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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."
– Donna Sharp, Executive Director 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 2018 Forum on Friday, March 9, will be the sixth consecutive run of the program and is organized around the theme of Scaling Learning, Effectively.
Through various perspectives, we will obtain a better understanding of how to provide and facilitate learning to every individual in an organization. In today’s fast-paced, multi-faceted business world, scaling learning can be the key to organizational growth. But there is no "one size fits all." Every organization has unique situation and conditions. Forum speakers will help you identify opportunities for your workplace, so you can help facilitate every individual’s learning in an effective manner.
The Future of Learning Forum is the place to find inspiration and challenge ideas that will shape the learning strategies for millions of people. If you are interested in attending 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 the one-day 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 opportunities 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 a provocative, interdisciplinary discussion with ample time for networking.
It is a day of gaining perspectives 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 Columbia University campus inspired.
Upon completion of this program, you will earn one day towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.
SHRM Professional Development Credits
Columbia Business School Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 5.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
Each year, the Forum features a new theme. This 2018 program focuses on ’Scaling Learning, Effectively’, which will be explored through a combination of lectures, discussions, and practitioner panels. The 2018 speaker lineup will be announced here shortly. 2017 faculty and sessions included:
Victoria Marsick, Professor, Adult Learning and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University
Victoria's session addresses action learning and team learning approaches from a co-creating perspective.
Victoria Marsick is a professor of Education at Teachers College Columbia University. Marsick also is the Co-director of the J.M. Huber Institute for Learning Organizations. The Institute's research focuses on ways in which strategic organizational learning and knowledge creation and sharing enhance performance and change. Professor Marsick's scholarly interests revolve around informal workplace learning, team learning, action learning, strategic organizational learning and knowledge management, learning organizations and international models of management.
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.
Lucy Appert leads the Center for Teaching and Learning’s innovative project partnerships with faculty using its Design Research methodology. Before her appointment at Columbia University, she has served as Director of Educational Technology for New York University’s Liberal Studies Program, where she led the team providing instructional technology solutions for Liberal Studies faculty and students in New York and at NYU’s Global Sites. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience, having taught at Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Yale, in addition to NYU. An active member of the larger educational technology community, she has fostered a number of IT/academic collaborations within both university and open source communities, including chairing the User Reference Group for the original Sakai Open Academic Environment project.
Dr. Dale L. Moore, Department of the Navy
Using data from the Navy’s so-called massive strategy gamification platform, Dale will present the findings on the effects of virtual and remote strategy co-creation.
In his current role as director for strategy and innovation, Dale is responsible for developing a 30-year plan for the Navy Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE), including Navy Warfare Centers, Systems Centers, Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory. Describing himself as an explorer and learner at the edge of theory and practice, he provides leadership to operationalize best possible thinking and promotes a culture of innovation, strategic thinking, and organizational learning.
Matthew D. Pearce, Education Support Specialist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center-GSFC, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies-GISS
Matthew will share insights into organizational culture at NASA where innovation and creativity are encouraged and embraced, including how collaboration among astronauts works. He will also make the case for the imperative of increased STEM research in the broader environment.
With over 22 years of diverse leadership, administrative and science teaching experience at all levels of academia, Matthew D. Pearce is currently employed by the NASA Goddard Office of Education at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies on the campus of Columbia University as an education program specialist. He has worked for NASA for ten years as a prestigious NASA-NEAT educator and has provided services as an educational consultant to schools and media organizations. Having created multiple partnerships between academia and corporate institutions to create innovative educational programs, he is also a published author in genetics, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology, and health science.
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 how, exactly, we perform negotiations and make decisions collectively.
Michael Shadlen studies neurons in the association cortex that transform information from the sensory cortex to give rise to interpretations, decisions, and plans for behavior. His experiments combine electrophysiology and behavioral and computational methods to advance our knowledge of higher brain function. His research on decision making exposes the neural mechanisms that support a wide range of cognitive functions of normal brains—what it is about a normal brain that makes us “not confused.” As a practicing neurologist, he believes that by elucidating the principles of cognitive neuroscience employed in decision-making, we will ultimately help patients with disorders affecting a wide range of higher cognitive functions affecting personality, ideation, volition, and awareness.
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 exemplary cases of collaborative learning.
R.A. Farrokhnia’s academic endeavors center on the integration of industrial, operational, and business analyses with practical development and deployment of inventive, design-centric solutions. He also serves at a lecturer and board member of Columbia Journalism School’s Knight-Bagehot Program. He is currently the founder and executive director of a multi-disciplinary program at Columbia University, blending business, engineering, design, and storytelling as the fundamental building blocks of impactful ideas and startups. He is also the founder of an Applied Solutions, Data Analytics, and Design DevLab as well as a new ventures launch platform in New York. A recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (2013), Prof. Farrokhnia currently leads the Ventures division of StoneCastle Partners, a $5 billion asset management and finance firm, where he is responsible for deal origination, investment, and execution of various startup and growth ventures in banking, technology, and financial services.
Ashley Zwick, Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Ashley will bring us up to date on the learning from the recently created Columbia Startup Labs in Soho.
Ashley Zwick is responsible for shaping the strategic priorities of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. In addition to her work at the Lang Center, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business where she teaches an introductory course on social entrepreneurship to aspiring change makers. By background she has spent her career working in a variety of organizations committed to social and economic progress – from a large multinational bank, to the City of New York, to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation — always with an eye towards new and innovative models and processes for organizational success and the betterment of society.
For a complete program schedule for part one, please 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 executives looking to expand the learning horizons of their companies.
Typical Participant Mix
Years of Management Experience
Years of Current Position
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.