2022 CLEAA Conference: Building Strategic Learning Pathways – from novice to expert

Session #6:  Building Strategic Learning Pathways – from novice to expert

Building and developing the skills and competencies of our learner needs to work for both the individual and the workplace. The diversity of our learners in firms is often cited as a challenge for legal educators, balancing the skills and knowledge transfer required across their careers. We know that shortening the learning gap builds confidence and performance – we want everyone to be an expert!

Progression from graduate to associate, from senior associate to partner, requires a strategic approach, thoughtful structuring and a deep understanding of the firm requirements plus the skills and knowledge required to perform.

Join this panel of presenters who will discuss their experiences in rolling out a strategic learning pathway in order to develop the skills and knowledge their learners needed to close a skills gap and achieve much-needed business outcomes in their organisation.

Panel Presenters:

Narissa Bartle
Head of Learning & Development
Hall & Wilcox

Narissa has 15+ years experience as a learning and development professional working with corporate Australia and professional services firms. She has a depth of experience in all things L&D; from designing, developing, and implementing a wide variety of learning experiences to formulating strategy and working on organisational transformation projects.

She is currently the Head of L&D at Hall & Wilcox Lawyers with a focus on building considered, yet agile, development opportunities at each career level that are aligned to organisational goals and strategy to enable the future success of the firm and its people.

Clair Townsend
Advantage Learning & Consulting

Clair Townsend brings expert learning and leadership development knowledge, gained during a career spanning over 25 years in professional and legal services in Australia and the UK. Partnering as an in-house SME with law firms including Sparke Helmore, Gilbert + Tobin, Norton Rose Fulbright and King and Wood Mallesons, Clair has deep experience in the design and implementation of strategically embedded learning and capability frameworks that incrementally build individual, team and organisational competency and enable high performing workplace cultures to flourish.

As the founder of Advantage Learning and Consulting, Clair works with clients to design and deliver bespoke learning, leadership and talent development solutions with commercial, pragmatic and effective outcomes.

Clair holds a Masters of Industrial Relations and HRM from the University of Sydney and is Certified member of AHRI and a qualified business coach. She retains professional certifications across a number of market-leading personal effectiveness and leadership development tools, enabling her to craft customised learning experiences that engage and support learners, embed knowledge gains and demonstrate a clear return on investment for her clients.

Suellen Thompson
Knowledge Lead – Content & Projects (Australia & Asia)
Herbert Smith Freehills

Suellen is a qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ experience training and coaching lawyers in clear communication techniques. During her career she has held senior knowledge management and learning and development roles in law firms in Australia and Asia.

Most recently she has been focused on building communication capabilities of lawyers, and overseeing the development of technical legal learning programs within the knowledge framework at Herbert Smith Freehills.

A spotlight on Session #6  of CLEAA’s upcoming annual conference being held Friday 14 Oct, 9am-4.00pm AEDT.

CLEAA’s annual conference provides a forum for learning specialists and teachers in the legal sector to explore ideas, exchange information, and showcase current thinking.

Who should attend? Legal Learning & Development Specialists, Legal Educators and Researchers, Professional Development program designers; Coaches, Trainers and Private course providers.  You can find more information about the online conference here.

Registration for CLEAA members is AUD $129.   |   Standard Registration is AUD $249.

CLEAA Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the field of continuous legal education. Membership is $100 to 30 June 2023 and you can>> subscribe here

Register to the CLEAA Conference, Friday 14 October


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