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Once a year, learning and development professionals from around the Kentuckiana region and beyond gather together for a day of expanding your capabilities, sharing your talent development prowess and continuing to build our community. Bookmark this page for the latest and greatest updates including keynote & breakout speakers, venue, agenda and more as we look forward to the big day on Wednesday, October 27.

2021 Keynote Speakers

Julie Dirksen 

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Keynote Session Topic: The Science of Attention & Engagement 

A number of myths persist about people’s allegedly ever-shortening attention spans—but what does the science say? Neuroscience, behavioral economics, and consumer psychology all offer insights into how we manage and allocate attention. Additionally, our ability to manage attention and focus seems to be related to our abilities to allocate willpower and influence how we make decisions.
In this session, you will learn what the current science says about how attention, willpower, and decision-making interact, and how that influences the design of digital and learning environments. 

In this session Julie will discuss:

  • how cognitive load memory functions influence attention 
  • how we allocate and manage attention 
  • how to engage learners’ attention and manage distraction 

    About Julie Dirksen

    Julie is an independent consultant and instructional designer with more than 15 years of experience creating highly interactive e-learning experiences for clients from Fortune 500 companies and technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives.

    She has a degree in Instructional Systems Technology, and a whole lot of background in things like UX design, game-based learning, and behavior change.

    She's also been an adjunct faculty member in the Visualization Department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she has created and taught courses in project management, instructional design, and cognitive psychology.

    Megan Torrance & Jessica Jackson of Torrance Learning

    Keynote Session Topic: Compassionate Learning

    In this session Megan & Jessica will unpack:

    • how we work with each other in more compassionate ways (small section), 
    • how we design learning to be compassionate to learners (small-medium), 
    • how we consider our identities in our work and how that supports equity being both compassionate to ourselves in our journey as well as to others around us

    About Megan Torrance, Chief Energy Officer, Torrance Learning

    Megan brings over 2 decades of consulting, instructional design, and project management experience to the team. Not only does Megan facilitate our LLAMA® and instructional design workshops, but she also supports our clients with project kickoffs to make sure each project has clear direction. She is devoted to delivering outstanding work to our clients and creating a top-notch work environment based on trust, flexibility, compassion and fun.

    About Jessica Jackson, M.Ed, MBA, Torrance Learning

    Jess is an instructional designer, writer, speaker and has over 15 years’ experience as a Diversity Peer Educator. She is the author of TorranceLearning’s curriculum Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace (CREW) a holistic microlearning training program that addresses barriers to equity in the workplace using evidence-informed best practices from social psychology research. She has worked within a myriad of educational contexts addressing access, retention, and success of diverse learners, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been recognized at the international level. Her expertise in strategic planning, data and assessment,  and program development coupled with her dynamic facilitation and training skills have enabled her to create sustainable impact within large education-focused organizations, and her work has been featured on platforms such as Mic, TedX, Michigan Advance, Learning Solutions Magazine, ACPA, among others. Jess is a graduate of the University of Michigan concentrating in Sociology with a sub concentration in Economy, Business and Society.

    DOL Updates


    This Year's Learning Tracks

    3 main learning tracks with their associated Talent Development Capabilities (see model here from ATD National) will guide our goal and theme this year of Looking Forward.  Breakout sessions will be sorted as follows:

    • Training Delivery & Facilitation
    • Instructional Design
    • Leadership / Organizational Development

    Event Venue Announced!

    We are delighted to be returning to the UofL ShelbyHurst Conference Center in the Founders Union Building!

    This venue offers a nice large space to hear our keynote speakers and multiple smaller rooms for breakout sessions. 

    There is plenty of free parking as well.

    Stay tuned for more updates!


    including COVID-19 MONITORING

    We continue to monitor CDC Guidelines, as we have throughout the pandemic, and will continue planning an in-person event. Should guidance change we will communicate our adjustments immediately.


    Want to share your talent development capabilities at this year's event?

    Submit your proposal now through August 31 here!


    Interested in promoting your organization and ours at this year's event?

    We'd love to partner with you!

    Click here to review & select from one of our sponsor packages!


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