Becoming Learning Rebels

Redesigning the Future of Workplace Learning

October 4, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

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for people leaders

The People Innovators Summit by Udemy for Business brings together the top HR, L&D, and business leaders from around the world for one-day of knowledge sharing, professional networking and inspiring content.

The People Innovators Summit is created by Udemy for Business, a global learning platform with over 2,500 courses on the must-have skills that help employees do whatever comes next.

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with director-level L&D, HR and People leaders

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Challenge & rethink

your workplace learning programs

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tactical takeaways and best practices that break the mold

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We often think of rebels as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians. But in reality, rebels are those who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks and bold actions.

The demand for innovative and inventive L&D programs is higher than ever. Businesses must be ready to act on opportunities not yet known and we must prepare our workforce for a rapidly-evolving future. To redefine the future of work, we must challenge ourselves and our organizations to break the mold.

join udemy for business

as we take you on a journey to become a Learning Rebel that redesigns the future of workplace learning.

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Francesca Gino

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Award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

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Francesca has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Francesca’s work will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.



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Molly Hill

VP of Global Learning and Development

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As the leader of Global Learning & Development for Starbucks, Molly works to build a learning journey for employees and licensed partners worldwide from their “core” learning to ongoing learning to preparing for their next role. Prior to Starbucks, Molly has spent her career exploring and loving the field of training and development at Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Starwood Hotels and Disney. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington and certificates in learning design and learning theory.

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Shelley Osborne

Head of Learning & Development

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Shelley Osborne is Head of L&D at Udemy. She has 14 years of experience in the education sector and in corporate learning and development. Previously, she was VP of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, specializing in talent leadership, management training, and soft skills development for startups. At Udemy, Shelley leads and executes the learning strategy for Udemy employees. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta.

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Uli Heitzlhofer

Director People Learning & Development

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Since joining Lyft, Uli has redesigned the Performance Management system, overhauled the L&D portfolio and placed People Development on the company-wide agenda. His passion for L&D began at Google as a Performance Management Program Manager. He then joined the Executive Development team, and later the Manager Development team. Under his purview, Uli ran the manager onboarding experience globally and addressed topics in team effectiveness and managing at scale. Uli graduated from Vienna University of Economic and Business Administration with a Masters in International Business.

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Flo Thinh Chialtas

VP of People Operations

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Flo leads the Recruiting, HR & WorkPlace Operations teams at NerdWallet. Flo and her team are constantly finding ways to attract, develop and delight employees and build a great nerdy experience for all. Prior to joining NerdWallet, Flo was a talent partner at Khosla Ventures, spent four years growing Zynga and dabbled in talent acquisition strategies for early startups. A self-professed music junkie, Flo believes live music can cure any ail. When she’s not working, you can find her adventuring with her family in Tahoe or the majestic Russian River.

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Drew Fifield

Senior Director, Learning & Development

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Drew has spent over 10 years designing and implementing performance, talent, and leadership development programs, tools and experiences for front-line employees and executives at Urban Outfitters, Nike, Converse, Getty Images and Industrious. He is passionate about using a design thinking approach that puts employees at the center of the process. Drew spent time thinking about organizational dynamics and learning at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Masters degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.

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Lissa Minkin

VP, Workplace and People

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Lissa brings 20+ years of experience to her role leading Tile’s People and Workplace team. Prior to joining Tile she held HR leadership positions at Addepar, Facebook, eBay, and Time Warner. Lissa is a leader with proven success in organizational design and development, leadership and management development, talent management, employee communications and performance and career development,. She is also a dedicated people leader and coach with the ability to attract top talent, build teams and grow careers.

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Liz Sweet

Sr Director, West People Strategy

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Liz is a senior leader in talent strategy with experience covering the areas of learning and development, talent management, people data and corporate culture. Her expertise in building scaled approaches to management and leadership development has spanned across multiple large tech companies including Twitter, Pandora and WeWork. In her current role, she is building a holistic experience to hiring, developing and retaining talent in WeWork’s US & Canada West region.

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Pete Premenko

Sr Director of Learning and Development

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Pete’s bio is coming soon…

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Danielle Clark

Director, Talent Development

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Danielle is an L&D leader who loves helping people fulfill their potential using assessment, facilitation, experiential programs and coaching. As Director of Talent Development, she is responsible for leading the global enterprise talent development team which creates and delivers programs for all employee personas. Key areas of learning are around change, EQ, strategic leadership and enabling leaders to be successful in the 18,000 strong Adobe matrix. Her journey began in recruitment then moved to consulting with Hay Group Korn Ferry in London and San Francisco.

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Cara Brennan Allamano

SVP of Human Resources

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Cara has deep experience scaling HR operations, recruiting, and learning & development at fast-moving, global companies. Prior to joining Udemy, she was SVP of People at Planet and previously served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest, Efficient Frontier, Young and Rubicam, and Knight Ridder, among others. Cara is the co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, a group of HR leaders working to bring new HR/recruiting technologies to market. She holds a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and completed graduate studies at Stanford University.

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Darren Shimkus

General Manager

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Darren Shimkus has nearly two decades of experience building and growing high-performing sales, marketing, and product management teams. Darren currently serves as General Manager of Udemy for Business at Udemy. Darren began his career in corporate education at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington D.C. and London and has built several technology companies, where he served in various product development, sales, and general management roles. He received his BA from William & Mary and his MBA from Stanford University.



8:00 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:30 am

We sought out to understand the role humanity plays in employee learning and development. What we found? The organizations that are focused on making employee development more people-centric perform better against key business metrics. Hear Darren Shimkus, General Manager at Udemy for Business, as he takes you on a journey of what it means to be human and how organizations that are forward-thinking are able to leverage the talents and skills of human beings in ways other organizations cannot.

9:30 – 10:15 am

Now that we know why our human talents are unique and how they can drive businesses forward, let’s understand L&D’s purpose. What role does our function play in reskilling people and organizations around the world? Do you have a “future of work” plan in place? This session will cover how L&D can become a well-oiled “reskilling machine” and provide the tools to constantly re-skill workers for old, new, and emerging roles.

10:15 – 10:35 am

10:35 – 11:10 am

Being a true People Innovator is integrating learning as part of your overall talent management function. Learn from people leaders on how to build a learning organization when you don\’t have the influence or resources of a CLO. How do you start? What is important? How do people teams and other functions of the business work together to integrate learning throughout the organization, enabling employee development wherever and whenever it happens.

11:10 – 11:45 am

Simply having a L&D program isn’t enough. L&D and People teams are being challenged to create workplace learning programs that are fresh, captivating and effective. In this session, you will learn what replaces the LMS and what new kinds of learning technologies from AR to AI can you leverage to provide the most innovative experience and programs that your workforce will hold onto?

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

12:45 – 1:30 pm

In her talk, based on her new book Rebel Talent, Francesca will share insights on why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.

Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.

1:30 – 2:05 pm

Companies have completely reinvented their business models, and they’ve had to upskill their workforce to do so. This session will highlight what it really means to undergo this kind of redesign, how L&D plays such a vital role in its success and what you should be considering now to play up to the disruptors.

2:05 – 2:25 pm

2:25 – 2:50 pm

3:00 – 3:35 pm

L&D functions have traditionally focused on providing training and testing knowledge retention. However, today as more companies strive to align learning to business outcomes, L&D teams are under pressure to go beyond simply delivering training to influencing employee behavior and performance. In this session, L&D leaders will share how they have redesigned their training programs to ensure behavior change happens.

3:35 – 4:10 pm

Measuring the value of your training programs doesn’t have to be complex. This session rethinks how we measure the ROI of Learning, sharing new ways to track and measure learning outcomes.

4:10 – 4:20 pm

4:20 – 6:30 pm



Terra Gallery & Event Venue

511 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA


These hotels are in the heart of SoMa in San Francisco and walking distance to Terra Gallery.

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Courtyard by Marriott

299 2nd St,

San Francisco, CA 94105

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138 King Street,

San Francisco, CA 94107

Additional hotels near the Terra Gallery and Event Venue include:

The Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery St,

San Francisco, CA 94105

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W San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA 94103

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frequently asked


People Innovators Summit will take place at Terra Gallery and Event Venue in the SoMa district of San Francisco.

While there is not a People Innovators Summit room block, we recommend 2 hotels within walking distance of the venue: Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Downtown and Palace Hotel San Francisco.

We are happy to make additional recommendations in the city, just drop us an email!

People Innovators Summit will take place on Thursday, October 4, 2018. We’ll kick things off at with breakfast at 8 AM followed by a jam-packed day of speakers, sessions and networking. Content will wrap at 4 PM, followed by a party at the Terra Gallery.

The ticket price includes your admission to the conference and the party, plus breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks and heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at the party!

No. All travel costs – including airfare, transportation and hotel accommodations – are the responsibility of the attendee.

Absolutely! And we welcome teams. You’re eligible for a group discount if you register three or more people from your company. Email us for more details.

Cancellations received after August 21, 2018 will result in forfeiture of your entire ticket fee. You may, however, still transfer your registration to a colleague until September 24, 2018. For more information or assistance, just shoot us an email.

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