Training & Development Summit

Upcoming Event Dates

Fit a year's worth of meetings in 2 action-packed days. The event registration is no cost to qualified delegate attendees.


What you can expect:

  • Meet one-on-one with solution providers specific to your current project needs
  • Attend workshops and sessions for HRCI and SHRM recertification credit
  • Network with peers from leading companies
  • Receive complimentary event registration, hotel accommodations, and meals at a luxury venue

Check if you qualify to attend as a delegate:

  • You are a Senior-Level Training, Learning and Development decision-maker (Manager, Director, or VP)
  • You work for a mid- or large-sized company (200+ employees)

How it works:

  • You select the solution providers you're most interested in meeting
  • Your interests shape your agenda of one-on-ones and sessions
  • We continue to add workshops up until the event
  • We cap our attendance at 50 spots
  • We hold the event twice a year and rotate regionally

Why you should attend as a delegate:

  • It's a more efficient way to source solution providers, and to get custom attention specific to your needs
  • You'll make profitable connections to help further your business goals
  • You'll stay up-to-date about the latest trends and technology advances in your industry
Forum Events has 20+ years of experience holding successful events across multiple markets. We're dedicated to providing you with a complete VIP experience from start to finish.


For More Information Please Contact...

Shane Doherty – Event Manager
(941) 925-7585 x8166  |  email

Millie Kelly – Delegate Coordinator
(941) 925-7585 x8163  |  email

Training & Development Summit in Washington, DC
April 15 & 16, 2019

Event Workshops Include...

OPENING KEYNOTE: The Role of Leaders When Robots, Hackers and Uber Drivers Rule the World
Presented by Lisa Rueth, CEO of Cultivate Leadership a Leadership Consulting Firm Dedicated to Leadership Science, OD Consultant and Executive Coaching.

A major study was recently released detailing how every aspect of American life from urbanization to healthcare, population demographics to infrastructure will change by 2025. Lisa Rueth, Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant and social change scholar will translate what these mega trends mean for leaders. Recognizing the pace of technology and innovation compared to organizational change, Lisa’s humorous and sobering wake up call will help organizations think through the use of finite resources, how recruiting and competing need to change and how the role of the leader will be completely reinvented in the next two decades. Don’t miss this thought-provoking talk to jar you out of the busy-ness that distracts us from creating the futures we want

What if Everything You Know about Personality Styles Training is Wrong?
Presented by Kerry Bayles, M.Ed., Vice President, Learning & Development, Take Flight Learning

It is Time to Rethink How We Teach the Styles in the Workplace

The DISC profile is one the most commonly used assessment tools in corporations around the world. And yet, while people find it interesting – and why not, if there is one thing that people like to learn about, it is themselves – awareness does not often translate into sustained behavioral change.

  • This highly interactive and engaging session will focus on the following:
  • Why this is the perfect time to introduce or reintroduce DISC training to your organization
  • Turning classroom-based DISC training into a fun and engaging experience
  • Transforming DISC training into a process not an event by reinforcing the learning throughout the year
  • Refocusing DISC training from awareness to results
  • Repackaging the styles to shift from empty letters to metaphoric symbols
  • Revitalizing training to involve the participants
  • Reallocating time from profiles and graphs to skills and application
  • Rebranding the message to shift from learning about letters to learning skills and applying principles

Is Your Organization NORMal?
Presented by Don Everett, founder and CEO of Workforce Interactive

This question may lead many to assume a comparison between your organization and others is in play.  However, the question is intended for you to only contemplate your organization, and whether or not your management team has established norms.  Norms are informal guidelines about what is considered normal (what is correct or incorrect) social behavior. 

They are critical because they create dynamics that can strongly affect behavior, and ultimately establish a company culture.  Recent university studies showed that top teams have norms.  Furthermore, relationships between leader emotional intelligence and team emotional intelligence were analyzed and revealed that leaders affected team performance through their influence on team norms.  Team norms are then what influences team performance. 

This is where it gets real interesting.  A study involving almost 100 companies determined that leaders with strong emotional intelligence produced a very positive climate, outstanding performance, greater job satisfaction plus improved quality of work from their whole team.  In other words, hire and/or develop managers with strong emotional intelligence who can positively affect team norms, and you’ll be rewarded with optimal employee engagement and wellness levels.  Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? 

So how can we measure emotional intelligence and establish a management team that successfully sustains norms that inspire our workforce in the best manner possible?  This session will cover the vital role of emotional intelligence in cultivating workplace norms that yield ideal employee experiences.

You’ll learn:

  • Learn techniques for effectively conveying an organization's core values, strategic vision & mission, and ethical behaviors
  • Learn how to develop strategic relationships with key individuals to influence organizational decision­making
  • Learn how to reinforce an organization's core values and behavioral expectations through effective communication and coaching
  • Learn about specific leadership competencies involving emotional intelligence, integrated with organizational strategy, and the related acquisition, identification and development of key talent
  • Learn about the role that norms can play in successfully creating and implementing leadership development initiatives linked to business strategy

Emotional Intelligence and Well-Being in the Workplace
Presented by Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB Capella University Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

As leaders, many times we feel challenged to do more with less.  Often, we strive to meet this demand regardless of the toll on our emotional health.  However, striking a balance is possible.  This seminar will provide participants a practical framework to embrace empathy-based leadership, master inner strength, and amplify a halo effect of compassion in both their personal and professional lives.

This workshop will focus on the following:

  • The role of emotional intelligence in evolving leadership styles
  • The importance of intentional awareness on the past, present, and future on your journey of self-mastery
  • The significance of personal commitment and tools to inspire action
  • The potential impact we have as leaders and our responsibility to serve as role models knowledgeable in self-care strategies.

Achieving Workplace Health: Why the Conversation Gap is Impacting Your Employees and How Confidential Coaching Can Help
Presented by Toby Hervey, Co-Founder and CEO of Bravely

Studies show that 70% of employees are avoiding a tough conversation with their manager, colleagues, or direct reporters. This “Conversation Gap” has a widespread and detrimental impact on engagement, productivity, and retention—all of which are bad for company culture and the bottom line.

The reason for this conversation avoidance? Fear and the perception of futility. People are either afraid that speaking up will lead to retribution, or they simply don’t think that going forward will change anything. 

To learn more about this phenomenon—and understand who it affected the most—Bravely partnered with an independent research firm to survey 500+ full-time employees working in the United States. What they found says a lot about the state of workplace health today. 

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How demographic and firmographic identity impacts an employee’s likelihood to avoid tough conversations 
  • What people do ‚Äčinstead of approaching their managers and colleagues  
  • Whether or not programs and policies (including trainings, flexibility policies, and diversity and inclusion initiatives) encourage people to speak up 
  • Why spot-coaching platforms can close the Conversation Gap by helping employees prepare for tough dialogue 

Could Your Background Screening Process Put You In HOT Water?
Presented by Mark Manolakis, Client Success Manager, Background Decision, a division of SIR

It seems every year comes with a new swathe of background screening laws. These can come from the Federal Government, State Governments, or even local municipalities.  These laws have been followed up on by intensive legal action against employers for these compliance violations. In addition, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various state EEO agencies have substantially stepped up their enforcement activity against employers whose screening methods may have a disparate impact on minorities and women.

This presentation will cover the key requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as several state laws. We’ll also break down guidance put forth by the EEOC and offer some recommendations on how to create a consistent background check policy. 

Key Learning Points:

  • Core FRCA employer obligations
  • How to structure background screening to avoid disparate impact
  • Recommendations for policy development

2019 Recruiting Trends and Best Practices
Presented by Chris Ceplenski, Managing Editor, BLR

What are your peers doing to attract talent this year? Are they successfully filling jobs via social media recruiting? Offering cutting edge benefits, such as student loan repayment? Implementing AI into the recruiting process? Recruiting Daily Advisor (RDA) conducts its own survey tapping into employer’s recruiting practices.

In this session, Chris Ceplenski, Managing Editor at BLR, shares the exclusive findings from our 5th annual Recruiting Survey in conjunction with subject matter expert advice on each aspect of the survey. You will learn about the latest trends—including some surprises—among employer practices along with insights and tips from RDA editors and other recruiting thought leaders.

Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast
Presented by Lisa Rueth, CEO of Cultivate Leadership a Leadership Consulting Firm Dedicated to Leadership Science, OD Consultant and Executive Coaching.

What is organizational culture? Who creates and maintains it? And why does it seem to out-live leaders, strategies and market shifts… especially when it needs repair?

Organizational Design consultant Lisa Rueth illustrates the five-part cultural model and shows how most organizations unknowingly design an unwanted culture into their most important structures.

Using some of the world’s toughest examples of culture-hacking, Lisa will show us how Cultivate Leadership is re-engineering culture with real case studies where an undesired culture was seen in multiple locations, deeply engrained and resistant to change efforts. Knowing that not all companies have the luxury of intentional cultural design like Google, Disney or Starbucks did at the onset, this session digs deep into what to do when your cultural inheritance isn’t what you would have created, but your future depends on it.


Washington Marriott Wardman Park

2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008

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Washington, DC

April 15 & 16, 2019

Areas Covered

  • Admin, commercial & secretarial
  • Assertiveness
  • Assessment & Selection
  • AV equipment
  • Change management
  • Coaching
  • Communication
    Interpersonal skills, Language Training, Presentation skills/Public speaking, Written Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Customer care
  • Distance/open learning
  • Drama training
  • eLearning Technology
  • Electronic & Physical Content Marketing
  • Employee Retention Programs
  • Gamification
  • Health & Safety
  • Higher Education Solutions
  • Interpretation & translation IT training
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Learning resources/Video
  • Legal & new legislation
  • Logistics Management
  • Management skills
    Financial Training, Middle management, Project & program management, Purchase & supply, Recruitment selection & appraisal, Senior management, Strategic planning, Supervisory & leadership skills
  • Marketing & PR
  • Material Management
  • Media training
  • Mentoring
  • Motivation
  • Negotiation
  • Online course providers
  • Online training services
  • Organizational development
  • Outdoor based development
  • Outplacement
  • Outsourcing
  • Personal development
  • Personnel/employee relations
  • Quality management
  • Risk management
  • Sales training
  • Senior secretarial skills
  • Stress, anger & conflict management
  • Talent Management
  • Team building & team skills
  • Technology Training
    , Business Analysis training (IIBA curricu, DevOps, IT Security, ITIL, Microsoft SharePoint training/consulting, Project Management training (PMI curricu, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Software and QA testing
  • Telephone training
  • Trainer training
  • Training software
  • Training venues
  • Tuition Assisted Programs (TAP)
  • Venue finding services
  • Video Training

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