Adapting Internships Into Extraordinary Virtual Experiences (On Demand)

If your company is like most, summer internships are quickly being converted to virtual experiences. Maybe you’ve already postponed the start date once? Perhaps considered cancelling summer 2020 internships altogether? Have no fear -- you CAN do this -- and we’re here to help! 

Providing both guidance and autonomy to your incoming summer interns will be paramount. Learn how PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company, Citigroup, and MasterCard plan to onboard remote interns, guide their virtual experiences, and how opportunities for engagement can be built at every turn. 

Join learning and talent executives across multiple industries as they share ideas and strategies to build extraordinary virtual experiences. You can expect to learn:

  1. Onboarding & team development concepts to guide successful virtual experiences.
  2. How to engage virtual interns in skillbuilding.
  3. How to help interns feel connected and engaged within your company.
  4. How to empower and enable interns to own their personalized learning experience this summer, and into the future.

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Byron Johnson, Global Learning Center of Excellence, PepsiCo

Byron has worked in Talent and Learning for 19 years with experience in global learning strategy, workforce transformation, change leadership, performance strategies, org development, and others.
Currently, he looks after Learning Strategy and Communications for PepsiCo University. His tasks involve building an active culture of learning and teaching at PepsiCo, giving resources everything they need to succeed, offering professional development that is easy to access and consume while creating an agile work environment. In previous PEP roles, Byron has led functional colleges, drove performance management processes, and enabled global change activites.


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Lena Allison, US Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Lead at Ford Motor Company

Lena Allison is the U.S. talent acquisition and onboarding lead at Ford Motor Company, effective July 1, 2018. In this role, she leads the recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, and first-year engagement strategy for all U.S. salaried employees. Prior to this assignment, she served as a learning and development manager for nearly two years. Allison has held various positions within Human Resources for over 25 years including roles in HR Business Partner, HR Strategy, Ford Credit, Labor Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, Executive Development, and Learning and Development. She also spent several years in Internal Communications supporting the President of the Americas. Allison joined Ford in 1991 as a Ford College Graduate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in industrial psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in organizational behavior from Eastern Michigan University. She lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with her husband Jamie and their daughter Sydney, who just completed her first year at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jennifer Gabriele, Senior Global Learning Advisor, Citi

Jennifer is the Senior Global Learning Advisor leading Citi’s Early Career and Global Markets and Securities Services Learning teams. In her role, Jennifer partners with senior leaders and key Human Resources stakeholders to design learning solutions focused on developing Citi’s Analyst and Associate talent as well as solutions that drive business strategy and deepen the skills needed to deliver robust Markets solutions for Citi’s clients. Prior to her current role, Jennifer served as the Senior Relationship Manager leading Learning for Citi Private Bank, North America, where she focused predominantly on enhancing the Investments knowledge and skill set of the organization.Jennifer joined Citi in 1996 as part of the former Smith Barney division where she held various roles in both the Financial Planning business and Learning and Development. During that time, Jennifer led the Wealth Management Professional Development initiative which provided client-facing employees with the technical expertise required to serve ultra high net worth clients in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Lending and Financial Planning.Jennifer holds a BA in International Business from The George Washington University and is a Certified Financial PlannerTM.


Jawanda Staber, Vice President, Learning & Development, Mastercard

As a member of Mastercard’s Learning and Insights team, Jawanda Staber leads the organization’s Knowledge and Trends Academy. A creative collaborator with an eye to intentional culture development, Jawanda creates meaningful learning experiences that deliver foundational business and industry knowledge to strengthen decision making and the application of technical skills. Jawanda has more than 20 years of diverse human resource experience within technology, banking, and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining Mastercard, she worked with industry leading organizations including People’s United Bank, UST, and Coca-Cola Refreshments providing strategic human resources consultation and project leadership in the areas of process improvement, performance management, employee relations, organization development, succession management, learning and development and change management.From developing innovative employee onboarding elements and curating learning content to leveraging design thinking in human resources, Jawanda speaks on related topics at professional conferences and events. Jawanda holds an MBA with a human resource management concentration from Pace University and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Connecticut. She currently resides in Connecticut.

Janice Burns

Janice Burns, Chief Career Experience Officer, Degreed

As a human capital futurist and strategist, Janice Robinson Burns develops and implements talent management and development programs that drive business results. She recently joined Degreed as their first Chief Career Experience Officer. Prior to Degreed, Janice spent 27 years at Mastercard, with her most recent role as their Chief Learning Officer. As CLO, she led the design and implementation of employee learning experiences and development programs globally, as well as the development of frameworks to advance managerial capabilities and effectiveness. Prior to the CLO role, Janice served as Group Head of Human Resources for the Global Products and Solutions organization and Chief Diversity Officer of Mastercard. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

"Degreed has uniquely built its own technology category from the ground up and it is a hot one. They have also provided a blueprint for what best-in-class looks like as a product and a company."

Michael Rochell

Brandon Hall Group Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst