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Charles Fred

Charles Fred is the 2015 ATD Board Chair.

Charles Fred is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker. He has devoted more than three decades of his life discovering new ways for professionals to acquire skills necessary to compete in today’s knowledge-thirsty economy. Considered a pioneer in the e-learning industry, Charles has led a number of successful companies that provide learning technologies and services. His best-selling book, Breakaway, is credited with transforming learning strategies for high-growth organizations and is consistently used for instructional design curricula at major universities.

Today, as the CEO of Modern Teacher, Charles is taking his expertise and experience and devoting his time to help teachers reinvent the classroom. Charles is also the founder of Magnusson-Skor, a research firm dedicated to helping business owners make the transition to chief executives.

Rob Green

Rob Green is the 2015 ATD Board Chair-Elect.

Rob Green is Director and General Manager of Amazon's Marketplace business. In 2014, Amazon's third party sellers accounted for more than half of Amazon's total merchandise sales and shipped units. Rob's teams focus on seller recruitment and selection expansion on the Marketplace through scalable sales, integration, and education platforms and processes.

Prior to Amazon, Rob spent more than 20 years at Oracle in development, consulting, and training leadership roles. From 2010 to 2013 he led Oracle's global customer education business, which served more than 500,000 students annually in 120 countries worldwide.

With more than 20 years' experience in technology development, implementation, and training, Rob has played integral roles in leading training transformations and change management initiatives. A native of Canada, Rob currently resides in Seattle, but has called Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and Indianapolis home at various times during his career.

Tony Bingham

Tony Bingham is the president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. Tony works with a staff of 130, a Board of Directors, and a worldwide network of volunteers to empower profes­sionals to develop talent in the workplace. 

Tony believes in creating a culture of engaged, high-performing teams that deliver extraordinary results. Deeply passionate about change, technology, and the impact of talent development, his focus is on adding value to ATD members and the global community of talent development professionals. He believes that aligning talent development efforts to business strategy, while utilizing the power of social and mobile technology for learning, is a key differentiator in business today.  

Gail Baity

Gail Owens Baity is an experienced HR professional with a passion for development. As the Director of Workforce Development and Learning at Corning Incorporated, she leads a team of knowledge experts to meet Corning’s global talent and organization development objectives.

A life-long learner, Gail believes that experience-driven learning is critical to development. From coaching and mentoring to enterprise learning and performance management, Gail is dedicated to helping employees and organizations develop to their highest potential. 

Melissa Daimler

Melissa Daimler heads up Organizational Effectiveness & Learning at Twitter where she has a charter to build a global team and create a scalable talent, leadership & management strategy.

Prior to joining Twitter, Melissa headed the Global Learning and Organizational Consulting team at Adobe Systems. In 2011, her team won top honors for The Best Learning Team from Brandon Hall, and was featured in two case studies on innovative approaches to learning. Prior to Adobe, she led HR at Epylon (now part of Accenture). She is a certified coach and helped start Coach University. 

Melissa has a B.S. in Social Work and a B.A in Psychology from Winona State University. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.S. in Organizational Development.

Jenny Dearborn

Jenny Dearborn is a leading authority on sales enablement and training, with expertise in big data and predictive analytics. As Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for SAP, she designs and drives employee learning and enablement strategy. Dearborn was recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2014 by the National Diversity Council, and through the Fortune Most Powerful Women Network, she is a mentor for the U.S. State Department to female entrepreneurs in developing countries. Her team was named by eLearning Magazine the #1 top performing corporate learning organization in the world in 2013.


Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, author, and educator. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blog on Great Work Cultures, and the author of Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. As a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, an international consulting firm, he leads organizational transformation and education initiatives around the world.

The first season of his business career was spent in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller. He now engages with the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, the Center for Innovative Cultures, Great Work Cultures, and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management.


Rick Kerner

Rick Kerner has been a training and media specialist with Victaulic in Easton, Pennsylvania, since 1995. In this role, Rick’s responsibilities have included leadership development training in the United States and Canada, development of targeted learning initiatives for internal worldwide colleagues, and most recently assisting senior management with the recruitment and onboarding of new employees. Rick has been a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter for more than 10 years, and served two terms as chapter president (2010-2011). Rick has been a member of the National Advisors for Chapters (NAC) since 2012. Rick holds a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting, and a minor in behavioral psychology from Montclair University. Rick is passionate about customer service, time and performance management, and people development.

Mary McNevin

Dr. Mary McNevin is the Chief Learning Officer of Signature HealthCARE. Signature HealthCARE is a leading provider of long-term care services with more than 15,000 employees. Mary's focus is on driving enterprise change and accelerating learning in order to radically change the landscape of long-term care forever.

Prior to joining Signature HealthCARE, Mary was the VP of Talent and Organization Development at McCain Foods Ltd. During her 12 year tenure she launched the company’s first global learning center. She earned a doctorate in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business, and also holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Brian Miller

Brian Miller is the Senior Director of Learning & Development for Gilead Sciences—currently overseeing all employee development including executive development. Prior to this role Brian was the Director of Amgen’s Global Learning & Development function. He also worked as a former executive consultant and worked with several Fortune 500/1000 organizations.

Brian received a Masters degree with honors in Technology in Learning from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a published author and conference speaker.

Terri Pearce

Terri Pearce is Executive Vice President, Human Resources of HSBC North America Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. In this role she is responsible for developing and directing learning, talent, resourcing, and organizational development for HSBC North America in alignment with HSBC’s Group office in London. She also directs talent management and succession planning across HSBC North America.

Terri joined HSBC in 1988, and held HR and operations roles both on and offshore. Terri received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University and has an MBA from The University of Phoenix. She holds the SPHR credential, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Conference Board Council on Learning, Development and Organizational Performance.

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