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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 2016 Forum on Friday, March 4 is organized around the theme of Connected Learning through various perspectives. On one level, there is the connection between the rational, cognitive, emotional and behavioral parts of the self. On another, there is the question of what motivates people to connect to each other to learn, as opposed to learning on one’s own. We will explore where these connections work best and how large organizations can promote, design, and leverage these connections and develop their employees most effectively.
Questions explored during this year's Forum will be:
- What is Connected Learning?
- What would we like to know that we do not know today?
- How can each of us help others learn better?
- What is the future of learning?
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.
Please Contact Us
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 ’Connected Learning,’ which will be explored through a combination of lectures, discussions, and a practitioner panel.
Faculty and Sessions
Terry Maltbia, a scholar in the field of Adult Learning at Columbia Teachers College, kicks off by framing Connected Learning through the multiple dimensions listed above. Paul Ingram of the Business School discusses Connected Learning through the perspective of Social Networking. Then comes a session that explores how, exactly, we do learn as Ryan Baker, from the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, talks about gathering data in online and virtual environments to know whether learning is taking place and under what conditions.Presently, we are in the midst of recruiting a scholar in Psychology and Education whose focus is Cognitive Learning and who will share the session with Ryan.
In the afternoon, there are three speakers from the School of Architecture to discuss Connected Learning from the perspective of Physical Space. They will help us understand how architects are trained and in what ways the implications of societal and industrial trends impact spaces for learning. We will look at spatial and virtual realities through communities as large as cities and as small as classrooms. How is space evaluated and what criteria is best utilized for the design of learning? Through this analysis, we will be challenged to think more acutely about the spaces in which we work and learn.
Following the discussion of architecture, we hear from IBM Watson concerning their massive investment in Artificial Intelligence and how that will upend a number of industries and, perhaps, learning as well. To close the day, there is a case study of how GE’s learning center in Crotonville was completely redesigned to reflect a new approach to leadership development.
For a complete program schedule download the agenda.
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.