Webvent Academy

Bringing Professionals Together

Smarter Employees and Self-Directed Learning

Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jeff Weber, Senior Vice President of People and Places, Instructure; Lynn M. Stephens, Global Operations Manager of HR Business Development, IBM; and Bruce Jackson, Principal Consultant, Korn Ferry

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Self-directed learning is becoming an integral part of employee learning and development. But what is self-directed learning, and how do you implement it? Instructure’s Jeff Weber will answer these questions and more during this webcast, which will focus on:

  • current trends in self-directed learning
  • how to engage people in self-directed learning
  • how corporate learning is evolving
  • tools and techniques companies use to drive self-directed learning
  • the requirements behind self-directed learning.


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Jeff  Weber
Jeff Weber

Senior Vice President of People and Places, Instructure

Jeff Weber is currently the senior vice president of people and places at Instructure, a rapidly growing provider of the Canvas and Bridge learning management platforms focused on transforming online learning. Prior to Instructure, he led the growth of the people function for Ancestry.com, an online subscription-based business where he helped build the employee base to more than 1,300 employees in 10 locations. Before joining Ancestry, Jeff led the HR outsourcing practice for the Russell Group, a benefits and HR consulting firm where he managed the HR function for fast-growing companies. He also gained experience as an HR business partner with Shell Oil Company and a compensation analyst for Novell.

Jeff brings significant background in implementing a comprehensive talent strategy in multiple companies, including talent acquisition, engagement, development, and rewards and recognition programs. He has served in multiple voluntary positions, including co-chair of the HR executive committee for the Utah Technology Council, a board member of the University of Utah’s HR Executive Roundtable, and several leadership positions in the Utah Society for Human Resource Management. Jeff holds an MBA with an emphasis in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University.

Lynn  M. Stephens
Lynn M. Stephens

Global Operations Manager of HR Business Development, IBM

Lynn Stephens graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning. After working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Forest Service for six years, he returned to school, obtaining a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University in 1988.

Lynn has subsequently worked for organizations such as IBM, GE Capital, Novell, and Mountain America Credit Union, holding various positions that include human resource manager, worldwide director of training and development, and director of human resources for North America. In his current position with IBM, he serves as the global operations manager of HR business development. Lynn is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

Bruce Jackson
Bruce Jackson

Principal Consultant, Korn Ferry

Bruce Jackson is a principal consultant on Korn Ferry’s leadership and talent consulting team, based in Minneapolis. Dedicated to optimal personal, team, and organizational performance, he has a broad and systemic understanding of the key human factors that drive high performance at all levels of the organization. Bruce has worked in various Fortune 500, educational, nonprofit, and financial institutions to provide custom client solutions.

Bruce’s previous roles include senior consultant with InsideOut Development, director and architect of the nationally acclaimed Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University, and principal of the Institute of Applied Human Excellence. He holds four master’s degrees—counseling psychology (Boston University, School of Education), business administration (University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management), organization behavior (Fielding Graduate University), and public administration (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government)—and a doctor of philosophy in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. 


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