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The Top Takeaways From LENS 2019

For this year’s LENS conference, we wanted to go big. And where is everything bigger? Texas, of course. So we went deep into the heart of the Lone Star State to put on the biggest and baddest learning and development event this side of the Rio Grande.

Degreed LENS is two full days of insights from industry leaders, networking with other L&D folks, learning tips, best practices, discussions, and entertainment galore. Here’s the breakdown of LENS 2019 by the numbers:

  • 105 client companies
  • Attendees from 35 states and 12 countries
  • 13 sessions with 26 speakers
  • 15+ industries represented
  • 11 sponsors
  • 4 brewery tours
  • 3 live bands
  • 7 goats and lambs in costumes
  • 1 mechanical bull

With stats like those, we know the FOMO is real. But don’t sweat it, we’ll continue to publish LENS content and insights on our blog for weeks to come so you don’t have to feel like you’ve missed out on all the goodness. In the meantime, here are five of our favorite highlights from LENS 2019:

1. When Gina Jeneroux, CLO at BMO Financial Group, said, “Change will never be as slow as it is today.” We need to start thinking of our employees like our customers. How can we serve them better to get ahead of disruption and stay on top?

2. Huge heart eyes emojis go out to our closing keynote, Mark Bonchek, when he said, “We see the new through the lens of the old. New is scary but we have to empower people to be prepared for the change. Empowerment is not delegation but enabling people to move to an outcome on their own.”

3. Degreed Does (More) Data: As users engage in the learning experience, they’re creating tons of data. Kat Kennedy, our Chief Experience Officer, took us through the Degreed product roadmap to explain our next steps, in which we will expose the jobs available in your organization and your project needs while connecting users to the demand in those roles and projects.

4. We released our latest How the Workforce Learns Report and shared some of the original data. In the report, we asked upwards of 800 workers, managers, and executives what is and isn’t working in their L&D strategies. To find out more about how your workforce is actively learning and how to create a strategy that supports them, download the full report now. 

5. The golden question about L&D data is, “how do we make metrics matter?” The golden answer? We got it at LENS: When you stop measuring learning and start measuring the work. Measuring behavior is more productive than measuring learning activities. Are we seeing behavior changes? If the answer is “yes,” then we aren’t just seeing learning we’re seeing skill-building.

Last but certainly not least, Degreed announced LENS 2020. September-ish. West Coast. Keep it on your radar because you’re definitely gonna wanna be a part of the next one! 

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