Executive Breakfast: 21st Century Learning

  • 29 Jun 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Prudential Financial (Tower Building) - 655 Broad Street, Newark NJ 07102


  • Pre-register yourself and up to five attendees from your business and SAVE. (A total of 6 registrations.)

Executive Breakfast

21st Century Learning: 
How new technology changes everything you know about learning

As a learning professional, have you ever asked yourself these questions:

  • What is the most effective way to train people in my organization?
  • What skills or knowledge are the most critical to develop?
  • How do I measure effectiveness?
  • How do I separate the must know from the nice to know?
  • How much time should training take?
  • How do I personalize the training? Does it even matter?            

We know that superior training can be a market differentiator and impact an organization’s bottom line so there is some urgency in finding the answers.

21st century technology advancements have finally given us some answers to these challenges along with some exciting and innovative solutions. We can now leverage brain science, advanced technology and sophisticated metrics to deliver short bursts of personalized training and then measure and act on the results. Reporting on completions is a thing of the past!



About this event 

Whether you are a learning and talent development executive, manager, employee, learning professional or consultant, attending this session will show you the future of learning, and how that future is happening now.

Prudential Financial Case Study

Helen Lorell, Director Global Compliance Education, Prudential Financial Inc. will share her journey and how she collaborated closely with her compliance partner to change the future of learning at Prudential. Ellen McGlynn-Koke, Vice President Cross-Functional Compliance, will share her challenges and her expectations of the learning function and how together they worked with industry leader, Axonify to bring 21st century learning to their business partners.

Thought and Technology Leader Axonify

Carol Leaman, CEO and Mark Lang, Senior Director of Axonify will provide an overview of how advancements in technology and brain science, combined with the characteristics of today's modern workforce mean HR and Learning and Develop professionals have a unique opportunity to embrace new ways to deliver value to the business through driving employee knowledge.  Carol will discuss cognitive concepts, gamification of learning and provide concrete examples of the results large organizations are getting through a modernized learning approach.

  • Can you get your learning on your cell phone in 3 to 5 minutes a day? Yes!
  • Can you focus in on exactly where your knowledge gaps are? Yes!
  • Can you see proven evidence of your mastery? Yes! And much more!

This Executive Breakfast session will open your eyes and your mind about the future of learning.


About the Presenters


Carol Leaman is the CEO of Axonify Inc., a disruptor in the corporate learning space and innovator behind the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform.  Axonify delivers a unique 3-minute a day learning experience that combines brain science, adaptive microlearning, gamification and predictive analytics to increase employee knowledge and the performance necessary for achieving targeted business results. Prior to Axonify, Carol was the CEO of PostRank Inc., a social engagement analytics company that she sold to Google in June 2011. Previously, Carol held CEO positions at several other technology firms, including RSS Solutions and Fakespace Systems, both of which she sold to strategic acquirers. Carol is a frequent speaker, a regular contributor to Fortune magazine and a well-respected thought leader, whose articles appear in various learning, business and technology publications.  She brings her experience and insight to numerous not-for-profit and for-profit boards and has won multiple awards, including the Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Intrepid Award (2011) and the Sarah Kirke Award (2010) for Canada’s leading female entrepreneur.

Mark Lang is Axonify’s Senior Director of Client Sales. In this role, Mark leads his team in the process of evaluating prospective business within the existing Axonify client base to the mutual benefit of Axonify and its clients. With over 25 years of sales and sales management experience Mark has gained a reputation for building, managing and enabling high performance teams in a variety of market sectors including Human Capital Management, international trade, telecommunications and educational technology. Most recently Mark spent 7 years developing the Account Management team at D2L corporation responsible for maintaining 98% retention and growing revenues by more than 700%.

Helen Lorell is currently a Director of eLearning at Prudential. She has spent her career in various positions and industries directly or indirectly related to gathering, delivering, assessing or designing information in the most effective and compelling way, which has always been her passion. She started out as a teacher, went on to executive positions at various large publishing companies, both on the content side and the marketing and communications side. She was the CEO and founder of her own business in NYC for 16 years, where her clients were the country’s largest publishers, to whom she was a content supplier. When she was ready to apply her skills in a broader way, she entered the world of financial services, first as a VP at Merrill Lynch, designing online learning, and currently at Prudential, where she drives innovation in learning. She has two post-graduate degrees, an MS in English and an MBA.


8:00AM - 8:45AM - Breakfast & Networking
8:45AM - 10:30AM - Presentation and Q&A
10:30AM - 11:00AM - Networking

Note: You must register in advance.  No walk-ins due to security restrictions.  You will be asked to show ID at security. 

This event will be hosted in Prudential Financials new state of the art Tower Conference Center.  Easily accessible  from Path station, Newark-Penn and Newark-Broad street stations.

ATD Competency Model

This session complements the Learning Technologies, Training Delivery, Performance Improvement competencies.


  • Six Pack: $250.00 (USD) 
    Buy a group of 6 Tickets and Save! Add in the names of only 5 others, and for any changes, email the event owner margaretparadise@comcast.net
  • NNJ-ATD Non-members: $60.00 (USD)
  • NNJ-ATD Member: $45.00 (USD).
  • NNJ-ATD Member: Executive Package  $45.00 (USD) 
  • Non-members but member of Mid-NJ, Morris County SHRM:  $45.00 (USD)
  • Prudential Employee $15.00 (USD)

Event Contact

The Executive Breakfast is an annual event organized and hosted by the Executive Advisory Council to the Northern NJ Association for Talent Development. For any questions about this event, please contact: Meg Paradise at margaretparadise@comcast.net or cell 908.358.5262.

Sponsor This Event

For this event we have sponsorship opportunities available.
NNJ ATD Member: $200/Non-Member $250.

Please contact Executive Advisory Council Co-chairs: Meg Paradise or Tony Irace with any questions: MargaretParadise@comcast.net or Anthony.Irace@adp.com.

This includes inclusion in the event mailings, links to your website, table with flyers (sponsor supplies), admission for one person, and the option to provide a door prize.


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