Lauren Dixon

Learning in Practice 2015: Excellence in Academic Partnerships

Gold Penn State Smeal College of Business A partnership between Saudi Basic Industries Corp., or SABIC, and Penn State Executive Programs of the Smeal College of Business developed learning programs for the SABIC supply chain to accelerate career development, and identify opportunities to substantially reduce working capital. To accelerate recruitment, development and promotion for the best-performing supply chain workers at…

Learning in Practice 2015: Trailblazer Division 2 Winners

Gold Joseph Malta Director of Learning and Development, ABC Cos. In an effort to develop internal leaders, ABC Cos. needed to create on-site learning resources. It teamed up with new leader, Joseph Malta, manager of learning and development, to identify business needs and skill gaps, then created content for ABC University. To start, the small organization had to identify an…

Learning in Practice: Excellence in Academic Partnerships

Gold Penn State Smeal College of Business A partnership between Saudi Basic Industries Corp., or SABIC, and Penn State Executive Programs of the Smeal College of Business developed learning programs for the SABIC supply chain to accelerate career development, and identify opportunities to substantially reduce working capital. To accelerate recruitment, development and promotion for the best-performing supply chain workers at…

Learning in Practice 2015: Trailblazer Division 1

From Left: Elizabeth Bryant, James Bradford, Daniel Gandarilla Gold Elizabeth Bryant Vice President of Southwest Airlines University, Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines had embedded learning in its individual departments for 40 years. Inconsistency and redundancy were common across the organization, and this caused inefficient resource use, increased costs and limited flexibility. When the company acquired AirTran Airways in 2011, changes were imminent. Employees were…

Learning in Practice 2015: Collaboration Division 1 Winners

Gold Bechtel Corp. Bechtel Corp., a construction company, brings together carpenters, electricians, pipe fitters and more onto its teams. But these skilled workers are becoming harder to find, and retention is hard to maintain. Bechtel University built a blended-learning program called High Performing Crew, or HPC, which builds knowledge and experiences in leadership, safety, communication and more. Shifting the paradigm…

Learning in Practice 2015: Collaboration Division 2 Winners

Gold AMN Healthcare The Affordable Care Act has presented numerous challenges for health care staff and management, especially in hospitals. “Destinations,” a new program for AMN Healthcare, retired almost all previous systems and implemented new ones. Because of time constraints, Patty McKay, senior director of learning and talent development, took only a few days to gather employees to develop learning…

Please, Take It Personally

Personalized learning may take more time and resources to create upfront, but the returns on the back end in engagement and knowledge retention make it more than worthwhile. Personalized learning may take more time and resources to create upfront, but the returns on the back end in engagement and knowledge retention make it more than worthwhile.