Hindsight is 2020 - What We've Learned About Going Virtual (On Demand)

If we've learned anything this year so far it's that hindsight is definitely 2020! We saw multiple companies turn on a dime to transform summer internship programs into virtual experiences that brought both challenging and rewarding memories! And to think, internships are some of the first of many digital transformations your team is making this year and into the future!

Join us as we host a retrospective discussion with PepsiCo and Ford Motor Company about the virtual programs they brought to life that provided guidance and created autonomy for interns this summer. You'll hear directly from interns who participated, and the learning and talent leaders who created the strategies and deployed the programs! We'll celebrate the successes, and learn together what could be done differently in the future, and applied to all sorts of digital experiences.

You can expect to learn:

  1. Lessons learned/best practices for virtual summer internships.
  2. How to engage virtual employees in skill building.
  3. How to help virtual employees feel connected and engaged within your company.
  4. How to empower and enable employees to own their personalized learning experience.

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About Your Speakers


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.

Lena Allison

Lena Allison, US Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Lead, 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.


Cecelia DiSabato, Sales Management Intern, PepsiCo

Cecelia is a senior at the Ohio State University, currently pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in communication technology. This summer, she interned at PepsiCo as a Sales Management Intern with Frito Lay North America. After graduation, she intends to secure a full-time job where is allows her to expand her mix of analytical thinking and creativity. She is seeking to grow and contribute her professional and technical background towards a promising marketing career within the corporate industry that will enhance her excellent teamwork, organizational, and communication skills.

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Emma de Leon, Talent Programs and Experiences Intern, Ford Motor Company

Emma is a second year masters student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, currently pursing a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This summer she had the opportunity to work as a Human Resources Intern for Ford Motor Company supporting the Talent Programs and Experiences team in areas such as employee experience, company culture, and talent management. After graduation Emma aims to find work in a corporate environment where she can apply her skills to transforming organizational culture, the employee experience, and driving diversity + inclusion.

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