Kenneth Murphy III, EVP Sales and Operations, Mattress Firm
Mike Barger, Chief Operating Officer for CorpU
Creating leadership development and training programs that produce lasting impact and generate real business results may be the most significant challenge faced by L&D professionals today. Developing programs that can accomplish this virtually may even seem next to impossible. In this session, you’ll hear how Mattress Firm, one of the world’s largest and most successful specialty bedding companies, has employed a transformational, 21st century learning approach to meet this challenge.
A fast-growth company, with over 1,000 stores in 28 states, the firm needed to develop their next generation of leaders while enhancing negotiation and sales skills in the field. Their solution leveraged expertise from two of the best-known universities in the world, a unique social learning platform, and the collaborative power of cohort-based education in a virtual community—and it was executed without spending a penny on travel. The futuristic approach to enterprise learning they’re applying at Mattress Firm is truly changing the way organizations are thinking about developing their human capital.
This session is designed to help change the way you think about learning and development. You’ll also hear how the right social media technology can help you build virtual learning communities that connect your employees from anywhere in the world to learn from world-class experts and collaboratively solve your most pressing and complex business problems. The story you’ll hear in this session examines how Mattress Firm was able to teach the negotiation program developed and taught at Harvard and MIT to their leaders around the country and drive improved business performance in some of their most important business metrics.
Discover how to advance your thinking about learning and development based on Mattress Firm’s best practices for:
- Delivering world-class content to geographically dispersed learners,
- Harnessing the potential of social media technology to help creatively solve complex business problems
- Improving business results through ongoing, collaborative, virtual development.