel

Networking / Refreshment Break 10:45 – 11:00 am
General Session D 11:00 – 11:45 am

Building a Leadership Pipeline Through All Levels in the Organization

An ambitious business strategy and a relentless CEO set the stage for Verizon’s Leadership Development Program. The objective was to strengthen leadership skills and ability to effectively lead through transformational changes in the business as Verizon becomes a digitally enabled organization. The talent development team took the challenge as an opportunity to think differently, bring all of their creativity and innovate their way through this invitation.

The team held a three-day I hackathon to encourage innovative, agile development. Seventy-five trainers, instructional designers, project managers, HR business partners, and retail leaders participated and presented their proposed designs to talent development leaders in a Shark Tank-style atmosphere. Vice presidents from several business lines served as the steering committee during the process. Verizon's vice president of finance participated in the creation of Mission Value (a financial acumen training course) and, with a director of finance, helped develop the business impact and return on investment analysis.

Learn about the program Verizon developed, the impact it had on the business and have the opportunity to ideate with your peers on how you might implement some of these ideas.

Bradley Haime, Head of Learning, Verizon

General Session E 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Thinking Twice about Leadership

In this session, you’ll learn how Stryker is encouraging leaders around the globe to give a “second thought” to leadership and the impact each and every leader can have in their role.

Stryker’s “Think Twice” workshop, a program that allows leaders to address the disruptive forces of unconscious bias in the workplace and guides leaders through targeted action planning to drive diverse thinking and inclusive behavior that promotes engagement and retention. This practical workshop will give you the tools and methodologies to apply directly in your own workplace.

Nancy Stefanick, Head of Leadership Americas, Stryker

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Connections Track – this track is highly participative and designed to allow participants to connect with peers in an interactive environment.

Perspective Track – this track is filled with an abundance of perspectives and insights from the industries top thought leaders

F1 and F2 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Connections Track F1:

The Necessary Capability of Leadership Empathy in Today’s World

In an ever-changing world of technology, rapid change and new consumer habits, Empathy has emerged as one of the key Leadership Capabilities needed for leaders to excel. This session will focus on what we can learn from can be learned from a children’s hospital environment and be developed and nurtured across multiple level of leadership in organizations.

Stephanie Waite, Head of Organizational Development, Robert H Lurie, Children's Hospital of Chicago

Perspectives Track F2:

Global Leadership Forecast: Strategy Is Nothing without Executive Leaders to Execute

The Global Leadership Forecast (GLF) is the largest research study of its kind, examining the state and business impact of leadership development practices and leader experiences within and across organizations in major industries and economies around the globe. More than 25,000 global leaders and 2,000 organizations contributed to this new research.

Amy Abel, Researcher, The Conference Board

G1 and G2 2:15 – 3:00 pm
Connections Track G1:

Creativity – The New Leadership Commodity

The importance of innovation in today’s business setting cannot be overstated. Innovation is what keeps you ahead of the competition and attractive to the best prospects.  Most businesses see innovation as the elusive “ah-ha” moment, when the stars align perfectly, and a great idea is birthed.  Without intention, these flashes of ingenuity are far too infrequently than we like. Innovation’s fuel is creativity, and yet most companies neglect this valuable resource.  In a study conducted by the World Economic Forum, creativity is predicted to be one of the top three most important and in-demand skills in 2020.This session will explore and discuss what creativity means to business, debunk the myths associated with creativity, and examine the necessary components of fostering a creative culture. Creativity is inherent in all of us and simply needs permission and an outlet to flourish.  We will discuss how creativity has unintentionally been taught out of all of us, and how to recapture its power for dynamic leadership, business growth, and employee retention.

Scott Docherty, Creativity Lead, P&G

Perspective Track G2:

A Leaders Role in Creating Phycological Safety

Psychological safety emanates from the leader of the group through action, speech, dynamics, and culture. While it will vary from time to time, depending on the current work and/or project, it is a necessary component for people to truly excel, feel connected, and to want to go the extra mile for themselves, their team, and an organization.

Jonathan Kirschner, Psy.D. CEO, AIIR Consulting

Networking / Refreshment Break 3:00 – 3:15 pm

H1 and H2 3:15 – 4:00pm
Connections Track H1

Developing Arguably the Most Critical Leaders

The role of middle managers in executing on business strategy is often underestimated. This critical cohort sit at the center of strategy execution and yet they are often the most overlooked.

In this session learn how the explosive business growth within Red Hat meant that they had to purposely develop their team in a way they hadn’t been developed before. We’ll hear how different intervention at different times meant that a cadre of ready now leaders were able to support the business.

Lia Frid, Director of People Infrastructure, Red Hat

Connections Track H2:

Great Leaders are Great Learners: Identifying and Developing Learning Agility in Your Leaders

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? You adapt. In an era of increasing disruption, business leaders are frequently confronted with new problems that appear suddenly and require urgent and effective action. Learning agility is a powerful skill that can help you navigate new situations by pulling from your own experience, even when the task at hand is something you haven’t tackled before.

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to identify and develop leaders who possess the aptitude to learn “on-the-fly,” and how to create a learning environment that encourages this skill throughout your organization.

This interactive workshop will help you understand how you can maximize the learning and growth you gain from your experiences and how you can recognize and develop this capability in others.

As a participant, you will learn how to:

  • Maximize learning from on-the-job experiences
  • Support the development of 4 skills essential to becoming a learning agile leader
  • Create organizational environments that engage and leverage learning agile leaders

George Hallenback, Director, Center for Creative Leadership

I1 and I2 4:15 – 5:00 pm
Connections Track I1

Leadership Development at Cigna

Often organizations apply an either-or approach to developing Leaders. This session will focus on how science and practical application can be applied to developing leaders. Specifically, this session will unpack the world of Neuroscience and its impact on the investments of Leadership Development.

Nick Wagner, Organizational Development, Cigna

Perspectives Track I2:

Building a Leadership Cadre in an Industry being Disrupted

This session will explore the way Loreal has developed its leaders to ensure they are ready to support the transformation efforts needed to support the business strategy at Loreal. You’ll learn how design thinking has played a critical role in defining the pathway forward and the impact of the critical interventions.

Stephane Charbonnier, Chief Human Resources Officer, Loreal

5:00 – 5:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

Networking Reception: 5:15 – 6:15 pm



Day Two
Friday, June 4, 2020


Welcome, Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 9:15 am


Audrey McGuckin, Program Director, The Conference Board

General Session J  9:15 – 10:00 am

Developing Leaders to realize the Microsoft Vision

In a world laden with technology Microsoft believes that purpose driven leadership is critical for their business, This means they value some of the critical leadership capabilities like Empathy, Creativity and Innovation, Chris Yates will share with us how they approach developing these critical skills through the leadership programs.

Chris Yates, General Manager Global Learning and Development, Microsoft

General Session K 10:00 – 10:45 am

The Intersection of Technology and Human Centered Leadership

Mark Lipscomb, VP of Global Talent at Adobe and formerly CHRO at 23andMe will lead us through this unique workshop exploring how the world of technology and human centeredness collides at Adobe and how they are developing their leaders for the future.

Mark Lipscomb, VP Global Talent, Adobe

Donna Morris, CHRO and Executive Vice President, Adobe

Break 10:45 -11:00 am
General Session L 11:00 – 11:45 am

Reimagining Leadership in the 21st Century

Nurturing the collective intelligence, initiative and inspiration in your organization

The world as we know it is changing, rapidly and radically. Leaders are being pushed to drive change without knowing the rules of the new game. Along the way, as established giants fall and new giants arise, leaders are learning a humble truth: to transform their organization and their people particularly during times of change, they need to transform themselves. What are the 20th-century mindsets, values and behaviors that are holding us back today? How should leadership be reimagined for the 21st century? 

Prof. Hitendra draws from his research at Columbia Business School to lay out the thesis that success in the fast-evolving 21st century will come to organizations that are able to maximize the intelligence, initiative and inspiration of their collective, not selective, talent. This will require five pivotal shifts in the way we lead:

  1. Building a model where purpose is fused with profit
  2. Driving human transformation, not simply organizational transformation
  3. Managing performance via inner metrics, not simply outer metrics
  4. Developing great leaders who are great followers
  5. Guiding decisions by being integrators of truth, not arbiters of truth

The audience will walk away with three learnings:

  1. The shift from selective to collective intelligence, initiative and inspiration
  2. Five pivotal shifts required for leaders to help their organizations flourish in the 21st century.
  3. Tools to put these five pivotal shifts into action

Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor, Columbia Business School

General Session M 11:45 – 12:30 pm

Leadership as a Critical Capability

As one of the 2019 Workforce 100 list, which recognizes companies for its excellence in HR, from workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, to innovation in HR & talent acquisition, Michael Ehret shares JnJ’s approach to succession management.

JnJ is a 133-year-old organization with a strong track record in developing leaders. In this session you’ll learn about how they work to advance the enterprise talent and leadership agenda by applying a specific strategy known to work best to develop leaders.

Panel Session M 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion: The Future of Leadership Development

This panel of corporate practitioners will share their concerns, issues and solutions for dealing with tomorrow’s succession challenges. Each will highlight a challenge they are focusing on and how they plan to mitigate the impact on the business.


Joe Pelligini, Vice President Human Resources, Stryker


Chris Winton, Vice President Human Resources, FedEx

12:30 – 12:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

Other scheduled dates and locations for Leadership Development Conference - Chicago:

April 30 - May 01, 2020 – Westin New York at Times Square, New York, NY


Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: 1-888-627-8539 

Book a room at a discounted rate by 5/13/2020.

Please Note: Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.


All proceeds support The Conference Board's educational, scientific, and not-for-profit mission.

Supporting Sponsor
Exhibition Sponsor
AIIR Consulting - Leadership Development 2020 (Chicago) - Exhibition Sponsor
Marketing Partner
CCL2020 Chicago




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