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How to create High Impact Online Development: Learn from CLOs

A recent research among CLO's shows that virtual and blended learning programmes are here to stay. But how do you ensure success?  Learn more from other CLOs and our recent best practice guide on how to succeed.

Designing and Delivering Successful Virtual Programs

Recent research among Chief Learning Officers globally shows that every organisation is transforming the way they deliver development programs. 

This shift coincides with an array of unique challenges: how to change mindsets, how to engage, how to develop skills and apply them to an ever-changing industry. Not only is this about the digitalization of learning programmes, but also how to overcome challenges that we face in 2020. 

In this session, Dr. Nick van Dam (IE Chief Center for Corporate Learning Innovation and former Partner and Chief Learning Officer) at McKinsey and Katie Coates, (Senior Learning Manager at McKinsey) will discuss the Art and Sciences of Developing High Impact Virtual Leadership Programs


Experience & Expertise

Dr. Nick Van Dam

Nick is an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor, researcher, best-selling author, and facilitator on (Corporate) Learning and Leadership Development. Dr. van Dam has over 25 years of business experience as a former Partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR-Executive, and Client Advisor at McKinsey & Co. as well as at Deloitte. He is IE University (Spain) Chief Learning Officer, IE Board Member and Director of the IE Center for Corporate Learning Innovation. Nick is a professor at IE University, Nyenrode Business University and the University of Pennsylvania, GSE. He is Academic Director at IE University’s Executive Master in Positive Leadership & Transformation and the International Masterclass Learning and Development Leadership. Nick is affiliated with McKinsey & Company as faculty in leadership development programs. He is (co-) author of 25 books and over 75 articles.

Chief Learning Officer, IE University.
Professor and Director of the IE Center for Corporate Learning Innovation

Katie Coates M.A.

Katie has over 25 years’ experience in talent development, primarily in financial and professional services. She is currently a Senior Learning Manager with McKinsey & Company, where she leads the learning strategy and curriculum development for 14,000 support professionals. Prior to McKinsey, Katie held several leadership positions at Deloitte, including Deputy Chief Learning Officer of Audit and Talent Development Services Leader in Hyderabad, India. Additionally, Katie was the Director of Learning Design at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from Penn State University and is currently a doctoral student in Human Development at Fielding Graduate University.

Senior Learning Manager, McKinsey & Company



Of CLO's expect that leaders will attend virtual leadership development programs. (1)


Agree or strongly agree that they have the expertise to develop virtual leadership programs. (1)


Of executives said they were

experiencing skill gaps in the workforce or expected

them within a few years. (2)

1. IE CLIC Report, Learning and Leadership Development during times of Covid-19. 


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