David Conner

Dave Conner is the Senior Director, Talent Development for Alumni Engagement and Development at Duke University.  In his role, Dave is responsible for developing, championing, and executing training and professional development strategies, processes and activities on behalf of Duke’s Alumni and Development Community.  A native of Pittsburgh, Dave completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and received an Ed.D. in Adult Continuing Education with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies from Northern Illinois University.  He holds current certifications in both human resources (SPHR) and coaching (ICF-ACC).  Dave’s career has included work in higher education (extension & continuing ed.), international relief & development, fundraising consulting, and local church ministry & administration.  Dave lived and worked in Thailand for 10 years and is fluent in Central Thai.  He has also travelled for business or education to more than 25 other countries.  Dave and his wife, Mary, have four children – all in various stages of young adulthood.  They currently reside in Austin, Texas.

Expertise:  competency-based self-directed learning, design & facilitation of non-formal education, coaching, human resource management and development, organizational development, non-profit management & fundraising, intercultural communications, cross-cultural research (especially, qualitative research), and all things Thai!