The Learning Leaders Conference

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Learning 2021

Learning 2021 returns to Orlando November 7 – 10. This year we’ll be diving into the issues facing today’s learning leaders in our rapidly changing world. We’ll be deeply engaged in a wide variety of discussions and experiences examining the strategies, skills, and solutions that matter most to our work and the organizations we serve.

While we are looking forward to hosting this event live in Orlando, we understand this year's event will look a little different as we prioritize the comfort and safety of our community. Learn more about how we're preparing for Learning 2021.

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Each year we explore the topics and themes that matter most to learning leaders and the organizations they support. Here are a few of the themes we’ll be exploring this fall.

Thriving Through Change

The Learning Event has always provided the connections, guidance, and answers learning leaders need to succeed and thrive through periods of change. This year we embrace and amplify that focus.

Modern Learning Leadership

For many organizations, learning has never been more important than it is right now. Discover the strategies and proven practices that learning leaders are using to meet today’s challenges.

learning and the new normal

The impact of COVID19 will affect how we live, work, and play long after the pandemic is over. Gain guidance on how to lead your organization into the new world of work.

learning and the new normal

Discover ways to support what has quickly become one of the most urgent and growing needs learning organizations must address.

redefining blended learning

Examine how to pivot your blended learning approaches to incorporate new office environments and increased remote work

Leading with Empathy

Understanding and sharing the feelings of others is a critical part of effective learning leadership, and Learning 2021 will be exploring how to put that empathy into practice.

Learning For Good

The Learning event has always found ways to support charities and social causes, and we look to enhance that through our association with The Learning Guild’s Guild for Good Program.

Tech and learning

Technology continues to advance and create new opportunities for learning and performance. Explore the intersection of learning and technology via unique experiences throughout the event.

Women & Learning

Learning 2021 continues to place a spotlight on the strategies women and their organizations can apply to address the unique challenges women in learning face in their careers.

learning immersion

Emerging technologies are enabling new and immersive experiences. Discover the new doors that these experiences are opening for learning.

research data trends
Examine the latest research into learning and performance, and learn from experts who will distill the insights into practices you can apply right away.

robots ai automation
Automation is a driving force of the future of work. Learn how Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and other technologies are affecting the workforce, and what that means for learning.


Learning often takes the form of someone doing the work to solve a problem on their own. Discover how to support a world where learning is increasingly self-service and integrated into everyday activities.

the journey to personalization

The promise of true personalized learning is closer than ever. Discover the technologies that are powering this paradigm and how to apply them in your work.

social and collaborative learning

The disruptions of the pandemic placed a spotlight on how important human connections are. Learn how to support these connections as you engage in social activities throughout Learning 2021.

data analytics competency

Advancements in data and analytics provide us with a better understanding of human performance than ever before. Learn how to harness this power in your own learning strategies.

wellness at work

Mental health is a growing focus for many organizations, and today’s learning leaders need to ensure that focus also applies to our approaches to learning.

learning's role in dei

The last few years have accelerated conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion around the globe. Learning 2021 hosts important sessions exploring L&D’s role in supporting DEI efforts.

the science of learning

Brain science and other learning-centered sciences are extremely popular buzzwords in L&D. Examine the facts, and the fiction, around how the science of learning can inform your work.  

learning is fun

Learning should also be fun, and that has always been a core tenant of the Learning event. Learning 2021 will continue that trend, with experiences that entertain and educate, helping you build skills, relationships, and memories that will last a lifetime.



Explore the rich program of sessions, featuring speakers from leading organizations worldwide. Our agenda offers descriptions of each session to help you plan your Learning 2021 experience.  Take a deep dive into case studies, learning journeys, or the latest learning research. A rich mix of themes and session types might be just the ticket!

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The Learning 2021 keynote lineup will explore stories of creativity, innovation, and inspiration, all within the context that matters to the work you do every day.



Join a community of learning leaders from all around the globe to connect, share, and explore solutions to the challenges and changes impacting facing modern learning organizations.



Learning 2021 features almost 120 unique activities over 3 ½ days, including sessions, labs, discussions, and more.



The Learning 2021 Innovation Gallery provides a great opportunity to discover how the technologies and solutions provided by leading industry suppliers can enhance your learning strategies and help your organization achieve its goals.

30 UNDER 30

30 UNDER 30

Learning 2021’s Thirty Under 30 Program provides recognition to the next generation of Learning Leaders, and provides support, visibility, voice and development for the next generation of Learning Leaders from all corners of the globe.



Learning 2021 is for all Learning Leaders, be they experienced veterans looking to stay ahead or mentor the next generation, new leaders looking to build their skills, and every stage of leadership in between. Learning 2021 is about leaders helping leaders.


Learning Leaders

NEW! Learning 2021 Pre-conference Activities

Begin your Learning 2021 experience with a full day of learning and connecting with other attendees. Workshops take place from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and offer detailed agendas that focus on developing in-depth knowledge and skills.

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Learning Leaders ForumThe Learning Leaders Forum is an exclusive one-day event for leaders of all levels to gather and build strategies that address the key challenges of the modern learning organization.

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Learning 2021 will take place at Disney's renowned Coronado Springs Resort. Follow the footsteps of the hotel's namesake, explorer Don Fransisco Coronado, to the mythical city of golden learning in this Southwestern-haven of brightly-colored casitas, rustic ranchos, and beachfront cabanas. A room block has been set aside for attendees for $219/night, book today to reserve your room!

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  • I love the Learning conference; Learning 2019 is off to a really great start. Folks are getting a lot of takeaways and they are meeting a lot of smart learning leaders. I believe what is happening here is going to help people with their career trajectory.
    Martha Soehren
    Chief Talent Development Officer, Comcast
  • This is my favorite workweek of the year—coming to Learning every year, I’ve been doing it for 20 years. It’s a great time to bring together all of us in our career: we benchmark, we network and we figure out what’s next.
    Kathy Tague
    Senior Director, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding, Northwestern Mutual
  • Learning 2019 is my favorite conference, I say that all the time. I’ve been back 4 times, and every year in a different capacity. I am excited to see some of the new things like the book club and the different experiences. It’s always been one of my favorite conferences.
    Mandi Christensen
    Director, Training and Development, Chewy
  • I love this show! I’ve been coming to the Learning show for almost 20 years and I think it’s a great collection of learning leaders, but also a great collection of new thoughts and innovations in the field.
    Kevin Oakes
    CEO, Institute for Corporate Productivity