Not surprisingly, a number of people have asked us why we decided to create an event like the Leading Learning Symposium. For us, it feels like a natural next step to take.
We’ve been working with organizations in the business of continuing education and lifelong development for many years and have found during that time that there are not a lot of opportunities for leaders in this sector to connect with each other and learn in truly meaningful, actionable ways about how to improve the performance of their education businesses.
Sure, there are many good conferences that focus on training and education. But these are aimed at corporate and academic programs.
And there are various events aimed at the association sector. But these focus on just about everything other than what is actually the core value and revenue driver of most associations: learning.
As we’ve argued in other parts of this site, there has never been a time when lifelong learning has been so important or when organizations in the business of lifelong learning have had such a critical role to play. It’s time for an event that fully recognizes and embraces this shift.
We’ve already been hosting a variety of networking and education events for years. And, of course, we have published a wide range of research and consulted with a long list of organizations. The symposium represents a way to bring together the many people we have met along the way, to connect organizations that have valuable insights and experiences to share, and to facilitate an experience that draws on the incredible amount of new knowledge about learning that has emerged in recent years.
Will we get everything right out of the gate? Unlikely. This will be a learning journey, but one that we are sure will create great value all along the way for those who choose to make it. We hope you will join us.
Jeff & Celisa