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I4PL 2020 Conference
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The Institute for Performance and Learning

2020 VIRTUAL Conference


Registration details and more coming soon!


The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL) will hold its 2020 annual conference On November 17-18, 2020 using an innovative online platform to provide a safe and interactive experience.

The I4PL 2020 Conference is the premier conference for today’s performance and learning professional. Supporting a growing network of L&D professionals from across the country, I4PL 2020 brings the L&D community together, to learn, share and network. Enjoy a selection of multiple concurrent sessions and sparkling keynotes covering leading edge professional development, learning sessions, demos, networking, the latest practices, technologies, and more. Because the Institute for Performance and Learning is a community of specialized L&D professionals, our speaker selection ensures that the conference programming is of the highest quality and presents the latest developments in the field.

This year’s conference theme is: Connections

In 2020 we are connected to each other and the world outside our door more than ever before.  This presents many opportunities to co-discover, co-evolve our thinking in response to the changing world around us, and to co-create how we learn and teach in a global classroom, and  leverage the latest technology to achieve the ultimate human feeling of connection.  These connection opportunities open new doors that, when approached strategically, can result in better learning experiences, better business results, and business outcomes beyond what was imaginable only a few years ago.

We will present 5 exciting tracks - 

1. Global Connections – Globalization in learning

This track focuses on globalization in learning and how this reality has changed the shape of workplace learning and performance, both in terms of the learner experience and in terms of how industry and business approach learning needs and instructional design.  Some of the imperatives driving change due to global connections that will be explored in this track are:

  • Culture and localization considerations
  • Workplace connectivity and how this changes the employee learning experience
  • Social learning and how it can be leveraged to enhance employee performance and learning
  • Global talent development – how to truly leverage a global talent pool
  • Lessons learned about establishing and sustaining global connection in performance and learning
  • Far reaching impacts of globalization on learning and performance


2. Virtual Connections – Online learning, the tools that make it happen and the humans behind the tools

This track focuses on connecting through virtual platforms to provide learners with a rich and personalized experience and maximizing technology to support and enhance workplace performance. Some of the conversations in this track might include:

  • Latest techniques in online learning and virtual facilitation
  • New platforms and tools that create new ways of delivering content and interacting
  • Use of emerging technologies to enhance employee performance
  • Leveraging technology to measure and improve performance and learning
  • Influencing clients and business partners to invest in and adopt new learning technologies
  • Tailoring the learning experience to employees’ unique needs and expectations
  • Enabling collaboration and content creation/sharing amongst employees


3. Business Connections – Connect workplace learning with business objectives

This track will focus on connecting workplace learning activities directly to business objectives by using evidence-based data to measure talent development initiatives, program effectiveness, and impact on organizational outcomes. Effective business connections also means achieving effective partnering with all areas involved.

  • Apply a data-driven approach to building a learning culture
  • Explore recent developments in learning analysis and process
  • Showcase ROI to the business using analytics and data
  • Ensure alignment with business drivers
  • Integrate learning solutions with other talent partners (recruitment, performance, leadership)
  • Take your seat at the table by demonstrating value to the business
  • Skillful decision making in selecting the right measurement tools

4. Connection to Research - Explore the latest research on adult learning and education

  • Explore recent developments in learning analysis and process
  • The role of research on influencing best practices
  • Apply a data-driven approach to building a learning culture
  • Research and industry advocacy
  • Research and industry standards
  • Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects: the cross pollination of ideas between learning and performance and other fields of study

5. Leadership Connections – Strategic approaches to performance and learning that positively impact organizational performance. 

This track examines approaches for CLOs and senior performance and learning professionals to communicate the value of L&D in business terms that are persuasive and inspire action. Managing organizational learning requires L&D leaders to scan the internal and external environment for signs of change readiness; strategically approach change initiatives that impact organizational performance; apply a project management process; and incorporate learning trends and non-training solutions, such as performance consulting and coaching, to support change.

  • Skillfully lead a high performing team through change
  • Strengthen the capacity of L&D to be a change influencer
  • Identify innovative ways to impact and support change initiatives
  • Use strategic foresight to plan for change
  • Managing team relationships: cross functional teams; interacting with other learning teams and business leaders
  • Identifying and navigating the complex and real world challenges of organizational change
  • Strengthen the resilience of learning systems
  • Demonstrate to senior leaders that L&D links to the organization’s highest strategic goals


If you have a question about submitting a proposal to I4PL’s 2020 conference, please email 

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