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Mike Prokopeak

Editor-in-Chief, Chief Learning Officer magazine

Mike Prokopeak is vice president and editor in chief for Human Capital Media, publisher of Chief Learning Officer, Talent Economy and Workforce magazines. In that role, he directs content for the magazines as well as the company’s online and in-person events including the CLO Symposium and CLO Breakfast Club. Prokopeak has a proven track record of editorial achievement over nearly two decades in journalism and publishing. Under his direction, Human Capital Media has won more than two dozen awards for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Human Capital Media, he held a number of roles with leading publishing companies such as Houghton Mifflin Co. and the Great Books Foundation. He began his career in journalism as a reporter for Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine in Flagstaff (Arizona) and worked his way up to editor in chief, eventually taking on general manager responsibilities for the magazine and its sister publication, Flagstaff Live, both owned by Pulitzer Newspapers Inc. In that role, he directed the editorial, design, advertising and events departments. A former high school teacher and U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Prokopeak brings in-depth experience in publishing as well as continuing education to Human Capital Media.

Justin Lombardo

Senior Advisor, Talent Management, Archdiocese of Chicago

Justin Lombardo is one of the first chief learning officers in healthcare to reform traditional health care learning and development practices and structures.

Prior to joining the Archdiocese of Chicago, Justin was vice president of Learning Institute and chief learning officer for Children’s Medical System of Texas. Prior to Children’s, he was chief learning officer at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago, where he developed the NM Academy consolidating all the education resources of the system. His efforts to transform healthcare learning and development have been recognized by the Mayor of Chicago, Chicago Business Council, Working Mother magazine and other regional and national organizations. Prior to working in health care, Lombardo spent 15 years at Motorola University, where he managed various global functions.

He has served on training and development advisory boards at the national and international level, including a task force of the United Nations; Center for Creative Leadership; the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University; and the Center for Nursing Excellence. He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the state’s task force on workforce development. He has held faculty appointments at Northwestern University, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University.

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Our Program


Chief Learning Officer is expanding its popular Breakfast Club event series to a weekly podcast this September. We will continue traveling to cities around the country in the spring and fall, but now the live events that you know and love don’t have to stop after you leave the event. Each week over breakfast, editor Mike Prokopeak and veteran CLO Justin Lombardo will invite listeners into an exclusive club of senior learning leaders and participate in a one-of-a-kind conversation about what’s happening in corporate education, featuring in-depth interviews with learning executives, authors and industry leaders.
Some of the topics we will cover include: leadership and management, adult learning, talent management, career development and the future of work, among others. Special live-tapings will be held in seven cities this fall, including: Seattle, Houston, Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Nashville. There you will an opportunity to network with local learning leaders in your community. This new format will build a stronger community around the connections you make at our events throughout the year, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can keep improving the value we bring to the learning and development community.


Our Magazine


Chief Learning Officer is a multimedia publication focused on the importance, benefits and advancements of a properly trained workforce. Our award-winning content caters specifically to executives in the enterprise learning market.