Workshop Session | Wednesday, June 27 | 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Track: Content Development

We live in a bullet-pointed, slack-communicating, emoji-using, multi-screen-viewing, Giphy-injected, Instagram-story-infused, BuzzFeed-reading, ever-distracted society. This means we MUST step up our learning design by earning – and keeping – the attention of our learners by matching HOW they receive information and making learning FUN and engaging.

Does your new hire program bring employees together? Does it reflect your company culture? Do people leave training excited and ready to rumble? New hire training is the opportunity for your organization to prove to employees they made the right choice by joining your business. It’s the time to demystify any worries, increase excitement, welcome them to the organization and prepare them for success. During this session, not only will you LEARN methodologies in order to do this, you will experience them AND practice them in the moment.

What will you learn?

  • Discover new and exciting ways to engage an ever-distracted learning society
  • Explore a new hire training framework that is not only FUN but also increases retention
  • Practice and experience these methods in the room together


Kati Ryan, Senior Director of Learning and Development, Distil Networks
Kati Ryan is the senior director of learning and development for Distil Networks, a cybersecurity company blocking malicious bots. She has built and led award-winning training teams and programs for the past eight years, overseeing teams of trainers responsible for classroom and in-field training, as well as the career development of thousands of employees. Kati is a professionally trained and engaging public speaker and subject matter expert. She has spoken at the ATD International Convention, ALI’s Employee Experience Summit, spoken on several industry roundtables, contributed content to publications such as ATD’s L&D Blog, #GirlBoss, Building the Sales Machine Blog, and been quoted in Fast Company on effective team building practices.