Corporate University

The Corporate University PDN provides a forum for professionals involved with corporate universities to share information and network. For the purposes of the PDN, a corporate university is defined as "the strategic umbrella for developing and educating employees, customers, and suppliers in order to meet and organization's business strategies” (Corporate Universities, Jeanne Meister). Participation is open to all those who have an interest in exchanging ideas, experiences, strategies, etc. related to corporate universities.

Meetings are held every other month.

6:00-6:30pm Networking
6:30-8:15pm Meeting

Location: Rotating Locations

Upcoming PDN Events

    • June 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Oakbrook Library, Meeting Room, 600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    When: Tuesday, June 19th, 6 -6:30 PM Networking, 6:30-8:15 PM Program

    Where: Oakbrook Library, Meeting Room, 600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523


    What do sales, manufacturing, quality and other key departments have in common? They are all run with business discipline. This helps them to be goal focused and run effectively and efficiently which in turn increases the comfort level of the CEO in providing additional resources. L&D typically has not been run like a business which is a primary reason senior leaders often lack confidence in it and scrutinize it more closely than other departments. In this program we will explore what it means to run L&D like a business with guidance for both small and large organizations.

    Session outcomes:
    • Learn the key steps to run learning like a business.
    • Explore the process of alignment, disciplined goal setting, and reaching agreement on mutual roles and responsibilities.
    • Learn about the three types of measures and three types of reports needed to run learning like a business.
    • Explore how to manage with business discipline and provide senior leaders and program managers with the information they need.
    • Increase your business acumen and your confidence to measure, report and manage.


    · 6:00 – 6:30 PM Networking

    · 6:30 – 8:15 PM Program8:15: Program


    There is no fee to attend.

    RSVPs required.
    Register by email: Ranya Verson (


    Dave Vance is Executive Director of the Center for Talent Reporting and co-author of the Talent Development Reporting Principles (TDRp). He is the former President of Caterpillar University, which he founded in 2001, and author of The Business of Learning: How to Manage Corporate Training to Improve Your Bottom Line.Dave was named 2006 Chief Learning Officer (CLO) of the Year by Chief Learning Officermagazine. Caterpillar was ranked #1 in the 2005 ATD BEST awards and named Corporate University of the Year in 2004. Prior to leading Cat U, he was Chief Economist and Head of the Business Intelligence Group at Caterpillar. Dave teaches in the human capital development Ph.D. programs at Bellevue University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a Master of Science Degree in business administration from Indiana University (South Bend) and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame.


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