Dana has over 30 years of experience in learning and talent development. He leads a team that conducts research on the neurological, technological and social aspects of learning and then uses the research to drive learning and talent innovation. The team leverages human-centered design, benchmarking research, measurement, and experimentation to drive this innovation for Accenture’s 470,000 professionals. The team is currently experimenting with immersive technologies (such as VR and AR), immersive gaming strategies, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for chatbots in learning as well as for learning recommendations. In recent years he has been an integral part of the company’s work in durable learning, building better learners, learning strategy and architecture. His current research focuses on Learning in the Future. Dana holds several patents for his work in learning and learning technology. He has designed courses on everything from finance to chemistry and from innovation to contract risk.
Dana has a BA from Brigham Young University in organizational communications and an MA from Northwestern University’s Institute for the Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and webinars, and has written articles for T&D, Chief Learning Officer magazine, and other publications. Most recently Dana was a contributing author to the ATD Talent Foundations Books recently released. Dana served as the chair of the ATD Forum Advisory Group in 2013 and 2014 and served on both the ATD Public Policy Council and on the editorial board of CTDO (Chief Talent Development Officer) magazine. As one of Accenture’s key thought leaders in learning, he is skilled in human-centered design, innovation, learning strategy, learning technology, learning experience design, and learning architecture.