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The Top 20 L&D Influencers You Need to Know About in 2020

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The ‘Roaring’ 1920s was a time of considerable innovation in technology, science, education, and…Jazz! 

With the introduction of mass production, mass-advertising and the widespread installation of home electricity, a flurry of new careers were born too. Just as the workplace had moved forward, L&D had to keep up as well. Training programmes became more established, more robust, and a new standard in most industries. 

A hundred years later and history seems to be repeating itself. We may not be seeing a new age of Jazz just yet, but the L&D industry will have to ride on the forefront of a new wave of technology. 

So who are the influential leaders at the top of this crest? Who are at the cutting edge of the latest happenings in Learning and Development? Who are the L&D movers and shakers of 2020 and beyond?

Strap yourselves in. Here are some of the best authors, consultants, speakers and specialists in L&D. From established favourites, to the new kids on the block, it’s going to be a heck of a learning curve!

The 20 L&D Influencers You Need to Know About in 2020

Without further delay, and in alphabetical order, here’s the list you’ve all been waiting for!

Britt Andreatta

Dr Britt Andreatta, PHD, is an international thought-leader who uses neuroscience and psychology to unleash the best performance in learners and organisations. She is also the CEO of 7th Mind, Inc; a training organisation who focuses on brain-based learning. Her book, ‘Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Learn and Master Any Skill’, her training programmes and her LinkedIn courses, make Dr Andreatta a worthy starter to our list!

Josh Bersin

Amongst many other pursuits, Josh Bersin is a well-respected global analyst and public speaker focusing on recruiting, leadership and learning. He is the founder of Bersin, an acclaimed provider of membership programmes of HR, talent and learning. 

Josh’s expertise in HR technology make him a key industry figure when looking to the future of L&D and how technology will play a huge part in its evolution.

Brandon Carson

Brendon Carson is a cutting-edge e-Learning strategist, learning consultant and an award-winning Learning and Development executive. He has comprehensive knowledge in creating robust learning strategies as well as implementing learning technologies for a mass of global businesses. He has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies, including Apple, eBay, Yahoo, and Microsoft, to name a few!

Jane Hart

Jane Hart is the founder of The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies. This is one of the leading global L&D websites when considering the latest learning trends, learning technologies and apps to aid with the learning journey. Her work in advising companies over the past 25 years has led to Jane developing a reputation as a guru when it comes to modernising the L&D strategies of businesses worldwide.

Harold Jarche

Harold is a keynote speaker and a consultant specialising in workplace collaboration, organisational learning and the growing importance of knowledge sharing. 

His vast array of clients include Domino’s Pizza, Carlsberg and the Prime Minister’s Office, Finland. With a collection of worldwide companies singing his praises, he’s a one-man army fighting the war for squeezing the best out of your talent capitalising on your intellectual capital.

Charles Jennings

Over his 40 year plus career, Charles has become one of the world’s leading thinkers and specialists in Learning and Development. He is co-founder of The 70/20/10 Institute; an out-of-the-box, global consultancy within L&D. The 702010I break out of the confines of traditional L&D teachings by using the 70/10/10 Model as a framework for all their major strategies.

David Kelly

David is the Executive Vice President and Executive Director at The eLearning Guild. He has a wide-spanning history of working in Learning and Development which has seen him advise on L&D innovation, organisational L&D and the technology which is shaping the way we learn. David’s talks are not ones to be missed, and it’s going to be interesting to see what Mr Kelly has to say about the exciting decade in front of us!

Rob Lauber

In his own words, Rob’s passion is ‘Helping people become successful.’ Since graduating in 1985, Lauber has worked his way up L&D departments to become the Chief Learning Officer at McDonald’s. As a fast-food chain that employees hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, McDonald’s needed an expert in tech-driven automation, learning apps, and analytics at the helm. Keep an eye on Rob Lauber’s next move, it’s going to be interesting…

John Leh

Being the CEO and Lead Analyst of Talented Learning, John is without a doubt among the most insightful analysts in the industry. Talented Learning was named in the Top 20 eLearning Movers and Shakers of 2017 and 2018. John is also an individualistic, unconstrained LMS advisor, blogger and podcaster. His wildly successful work as an L&D strategist with various corporations makes Mr Leh among the most experienced in the industry!

Elliot Maisie

With nearly 30 years in the industry, Elliot Maisie is a name that is known in L&D circles all over the world. Why? This key figure in L&D is an engaging speaker, analyst, researcher and educator who entertains with his global seminars and conferences. He leads The Maisie Center; a research institute which concentrates on how companies can utilise knowledge and learning within their teams. He’s cooperated on learning strategies with Amazon, American Express, Walmart and McDonalds, to name a few!

Michelle Ockers

A hefty amount of L&D professionals know the name Michelle Ockers. Michelle primarily provides key direction advice to a wealth of global organisations, but she does so much more. Whatever the industry, or size of company, Michelle uses her vast expertise to unleash the best learning approaches possible. From designing and implementing a learning academy for Coca-Cola Amatil, to reshaping the Learning and Development across Qantas Airways, Michelle has a lot to offer.

Laura Overton

Laura Overton is a name known to nigh-enough everyone in the L&D industry. Laura is the founder of Towards Maturity, a non-profit company that publishes independent research. She has nearly 30 years experience within L&D and has helped numerous companies improve performance through learning innovation. The long and short of it, she’s an L&D machine!

Craig Weiss

Craig Weiss is the CEO and lead analyst of the Craig Weiss Group. The Craig Weiss Group provide advisory, consulting and analytics services for companies worldwide. The Craig Weiss Group run the ONLY Learning Managing System search engine and Craig’s wildly popular blog ‘E-Learning 2-47’ which is read in 174 countries! Craig is always on the forefront of LMS innovation. If you want to know how the 2020s are going to be shaping up for L&D, then follow Craig! 

And It Goes Without Saying…

Juliette Denny

How could we write this list without mentioning our very own gamification and learner engagement expert, Juliette Denny! Juliette founded Growth Engineering in 2004. Since then, she’s taken the company from strength to strength. Armed with her passion for learning, Juliette (and her team!) have won a shelf full of awards for their hard work on The Knowledge Arcade, Genie and The Academy LMS

This is just the beginning. The 20s are set to be our most exciting and innovative years yet. Wave goodbye to dull online learning and follow Juliette’s journey here:

5 Under 30

As a special treat, here’s 5 up and coming players in today’s L&D game to keep an eye on:

Korbyn Behl

Korbyn Behl is currently the Global Manager of Learning Delivery at Expedia Group. He’s also a people leader in L&D, a public speaker and a promising relationship builder.

Jeremy Browder

Jeremy is a skilled L&D professional who has distinct abilities in designing and implementing training programmes and creating training initiatives. The splash he’s already made at Facebook proves that this young man is going far over the next decade!

Bailey Hamm

Bailey is a Learning Experience Designer who is impassioned about creating and delivering learning solutions! In her own words, she’s ‘Results-driven’ and thrives on collaborating with her customers.  

Andrea Goodwin

Andrea Goodwin is an experienced Instructional Designer who is motivated by creating engaging eLearning programmes. With her skills in marketing, learning theory and creative writing, we have a feeling Andrea will go far!

Karah Piepkorn

Like everyone on our list, Karah was featured on the ‘Learning Leaders 30 Under 30’ list of 2019. Karah’s experience is based in the finance industry and she uses her vast knowledge of data analysis, teamwork and public speaking to push for results.

Final Word

Due to their vast knowledge in Learning and Development, these key figures know exactly what training trends to expect in 2020 and beyond. In such a fast-paced industry with ever-evolving advances in technology, it’s going to be a rip-roaring ride!

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