Bob Dean has over 25 years’ experience focused on strategy and innovation in learning and talent development. Mr. Dean has served as a Chief Learning Officer and a global learning leader for the past decade, and now serves as a trusted advisor to clients focused on learning and development and talent management strategy and solutions. Mr. Dean combines business experience with a passion for designing, developing, and delivering breakthrough learning and talent management experiences and driving business impact. From 2007-2009, at Heidrick & Struggles, Mr. Dean focused on aligning learning and development with a global integrated talent management process. The Learning & Talent Development team was a catalyst for innovation in using learning and development as an enabler of business transformation. From 2001-2006, Mr. Dean served as Grant Thornton’s Chief Learning Officer, responsible for the firm’s learning vision and strategy, management of Grant Thornton University (GTU), and the Strategic Learning team. Mr. Dean joined Grant Thornton following many years with Ernst & Young LLP. At Ernst & Young, he served in the firm’s Audit practice, was National Director of Audit and Industry Professional Development, and led several of the firm’s learning innovation initiatives in the 1990s. Mr. Dean is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia. In 2006, he became a “”Certified Experience Economy Expert”” – joining the first group of professionals certified by the book’s authors, Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore. Mr. Dean has been active in the learning and talent development community for many years, presenting in workshops and seminars sponsored by Linkage, the Chicagoland Executive Learning Exchange, The MASIE Center, the e-Learning Guild, ASTD, and CLO Magazine. In 2005, Bob Dean and Grant Thornton LLP were presented with a Learning Pioneer Award at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2005 Conference.