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Talent Development THINK TANK 2019

Join leaders in the talent development world and help shape the future!

A brand new event especially for talent development and HR professionals

When: November 6-7, 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country

*Welcome reception Nov. 5, optional 3rd day add-on Nov. 8

Connect, learn, grow. Return energized and inspired! 

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Why attend?


    Inspired by our discussions on the Talent Development Hot Seat podcast during the past year with nearly 100 talent development professionals in leading organizations, we're bringing like-minded talent development professionals together in person to connect, learn, share and grow!


    Be present to harness the collective experience and intelligence in the room so that you can grow your network, your knowledge, and your enthusiasm. Get great ideas, brainstorm a challenge, accelerate your career, and add your voice to the future of talent development in 2020 and beyond.


    We'll be examining what's trending in talent development, what's working (and what's not), and what the future holds in an era of unprecedented change so that you can return with relevant ideas and practical solutions.


    Top-notch people, topics that matter, and a beautiful setting! Have your voice heard and solve real challenges! Relax and enjoy being part of a like-minded tribe of dedicated talent development and HR leaders.

Who is it for?

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    • Chief Learning Officers
    • Chief Talent Officers

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    • Corporate leaders who are passionate about developing their people
    • Business owners and leaders

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    • Talent Development Professionals
    • Learning & Development Professionals
    • HR Leaders

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    • Consultants, coaches, authors or solution providers genuinely interested in coming to learn, contribute and grow.
    • Please contact us to see if you are a fit.

What's in it for me, you ask?

Here's your chance to participate in the first-ever talent development conference especially for innovators, movers & shakers who want to connect,  learn from each other, and help shape the future of talent development. Experience cutting-edge thought leadership from keynoters, facilitators, and attendees, solve real problemsbuild your network, and accelerate your career.

Keynote speakers

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman
Creating a Multipliers Culture

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin
Learning in the Flow of Work

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Julie Winkle Giulioni
Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier
The 5 Question Leader

Facilitators and guest panelists

  • Paul Middleton - Co-Founder of 1st90
  • Marc Prager - Director of Learning & Development at LinkedIn
  • Myra Ballentine - CEO at VECTRE
  • Brent Snow - Founder & Creative Director at Ten Thousand Feet
  • Christine DiDonato - Founder, Career Revolution Inc. and
  • Jim Perry - VP, Learning Design at BTS
  • Ed Muzio - CEO, Group Harmonics, Inc.
  • Caitlin Drago - Inspire Improv and Coaching Inc.
  • Lori Urban - Partner, Advantage Performance Group
  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari - USC Marshall Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (Jt. Appt.); Director, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things,  USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Get your ticket!

Secure your seat now for the Talent Development THINK TANK! A limited number of VIP seats are also available.


Set in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country, the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa, California, offers yoga, a relaxing pool with lounge and fire pit, and is pet friendly. It's also close to Santa Rosa attractions like the Charles M. Schulz Museum, more than 400 wineries, and art galleries. The Prince Memorial Greenway Trail next to the hotel is a mile hike.

What you get

Everyone attending can enjoy:

A welcome reception

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and local wine while you get to know fellow participants.

Two full days

of speakers, experiential learning, and thought leadership to turbo charge your expertise in talent development.

Help with issues you face

Working in groups, we'll brainstorm with you to examine a real challenge you are facing so that you can return armed with practical, relevant ideas.

Delicious food

Breakfast and lunch each day plus a networking dinner on Wednesday night to make sure you have plenty of fuel to keep you energized.

An optional 3rd day!

Purchase the 3rd-day option for a full-day experience of the Multipliers simulation on Friday, Nov. 8. Learn how to build intelligence across your organization and avoid "accidental diminisher' tendencies you might not even realize you have.

A VIP ticket also provides you with:

Special access

Reserved seating and a place at the table with our speakers so that you can get to know them!

A special Q&A session

with our speakers so that you can ask them your burning questions.

A book from each speaker

so that you can get more of their insight and continue learning when you get back.

A room upgrade

and a special VIP welcome package to further enhance your experience.


Additional perks and goodies to be announced!

2020 for less

A discounted ticket to the Talent Development THINK TANK 2020

Your hosts

The Talent Development THINK TANK is being organized by Andy Storch and Bennett Phillips, Partners at Advantage Performance Group.

Andy Storch

Andy Storch
Talent development consultant, coach, connector and host of The Talent Development Hot Seat  & The Andy Storch Show podcasts

Bennett Phillips

Bennett Phillips
My clients trust me for leadership development, high-potential programs, business acumen, and strategy communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Secure your seat now for the Talent Development THINK TANK 2019! A limited number of VIP seats are also available.


Current agenda, subject to change.

November 5, 2019

Welcome reception with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and local wine
Sponsored by DeFinis Communications

November 6, 2019

6:30 – 7:30am
Optional free yoga class

8:00 – 9:00am
Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 9:30am
Welcome Message - Andy Storch

9:30 – 10:30am
Opening Keynote - Josh Bersin
Learning in the Flow of Work
This research-based presentation explains a new learning model driven by machine intelligence, microlearning, and new video and social platforms that are helping companies radically up-skill and transform their workforce. HR and learning technology expert Josh Bersin will share his findings on where we are in the evolution of corporate learning and how to embrace the future.

10:30am – 12:00pm
How To Be Nimble and Adaptive in Your Learning Strategy - panelists
In this “fireside chat”-style discussion, two senior L&D leaders from different major corporations (Synopsys and Varian Medical Systems) along with the senior executives they support will explore what it means to find the balance between setting a longterm vision for developing talent in their organizations while also remaining nimble when the inevitable wave of change washes over them.

12:00 – 1:00pm

1:00 – 4:00pm
Concurrent interactive workshops:

Intentional Disruption of Talent Development – Jim Perry (90 min.)
VP of Learning Design at BTS, Jim Perry will facilitate this interactive exploration of where the Learning & Development industry is going and how we can all be the creators of that innovation instead of the victims of it. Using a highly dynamic and interactive Design Thinking approach, the ideas for how we can be disruptors instead disrupted will be cultivated from you, the participants, rather than simply told to you via dozens of boring PowerPoint slides.

Treating Employees Like Customers - Root Inc. (90 min.)
It has been proven time and again that no company’s customer experience can ever outperform that of its employee experience. It is simply not possible… not for long anyway. In this immersive discussion, the brilliant minds from Root Inc. will employ visual metaphors, critical trends, data (communicated visually), and robust dialogue to help each of us unpack how we can take our customer experience to the next level by starting with our employee experience.

The Work IS the Training:
Managing for Agility Means Managing for Continuous Learning
- Ed Muzio (90 min.)

Too often, management is the driver of busywork and ceremony instead of continuous learning and adaptation. To fix this, HR and L&D must play a train-the-trainer role with managers, positioning them as facilitators of constant, immersive learning – and as the decision-makers who coordinate intelligent action based on what’s learned. Bestselling author, speaker, and management culture expert Ed Muzio will show you the keys to a culture of iterative management, and how to make concrete improvements in culture.

4:00 – 5:00pm
Closing Keynote - Liz Wiseman
Creating a Multipliers Culture to Accelerate Business Results
Bestselling author and leadership guru Liz Wiseman will deliver an interactive keynote during which attendees will identify strategies for unlocking the untapped intelligence that lives in all of our organizations. According to Wiseman’s research, as well as countless real-life Multipliers success stories, Multiplier leaders (those who foster creativity and encourage smart risk taking) get nearly double the intelligence contribution than that of their Diminisher counterparts (those who shut down ideas and dominate the conversation).

5:00 – 5:30pm
Applying learnings from the day - Andy Storch
We'll use BTS digital technology to capture ideas and share them with everyone.

7:00 – 9:00pm
Think Tank Celebration & Networking Dinner

Caitlin Drago
Celebration Dinner improv ice-breaker
- Caitlin Drago
Caitlin Drago, an actor-turned-leadership coach and president of Inspire Improv and Coaching Inc., facilitates an experiential, improv-inspired team exercise to activate our ability to listen and have more collaborative conversations.

November 7, 2019

6:30 – 7:30am
Optional free yoga class

8:00 – 9:00am
Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 9:30am
Day Two kickoff - Andy Storch

9:30 – 10:30am
Opening Keynote - Julie Winkle Giulioni
Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
In this talk, acclaimed author, global keynote speaker, and lauded leadership consultant Julie Winkle Giulioni demonstrates how simple it can be to build career development into everyday work life—where it belongs. Takeaways include tactical tips, research-based recommendations, and verbal skills that will make any leader more effective at developing their people on an ongoing basis.

10:30am – 12:00pm
The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion - Brent Snow
Interactive session and group discussions with corporate D&I leaders serving as table coaches
Led by award-winning simulation designer and facilitator Brent Snow (founder and creative director of Ten Thousand Feet, LLC, and creator of the Inclusive Leader simulation experience), and supported by Diversity & Inclusion leaders from 6 different major corporations, this team-based interactive experience will bring to the surface the benefits of embracing a D&I strategy in your company as well as the risks of letting the topic remain hidden, misunderstood, or ignored.
More infoWhy D&I isn't just a popular idea – it's a critical business strategy.

12:00 – 1:00pm

1:00 – 3:00pm
Concurrent 60-minute interactive workshops:

What We've Learned About Digital Learning – Panel discussion
Paul Middleton, Co-Founder at 1st90
Marc Prager, Director of Learning & Development at LinkedIn
Myra Ballentine, CEO at VECTRE
Digital learning has been around for years, but the jury is still out on how best to use it, how to measure its efficacy, when it adds value, and when it’s simply a Band-Aid for what is really needed – surgery. Have we expected too much from this learning method, or has it just not evolved enough yet? This moderated panel discussion with active audience participation will help us all find the clarity we need for these questions.

Going Human in A Digital World
Don Jones, Experience It Inc.
Fast Company Innovation Award Winner Don Jones, the founder of Experience It Inc., will engage you in a fun, interactive experience that underlines the "prime error" of our time – believing we are going digital, when the research shows that we have to double down on going human first.  Additionally we're proud to announce that Don will also provide the first public "sneak peek" of the new digital leadership simulation Infinity Inc. in the Talent Development Think Tank Tech Café before its official launch on Jan. 1, 2020, after 3 years of design, development, and testing.  This leadership experience already has won the Fast Company Innovation Award and has garnered great feedback (“The promise of digital learning has finally arrived”). Don’s simulations and games are in use by more than 200,000 leaders at 90 universities and in 80 countries for clients including Microsoft, Boeing, GE, Whirlpool, Mercedes-Benz, ABB, and more.

The New Workforce IQ: How to unlock the potential of a new generation of workforce
Christine DiDonato, Career Revolution (60 min.)
Today’s emerging professionals expect more career development, feedback and mentoring. Yet managers struggle to keep up with changing business priorities while at the same time also playing the role of “career coach.”  As this gap increases, organizations lose critical leadership bench strength that can be hard to recover.  Learn how organizations can develop their workforce outside of the traditional “career ladder” while at the same time empowering their employees to take ownership of their own career path.

The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Future of Human Capital
USC Marshall Professor Bhaskar Krishnamachari (60 min.)
Our lives have become embroiled by the impact of the digital transformation. As talent management professionals, we are challenged with creating strategies to wrestle with the rapidly growing choices of digital technologies. This session will take a futurist’s perspective into how digital sciences and emerging technologies - from autonomous AI-based systems and the Internet of Things to blockchain technologies - will continue to shape how we need to lead and think about human capital. Join us in this session to gain insights on how to prepare for and embrace what’s coming.

3:00 - 4:00pm
Closing Keynote - Michael Bungay Stanier
The 5 Question Leader
Despite many initiatives, most coaching training doesn’t stick in today’s busy workplaces. Managers and leaders are frustrated by teams that have become overdependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And they’re disconnected from their own great work. In this talk, bestselling author and prolific speaker Michael Bungay Stanier will introduce 5 deceptively simple, quick-to-master questions to help your people get next-day-ready skills to embed coaching into their daily routine.

4:00 – 4:30pm
Applying learnings from the day - Andy Storch
We'll use BTS digital technology to capture ideas and share them with everyone.

4:30 – 6:00pm
Join us for an optional networking happy hour!

November 8, 2019

An optional 3rd day add-on: Experience Multipliers, the simulation based on Liz Wiseman's groundbreaking research and book. Learn how to multiply the intelligence of the people around you.

Facilitated by Lori Urban - Partner, Advantage Performance Group

8:00 – 9:00am
Breakfast & Registration

The Multipliers Simulation - Part I


The Multipliers Simulation - Part II


Everything this year's Think Tank will address in some way:

Design Thinking:

Make your organization disruption-proof… by being the disruptor

Learning in the flow of work

Advancing leadership culture

Digital learning do's & don'ts

Making coaching a natural part of work

Artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, big data, and other cutting-edge learning technology

Digital technology to capture & share ideas on-site

Diversity & Inclusion

Employee experience

Customer experience

Career paths

Deploying a nimble learning strategy

Staying ahead of the curve on L&D innovation

Treating employees like customers

How to unlock the potential of a new generation of workforce

Retaining talent

Tech Café

Experience artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and other cutting-edge learning technology, including:

  • Infinity – The People Leadership Experience from Experience It
    An exclusive "sneak peek" of the award-winning Infinity Inc. leadership simulation launching in 2020!
  • Ambit - AI for leadership assessment & development
  • VECTRE - bringing the power of immersive technology to business

Always open. Drop in any time!


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Note: Only a few rooms remain for Nov. 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country. If you plan to stay Thursday and/or Friday night, check out our two overflow hotels: Hotel La Rose or Hotel E. Prices are comparable, and both are within walking distance of the Hyatt.

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  • Full 2-day conference access
  • Welcome reception
  • Celebration Dinner

Think Tank +Multipliers

  • Full 2-day conference access
  • Welcome reception
  • Celebration Dinner
  • A full day of the Multipliers Simulation on Friday, Nov. 8

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  • All conference features
  • A seat at the table and Q&A with speakers
  • Preferential seating and room upgrade
  • A book from each speaker
  • Other goodies TBA!

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  • All the perks! Full conference + VIP features
  • A full day of the Multipliers Simulation on Friday, Nov. 8

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