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    Tara Deakin is the 2018 ATD Chair.

    Tara Deakin is the Head of Talent & Organization Effectiveness at TD Bank Group. As the lead for TD’s enterprise talent and organization development strategy, Tara has a mandate to grow the power of TD’s 85,000 employees and attract new colleagues to ensure the bank's future growth and ongoing delivery of legendary customer experiences.

    Prior to joining TD, Tara served as the Managing Director/Chief Learning Officer for the North American Consumer Bank at Citi Group. In this role, she was accountable for employee onboarding and development. In addition to her North American responsibilities, Tara had global accountability for enterprise systems training and knowledge management. In this capacity, she and her team supported the strategic focus of the organization by translating business goals into actionable performance initiatives to ensure the readiness of more than 102,000 customer-facing employees.

    Tara has more than 16 years of progressive positions in the field of organizational development and learning. Prior to joining Citi, she was the Chief Learning and Enablement Officer at Rogers Communications, where she held a number of increasingly senior roles driving the organization's learning and organizational effectiveness capability.

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    Charles Fred is the ATD Chair-Elect and Treasurer.

    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 today’s knowledge-thirsty economy. 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 transforming learning strategies within service organizations across the globe.

    Today, as the Executive Chairman of Modern Teacher, Charles is taking his expertise and devoting his time to help teachers reinvent the classroom. Charles is also the founder of The Reignite Group, a research-based firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs make the transition to chief executives and discover important know-how to build lasting enterprises.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Wendy Gates Corbett is a corporate training executive with 20 years of experience designing, delivering, and directing face-to-face, blended, and virtual training programs for technology companies. Wendy achieved the CPLP in 2009 and has coauthored two ATD Infolines on virtual training and a TD at Work on using visuals in presentations. She is also coauthor of SCORE! for Webinar Training: Enhanced Results for Webinar Training and a contributor to 101 More Ways to Make Training Active and 101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom.

    Wendy serves, trains, and coaches professional speakers and professionals who present by amplifying their messages with crisp, provocative presentation materials. Her company, Refresher Training LLC, works with individuals and businesses to refresh the tools and materials they use so their presentations are inspiring, influential, and impactful. Wendy served on the board of the Research Triangle Area ATD chapter for nine years, including as President in 2004. She has served as a National Advisor for Chapters since 2014. She is currently serving as Chair of the National Advisors for Chapters.

  • 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.

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    Jessica is the Chief Talent Officer for Netflix. Previously, she was the Chief People Officer for Scopely and served as the Vice President of Talent for Coursera. At Coursera, Jessica helped to scale the company from 50 to 200 people and led the creation and definition of the company culture. Prior to Coursera, she spent almost eight years at Netflix leading talent and talent acquisition.

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    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.

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    Ted Smith recently joined Revon Systems as CEO. Revon works with pharmaceutical companies to change the way clinical trials are designed to be more practical in both complex and rare/orphan disease conditions.

    Previously, Ted was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, KY, as the Chief of Civic Innovation. Ted’s efforts included the 2012 IBM Smarter City Challenge-winning adoption of Asthmapolis sensor inhalers across Louisville to develop a new understanding of asthma. Ted is an Open Government/Open Data champion and is responsible for efforts to expand the entrepreneurial and innovation economy of Louisville. Ted also serves as Executive Director of a civic innovation laboratory, The Institute for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil. Prior to city government, he was appointed Senior Innovation Advisor in the HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health IT. He founded the chronic disease news service MedTrackAlert, which was acquired by Health Central in 2008.

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    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.

  • 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 2019-2021 board will be due in mid-March 2018. You can request a nomination form after February 20, 2018 by contacting Jennifer Homer: 703.683.8123 or