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Roundup and photos: Training and Development Asia 2017, Philippines

While business leaders and executives generally recognise the importance of employee training and are more than happy to support it, they also would like to see more concrete measurements that can clearly determine the kind of impact that the aforementioned learning has done (and will do) to their workforce’s overall productivity, performance, and engagement.

This was one of the major issues that was addressed at the Training and Development Asia 2017 held last August 17 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City. The more than 150 L&D professionals, HR managers, and executive mentors who attended were part of an evolving profession that is turning them into strategic business partners and not just trainers. The conference speakers and panelists had been asked to discuss this trend, with their unique insights focusing on current employee and training needs, the synergy between leadership development and business performance, and the influence of emerging technologies on the various kinds of learning formats that appeal to a new generation of Millennial employees.

The Morning Sessions

The first speaker, Dr. William Thomas, Founder and Chief Teaching Officer of Designing Leaders, LLC, started the discussion with his thought-provoking topic, “How to Reap Maximum Benefits from Your Learning and Development Initiatives.” He enjoined the participants to make their department heads and hiring managers a vital collaborative part in designing programmes that will effectively turn learning into performance. He said, “Help your managers think ahead of their future talent needs and together, plan ahead for the future. See this as an opportunity that will set up success for that future.”


During the actual panel discussion, Ms. Ocampo and Ms. Sia answered the audience’s questions on how to develop flexible, mobile, and convenient training methods that are cost-effective as well.

The conference ended on a high note, showcasing the indispensable link between training and business, learning and productivity, and professional development with corporate success. The digital age is transforming trainers into become strategic business partners, and as the conference has shown, they are up to the challenge.


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