Eric is a highly experienced and accomplished learning and development professional who specializes in management and employee development. He has over 30 years of experience helping improve the performance of managers and employees. His specific focus is on new managers and helping them transition successfully to their new role and make their teams as effective as possible while also maintaining high engagement. He’s known for his high-energy, engaging facilitation style.
Eric has designed, developed and delivered leadership, management, and employee training for Nutanix, Apple, Applied Materials, Symantec, and Veritas. He founded Girard Training Solutions in 2007 and has designed and delivered training for dozens of clients globally in high tech, academia, advertising, healthcare, and education. He has successfully delivered training and improved performance in London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangalore, and Cork, Ireland, as well as all over the United States.
His volunteer roles include being an advocate and community builder for the Puget Sound chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the newsletter editor for the Pacific Northwest Organization Development Network (PNODN). He has been a member of ATD since 1992.
Eric is a certified Articulate Storyline Developer, Thomas PPA Analyst, Crucial Conversations Facilitator, Crucial Accountability Facilitator, Influencer Facilitator, and Extraordinary Leader Facilitator. He holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication Training from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication (Emphasis in Training and Development) from California State University, Sacramento.
A passionate, lifelong learner, he is an Open Water Scuba Instructor and is pursuing the Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating. When he’s not designing or delivering training, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and twin 12-year-old daughters.