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THRIVE Live ‘22 at The Royal Opera House: What did you miss?

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THRIVE’s annual customer event treated 350 customers to a blockbuster lineup of speakers, including Steven Bartlett, Jacqueline Gold CBE, Grace Beverley and Mollie King.


Fast-growing learning technology company, THRIVE, took over the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for the 2022 edition of its annual customer-only event, THRIVE Live. 

The event has become a much-anticipated feature in the THRIVE calendar, and a key opportunity for the company to thank its customers and lead the way in customer experience. 

350 customers attended to network and draw inspiration from on-stage keynotes, interviews and panels featuring the likes of Steven Bartlett, Jacqueline Gold CBE, Grace Beverley and Mollie King.

Key takeaways

Steven Bartlett encouraged the L&D professionals in attendance to embrace failure and see it as a symptom of pushing boundaries. “Failure is feedback,” he said, “And we need to learn to fail fast when trying to innovate.”

In an interview conducted by BBC Radio One’s Mollie King, Bartlett also tackled the topic of teaching leadership. He said it can be taught if the fundamental skills are there, but it’s equally important to make sure the right tools are in place to enable the growth of your team, stating, “Successful leadership is about personalisation.”

THRIVE Live also featured a panel discussing all things learning strategy, made up of THRIVE customers from the likes of Ted Baker, Financial Times and Dunelm. 

Here, the topic of engagement came to the fore. Particularly, the importance of identifying learning champions and super-users, getting stakeholder buy-in as early as possible in the process, encouraging user-generated content and organisation-wide collaboration, and always being adaptable and open to the right outcomes for each individual. 

THRIVE Live’s Women in Leadership panel saw Jacqueline Gold CBE, CEO at Ann Summers, Grace Beverley, CEO at TALA, Nicola Kilner, CEO at DECIEM, and Cassie Gasson, CMO at THRIVE, discuss how we can affect change for the next generation of female leaders.

Jacqueline Gold CBE spoke in detail about her approach to gender bias throughout her career and her advice for female leaders today. Namely, understanding unconscious bias, promoting equality through company values and initiatives, and building an environment that people want to not only join but come back to if they take time away. 

To get a taste of the THRIVE on the road, the team’s next event will be at Stand 36 at Learning Technologies Autumn Forum on October 13th. Pre-book a meeting with them today.