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506 Leverage the Conference Experience to Create Exponential Value for Your Organization

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET
Tuesday, November 8

Tracks: Leadership

Attending a conference is a great way to grow in your own personal development, but what happens when you go back to your team? How can you continue using and sharing the information you were able to glean from attending an industry event? What’s needed is a way to create space for people to share and learn from each other in an approach that maximizes an organization makes when it sends people outside to learn.

Organizations that make commitments to learning are often the best situated to innovate, demonstrate a culture that attracts great talent, and provide opportunities for employees to grow together. Internal learning days make a significant impact on an organization’s level of information sharing, accelerate learning, and build community by boosting the experts already at the company. Employees who speak at internal events become go-to resources for their peers. Learning days create increased opportunities for innovation and foster new idea cultivation while leveraging the knowledge across teams.

In this session we will share our tried-and-true playbook for hosting an internal day of learning. This approach offers an opportunity to spread the wealth after attending a conference and can generate increased pride across your teams. We will walk you through our 10-year journey in which we honed a playbook for hosting our internal learning days and we’ll share the ways we’ve been able to leverage the platform we created to drive engagement in our learning culture. You will learn about the end-to-end decisions you need to make to create your own learning day and walk away with tips for planning, speaker development, logistics, and technology implementation. We’ll even share our full-on marketing approach—stickers, logos, the whole package—to create that buzz of excitement! You will leave this session with the information you need to pitch your learning event, including how to articulate the return on investment that will make the value clear for your organization.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create a culture of learning by developing speakers within your teams who can represent you at external events
  • How you can use our detailed playbook to host your own internal learning day
  • How to articulate the value of hosting an internal learning day to your leadership teams
  • The steps needed to encourage information sharing among peers through an internal learning day

Annie Greenawalt

Manager II, Technology Training

SPS Commerce

Annie Greenawalt has over 15 years of experience in facilitation, instructional design, and developing blended learning strategies for non-profit, healthcare, and technology-focused organizations. She currently leads the technology learning services team at SPS Commerce. Annie loves learning culture and is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to incorporate learners on the journey to a solution that integrates emerging technologies while staying true to the basics. She is a co-organizer for TechJam, the internal learning event at SPS Commerce, and is a member of the Women in Tech steering committee.

Megan Tischler

Continuous Improvement Manager

SPS Commerce

Megan Tischler is a continuous improvement manager on the technology team at SPS Commerce. Her keen eye for process improvement has led to many wins for her teammates. She is one of the key organizers for TechJam, the SPS internal learning event. She is a member of the SPS Women in Tech steering committee and supports other community efforts like Tech Guilds and internship and mentoring programs.