During a virtual presentation on July 30, 2020, David Epstein, New York Times best-selling author of Range, shared leading research about the need for talent development to focus on generalization in a world that is becoming increasingly more specialized. Epstein and attendees discussed unexpected opportunities and invisible pitfalls in times of crisis, and participants learned future-forward applications to apply immediately to their companies.
Time: July 2020
Chef José Andrés
CTDO Next at ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition
Featured Keynote: Chef José Andrés
"There’s no point in leaders having a clear vision if they don’t give people the freedom to pursue it."
On May 20, 2019, CTDO Next members and special guests gathered in Washington, DC, for a rousing conversation with Chef José Andrés about how to better empower their people. Attendees discussed that, when it comes to empowering people, encouraging ideas is easy and safe, but encouraging decisions is hard. And Andrés shared his experiences and takeaways from serving survivors of natural disasters through his nonprofit, ThinkFoodGroup. Most notably, he has learned that adaptability and planning are not mutually exclusive; if not careful, a leader can easily optimize planning at the expense of adaptability.
Time: May 2019
Location: Washington, D.C.
CTDO Next at ATD 2018 International Conference & Exposition
Featured Keynote: Paul DePodesta
If we weren't already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?
On May 7, 2018, 30 talent development executives gathered in San Diego to explore how this question, coined by Peter Drucker decades ago, applies today to a profession facing significant disruption and change. Paul DePodesta, chief strategy officer for the National Football League's Cleveland Browns, led the learning leaders in a fireside chat. DePodesta, subject of the popular 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and the 2011 sports film of the same name, described how his unique approach to sabermetrics—guided by Drucker's question—revolutionized Major League Baseball data and analytics two decades ago.
"We became absolutely relentless in asking that naïve question," DePodesta said. "It became part of our DNA. We were constantly questioning our core beliefs and all of the decisions we had made."
Time: May 2018
Location: San Diego, CA
CTDO Next Santa Monica 2019
Featured Keynote: Grant Imahara
“Don’t be afraid of the robots.”
On October 17, 2019, CTDO Next members gathered at Viceroy Santa Monica to discuss the state of robotics and implications for the workplace. Grant Imahara—electrical engineer, roboticist, and former television host of MythBusters—offered a refreshing take on the limitations of the current state of the art. From animatronics to self-driving vehicles, he counseled that robots aren’t quite as advanced as we tend to think they are. Robots will take some jobs—those that are dull, dirty, and dangerous. They will not take others that require creativity, empathy, innovation, and problem solving. The most likely scenario in the next decade will be humans and robots working together; robots will be more aware of and compliant with humans and humans more comfortable with robots.
Time: October 2019
Location: Santa Monica, CA
CTDO Next Miami 2018
Featured Keynotes: Kevin Mitnick and Stuart Russell
“In the long run, we have to help people become better humans.”
On October 10, 2018, CTDO Next members convened in Miami, Florida, for the network’s second-annual retreat. Featured keynotes included Kevin Mitnick, world-famous hacker turned white-hat security consultant and Stuart Russell, professor at UC Berkeley and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Members began exploring several transformations in talent development, including the future of measurement and analytics, cybersecurity training, and artificial intelligence.
Time: October 2018
Location: Miami, FL
Chef Thomas Keller
CTDO Next Napa 2017
Featured Keynote: Chef Thomas Keller
"It's all about finesse."
On November 4, 2017, eight talent development executives gathered for the first inaugural CTDO Next event in Napa, California to hear from renowned Chef Thomas Keller and his thoughts on developing people. We explored Keller's six guiding principles that helped him throughout his career, his perspective on when talent leaves the organization, and more.
"Success is built on all the people who came before us who paved the way," Keller said.
Time: November 2017
Location: Napa, CA
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