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We all know that the status quo learning methodologies in vogue 15 years ago don't hack it with the modern learner today. But fundamental changes in corporate learning approaches can be tough to envision, sell-in, and execute. In this panel discussion, three revolutionary learning leaders will explore the pain points, opportunities, and strategies of modern learning for business results, including:

  • the challenges and disruptors in modern learning & development
  • how to innovate at scale without losing engagement
  • aligning learning strategy with your organization's highest business priorities—whether you are a startup or large, global enterprise

We have great and experienced panelists, who will share their insights and experiences, but we will also give you, the attendees, equal time, to participate and actively engage with the panelists in the Q&A period.

  • Jenny Dearborn, CLO, SAP. Since January, 2014, Jenny has been the Chief Learning Officer at SAP and before then she held the same position for two years at SuccessFactors, where she won numerous industry awards for the measurable business impact of her sales enablement initiatives. Jenny was at Sun Microsystems for 6 years where she was the global Chief Learning Architect across all corporate content and the Chief Learning Officer for the Americas – a position that led employee learning, partner enablement and the customer education business for the region and carried a 100M P&L. Jenny was at Hewlett-Packard for 8 years where she started as an instructor and instructional designer and progressed to executive positions as the Learning & Development leader for Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing, Global Technology Services and Global Corporate Learning Strategy. She is thought leader in human capital management and general business and writes a regular column for Forbes called The Future of Work. Jenny was the recipient of the Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry Award for 2013 and the Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award for 2014.


Kelly Palmer is a thought leader on the future of learning. Kelly recently joined the executive team at Degreed as Chief Learning Officer where the mission is to help people embrace lifelong learning and discover and track personalized career development and all learning wherever it happens. Kelly was formerly the Chief Learning Officer of LinkedIn where she was helping employees transform the trajectory of their careers through learning and development, driving the employee experience strategy, as well as leading Inclusion & Diversity for the company. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was VP of Learning at Yahoo! and also held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She has been featured in Forbes and Chief Learning Officer magazines and has spoken at industry conferences around the globe. She also sits on the board of the Taproot Foundation whose mission is to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change. Kelly holds a BA in English/Communications and an MS in Instructional & Performance Technology AND is always learning.


  • Sam Herring, CEO & President, Intrepid Learning. Sam is the CEO of Intrepid Learning, Inc. Intrepid is a SaaS learning technology company founded in 2015 that provides a pioneering learning experience platform which was incubated inside Intrepid Learning Solutions, an industry-leading learning outsourcing and professional services business founded in 1999. Under his leadership, Intrepid built its award-winning learning platform, attracted some of the world’s most innovative companies as clients, sold its learning outsourcing and professional services business to Xerox, and started the current Intrepid Learning, Inc. Sam is past chairman of the board of ATD (Association for Talent Development), and holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s from Yale University.


  • Moderator: Eilif Trondsen, PhD., Director, Strategic Business Insights (SBI, a spinout from SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute), and Chair, Entrepreneurship and Learning SIG of Silicon Vikings. The focus area of Eilif’s research and consulting is the use of technology for innovation, education, learning and performance improvement. He has 37 years' experience at SBI and at SRI, leading or contributing to a variety of projects for U.S. and foreign clients in the private and public sectors. Recently, Eilif became the project leader for Nordic EdTech Network, a Silicon-Vikings-led initiative, funded by Nordic Innovation (HQ in Oslo, Norway), to identify, profile, and evaluate Nordic edtech companies and map the industry and its dynamics. The project will also build a Nordic edtech community through face-to-face and online/virtual platforms and events, working collaboratively with a range of Nordic edtech ecosystem catalyst organizations.