• Confluence 2016

    Feb 17-19, 2016
    Hyatt Grand Cypress, Orlando FL
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  • Learning Transformation.

    Perspectives. Progress. Results.
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  • Welcome to Sunny Orlando, FL

    NIIT invites all our customers, friends, and industry analysts
    to join us at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando
    for two days of inspiring insights, conversations and interactive
    sessions from learning leaders around the world.
    Register Now


Confluence 2016

NIIT invites all our customers, friends, and industry analysts to join us at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando for two days of inspiring insights, conversations and interactive sessions from learning leaders around the world.

The Event

Confluence 2016 is focused on delivering the latest trends, tools, and best practices in Learning and Development coupled with the opportunity to network with peers within the NIIT client community.

The Theme

Our theme this year continues with the next steps in transformation – Learning Transformation. Perspectives. Progress. Results.

The Sessions

This year, we have planned two inspiring days of interactive sessions, insights, and conversations with learning leaders from around the world.


Inspiring Insights from Learning Leaders

We are truly honored to have a very distinguished set of speakers for Confluence 2016. We are delighted to have Josh Bersin, the founder of Bersin by as our keynote speaker this year. We also have Jay Whitehead, Founder & CEO, moblHR.com and the distinguished Narayan Pant, Professor of Management Practice, INSEAD as our keynote speakers.


Wednesday, February 17


Welcome Note and Introductions (15 minutes)

Sapnesh Lalla
President, Corporate Learning Group, NIIT

Journey to the Next Frontier: Transforming NIIT – Transforming Learning (30 minutes)

Rahul Keshav Patwardhan
Chief Executive Officer, NIIT

Keynote: The Truth about Developing Leaders: What goes wrong and what can we do about it? (45 minutes)

Narayan Pant
Professor of Management Practice, Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development, INSEAD.

The Ten Most Wanted (30 minutes)

Gregg Collins, PhD.
Senior VP Design, NIIT
Brandon Dickens
Creative Director, NIIT

Aloha Night

Thursday, February 18

Continental Breakfast


Confluence Keynote: Corporate Learning in 2016: Ten Trends Driving the Future (45 minutes)

Josh Bersin
Principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The End of the Training Department! (45 minutes)

Chris Pirie
General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Services Group Readiness, Microsoft

Simplify & Improve: Transforming the Global Learning Organization Operating Model at Bank of America (45 minutes)

Scott Miller
SVP, Learning & Leadership Development, Bank of America
Curtis Jones
SVP, Learning & Leadership Development, Bank of America
Dia Dissmore
SVP & Implementation & Outsourcing Learning Manager, Bank of America

Refreshment and Networking Break

Checking Our Fences: Transforming the Learning Function to Increase Our Probability of Success (45 minutes)

Tim Bray
Vice-President, Global Human Resources Head of Global HR Operations, Training and Asia Pacific, Quintiles

Reimagining Learning at ADP (30 minutes)

Carrie Beckstrom
Vice President of Learning and Performance, Automatic Data Processing
Karen Schukle
Sr. Director, Learning Solutions Development, Automatic Data Processing

Building a dynamic learning experience for the 21st century (30 minutes)

Nick Howe
VP Learning and Collaboration, Hitachi Data Systems


KEYNOTE: The Bite-Sized Revolution (45 minutes)

Dr. Sebastian Bailey
Co-founder and President, Mind Gym

Panel Discussion: Global Learning and Development – 2016 and Beyond (45 minutes)

Sheila Jagannathan
Manager, Open Learning Campus, World Bank Group
Judy Hauserman
Vice-President - Learning, Development & Employee Experience, CIBC
Prashant Verma
Head of Talent Acquisition and Industry Academia, ICICI Bank, ICICI Bank

Getting to Know Each Other: Refreshment and Networking Break

Driving Business Results through Integrating Learning & Performance Support Solutions (30 minutes)

John Kusi-Mensah
Director, Partner Learning, MetLife

Closing Keynote: Experiences in Learning

Vijay K. Thadani
Managing Director & Vice Chairman – NIIT Limited &
Co-Founder, NIIT University

Skilling and Engaging the Emergent Workforce

Anand Sudarshan
Founder & Director, Sylvant Advisors Private Limited
Member of the Board, NIIT

Closing Comments

Sapnesh Lalla
President, Corporate Learning Group, NIIT

Night at Universal Studios

Friday, February 19

Continental Breakfast

NIIT Solution Showcase (90 minutes)

Sailesh Lalla
SVP, Business Development, NIIT

Showcase 1: Portfolio Transformation (25 minutes)

Edward Trolley
Senior VP, Advisory and Consulting Services, NIIT
Pooja Singh Mehta
Regional VP, Advisory and Consulting Services, NIIT

Showcase 2: EASE: Evaluate, Analyze, Simplify, Engage (25 minutes)

John Rowley
Regional Vice President, Business Development, NIIT

Showcase 3: Value to Customer (25 minutes)

Devenderjit (DJ) Chadha
Senior VP, Learning Delivery, NIIT

Learning Transformation in the Digital Age (45 minutes)

Stefan Haenisch
Senior Vice President, Knowledge Transfer & Education, SAP SE

Refreshment and Networking Break, Checkout

KEYNOTE: Surviving 5 Nightmares of the Suddenly Mobile Employer (45 minutes)

Jay Whitehead
Founder & CEO, moblHR.com

The Future of Learning (45 minutes)

Michael Killingsworth
VP Learning O&E, Shell Unconventional Resources


Changing Mandatory Training at TD (30 minutes)

Dylan Stokes
Vice President, Learning and Development
TD Bank

The Future of Learning: How Technology is Changing the Face of Education (30 minutes)

Jim Box
Sr. Manager, Technical Support, Learning@Cisco,
Cisco Systems

Strengthening the Business Impact of Learning: Statoil's Strategic Journey in Learning and Competence Development (30 minutes)

Neil Hanley
Head of Learning and Competence Development, Global Shared Services
Statoil ASA

Transforming Design Sensibilities at NIIT - Vector: A quest for new sensibilities

Ron Mukherjee
Vice President, Learning Content

Closing Comments and To Go Refreshments

Sapnesh Lalla
President, Corporate Learning Group, NIIT

Bus Transfer to Airport


Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA, 32836

Confluence 2016 will be held at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, a magnificent, self-contained 1,500-acre paradise in the Lake Buena Vista area. Your stay at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is complimentary (except incidentals) with free Wi-Fi and access to the fitness, golf and other recreational facilities from Wednesday night, February 17 through Thursday night, February 18.

Getting Here

Air Travel

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is 18 miles (approximately 25 minutes) from Orlando International Airport.

Check-in and Check-out Times

Check-in time on Wednesday, February 17 is at 4:00 PM and check-out time on Friday, February 19 is at 11:00 AM.

Checking in

Please check in at the hotel front desk when you arrive. You will be requested for a credit card at check in to cover incidental expenses.



Please contact Shivani Chakravarthy, Director of Marketing, NIIT (USA), Inc. at 214-356-8000
or shivanich@niit.com for any questions or further information about Confluence 2016.

You can also follow us on twitter @NIITConfluence.
We look forward to hosting you in Orlando.