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Jennifer Olsen
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Jennifer Olsen

Sr. Manager, Learning Solutions
Discover Financial Services

Jennifer Olsen leads a team of Learning Solution Managers at Discover Financial Services (DFS) whose primary responsibility is to conduct needs assessment and deliver optimal training solutions. She supports over 20 distinct lines of business with vendor and custom-built content that addresses functional and professional development opportunities. She first joined Discover’s Learning & Development team six years ago as an internal performance consultant and led key initiatives to reinvent call center onboarding to meet the preferences of modern learners. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Utah and currently resides in Salt Lake City.

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Aaron Olson
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Aaron Olson

Chief Talent Officer
Aon

Aaron is an author, consultant and executive with over twenty years experience in the fields of leadership, strategy and human capital.

As Global Head of Talent Management, Aaron Olson is responsible for talent and organizational development for Aon. His team manages executive development, performance management, professional development and succession planning for Aon’s 66,000 colleagues around the world.

Beyond Aon, Aaron serves as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University where he teaches graduate courses in talent strategy and leadership development. His 2015 book, Leading with Strategic Thinking: Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get Results was published by Wiley.

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Kurt Olson
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Kurt Olson

Chief Learning Executive and Director of Northwestern Memorial Academy
Rush University Medical Center

In the role of Vice President – Talent Management and Leadership Development, I am responsible for the acquisition, development, and engagement of all the talent at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC). The role has focused on creating both a Talent Management Center of Expertise and a Leadership Development Academy. The Talent Management Center of Expertise includes Workforce Planning, Recruitment, On-boarding/Assimilation, Employee Engagement, Talent Reviews, Succession Planning, Performance Management, and Career Planning/Development. The Leadership Academy includes Physician Leadership Development programs, Executive Administrator Leadership Development programs, and Hi-Potential Leadership Development Programs. In addition, I'm an Associate Professor in Rush University Medical Center's Masters of Health Systems Management.

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Laura Overton
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Laura Overton

Managing Director @ Towards Maturity (a Saba partner)
Saba

Laura Overton the Managing Director at Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice that provides independent research to help business deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience looking at learning innovation for business advantage and is backed by her independent research with over 2000 organisations and thousands of learners since 2003.

Laura was the author of ‘Linking Learning To Business’ – one of the first industry benchmark studies with both organisations and learners investigating good practices of successful implementations (Jan 04). Since then she has authored 10 independent reports looking at effective e-learning practices in the workplace that are referenced around the globe.

With over 2 decades of experience of implementing learning technologies in the workplace, she works with government policy makers representing employer interests and has contributed to initiatives associated with the UK’s Sector Skills Councils, the European Commission and has sat on the steering groups of a number of UK government learning technology strategy boards (including the Becta Harnessing Technology strategy and as a member the original advisory board to the Learning and Skills Council (now Skills Funding Agency).

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Kelly Palmer
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Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer
Degreed

Kelly Palmer is a thought leader on the future of learning and career transformation. Kelly recently joined the executive team at Degreed as Chief Learning & Talent Officer where the mission is to help people embrace lifelong learning and discover and track personalized career development and all learning wherever it happens. Kelly was formerly the Chief Learning Officer of LinkedIn where she was helping employees transform the trajectory of their careers through learning and development, driving the employee experience strategy, as well as leading Inclusion & Diversity for the company. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was VP of Learning at Yahoo! and also held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She has been featured in Big Think, Forbes and Chief Learning Officer magazines, and has spoken at industry conferences around the globe. She also sits on the board of the Taproot Foundation whose mission is to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change. Kelly holds an MS in Instructional & Performance Technology AND is always learning.

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