Creating a High-Performing Organization Through a Development Culture

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

University Club of Chicago

76 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603


Why Should You Attend?

As the CEO/Boss...

Learn strategies, new insights, and best practices on how to create a development culture that prioritizes people and results.

As the HR Leader...

Learn how to create a development culture through developing your leaders, with i4cp research to back the positive impact on creating values-based leaders.

As the Leader of People...

Leave with an elevated emotional intelligence, increased leadership skills around accountability, and a new network of friends.

As an Intact Team...

Acting as an off-site for your team you will learn how to hold yourself and each other more accountable, with the result of doing more with less.


High-performing organizations invest in their people. Attracting, retaining, and developing your people has never been as important as it is today. Unfortunately, not all investments in people are created equal. In this experiential day of next practice sharing, you will leave with data, knowledge, and strategies on how to build a developmental culture, and what it will do for your bottom line.

8:00 a.m.
8:40 a.m.

Check in, enjoy light breakfast, and get fueled up for a fun day of collaborating and engaging among many like-minded professionals.

8:40 a.m.
9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks with Founder of DX Learning Solutions
Hosted by Alex Draper, Founder of DX Learning Solutions

To kick off the inaugural DX Symposium, DX Learning’s Founder, Alex Draper, will address what attendees can expect from the day.

This year’s theme of "Creating a Development Culture" explores how we can put the human back at the center of our organizations, to live out the values that we have stated to our new hires, on our website, our walls, and annual report. What role do our business leaders play when it comes to our values? Can engaging our cultural aspirations retain and develop our top talent? See what Alex has to say about his personal experience in working with thousands of leaders in organizations who go beyond just having their values and culture statements written down on their websites.

9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Trials and Tribulations of Building a World-Class Organization
Hosted by Harry Kraemer, Executive Partner at Madison Dearborn Partners, Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg School of Management

Sometimes "doing the right thing" while also delivering outstanding and lasting results is difficult for leaders to achieve. Values-based leaders are needed more than ever in today’s economic and political environment.

Professor Kraemer will address the four principles of values-based leadership that tie into creating a development culture. In a dynamic session that draws on Professor Kraemer's global experience as the chairman and CEO of Baxter International, you will learn the importance of self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence, and genuine humility in the actions and decisions you make as a leader in your organization.

He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter's chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter's board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development.  His 23-year career at Baxter included senior positions in both domestic and international operations.  In 1993, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for financial operations, business development, global communications, and European operations.  Over the next several years, he assumed additional responsibility for Baxter’s Renal and Medication Delivery businesses. He was elected to Baxter’s board of directors in 1995, and was named president of Baxter International Inc. in 1997.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics.  He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant.  For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management.  Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing, and reading, especially world civilization.  Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois. More info on Harry is available at Harry is the author of Becoming The Best and From Values to Actions

11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.

The Power and Impact of a Development Culture
Hosted by Jay Jamrog, Co-Founder and Futurist of i4cp

Recent i4cp’s research shows that high-performing organizations are five times more likely to have a “development culture” than low-performing organizations. In our interviews, we noted that these high-performing organizations often used the word “learning” and “development” interchangeably. And that makes sense because in almost every i4cp study, where development is listed, development consistently shows a high positive correlation to market performance. Development also shows a high positive correlation with almost every topic we studied (e.g., acquisition of talent, retaining talent, and one of the main drivers of engagement and alignment). A development culture, however, is more than just adding more courses or content. Building a development culture involves investing time and energy in four key integrated components: Organization, Learners, Managers, and Leaders.

Jay is a futurist and has devoted the past 25 years to identifying and analyzing the major issues and trends affecting the management of people in organizations. Currently, Jay and the i4cp research team follow demographic, social, economic, technological, political, legal, and management trends across 20 plus broad human capital topics.

Over the years, he has helped some of the most innovative organizations gain a deeper understanding of the world's changing business environment and has helped them think strategically about today's actions and tomorrow's plans. Jay has confidential access to some of the most progressive organizations, and he's currently an active advisor to more than a dozen leading corporations. In addition, Jay conducts dozens of seminars annually for major corporations on subjects related to the changing nature of the workplace and workforce.


12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Buffet lunch to be provided


1:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Experience Our 3.5 Hour Simulation on Driving a Culture of Accountability, For Yourself and Your Team
Hosted by Alex Draper, DX Learning Solutions

"If you can't stand the heat, you'd better get out of the kitchen."

― Harry S. Truman

A firm that specializes in accelerated behavior change, Founder Alex Draper will train you in one of the key ingredients of being a values-based leader and as an organization how you can put values into action by aligning and motivating your leaders to model the behaviors of your culture. Join us for one of our experiential leadership development programs, “The Accountability Shift”.

Accountability is a key ingredient to the success of any leader and any business, but it seems to be the one that people have most difficulty with. When we accept accountability, we put ourselves in the hot seat where we take ownership to make the necessary changes to be successful for us and our teams. However, when it goes wrong and we we look to blame others, it disempowers us. The more accountable we can be, the more accountable our teams will become and the more success we can achieve.

Accountability shows up in the values of many organizations. But how many leaders in your organizations really live out this challenging behavior successful? Not many. We will use our secret sauce of how to execute rapid behavior change and motivate leaders to better themselves, to driving great accountability habits in your organization. We'll show you, in a short period of time, just how much insight and change you can see around a specific value. Our obligation to the world is to make organizations more human via motivating its leaders to walk the talk and model the values it tells the world it has embraced. You will experience first hand our approach to scalable and cost-effective behavior change that you will be better off for personally, and gain insights on how to go about doing it effectively in your business.

5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Official Opening Happy Hour: Celebrating the First Year of the DX Symposium
Hosted by DX Learning Solutions

Celebrating the first year of the DX Symposium and the 2018 theme of "Creating a Development Culture," we invite all attendees, speakers, partners, and those who have made the day possible to celebrate!

After an inspiring and engaging day, take a load off and grab a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine to share the day's insights with new connections and friends.

This event will be held at Miller's Pub.



$195 / Day
  • Full-day conference pass
  • One pass
  • Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided
  • Receive a copy of Harry Kraemer's book, Becoming The Best
  • Receive the research from i4cp session
  • Learn how to be a better leader, through participating in The Accountability Shift experience
  • Go home with insights on how to lead with values and strategies on how to bring alive your values


$650 / Day
  • Save 17%
  • Up to 4 passes per team
  • Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided
  • Receive a copy of Harry Kraemer's book, Becoming The Best
  • Receive the research from i4cp session
  • Learn how to be a better leader, through participating in The Accountability Shift experience
  • Go home with insights on how to lead with values and strategies on how to bring alive your values


$1,200 / Day
  • Save 25%
  • Up to 8 passes per table
  • Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided
  • Receive a copy of Harry Kraemer's book, Becoming The Best
  • Receive the research from i4cp session
  • Learn how to be a better leader, through participating in The Accountability Shift experience
  • Go home with insights on how to lead with values and strategies on how to bring alive your values

Tickets are non-refundable, but transferable. To transfer your ticket, please send an email to

DX Learning Solutions is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 6 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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