Connect with and learn alongside hundreds of your healthcare training and development peers at the largest gathering of life sciences trainers and educators.

Event Venue:
Gaylord Opryland 
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee  37214  USA 


Monday, June 5, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 PM New Attendee Orientation / Membership Meeting
New to LTEN? New to the conference? Take a crash course on all things LTEN and make the most of your time at the event.
Open to all.
4:30 – 7:00 PM Welcome Bash & Mini-Receptions in the Learning Village Exhibit Hall
Join us for mixing ‘n’ mingling with peers and suppliers. We’re serving up delicious delights and cocktails. Plus, exhibitors will be hosting specialty drinks and treats in their booths. Open to all. No need to RSVP.
 7:30 PM Dine-Arounds
Looking to dine with new LTEN friends or network? Sign-up for these “pay your own way”, small group dinners at select restaurants. RSVP online or on-site at Registration.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration in Tennessee Ballroom Foyer
7:00 – 7:50 AM Continental Breakfast & Coffee with the Board in Learning Village Exhibit Hall
8:00 – 9:30 AM Presidential Kick-Off & Opening Keynote 

Melissa Stockwell, American War Hero, U.S. Paralympian, Three-Time World Champion Triathlete


Join us in the Tennessee Ballroom to start the day off and leave feeling uplifted and



9:30 – 10:00 AM Networking and Refreshment Break in Learning Village Exhibit Hall
10:15 – 11:45 AM Concurrent Workshops
12:00 – 1:50 PM Lunch, Learning Labs and Topic Tables in the Learning Village Exhibit Hall
2:00 – 3:00 PM Concurrent Workshops
3:00 – 4:00 PM Networking and Refreshment Break in Learning Village Exhibit Hall
4:15 – 5:45 PM Concurrent Workshops
6:00 – 7:30 PM Charity Team-Building Activity – Safe Haven Family Shelter
We will kick off the Networking Party with our annual charity team-building activity. Join us assemble gift bags for the children served by Safe Haven Family Shelter, which assists homeless families in Middle Tennessee.
6:00 – 9:00 PM Networking Party at Gaylord Opryland Event Center 
LTEN knows how to throw a party and you don’t want to miss out on all that we have planned
in Music City. We’re serving up delicious local eats and cocktails, fun, games, and live music (of course!)
No RSVP needed.Want to go to the Grand Ole Opry? For a limited time, get your discounted tickets for only $68 for Tier 1 on Tuesday, June 7 at the 9:30 PM show. Tickets will be available until May 5. Purchase the tickets here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration in Tennessee Ballroom Foyer
7:30 – 8:20 AM Continental Breakfast & Coffee with the Board in Learning Village Exhibit Hall
8:30 – 9:30 AM  Concurrent Workshops
10:15 AM–11:45 AM Keynote & LTEN Excellence Awards Eric Saperston, Award-Winning Filmmaker & Best-Selling Author

LTEN Excellence Awards Ceremony
Help us honor the life sciences training leaders and innovators. We are rolling out the red carpet at this year’s awards ceremony and announcing the winners on center stage.

12:00 – 1:50 PM Lunch, Learning Labs and Topic Tables in the Learning Village Exhibit Hall
2:00 – 3:30 PM Concurrent Workshops
3:30 – 4:00 PM Networking Refreshment Break
4:15 – 5:45 PM Concurrent Workshops
6:30 PM Dine-Arounds
Looking to dine with new LTEN friends or network? Sign-up for these “pay your own way”, small group dinners at Looking to dine with new LTEN friends or network? Sign-up for these “pay your own way”, small group dinners at select restaurants. RSVP online or on-site at Registration.

Thursday, June 8

7:00 – 10:00 AM Registration in Tennessee Ballroom Foyer
7:00 – 7:50 AM Continental Breakfast
7:00 – 7:50 AM Award Poster Session
See what award-winning ideas and training programs look like. Meet the LTEN Excellence award finalists and winners as they put their work on display in a Poster Session. Posters will be available during the refreshment break and the duration of the morning.
8:00 – 9:30 AM Thursday’s Keynote
Frank Barrett, Author, Jazz Pianist and Professor of Management
9:30 – 9:55 AM Networking Refreshment Break
LTEN Talks in the Tennessee Ballroom 
10:00 – 11:30 AM LTEN Talks – Powerful, 15-minute, expert-delivered messages you can use
5 Lessons I Learned While Building Enterprise Learning at Biogen
Angela Justice,
Chief Learning Officer, Biogen
Performance-Focused Smile Sheets – A Radical Rethinking of a Dangerous Art Form
Will Thalheimer, Ph.D.,
Consultant, Research Translator and Author
Innovation and Discount Revenge
Rob Toomey,
President and Founder of TypeCoach
“Miracle on the Hudson”: How Training Saved Lives
Mark Hood,
Consultant, Sales Performance International (SPI)
11:30 – 11:35 AM Conference Closing Remarks


2017 LTEN Annual Conference Workshop Tracks

The LTEN workshop tracks have been designed to address the most pressing needs and interests of today’s life sciences training professional. Whether you’re a new trainer looking to develop key fundamental skills, a seasoned L&D professional looking for career and leadership skills, or a leader who wants to better link your team’s efforts to desired business outcomes, this year’s conference offers something for everyone.

Tailor your learning experience to meet your needs by selecting from over 70 workshops:

Career Success

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Are your ambitions clear – and do you know how to get there?  This track will cover the fundamentals of advancing your career, from the art of persuasion, to networking, to personal branding. This track will also address topics like time management, mentorships and work-life balance. Take this opportunity to step back from thinking about your immediate professional demands and make sure you have the clarity and skills to achieve career goals. 


Customer Engagement & Selling Skills

Sales models are constantly changing, and external factors such as managed care, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and a compliance-driven environment complicate business-as-usual approaches.  How do you reach and engage your customer in this multi-faceted environment?  What new selling skills are needed?  This track will help you move forward with confidence – without missing a beat when it comes to sales productivity.


Field Sales Trainer

Are you a high performer on a development path to expand your skills as a field trainer? If so, join us in this track to develop your training skills, learn coaching and mentoring techniques, and discover new ways to lead without authority.


GxP: Discovery to Commercialization Training

If your work includes developing, delivering or sourcing training for R&D, clinical, manufacturing, quality, regulatory, or compliance personnel, then this track is tailor-made for you!  Explore sessions on program development, identifying & qualifying trainers, correcting human error, GxPs (cGMP, GLP, GCP, GTP, GDP, etc.), product submissions, regulatory compliance, audit readiness, risk, and more! Click here for more information on this new track.


Instructional Design & Delivery

How do you make your learning courses engaging to trainees? How do you transfer new knowledge and skills to the field? What is the right blend of media? This track offers tips, skills, and strategies for curriculum development, classroom management, and course evaluation – and everything in between.


Globalization of Education
Examine how companies today and in the future will address the growing trend toward globalization of classroom, self-directed online and virtual classroom education.


Healthcare Reform and Managed Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (ACA) is the most significant legislation to pass since Medicaid and Medicare forty-five years ago.  Do you understand the impact that this sweeping reform has on your business – and more specifically training?  In this workshop series, you will have a devoted opportunity to learn about the ACA and implications for the life science industry, from the Physician Payment Sunshine Act to “insurance exchanges.”


Impact & Measurement

Demonstrating a return on investment can be a trainer’s biggest challenge – yet, done well it can be a trainer’s best friend.   Measuring impact and effectiveness is central to justification of budget and programming, and will help define just how meaningful learning and development is within your organization.  This track will cover topics including process methodology, the relevancy of Kirkpatrick levels in today’s climate, metrics, and measuring amid a technology-driven culture.


Management & Leadership Development (First Line Managers)

In this workshop series, you will find the keys to developing great managers, but also great leaders.  Starting with understanding effective leadership behaviors, you will focus on coaching techniques and how to empower and inspire others as well as interviewing skills, engagement, and emotional intelligence. This track is a must if you want to master the “lead by example” part while also developing others to go beyond the basics of their role and on to a path of professional refinement and aspiration.


Mobile & Digital Learning

Mobile, digital, and distance learning is no longer new, or revolutionary.  But training departments continue to be embroiled in figuring out how to evaluate the various and constantly changing options as well as how to best integrate new applications.  This track will include case studies on technology roll-outs, as well as lively discussions on everything from iPads, gaming, simulations, social media, and “what’s next.”


View From Above: Strategy

Are you tasked with thinking bigger picture?  That’s the scope of this workshop track, designed for training leaders who need to rally the troops through careful assessment of trends, commercial models, and business alignment.   Explore this track full of high level topics to help you define strategy and drive results for your department and company.

Want a deep dive on the capabilities of an interesting vendor? Considering a thirty-party to help you navigate training design or implementation? Our industry partners bring their expertise to you in these partner-sponsored sessions covering a wide array of learning and development topics and technologies.