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Practical Advice for Pursuing a Career in Learning & Development

  • 25 May 2017
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online(PT time)

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Transitioning into a new career is never easy, but it’s helpful to understand what you’re getting into and to have a game plan. This program is for people considering getting into the field of learning and development (L&D) – also known as training and development (T&D), talent development (TD), workforce performance improvement, and other names. If you are a new graduate, a professional considering a career change, or simply exploring possibilities, come join us for this informative and engaging, live-virtual program.

Russ Powell of Peregrine Performance Group, a 20-year learning industry veteran, has been collecting advice and recommendations for new graduates from many of his colleagues in the field and shares them in this program. Russ Powell will team up with fellow learning industry veteranKelly Rider of SAP, to deliver this webinar.

You can expect to learn the following:

  • Common motivations for working in the field of training and development
  • Advice from current practitioners for getting into the field
  • Advice for making career transitions

You can use any or all of these to help you learn about the field and further your preparations for entering it.

You will of course also have an opportunity to ask questions. 

What are your questions?

If you have questions about getting into the field of L&D that you’d like us to try and answer during the program, leave them for us at this link: http://bit.ly/PrAdvMay2017.  We’ll do our best to answer them during the program.

If we can’t answer the questions during the meeting, we’ll do our best to get answers to you as soon as possible following the meeting. 

About the presenters: Russ Powell and Kelly Rider


Russ Powell, Principal Consultant at Peregrine Performance Group, is a 20-year learning-industry veteran who helps mid-sized and large businesses create effective and affordable professional training programs. His programs help business leaders reduce high rates of turnover, increase customer satisfaction, maintain quality and profitability, and increase employee productivity.

Russ’ specialties include performance-based instructional design, eLearning project management, design and development of instructional videos, sales training, and training program evaluation.

Over the course of his career, Russ has worked a variety of companies across many industries including Roche, Genentech, GoDaddy, Sun Microsystems, Hilton Worldwide, the United States Coast Guard, Pixar and NASA Space Flight Center. He and his firm have received many outstanding achievement awards for their corporate learning programs.

Russ holds degrees in the behavioral sciences from Georgia State University and Loyola University. He’s also an avid juggler and photographer.


Kelly Rider is the VP of Learning Content Strategy and Experience in the SAP Learning organization. She is responsible for setting the overall learning content strategy and experience for SAP’s 80,000 employees.

Kelly is passionate about finding ways to make learning something that is done for people rather than something that is done to them. In her current role, she oversees the three key areas in the central learning organization: content governance (how items are designed, developed, and retired), curriculum and instructional design standards and process, and learner experience.

Previously, Kelly led the curriculum and instructional design for the Learning Center for Excellence and Sales University at SuccessFactors including pre-sales and sales enablement. Prior to SuccessFactors, Kelly was a curriculum manager at HP and senior instructional designer at Intellinex.

Kelly earned her Masters of Education with an emphasis in instructional Design and adult learning from the University of Colorado at Denver. A retired collegiate soccer player, Kelly lives in the Denver area with her husband and two active boys.

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