Our New Resource for Non- Commercial Trainers

By November 8, 2020LTEN Focus On Training


Our New Resource for Non- Commercial Trainers

The successful training program draws on many talents.

Training is a village event. You know the “it takes a village…” quote, of course. Originally about child-rearing, it’s also come to be used to describe any collective effort, any group project that draws from many different sources. Together, of course, we accomplish great things.

Well, training is a village event. While sometimes it may seem like it’s just you alone with whatever specific component – an instructional design task, a delivery challenge, a measurement report – the successful training program draws on many talents. From the trainer to the student and everyone around those poles, it takes a village.

Welcome to our newest LTEN village newspaper, so to speak.

With this issue, we’re expanding the LTEN Focus on Training brand to include a new special issue spotlighting non-commercial training. Inside you’ll find articles on:

  • Strategic training planning at Sanofi Pasteur, written by Kelly Rebmann, winner of the first Non-Commercial Training Efficiency honor in the 2020 LTEN Excellence Awards program. (We’re also including a poster Kelly put together outlining her work, on page 8.)
  • Reports on how learning agility and flexibility can help power training.
  • A look at microlearning, one of the sharpest knives in the drawer for today’s training needs.

While this is a new publication, it’s not the first time LTEN has gathered resources for our non-commercial training members. You can continue to visit the LTEN app or website to search for articles, webinars and event resources for your specific community.

This non-commercial issue will stand with other special interest publications, focused on field training, global education and training technology. Like all those issues, it’s freely available to LTEN members through the website, app or self directed learning library.

And, of course, we’re always looking for your contributions. If you’re interested in sharing an article – non-commercially focused or general training focused – reach out to us and we’ll work with you to make it happen. Sharing is the best way to find the value LTEN offers.

The LTEN Non-Commercial Training Committee

Thanks to the members of the Non-Commercial Training Committee for their help
in providing resources and opportunities to this important segment of LTEN.

  • Bill Beyer, Life Science Training Institute (LSTI)
  • Vivian Bringslimark, HPIS Consulting
  • John Clifton, BioCentric
  • John Constantine, Orchestrall
  • Bill Dewey, Invidor
  • Kent Malmros, Veeva
  • Mike McGrath, Celgene
  • Alison Quinn, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Theodore (Ted) Riley, Lonza Group
  • Greg Sapnar, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Nancy Singer, Compliance Alliance
  • Pam Stalgren, GlaxoSmithKline

Writing isn’t the only way to get involved with LTEN … and involvement is the best way to make the most of your membership. Consider delivering a webinar, for instance, or perhaps speaking at one of our other events. You can also join the LTEN Non-Commercial Training Committee if you’d like to help plan content, resources and opportunities for your non-commercial colleagues. (Check out the sidebar list of current committee members!) And, of course, please do attend our programs and add your special voice and focus to our discussions.

It’s an honor to welcome you, the non-commercial reader, to this issue. If you’re on the commercial side, stay right where you are: There’s hopefully inspiration and ideas in here for you as well. Our mission at LTEN includes serving all our niche communities, as well as finding the commonalities that bring us all together.

Welcome. And thank you.


Dawn Brehm is executive director of LTEN. Email Dawn at dbrehm@L-TEN.org.


About LTEN

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (www.L-TEN.org) is the only global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals. LTEN shares the knowledge of industry leaders, provides insight into new technologies, offers innovative solutions and communities of practice that grow careers and organizational capabilities. Founded in 1971, LTEN has grown to more than 3,200 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies, and industry partners who support the life sciences training departments.

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