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ATD Education works with more than 100 of the world’s best facilitators to deliver our talent development programs. ATD’s facilitators are seasoned practitioners with 10 years or more of experience in their content areas. They draw upon their professional accomplishments and career experiences to deliver personalized learning and valuable insights. You’ll find that many of our facilitators are published authors or popular speakers in their fields of expertise, and they come from a wide range of industries and sectors. They frequently serve as instructional designers, managers, coaches, human performance improvement professionals, and consultants.
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Arlington, VA, USA

Carrie Addington is a down-to-earth educator and people development coach with a passion for delivering effective communication solutions with a spirited energy. As a business consultant and educator for the past 10 years, Carrie has worked with a wide variety of business segments including retail, beauty, education, and nonprofits, and has worked with C-level executives, directors, managers, and high potentials. She has experience designing and delivering customized management and self-development programs, including personal coaching on strategy and communication. She has delivered training on key business management principles for small business owners through Bumble and Bumble University in New York, deemed the “Harvard of Hair” by the Harvard Business Review, to classrooms ranging from 20 to 150 attendees. Carrie has delivered on topics ranging from energetic accountability, leadership, and great feedback to cross-generational communication, resolving conflict, and presentation skills.  Carrie is a part of the coaching network with the prominent, global executive leadership and management company, The Mind Gym. She has a master of fine arts, poetry, from George Mason University and serves on the board of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, D.C. Carrie is passionate about using her love of language and the arts to work with individuals on establishing deeper connections with their daily work.

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Director, Customer Success | ServiceTitan
LA Crescenta, CA, USA

As director of coaching and consulting services at HireVue, Brett Andersen is leading a team on a mission to help companies build cultures of coaching excellence. He engages leaders to think differently about how to coach and develop their people by leveraging technology. Brett is a founding member of HireVue Coach, a platform for customer-facing teams to practice, refine, and master their core skills from anywhere.  Brett has spent more than a dozen years consulting with executives and managers on how to effectively implement new programs and technologies that add long-term value to their organizations and teams. He has worked with more than 70 different organizations throughout the United States and in more than 20 different countries and in multiple industries, including technology, business and professional services, financial services, education, healthcare, energy, aerospace and defense, and retail. He has a master’s degree in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University and BA in German studies from Brigham Young University.

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President | APLS Group
Raleigh, NC, USA

Nanci Appleman-Vassil, M.A., NCC, CSP is a highly experienced business professional with more than 20 years of experience delivering training, organizational development, executive coaching, and corporate consulting interventions with a focus on developing leaders, including leadership development, change management, and building high-performing teams. She specializes in facilitating individuals, groups, and organizations toward better solutions for increased engagement and effectiveness. Nanci’s consulting experience includes the technology, healthcare, engineering, manufacturing, education, and retail industries.  Her clients include GSK, Red Hat, Nomacorc, LLC, Citrix, and Cisco. Her certifications include Vital Smarts, MBTI, DiSC, DDI, Situational Leadership and Achieve Global. Nanci holds an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Psychology and Education from the University of Denver. She is a member of the National Training Labs Institute for the Applied Behavioral Sciences (NTL), and the Association for Talent Development (ATD), among other organizations. Nanci is Past-President for the Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter of ATD, a past member of the ATD ICE Program Advisory Committee, and was a member of the ATD National Advisors for Chapters (NAC) from 2011-2013.

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President | AskRhon Consulting
Irvine, CA, USA

Rhonda Askeland is an organization development and training partner, facilitator, coach, instructional designer, and performance consultant with a twenty-year background working with leaders at all levels — C-level, managers, teams, and individual contributors. She has her own consulting business and has worked for training companies Blessing/White and Cahners TRACOM. She has worked with leaders in Fortune 100 companies in diverse industries, as well as government agencies, and a California university system. Her recent projects include development of a leadership development series in the entertainment industry, co-development and facilitation of an innovative 12-month leadership program for executive managers in the finance industry, and ongoing coaching of sales management on account executives selection process for a credit-reporting agency. In addition to coaching, she created a 90-day onboarding map to follow-up account executive selection to accelerate hire-to-performance. Her creativity in design and delivery earned her recognition in ASTD's Training magazine for innovative training and experiential learning techniques. Additionally, she was a co-author in two ASTD's T+D Learning Blueprint columns on "Presentation Design" and "More Than a Smile Sheet: Using Level 1 Evaluation Effectively." Rhonda has a passion for helping organizations achieve results through people. She is president-elect of ASTD Orange County (OC), past president of International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI)-OC (2009), past board member of ISPI-OC and ISPI-LA, and is currently on the Whittier College Alumni Board. Rhonda's goal is to improve performance through people.

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Founder and Master Coach | SeGa Team
Cairo, EGY

Mohamed is the founder of SeGa Group enterprise with a mission to develop the talent development professionals in active learning and performance coaching.  For over 15 years, Mohamed has delivered learning and development solutions for a variety of regional and multinational organizations such as  Schlumberger, Maersk, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Heinz, Kraft, Vodafone, MobiNil, Etisalat, Oracle, Ericsson,EL-ARABY Group, Olympic Group , AbuDawood  and Nahdi Pharmacies. These organizations have exposed him to over a dozen different nationalities within the MENA region, allowing him to design and facilitate diverse and effective learning solutions.  Mohamed’s passion is for coaching and helping individuals reach their full potential. He is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and member in ICF (International Coach Federation) . He is an accredited coach from the Mind Gym Academy in the United Kingdom which has a highly stringent accreditation process.  He also holds multiple certifications including being a certified trainer from Huthwaite UK, qualified to deliver the SPIN Selling Course, SPIN Coaching and Account Strategy for Major Sales courses, NASAGA education game design certificate and SENTENCIA gamification certificate for talent development. He is also certified to deliver John Maxwell trainings as well as the Wilson Learning Leadership and Management Track.. he is also certified from SimDustry in Germany for business simulation Finally, he is a Thiagi group certified  facilitator.  Originally a Cairo University Systems Engineering graduate, Mohamed also studied Business Management and pre-Masters in Education and Psychology.

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Founder, Owner | Up To Something, LLC
Dallas, TX, USA

As CEO and Founder of QVF Partners, Rita partners with organizations and individuals who want to transform ordinary work environments into high-performing, profitable cultures. She shares her expertise and resources to help create workplaces where enlightened leaders can leverage the strengths and diversity of their people as a competitive advantage. During her 25 year career at Southwest Airlines, Rita served in several roles including customer service, sales, marketing, public relations, and HR. In her last position she was director of the Southwest Airlines University for People. She was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of leadership and personal development programs for over 32,000 employees. She also established a career development services team, responsible for helping employees develop a career path. Rita has served on several advisory committees and boards and was a member of the ASTD Board of Directors, serving as chairwoman of the ASTD Board in 2005. She is often quoted in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Corporate Meetings and Incentives, and The Wall Street Journal on topics of recruiting and training practices. Rita is the co-author of the new book, Destination Profit: Creating People-Profit Opportunities in Your Organization. As an international speaker and consultant, she has presented to and worked with groups in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Japan on topics including organizational culture, people strategies, leadership, innovation, customer service, and branding. When asked what business she is in, the answer is simply "the people business."

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Alexandria, VA, USA

Mimi Banta, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and development initiatives that produce results. Clients rely on her ability to diagnose training needs, engage executives in development efforts, design and conduct training, and equip in-house staff to be effective trainers. In addition to an educational background in psychology and adult education, Mimi is certified to use a variety of tools such as the Career Architect, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, "I Speak Your Language," and Change Style Indicator. She is also affiliated with Netspeed Leadership, Learning Tree International, and is master certified in Achieve Global products and services.

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JB
LUTZ, FL, USA

James Bennett has been a leader and innovator in education technology for almost two decades. He has published papers on education reform through technology, and has authored several college textbooks on media design. As a professional educator, he has managed teams of instructional designers for 36 colleges and served as a subject matter expert in learning for the corporate sector. His presentations at professional education conferences have included topics such as innovations in education technology and the cognitive neuroscience of learning. In the area of adaptive learning, James has participated in the single largest rollout of adaptive learning systems in education, developed and implemented a successful pilot for integrating adaptive and teacher-led instruction, and initiated the concept of multicourse learning path, and introduced them to two of the largest adaptive products on the market. In the adaptive learning courses implemented under his guidance, he has seen a documented increase of 20 percent in learner performance and mastery of competencies. He has also written articles and a guide for educators that are considering adaptive technologies. James holds a bachelor of fine arts from Ball State University, a master of fine arts from the University of South Florida, and a number of professional development and technical certifications, including HTML, JavaScripting, and Online Tutoring, from the University of Oxford.

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Professor, H R | Marymount University, School of Business
Annandale, MD, USA

With more than 25 years of experience and a doctorate in human resource and organization development, Dr. Virginia Bianco-Mathis is considered a leader in her field. Her background includes a core set of industry positions, extensive consulting with corporate and agency executives, and publications/presentations in the areas of organizational change, leadership development, consulting skills, executive team building and facilitation, coaching, career management, conflict and dialogue, and strategic planning.  Dr. Bianco-Mathis has held positions in human resources, strategy, and organization development at C&P Telephone, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and The Artery Organization. Presently, she is a Professor in the School of Business, Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, at Marymount University.  She teaches courses in organization development, team and group dynamics, leadership, consulting skills, executive coaching, and strategy.  She also is a partner with the Strategic Performance Group. Her present consulting engagements include leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, team building, and organizational change. Current clients include AARP, Department of Agriculture, Seyfarth Law, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Phillips Corporation, MSRB, and Next Century Computing.  Dr. Bianco-Mathis has given major presentations at several international conferences, and has written numerous articles for the Washington Business Journal and a blog (“On Success”) for The Washington Post.  

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President | ebb associates inc
Norfolk, VA, USA

Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm, has been in the field for thirty years helping organizations work through large-scale change. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investors Business Daily, and Fortune Magazine. She is the author and editor of over 50 books including the ASTD Hand Book for Workplace Learning Professionals, ASTD Leadership Handbook, 10 Steps to Successful Training, The Ultimate Trainer, Thriving Through Change, The Business of Consulting, 2nd ed., and Training for Dummies. A long time volunteer for ASTD, she has served on ASTD's National Board of Directors, was the recipient of the 1992 ASTD Torch Award, the 2004 ASTD Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, and the 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award. Elaine was instrumental in compiling the CPLP study guides and has designed five ASTD Certificate Programs. In addition to her work with ASTD, she has served on the Independent Consultants Association's (ICA) Advisory Committee and on the Instructional Systems Association (ISA) board of directors.

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Facilitator | ASTD/ATD Certificate Programs
Durham, NC, USA

Jane Bozarth is a working practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience as a facilitator, designer, and technology specialist with the North Carolina state government. She has a deep and abiding interest in social and collaborative learning; her dissertation focused on social and tacit knowledge sharing in communities of practice. The author of many books, including Social Media for Trainers and Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud, Jane is always searching for ways of extending training’s reach as well as leveraging popular, low-cost approaches whenever possible. She is a popular conference presenter and industry writer and a moderator of the #lrnchat Twitter chat. Find Jane on Twitter @JaneBozarth or through www.bozarthzone.com.

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Chief Executive Officer | The Institute 4 Worthy Performance LLC
Winter Park, FL, USA

Dr. Tim Brock is an Associate of the ROI Institute, the CEO of The Institute 4 Worthy Performance, and a Practice Leader with The Institute for Performance Improvement.  Dr. Brock provides consulting services for Fortune 500 companies as well as educational sessions and workshops at multiple international conferences, at company-sponsored talent development initiatives, and at public venues. He has over 30 years of learning, performance improvement, and evaluation experience in the military, education, healthcare, and corporate environments for organizations around the globe.  During his Air Force career, Dr. Brock was responsible for assessing, measuring, and evaluating the effectiveness of initial qualification training effectiveness for all five of the USAF’s ICBM fleet. During his career with Lockheed Martin, he was the manager of their Science of Learning and Performance Improvement thought leadership and evaluation team.  Dr. Brock currently helps organizations create internal workforce capabilities to apply needs-driven accountability processes using the ROI Methodology, the principles and practices of Performance Improvement, and human capital analytics technologies.  He holds a PhD in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement through Capella University.  Dr. Brock’s publications include “Training NASA Astronauts for Deep Space Exploration Mission: A Research Study to Develop and Validate a Competency-Based Training Framework” (2007) and the chapter Simulations Operations, Curriculum Integration, and Performance Improvement in the book “Healthcare Simulation: A Guide for Operations Specialists” (2016).  He also facilitates the online and classroom versions of ATD’s Evaluating Learning Impact and Measuring Return on Investment certificate courses.

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Sr. Project manager | ATD
Silver Spring, MD, USA

Shana Campbell has a passion for helping people develop themselves–for their own benefit and the benefit of their organizations. Her expertise is grounded in how people like to work, and the best ways to engage to ensure progress. This has been most widely demonstrated in the opportunities to collaborate with peers over the last six years to create personal development plans and manage internal certification programs. She has over 13 years of non-profit, training and development, and coaching experience in diverse environments, assisting staff and leadership tap into their knowledge for success.  But what truly sets Shana apart is her energy, relatability, and insightful questioning that helps to create a supportive and open environment for learning. Shana is currently a Sr. Project Manager in the Education department at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) formerly ASTD.  Her primary responsibility is for the design, development and management of the ATD Master Series programs, along with facilitating for the internal Customer Advisor Certification and assisting in the design and development of new employee onboarding programs. Shana has also had the opportunity to speak at various national conferences such as the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) annual conference, ATD Annual Conference, Girl Be Great conference, and others on a variety of professional development topics.  She also serves on the Professional Development Committee for ASAE. Shana holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, and B.S. from West Virginia University.

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Clark Training & Consulting
Cortez, CO, USA

Ruth Clark is a specialist in instructional design and technical training, determined to bridge the gap between academic research and practitioner application in instructional methods. She holds a doctorate in the field and is president of her own company, Clark Training & Consulting. Her books and articles focus on various aspects of training and e-learning.

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Principal & Executive Coach | Aerial Leadership, Inc
Libertyville, IL, USA

Suzanne Coonan is an Executive Coach and Human Resources leader with more than 20 years’ experience partnering with all levels to lead strategic workplace initiatives and provide solutions that help organizations and individuals achieve results. Formerly a VP of HR at an MBA School, Suzanne is now an executive coach who partners with high-performing, high-achieving leaders to help them reach new heights and find meaning and balance in work and life.  

Suzanne is also a skilled speaker and facilitator on leadership and career development and has presented to hundreds of business leaders at major US and Fortune 500 companies. She has an MS in Positive Organization Development & Change from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University. Suzanne received advanced coach training from Coach University and is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach (SCC).

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  Featured on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, Monica works with individuals and organizations who want to learn how to think differently to achieve uncommon results. A gamification speaker and designer, Monica was rated #1 among the “Gamification Gurus Power 100” by RISE in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016 was also recognized as a Top 3 Finalist in the “Gamification Guru of the Year Award” by the World Gamification Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.  Monica is the Founder and CEO of the Sententia Gamification Consortium and the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activity Guide: Put Gamification to Work for You. Monica is hired for her skill as a gamification speaker and is considered at the top of her field in gamification design for corporate learning. She is a graduate of Seton Hill with a BA in psychology, and The University of Houston-Victoria where she earned a Masters Degree in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, voted by Forbes Small Business as one of the top 5 programs for entrepreneurial education in the country.

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Principal | Covin Wilson & Associates
Ellenwood, GA, USA

Deborah Covin Wilson is the founder and principal consultant at Covin Wilson & Associates. She specializes in organization development services, including strategic planning, change management, team building, building mentoring programs, coaching, and leadership development. Deborah recently retired as the director of organization development and consulting services at Georgia State University, where she directed a unit that was responsible for these services for more than 5,000 faculty and staff. Prior to that, for 21 years, she served in several leadership roles at Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned an MSW from Atlanta University.

Deborah spoke at the ATD 2016 International Conference & EXPO on the topic of organization development in higher education. In 2015, she was one of 13 people to have been awarded the CPLP Contributor Award from ATD. She is past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ATD and was the volunteer coordinator for the ATD 2017 International Conference & EXPO. Deborah wrote an article for TD magazine titled “When Opportunity Knocks, Can You Walk the Talk?” and was a contributing author of the book Road Tested Activities.

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Principal | Marya Danihel Communication Training and Consulting
Portsmouth, NH, USA

Marya Danihel has more than 20 years' training and consulting experience in business communication, having worked with associates at all levels in organizations such as AT&T, CNN, Genzyme, Deloitte, and Toyota. She is also one of Hemsley Fraser's chief virtual facilitators for the delivery of federal government leadership courses. Her background as a stage, television, and radio performer informs both her on-site and online training. Marya's other projects include editing books on estate planning and university teaching, contributing articles to lifestyle magazines, and writing for New Hampshire Public Television and Radio. Earlier work includes being a staff writer for a regional business magazine and a newspaper copy editor.

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With her combined passions for effective communication and relevant workplace learning, Kimberly Devlin’s focus is always on providing direct, complete, and compelling deliverables.  In the training room, her focus is on supporting each learner in meeting their specific learning goals.  She achieves this, in part, through engaging and interactive learning that is purpose-driven, enjoyable, and immediately applicable.   As a senior professional in Employee and Organizational Development with a Masters Degree from the University of Miami, she was among the first in the industry to attain ATD’s CPLP certification. Her state-of-the-industry credentials and diverse experience bring real-world examples and stories to the training room.  Kimberly’s experience extends to city, county, and state government agencies across the U.S. as well as working with Fortune 500 firms here and in South America.  She has been a contributor to the ATD community both locally and nationally for many years, serving on boards, presenting conference sessions at ICE and ALC, and also volunteering time for ATD initiatives.  You may have seen her in T&D!  Now, come learn with her. Kimberly facilitates ATD's Designing Learning Certificate, Fundamentals of Training Design, Training Certificate, Training Certificate Plus, Introduction to Training and Essentials of Staying Centered Through Conflict.  

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Owner/President | Downs Leadership
Redmond, WA, USA

Lisa Downs, CPLP, ACC, is a leadership development coach, facilitator, and consultant specializing in helping technical professionals and executives work at their best to achieve their desired business results. As president and owner of her company, DevelopmentWise Consulting, Lisa focuses on using assessment tools in her work with leaders and their teams to gain greater self-awareness of their behaviors, recognize the impact of those behaviors, and work toward who they want to be as leaders and as people to accomplish their goals. In addition to Time Management Training,Lisa is the author of Listening Skills Training and Negotiation Skills Training in the ASTD Trainers WorkShop series. She resides in Redmond, Washington.

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