New Learning Playbook™ and the Human Capital Institute Partner to Create the Learning Innovation Network (LIN), an Executive Think Tank Focused on Learning and Talent Management Issues

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The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator that is advancing the science of strategic talent management, and New Learning Playbook™ (newlearningplaybook.com), a blog tracking innovations and trends in corporate learning and talent management among corporations, universities and government agencies, have partnered to launch the Learning Innovation Network (LIN), a think tank of senior learning and talent management professionals working in FORTUNE 1000 organizations.

Sun Microsystems is leading a movement to share these best practices with groups like Learning Innovation Network, so we collectively become smarter on how to leverage social media for the learning and development industry.

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator that is advancing the science of strategic talent management, and New Learning Playbook™ (newlearningplaybook.com), a blog tracking innovations and trends in corporate learning and talent management among corporations, universities and government agencies, have partnered to launch the Learning Innovation Network (LIN), a think tank of senior learning and talent management professionals working in FORTUNE 1000 organizations.

LIN's official launch, hosted by Sun Learning Services at its Santa Clara, Calif. campus, will bring together leading experts and executives for a one-and-a-half-day executive roundtable event for learning and talent management professionals. Titled Prepare Your Workforce for the "Net" Generation: An Executive Roundtable For Learning and Talent Management Professionals, it will explore innovations in attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining the "Net" generation of talent.

The roundtable will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT on June 16 and Jun 17, 2008, at SUN Learning Services, 4050 Palm Dr. in Santa Clara. Led by newlearningplaybook.com and LIN founder, Jeanne C. Meister; Allan Schweyer, HCI Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Research; and Dr. Karie Willyerd, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Sun Learning Services/Sun Microsystems, the event will feature discussions of the innovations organizations are using to attract, recruit, develop and retain Net Generation talent; and the latest practices and research on the changing roles of Chief Learning Officers and Chief Talent Officers. Participants will also provide vital input to a Learning Research Agenda for issues facing Learning and Talent Management departments.

"We saw a need to create the Learning Innovation Network as a way to form an ongoing community—of Chief Talent Officers, Chief Human Resource Officers and Chief Learning Officers—to work collaboratively in identifying game-changing practices for attracting, developing and retaining Millennial Generation talent," said Meister. "This group of employees, all born between 1980 and 1995, now numbers more than 80 million. One of the benefits of participating in the LIN Roundtable will be the opportunity to meet on a quarterly basis, sharing lessons learned and the latest research on innovations in learning and talent development."

Impressed by HCI's Net Generation virtual panel, and its current and past research on generational talent, Meister reached out to the organization for support. HCI was pleased to come onboard as a full partner in the LIN launch. "Karie Willyerd and Jeanne Meister have created a timely agenda for this event," said Schweyer. “Learning and talent management executives are keen to understand what makes Generation Y tick. We're looking forward to sharing the results of our study on intergenerational attitudes, and building momentum toward a continuing executive roundtable on attracting, managing and motivating Millennial talent."

Sun Learning Services was eager to host the launch. "I see a 'perfect storm' ahead for how organizations attract, develop and retain Net Generation talent," said Karie Willyerd, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Sun Learning Services/Sun Microsystems. "Sun Microsystems is leading a movement to share these best practices with groups like Learning Innovation Network, so we collectively become smarter on how to leverage social media for the learning and development industry."

This invitation-only, executive-level LIN event is recommended for C-level and VP-level learning and talent executives. A comprehensive fee of $595 covers both days' activities. HCI Professional Members receive a $100 discount. For more information, please visit http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org or contact HCI Member Services at1-866-538-1909.

ABOUT NEW LEARNING PLAYBOOK™
New Learning Playbook™ is a blog tracking the latest innovations in corporate learning and talent management among the FORTUNE 1000. New Learning Playbook showcases the latest lessons in how corporations and institutions of higher education are using a range of social media to attract, develop and retain Millennial talent. The blog was founded by Jeanne C. Meister, a leading-edge thinker, researcher and author who tracks trends and innovations in learning among corporations, non-profit agencies and institutions of higher education. http://www.newlearningplaybook.com

ABOUT SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision—"The Network is the Computer"—Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://www.sun.com. (Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Sun StorageTek , OpenSolaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.)

ABOUT THE HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE
The Human Capital Institute (HCI) is a global network of more than 115,000 members in 40 countries committed to shaping the world's new talent economy. Leaders, executives, and practitioners in HCI's network represent organizations of all sizes across public, charitable and government sectors, and collaborate on the next practices in strategic talent management. Through communities, education, events and research, HCI provides actionable, results-driven solutions to help members foster talent advantages to ensure organizational change for competitive results. In tandem with HCI's training, peer-to-peer learning, and public and private research on talent management best practices, the HCI Human Capital Strategist designation sets the bar for expertise in talent strategy, acquisition, development and new economy leadership. http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org

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New Learning Playbook
Jeanne C. Meister
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New York, NY 10036
212-734-1589

Human Capital Institute
Laura Polas
866-538-1909
press@humancapitalinstitute.org

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