Speexx Exchange 2020

The New Digital Normal

The Acceleration of Digital Transformation in HR and L&D

Join top industry experts and thought leaders to discuss the acceleration of digital transformation in HR and L&D. Speexx Exchange 2020 is your hands-on reality check on the new normal of ed-tech and talent management practices. This time, we are going all-digital: join us on December 2nd, via video live-stream!

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Speexx Exchange 2020 Speakers

Moderator Laura Overton | International Speaker

Laura is an experienced international speaker, author, and facilitator with a passion for exploring, challenging, and sharing. Now a partner at Tulser (the former 70:20:10 Institute) her focus has always been on bringing a community together to investigate how learning innovation builds business impact. Laura has authored/ co-authored over 40 major research reports and, as a regular contributor to industry publications she has written over 300 articles. She has also received several prestigious awards, among which the Learning and Performance Institute’s Colin Corder Award for outstanding achievement and the Learning Technology Award for outstanding achievement.

Moderator Jo Cook | Director | Lightbulb Moment

Jo is a speaker, instructional designer, and classroom facilitator who specializes in virtual classrooms, webinars and live online learning technology. Jo’s passion is helping and supporting teams, professionals and organizations embrace the benefits of the virtual classroom. Jo’s background includes: further and higher education; the charity sector; small and large organizations, including CNN News. Through her company Lightbulb Moment, Jo specialized in training learning professionals about virtual classroom design and delivery. She has spoken on various topics at conferences such as Learning Technologies, Online Educa Berlin, and keynoted for Colleges Wales and E-learning Fusion.  

Mirjam Neelen | Head of Global Learning Design | Novartis

Mirjam  is currently Head of Global Learning Design & Learning Sciences at Novartis. She has around 15 years of industry experience, working at a wide variety of companies. In her current role, she is responsible for the global learning design strategy and plan, integrating a data-driven approach. Mirjam is a proud advocate for evidence-informed approaches to learning experience design and has a collaborative blog with Paul A. Kirschner. Together, they have recently published a book on evidence-informed learning experience design. She presents  her work regularly.  She has completed an MSc in Learning Sciences, an MA in Psycholinguistics and a BA in Speech Therapy.  

Rolf Reinhardt | Treasurer & Member of the Executive Committee | ICOBC

Rolf is an active member of the Executive Committee at the International Council on Badges and Credentials to ensure a systemic view of badges and credentials for individuals, organizations, and societies. He also works for LinkedIn Learning, at the intersection of government, education, and organizational learning. Since completing his Engineering degree in Media Technology, Rolf has worked on numerous large digital transformation projects, including one with the L&D department of L’ORÉAL. He later designed and managed complex eLearning projects mainly for corporate customers. He also serves as an Executive Board Member to the Union of International Associations and as a member of the OEB Global Advisory Board.

Montserrat Ventosa | VP Talent, Well-being and Purpose | Universidad Tecmilenio

As VP Talent, Wellbeing and Purpose, Montserrat is passionate about turning workplaces into engines for change with their people by elevating an organization’s talent, culture, and employee experience. In her current role, she heads a team that aims to build extraordinary places to work based in the Universidad Tecmilenio’s (UTM) Wellbeing & Happiness Ecosystem (part of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, one of the largest, most reputable systems in the Americas). At Speexx Exchange she’ll be introducing specific tools that HR and talent managers can apply to their organizations to ensure a happier, more productive, and healthier workplace of the future – especially crucial at an uncertain time in modern history.

Tim Burmeister | Learning Transformation Manager | GP Strategies

Tim has 18 years of experience in the Learning & Performance field and has worked for companies such as Accenture, Apple, Barclays, and MediaMarktSaturn. In his current role, he supports companies and L&D departments towards next-generation learning system transformation and he helps provide Modern Workplace Learning, starting with the strategy, the restructuring of learning teams, the implementation of Modern Learning Technology, and most importantly, anchoring L&D in the business. His expertise includes, but is not limited to L&D organization strategy and transformation consulting, LXP selection, configuration, integration, moderation and administration, and creating cohesive learning ecosystems.

Jen Velev | HR Specialist & Project Lead | World Health Organization

Jen has over 20 years of experience in the UN system, having worked for the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization, UN Volunteers, and the WHO. Since 2014 she is Project Lead for WHO’s corporate tool for L&D (“ilearn”), which has become the one-stop-shop learning hub for all WHO learners. She has a keen interest in building partnerships both inside and outside the organization. She is an active member of the UN/International Organization Cornerstone Community as well as the Geneva Learning Network.  She enjoys creating opportunities to share knowledge, the most recent being the UN-wide seminar entitled ‘UN Big Data Forum’ comprising keynote speakers from LinkedIn and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Sarah Makowski | Senior Manager, Talent Management | Winkelmann

Sarah is an American living in Germany. For over 20 years, she has worked in international Human Resources, recruiting, identifying, and developing critical specialists and leaders. As the first L&D manager at Winkelmann Group, she designs and implements new learning strategies and talent programs for employees worldwide. She is frequently engaged as a speaker at events designed for female entrepreneurs and leads workshops on the power of creativity. Currently, she is in the final stages of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. with the RWTH in Aachen, examining parallels between business women’s experience of the Glass Ceiling and Tokenism and the work of Jane Austen. 

Elizabeth Lembke | Chief Talent Navigator | Transforming Talent

Elizabeth is Chief Talent Navigator at Transforming Talent, a globally and virtually active consultancy specializing in people and culture solutions. She has 15+ years of experience in strategic and hands-on human resources, formerly heading up Talent & Learning for a charge of 7000 employees across 11 countries and through five major M&A integrations. She is a frequent collaborator and instigator in future-forward learning, talent, and employer branding arenas. At Speexx Exchange, she will be touching on how to “own” this new normal in the workplace, and the new skills, competencies, and capabilities it requires of HR and L&D. 

Andreas Kambach | Managing Director | Area9 Lyceum GmbH

Andreas has more than 25 years of experience in the training sector, with a focus on sales and concept development. He is Managing Director of a renowned training institute with offices in Hamburg and Leipzig, as well as subsidiaries abroad. In the past, he was also a member of the board of the Baltic Chamber of Foreign Trade. He most recently contributed his trainer expertise as the author of the book Dynamisch Verhandeln – Entscheiden, was andere entscheiden, was entscheiden. At Area9, he is the Managing Director of Area9 Lyceum GmbH, based in Leipzig.

Speexx Exchange 2020 Agenda

GMT+7 Time Zone

The Impact of the New Normal

What Have We Learned in the Last 10 Years and the Last 10 Months?

Exchange: Opportunity & Value
Breakout Rooms

Evidence-Informed Design – Ideas That Make the Difference
Mirjam Neelen | Head of Global Learning Design | Novartis

Badges and Credentials – Reimagining Skills Recognition in the New Normal
Rolf Reinhardt | Treasurer & Member of the Executive Committee | ICOBC
Jen Velev | HR Specialist & Project Lead | World Health Organization

Using Technology to Rethink Personalization
Andreas Kambach | Managing Director | Area9 Lyceum GmbH

Exchange: Designing Differently?
Breakout Rooms

Lunch Break

Structural Foundations
Sarah Makowski | Senior Manager | Talent Management | Winkelmann

Exchange: The Challenges of Supporting Organizational Learning
Breakout Rooms

Enabling a Learning Culture – Fireside Chat
Tim Burmeister | Learning Transformation Manager | GP Strategies & Laura Overton | International Speaker & Analyst

Exchange: What’s working?
Breakout Rooms


The Impact of the New Normal and Digital Transformation
Laura Overton | International Speaker and Analyst
Montserrat Ventosa | VP Talent, Well-being and Purpose | Universidad Tecmilenio
Elizabeth Lembke | Chief Talent Navigator | Transforming Talent

Exchange: Harnessing My Purpose and Passion
Breakout Rooms


Virtual Cocktail Hour
Breakout Sessions

In a Nutshell

  • December 2nd | Partnering with and part of Online Educa Berlin | From 3 pm to 11.30 pm GMT+7 | Live stream via our interactive video platform
  • Free for friends, partners and customers of Speexx

  • Your host is learning industry legend, Laura Overton

  • Join 300+ experts and thought leaders from the global HR and L&D community from more than 20 countries

  • On the program: networking, latest industry research, best practice presentations on global digital transformation projects

  • All-digital via live-stream platform!

This is Speexx Exchange

Ever since the pandemic started it feels like someone pressed the fast-forward button for digital transformation. What we expected to happen in years is now happening within a few months. The 10th edition of Speexx Exchange on 2 December is the perfect juncture to discuss the new digital normal and what this massive acceleration of digital transformation means for HR and L&D.

Reality Check

Every year, we bring together HR and L&D leaders from across the globe for an in-depth reality check on learning transformation and talent management practices.

Community of Knowledge

Speexx Exchange is an international community of global thought leaders, friends and customers. We define what drives success in corporate learning, HR and business.

Facts & Data

Get the latest results from Europe’s leading independent benchmark research and return to work with brand-new data insights to underpin your team’s success. No future talk, just hard facts.

Digital Transformation

We look at best practices to understand how you can successfully transform your learning and HR organization to deliver real business value.

What They Say About Speexx Exchange

“Speexx enables you to meet other colleagues from the L&D Society – I liked the variety of speakers and topics, the atmosphere in general, very open, and even interactive.”

Unops, Denmark

“I was keen on participating in the Exchange conference because of the high profile speakers – and the strong relevance of selected topics.”

Zalando, Germany

“Good, realistic benchmarking. Interesting and robust research findings from Laura Overton. Good networking and a good mix of people.”

Uniper Energy, Sweden

“Leading industry event on talent management practices brings together learning and development (L&D) practitioners from around the world for a full day of networking, sharing and learning.“

Towards Maturity, UK

“Great mix of presentations. No product “push”. The conference created space for real connections.”

Exxon Mobil

“I find it highly valuable that at Speexx Exchange in am enabled to get in touch with other people; it is very inspiring to see things from so many different perspectives.”


“What I liked about Speexx Exchange? The stories of the various speakers, very inspiring! Networking with the other participants and the fact that this is not a commercial event.”

Deutsche Telekom, Germany

“Here I have the opportunity to meet key speakers from L&D and fellow professionals from different parts of the world. It helps me understand how they tackle the same problems that we encounter.”

Aeronautica, Italy

Speexx Exchange Impressions