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eLearning is the new marketing — People sell more when they know more.

LEAP Ahead is our annual conference where professionals come together to share thought leadership about
industry trends, success stories, and challenges. Learn strategies, discover ideas, and get inspired at this year's
virtual event.


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LEAP Ahead Virtual Conference 2021 Focus:

Channel Learning & Readiness Strengthens Your Brand
Throughout Your Partner Ecosystem

BlueVolt welcomes manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, buying groups, retailers,
trade associations, and contractors to the 10th annual LEAP Ahead Conference.

What Does Channel Learning &
Readiness Mean for Your Business?

When leaders discuss channel learning & readiness (CLR) in the trades industries, they are talking about a solution that prepares their channel partners to build brand messaging and increase sales. To accomplish this goal throughout the partner ecosystem, organizations need a CLR process and infrastructure to support training and partner connections.

left_arrow Manufacturers — Get your brand information in front of every sales rep who touches your product throughout the supply chain.

left_arrow Distributors & Retailers — Access the latest product knowledge from one place and train all your team members on the products you want to sell most.

left_arrowBuying Groups—Enroll members in the product training they need to reach their business goals faster.

left_arrowAssociations — Keep your members aware of industry trends and provide better training options for future growth.

left_arrow Everyone — Having channel partners learn about products and preparing them to have better conversations empowers everyone to sell more and earn more.

Featured Live Presenters


Ben Ertischek, President


As President, Benjamin Ertischek is focused on enhancing the customer-centric approach that is core to BlueVolt’s solutions.


Jay McBain, Principal Analyst

Forrester Research

Jay leads Forrester's research and advisory for global channels, alliances, and partnerships. He focuses on B2B marketing in the age of the customer; understanding and navigating the complexity of multiple routes to market.


Craig Weiss, Lead Analyst/CEO

The Craig Weiss Group

Craig Weiss is the CEO and Lead Analyst for the Craig Weiss, Group LLC and FindAnLMS. Craig is recognized by his peers as the most influential person in the world for learning systems, and top three in the world for eLearning.


L I V E   V I R T U A L  S E S S I O N   S C H E D U L E

June 15th at 7:30 AM PDT • 8:30 AM MDT • 9:30 AM CDT • 10:30- AM EDT


JUNE 15 - DAY 1

JUNE 16 - DAY 2

7:30 AM

Welcome to LEAP Ahead by President - Ben Ertischek  

8:00 AM

Presentation 1 - Keynote on CLR
with Jay McBain of Forrester Research
Panel 3 - How Partnerships Drive Value
NetPlus / Milwaukee Tools / iMark & lighting company

8:30 AM

9:00 AM Break Break
9:30 AM Panel 1 - How CLR strengthens your brand
across your entire customer base
Presentation 3 - Keynote on Future of Tech
and Learning

with Craig Weiss
10:00 AM
10:30 AM Break Break
11:00 AM Product Roadmap - Augmented Reality Demo
with Ian Schray of BlueVolt, Siemens, Werner Ladder, ZAPPAR
Facial Recognition
with PassBase and BlueVolt Team
11:30 AM
12:00 PM Break Break
12:30 PM Panel 2 - on Buying Groups
with Wade from Evergreen, Bluehawk
Analytics and the need for Data Driven decision with Demo of BlueVolt Analytics and LogiAnalytics
Logi CMO Brett Hansen with Gaven Singh VP of BlueVolt
1:00 PM
1:30 PM Break Break
2:00 PM Presentation 2 - TBA Conclusion of LEAP Ahead Conference
with Janet Rosenthal, Director of Sales at BlueVolt
2:30 PM End Day 2
3:00 PM End Day 1  


7:35 - 7:45 AM PDT
Raffle Announcement
Jessica Miller of BlueVolt
7:45 - 8:00
Welcome to LEAP Ahead
BlueVolt President Ben Ertischek
8:00 - 9:00
Driving Engagement in Your Partner Ecosystem
Jay McBain, Principal Analyst of Forrester Research
MORNING KEYNOTE: Building stronger and healthier partner relationships with next generation ecosystem learning & readiness.
9:00 - 9:45
Utilize Channel Learning & Readiness Tactics to Distinguish Your Brand from Competitors
Ben Rifkin of LIXIL, Jason Dively of Lift-All, and Sam Peterson of Ideal Industries
LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Determine how to set your brand apart through training your channel and getting partners ready to sell.
9:45 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:45
Buying/Marketing Group Perspective: The ROI of Training
Teri Ditsch of BlueHawk, Rob Moe of Sphere1, and Wade McCone of the Evergreen Marketing Group
LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Discover how to leverage buying group/member relationships to access valuable product training and grow sales.
10:45 - 11:30
Channel Partnership in Action: Tips and Tricks to Make It Work
Jennifer Murphy of NetPlus Alliance, John Stevens of Milwaukee Tool, Steve Ruane of IMARK, Brian Whitmire of Acuity
LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Learn best practices and proven methods for making powerful and profitable channel partnerships.


L I V E   V I R T U A L  S E S S I O N S 

11:30 - 12:30
The Future of Tech in Learning and Training
Craig Weiss, CEO of the Craig Weiss Group
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: In this riveting session, you will gain a deeper understanding of where LearnTech is heading in the L&D and Training space.
12:30 - 12:45 PM PDT
12:45 - 1:15
Product Roadmap
Gaven Singh and Ian Schray of BlueVolt
Get a glimpse of the new features and capabilities that are being developed for BlueVolt's award-winning platform.
1:15 - 1:45
Maximizing Business Impact with Data Driven Decisions
Gaven Singh of BlueVolt
Learn how to use data so you and your organization can derive critical business decisions.
1:45 - 2:00
The Science Behind Augmented Reality (AR) and How It Will Change eLearning
Ed Harris of Zappar and the BlueVolt Product Team
Find out how to create deeper engagement with customers using the untapped potential of AR.
2:00 - 2:20
Live Demo: How to Use Automation Tools to Streamline Admin Tasks
BlueVolt Product Team
LIVE DEMO: Tired of doing repetitive tasks individually? Find out how to let automation tools do the work for you.
2:20 - 2:30
2:30 - 3:15
Communication /Conflict Resolution
Drs. Susan & Peter Glaser
Create strong and sustainable workplace relationships through leveraging evidence-based, pragmatic communication strategies.
3:15 - 3:30
Conclusion of LEAP
Janet Rosenthal, Director of Sales of BlueVolt
Closing thoughts and takeaways.

Leveraging Module Types in BlueVolt

Presenters: Tom Rangner and Dani Schisler of BlueVolt

By leveraging multiple module types your courses can be more engaging – Combine interactive modules with: assessment and surveys, downloadable job aids, complimentary videos, and external URL’s. Additionally, adding a “file upload” module learners can share files showing that they’ve completed a task, or applied the training in their role.


Overview of CE University's Corporate Purchase Program

Presenter: Julia Griffiths of BlueVolt

Use BlueVolt CEU to reach your (electrical) contractor customers. Licensees must complete continuing education courses to renew licenses in most jurisdictions, and contractors rely on their licensed employees keeping up to date. Thanks to BlueVolt, you can offer these courses to your contractor customers so they can be sure their employees are in compliance!


Training Contractors & Pros at Scale

Presenter: Leigh Stevens

Learn from training expert Leigh Stevens on how to train effectively at scale. Leigh has 28 years of experience in military and corporate training. Take a peek into his playbook of how he teaches contractors and pros within the Maintenance Repair and Operations for HD Supply.


Credit Cards 101

Presenter: Jerry Smith

Credit Cards 101 – An Overview of the Industry and how you can leverage technology to reduce your fees by almost 40%.



Presenter: Donita Brault, Sales Operations and Planning.


Training Your Team on B2B Selling Skills: Modern Sales Transformation

Presenter: David Bauders, CEO of SPARXiQ

In this chat, BlueVolt VP Gaven Singh and SPARXiQ CEO David Bauders discuss the skills that differentiate the top salespeople of today and tomorrow.


Teaching Inclusion: Turning Awareness Into Action

Presenter: David Spitzer, President / Director, Upper Diamond


Treat Your Training Like Marketing

Presenter: BlueVolt Creative Services with Catch-22 Creative

Treat Your Training Like Marketing: Prepare ample time to define the courses you’ll be needing, define their objectives, gather assets, recruit team members, define the level of build for the training, factor time to produce the product, and where/how the training will launch.



Create More Engaging Courses

Presenter: BlueVolt Team

Leveraging Module Types in BlueVolt: By leveraging multiple module types, your courses can be more engaging – Combine interactive modules with: assessments and surveys, downloadable job aids, complimentary videos, and external URLs. Additionally, by adding a “file upload” module, learners can share files showing that they’ve completed a task or applied their training..


Online Training Shift Offers Broader Training Opportunities at Chicago Faucet

Presenter:Pete Christofferson, Marketing Services Manager

When Covid-19 hit, Chicago Faucets immediately shifted from live day and a half product training with contractors, plumbers, and installers to an online platform that spotlighted products, relevant topics, as well as both the Chicago Faucets and Geberit brands. Learn how this change improved the company’s product training process making it possible to showcase even more relevant content, topics, and brand messaging.


Channel Reach

Presenter: Janet Rosenthal & GE Current

Channel Reach - Ways to connect and reach across your channel.


Refresh Training Content & Boost Your Growth

Presenter:Madeline Lang, Digital Marketing Specialist

Hammond Power Solutions recently revamped their University powered by BlueVolt. As a result of the updated content, HPS surpassed their annual goal of course enrollments and completions in a couple of months!


Reaching Your End-Users

Presenters: Janet Rosenthal and Trudi Fenster of BlueVolt

When selling through a supply chain, getting your message to your end-user may seem like a giant game of telephone. Learn how to clear up communications and maintain your messaging.


Combine Sales Data with Your University Training Data

Presenter: BlueVolt Team

Better technology leads to more accurate data, and at BlueVolt we are constantly striving to make your data more meaningful. Follow along in this technical explanation about showing critical relationships between sales data and course completion data.


Data Value & How ETIM Supports Clear Communications

Presenters: Mary Shaw from ETIM  with Gaven Singh of BlueVolt

Discover how implementing the ETIM standardization system can improve buying chain communication, avoid incorrect ordering, and increase your go-to-market speed.


More Fireside Chats are in progress...

Watch for additional Fireside Chats to be added soon!