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    Charles Fred is the ATD Chair.

    Charles Fred is a bestselling author and a serial entrepreneur. He has devoted over three decades of his life to discovering new ways for professionals to acquire skills necessary to compete in industries undergoing major transformation. Considered a pioneer in the e-learning industry, Charles has founded and led a number of successful companies that provide learning technologies and services. His bestselling book, Breakaway, is credited with introducing a new framework for organizational learning that speeds up the learning process for adult workers, specifically those using technology to deliver a service.

    In 2000, Charles founded the Breakaway Group, one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, to improve how healthcare providers learn and adopt new technologies. Xerox acquired the Breakaway Group in 2011, and in the process, Charles became president of their healthcare group, providing technology and services worldwide.

    Today Charles is focused on creating sustainable jobs by helping small businesses that have survived the startup phase continue to find new ways to grow. Through his firm, TrueSpace, he helps entrepreneurs discover important know-how to build lasting enterprises.

    Charles is a longtime resident of Colorado and an elite masters track athlete. He and his wife, Julie, dedicate much of their time to their family, mentoring entrepreneurs, and giving back to the community.
  • Rose_Velez-Smith
    Rose Velez-Smith is the Chair-Elect for the ATD Board of Directors.

    Rose Velez-Smith is the Global VP, Human Resources, Business Groups and Workforce Services, Pitney Bowes.

    In her role at Pitney Bowes, Rose partners with the businesses to lead the development of the human capital strategies necessary to successfully execute on business objectives. She works closely with senior management to develop and implement strategic workforce solutions in the areas of employee relations, engagement and development, recruiting, talent acquisition, mergers and acquisitions, and legal and regulatory compliance.

    Rose is active in her community having served on the board of directors for the Child Care Learning Center in Stamford, CT and as chairman of the Fairchester Board of the Networking for Teaching Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of Prospanica and has served on their corporate advisory board.

    Rose has been honored by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility “HACR” as a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever and she received the Greenwich YWCA’s BRAVA award, which recognizes outstanding women achievers who have excelled in their professional careers and who also volunteer their time and talent to help others.
  • 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, he focuses 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.
  • Desmond_Atkins
    Desmond Atkins is a seasoned global HR and talent development executive with experience in a variety of industries. Most recently, Desmond served in a global HR role with dual responsibility as head of talent and learning in addition to strategic HRBP at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He managed a team of global HR professionals responsible for 7,000 employees in more than 40 countries.

    Prior to Sony, Desmond served in a leadership capacity at Blue Shield of California and was focused on partnering with leaders to transform the business to align with new market and industry realities. Desmond’s professional experiences have taken him to organizations such as Health Net, the Los Angeles Times, Fox, and government entities.

    Desmond holds a master’s degree in organizational development and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Azusa Pacific University and the University of Southern California, respectively.
  • Chris Coladonato, CPLP
    Chris Coladonato, CPLP
    Chris Coladonato is a Senior Learning and Development Consultant for Farmers Insurance with 20 years’ experience as a talent development professional. She is a member of the Enterprise Learning and Development Team focused on culture and leadership initiatives for the organization. Her current areas of focus are helping distanced and remote managers and employees work efficiently and effectively both individually and collectively, engaging employees in their own personal development, building manager effectiveness, and driving business acumen of employees.

    Chris served on the board of the ATD Maryland Chapter for six years, including as president in 2011 and 2012. She has also served as the chair of the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference Program Advisory Committee (ALC PAC) and as a National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) since 2015. Chris became a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) in 2011.
  • Christi Karandikar
    Christi Karandikar
    Christi Karandikar is the EVP, Human Resources - US for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. Previously, she served as the Chief People Officer for Otter Media and the SVP, Talent Acquisition, Engagement and Development for Warner Bros. Entertainment.

    With more than 20 years of experience in talent management and organizational strategy, she is a recognized thought leader on developing cultures that maximize engagement, creativity, and performance.
  • Andre Martin
    Andre Martin
    Andre Martin is the CLO and VP of PeopleDev at Google. In this role he oversees leadership and manager development, OD, and talent management. Prior to joining Google he served as CLO/VP, Learning and Development at Target.

    Prior to Target, Andre served as Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of Talent Development & Culture for Nike. There he was responsible for activating leader-led, consumer-focused digital transformation through a more inclusive culture and an engaging employee experience. Over the course of five years, he stewarded the team that relaunched Nike's values (Maxims), helped reimagine performance management, launched Nike’s first engagement survey in a decade, and reset expectations of people leaders through annual upward feedback.

    Andre also served as the CLO at Mars Incorporated, was a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, and an organizational consultant for Walt Disney World.
  • Scott Millward
    Scott Millward
    Scott Millward is the Senior Vice President, Learning & Development and Field Communication at Panera Bread. In his role, he is responsible for the instructional design, field training, and associate communications that support the ongoing training and development of associates throughout Panera.

    Most recently, he served as the Chief Learning Officer at Farmers Insurance where he managed the University of Farmer's business unit.
  • Catherine Lang
    Catherine currently serves as the VP, Global Education Services at ServiceNow.

    Prior to this role she was the Chief Learning Officer at Appirio, and was responsible for ensuring that Appirio's employee expertise in cloud-based technologies. Catherine also oversaw Appirio's customer-training program that drives widespread adoption and enables every user to get the most out of deployed solutions. Catherine joined Appirio from Google Enterprise where she designed and implemented Google Enterprise Partner University to rapidly build the sales and technical skills of the global partner ecosystem.

    Earlier in her career, she was the Vice President of Training and Certification at, where she was responsible for the rapid growth of the training catalog, the introduction of subscription-based training and "gamified" programs, and the architecture of large-scale training programs for worldwide enterprise customers.
  • Michael_Nehoray
    Michael Nehoray is the VP, Global Talent Development for Mattel.

    The scope of Michael’s role at Mattel includes learning and development, talent management, employee engagement, and culture across the 60+ countries Mattel operates in globally. He has led the development and launch of corporate universities, built talent management practices, and more recently, cultural transformations at his time while at Mattel.

    His background as a learning and development leader spans a broad range of industries, including technology and healthcare, where he led learning and organization development for several divisions at Intuit and Health Net.

    Michael holds a PhD and master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at the California School of Professional Psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA.
  • Mike Williams
    Mike Williams brings more than 30 years of diverse experience in business leadership, consulting, executive coaching, organizational design, organizational development, and self-organizing companies. He is an industry expert, TEDx speaker, and has been quoted in Fast Company and Inc. magazines. Mike is the Getting Things Done (GTD) Enterprise Architect for Zappos.

    From 2011 to 2016, Mike was the President and CEO of the David Allen Company. Prior to that, he worked at General Electric in the Healthcare Division, where he was responsible for customer and employee education strategy and service. Throughout his career, Mike has worked with a wide range of clients in Fortune 500 companies, government institutions, and small businesses in a variety of industries, including biotech, clergy, entertainment, healthcare, higher education, IT, mining, retail, telecom, and think tanks.

Selection for ATD's Board of Directors

ATD’s Board of Directors comprises recognized leaders from a wide range of organizations and industries. The ATD Selection Committee is committed to ensuring that the board reflects a mix of the industry and that directors’ expertise aligns with ATD’s strategy.

Nominations for the 2020-2022 board will be due in mid-March 2019. You can request a nomination form after February 20, 2019 by contacting Jennifer Homer: 703.683.8123 or