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Pre and Post-Conference Learning 13, 16, 17 October 2024 

If you want to become more proficient in a specific area of interest or expertise, extend your ATD Kuwait Summit experience to include pre and post-event learning. These professional development options will help you enhance and develop the skills needed for you to perform at your optimal level. 

Take your skills to the next level with world-class programs designed to help you deliver strategic impact on the business and advance L&D in your organisation.  Attendees will receive an accredited ATD Certificates and digital badges upon successful completion. 

All certificate program days start from 8:00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. each day, with interval refreshment and lunch breaks.

13 October 2024
14 October 2024
15 October 2024
16 October 2024
17 October 2024
Certificate Program A:
Fundamentals to Needs Assessment

ATD Kuwait Summit and Exhibition

Certificate Program C:
Measuring Return on Investment Certificate
Certificate Program B:
Fundamentals of Training and Facilitation
Certificate Program D:
Fostering DEI in the Workplace

Sunday 13 October 2024

Certificate Program A:

Fundamentals to Needs Assessment

Certificate Program B:

Fundamentals of Training and Facilitation

Sunday 13 October 2024 - Monday 14 October 2024

ATD Kuwait Summit and Exhibition 

Wednesday 16 October 2024 - Thursday 17 October 2024

Certificate Program C:
Measuring Return on Investment Certificate

Certificate Program D:
Fostering DEI in the Workplace

07:45 – 08:45

Registration and Networking Coffee

08:50 – 09:00

ATD Opening & Chairperson Remarks


Opening Panel Discussion 
Deciphering Digital Transformation: Gaining Benefits, Overcoming Challenges

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, organizations across industries are undergoing digital transformations to stay competitive and meet the market needs. This session explores the benefits and challenges associated with digital transformation initiatives, providing attendees with insights and strategies for navigating this transformative journey. From this interactive panel discussion, panellists will be able to:

  • Identify how to embrace a digital-friendly environment to drive the adoption of emerging technologies.
  • Explore real-life benefits and challenges organizations encounter in their digital journey.
  • Learn capabilities necessary to drive successful digital transformation initiatives, known as “digital literacy.” 

Focus: Digital Transformation


Deep Dive Workshop
Creating an Agile and Learning Organization: Mastering and Leading Culture Change 

In today’s business landscape, CEOs are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of corporate culture in driving performance. Trompenaars Hampden-Turner offers Defining a learning culture can be difficult, yet highly impactful once achieved. This 90-minute workshop will offer a transformative approach to address your unique business challenges by integrating culture into every facet of your organization, with leaders leading by example.  This practice-filled workshop will be led by Fons Trompenaars, one of the Top 20 Most Influential International Thinkers, inductee to the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, and awarded the 2023 prestigious George Petitpas Award by The World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). 

As Peter Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” We believe that Strategy eats Culture for Lunch. So let’s have dinner together. Culture defines how your organization operates and responds to challenges, both internal and external. It shapes behaviours, values, and norms, creating a foundation for success. When aligned with your business objectives, culture becomes a powerful enabler, supporting your company’s ambitions and identity.

This session will start with a plenary of Fons introducing the four-step approach to shaping and building cultural transformation, followed by a workshop session allowing you to work in a dynamic setting of teams. This session will enable you to navigate change while fostering a culture of continuous learning and performance to drive business objectives and remain agile. 

The objectives of the workshop will be to enable you to:

  • Explore the principles and strategies of effective change leadership in dynamic organizational environments. 
  • Understand how cultural factors interplays within the dynamics of organizational culture and influence job performance and learning effectiveness.
  • Develop practical skills, strategies, and competencies for effective cooperation and synergy in multicultural and virtual team settings.
  • Understand the influence of diversity on team performance and build effective work relationships across cultural boundaries.
  • Understand the Reconciliation Methodology, using examples and cases to illustrate people and change management through addressing the tensions resulting from different value orientations.
  • Foster collaboration and exchange of best practices to enhance change leadership skills.

You’ll leave this session with:

  • Strategies for creating a culture of continuous learning and adaptation within teams and across departments. 
  • Awareness of the business and cultural dilemmas.
  • A tool—Dilemma Reconciliation—to bridge and take advantage of cultural differences.
  • Ability to replicate this in other situations moving forward.
  • Tools to improve communication strategies for facilitating change and fostering buy-in from stakeholders at all levels. 
  • Awareness of the required skills for designing and implementing change management plans that prioritize flexibility, innovation, and resilience 
  • Post interactive digital resource

Focus: Learning and Performance Culture

Fons Trompenaars

Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, World Expert in Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness


Speed Networking—A Structured Networking Session

This unique facilitated session will allow you to shake hands with your peers from companies representing different sectors in the region. Bring many business cards!


Networking Break on the Exhibition Floor

Featuring Book Signing by Fons Trompenaars


Deep Dive Workshop
Creating an Agile Learning and Performance Culture―Mastering & Leading Culture Change  
See session description from 9:45

Fons Trompenaars

Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, World Expert in Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness


Networking Lunch


Expert Panel Discussion 
Accelerating AI Adoption: Winning Practices for Integration and Utilization 

Is your organization challenged with balancing the transformative power of technology with the adoption of AI? This session will explore the key challenges and opportunities surrounding AI adoption based on real-world cases. You will engage in discussion aimed at uncovering innovative approaches to streamline the adoption process and maximize the impact of AI initiatives. From this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the primary obstacles that hinder the adoption of AI within an organization.
  • Explore effective tactics for overcoming barriers and fostering a tech-friendly culture within the organization.
  • Create an AI implementation plan by considering key components—from setting a clear strategy and vision to continuous monitoring and evaluation.

Focus: AI in Talent Development


Expert Insight Presentation
Unlocking Motivation, Taking Accountability: Empowering Employees for Real Growth

Are your employees feeling too comfortable in their roles, leading to a lack of motivation for professional development? This session covers how to reignite the drive for self-improvement and career growth in an organization. You will explore the importance of motivation and the role it plays in fostering a culture of continuous learning and development within organizations. Drawing from real-world experiences and psychological insights, you will be able to:

  • Explore the pitfalls of complacency.
  • Incentivise employees to take ownership and accountability for their own learning.
  • Discover strategies to cultivate a growth mindset among employees.
  • Get ideas on motivational strategies from setting a goal to embracing new challenges by using tools and techniques.

Focus: Learner Ownership 


Networking Break


Expert Insight Presentation 
Are You Ready to Accept Differences? Creating a Culture of Diversity in Your Organization

Perceptions of diversity levels fluctuate based on context and viewpoint. Kuwait continues to grapple with diversity and inclusion. While progress has been made in some areas, challenges persist. Efforts to address these issues require continued dialogue and awareness to respect all members in an organization. This session will examine these unique challenges, as organizations strive to create inclusive workplaces that embrace diversity in all forms. From this session, you will be able to:

  • Reflect and self-examine your own belief, bias, and behaviors.
  • Discover other valuable DEI perspectives that are different from your view.
  • Create an actionable plan to drive meaningful change in an organization.

Focus: DEI in Talent Development


Case Study Presentation
Empowering Your Workforce: Strategies for Reskilling and Upskilling

In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving business environment, the need to reskill and upskill employees has become more important than ever. Through real-life examples, this session offers a comprehensive exploration of proven strategies aimed at cultivating essential capabilities within an organization. From the real-world cases, you will be able to: 

  • Identify skills gaps in alignment with organizational objectives.
  • Build personalized learning and career paths for employees.
  • Evaluate skill application and improved productivity.

Focus: Reskilling & Upskilling


Closing Remarks and End of Day One

08:00 – 08:50

Registration and Networking Coffee

08:50 – 09:00

Welcoming Remarks by Event Chair


ATD Keynote Session 
Talent Development Trends: How Culture, Engagement, and Skills in Management and Leadership Will Shape 2025 

As organizations and their workforces focused on growth and progress this year, their learning and talent development functions have been central to this important work. These teams are making important connections between culture and employee engagement and providing a roadmap for the skills and capabilities that are crucial for managers and leaders to lead effectively today and tomorrow. During this session, the speaker will share data from new reports across ATD Research and best practices from ATD award-winning organizations where culture, employee engagement, and manager / leadership development are central to building a strong workforce and successful organization.

Focus: Learning and Development 2024/2025 Trends


Expert Insight Presentation 
Measuring Learning Impact and ROI for TD and L&D Projects

Two of the most crucial factors in evaluating the effectiveness of L&D initiatives are the business impact and return on investment (ROI). In this session, you will discover how to measure the value of TD and L&D projects and their contributions to your organization. This skill can help you get buy-in from the executives, secure investment for future projects, and align L&D projects with your organization’s goals. From this session, you will be able to: 

  • Define clear goals and objective and desired outcomes of TD and L&D projects.
  • Measure ROI and overall impact of the projects based on collecting data and identifying KPIs.
  • Clearly communicate the results with key stakeholders.

Focus: Measuring Learning Investment


Case Study Presentation 
A Constant Battle for Top Talent: How Can We Attract Talent Effectively?

Companies are engaged in a perpetual battle to secure top talent capable of driving innovation, productivity, and sustainable growth. This session explores the strategies and best practices essential for winning the talent wars. From this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the shifting dynamics of talent acquisition in the digital age.
  • Leverage innovative recruitment methods and technologies to identify and engage with high-potential candidates.
  • Implement data-driven approaches to talent management and workforce planning.

Focus: Talent Recruitment in Scarce Market 


Networking Break on the Exhibition Floor


Case Study Presentation 
Data-Driven Decision Making in L&D to Maximize Learning Value 

Learning analytics tools and platforms enable organizations to collect, analyze, and interpret data concerning training programs and employee performance. Organizations need to recognize skill deficiencies, assess the efficacy of training interventions, and make knowledgeable choices to enhance their L&D strategies. This data-centric method empowers organizations to synchronize training efforts with business goals, leading to enhanced returns on investments in human capital. From this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of learning analytics tools and platforms in collecting and interpreting data.
  • Experience how to use data for the whole process of developing and implementing learning programs (from identifying skills gaps to assessing training effectiveness).
  • Explore how to synchronize training efforts with overarching business goals and performance.

Focus: Talent Analytics


Expert Insight Presentation
Practical Application for Employee Well-Being to Drive Business Performance and Productivity 

Whether you are an HR professional or wellness advocate, this session offers valuable insights and practical guidance for cultivating a workplace culture that values and prioritizes employee health and well-being. This session will demonstrate a diagnostic tool designed to measure employee health and well-being and examine the importance of monitoring and optimizing these factors in today’s fast-paced work environments. From this session, you will be able to:

  • Aligning business performance goals with wellbeing strategy  
  • Identify framework, key metrics, and indicators to effectively measure employee health and well-being. 
  • Understand how to track progress and assess the status of employee health and well-being.
  • Learn how to overcome challenges and barriers in the journey toward optimizing employee well-being while aligning business performance goals with your well-being strategy. 

Focus: Wellbeing & Wellness


Networking Break on the Exhibition Floor


Expert Panel Discussion
Evaluating In-House vs. Outsourced Training Solutions

There are many factors HR and training professionals take into consideration when allocating and maximizing their training budgets. At the top of that list is whether to develop and utilize in-house trainers or outsource training. Featuring top industry experts, this session will address the following debatable questions: 

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with in-house training and outsourcing?
  • What are the resource requirements and financial implications involved in establishing in-house trainings versus outsourced?
  • Can partnering with global educational institutions enhance training results, and is the investment justified?

Focus: In-house vs Outsourcing Training Services


Case Study Presentation 
Empowering Workplace Learning: Strategies for Aligning Learning with Business Performance

In the workplace, ongoing learning is crucial, making it imperative for TD professionals to prioritize exploring diverse strategies and approaches that foster employee empowerment. This session highlights the significance of embracing various types of learning, including onsite learning initiatives, e-learning programs, and experiential learning through daily work activities. You will explore how organizations can create a culture of continuous learning by providing various types of learning programs. From this session, you will be able to:

  • Align learning initiatives with business goals, value, and performance. 
  • Identify the benefits of different learning opportunities.
  • Harness the power of learning to reinforce learning outcomes.
  • Explore strategies for integrating learning opportunities into employees’ daily work routines.

Focus: Business & Learning Alignment


Closing Keynote
Future-Ready Leadership: Redefining Roles for Tomorrow’s Challenges 

Let’s examine how the role of leaders these days challenges conventional notions of authority, responsibility, and decision-making. Through engaging discussions, you will explore the crucial role of leaders as visionaries, enablers, and collaborators in driving digital innovation and organizational change. From this session, you will be able to

  • Explore contemporary leadership challenges
  • Make your own method for better communication, collaboration, and decision-making to drive organizational change and innovation
  • Set a plan to effectively navigate technological advancements to nurture digital fluency and technical literacy

Focus: Future Leadership


Closing Remarks and End of Conference


Networking Lunch