We often are so focused on training content, delivery, and metrics that we forget we are dealing with people — living, breathing, feeling human beings. These keynoters show us the power of the human touch and its importance in learning and development.
Monday, February 25 • 9:15 am – 11:15 am
Recognized for her humanitarian work and tech innovation, Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, helping the Taliban gunshot victim return to school and focusing on creating access to highquality education for all children around the world. A former business analyst with McKinsey & Co, Shiza founded The Collective, a community of leading entrepreneurs that come together to build collaborative change. She currently is the host of the new USA Today show, ASPIREist, which inspires Millennials to take action on the issues that matter most. Shiza was named one of Time’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World” and Forbes’ “30 Under 30 — Social Entrepreneurs.” See how ordinary people can make extraordinary waves, and how each of us can become change
Neuroscientist David Eagleman, host of PBS’ The Brain, is scientific advisor for HBO’s Westworld, and author of Livewired: How the Brain Rewrites Its Own Circuitry. Follow him on a heartfelt journey to discover how a child can function with one half of his brain removed, how a blind man can hit a baseball via a sensor on his tongue, and how paralyzed people soon will be able to dance in thought-controlled robotic suits. The brain often is portrayed as an organ with different regions dedicated to specific tasks. But that textbook model is wrong, David believes. The brain is not hardwired, he contends — it is livewired. Learn about David’s theory of infotropism: why the fundamental principle of the brain is information maximization. In the same way that plants grow toward light, brains reconfigure to boost data from the outside world. You will never think about your brain in the same way again.
Tuesday, February 26 • 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began when she was eight years old and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University and a career at Pixar Animation Studios, where she has done the lighting for feature films such as Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Brave. In addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math, and science. Discover the magic of combining art and technology and how that can be applied to training.
Smile, you’re at Training 2019 with Juliet Funt — and, yes, she’s the daughter of Alan Funt of Candid Camera fame! She’s also the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, which helps organizations, their leaders, and employees reclaim creativity, productivity, and engagement. Some 77 percent of surveyed CEOs note that their organizational complexity is higher than three years ago. As a result, employees are driving themselves hard in this Age of Overload. They are surviving but collectively (or subconsciously) asking, “How long can we keep this up?” Funt offers a different path, one where a reductive lens helps pare back busyness and make room to reclaim and effectively use mental capacity. Discover action items that can help combat the “Tools That Turn on You,” such as email, meetings, and PowerPoint decks, and find your WhiteSpace for increased productivity.