#SWLS2023 Recap

08 Oct 2023 6:24 PM | Dana Devlin (Administrator)

After a somewhat quiet summer, the last several months have been a bit crazy with a focus on making Southwest Learning Summit 2023, one of the chapter’s Signature Events, a success!  And now that it is in the books, I can say we did just that!  If you weren’t able to attend, check out what you missed…

#SWLS2023 Keynotes

Per usual, the knowledge shared from the Main Stage by our keynotes was on point and impactful!  Kelly Ann Doherty, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer from Mr. Cooper Group, shared her thoughts on why storytelling matters and provided practical tips for storytelling at our companies.

In the afternoon, Lynley VanSingel (Senior Advisor, ATD Dallas) moderated a panel with Bonnie Endicott (Vice President, Employee Growth & Inclusion from Zachry Group), Lawrence Price, Ph.D. (Vice President, Organizational Excellence from Stanley Black & Decker), and Jeff Strese (Academic Director, Executive Education Program from Southern Methodist University.  They discussed the importance of measuring learning and its impact on the organization.  There were so many pearls of wisdom shared from this group!

#SWLS2023 Concurrent Session Speakers

I have only heard good things of the 12 different topics covered during the concurrent sessions.  We had presenters that shared their knowledge on topics they are most passionate about including storytelling, learning evaluation, growth mindset, onboarding, gamification, leadership intelligence, coaching, internal networking, and learning tools.

#SWLS2023 Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the amazing support of our sponsors.  They are a critical component to the success of Southwest Learning Summit, and we rely on their partnership.  Please take a moment to check out how they might support you and your business needs!

They bring so much energy to the hallway as they share their expertise and available services to our attendees. We also thank them for their generous donations to our raffle drawings at the end of the conference.

#SWLS2023 Volunteers

And most importantly, this event would not happen without the dedicated volunteers that work for months to plan and execute this event.  At the helm this year leading the team was Debra Foster!  Many thanks to her and the members of this year’s planning team - Erica Alvidrez​, Beth Bailey​, Michelle Castillo, Yasmyn Chambers, Stephanie Florey​, Kaitlyn Niechwiadowicz​, Cynthia Toro​​, Tracy Underhill​, Lynley VanSingel​, and Marqui Williams​.  We also had 24 additional volunteers that contributed their talents and skills to the success of the day!  Thank you all!

And leading us through the day from the Main Stage, we must thank our emcees, David Reyes and Tracy Underhill.   We appreciate all they did to keep the day running according to plan!  And for drawing prizes at happy hour too!

#SWLS2023 Attendees

Now it is the people that come from near and far that make SWLS such an awesome event each year.  I love the opportunity to meet and network with new people!  Check out some of these faces that were having so much fun!  Many of these pictures were shared throughout the day in our conference app, Whova.

#SWLS2024 Registration Is Open

Are you ready to hear about next year’s SWLS?  We have already booked one of our keynotes!  Rick Lozano, author and Leadership Consultant, will be bringing the energy!  ​And we have SUPER Early Bird pricing already available on our website for SWLS2024 so that you can grab your spot NOW at the lowest possible price through January 2024!


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