About Us


Talent Development Ideation LabTM at the Executive Learning Exchange is an online collaboration for us to test and learn together.

The Ideation Lab is a "virtual playground" for ELE member companies interested in disrupting the HR Talent Agenda using DESIGN THINKING frameworks to quickly prototype TOGETHER, TEST solutions, AND LEARN with our highly diverse and collaborative peers.

The Executive Learning ExchangeSM (ELE) is a strong HR learning leader & talent development community that started in 2002 as an internal Chicagoland Learning Leaders Conference at Baxter. Over the years we have evolved into two strong invite-only cohorts (no vendors)—one based in Chicagoland and the other in Wisconsin—of highly diverse and collaborative HR leaders.

Executive Learning Exchange Capability Overview

Please note in 2016 we formally closed our vendor membership so we can focus on more robust experiences for heads of learning and talent development. A key part of this shift is to invite five to possibly eight solution industry thought leaders, whom provide forward-thinking talent services, as ELE Strategic Partners to replace our current vendor membership.

Since 2004, the Chicagoland Learning LeadersSM have informally gathered at McDonald’s Hamburger University for an annual one-day exchange of local thought leaders to share best practices.

Questions? Contact Dirk Tussing, Executive Director,
or click through below to contact one of our Learning Circles' co-facilitators directly:
  1. Curation of L&D Content
  2. Creating Learning Partnerships
  3. Future of Learning is Here!
  4. Sales Training: Think Future-back