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"Faculty from across Columbia University and the broader business community will once again come together at the annual Future of Learning Forum. With global disruption taking place across industries, the Forum provides an ideal platform to uncover, debate, and challenge the opportunities in talent development of today and tomorrow."
– Dil Sidhu, 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 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.
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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 program concludes with an evening networking reception. The 2018 speaker lineup* is listed below.
Professor of Psychology and Education
Session Title: Learning Through Technology
Deanna Kuhn is the director of the Education for Thinking Project which examines the development of thinking and learning skills as a goal of education. In psychological terms, the overarching education-for-thinking goal can be characterized as developing students' meta-level awareness and management of their intellectual processes. Understanding knowing processes provides an essential foundation for valuing knowing — for believing that it is worthwhile to develop and apply knowing skills. The skills can be described under the headings of inquiry, analysis, inference and claim, and argument. Connections between skills, meta-level regulation, and intellectual values are portrayed in the diagram KNOWING (diagram). Implications for practice follow.
Learn more about Deanna Kuhn.
Lecturer in Discipline
Department of Psychology, Columbia University
Session Title: Curiosity, Motivation, and Learning
Caroline Marvin's research focuses on curiosity — what motivates people to seek and learn new information, how curiosity takes shape in response to various types of information and differing contingencies, how the motivation to learn ultimately influences memory, and how curiosity may change throughout the lifespan.
Learn more about Caroline Marvin.
Associate Professor of Business
Columbia Business School
Session Title: Developing Quantitative Intuition to Enhance Organizational Learning
Professor Netzer's research at Columbia Business School centers on one of the major business challenges of the data-rich environment of the 21st century: developing quantitative methods that leverage data to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior and guide firms' decisions. He focuses primarily on building statistical and econometric models to measure consumer preferences and understand how customer choices change over time, and across contexts.
Learn more about Oded Netzer.
Jeannette M. Wing
Professor of Computer Science at the Data Science Institute
Session Title: The Future of Data Science and Societal Implications
Jeannette comes to Columbia from Microsoft, where for the past four years she has been Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership in computer science, and is now helping to define the new, emerging field of data science. Before joining Microsoft in 2013, Jeannette held positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation. She served Carnegie Mellon as Head of the Computer Science Department twice and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. At the National Science Foundation, she was Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, where she oversaw the federal government’s funding of academic computer science research.
Learn more about Jeannette M. Wing.
This year's lineup features speakers from established companies like Google, L'Oréal, and PepsiCo as well as two start-up entrepreneurs.
For a complete program schedule for part one, please download the agenda.
*Speaker lineup is subject to change.
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.