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presentation abstracts

May 10-11, 2017 | London, UK

What the CEO really wants from L&D –
and how to deliver it

CEOs often say how much they value their employees, and polls of top executives regularly show that people and their skills – an organisation’s human capital – is crucial for business success today. So why doesn’t L&D get the budget and profile it warrants? Donald H. Taylor, Chair of the Learning and Performance Institute, explores how to reach and talk with executives (and challenge them if necessary), how to understand organisational needs, and how to shift the perception of the L&D department towards that of strategic enabler.

  • What CEOs really want – and what they really think of training
  • Showing the impact of L&D – using analytics and understanding value
  • How onboarding provides a clear way to demonstrate impact and professionalism
  • Compliance training: essential for both the business and the L&D department
  • Preparing for the future L&D that will be very different from today


Donald H Taylor

A 25 year veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, with experience at every level from design and delivery to chairman of the board. He has been chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010.

A recognised commentator and organiser in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies, Donald is passionately committed to helping develop the learning and development profession.

His background ranges from training delivery to director and vice-president positions in software companies. Donald has been a company director and shareholder for three companies through start up, growth and acquisition. He is an influential writer and speaker in the fields of the professional development of L&D and of technology-supported learning. He was the 2007 recipient of the Colin Corder award for services to training and has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference since 2000. He also chairs the Learning and Skills Group, hosting its bi-weekly webinar programme, and edits Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in recognition of his work developing the L&D profession.


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