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501 Meeting Leaders’ Toughest Challenges: Focus on Women in Learning Leadership 

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

L&D is on the way to becoming a “women-dominated” field, yet women are not leading L&D teams or filling CLO roles in proportion to their numbers at lower-level L&D roles: Women make up half or more of the professionals in learning & development in the US and UK, according to 2018 research, but occupy only 30% of senior leadership roles, and, in the US, only 43% of mid-level manager roles. As organizations increasingly face a sparse pipeline of future leaders, while simultaneously grappling with high turnover and difficulty filling roles at all levels, women who are in leadership have the opportunity to drive change and bring women and other underrepresented groups into the leadership pipeline. 

This interactive session brings women in learning leadership roles together to share successes and strategies for overcoming the cultural and systemic barriers to excelling as learning leaders and organizational leaders.  

Facilitator Pamela Hogle will guide a conversation that explores: 

  • Strengths women leaders bring to today’s changing leadership environment 
  • Proven practices for transforming succession development to focus on building a diverse, inclusive leadership bench while nurturing talented women and minorities at all levels 
  • The importance of allyship and involving current leaders, as well as all employees, in recognizing the value of and helping to create an inclusive and supportive culture  
  • How and why to use peer coaching, reverse mentoring, and other collaborative approaches to bring women and minorities to the table, give them and their ideas exposure, and identify future leaders 
  • Training strategies designed to dismantle implicit biases and gendered stereotypes that hold women back while working to redefine who “fits” which roles 

Sharon Claffey Kaliouby

VP Strategic Alliances

Learning Pool

Sharon Claffey Kaliouby is VP Strategic Alliances for Learning Pool, and is an advocate for analytics-led, personalized workflow learning in collaboration with customers. She plays a leading role in delivering Learning Pool’s unique value proposition in a crowded learning technologies market, to make a significant contribution to the industry, as well as build a global brand and achieve ambitious growth. Most recently she was a Learning Fellow & Advisor for Elliott Masie Productions and previously held roles including Head of Global Learning & Development for State Street Global Advisors and at Thomson Reuters, Head of the Sales Academy Learning Partners ensuring consistent learning and sales enablement, globally. Sharon is co-founder of the #WomenInLearning initiative, she was one of the 2019 Top 50 Leaders in Learning & Development – in the Americas, the 2018 Learning Professional of the Year from the Global Learning & Performance Institute, and a two-time member (1993 & 1994) of the USFA’s Nationals gold medal women’s sabre fencing team.

Erin Donovan

Director of Learning Operations


Dr. Erin Donovan is a learning leader. Throughout her career she has supported the learner, whether they were in the classroom, on the sales floor, in the boardroom, on the phone, or on the production line. She embraces the modern learner and strives to be a force for forward-thinking change. She offers creativity, a connection to data, an agile planning mentality, and the need to be close and serve those who actually do the work.

Pamela Hogle

Program Manager

The Learning Guild

Pamela S. Hogle, a program manager at The Learning Guild, focuses on eLearning technology and trends and explores the ways that L&D professionals can lead changes in mindset and behavior throughout their organizations. She brings these interests to her work creating engaging and relevant content for Learning Solutions magazine and Learning Guild conferences. An experienced journalist, technical writer, and eLearning content developer, Pam has worked in Israel and the United States. She holds master’s degrees in journalism and human-canine life sciences. 

Betzi Quirós

Senior Learning Manager

Amazon Business

Betzi Quirós is a senior learning and development manager at Amazon Business, where she leads a team of learning professionals focused on strategy, design, and execution of onboarding and continuous development programs for North America. Prior to this, she worked as a senior instructional designer for seven years, creating global learning experiences tied to impact business goals.

Betzi is passionate about DEI and making her workplace a safe place for authenticity and belonging. She does this by being part of the Leadership Committee of her organization’s Women’s Advocacy Circle, a grassroots affinity group focused on promoting a more inclusive work environment for women. Additionally, she leads the Amazon Business Women’s Leadership Program, a 3-day workshop focused on helping women overcome gender challenges in the workplace.

Shanna Smiley

National Director of Multicultural Leadership Development

YMCA of the USA

Shanna Smiley currently serves as the National Director of Multicultural Leadership Development (MLD) for the YMCA of the USA. MLD is a national strategy that strives to address the barriers, gaps, and systems that have contributed to an underrepresentation of diverse leaders throughout the organization, and works to diversify leadership pipelines all across the country to ensure that our YMCAs better reflect the diverse communities that we serve.

A recognized leader in the Equity and People Development fields, Shanna is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University. Her previous career roles include working for Walt Disney World, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Qdoba.