Experience the New ATD TK

Stacy Adams

Stacy is the head of marketing for Vyond (formerly GoAnimate), whose cloud-based video creation platform is in use by thousands of training and e-learning professionals around the world. She has more than 20 years of experience in creating brand and content programs for a variety of B2B and B2C technology companies. Stacy's focus at Vyond is exploring how video can engage and inspire as part of a larger communication strategy. She is passionate about emerging technology and how organizations must respond to an ever-changing array of devices and communication channels.

Britt Andreatta

Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her background in leadership, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations rise to their potential. Britt has more than 25 years of experience consulting with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations, including Fortune 100 companies like Comcast and Apple; other companies including Ernst & Young, Avvo, LinkedIn, Franklin Covey, AlterEco Foods, DPR Construction, and 15Five; major educational institutions like the University of California, Dartmouth University, and the University of New Mexico; and nonprofit organizations like the YMCA and Norton Healthcare. Britt's books on learning and leadership include Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any Skill and Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success. Her courses on LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com have received more than 5 million views worldwide. Britt delivered a TEDx talk called 'How Your Past Hijacks Your Future' and she regularly speaks at corporate events and international conferences. To learn more, visit her website, www.BrittAndreatta.com, or find her on social media, linkedin.com/in/brittandreatta and twitter.com/BrittAndreatta.

Holly Batts

Holly Batts is associate director of credentialing at ATD, with more than 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Her background in developing and maintaining certification programs includes mid- to high-stakes assessments, extensive work with organizing SMEs, and a thorough understanding of the certification process. Holly has an MS in organizational leadership, as well as the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications.

Richard Benedetto

A results-driven technology leader, prior business owner and innovative thinker. My passion is in innovative training technologies. I help training professionals integrate new technologies like Virtual and Augmented Reality with sound instructional fundamentals to achieve the desired outcome.

Tammy Bjelland

Tammy Bjelland is the founder and CEO of Workplaceless, an e-learning company that trains remote workers, leaders, and companies on how to work, lead, grow, and thrive in a distributed environment. With her background in higher education, publishing, edtech, e-learning, and corporate training, Tammy is committed to developing learning solutions that drive and support the future of learning and the future of work. She has a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and is an ATD Certified Master Trainer. She lives in Winchester, Virginia.

Simon Blair

Simon Blair is an evil genius and all-around great guy. As an e-learning specialist, he has developed e-learning and associated apps, spearheaded quality and efficiency initiatives, and is a go-to source for all things LMS and e-learning technology supporting colleagues around the globe. At various points, he has also been a software developer, a teaching assistant on back-country camping courses, a technical trainer, and a facilitator of virtual and in-person training across North America.

Nicole Bunselmeyer

Nicole Bunselmeyer is a senior executive at Pixvana. Her nearly 20-year career in corporate learning and business development includes leading a boutique online training development company and working as a learning consultant for innovative online learning experiences in a wide span of industries. Nicole has taught e-learning design and development at the University of Washington and Bellevue College.

Brandon Carson

Brandon Carson is an award-winning learning and development executive with extensive expertise in developing learning strategies and learning technology implementation for Oracle, eBay, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Intel, and other global companies. Brandon is also a keynote speaker and best-selling author. His latest book, *Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate and Get Work Done*, explores how the digital transformation is affecting workplace performance. Brandon has a B.A. in Business Communication, and an M.Ed in eLearning Technology and Design. Follow him on Twitter (@brandonwcarson) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/brandoncarson).

Ashley Chiasson

Ashley Chiasson is an award-winning instructional designer and e-learning developer with more than a decade of experience. She is the senior e-learning developer at Traliant, where she creates high-quality, binge-worthy compliance training. Ashley has a master's of education, with a concentration in post-secondary studies, and a bachelor of arts in linguistics and psychology.

Cynthia Clay

Cynthia Clay is the president and CEO of NetSpeed Learning Solutions; the author of Great Webinars: How to Create Interactive Learning That Is Captivating, Informative and Fun; and the co-author of Peer Power: Transforming Workplace Relationships. She is a passionate advocate of delivering high-energy, interactive, engaging web workshops for the virtual classroom based on the neuroscience of learning. NetSpeed Learning Solutions' clients include Novartis, Providence Health & Services, Genentech/Roche, Halliburton, Navy Federal Credit Union, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Britney Cole

As an engineer turned corporate learning strategist, Britney Cole brings an analytical and pragmatic lens to employee performance and engagement. With more than 15 years of experience in working with Fortune 500 organizations, she focuses on human-centric solutions, bringing design thinking to her work and clients to create innovative, relevant, and meaningful experiences that create business impact. She leads Agile teams that incubate emerging technologies, including chatbots, AR, VR, and next-generation learning experience platforms. She has consulted with clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, steel, chemical, media, technology, retail, manufacturing, and aerospace industries. She forms lasting partnership due to her practitioner mindset and ability to think big on L&D tech, learning experience design, and digital learning development.

Elliot Damashek

Elliot Damashek is passionate about developing talent. He brings a unique perspective thanks to his background in engineering, business, and learning and development. Elliot's professional background spans strategy consulting (at Bain & Company), technology companies, and venture capital. He is currently the head of U.S. operations for GO1, a globally based training organization.

Betty Dannewitz

Betty Dannewitz is a seasoned senior L&D professional with Ally Insurance. She specializes in AR and video content creation and soft skills leadership development facilitation, and is responsible for developing and implementing innovative coursework for the Ally Insurance Operations community. Betty is passionate about using her skills and talents to help people become better humans and has spent the past year finding ways to do that through AR and video learning.

JD Dillon

JD Dillon is one of the most prolific authors and speakers in workplace learning. With his practical approach, JD helps organizations apply modern learning principles and achieve measurable results through employee development.
For 20 years, JD has worked in operations and talent development in some of the world’s most dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan, Brambles and AMC. He is the founder of LearnGeek, an insight and advising group. JD is also chief learning architect with Axonify, where he provides guidance on technology development, service enablement and marketing strategy.
You can find JD online via Twitter @JD_Dillon or at LearnGeek.co.

Marc Donelson

Marc Donelson is the manager of curriculum design at Charter Communications. He started his career as an e-learning developer, and over the past 20 years has moved into roles as an instructional design and performance consultant. During this time his success has come from balancing new approaches of supporting learners with a company's culture match to adopt new ideas. This is a mindset that Marc's design team now uses throughout its projects.

Elizabeth Drioane

Elizabeth Drioane, MA, has been developing instructional content for more than 10 years. Prior to working at Google, Elizabeth was the principal at Organized Learning LLC. Known for her speed, critical thinking, creative design skills, and positive attitude, Elizabeth worked with clients such as Medtronic, AstraZeneca, Charles Schwab, and Dale Carnegie.

Nick Floro

Nick Floro is the president of Sealworks Interactive Studios. Nick has more than 20 years of experience developing e-learning solutions, applications, and web platforms. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to help them understand the technology and develop innovative solutions to help their teams and customer base. Nick has won several awards from Apple and Fortune 500 organizations for productions and services. Nick is passionate about how design and technology can enhance learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience to teach, inspire, and motivate participants.

Bob Gerard

Bob Gerard has been in the learning and professional development arena for 28 years, where he has held pretty much every role you can think of related to corporate training. For the past ten years, Bob has been specifically focused on learning innovation, and experimenting with new ways to help people learn. More recently, as part of Accenture’s Global Talent Research and Innovation team, Bob has relocated to Santa Monica, California, at the crossroads of Hollywood and Silicon Beach. This works out well, since Bob firmly believes that the future of professional growth lies in the intersection of storytelling and technology.

Jake Gittleson

Jake is a Senior Learning Solutions Expert for McKinsey & Company. In this role, Jake leads the design of all learning programs within our Early and Mid-Tenure journey. He specializes in helping teams uncover the 'why' and imagine the "what if" in areas of learning design, experience, performance, and learning technology. Through research, experimentation, problem-solving, consulting, and storytelling, Jake strives to support better learning experiences and empower smart learners, so our colleagues can continue to flourish and achieve their learning goals. In addition to Jake's everyday role, he co-hosts The Learning Geeks Podcast which dedicates time to discuss topics impacting the learning world including new science, approaches, technologies, and ideas. Jake currently serves as the Chair for the ATD 2020 TechKnowledge Program Advisory Committee.

Richard Goring

Richard Goring is a director at BrightCarbon, a specialist presentation and e-learning agency. He has helped write and create thousands of presentations, and coached hundreds of teams to present more effectively using visuals, diagrams, and animated sequences that explain and reinforce key points. You can find more resources and tips at www.brightcarbon.com.

Barbara Greenstein

Barbara Greenstein, principal of Human Resource Prescriptions, is a specialist providing proven and creative ways to improve human performance in the workplace. Barbara is highly regarded for her instructional design and facilitation skills. With more than 30 years of experience in the L&D field, her mission is to help clients put the systems in place to more effectively manage in today's changing business environment while ensuring optimal performance and job satisfaction for all employees. Barbara's corporate experience includes instructional design and facilitation skills for Epsilon Systems Solutions, Burger King Corporation, Pizza Hut, Electronic Data Systems, and Richard Chang Associates. Barbara also delivers ATD's instructional design, consulting skills, essentials for developing case studies, and Master Performance Consulting workshops. She has a BS in consumer affairs and management from Florida International University, and an MA in human resource development and graduate certificates in instructional design and total quality management from Marymount University. Barbara is a Certified Performance Technologist, a certification awarded through the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI) and ATD. Barbara is also a Past President of the San Diego Chapter of ATD and an active member of ISPI.

Melissa Grey Satterfield

A recognized trailblazer in the corporate training industry, Melissa Grey Satterfield has more than 20 years of experience in the talent development field. Since 2000, Melissa has brought passion and dynamic presentation skills to Langevin Learning Services, 'the world's largest train-the-trainer company.' Specializing in traditional instructor-led and technology-enhanced virtual classroom training, Melissa has successfully spearheaded hundreds of public and on-site workshops for top tier clients including Apple, Target, Nike, Starbucks and US Department of Defense. Her invaluable experience has helped to develop Fortune 500 companies around the world. Melissa has led workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, making Langevin a global corporate training leader. Melissa's wide-ranging services at Langevin include training Chief Learning Officers, Human Resource Directors, and Training Managers to transform their professional lives into a higher level of performance through needs analysis, design, delivery, implementation and evaluation of training programs. Extensively qualified, she has also trained facilitators on how to succeed in the classroom by focusing on presentation skills, speaking skills, principles of adult learning and instructional techniques. Her work has adorned magazine pages and she has routinely appeared in various media and on internet platforms to share the latest ideas, goals and objectives in the learning and development industry. In 1999, Melissa attended her first Langevin workshop, and left empowered and enlightened. She is proud and humbled to pass on the incredible knowledge she first received nearly twenty years ago, proving she is still passionate about training almost two decades later.

Anders Gronstedt

Anders Gronstedt, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Gronstedt) Ph.D. President of The Gronstedt Group, is an author, public speaker and entrepreneur. He is an advocate of using Next-Gen Learning tools to advance real-world skills through virtual and augmented reality training, game and simulation-based learning. The Gronstedt Group has been instrumental in helping global companies like Walmart, KPMG, Novartis, Pfizer, Google, HP, DaVita, and Kimberly-Clark improve performance with innovative learning approaches. Anders is a former faculty member of the University of Colorado–Boulder School and his articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review. Watch his TED-style talk: https://vimeo.com/bauser/review/278011047/ea1b8580af

Mohammad Hassam

Mohammad Hassam has more than 15 years of experience in instructional design, UX, and consulting. Currently, he works for Citrix as an instructional designer. He has a diverse educational background of programming, adult educational training, and e-learning design and development, and he has spoken at several conferences. Recently, Mohammad won an award to present at Harvard Medical University where he talked about performance analysis and gamification.

Ryan Heinl

Ryan Heinl is the director of product management and leader of DDI Labs, where he brings innovative leadership solutions to life. Ryan leads the charge on product strategy, development, and management for DDI's most cutting-edge products, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, organizational analytics, and SaaS. With more than 20 years of experience delivering and developing products for global Fortune 500 companies, he has deep expertise in a wide variety of areas related to leadership assessment and development, including psychometric testing, talent management strategy, workforce analytics, business model strategy, and succession management. Ryan holds a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology and applied quantitative methods, and certificates in data science and scrum product ownership.

Julie Hiipakka

Julie is the vice president, learning research for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting. With 22 years of experience across learning and development, talent management, and professional services, Julie helps organizations create business impact by connecting learning, talent, and organizational change efforts to organizational goals and strategy. Her current research priorities include how organizations are bringing learning into the flow of work, the learning technology landscape, and how learning is influenced by the future of work. As a learning leader inside a professional services firm, Julie created global onboarding programs, used peer-created learning within leadership training, directed culture change efforts associated with multiple mergers and integrations, and led a globally distributed team. She has also led a managed services business and held a variety of sales, management, recruiting and consulting roles. A Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, Julie holds a master's degree in communication from Florida State University.

Destery Hildenbrand

Destery Hildenbrand is a Sr. Instructional Designer at GP Strategies. Destery has over 15 years of experience in training and development for corporate and higher education with a focus on engaging others through technology and immersive experiences.

Jennifer Hofmann

Jennifer Hofmann, virtual classroom and blended learning pioneer, is founder and president of InSync Training. Her entirely virtual consulting firm specializes in the design and delivery of engaging, innovative, and effective modern blended learning. Jennifer has written and contributed to a number of highly regarded books including The Synchronous Trainer's Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live Online Courses, Meetings, and Events; Live and Online!: Tips, Techniques, and Ready to Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom; and Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits with Nanette Miner. Her latest book, Blended Learning (ATD Press, 2018), introduces a new instructional design model that addresses the needs of the modern workplace and modern learners. Subscribe to Jennifer's blog Body Language in the Bandwidth and connect with her on LinkedIn for new content and timely insight.

Owen Holt

Owen Holt is an expert in training technologies and talent development with more than 28 years of learning and development industry experience. He is skilled in instructional design, course development, and training delivery. A frequent conference speaker, Owen's an E-Learning Hero in the Articulate software community and a founding member of the Sales Enablement Society.

Cindy Huggett

Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is an independent consultant, speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in technology, leadership, and learning. She's the author of three books on virtual training: Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide for Live Online Learning (2017), The Virtual Training Guidebook: How to Design, Deliver, and Implement Live Online Learning (2014), and Virtual Training Basics (2018). She helps organizations and training professionals move to the virtual classroom. Cindy is also a past member of the ATD National Board of Directors and was one of the first to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance designation. You can find her sharing tips on twitter, @cindyhugg, or via her website, www.cindyhuggett.com.

Micah Jacobson

Micah leads the Learning Experience and Design team at Salesforce, where the team of 20 designers create and manage the full spectrum of learning solutions for internal and external audiences. Previously, Micah co-founded and was Chief Presenter for The Boomerang Project, the largest education-based student transition and orientation program. The Boomerang Project specializes in experiential and social learning to enhance school outcomes. Micah is the author of 5 books including Open to Outcome: A Practical Guide for Facilitating Experiential Learning, 2nd Ed. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

Evan Jernagan

Evan Jernagan is a staff technical writer and instructional designer at Google. He has led or contributed to the learning design for educational projects and programs through the entire technology stack and employee life cycle, including new hire onboarding, change initiatives, and people processes.

Andrew Joly

Andrew Joly has worked at the front line of communications, learning, and technology since 1989. His career has evolved with the industry and he has been critical in designing, developing, and delivering many of the ground-breaking learning and technology initiatives that have come out of the United Kingdom in recent decades. Andrew's roles have stretched from directing some of the first multimedia learning materials at Chrysalis Interactive in the early 1990s to commissioning editor of learning media and games at the BBC and hands-on brand consultancy at Wolff Olins to leading the innovative design team at LINE Communications for 13 years. As director of strategic design at LEO Learning, Andrew focuses on his passions: how technology-enabled blends can genuinely transform learning and performance, and making a difference to learners, teams, and organizations by realizing that transformation in global businesses.

Dana Koch

Dana Koch has more than 30 years of experience in learning and talent development. He leads a team that conducts research on the cognitive, technological and social aspects of learning and then uses the research to drive learning and talent innovation. The team leverages human-centered design, benchmarking research, measurement, and experimentation to drive this innovation for Accenture's 470,000 professionals. The team is currently experimenting with immersive technologies (such as VR and AR), immersive gaming strategies, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for chatbots in learning as well as for learning recommendations. In recent years he has been an integral part of the company's work in durable learning, building better learners, learning strategy and architecture. His current research focuses on Learning in the Future. Dana holds several patents for his work in learning and learning technology. He has designed courses on everything from finance to chemistry and from innovation to contract risk.

Kassy LaBorie

Kassy LaBorie is a master virtual facilitator, with more than 20 years of live online training experience. She's the co-author of Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars. She helps organizations and training professionals move to the virtual classroom. In her previous role at Dale Carnegie, Kassy was the director of virtual training services, a consultancy that partners with organizations to help them develop successful online training strategies. Kassy also served as the product design architect responsible for developing the company's live online training product and experience. Prior to this, she was a master trainer for InSync Training, a Microsoft software trainer at ExecuTrain, and a senior trainer at WebEx, where she helped build and the deliver training at the WebEx University. She has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events for more than 10 years and served on the 2016 and 2017 Program Advisory Committee for ATD's International Conference & Exposition. You can find Kassy on Twitter (@Kassy_L) or through her website, www.kassyconsulting.com.

Rachel Lanham

Rachel Lanham, COO at Pixvana, is an accomplished leader with decades of experience delivering transformation and growth in startup and Fortune 500 settings. At Pixvana, she works closely with ultra-innovative companies to help them solve critical business challenges using immersive technologies.

Nikki Le

Nikki Le leads the education evaluation, assessment, and research group at Google, working on cutting-edge technical education and professional development programs in emerging technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing, as well as core skills like leadership and collaboration for professionals. This role builds on her years of strategic experience as a technology executive in the finance and marketing sectors, as well as her time as a classroom teacher. Nikki's passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels influences the global education programs Google delivers to staff and the external community.

Blake Lewin

Blake is a proven leader and innovator in interactive products and new business development. He brings more than twenty-five years of expertise in successfully driving the strategic development of interactive entertainment products and services at major media companies – including Warner Brothers, Time Warner, and Turner Broadcasting. He is a pioneer and visionary in digital video game distribution (GameTap, Myst Online, GameTree TV). Since joining TalentQuest, Blake's focus has been on further developing the application of immersive learning for corporate training and development. To-date he has been successful in delivering game changing, world-class learning experiences leveraging innovative technologies – including but not limited to games and simulations, 3D, virtual reality, augmented reality, and other custom immersive, interactive and experiential solutions.

Rick Lozano

Rick Lozano helps high-potential talent transform into high-performing leaders. He works with people and organizations who are ready to unlock new opportunities and amplify their outcomes. Rick draws on two decades of experience in award-winning leadership and talent development programs and brings his work to life via his background as a musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming book Acoustic Leadership: Developing a Leadership Culture That Resonates. He can be reached at rickl@ricklozano.com.

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Shannon Martin

Shannon Martin is Podbean’s director of communications, serving as a liaison to the podcasting community. Podbean has been providing innovative podcasting services as an industry leader since 2006. Along with their popular podcast app and hosting services, Podbean offers audio live streaming and specialized private podcasting and enterprise solutions. As a longtime podcast fan, she enjoys helping creators by understanding their challenges and offering solutions and resources. Martin has been working in marketing and communications for more than 15 years, helping businesses communicate their messages and build community. She also serves as director of communications for EasyLiving and is a freelance writer. She lives in Asia and founded Shanghai’s chapter of Podcast Brunch Club. In her spare time she enjoys exploring through travels, books, and podcasts.

Leeanne McManus

Leeanne is a change agent, transforming organizations through people and technology. Leeanne has a master's degree in organizational management and behavior and has more than 28 certifications. She has worked in L&D, change management, technology end user adoption, human resources, and leadership for more than 25 years. Leeanne also served as an MCT for more than 10 years. Leeanne specializes in Office 365 and Agile frameworks. Her focuses are on helping clients adopt and leverage the benefits and functionality of the Office 365 platform, and coaching software development teams with Agile frameworks to build hybrid solutions. Change management is a fixed reality in organizations and Leeanne brings the ability to serve as a change agent with a focus on the fusion between people and technology.

Sarah Mercier

Sarah Mercier, CEO at Learning Ninjas, has more than 20 years of experience as a facilitator, instructional designer, and learning solution developer. Her primary focus is strategy, design, and development in innovative learning technologies. Sarah founded meLearning Solutions, a mobile learning consulting firm now operating as part of Learning Ninjas. She is a national facilitator for the Association for Talent Development’s Master E-Learning Instructional Designer and Mobile Learning Certificate programs. She als designed and facilitates both of ATD’s Essentials of Mobile Learning and Essentials of Interactive E-Books programs. Her innovative learning solutions have been recognized by winning industry awards, such as Best of Show at FocusOn Learning DemoFest 2017 for xAPI for Interactive eBooks and Best Performance Support Solution at DevLearn DemoFest 2017 for Critical Success Factors training and assessment tool. Sarah is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events in the areas of instructional strategy, learning technology strategy, and learning solution design and development. Her work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TDmagazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications. Connect with her via Twitter @sarahmerci or in LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/sarahcmercier.

Melissa Milloway

Melissa Milloway is a manager of learning experience design at Amazon and an avid blogger in the learning industry. She specializes in UI/UX for learning experiences as well as works with xAPI. She is passionate about testing out new technologies to support learning solutions.

Stephanie Neal

Stephanie Neal leads DDI's Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research, managing strategic market research and trend studies on leadership and talent in the workplace. She works with clients from a variety of industries to design and execute analytics initiatives that demonstrate the impact of assessment and development programs on leadership behavior and business outcomes. Stephanie is the co-author of several industry-leading research reports, including Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn't She? A Global Study of Businesswomen and Mentoring and DDI's Global Leadership Forecast, a major trend research study providing deep and actionable insights on how organizations can optimize their management of leadership talent in alignment with strategic priorities.

Darren Nerland

Darren Nerland works on disruptive, innovative, and emergent digital learning technologies and methodologies, aligning key leaders and stakeholders on the implementation of learning initiatives for the enterprise. An expert technologist, he has a demonstrable track record of bringing complex learning systems from requirements through design into scalable production. Darren's experience includes working at the executive level to determine how training strategies and awareness can affect and sustain positive behavioral change. He is an accomplished and dynamic leader with strong global learning strategy and measurement experience.

Hadiya Nuriddin

Hadiya Nuriddin has two decades of experience in learning strategy, instructional design, elearning development, and facilitation. She worked in corporate learning before choosing to work as a consultant, working with a wide array of companies on a variety of topics. She speaks at events and industry conferences and travels teaching courses for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Hadiya holds an M.Ed. in curriculum studies, an M.A. in writing, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation. She is the author of the book StoryTraining: Selecting and Shaping Stories That Connect, published by ATD.

Ajay Pangarkar

Ajay Pangarkar is president of CentralKnowledge, which was recognized by Training magazine for its work with Apple in 2008 for Project of the Year. A Certified Professional Accountant and Certified Training and Development Professional, he has published three books: The Trainers Balanced Scorecard: A Complete Resource for Linking Learning and Growth to Organizational Strategy, The Trainers Portable Mentor, and Building Business Acumen for Trainers. Ajay also won the TrainingIndustry.com Readership and Editors Award in 2014 and 2015. Elearning magazine named Ajay its 2016 Learning Champion and thought-leader. In addition, he was named the 2017 Distinguished Trainer by the World Training Development Congress. Ajay is a regular on Montreal's top talk radio morning show discussing workforce performance issues.

Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer of ROI Institute, the leading source of ROI competency building, implementation support, networking, and research. She helps organizations implement the ROI Methodology in more than 60 countries. Patti also serves as principal research fellow for The Conference Board, people analytics board chair for the Institute for Corporate Productivity, a board member of the Center for Talent Reporting, and an ATD CPLP Certification Institute Fellow. Patti also serves on the faculty of the UN System Staff College in Turin, Italy, and The University of Southern Mississippi's PhD in human capital development. Her work has been featured on CNBC, EuroNews, and more than a dozen business journals. She also contributes to a variety of journals and has authored many books about measurement and evaluation, ROI, and human capital analytics.

Matthew Pierce

Matthew Pierce, learning and video ambassador from TechSmith Corporation, has created videos for learning and marketing for more than a decade. He is the lead behind TechSmith Academy and Camtasia Certification programs. Matthew has been a speaker at multiple marketing and learning and development–focused conferences. He is also a regular contributor to various training publications. Matthew has an MS in instructional systems technology from Indiana University.

Becky Pluth

Becky Pike Pluth, MEd, has designed and delivered more than 200 interactive webinars on a variety of topics. She was named one of Training magazine's top 40 trainers under 40 in 2012. Her in-person sessions at ATD's International Conference & Expositions have drawn standing-room-only audiences. With more than 15 years of experience in training delivery and design, she has worked with 25 of the Fortune 100 companies. In designing her interactive webinar tools, Becky has used sustainable change and adult learning principles. Her methods are transferable, immediately applicable, and highly effective. A trained educator, Becky expanded into corporate training after completing a master's degree in teaching and learning. She is CEO and president of The Bob Pike Group, which consults on participant-centered training. She is also the author of Webinars With WoW Factor and 101 Movie Clips That Teach and Train.

Clark Quinn

Clark Quinn, PhD, has been integrating creativity, cognitive science, and technology to deliver engaging and effective strategies and solutions to learning, knowledge, and performance needs for business, education, government, and the not-for-profit sectors for more than 30 years. Clark has led the design of award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. A recognized scholar with three books and numerous articles, he also has an international reputation as a speaker. Clark works for clients in organizational learning strategy as a principal in the Internet Time Alliance and in learning experience design through Quinnovation.

Debbie Richards

Debbie Richards serves as a consultant to corporations and organizations. She supports clients in the area of instructional technology by mentoring to create technology-rich web-based courses and produce digital assets using rapid development and web 2.0 tools. Debbie is a certified Adobe DreamWeaver expert and an active blogger and tweeter who talks about emerging technologies and e-learning. Debbie is also president of the Houston ATD chapter.

Almira "Myra" Roldan

Myra is a thought leader who brings a unique mix of technical, business, and adult education expertise to the game. She is a TEDx speaker, author, and instructional designer who has won awards for her learning designs. Her superpower is her natural ability to make complex technical subjects easy to understand by breaking them down in a way that makes it easy to consume and move forward with action. Myra is passionate about empowering people to explore and develop themselves holistically. She strives to evoke transformation by doing her part to decolonize technology. Myra works at Amazon and she has earned a Bachelor of Computer Science, MSEd, and an MBA.

Ann Rollins

Ann is a modern learning champion with more than 25 years of industry experience helping form and execute learning strategy for Fortune and Global 500 companies. She is a Solutions Architect at The Ken Blanchard Companies. A learning leader unintimidated by global scale, she always has her eyes on the technology horizon. Her passion lies in helping clients sort out the learning angles and attainability of technology in workforce learning and performance, including AR, VR, chatbots, LX platforms, AI, curation strategy and more. She takes a practical, design thinking approach to support her clients as they transform how learning happens and what their ecosystems look like today and tomorrow. Ann serves as a mentor to many emerging designers in the field and is thrilled to be back at ATD's TK in 2020!

Stacey Romero

Stacey recently joined Spectrum's Accessibility Center of Excellence, bringing with her 20 years of experience in training and facilitation. She previously led Field Ops, Call Center, and Leadership Development Training, and is now responsible for disability etiquette and awareness content and facilitation, and educating customer facing employees about universal design and the accessible features of Spectrum's products. She is also responsible for accessibility content on Spectrum's customer support website and internal articles and communications related to accessibility.

Farnaz Ronaghi

Farnaz Ronaghi is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at NovoEd. She designed and built the first version of the NovoEd platform in the Social Algorithms Lab at Stanford University as part of her PhD thesis on Collaborative Learning at Scale. Farnaz is passionate about building the next generation of effective and engaging online learning experiences and deploying them at scale.

John Sangimino

John Sangimino is a Senior Learning Solutions Expert with McKinsey’s Learning Design and Development Center of Excellence (COE). In this role he works with McKinsey practices to develop strategies and solutions that drive deep performance change. John also leads a new, COE-extended team charged with scaling the reach of quality learning design across the organization. He has more than 25 years of experience designing and developing learning, with deep interest and experience in simulation architectures and situated solutions.

Heidi Schafer

Heidi Schafer has worked in the learning field for nearly 20 years, splitting her experience between facilitation, program management, and instructional design. As an instructional designer on the Charter Communications corporate learning solutions technology team, she manages client expectations through innovative technology solutions and performance support design as well as provides end user support for applications managed by her team.

Steve Sitek

Steve Sitek’s passion is education and learning. He is always looking for new ways to help people learn at work to create a world that work’s better. He currently practices his craft as head of learning United States, Novartis Learning Institute, and previously at Wyeth/Pfizer, BMS, GE, Ernst & Young, and Sony. Sitek stays sharp in his field by connecting with colleagues routinely, being active with the Association for Talent Development, and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School. He most enjoys time with his family, dog, and friends, exploring culinary adventures and outdoor sporting activities: cycling, hiking, golf, skiing, travel. He is naturally curious, energetic, optimistic, and rarely sits still.

Tim Slade

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, and award-winning freelance e-learning designer. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their e-learning and visual communications content, Tim has been recognized and awarded within the e-learning industry multiple times for his creative and innovative design aesthetics. Tim is also a regular speaker at international e-learning conferences, a recognized Articulate Super Hero, co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered series, and author of The eLearning Designer's Handbook.

Emma Stamp

Emma Stamp is a program manager on Google's engineering education team. She runs Google Tech Immersion, Google's global onboarding for engineering and technical new hires.

Jeremy Terhune

Jeremy Terhune is a senior instructional designer at Charter Communications, where he has worked for 13 years. He is always willing to share his Adobe Creative Suite, Storyline, and audio/video production skills with other designers. When he isn't designing or supporting his team remotely from central Florida, Jeremy can be found hiking, biking, gaming, lounging, and chasing his two young children.

Carla Torgerson

Carla Torgerson has more than 15 years of experience as an instructional designer and instructional strategist. Always interested in the latest learning trends, she has authored blogs and articles on a variety of topics, including e-learning, mobile learning, and microlearning. She developed MILE, the MIcroLEarning Design Model, and is the author of The Microlearning Guide to Microlearning and co-author of Designing Microlearning. Carla has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients including McDonald's, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, Express, Kellogg's, University of Phoenix, Fidelity, Cargill, Medtronic, Merck, and Best Western. She has designed solutions ranging from $15,000 to more than $2 million. Carla is currently a director of instructional design at Bull City Learning, a specialized e-learning agency that provides digital learning solutions for nonprofits and companies in a wide range of industries. Carla has a master of education, with a focus on technology-based education, as well as an MBA, which helps her see training through a business lens. She loves to travel and explore the country with her awesome husband, Tom, and their very curious six-year-old son, John. You can reach her at carla@bullcitylearning.com.

Megan Torrance

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to [execution] design, development, data, and ultimately performance. She has more than 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting with organizations such as UnitedHealth Group, Dow Chemical, Kohler, and Kellogg's. TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and BrandonHall (2012, 2014, 2016) awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best-In-Show awards in 2016 and 2017. Megan is a speaker and author in the learning industry, and creator of LLAMA, the Agile project management approach for instructional design and development projects. TorranceLearning also hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort, offering the industry a free, vendor-neutral opportunity to learn and explore the Experience API through projects over a 12-week period, twice a year. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in communication and an MBA, Megan lives and works near Ann Arbor, Michigan. She can be reached at mtorrance@torrancelearning.com or on Twitter, @mmtorrance.

Danielle Wallace

Danielle Wallace is an instructional designer and learning director at Beyond the Sky, a provider of custom learning solutions. Previously, as a marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo, she learned strategic marketing and advertising principles, which she applies to learning and development to create compelling breakthrough solutions. Danielle is also a certified training and development professional.

Heneka Watkis-Porter

Heneka Watkis-Porter is an international speaker and coach, and founder of the Entrepreneurial You, a podcast for passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs and leaders seeking inspiration. Each week the podcast features a global high impact entrepreneur and leader to motivate and inspire the community of peak performers, past interviewees include Richard Branson, John Lee Dumas, Paul Carrick Brunson, and Seth Godin. Heneka is also the creator of the Caribbean's first virtual conference and expo, The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo, and the founder and CEO of Patwa Apparel. She has written four books.

Jenny Wei

As a program manager in engEDU, Jenny Wei focuses on delivering Google tech immersion to hundreds of new hires each month. She has a master's and bachelor's degree from George Washington University, where she graduated with honors. Prior to joining Google, Jenny was an education specialist for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where she led teacher professional development.

Duncan Welder

Duncan Welder is a director of client services for RISC. He is an educational technology geek, having spent over 20 years implementing learning management systems, domestically and abroad, to manage regulatory compliance. As an xAPI evangelist with a career grounded in instructional design and eLearning, Duncan has provided presentations to professional organizations including the Connections Forum, The eLearning Guild, and the Association for Talent Development. Duncan is an active member of the Houston ATD, currently serving as director of special interest groups.

Becca Wilson

Becca Wilson is an NYC-based product manager, designer, and facilitator who is passionate about helping digital teams transform the way they work. She has 10 years of experience in instructional design, delivery, learning technology implementation, and developing blended learning strategies for Fortune 500 organizations. Becca currently works at General Assembly, where she leads the strategy and execution of education products within the user experience, product management, and leadership disciplines, and supports the ongoing discovery, design, and delivery of new, scalable learning products. Becca is also a graphic storyteller, and is actively involved in communities of practice focused on design, technology, and learning.

Darryl Wyles

Darryl Wyles is an internal ATD Facilitator. He brings over 20 years of experience in talent development where he has played major roles in transforming learning programs as a manager and specialist for large and small organizations in state government and the financial services industry. Darryl enjoys the challenge of building organizational end to end training solutions from the ground up and is passionate about providing a fun and interactive learning environment in his workshops. He has facilitated and designed software, leadership and soft skill training solutions that supported major change initiatives at SunTrust Bank, and Chevy Chase/Capital One Bank. Prior to his current role, Darryl was the Training and Development Manager for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation where he spearheaded the creation of Parks and Recreation University, the department’s first structured training and development program. Parks and Recreation University introduced a wide variety of leadership and skill development learning programming that enhanced workforce proficiencies and expertise. Darryl has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies- Sports Management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Facilitates the Following:
ATD Certificate of Management Development, Consulting Skills Certificate, Instructional Design Certificate, Introduction to Instructional Design Certificate, Master Trainer Program, Microlearning Certificate, Training Certificate, and Introduction to Training Certificate.

Robert Young

Robert Young has been a learning leader for more than a decade, focused on making learning a competitive advantage for the organizations he's served. In his current role as director of learning design and technology at Charter, Robert is responsible for building a learning ecosystem that supports the learning team's ability to deliver business results.