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308 Panel — Explore the Future of Work & L&D

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Monday, November 7

Tracks: Practices

The future can seem far off or knocking on the door; the latter can be particularly true in the rapidly changing world work and business. How do you discriminate what trend or technology is truly going to disrupt from those that will dissipate? Where can you turn to be properly positioned to ride the next wave and ensure your L&D solutions are meeting the needs of the business and learners?

In this panel discussion, we turn to experts who have navigated change and are working to position themselves and their organizational learning to embrace what’s next. Listen and learn as we explore what’s on the horizon in how work gets done, examine technology changes, and ponder what how learning leaders can plan to support it all.

David Kelly (Host)

Executive Director

The Learning Guild

David Kelly is the executive director of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for over 20 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community, and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has previously contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. He can be found online at his website, davidkelly.me, or on Twitter @LnDDave.

Tori Coward

Senior XR Learning Experience Designer & Developer


For over four years, Tori Coward has been spearheading extended reality (XR) at CHRISTUS Health. Utilizing virtual reality (VR), 360 virtual tours, augmented reality (AR), and other emerging technologies, she has incorporated interactive and immersive experiences into a variety of learning solutions. With over 25 years of L&D experience, she is a speaker at national and international conferences.

Calen Fitzsimmons

eLearning Training Designer


Calen Fitzsimmons is an experienced content developer skilled in learning experiences and people-to-people relations. Strong in leadership, professional communication, training, multimedia, and learning content creation, Calen has a bachelor’s degree focused in digital film with an emphasis in production from Grand Canyon University, and a master’s in management and leadership from Western Governors University. Calen works at EPRI as an eLearning training designer implementing new and emerging technologies such as VR, AR, and a new learning system to establish a program containing 95 courses, initially for new chemistry technicians, and ultimately for other job roles for the nuclear industry.

Brian Flores

Organizational Development, Senior Manager


Brian James Flores is an organizational development, senior manager at CommerceHub, where he leads talent development and employee engagement initiatives. He was previously a talent & organizational development consultant at Zoom Video Communications during the height of the pandemic, and formerly senior training manager, learning and development at Performics, where he redefined onboarding and led cross-agency training efforts. Brian discovered his love for talent development in his early career during his tenure with Apple Inc., where he contributed to the design and facilitation of global learning experiences within Apple Retail. He completed his master’s degree in education, in human resource development, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has shared his thought leadership in various speaking engagements and industry events.