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102 Learning and Development Leadership Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET
Monday, November 7

Tracks: Leadership

Are you struggling to build a new learning and development department or fighting to establish a clear influential voice? Do you have a vision of how your department can support the organization, but you are struggling to be noticed amid all the “noise?”

Breaking through will require more than content development and learning theory expertise. You can’t create courses in a vacuum and expect to influence your organization; you need to learn to lead and own your space.

This session explores ways you can build or revitalize an L&D department using various skills to define your voice and gain influence in today’s workplace. First, you will learn how business acumen is a must-have skill if you want to gain credibility. Second, you will learn how relationship-building helps generate needed internal champions. Third, you will learn why consulting skills are vital in establishing discipline. Fourth, you will learn how to leverage marketing skills to professionalize your department brand.

We’ll explore an example that shows how each of these skills is being used to build a new L&D department for the North American region of a global organization. You will leave the session with a roadmap for how to lead your department to a higher level of influence.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How business acumen is tied to your L&D success
  • How to value internal connections and build strong relationships
  • That a disciplined approach is repeatable and trusted
  • What your L&D brand says about your department

Sonya Overstreet

Learning & Development Manager


Sonya Overstreet is the North America learning and development manager for Leadec and a certified performance technologist. She has over 20 years of experience in engineering, performance improvement, and L&D. Throughout her career, Sonya managed the development of technical and leadership training within various industries. She has presented at conferences for the American Society for Engineering Education and the International Society for Performance Improvement. Sonya holds a master of science degree In instructional design and performance technology. Her awards include Technology Rising Star 2017 from the Women of Color STEM Conference and the Excellence in Practices Operation 2016.