The LearnOps Leadership Series

In this video series, learning and development leaders join Ryan Austin, CEO at Cognota,
to discuss challenges and opportunities in learning operations.


11 episodes

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Episode 11

Episode 11: Bror Saxberg

Bror Saxberg, founder of LearningForge and former CLO at Kaplan, joins Ryan to chat about tying learning outcomes to business objectives and more.

Episode 10

Episode 10: Rob Lauber

Ryan is joined by Rob Lauber, former CLO at McDonald’s, to talk about structuring L&D functions for global operations and the shift to a “big picture” perspective for L&D.

Episode 9

Episode 9: Jon Kaplan

Jon Kaplan, Principal and Founder at Corvantus Consulting, shares his insights into working with business partners, learning interventions, and creating business impact.

Episode 8

Episode 8: Dan Pontefract

Former CLO at TELUS and founder of the Pontefract Group, Dan shares his thoughts on how L&D leaders can bring empathy and collaboration to learning functions of all structures. 

Episode 7

Episode 7: Karie Willyerd

Ryan is joined by Karie Willyerd, CLO at Visa, to talk about running L&D like a business, scaling learning operations and fuelling growth in the midst of a labor shortage.

Episode 6

Episode 6: Martha Soehren

In this episode, Martha Soehren, PhD, former Chief Talent Development Officer at Comcast, talks connecting learning solutions to business impact stories.

Episode 5

Episode 5: Nick Howe

In this episode, Nick Howe, former CLO at Hitachi and Area9 Lyceum, discusses the dichotomy of learning outcomes and business outcomes and how to connect them.

Episode 4

Episode 4: David Barone

In this episode, David Barone, Learning and Talent Management Consultant at The Josh Bersin Company, chats about the time and place for creativity in L&D.

Episode 3

Episode 3: Maria Feay

In this episode, Maria Feay, Director of Learning and Quality Coaching at Quantum Health, discusses how learning teams can improve operational efficiencies.

Episode 2

Episode 2: Dr. Sydney Savion

Dr. Sydney Savion, CLO at Cityblock Health, joins Ryan to discuss how to run L&D like a business and making data analytics an accessible reality for your team.

Episode 1

Episode 1: Christopher Lind

In this episode, Christopher Lind shares how his “digital-first” mindset and approach to data results in enhanced operational efficiency for L&D functions.

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Ryan Austin is an entrepreneur who has spent over 10 years driving improvements in learning and development. In his current role as CEO at Cognota, the first operations platform for L&D, Ryan is focused on developing innovative products to enable training functions to work smarter, not harder. 

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Ryan Austin