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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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Owner/Manager | EditorialTraining.Net
Berwyn Heights, MD, USA
Jennie Ruby has more than 15 years of experience as a trainer and courseware developer. She is experienced in the delivery of online training and has authored multiple training books as well as numerous writing and editing courses. She has worked with IconLogic to create effective training materials and books and has delivered courses on writing training documents, e-learning scripts and voiceovers. Jennie has an M.A. from George Washington University and is a Certified Technical Trainer (Chauncey Group). She is also a publishing professional with 20 years of experience in writing, editing, and desktop publishing.
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CEO and Queen | Russell Martin & Associates
Fishers, IN, USA
Lou Russell is president and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates. She is the author of the ATD Press books Project Management for Trainers, Leadership Training and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management, among other titles. In addition to her many books, she contributes frequently to Computer World, Cutter Executive Reports, and Network World, among others, and publishes Learning Flash, an electronic newsletter. Lou speaks at several national and international conferences, such as the Project Management Institute, Project World, and LotuSphere. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Purdue University, where she taught database and programming classes, and a master's degree in instructional technology from Indiana University.
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Associate/Senior Practice Leader & Adjunct Faculty | University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Mr. Sánchez is currently an Associate with the ROI Institute. He is also working as a Research Associate helping to evaluate a local NARCH grant using an Appreciative Inquiry methodology.

Mr. Sánchez is also a six year veteran Instructional Designer and Project Manager for the Learning and Communications Solutions (LCS) group within Northrop Grumman Technical Services. He has worked in academia and for domestic and foreign government clients. Mr. Sánchez specializes in Instructional Systems Design and face-to-face and online training development and facilitation. In addition, he brings a variety of graphic and web design skills to the table. He is also well versed in usability principles.

Of note, Mr. Sánchez simultaneously led both the Wyoming and Tennessee healthcare system conversions working with clients virtually and onsite at their facilities during his time at Northrop Grumman. Each of these projects presented unique challenges because of their constantly changing requirements. Mr. Sánchez and his team successfully navigated and fulfilled all client needs.

In addition, Mr. Sánchez completed a challenging 6-month consultancy in Sri Lanka as a Content Development Specialist. He was involved in the face-to-face training of more than 200 teachers and professional curriculum developers regarding how to successfully integrate computer-assisted learning into the secondary school curriculum. In addition, he designed and developed many instructional manuals, job aids, and learning management system courses.

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Director of Learning | AARP
Washington, DC, USA
Mr. Ethan S. Sanders is a Senior Fellow in ICF’s Organizational Research, Learning, and Performance Division. In this role he serves as a thought-leader in the practice of Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, and Human Performance Improvement. He has provided consulting services to clients in the public, non-profit, military, and private sectors for over 20 years. Prior to joining ICF Mr. Sanders was president and CEO of Sundial Learning Systems and Director of Organizational Development for the US Navy’s Human Performance Center. Prior to these positions, Mr. Sanders was manager of instructional design for the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD). While at ATD, he led the research and writing of two major competency studies, and redesigned several of ATD’s courses. Before joining ATD, he has a senior instructional designer of management development courses in the banking industry and a training manager in the transportation industry. He is the co-author of Handbook for Workplace Learning, Models for Learning Technologies, Models for Workplace Learning and Performance, Performance Intervention Maps: 36 Strategies for Solving Your Organization’s Problems, HPI Essential, ASTD Distance Learning Yearbook, and the ATD course “Human Performance Improvement in the Workplace.” Mr. Sanders teaches several of ASTD’s courses offered through public and corporate seminars, and is an Associate Professor for the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in applied behavior science from Johns Hopkins University.  
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Facilitator | ATD Education
Alexandria, VA, USA
Nelson R. Santiago is a talent and leadership development leader with more than 20 years of experience working with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering training solutions designed to enhance organizations’ business and strategic plans. Nelson is passionate about creating an interactive and authentic learning environment that supports development and employee engagement. Currently, Nelson is an internal ATD Faciliator. Prior to this role, Nelson served at several government agencies, including North Carolina Municipalities, the U.S. Coast Guard, the State of North Carolina Human Resources, and the Abu Dhabi government. Nelson has worked with multiple organizations in over 35 countries; designing and delivering programs in leadership and management development, team building, compliance, communications, customer service, change management, performance management, and many other topics. His work has always been focused on meeting the strategic needs of the organization. Nelson’s outstanding strengths include leadership, communication, facilitation, coaching, and emotional intelligence. Nelson currently holds certifications as ATD Master Trainer, DDI Certified Facilitator, and Gallup’s Certified Strengths Coach.
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CEO | Cine Learning Productions
Mesa, AZ, USA
Diane Senffner, a recognized leader in the field of e-learning, is CEO and president of Cine Learning Productions. She has her master's degree in adult learning/distance education and more than 15 years of experience creating award-winning courses in both the public and private sectors all over the globe. Diane and her team excel at creating programs that are both engaging and instructionally sound. Diane has spoken professionally for years and has presented to ATD audiences, NASMD Conferences, Maricopa Community Colleges, Hilton Hotels, Destination Hotels & Resorts, and in dozens of webinars as a subject matter expert on e-learning.
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President | IconLogic, Inc.
Riva, MD, USA
Kevin A. Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic. He has written more than 100 step-by-step computer training books, including Essentials of Adobe Captivate 5, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 4, Essentials of Adobe Captivate 3, Essentials of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Essentials of QuarkXPress 7, Accelerated QuarkXPress 6, Essentials of Adobe InDesign CS3, Essentials of Adobe PageMaker 7, and Essentials of Adobe RoboHelp 8. Kevin spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an award-winning photojournalist and has more than 23 years experience as a print publisher and technical writer. He is a certified technical trainer, has been a classroom instructor for more than 18 years, and is a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions. Kevin holds multiple certifications from companies such as Adobe and the CompTIA.
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Productivity Dynamics, Inc.
Brookline, MA, USA
Reza Sisakhti is managing director of Productivity Dynamics, a research and consulting firm dedicated to helping clients achieve significant business results through people. For more than two decades, he has been creating sales competency models and measuring the business impact of sales training programs for major corporations.
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Speaker, Author, Award-Winning Freelance eLearning Designer |
Queen Creek, AZ, USA

Tim Slade is an authoring tools trainer for Artisan E-Learning. Tim has many years of experience working with business leaders and stakeholders at all levels, in both the private and public sectors. Starting his e-learning career at Kohl’s Department Stores, Tim worked in several business areas where he used e-learning, video, and print media to enhance training and communications content for audiences of more than 140,000. Today, he works to help others elevate their e-learning and communications content to the next level.

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CEO | Emergent Performance Solutions
Reston, VA, USA
As an organizational development, leadership, human capital and project management expert with 20 years of experience in high end consulting, Jennifer loves to work with organizations that want more, are willing to take risks and even step on the ledge a bit in order to push change and innovation that align strategy with  performance to produce positive business results.  As CEO of Emergent Performance Solutions, she brings her entrepreneurial spirit balanced with years of practical experience; in order to provide opportunities that are fun, exciting and highly productive.  She coaches, teaches and consults with government and industry leaders to create high performance environments that directly impact the mission of the change culture and the bottom line.  She shares in the thought leadership community through speaking at conferences, publishing works and engaging the community.  She has a notable reputation for innovation, creativity and reliability as well as her dynamic ability to fully engage her audiences through competence and humor.
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Performance Improvement Consultant | Vital Signs Training
The Villages, FL, USA
Donna Steffey is an international trainer, author, adjunct faculty at both Lake Forest Graduate School and DeVry University, and sought after speaker who helps organizations achieve their desired business results. Donna incorporates her 20 years of management experience to educate, inspire, and coach. It takes the right blend of information, introspection and humor to cause people to look at themselves and change. Global organizations such as Marriott International, Barclaycard-UK, XIBI-China, Tumine Center-Africa, and the Royal Australian Air Force, have found that after Donna's workshops people were more self directed, customer service driven and mindful of their team participation. Donna combines learning with fun and applies her master's degree and life experiences to professional and real world situations. Your participants will be motivated to hit their performance improvement targets and your training will be a success!
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Learning Design & Technology | Mindset Digital
Worthington, OH, USA
Mike Taylor directs learning technology and online learning at Mindset Digital in Columbus, Ohio. He has over 20 years of experience successfully developing and deploying a wide variety of learning strategies and technologies. Mike holds an MBA degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Learning Design and Technology from San Diego State University.

Like you, Mike has seen the best approaches for learning presented numerous ways over the years. Is it eLearning, microlearning, informal learning, or any of a host of other buzzwords? Video? Mobile? Is it all about social learning? Is it best when centralized or distributed? Or, is there a different story?

With over two decades of designing learning, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches experience, his view is radically different. Mike appreciates and shares with listeners, that there are a set of scientifically proven principles for how people learn. Learning is not about the latest fad or a trendy new tool. Most importantly, learning is for everyone, every day. It's how we should live our life.

Known for his practical, street-savvy style; Mike’s fusion of real-life stories and conversational techniques connect with his audience inviting them to lean in for a memorable experience. He is a regular and highly rated speaker at industry events and curates the best of the learning, design and technology community on his website
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Owner | NuggetHead Studioz
Hernando, MS, USA
Kevin is a self-taught, award-winning e-learning designer and developer with a passion for the art of visual communications. After retiring from the Army, Kevin embarked on a 15-year career in the corporate workforce. He earned a B.S. in Information Technology Management from Christian Brothers University. Kevin’s current role is owner and Chief NuggetHead of NuggetHead Studioz, a design, development, and consulting business including e-learning design and development, illustration and graphic design, and training and consulting. Kevin approaches every project with the creative awareness and knowledge to take a project from conception to completion, and he can be found around learning communities on Twitter as @LearnNuggets, or at where he writes opinions, reviews, and tutorials.
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Chief Learning Rebel | Learning Rebels, LLC
Antioch, IL, USA
As chief learning rebel at Learning Rebels Performance Consultancy, Shannon Tipton works with learning practitioners and organizations to lift learning innovation, knowing that today, social learning, content curation, and team collaboration are the keys to organizational success. Recognized for bringing real-world expertise to the learning field, Shannon uses current technologies and social learning tools to strengthen workplace alignment, enhance collaboration, and increase learning connectivity. As author of  Disruptive Learning, Shannon speaks frequently in North America and internationally, spreading the learning rebels’ message. Shannon also ranks as one of the top 100 L&D Influencers on Twitter (@stipton); her blog, “Learning Rebels,” is one of the Top 100 Learning Blogs and can be found at
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Instructional Strategist | Torgerson Consulting
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Carla Torgerson has more than 15 years of experience as an instructional designer and instructional strategist. Always interested in the latest learning trends, she has authored numerous blogs and articles on a variety of topics, including eLearning, mobile learning, and microlearning. She also developed MILE, the MIcroLEarning Design Model© and is the author of the book The Microlearning Guide to Microlearning.

Carla has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients including McDonald’s, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, Express, Kellogg’s, University of Phoenix, Fidelity, Cargill, Medtronic, Merck, and Best Western. She has designed solutions ranging from $15,000 to more than $2 million.

Carla is currently Director of Instructional Design at Bull City Learning, a specialized eLearning agency that provides digital learning solutions for companies in a wide range of industries, as well as non-profit organizations. Bull City Learning offers a full suite of solutions including learning needs assessments, curriculum design, content development, and training deployment support.

Carla has a Master of Education (MEd) focused on technology-based education. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which helps her to see training through a business lens. She loves to travel and explore the country with her awesome husband, Tom, and their very curious six-year-old son, John.

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President | TorranceLearning
Chelsea, MI, USA
Megan Torrance is the chief energy officer of TorranceLearning, an e-learning design and development firm outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has spent over two decades knee-deep in projects involving change management, instructional design, consulting and systems deployment. Megan thrives on design excellence and elegant project management. And coffee. She and the TorranceLearning team have developed the LLAMA project management approach, blending Agile with excellent instructional design techniques. TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and BrandonHall awards, and the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn.

Publications include “A Quick Guide to LLAMA: Agile Project Management for Learning,” and “Agile and LLAMA for ISD Project Management,” a TD at Work. Megan has written for TD Magazine several times including the article, “What is xAPI” in the February 2016 issue. 

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Principal & Founder | Corporation for Positive Change - Asia, c/o Elite People Consultancy Limited
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, HKG
Dorothy Tsui is a Principal with Corporation for Positive Change, and the Founder of both the Greater China and Hong Kong Center for Positive Change. She is a dedicated talent and organization development practitioner with broad portfolio including clients from businesses across industries, institutions and non-profits in Greater China, South East Asia and the USA. She designs and facilitates co-creative processes that are firmly grounded in the strength-based principles of Appreciative Inquiry for positive and lasting change. She offers consulting services to organizations to accelerate their talent development and organizational learning through optimizing collective strengths and best practices. She also trains and develops Appreciative Inquiry practitioners and consultants through intensive programs and one-on-one mentoring. She is ATD’s first Certified Learning and Performance Professional® (CPLP®) in Hong Kong and has been supporting CPLP® candidates in Asia to go through the certification process.
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The Leadership Excelerator® | Eddie Turner, LLC
Houston, TX, USA
Eddie Turner is a C-suite adviser and a change agent who has worked for several of the world's most admired companies. He is an international speaker who is certified as an executive coach and facilitator. Eddie is a global workshop and program facilitator for ATD and for Harvard Business School Publishing. He has studied at Harvard and Northwestern Universities. Eddie works with leaders to accelerate performance and drive business impact.
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Virtual Effectiveness Driver | Virtual Effectiveness Consulting
Cranbrook, BC, CAN
Lynette Van Steinburg lives on a cattle ranch in Southeastern British Columbia, Canada. For the past few years her focus has been on virtual leadership, learning, collaboration and teamwork where she helps leaders and teams be more effective in the virtual workplace. As a Technical Producer, Lynette manages platforms like Webex, Adobe Connect, Collaborate Ultra, and Zoom during online sessions so that the participants can focus on the topic rather than the tool. In her personal life she likes to read, write, do yoga, take pictures, and work with animals.
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Karen Vieth is a synchronous facilitator and producer for InSync Training. Karen has been a leader in providing online learning solutions for the past ten years working with professional development teams across the nation. Karen's passion is coaching and mentoring others to lead engaging synchronous training sessions. Karen holds a master's degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in curriculum and design and a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
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