How to Make L&D a Strategic Business Enabler

Wed 27th Jan 2021
Learning leaders and their organisations have come a long way since the pandemic started. As we enter into 2021 however, learning leaders on the front lines will need to continue enabling and delivering value-creating efforts within their organisations, or risk being left behind. So, how can L&D leaders become best-positioned to support their workforce and become strategic business enablers in 2021?
Mikaela Gladden, Content Writer

What new stakes does COVID bring to L&D in 2021? On one hand, companies with workplace disruption are struggling to meet the demand for digitised content to close skills gaps. On the other hand, L&D is under pressure as a cost line item and unless learning leaders demonstrate contribution to ROI, there is a genuine risk for many L&D teams. 

The challenge is; most senior L&D professionals do not know how to operate like a business within their company. This is the biggest reason budgets get cut or not secured. L&D themselves need to be upskilled to overcome this gap. 

In this webinar, industry experts, Lori Niles and Amanda Nolen, were in a unique position to discuss the skills L&D need themselves to become strategic business enablers. Ollie Browning at Go1 also provides insight into the unique solutions to consider when procuring content and provide economies of scale to drive better ROI for L&D. 

The focus and takeaways of this webinar were: 

  • How to work with stakeholders 
  • How to demonstrate evidence of need and applicable evaluation strategies 
  • How to use proprietary methodology, including Data-Driven Learning Design and Learning Triage 

Catch up on the recording below:

About the speakers


Ollie Browning, Head of Sales Go1 

Ollie has over 20 years of experience in the L&D industry working with clients developing organisational performance through learning transformation. Ollie and his team in the UK support our clients on their journey to improving the performance of learning in this digital world. 


Lori Niles-Hofmann, Senior Learning EdTech Transformation Strategist at NilesNolen 

Lori is a senior learning strategist with over 20 years of L&D experience across many industries, including international banking, management consulting, and marketing. Lori specialises in large-scale digital learning transformations. She is passionate about helping companies navigate through the ambiguity of change and act as a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 CLOs around the world. 



Amanda Nolen, Learning strategist, speaker & connector at NilesNolen 

Amanda helps organisations boost performance and business results through the right mix of best-in-class technology, content strategy, a new operating model, data, stakeholder management and new L&D skillsets. When it comes to business development, Amanda takes a highly consultative approach, with a knack for identifying opportunities and building strong C-level partnerships. Amanda works with stakeholders to ensure they have the strategy, resources and buy-in required to bring complex projects to life. 

Go1 helps millions of people in thousands of organizations engage in learning that is relevant, effective and inspiring.
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