Chief Learning Officer Symposium Explores Employee Development as Fuel for Performance

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Industry leaders focused on ways to develop a high-performing workforce in a fast-paced world

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The key is elevating the discipline beyond traditional training approaches to a more integrated, action-oriented and essential function of business success.

The Spring 2017 CLO Symposium wrapped up in Bonita Springs, Florida, today, following three days of intense discussion on employee development’s role in achieving top performance despite the breakneck pace of change. The executive-level summit, developed and hosted by Chief Learning Officer magazine, drew hundreds of senior learning and development professionals, corporate executives and human capital management experts from around the world.

“The Symposium’s theme — Learning: The Fuel for Performance — intentionally focused presenters and participants alike on the undeniable fact that business is moving faster than ever before. But so is knowledge sharing,” said Mike Prokopeak, vice president and editor in chief for Human Capital Media, publisher of the magazine. “New technologies and advances in the understanding of how people learn and collaborate are creating a unique opportunity to establish corporate education as one of the organization’s most agile, strategic and far-reaching competitive advantages. The key is elevating the discipline beyond traditional training approaches to a more integrated, action-oriented and essential function of business success.”

To explore the power of learning to fuel organizational performance, the Symposium keynote lineup presented challenging new viewpoints by best-selling business authors and management thought leaders. The program also featured interviews with current and former chief learning officers about successful learning leadership, case-study narratives designed to inspire innovation, plus informative workshops showcasing real-world L&D solutions. On the evening prior to the conference, the prestigious 2017 CLO LearningElite list also was announced, honoring the top global organizations using exceptional L&D practices to create business value.  

Beginning May 22, professionals from throughout the industry will have another chance to watch workshops, keynotes, panel discussions and presentations from the live event via an easy-to-navigate CLO Symposium Video Library. The magazine’s editors will be releasing select highlights from CLO Symposium17 each week. Rolling access to updated content is available on demand by registering at

HCM also announced the theme and dates for the magazine’s next conference, taking place in California, October 2-3, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. CLO Symposium+PLUS will focus on The Talent Economy and how the continuing emphasis on innovation is intensifying the pressure on corporate learning leaders to more directly impact the makeup, performance and potential of the workforce.

Information about the 2017 CLO Symposium+PLUS, is available at

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