ATD Book Talk: Lisa M.D. Owens and Crystal Kadakia on Designing for Modern Learning

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Lisa Owens, Founding President, Learning Cluster Design Group and Crystal Kadakia

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Join Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens, co-authors of the new ATD Press book Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM, for a virtual author chat on designing learning experiences for the digital world. They will answer questions about the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design Model (OK-LCD Model), a new five-step model for training design that meets the needs of modern learning. They will also share examples of organizations that have successfully adopted learning cluster design. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions and share their own experiences. This discussion will be valuable for any L&D professional who is looking for a new design model that meets the needs of modern learners.


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Lisa Owens
Lisa Owens

Founding President, Learning Cluster Design Group

Lisa M.D. Owens is a learning expert who combines her engineering mindset with her deep interest in instructional design and learning sciences to create training that moves business forward.

Following successes in engineering, consumer research, and quality at Procter & Gamble (P&G), she was asked to create global training systems. She upskilled with a master’s of education degree and quickly become P&G’s top training professional, leading a broad range of cutting-edge internal programs.

After retiring from P&G in 2011, she partnered with Crystal Kadakia to research and solve some of the issues facing L&D in the modern age. This work resulted in a highly rated course on modern learning design. Owens also co-authored Leaders as Teachers Action Guide, Your Career: How to Make It Happen, 9th edition, and Lo Start-Up Di Una Corporate University. Since 2009, she has regularly served as a judge for learning awards, including the ATD BEST Awards and CLO ELITE.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech in addition to her M.Ed. Prior to joining P&G, she cooped at the Savannah River nuclear facility. She is also active in church education and was the lead instructional designer for a nationwide, multiday youth leadership training program. Her youth leadership work continued with her partnership with Helen Chen, founder of China Capable Teens.

In the winter you can find her in Cape Coral, Florida, and she spends warmer months in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her grandchildren. Throughout the year, she and her husband like to travel, with typical destinations being wineries and national parks.

Crystal Kadakia
Crystal Kadakia

Crystal is a two-time TEDx speaker, organizational consultant, and best selling author, known for transforming the toughest workplace changes into exciting possibilities for our digital world. As a consultant, she brings organizations into the digital age, reimagining people strategies with clients in areas such as career development, learning culture, inclusion, leadership development, and employee engagement. Past clients include General Mills, Southern Company, Monster.com, Sierra Club, and other organizations.

She is the co-creator of the Learning Cluster Design model and the co-author of the related book, Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM (ATD Press, 2020). This model empowers the revolution of the training industry for our Digital Age by showing L&D how to design a set of multiple learning assets, available across the flow of work, to deliver a performance goal on the job.

Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s in Organization Development. After six years working for Procter & Gamble, she began her consulting firm where she has tackled transforming the status quo and bridging gaps between people in the workplace. For example, through her best-selling book, The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), and keynotes, Crystal has changed the story around generation gap for thousands over the past decade. Along with supporting clients, her next project is a deep study of living and leading in the digital age, including practices that help create connection, emerge from burnout, and balance the role of technology in our day to day lives.

Crystal is honored to be a Power 30 Under 30, CLO Learning in Practice, and ATD One to Watch award recipient. Originally from Austin, TX, she is now based in Atlanta, GA with her husband Jeremy, where they love immersing in nature and cultural experiences.