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Garry Ridge and Charles Jennings Breakfast Panel – Building a Culture of Learning

May 29 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

“Building a Culture of Learning”

Is 70:20:10 going to evolve into a culture of learning and what does such a thing look like in an organization like WD 40 Company?

In today’s rapidly changing world successful organisations are those that continually adapt and re-invent their business models to take advantage of new opportunities. To do this, they need their people to be equally adaptable and agile. To do this, they need to create a culture of learning.

A true ‘learning culture’ is one where people learn not only formally through courses and programmes, but primarily from their daily work and from their colleagues. Learning becomes part of the daily workflow, and the workforce exploits every opportunity to learn from working as well as learning to work.

Charles Jennings, Co-founder, 70:20:10 Institute

Charles Jennings is a leading thinker and practitioner in innovative HR, talent, learning and performance approaches. He is known for his work helping build high performance organisations.

He is co-founder of the 70:20:10 Institute which provides global services to organizations for improving performance using the 70:20:10 framework and methodology.

His career includes roles as a business school professor, as head of the UK national centre for networked learning, as chief learning officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters, as an international consultant, and as a member of advisory boards for international learning, performance and business bodies.

Charles is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute (FLPI), Also Senior Advisor at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Garry Ridge, CEO, WD40 

Garry Ridge is president and chief executive officer of the WD-40 Company (NASDAQ WDFC) headquartered in San Diego, California. WD-40 Company is the maker of the ever-popular WD-40, as well as 3-IN-ONE Oil, Solvol and Lava heavy duty hand cleaners and X-14, Carpet Fresh, Spot Shot, 1001 and 2000 Flushes household cleaning products.

Garry has been with WD-40 since 1987 in various management positions, including executive vice president and chief operating officer and vice president of international. He has worked directly with WD-40 in 50 countries.
A native of Australia, Garry has served as national vice president of the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.
Garry received his Masters of Science Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego, CA, in June 2001.
Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego. He teaches leadership development, talent management & succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program.
In March 2003, Garry was awarded Director of the Year for Enhancement of Economic Value by the Corporate Directors forum.
In April 2004, Garry received the Arthur E Hughes Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego.
In 2006, Garry was awarded the Ernst & Young – Master Entrepreneur Award.
In 2009, Garry co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A”, Release in May, 2009, FT Press. #MG 100 coach.

Specialties: Leadership, global business development, bench building & talent development, strategic planning, branding, marketing & distribution, mergers and aquistion.

Dr Sydney Savion, CLO, Air New Zealand 

As a thought leader, award-winning author, and top learning officer Sydney has won 15 awards in 3 years, garnered 100+ articles/features in national publications and authored a critically acclaimed book.

With an entrepreneurial spirit Sydney has spearheaded global learning strategies while strengthening talent, information, and knowledge management across the enterprise. She has designed measurable employee-centered learning interventions, crafted nimble global business processes, optimized organizational scalability, and harmonized business acquisitions.

Throughout her career, She has redefined organizational cultures to spark innovation and drive productivity. Dedicated to developing human capabilities and integrating learning in the flow of work 24/7, she provides collaborative, experiential, and reflective learning ecosystems. She is known for encouraging continuous learning, promoting systems of influence, maximizing business impacts, and delivering unprecedented results.

Sydney serves on the editorial board of Training Industry Magazine and served on a wide range of for- and not-for profit boards. As a respected thought leader, She have been an author and speaker at Columbia University and Harvard Faculty Club. She has earned a research-based Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University and a Master of Public Administration.

7:30am – 9:30am (New Zealand Time)

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