Professional Forum 7: Learning as a Benefit

Tuesday, April 4th: 11:15am - 12:15pm


Intended Audience:

Org leaders who are looking to lead with learning

Session Content:

This forum will inspire museum leaders to consider how they might leverage learning as a benefit to their institutions. Our message will encourage attendees to rethink their HR Learning and Development strategies by recognizing the unexpected inefficiencies that come from taking learning online rather than offering it synchronously offline. 

We will talk through the steps we took at Smithsonian Affiliations to prepare for innovation, the partnership with Desklight to build a learning hub for 200+ organizations, and our current work to build a community of practice that leverages the resources of the Smithsonian – all accomplished while meeting the learning needs of our stakeholders. We will share takeaways that can be applied to other organizations with dispersed and varied learners.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will leave with 1) an understanding of how to think about organizational learning beyond traditional training, 2) an understanding of leveraging digital tools for efficiency and scalability and 3) an understanding of what a community of practice is and how to identify the needs of an organization’s community.



Tricia Edwards, Deputy Director at Smithsonian Affiliations

Alma Douglas, National Outreach Manager at Smithsonian Affiliations

Erin Huizenga, Co-Founder and CEO at Desklight

Proposal ID: 11078