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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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Independent Consultant | 360 Degrees Talent Development
Apex, NC, USA
Zahi Abdein is a facilitator for several key programs at the Association for Talent Development—a global leadership and talent development coach, speaker, and consultant. He facilitates bespoke solutions to support executives and organizations reach their leadership goals. Having facilitated leadership development learning interventions for groups of up to 120 people and among varied experience levels from aspiring entrepreneur to seasoned C-level executives, he has worked as a mentor and coach to rising entrepreneurs and established executives across the region for more than 10 years.

Zahi has worked for more than 20 years with leaders from renowned companies and startups across the United States and Middle East. As a leader and consultant, he has built and implemented large-scale projects for the Center for Creative Leadership, Cranfield School of Business, Saudi Aramco, Lucent Technology, and Saudi Telecom Company.

An entrepreneur from the age of 19, Zahi discovered a passion for developing leaders, which led him to pursue key projects such as spearheading the creation of a leadership academy, developing and implementing company-wide culture change initiatives, and coaching and mentoring current and future leaders.

He holds an MBA with a focus on international marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Continually sharpening his skills by attending industry events worldwide, he ensures that his skillset is relevant to his clients and that he can provide the most innovative approaches and value. Zahi is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) since 2015, and he holds more than 15 other industry-related certifications, which helps him provide a world-class leadership and talent development solutions.
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Founder | THINK for Professional & Personal Development
Cairo, EGY

Rania is a technical corporate veteran-turned master coach and facilitator on a mission to help make the world a more humane place one change agent at a time.

She works with executive leaders, professional coaches and facilitators providing leadership programs, facilitator and coach development programs, mentor coaching and executive leadership coaching.

Rania is the first certified Dare to LeadTM facilitator from the MENA region and the only one in Egypt. She is an International facilitator for ATD, Cranfield Executive Leadership School, CCL and UN programs in the EMEA region amongst others.

Rania is the founder of THINK for Leadership & Coach Development.  She has over 25 years of executive experience, having worked in senior leadership positions in multinational organizations in Canada, UAE and Egypt.

Rania is an MCC (Master Certified Coach, ICF) and a registered ICF MCC mentor coach. She has a record of 4200+ coaching hours working with executives and leaders in Egypt and around the world.  Rania is a faculty member of the LCE Coaching Academy.  She also designed and leads the ICF accredited Certified Positive Psychology Coaching program (CPPC) and the Team & Group Facilitation Program (TGFP).

Rania is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) as well as a Certified Applied Psychology Practitioner (CAPP).  In addition, she is a Professional in HR (PHR), a certified MBTI® practitioner and a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator.  Rania graduated from Canada with a BSc in Computer Science, specialized in Forensic Engineering.

In 2017, Rania was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential women in Egypt.  She is currently working on her first book due to be published very soon.

Rania is passionate about many things in life, most of all her children, travelling, adventure and deep inspiring encounters!

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Manager, Facilitator Development & Strategy | ATD
Savannah, GA, USA
Carrie Addington is an internal ATD Facilitator. She 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 and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. As a certified ATD Master Trainer, Carrie is knowledgeable about both the development and delivery of outcome-based learning programs.

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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Founder and Chief Executive Officer | 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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President & CEO | TalentGrow LLC
Calabasas, CA, USA
Halelly Azulay is an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in leadership, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ATD Press) and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. Her books, workshops and retreats build on her 20+ years of professional experience in communication and leadership development in corporate, government, nonprofit and academic organizations.

Halelly is the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company she founded in 2006 to develop leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion. TalentGrow specializes in people leadership skills, which include communication skills, teambuilding, coaching, and emotional intelligence. TalentGrow works with all organizational levels, including C-level leaders, frontline managers, and individual contributors.

Halelly is a sought after speaker at conferences and meetings and is a contributing author to numerous books, articles and blogs. She was described as a “ Leadership Development Guru” by TD Magazine. Halelly blogs at, publishes a leadership podcast at, and has a popular free weekly subscription newsletter – sign up at
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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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Banta Training Services
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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Nader Bechini CRP, is CEO of AIMS International and Partner of ROI Institute, he is also facilitator for Association of Talent Development (ATD) and International Coach Federation (ICF).

Nader is passionate about assisting business leaders in improving the process of their projects and showing their value. He helps organizations build their internal capabilities and improving the effectiveness of their non-capital investments using the ROI Methodology™. His life mission is to make a positive change in this world through supporting change in behaviors. During the last 17 years, he has led consulting projects in +20 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. In 2015, he has been awarded the Best ROI Institute International Implementation.

Nader holds MSc in Marketing from University of Tunis Elmanar, Tunisia. He facilitates workshops, consults with organizations, and speaks at conferences worldwide: ICF Converge (USA), ICF BDS, ATD ICE, ICF Australasia, ATD European Summit (Netherlands), Excellence Business Forum (Sudan), Team World Coaching (Russia).
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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 and 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 Handbook 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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Director Curriculum and Staff Development Division | Foreign Service Institute - School of Professional and Area
Washington, DC, USA
Ron Blanton entered the talent development field as a result of his passion to help others succeed. After a 27-year military career where he had two assignments as an instructor in leadership academies developing new leaders, Ron had the distinct pleasure of serving our great nation by becoming the course manager for all leadership courses received by locally hired staff at US embassies abroad with the US Department of State. This was a perfect fit for Ron, who had more than 20 years of experience as a leader, an academic background in leadership, and assignments as a leadership instructor. He lived the leadership theory that he was teaching.

Ron currently serves as the director of the curriculum and staff development division with the US Department of State, Foreign Service Institute (FSI). In this capacity, he and his team deliver a full battery of “train the trainer” courses for foreign service officers (diplomats) assigned to FSI based on their subject matter expertise and scheduled to become instructions. Ron enjoys this position because it has a direct impact on what happens in the world of foreign affairs. When diplomats are trained well, that means Ron and his team have done their jobs and America is strong and righteous on the international stage.

With more than 20 years of classroom experience, Ron’s number one claim to fame is his passion in the classroom. He has trained in more than 92 countries around the world delivering leadership and train the trainer courses. Ron holds an ATD Master Trainer certificate, is an MBTI certified practitioner, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People trainer, and certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the prestigious John Maxwell Company, led by the bestselling author and world-renowned leadership guru John Maxwell.
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Principal Consultant and Trainer | TeamPact Solutions, LLC
Columbia, MD, USA
Jeffrey is a senior-level Learning and Development, Business, Project Management and General Human Resource Management and Development professional with specializations in Instructional Design, Project Management, Learning Strategy Advisory and General Human Capacity Development.

He is currently a Contract Senior Learning Advisor at AARP in Washington DC where he is Responsible for consulting with Internal clients, Subject Matter Experts and other Stakeholders at all levels of the organization and across multiple business units in analyzing learning needs, identifying appropriate training-based solutions and developing strategic learning frameworks to facilitate achievement of the individual business unit's or enterprise-wide goals.

Jeffrey is also the President and Principal Consultant at TeamPact Solutions, LLC - a training and development and certification preparation consulting company based in Columbia, MD.

Prior to joining AARP, Jeffrey managed the Instructional Systems Design team at Aerotek, Inc., a global Staffing and Human Capital Solutions company headquartered in Hanover, MD.
In that role, Jeffrey led Aerotek’s team of Instructional Designers to create and guide the development of a variety of learning and development solutions in support of the company's business objectives.

Jeffrey has also led the design and delivery of several successful learning and development workshops for high-profile clients including the Baltimore Ravens' Client Services team.

With over 15 years of industry experience and a broad range of knowledge and skills, Jeffrey considers himself to be a lifelong learner and teacher who is passionate about helping organizations and learning professionals reach their maximum efficiency by enhancing and better aligning their training design, development and delivery practices with their overarching organizational and personal strategic goals.

Jeffrey holds three masters degrees in Business, HR Management and Development, and Instructional Design. He also holds HRCI and PMIs SPHR and PMP professional certifications.

Prior to moving to the United States, Jeffrey was one of 10 people selected from a pool of over 5000 to work as a Legislative Research Officer in his native country, Ghana.

Jeffrey’s passions, outside of his professional life are Soccer, being an active Public Speaker and a Toastmaster (he is currently the Area Director for Area 75 in Division G of Toastmasters International's District 36) and spending time with his daughter.
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CEO | Thrive Hive Solutions, LLC
Prosper, TX, USA
Tyra Bremer is a highly-accomplished and dedicated human resources executive with a proven history of delivering innovative strategies. A thought leader and visionary, she ignites strong leadership and enables good people to have a secure future and become their best self. Dynamic facilitation and presentation skills allow her to connect with professionals at all levels within an organization.

Tyra is the Founder and CEO of Thrive Hive Solutions. She earns the trust and smiles of her clients by driving talent acquisition, learning, retention strategies, and leadership development programs that are creative, transformative, and support long-and short-term corporate needs.

She has a personal commitment to being a life-long learner and has completed numerous ATD certification courses including Coaching, Designing Learning, Project Management for Learning Professionals, and Creating Leadership Development Programs.
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Chief Leadership Development Officer | GEM Leaders | DB Consulting Partners, LLC
Westfield, NJ, USA
Dr. Diane Brescher has over 27 years’ experience in the field of adult and organizational learning, with a deep expertise and passion for leadership development. She has worked with all levels of leaders in a variety of industries helping organizations and individuals improve their business results through enhancing individual and team performance. Her passion is working with mid-level leaders by successfully addressing their workplace dilemmas and global challenges. Diane has a high level of success in building and maintaining client relationships and achieving business results while developing the appropriate individual, team, and organization performance interventions.

Diane’s uniqueness and passion lies at the crossroads of understanding business needs and their resolution through the appropriate application of adult learning principles. Responsive in how she approaches client’s needs, she facilitates common understanding and creative ways of designing and implementing performance solutions.
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Executive Coach
Dubai, ARE
Niamh Jordan is a highly experienced executive coach and leadership consultant with an international career spanning 22 years in executive coaching and mentoring, leadership consultancy, corporate training and learning and development. She has a Bachelor of Education with honors, from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a master’s degree in executive coaching and mentoring from the Institute of Leadership and Management. She is a faculty member at the Institute of Healthcare Leadership and Management, a member of the Association of Coaching and a senior consultant with FranklinCovey, delivering a range of leadership topics.

Niamh is a hands-on leader capable of strategic and critical thinking, identifying potential in others and inspiring them to action. Her strength lies in liaising and building strong relationships as well as in facilitating professional development across multiple platforms while consistently displaying exceptional communication skills and a strong sense of moral and ethical principles. She demonstrates a balance of professionalism, passion and practicality in inspiring others to action.

She is currently working across a range of industries, focusing on one-on-one executive coaching, skilled facilitation, team and leadership development, action learning facilitation and coach and mentor training. Niamh has completed executive coaching and leadership consultant assignments in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Ireland, Vietnam and Thailand. She has coached, facilitated and consulted in organizations at C-suite, middle management and new graduate levels in a range of industries, including; healthcare, hospitality, aviation, education, construction, entrepreneurships, oil and gas and government entities.
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Director of Consulting Services | ROI Institute
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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Queen Bird | Merlin & Associates, Inc.
Ijamsville, MD, USA
Darlene T. Carver, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has more than 30 years of experience helping private, public sector, and nonprofit 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 at managing, leading, communicating, and training.

Her educational background includes a BS in business education and an MBA. Darlene is also a transition counselor for the military, helping service members transition into private-sector employment.

Her publications include 1 Habit: 100 Habits From the Happiest Achievers on the Planet from Envision Media Press (2019, contributor) and The Masters of Success, co-authored with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, and John Christensen from Insight Publishing (2005).
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Bussy Saint Georges, FRA
Bernard Coulaty is a senior global HR leader with more than 25 years of professional practice as a vice president of human resources within multinational organizations (Danone and Pernod Ricard) in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

He has developed operational and strategic expertise in employee engagement, talent management, leadership development, and growing HR communities in diverse business, cultural, and geographical contexts recently as vice president of human resources in the Asia-Pacific region for the French leading Wines & Spirits Group.

Coulaty is now supporting organizations worldwide as a senior consultant, trainer, and speaker by delivering his expertise and driving organizational and HR transformation. He recently published New Deal of Employee Engagement: A Sustainable Body-and-Mind Engagement Model (McGraw-Hill Education 2015), which recently translated in France under the title Engagement 4.0 (EMS 2018).

Strongly engaged within the business and HR communities, Coulaty is keen to share his passion for HR with the next generation. He lectures at business schools and universities and speaks in various executive education programs.
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