Change Is in the Air

One of our biggest changes for 2019 is transforming and renaming our fall event (formerly known as the Online Learning Conference). Drum roll, please… Welcome to TechLearn—Where Technology Empowers Learning.

The winds of change are gusting at Training magazine in 2019. While the January/February issue traditionally contained coverage of the Training Top 125 winners, this year, we turn the spotlight on the winners of our Emerging Training Leaders awards program, who have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts. Visit for profiles of the 25 winners, plus five Emerging Training Leaders to Watch. Congratulations to all the winners!

Details on the 2019 Training Top 125 winners will appear in the March/April issue as the Training 2019 Conference & Expo and Training Top 125 Gala (where the rankings are revealed) take place in late February at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. For the list of winners in alphabetical order, visit: To register for the conference, visit: I hope to see you there!

Also debuting in this issue is a new column called “What the Tech?” by Phylise Banner, a learning experience design consultant with more than 25 years of vision, action, and leadership experience in transformational learning and development approaches. And she holds titles such as Adobe Education Leader, Certified Learning Environment Architect, and STC Fellow. Throughout the year, her column will explore different technologies and their potential role in training. For more on training technologies in this issue, check out the “Training Technology Assessment” compiled by Training magazine Research Director Saul Carliner.

We also changed the Last Word column from a three-author rotation to just one: Dawn Mahoney, CPLP, who owns Learning in The White Space LLC, a freelance talent development and instructional design consultancy. In her varied career, she has trained order processors at a catalog company, staff at a credit and debit card processing organization, new health coverage sales specialists, and leaders and front-line employees at a senior housing organization. She is passionate about developing people through better training, better instructional design, and better dialog—so don’t be shy about starting a conversation with her!

One of our biggest changes for 2019 is transforming and renaming our fall event (formerly known as the Online Learning Conference). Drum roll, please… Welcome to TechLearn—Where Technology Empowers Learning. That empowerment will take place September 17-19 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and will be led by Chief Learning Evangelist Michael Allen of Allen Interactions.

Last but not least, we’re finalizing the details on a new peer selected/reviewed awards program. Stay tuned for more information on that in an upcoming issue.

Applying the “change” theme to the wider world, please be sure to check out our feature story, “#MeToo: Creating a Culture of Awareness,” as it delves into how organizations are coming to grips with past mistakes and redefining strategies to prevent workplace harassment.

As the saying goes, “One day or day one. You decide.”

Let’s embrace change together in 2019!

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Applying for Training magazine’s 2020 Training Top 125 awards program can help you benchmark the excellence and effectiveness of your employee training and development.

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