CLO for a Day

The Learning Manager Simulation

Put yourself in the role of a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for a day where you will have to decide:

  • Which corporate goals to support
  • Which learning programs to include in your business plan
  • What type of learning to recommend (classroom, e-learning, simulation, job aides, or a blend)
  • How long each initiative should be
  • How many participants should take each course
  • Whether to reinforce the learning

Just as in the real world, you will have a limited budget and staff, which means that you will not be able to do everything you want. Trade-offs will have to be made. What will you sacrifice? How much can you accomplish with the resources you have? Participants will work in teams of two to see who can deliver the greatest impact, effectiveness and efficiency.

The Learning Manager Simulation was developed in 2008 by David Vance and Tata Interactive Systems. It is the only computer-based simulation for learning professionals and has been used by hundreds of participants over the past eight years to increase their understanding of how to create and execute a learning plan.

The simulation will reinforce the following key concepts:

  • Strategic alignment of learning to organizational goals
  • Careful selection of learning initiatives, modalities, and durations
  • Importance of reinforcement
  • The issue of trade-offs and deciding what is truly important
  • The five Kirkpatrick/Phillips levels of evaluation
  • Total cost of learning, including opportunity costs
  • The concepts of gross benefit, net benefit, and ROI
  • The impact of scale on costs and net benefit

The simulation has been deployed in numerous companies and in the human capital Ph.D. programs at Bellevue University and the University of Southern Mississippi. There will be two rounds of simulation.

A typical day runs from 9 am to 4 pm with am and pm breaks and a one-hour lunch. In Round 1 participants must create a business plan for learning which requires alignment to corporate goals and selection of appropriate programs, learning modalities, and durations. In Round 2 participants are presented with June year-to-date data and they must decide how to manage their resources for the last half of the year when everything is not going according to plan. Dave will cover the key topics needed for each round prior to the simulation.

CLO for a Day is a great way to increase the business acumen of your learning team and prepare them to be much more strategic and analytical. It is also a lot of fun and great for team building. Consider CLO for a Day the next time you bring your team together for a day.

Your Investment

Members $5,000 | Non-members $5,500

Plus Travel Expenses

Consider combining CLO for a Day with four hours of coaching the next morning to explore some of the concepts in greater detail or to discuss how you might implement some of the concepts. Your only extra cost will be the coaching fee of $1200.

Contact Dave Vance at to explore further and reserve a date.


David Vance David Vance is Executive Director of the Center for Talent Reporting and co-author of the Talent Development Reporting Principles (TDRp) whitepapers. He is the former President of Caterpillar University, which he founded in 2001, and author of The Business of Learning: How to Manage Corporate Training to Improve Your Bottom Line. Dave was named 2006 Chief Learning Officer (CLO) of the Year by Chief Learning Officer magazine. Caterpillar was ranked #1 in the 2005 ATD BEST awards and named Corporate University of the Year in 2004. Prior to leading Cat U, Dave was Chief Economist and Head of the Business Intelligence Group at Caterpillar. He teaches in the human capital development Ph.D. programs at Bellevue University and the University of Southern Mississippi, and he is also the Lead Independent Director for State Farm Mutual Funds. Dave served on the national ATD Board of Directors from 2005-2007 and was president of the Northern Rockies Chapter from 2008-2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, a Masters from Indiana University in Business Administration, and a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Economics.

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