In today's highly disruptive and dynamic environment, workplace learning can no longer rely solely in the formal classroom. The need to adapt quickly, ensure relevant learning content and knowledge transfer to stay competitive means that we need to re-imagine how learning is conducted in the organisation.

Organisation culture also play a key role in creating value for employees and empowering them to find right tools and content through self-directed learning that leads to increased workplace performance.

Hear from our industry experts and seasoned practitioners in this half-day seminar as they share their strategies in ensuring relevant workplace learning, and boosting employee performance.

AGENDA

1.30 PM: Registration

2.00 PM: Startup Value Creation

Jeremy Geiger, Vice-President, Foursquare

2.45 PM: Creating a Learning Organization

Dr. Wang Jiunwen, Human Resource Management Programme, SUSS

3.30 PM: Coffee/Tea Break & Networking

3.45 PM: Panel Discussion – Adopting Learning Analytics & Technologies in the Workplace

Chan Earn Meng, Director, HR, Sunray Woodcraft Construction

Amanda Yap, Manager, People Development, Changi Airport Group

4.30 PM: Training for 21st Century Skills with Blended Learning

Brian O’Dwyer, CEO, Cognalearn

EVENT DETAILS

Date: 21 March 2018, Wednesday

Time: 1.30 PM - 5.30 PM

Venue: Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

463 Clementi Rd, Singapore 599494

Block C, Level 5, Room 7 (C5.07)

 

STUDENT FEE: Complimentary

2.00 PM | START-UP VALUE CREATION

 SPEAKER: JEREMY GEIGER (VICE-PRESIDENT OF FOURSQUARE) 

Start-ups create real financial value for shareholders out of nothing. One critical factor to succeed is ensuring that employees recognize their significance to the company's success and making that real through the issuance of stock options, so they are indeed shareholders themselves. Mr. Geiger has generated over $50M in value by successfully starting-up a dozen new technology organizations around the world.  He will share insights into his approach to defining employee roles, writing job descriptions, hiring, issuing stock options, and developing employees.

2.45 PM | CREATING A LEARNING ORGANISATION

 SPEAKER: DR. WANG JIUNWEN (HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, SUSS) 

Traditionally, organizations have focused on learning that occurs through formal training and development programs. However, the realities of today’s workplace suggest that it is difficult for organizations to rely mainly on formal programs for developing human capital. In fact, based on one estimate, informal rather than formal learning accounts for up to 75 percent of learning within organization. This talk discusses informal learning in the workplace, and proposes strategies for organizations to create a learning culture that encourages informal learning.

3.45 PM | PANEL DISCUSSION - ADOPTING LEARNING ANALYTICS & TECHNOLOGIES IN THE WORKPLACE

 PANELIST: 

 CHAN EARN MENG (HR DIRECTOR, SUNRAY WOODCRAFT CONSTRUCTION) 

 AMANDA YAP (PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP) 

4.30 PM | TRAINING FOR 21ST CENTURY SKILLS WITH BLENDED LEARNING

 SPEAKER: BRIAN O'DWYER (COMMERCIAL FOUNDER, COGNALEARN) 

Higher education understands the value of blended learning - where much knowledge transfer takes place outside the classroom, and time together is used for application and practice. But how about organizations? What happens if your learners are not full-time students, but full-time employees? Can blended learning work then? Brian O'Dwyer says it can.

 

Organizations face a challenge today. They know their highly-skilled people provide a competitive advantage. Yet traditional training methods cannot keep up with the pace of work today. Formal, lecture-based delivery is an ineffective way to keep skills up-to-date. Simple 'click-next’ online learning is little better. In this presentation Brian O’Dwyer draws on practical experience to describe how to mix online and face-to-face experience to create an active form of learning that engages employees and works.

  • Why learning done right is not trainer-centred

  • Flipping the classroom in the corporate environment

  • The importance of data analytics

  • Using the team to support and drive learning

  • How review and testing form a crucial part of the process.

SPEAKERS PROFILES

JEREMY GEIGER

VICE-PRESIDENT

FOURSQUARE

 

Jeremy Geiger heads Foursquare’s business in Asia-Pacific and was previously the CEO of Palo Alto-based Retailigence. At Foursquare, Jeremy works with major tech companies (including Wechat Samsung, Grab, AliPay and others) to incorporate location intelligence into their apps. As the Founder & CEO of Retailigence, Jeremy provided location-based in-store retail inventory data for Online-to-Offline commerce. Before Retailigence, Jeremy spent 15 years starting-up and managing Asian subsidiaries of international software companies.  He has a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo in Canada and an MBA from Sasin in Thailand and has been a frequent speaker at leading Mobile and Digital Marketing conferences from Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), MediaPost, OMMA, Oppenheimer, BrandConnect, AdvertisingWeek, Ad:Tech New York, Pacific Crest Securities, BIA/Kelsey, GS1, Ad:Tech SF, Path-to-Purchase Institute (awarded “Faculty” status), CES, SWELL, e27, etc.  

DR WANG JIUNWEN

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM,

SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

Dr Wang Jiunwen received her PhD from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University). She is currently a lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences, teaching on topics such as Organizational Behaviour, Leadership Development and Talent Management. Before joining SUSS, she worked in the leadership development and employee engagement space at the Civil Service College. Her research has been published in top-tier journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Management Learning, Psychological Science and Annual Review of Psychology. Her current research interests lie in the domain of teaching and learning, workplace learning and leadership development.

CHAN EARN MENG

HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR

SUNRAY WOODFRAFT CONSTRUCTION

 

In early 2000, someone influential and sadistic in Seagate Technology came up with an idea: all executives should undergo Six Sigma certification. To hide the sadism, easy to difficult levels of certification were provided, from Green to Brown Belt. My superior placed me in the 4-weeks Brown Belt option. In my class filled with engineers and accountants, it was the HR person – and that’s me – who surprised all by seizing the Best Project Award. I did not think I charmed anyone in numbers or statistics, I probably told a better story. Later on when I joined OCBC Bank, I continued to deliver projects on quality and analytics and went on to lead a China HR analytics function. Over the years, it became clear to me that the world does not lack people with ideas; what is lacking is the ability to bring ideas to life and move them to adoption. I developed a deep desire to promote persuasive communication and business storytelling.

 

I have held leadership roles in multinational companies with a wealth of regional HR experiences in South East Asia and East Asia, and I had worked in China for more than 10 years as the Head of HR, OCBC Wing Hang China and Head of Group HR, Hi-P International. Presently, I am with Sunray Woodcraft Construction as HR Director.

AMANDA YAP

PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP

 

A dedicated L&D professional, Amanda has been actively involved in spearheading learning technologies-centric projects both in the public and in the private sectors in the last 10 years. Taking cognisance that technology is not the panacea to address a whole spectrum of human capital related issues challenging the corporate world today and in the near future, Amanda has also been taking a strategic HR lens in integrating a wide range of disciplines concerning organization learning and performance, leading and managing change to drive digital transformation initiatives in the L&D space.

 

Notable projects that Amanda had spearheaded during her stint with the Ministry of Home Affairs include the articulation of strategic capability development leading to the conceptualisation of various training initiatives such as initiating Home Team strategic engagements and partnerships with Institutions of Higher Learning such as the the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the National Institute of Education (NIE). Amanda was also instrumental in the implementation of a ministry-wide Learning Management System (LMS).

 

Amanda’s current portfolio as a People Development Manager with Changi Airport is responsible for transforming workplace learning through digitalisation of the company’s learning landscape. This entails the conceptualisation of a transformational roadmap incorporating micro-learning strategies to augment on-demand and bite-sized learning behaviours; piloting a mobile game application to complement the company’s Orientation experience and on the design and implementation of an enterprise class LMS as an online platform providing the environment to transform employees’ learning experience.

 

A self-driven and keen learner, Amanda went onto pursue her Master of Education (University of Adelaide) and was honoured as the valedictorian of the graduating cohort after completing her BSc. (Life Sciences) from the National University of Singapore. Amanda is also a certified hypnotherapist and is ACTA-certified. Other professional qualifications under her belt include a Postgraduate Diploma in HR and Organisational Psychology (Singapore Human Resource Institute) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, PGDE (Sec). 

BRIAN O'DWYER

COMMERCIAL FOUNDER

COGNALEARN

 

Brian O’Dwyer founded CognaLearn to help people learn better and faster.  CognaLearn uses patent pending learning methods developed at Duke-NUS Medical School to deliver corporate learning solutions for GSK, Merck, Pfizer and Takeda under the MEDNIVA vertical and 30 universities on five continents are using its InteDashboard technology platform for Team-based learning (“TBL”).  Presented at 28 conferences and workshops and prepared 10 research posters in TBL and education technology in Asia, Australia, Latin America and the United States

Brian O’Dwyer is an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia in Singapore where he teaches three courses with a team based teaching method that utilizes a flipped classroom:  Aeronautical Science for Management, Airport Administration and Finance and Airline Management.  He has also appeared as an Aviation Analyst on Channel NewsAsia on 19 occasions.

Brian has completed 50 corporate finance transactions with a total deal value of US$15 billion.  Previously, Brian was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Skywest Airlines Limited which was listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM and the Australian Stock Exchange until the sale to Virgin Australia in 2013. Prior to joining Skywest, Brian was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Singapore, Chicago and New York where he specialized in corporate finance.  He was also a strategy and operations management consultant with A.T. Kearney in Chicago.

Brian is based in Singapore and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from Duke University.  Brian is the former President of the Duke Singapore Alumni Club.  Brian is a private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine and seaplane pilot.  Brian has completed 17 marathons or triathlons and is a golfer.  Brian is married with four children.

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