Management Consultant, Business Consultants Inc.
Session: Self Esteem: The Key to Productivity
Akira Furumoto is a management consultant and a master trainer of innovative thinking system (ITS). He is also a certified trainer of the Human Element, VIA, Innovative Thinking System ITS, and LIFO program trainer for Business Consultants Inc. Akira has been selected to facilitate for ATD since 2010. The evaluations are well above standard. After serving as a director of the global LIFO operation division in Los Angeles, Akira returned to Japan in 2008 and started his new role as a consultant for the global talent management division. His specialties are leadership and innovation. In particular, his positive-psychology-based leadership program is well accepted by many of his global clients. Akira received an MA from California State University, Long Beach, focusing on industrial organizational psychology.
Senior Partner, Essential Action Design Group
Chuck Udell is a senior partner with the essential action design Group, focusing on improving performance and profitability for our clients through improved sales, marketing, and leadership development solutions. These solutions include developing and implementing Kirkpatrick evaluation plans. Previously, Chuck was employed by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association, and Marion Merrill Dow, and served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He earned an MBA from the University of Rochester in finance and marketing, and a BS at the University of Virginia. He earned a Master Automotive Aftermarket Profession designation in 2004 from Northwood University. Chuck is a Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator and a Kirkpatrick Certified Professional—Gold Level. Chuck is a reviewer for the ATD BEST and Excellence in Practice awards submissions.
Vice President, Wilson Learning Worldwide
David Yesford, senior vice president of Wilson Learning Worldwide, has more than 31 years of experience developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions around the globe. He brings valuable experience, strategic direction, and global perspective to his work. Over the years, he has held strategic roles in Wilson Learning’s core content areas of sales and leadership, as well as e-learning and strategic consulting. He has also held managing director positions in both China and India. David is the contributing author of several books, including Win-Win Selling, Versatile Selling, The Social Styles Handbook, and The Sales Training Book 2. He has been published in numerous business publications throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. David frequently speaks at international conferences and summits, focusing on issues such as sales and sales strategy, leadership, employee and customer engagement, brand, and strategy implementation.
Vice President, DDI (Development Dimensions International)
Session: Leading in the Digital Era
Elmar Kronz supports and works directly with DDI clients to define and execute global talent management strategies. He also leads a global team of experts to ensure that best practice advice, consulting, and global talent management implementations for multinational organizations are efficient and successful. Elmar provides consulting support for many domestic and multinational clients. The range of clients covers various industries, including banking and finance, retail, automotive, civil service, IT, pharmacology, and manufacturing.
Founder, SG Tailored Corporate Learning
Flora B. Alves has been working in the talent development field for more than 25 years. She founded SG, a training company focused on learning transfer, which has helped companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Rubbermaid, and Merck for the last 15 years. She invented the Trahentem methodology for learning design using Canvas, which is a learning solutions design tool that uses three Canvas models. These models have been developed to facilitate the process of diagnosis, selecting knowledge and content, and designing solutions focused on how people learn and perform. Flora is the author of Gamification: How to Create Engaging Learning Experiences: A Complete Guide From Theory to Practice and Learning Design Using Canvas: Trahentem. She is a professional speaker and has presented sessions and workshops at Brazilian conferences organized by ABTD, and for ATD.
Head of Marketing and Communications, Asia Pacific, The Adecco Group
Ian Grundy is an experienced marketing and communications professional with an international background and experience across Asia, North America, and Europe. With more than 23 years’ experience in international marketing, corporate communications, and public affairs, he has held senior positions in Singapore, New York, and Zurich, and is an expert in strategic marketing, media relations, event management, crisis management, and sponsorship. Ian is part of the Adecco Asia Pacific senior leadership team, which directs Adecco Group operations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Today Ian is active on various boards and associations that support the development of the staffing and human resources professions in Asia and is regularly called upon to lecture and for comment in the media. He is an existing board member of the World Employment Confederation. He is also spokesperson for the Adecco Group in the Asia-Pacific region, and regularly speaks at events such as the World Economic Forum.
CEO, The Center For Work Ethic Development
Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Josh speaks at more than 30 corporate, education, or workforce conferences each year. Training magazine named him as one of the Top 10 Trainers Under 40 in America, and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. Josh is currently the CEO of the Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing foundational soft skills in everyone from high school students to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. He is a published author, and is frequently cited in national publications, including the New York Times. He has been appointed to serve a second term on the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he also chairs the State Education and Training Steering Committee.
Chief Learning and Talent Officer, Degreed
Session: Learning Disrupted
Kelly Palmer is a thought leader on the future of learning and career transformation. Kelly is chief learning and talent officer at Degreed, where the mission is to help people embrace lifelong learning and discover and track personalized career development and all learning wherever it happens. Kelly was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn, where she helped employees transform the trajectory of their careers through learning and development, driving the employee experience strategy, and leading inclusion and diversity for the company. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and also held executive positions in learning, mergers and acquisitions, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer magazines, and has spoken at industry conferences around the globe.
President, Instructional Design Inc.
Koko Nakahara is an experienced performance and talent development consultant in Japan with more than 20 years’ experience. In early 2002, she created the company Instructional Design Inc. in Japan, based on her career in developing training and performance management solutions for leading Japanese and foreign companies including Citibank and Microsoft, and her professional commitment to advancing this field of expertise to meet the critical needs of Japanese companies to develop and manage their talent. Koko is an active contributor to the ATD International Network Japan Committee as well as ATD International. She’s been a speaker at the ATD International Conference & Exposition since 2008 and is a speaker at various talent development conferences around the world, including Taiwan. She was also a member of the ATD International Conference & EXPO 2015 and 2016 advisory committees, and spoke at ATD 2017.
Management Consultant, Business Consultants Inc.
Session: Self Esteem: The Key to Productivity
Working as a management consultant for Business Consultants Inc. since 2015, Mahamoud Dante has also been an active member and speaker of a Toasmasters Club in Japan. Previously, Mahamoud worked for one of the top tourism companies in Mali for eight years, where he spent the last three years as manager. He also worked as a sales executive for a Japanese company that exports used cars all over the world. Last year, at ATD APC 2016, Mahamoud was one of the speakers representing his company. Holder of an MBA and bachelor’s degree in African American literature, he has always dedicated much of his time to developing others around him.
Founder and CEO, MRWED Training and Assessment
Session: Ignite and Excite Me!
Marc Ratcliffe is a multi-award-winning trainer, author, and education entrepreneur. He is the CEO and founder of MRWED Training and Assessment, a private RTO that specializes in trainer training. He is a strong advocate for "edu-tainment" and believes that learner involvement and fun are integral to student success. He continues to be an in-demand conference speaker and workshop facilitator, having presented at more than 50 conferences in a dozen countries in the past decade, and was recently named the winner of the Best Training and Development Leadership Award for 2017 at the World Training and Development Congress in Mumbai.
Executive Leader of Learning, Microsoft Corporation
Michael A. Fors leads the Fors Leadership Academy, which creates high-performing leaders and organizations that achieve world-changing visions. He is also an executive leader of learning at Microsoft. Michael formerly led business strategy teams in Microsoft product groups. Prior to Microsoft, he was CLO and executive leader of Intel University, where he led leadership and management development, all training, and internal consulting. Michael teaches and consults at Stanford University and the University of Washington. As a Senior UN Fellow for 20 years, he leads United Nations leadership programs, including ambassador leadership, and post-conflict leadership programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan. Michael coined the term workforce performance system and built these practical, data-based systems. These systems are integral to business strategy, are inextricably linked to leadership objectives, grow the workforce, and have measurable business impact.
Parul Gupta is the CEO of Kovim, a Bay Area–based learning services consulting firm. She is a leader in the learning technology field, including enterprise talent management and innovative, cost-effective virtual learning and e-learning experiences. Parul provides Kovim strategy, finance, and client relations leadership. Her career spans 16 years as a leader and consultant in the learning, IT, and business development fields. Her work with Intel, Yahoo!, Symantec, eBay, Cisco, and other companies demonstrates her vision and commitment to job preparation as a key to career development. Parul has a bachelor’s degree in IT from San Jose State University. Kovim is a fusion of her expertise in the learning field, and her understanding of the impact technology can have on the learning experience.
Executive Vice President, The Conference Board
Rebecca Ray oversees research creation and dissemination at the Conference Board. She is also the executive director of the Engagement Institute. She is the co-author of numerous publications with a focus on leadership development and engagement, including the employee engagement chapter for the ATD Talent Management Handbook, 2nd edition. A former practitioner in talent management for many years, Rebecca was honored as CLO Magazine’s Chief Learning Officer of the Year. A frequent contributor to both business and human capital media, as well as a conference speaker, Rebecca’s other co-authored publications include Measuring Leadership Development, Measuring the Success of Leadership Development, and Measuring The Success of Employee Engagement.
Co-Founder and CEO, CommLab India
RK Prasad is an entrepreneur focused on technology‐enabled learning, corporate training, and new age instructional strategies. He co‐founded CommLab India, a pioneering e‐learning company based in Hyderabad, India, in 2000. As its chief executive officer, he spearheads online training solutions that help global organizations achieve business results. As a mentor and coach to the employees of CommLab, RK has conceived new and creative ways of knowledge transfer to make learning effective. His efforts were recognized by Elearning! Magazine, and he was awarded the Learning Champion Award for 2016.
CEO, Price Associates
Ron Price is the CEO of Price Associates, a leadership performance firm with offices across the United States. He is also the founder and chairman of TTI Success Insights China, a company that trains and supports trainers, coaches, and consultants across greater China. Ron has trained leaders in 15 different countries, and has been working in the Asia-Pacific region since 1991. Ron has served in executive roles in 10 different organizations over a 45-year career, including the successful implementation of numerous innovation projects. Ron is the author of five books, the most recent being The Complete Leader: Everything You Need to Become a High Performing Leader. This book earned the Best Business Book Award at Friesen’s North American Book Awards in November 2014.
Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, The 6Ds Company
Roy Pollock is the chief learning officer and co-founder of the 6Ds Company. He is the author of the bestselling Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning, which Will Thalheimer, of Work-Learning Research, called “the most important book of the last decade in the workplace learning field.” Roy is a popular international speaker and consultant who has a passion for helping individuals and organizations excel. He has extensive experience in business management, learning, and strategic thinking. Prior to founding the 6Ds Company, Roy served as chief learning officer for the Fort Hill Company; assistant dean for curriculum development, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; vice president, strategic product development for SmithKline Beecham Animal Health; and vice president, companion animal division for Pfizer.
Associate Professor, SolBridge International School of Business
Song Young-Hack is an associate professor of organizational behavior at SolBridge International School of Business, Woosong University in Korea. Young-Hack holds a LLB from Yonsei University, a master’s degree in organizational behavior, and a PhD in social and organizational psychology from Brigham Young University. His career has combined academic, corporate, and entrepreneurial activities. Before joining SolBridge, Young-Hack taught at the National University of Singapore Business School and at Korea University College of Education. His corporate experience includes being managing director of the HRD Center at the TongYang Group and senior vice president of Tong Yang Life Insurance Co. Young-Hack co-founded Learn2 Consulting and served as its CEO. He now serves as a senior partner of Why and How Consulting, which he co-founded. His clients include Samsung Electronics, POSCO, Doosan, LG Chem, Nongshim, LS Cable, and GS-Caltex.
Professor, The University of Queensland
Xue Li is a professor in data and knowledge engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. His research interests are in data mining, intelligent information systems, and social computing. He has led his research team to win prizes awarded by Google, Microsoft, international conferences, and the Australian government in recent years. He was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful People in Australia on Big Data in 2015 by Australian Financial Review.