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"Cultural and Cognitive Diversity for Learning Leaders"

How learners can enjoy connection and innovation across cultural and cognitive diversity in times of digital transformation

Diversity drives innovation, and innovation drives growth. Period! Cultural and Cognitive Diversity for Learning Leaders is an experience that shows you the powerful impact of diversity of culture and thought in the way that members of a team connect, learn, think, create, and take action to produce outstanding results. The audiences of both online and onsite talent development opportunities are becoming more diverse, challenging the learning designers and facilitators to be more aware of the cultural and cognitive clashes that can occur and how they can jeopardize the accomplishment of the learning objectives and the impact learning has on business goals.

Digital and technological transformation is affecting the way we learn and the way we work and live. As learning leaders, we face not only the challenge of navigating across different cultures and thinking styles but also swimming in a whirlpool of digital disruptions and technological changes. Learn how to effectively manage the interactions in learning teams, growing your ability to design, facilitate, and lead experiences that engage learners from different cultural backgrounds and cognitive modalities, while humanizing digital and technological transformations.

Grounded in theory, focused on practice, and designed using accelerated, cooperative, and experiential learning, this session will improve your practice as a talent development professional, engaging you from the very beginning and keeping you enjoying while you acquire and apply proven techniques to enhance your performance.

Why should I attend? 

  • Discover a useful framework to enjoy connection and innovation across cultural and cognitive diversity to produce outstanding results
  • Gain knowledge about how learning leaders can avoid cultural and cognitive blocker
  • Grow your learning and meeting facilitation skills while humanizing digital and technological transformations

Who should attend?

This learning experience is for people strategy and talent development executives, business consultants, corporate university leaders, learning designers, and facilitators who want to enhance connection and innovation across cultural and cognitive diversity in times of digital transformation.

What will you get as a takeaway?

You will receive a special edition of an article written by the authors of this learning experience with practical ways to remember and apply the model, techniques, and tools. You can participate in a drawing to receive a 2-hour fees-free learning session conducted by the author, designer, and facilitator in your organization. Note: If you win, your organization will cover all travel and accommodation costs for the day of the session.

Who will facilitate this experience? 

Fernando Sanchez-Arias
Fernando is a human and organizational strategist with more than 20 years of experience in learning, culture, change, diversity, innovation, and digital transformation, leading alliances and cross-cultural business initiatives, conducting conferences, facilitating strategic and learning sessions, and conducting executive coaching interactions in more than 70 countries for more than 100,000 people from more than 100 countries.

He was the Chief People Officer of a division of e-commerce, marketing, and digital innovation of The Home Depot, a multi-billion dollar retailer, where he co-founded a leadership and innovation center. He was also corporate director of learning and people strategy for a group of oil & gas manufacturing companies, as well as a founder of MEJORAR, a research and learning center. He serves as a director at The Home Depot learning organization, leading a leadership development initiative.

Fernando combines his experience as an executive with his robust Ivy League education and his active service as a director of chambers of commerce, professional associations, and international organizations. He is a graduate of the Executive Program of Leadership in Work-Based Learning offered by the Wharton School and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Master of Science in Education and conducted doctoral studies. He was a board member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and world president of the Junior Chamber International (JCI). Fernando is an ontological executive coach certified by the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and Newfield Consulting, as well as a Certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitator by the Center for Cultural Intelligence.

Breakout Session Tracks

Track A: Instructional Design and eLearning Design

Track B: Coaching and Leadership Development

Track C: Facilitation and Training Delivery 

Plus a Bonus Track featuring 3 additional sessions!



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