ALIGN 2021

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

It’s here! The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the ALIGN virtual conference is live. This agenda will be your map to ensure you get the most out of this one-day virtual event on Thursday, October 14. Scroll through the various topics we'll be discussing and save the date on your calendar. We know you won’t want to miss any of these amazing sessions, so here’s a reminder that all of these sessions will be broadcasted in Central Time. Not enough time to watch all these great sessions? Don't worry! We’ve created color-coded tracks to help you select which sessions would be most relevant for you. You can choose from Program-Specific, Culture of Learning, Training Strategies, Keynote, and Grand Sessions. Get ready for a full day of virtual learning!

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Grand Session
Grand Session
Welcome Address
9:00 AM CT
Shannon Kluczny
Chief Customer Officer
BizLibrary
Welcome to ALIGN Fall 2021! We’re going to open the conference with an exciting message from BizLibrary's Chief Customer Officer, Shannon Kluczny.
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Training Strategies
Training Strategies
Effectively Converting Instructor-Led Training to Dynamic Virtual Elearning
9:35 AM CT
Kate Groop
Learning & Development Specialist
SSOE Group
COVID-19 has changed the way the workplace learns, and you need to be sure your learning program can keep up. Whether you’re temporarily changing the way you deliver courses or permanently shifting your training delivery methods, this training session will provide you with the skills you need to turn your instructor-led training courses into dynamic elearning programs. By implementing the best practices in this course, you’ll see more engaged learners, higher content retention, and avoid “Zoom burnout” in your learners.
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Effectively Converting Instructor-Led Training to Dynamic Virtual Elearning
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COVID-19 has changed the way the workplace learns, and you need to be sure your learning program can keep up. Whether you’re temporarily changing the way you deliver courses or permanently shifting your training delivery methods, this training session will provide you with the skills you need to turn your instructor-led training courses into dynamic elearning programs. By implementing the best practices in this course, you’ll see more engaged learners, higher content retention, and avoid “Zoom burnout” in your learners.

Learning objectives:
  • Determine if your instructor-led training should be converted to elearning, or if another solution will meet your organization’s needs
  • Discover how to evaluate your instructor-led materials to convert your existing learning objectives and content into virtual elearning
  • Customize your learning program to your organization when creating elearning content
  • Use BizLibrary to design effective programs and provide supplemental material for your virtual training courses
  • Create virtual training programs that learners want to participate in
Culture of Learning
Culture of Learning
The Behavioral Science of L&D Programs
9:35 AM CT
Paul Eschen and Eric Nell
VP of Marketing | Client Sucess Manager
BizLibrary
Certified Master Designers, Paul Eschen and Eric Nell, will walk you through key principles of behavioral science and how they apply to designing better program and learner experiences. Pulling from their rich background in running global events, they’ll share how the basic tenets of designing experiences in physical spaces can translate to designing digital learning experiences. They’ll also discuss how to “break through the clutter” to reach your learners in today’s ever-distracted, WFH world.
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The Behavioral Science of L&D Programs
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Certified Master Designers, Paul Eschen and Eric Nell, will walk you through key principles of behavioral science and how they apply to designing better program and learner experiences. Pulling from their rich background in running global events, they’ll share how the basic tenets of designing experiences in physical spaces can translate to designing digital learning experiences. They’ll also discuss how to “break through the clutter” to reach your learners in today’s ever-distracted, WFH world.

Learning objectives:
  • Learn what drives human behavior and how we can use it to design better programs for our learners
  • Understand the importance of timing and why “when” is such a key question on when to create training programs
  • Walk away with tangible takeaways on key design principles and how they can improve the day-to-day of your program elements
Program-Specific
Program-Specific
How to Build a Successful Manager Training Program
9:35 AM CT
Rodney Wallican
HR Director
City of The Colony
Join this session to hear the story of the City of The Colony’s venture from no management training program to a program that is now flourishing and moving the employee engagement needle in the right direction. You'll walk away with helpful tips for launching a new manager training program that you can use at your organization.
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How to Build a Successful Manager Training Program
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Join this session to hear the story of the City of The Colony’s venture from no management training program to a program that is now flourishing and moving the employee engagement needle in the right direction. You'll walk away with helpful tips for launching a new manager training program that you can use at your organization.

Learning objectives:
  • The benefits of a blended learning approach
  • How feedback should drive your manager training program
  • Why adding friendly competition is a great way to increase engagement
  • A step-by-step breakdown to help you create a successful manager training program
Training Strategies
Training Strategies
Learning Initiatives: Chaining Using Rules and Qualifications
10:20 AM CT
Victoria Cason
Employee Development Manager
Tarrant Regional Water District
A complete, step-by-step "how-to" session for setting up Learning Initiatives that automatically assign to your users through a process called “chaining.” In this session, attendees will receive instructions, content lists, troubleshooting tips, and resources for a turn-key application of Learning Initiative chaining to add to their content profile.
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Learning Initiatives: Chaining Using Rules and Qualifications
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A complete, step-by-step "how-to" session for setting up Learning Initiatives that automatically assign to your users through a process called “chaining.” In this session, attendees will receive instructions, content lists, troubleshooting tips, and resources for a turn-key application of Learning Initiative chaining to add to their content profile.

Learning objectives:
  • Customizing training to your needs
  • Ideas to increase engagement
  • Using BizLibrary content as a resource and leveraging the BizLibrary LMS
  • Enhancing the learner experience
Culture of Learning
Culture of Learning
Keeping it Moving: The Secret to an Engaging User Experience
10:20 AM CT
Jennifer Ramirez and Amanda Herder
Director of Training and Financial Systems | Manager of Training
Wesmont Hospitality
Nothing is worse for utilization than a boring, static, and unengaging user experience. If you’re looking for creative but easy-to-implement ways to improve your learners’ overall engagement in your programs, this is the session for you! By improving their user experience through a dynamic homepage and content customization, Westmont Hospitality was able to change our employees’ mindset from less than enthused about training to total training program advocates. During this session, we’ll share all our secrets so you can have an engaging user experience, too.
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Keeping it Moving: The Secret to an Engaging User Experience
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Nothing is worse for utilization than a boring, static, and unengaging user experience. If you’re looking for creative but easy-to-implement ways to improve your learners’ overall engagement in your programs, this is the session for you! By improving their user experience through a dynamic homepage and content customization, Westmont Hospitality was able to change our employees’ mindset from less than enthused about training to total training program advocates. During this session, we’ll share all our secrets so you can have an engaging user experience, too.

Learning objectives:
  • Why you should customize your homepage
  • Ways to gain management buy-in for learning through your LMS
  • How to improve the overall user experience for your learners
Program-Specific
Program-Specific
Level Up: Taking Your Training Program Beyond Compliance
10:20 AM CT
Dirk Engel
Solutions Consultant
BizLibrary
When it comes to the structure of your training program, compliance training is often the first box checked. This session is all about how to take your training program beyond compliance, the importance of a blended learning program, and how to use BizLibrary’s content and platform to support and launch your initiatives.
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Level Up: Taking Your Training Program Beyond Compliance
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When it comes to the structure of your training program, compliance training is often the first box checked. This session is all about how to take your training program beyond compliance, the importance of a blended learning program, and how to use BizLibrary’s content and platform to support and launch your initiatives.

Learning objectives:
  • Strategies to launch or expand your skills training initiative
  • Ways to gain leadership buy-in to expand your program
  • How to use BizLibrary’s products and content to create a balanced program
Training Strategies
Training Strategies
Business Case for Action: Getting Decision Makers on Board
1:45 PM CT
Ray Scholl
Director of Learning and Development
Crane Aerospace and Electronics
The most well-intentioned organizations will suffer credibility issues from within if they describe development opportunities to their associates and do not provide a resource path to gap closure. Closing the development gap is challenging when the learning and development team is small or nonexistent. Making a compelling business case for action that is analytical and paints a clear picture of the positive impact a new intervention can have is key to achieving buy-in for implementing a new approach to learning in your organization.
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Business Case for Action: Getting Decision Makers on Board
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The most well-intentioned organizations will suffer credibility issues from within if they describe development opportunities to their associates and do not provide a resource path to gap closure. Closing the development gap is challenging when the learning and development team is small or nonexistent. Making a compelling business case for action that is analytical and paints a clear picture of the positive impact a new intervention can have is key to achieving buy-in for implementing a new approach to learning in your organization.

Learning objectives:
  • Tips for using data to make a business case
  • Methods for obtaining executive support
  • Reinforce the importance of a defined learning strategy/roadmap
Culture of Learning
Culture of Learning
Balancing the Tightrope of Professional Boundaries
1:45 PM CT
Heidi Duelfer
Senior Staff Trainer
Green Chimneys
Do you worry about keeping your work interactions professional and trying not to make anyone feel uncomfortable? Questions about workplace boundaries don’t have single or simple answers. Join this session to explore a few ethical dilemmas and the limits of what “in confidence” means in common workplace situations. The internal struggle often surfaces when something is presumably legal but wrong. Boundaries are not about following a set of rules since most situations are unique and dynamic. Rather it’s about developing confidence to deal with ethical challenges while doing your job.
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Balancing the Tightrope of Professional Boundaries
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Do you worry about keeping your work interactions professional and trying not to make anyone feel uncomfortable? Questions about workplace boundaries don’t have single or simple answers. Join this session to explore a few ethical dilemmas and the limits of what “in confidence” means in common workplace situations. The internal struggle often surfaces when something is presumably legal but wrong. Boundaries are not about following a set of rules since most situations are unique and dynamic. Rather it’s about developing confidence to deal with ethical challenges while doing your job.

Learning objectives:
  • How to better your interpersonal skills
  • Tips to build meaningful relationships with boundaries
  • Ethical considerations for holding things in confidence
Culture of Learning
Culture of Learning
The Learning Journey Continues
1:45 PM CT
Susan Daniel and Charita Henderson
Director of Performance Development | VP of Leadership Development
Exeter Finance LLC
Building an effective organizational culture takes time and planning. At Exeter our focus is to create a Culture of Excellence by design. Fostering a robust organizational culture requires integrating the company’s vision, values, and core competencies into the organization’s processes, policies, and people practices. Building Exeter’s Culture of Excellence is an ongoing journey that continues now and into the future.
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The Learning Journey Continues
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Building an effective organizational culture takes time and planning. At Exeter our focus is to create a Culture of Excellence by design. Fostering a robust organizational culture requires integrating the company’s vision, values, and core competencies into the organization’s processes, policies, and people practices. Building Exeter’s Culture of Excellence is an ongoing journey that continues now and into the future.

Learning objectives:
  • Describe the integration of Exeter’s Culture of Excellence across the organization
  • Highlight key ways that Exeter’s Online Learning Portal strategically reinforces a Culture of Excellence
  • Share strategies for blended Learning Initiatives that will further enhance and reinforce Exeter’s Culture of Excellence
Training Strategies
Training Strategies
How to Coordinate Different Training Needs Across
Multiple Plants
2:20 PM CT
Matt Deno
Learning & Development Coordinator
Metalsa
Having a dispersed workforce is always a common challenge among organizations. Coordinating training across these organizations can be a hurdle without proper planning. Detection of training needs is an agile, adaptable, and dynamic process to identify the training needs that collaborators require for their development within the company, focused on improving their knowledge, skills, and behaviors.
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How to Coordinate Different Training Needs Across
Multiple Plants
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Having a dispersed workforce is always a common challenge among organizations. Coordinating training across these organizations can be a hurdle without proper planning. Detection of training needs is an agile, adaptable, and dynamic process to identify the training needs that collaborators require for their development within the company, focused on improving their knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

Learning objectives:
  • Learn why training planning is important
  • Ensure an effective identification of training needs to consolidate a training solution plan
  • Help improve the development of the collaborator through new skills
  • Get strategies to help close the gaps in the opportunity areas
Culture of Learning
Culture of Learning
Launching Your Training Program With Success!
2:20 PM CT
Tony Volkman
Corporate Education Specialist
Conference Technologies
In this engaging session, Tony will share his creative and engaging approach to launching a new training program through humor, rewards, and strategic planning. Get a behind the scenes look at the CTI Store, how they create engaging launch videos, and how the team is working towards self-driven learning paths.
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Launching Your Training Program With Success!
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In this engaging session, Tony will share his creative and engaging approach to launching a new training program through humor, rewards, and strategic planning. Get a behind the scenes look at the CTI Store, how they create engaging launch videos, and how the team is working towards self-driven learning paths.

Learning objectives:
  • Learn steps to creating and filling an internal rewards store
  • Strategies to create engaging and humorous launch content
  • Tips for additional learning reinforcement throughout the year
Grand Session
Grand Session
Product Update
3:40 PM CT
Erin Pinkowski and Dean Pichee
VP of Product | Founder and CEO
BizLibrary
We’re sorry, this session is not offered on-demand at this time. You have another chance to catch what you missed though! Join us on November 2 at 9 AM CST to hear from BizLibrary’s VP of Product, Erin Pinkowski and Paul Eschen, VP of Marketing at our BizSkills Product Launch!
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Product Update
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We’re sorry, this session is not offered on-demand at this time. You have another chance to catch what you missed though! Join us on November 2 at 9 AM CST to hear from BizLibrary’s VP of Product, Erin Pinkowski and Paul Eschen, VP of Marketing at our BizSkills Product Launch!