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BTS EVP to be Featured Panelist at SIOP Conference

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Category :
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Dan Parisi to Join Panelists from Fannie Mae and Pfizer in Discussing the Power of Simulations and Experiential Learning

CHICAGO, IL - BTS USA, the global leader in strategic alignment and execution, today announced that Dan Parisi, executive vice president, BTS, will be a speaker at the 26th Annual Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Inc. (SIOP) Conference April 14 – 16, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago. The panel, titled "Leveraging Experiential Learning to Build Capability and Accelerate Strategic Alignment" takes place on April 15 at 10:30 a.m. and was developed by Matt Redmond, vice president for talent and organizational development at Fannie Mae. Redmond, Parisi, and panelist Stephen Kontra, regional learning leader Americas, Pfizer Worldwide Talent and Organization Capability Group, Pfizer Incorporated, will be featured in discussion on their use of business simulations and other experiential learning tools.

The session panelists, all leaders in organizational learning, will explain how they've witnessed experiential learning impact individual and organizational performance, and will cover best practices, lessons learned, and potential pitfalls. They will also debate methods of leveraging experiential learning to build capability in a variety of contexts including: tactical execution, business/management and leadership skills.

"Companies today are doing phenomenal things with business simulations and experiential learning – from resetting strategy to resetting culture, brand and values -- faster than ever before," said Parisi. "This panel is going to be intense; my fellow panelists are at the frontlines, gathering new organizational engagement data on experiential learning and understanding the science behind it. I'm honored and excited to be a part of it."

Dan Parisi is a BTS global partner and the managing director of BTS San Francisco. Throughout his 16-year career at BTS, Dan has pioneered the application of customized business simulations for leading Fortune 500 clients such as Cisco, NetApp, Texas Instruments, Toyota, and others. He has personally facilitated the development of over 7,500 executives and managers using computer-based business simulations and other experiential learning techniques. In addition to being a senior facilitator for executive level audiences, Dan has innovated many business simulation applications including using business simulations as a “behavioral laboratory” for executives to get feedback on their leadership and team effectiveness. Dan was selected in 2007 by Marshall Goldsmith as a member of The Marshall Goldsmith Library ‘Distinguished Thought Leaders’ and in 2009 to be a faculty member speaking on learning and simulations in the 50 Lessons library (acquired by Skillsoft on February 15), the world's pre-eminent collection of multimedia insights from global business leaders. Dan received his MBA in Finance from NYU and currently lives in San Francisco.

About the SIOP Conference

The 26th Annual SIOP Conference April 14-16, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago, is a gathering of the top U.S. industrial-organizational psychologists. SIOP will offer symposia, practitioner forums, panel presentations, posters, and other sessions featuring a wide range of workplace issues. The annual conference provides presentations focusing on every aspect of industrial-organizational psychology, top-notch workshops, in-depth Friday Seminars, two informative theme tracks, receptions, and keynote speakers.


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