Designing a Learning Strategy to Deliver Competitive Advantage

According to a recent Economist survey, 56% of global CEOs believe their firm lacks the right talent. To close the skills gap, organizations are increasing their investments in training. Training budgets in the US grew from 12% in 2013 to 15% in 2014, but few organizations appear to secure a return on such investments. Clearly, this points to the need for rethinking learning strategies that drive business results. Using scientific evidence on learning, the session will outline a learning strategy that enhances individual capability and the collective capacity of a business.


  1. Become aware of the learning and development opportunities.
  2. Recognize the causes of poor return on training investment.
  3. Learn the science-based findings to designing effective training.
  4. Become aware of a learning strategy that can deliver the right skills, at the right time, at the right level, and at the right price.
  5. Gain access to a resource guide for Human Capital and Talent Development.

Who Should Attend:

  • Managers
  • HR professionals
  • TM professionals
  • Learning and Development Professionals


​Dr. Shreya Sarkar-Barney is the president of Human Capital Growth. Shreya’s consulting and analytics work has helped decision makers in Fortune 100 organizations make better choices related to talent and program investments. She previously chaired the SHRM (US) effort on developing an ANSI standard on employee turnover. She also holds a lecturer appointment at University of California, Berkeley. Shreya has over 30 publications and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. Shreya has a Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys living in beautiful northern California with her husband and two children.

Dr. Shreya Sarker-Barney

Shreya Sarkar-Barney. Ph.D.

​Founder and CEO

Human Capital Growth

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