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904 How & Why to Embrace New Technologies

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET
Thursday, December 7

To succeed in today’s work world, organizations must embrace new technological breakthroughs that enable continual improvement, including automated or AI-powered analysis tools. As learning leaders, we need to embrace a mindset that sees technological advancements as opportunities rather than obstacles.

In this interactive session, we’ll explore ways to identify obstacles and opportunities. We’ll talk about ways to research the use and impact of emerging technologies on L&D. And we will  discuss how to make good choices around which technologies to adopt and how to effectively and ethically deploy them, including leveraging stakeholders who can help you prepare for implementation.

You’ll leave this session with:

  • A futuristic mindset that empowers you to prepare your team and  your organization to embrace new technologies
  • Questions to ask when researching new technologies and their use in L&D
  • Strategies for leveraging stakeholder relationships as you research and implement emerging technologies
  • A big-picture view of governance and development
  • Examples of technology projects showcasing L&D’s role within them and their benefits

Debbie Richards


Creative Interactive Ideas

Debbie Richards, president of Creative Interactive Ideas, is a learning architect, self-proclaimed geek, and early adopter of learning technologies. For over 30 years, she has helped enterprise teams design, develop, and deliver immersive learning programs with measurable impact. 

Passionate about working with and mentoring other learning professionals, Debbie is a director at L&D Cares. The nonprofit group provides talent development professionals with no-cost coaching, mentoring, and resources to help them thrive and flourish in their careers. She is the past president of the Association of Talent Development, Houston chapter, and a past national advisor for chapters. Debbie has authored two TD at Work guides, Seeing the Possibilities With Augmented Reality and Preparing Your Organization for New Technologies.