CLO Symposium Conference Series

CLO Symposium

Launched: February 2004

A trailblazing event targeting the learning and development industry, the twice-annual CLO Symposium offers workforce development leaders an intimate executive summit with a high-level focus on knowledge sharing and networking. The targeted and timely agenda, developed by Chief Learning Officer magazine’s editorial department, features a diverse mix of keynotes, workshops, FASTalks by innovative practitioners, and networking with the people who are spearheading the learning and development initiatives for their workforce, as well as their customers, suppliers and partners.

Goal: Offer an alternative to massive industry meetings with big audiences and big agendas, but little opportunity for sharing and authentic connection.

Strategy: Create a summit experience where senior L&D executives could address large industry issues on a smaller, more human scale in a relaxing resort environment.

Results: What began as a conference quickly became a community. Learning leaders come back year after year for this shared experience.


Each spring and fall the CLO Breakfast Club travels to various cities and connects with Chief Learning Officer magazine's readership in their own communities. Over breakfast, local learning executives can engage with the moderator and panelists on top-of-mind enterprise learning concerns, best practices, and the strategic alignment of workforce education with business goals. Each Breakfast Club promotes the opportunity to network one-on-one with neighboring learning leaders.

Goal: Create local touch-points for the CLO community throughout the year and reach readers in each region who may not have the time or travel budget to attend the Symposium

Strategy: Combine a quality professional development experience with convenience — low price point, local venue, half-day program so execs can network, learn and be back at their desks by noon.

Results: Sell-out events in cities across the country continue to target and draw more than 100 regional learning leaders to connect with each other and key industry vendors/sponsors.  


Twice a year for the past three years, the editors of Workforce headed out on the road to deliver fresh thinking on some of the hottest HR topics directly to its audience. Each speaker series featured 6 cities, 50+ speakers and unlimited ideas presented in a rapid, TED-talk style.

Participants were able to get the latest intelligence on emerging HR trends against a backdrop of lively breakfast conversations and socializing breaks where they could connect, collaborate and add new contacts from a diverse group of local human capital leaders, practitioners and thought leaders. 

Goal: Give up and coming HR pros a unique opportunity to raise their people-management IQ and their professional profiles

Strategy: Host a hip morning event in top-tier cities featuring fast-paced presentations, high-profile speakers, and plenty of social interaction.

Results: Each event attracted more than 75 human resources professionals around the country looking to advance their knowledge and their careers.