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Sept. 15 special event, “From Trainer to Transformer,” speakers announced


We are proud to welcome leaders who are transforming learning and development as speakers at our upcoming special special event, From Trainer to Transformer: L&D as a Key Lever For Organizational Success! Our speakers include Jessica Buechli, Mark Cousino, Julie Dervin, Stephan Kasulke, and Dr. George Westerman. Have a look at their bios below. For more information on the event, or to learn how to register, please visit our event page. 

Event description
As the impact of COVID-19 accelerates automation and other technological changes, the need to enhance skills--and the role of learning and development--has never been greater. During this half-day event, we’ll learn from experts who are driving new transformations in learning, and take this opportunity to examine together how we might rethink career advice to better serve workers, companies, and the workforce ecosystem.

"From Trainers to Transformers" will be held on September 15, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Speaker bios below are abridged. To read their full bios, visit our speaker page. 

Speaker Bios

Jessica Buechli

Director, Learning & Development | UPMC

Jessica Buechli leads Learning & Development at Pittsburgh-based UPMC, the largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania that integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. UPMC Learning & Development designs and delivers innovative learning opportunities for staff, leaders, and physicians. Jessica is passionate about improving the employee, community, health plan member, and patient experience.

Jessica has 13 years of talent acquisition and development experience at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. Jessica obtained her Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  Additionally, she possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification as well as a Strategic Human Resources Business Partner (sHRBP) certification.

Mark Cousino

Executive Director, Global Head of Learning | Raytheon

Mark Cousino is the executive director and Global Head of Learning for Raytheon Technologies.  In this senior leadership position, Mark is responsible for improving the engagement, performance, and productivity of RTX employees by directing strategic programming in the areas of leadership, learning, and professional development.  He is accountable for the strategic vision for all learning activities for the Global Talent COE and learning and development programs for the global employee professional population.

Previously, Mark served in several director roles at the Boeing Company.  In his last role as the director for Learning Strategy, Design, and Technology, he was responsible for the global design and development of all new learning programs for the enterprise to include leadership, professional development, functional learning, industrial skills development, and knowledge management.  His team was also responsible for the enterprise architecture of all learning technologies like the Learning Management System, Learning Content Management Systems, Learning Performance Support Systems, Virtual Collaborative Environment, and Virtual Classrooms.  

Julie Dervin

Head of Global Learning & Development | Cargill

Julie Dervin is the Head of Global Learning & Development at Cargill, one of the largest privately held corporations in the world. In this role since 2016, she has leveraged her visionary leadership to completely reimagine the employee learning experience. In three short years, Julie and her team have built an entirely new kind of L&D organization, positioning learning as a catalyst for accelerating positive change and transformation.

Since joining Cargill in 2008, Julie held senior learning, OD and large scale transformation leadership positions.  Prior to Cargill, Julie spent eight years in learning leadership positions with information tech firm, Insight, and six years leading a progressive non-for-profit program dedicated to serving at-risk youth. Julie holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in organizational behavior. She continues to model what it means to be a lifelong learner and intentionally has taken steps to reinvent herself as a progressive organizational learning leader that is passionate about helping the L&D profession as a whole transform.

Stephan Kasulke

Chief Learning Officer | Deutsche Telekom

I was enthusiastic about IT early on. While balancing my schoolwork, at the age of 17 I became a programmer for several regional industrial companies in East Westphalia, Germany. At the age of 25 I started my career as a software developer and project manager at Deutsche Leasing AG in Bad Homburg. In 2002 I took over the management of the infrastructure and architecture division. I created the technical foundation for migrating the core leasing system from the IBM mainframe to Solaris / J2EE. This project was also the pilot project for large-scale offshore outsourcing to India at Deutsche Sparkassen.

In 2012, I headed the Quality Unit at T-Systems International as Senior Vice President. Through standardized processes, operational interim management of "red" projects and malfunctions as well as systematic risk management, I ensured the long-term maximum quality for all customers and constantly improved the processes in companies and projects. My quality program “Zero Outage” is of crucial importance for cloud platforms and IoT systems. In 2017, I became Chief Learning Officer of Deutsche Telekom to advance digital learning and set up a group-wide skill management process to ensure future skill needs for all business areas. In 2009, I became managing director of s IT Solutions, the company's own ICT provider at Erste Bank Austria. 

George Westerman

Dr. George Westerman

Principal Research Scientist, J-WEL Workforce Learning
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. George Westerman works at the dynamic intersection of executive leadership and technology strategy. During more than 17 years with MIT Sloan School of Management, he has written three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. As a pioneering researcher on digital transformation, George has published papers in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other top journals.  He is now focused on helping employers, educators, and other groups to rethink the process of workforce learning around the world.

George is co-chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, a member of the Digital Strategy Roundtable for the US Library of Congress, and faculty director for two executive courses at MIT Sloan. He works frequently with senior management teams and industry groups around the world. Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, he gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles.