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"By bringing together professors and researchers from across Columbia University and the business community, the Forum promises once again to be a day rich with dialogue about the challenges, opportunities, and prospects of the future."
– Michael Malefakis, Associate Dean of Executive Education
Each year, Columbia Business School Executive Education invites select leaders of talent and learning from diverse organizations to engage in a dialogue about the roles they play in their organizations and exchange ideas about the future of learning with thought leaders from academia and industry.
The 2017 Forum on Friday, March 10 will be the fifth consecutive run of the program and is organized around the theme of The Co-creation of Learning through various perspectives. Learn how we make sense, collectively, of what we wish to learn, how we wish the learn, and what it is that we actually do learn form the activities that are provided to us.
The Forum recognizes that learning is a two-way street. The more collective and interactive learning is, the more impactful the results become. We will be looking at action learning, crowdsourced learning, the creation of cultures that pursue deep scientific learning, and the essential nature of communication. We will also be able to discuss up-to-date perspectives on STEM.
The Future of Learning Forum is the place to find inspiration and challenge ideas that will shape the learning strategies for millions of people. To be considered for the next Forum, please complete the application.
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Please contact our Learning Solutions Specialists at 212-854-3395 for a personal conversation to learn more.
During this day-long Forum, attendees will hear from and engage with speakers from varied backgrounds who will share their discoveries and perspectives on how powerful learning programs impact business and society.
The goal of the Forum is to collectively gain insight into where learning is going and what will be different about it in the years to come. It is a subject that concerns us all, as parents, professionals, educators and citizens. Our discussions will resonate with leaders of learning organizations whose responsibilities encompass seeing the future before others see it and preparing their organizations to seize the opportunities which that future affords.
Attendees will be presented with a strategic view of learning from a cross-disciplinary perspective that looks at the past, present and future. It is an interactive day that allows for provocative, interdisciplinary discussion with ample time for networking.
It is a day of gaining perspectives, dealing with large questions for which there may not be answers, and strengthening a growing network of professionals whose jobs are vitally important in an era of rapid change and gathering uncertainty. The style is participative, exploratory and collegial and the goal, above all, is to leave the lovely Columbia campus inspired.
Each year, the Forum features a new theme. This year’s program focuses on ’The Co-creation of Learning’, which will be explored through a combination of lectures, discussions, and a practitioner panel.
Faculty and Sessions
Victoria Marsick, Professor, Adult Learning and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University
Victoria's session addresses action learning and team learning approach from a co-creating perspective.
Lucy Appert, Associate Director, Instructional Design, Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia University
Lucy will start with a question to the audience: What challenges are your organization facing in the digital space? She will then talk about how the digital age requires real-time thinking and why we are expected to constantly re-imagine learning experiences.
Dr. Dale L. Moore, Department of the Navy
Using data from the so-called massive strategy gamification platform, Dale will present the findings on the effects of virtual and remote co-creating strategy.
Matthew D. Pearce, Education Support Specialist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center-GSFC, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies-GISS
Matthew will share insights into company culture at NASA, where innovation and creativity are encouraged and embraced, how collaboration among astronauts works, and how STEM works in a broader environment including corporate cases.
Michael Shadlen, Professor, Department of Neuroscience at the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University
Michael's interactive session will address how the creative brain works and why we perform negotiations and make decisions collectively.
R.A. Farrokhnia, Faculty and Executive Director, Columbia Business School and Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science
R.A. will speak to what we can learn from these cases of collaborative learning.
Ashley Zwick, Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Learn from Columbia Startup Labs in Soho in Ashley's session.
The Forum is designed for senior-level professionals who are charged with directing the learning and development activities in their respective organizations. The level of experience and responsibility of the attendees is what makes the Forum special. All attendees are deeply thoughtful and motivated senior executives looking to expand the learning horizons of their companies.
Companies in attendance in previous years include:
- AB InBev
- American Express
- Barclays Capital
- Berlitz International
- Broadridge Financial Solutions
- The College Board
- Deutsche Bank
- Exxon Mobil
- The Estee Lauder Companies
- General Electric
- Goldman Sachs
- L’Oreal USA
- Liberty Mutual
- Michael C. Fina
- Moody's Corporation
- Morgan Stanley
- New York Power Authority
- Novartis Oncology
- Pernod Ricard USA
- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- Time Warner, Inc.
- United Nations Population Fund
- The Walt Disney Studios
Stephen Newman, Program Director
Columbia Business School Future of Learning Forum
Stephen Newman has spent the majority of his career devoted to executive development and the challenge of using educational opportunities to broaden the capabilities of senior and next generation executives at leading companies. For more than a decade, he held the position of Program Director for Executive Development at Ericsson, the Swedish supplier of networks and services. He is an expert at designing and leading executive development programs, which he has done on five continents.
A lifelong learner himself, Stephen has earned both a BA and MA in theater from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MBA from the University of Hartford, and an MA in Teaching Foreign Languages from the School for International Training in Vermont. He is currently working towards earning his coaching certificate from the renowned Columbia Teachers College Coaching Certification Program.
Yoshie Tomozumi Nakamura
Director of Organizational Learning and Research
Columbia Business School Executive Education
Upon earning her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University, Dr. Nakamura joined Columbia Business School as Director of Organizational Learning and Research for the Executive Education division. She conducts research and develops content as well as serving as an Executive Coach. Her areas of research interest include social capital building, leadership development, and online learning. One of her publications, “The Role of Reflective Practices in Building Social Capital in Organizations from an HRD perspective,” received the Elwood F. Holton III Research Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development. She also serves as faculty collaborator at Teachers College, Columbia University.
In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Nakamura holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature; a Master of Arts in International Education; and a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership.
Faculty from Columbia Business School and the University at large contribute to and teach in the program.