Speakers

Hosts, Keynote speakers, discussion leaders, facilitators, performers.

Trish Uhl

Senior Project Manager, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Owl’s Ledge LLC

Trish Uhl is the principal consultant at Owl’s Ledge, the founder of the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum and the creator of the Learning Systems Engineering framework.

Trish develops and leads high-performing learning, talent & development teams to promote positive people impact and contribute to measurable business results by leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and analytical capability that optimize and capitalize on the workplace learning and performance function.

She is a featured speaker at local and global learning & talent development events; a frequent guest on industry podcasts and Webinars; and often quoted in the mainstream press. Trish has publications and media mentions in UNLEASH, HRZone, TechTarget, Crain’s Chicago and Training magazine – just to name a few.

Kevin Thorn

Owner, NuggetHead Studioz, LLC

Kevin is an award-winning elearning designer & developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC., a boutique custom design and development studio specializing in online learning experiences.
After retiring from the US Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and Training & Development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012 working with clients in various industries solving problems in a wide-range of creative projects.
Based in the North Mississippi Delta, Kevin, the Chief NuggetHead harnesses a bench a creative practitioners in instructional design, elearning development, illustration and graphic design, animation, and serious comics. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer on elearning development, design workflows, and is also a certified facilitator in LEGO® Serious Play® methodologies.

Cyndi Laurin, PhD

Chief Training Officer at AMP Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Benedictine University at Mesa

Cyndi Laurin, PhD is the author of bestselling Catch! (Berrett-Koehler, 2005) and The Rudolph Factor (John Wiley, 2009). She is also a highly sought after international keynote speaker and the Vice President of Operations for CDMG, LLC.

Cyndi’s previous experience includes 10 years as an Assistant Professor in the College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, specializing in process and performance excellence. Upon leaving the academic world, she spent the following 7 years presenting tools and thinking around quality initiatives such as lean, six sigma, and the Baldrige Performance Excellence framework, as well as tenets around leadership, employee engagement, organizational political structures, and reward structures, also known as “The Four Pillars of Organizational Greatness.”

She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Leadership and Organizations and currently resides in Arizona. Please visit www.guidetogreatness.com for more information.

Kati Ryan

Founder & CEO, A Positive Adventure

Kati has built world class, award-winning training programs for companies like Instacart, Gannett, LivingSocial, and others. Founding A Positive Adventure, an L&D consultancy business based in the Bay Area, Kati is a highly respected leader in the industry.

She is a professionally trained and engaging public speaker and subject matter expert. She has spoken at industry conferences including Training Industry Conference & Expo, ATD International Convention, contributed content to publications such as ATD Blog, #GirlBoss.com, and been quoted in Fast Company on effective team building practices.

Kati’s passion is making learning stick, enjoyable and helping employees and companies reach their full potential through learning.

Brandon Carson

Director of Learning, Delta Airlines

Brandon Carson is the Head of Learning at Delta Air Lines, where he leads a team dedicated to designing and delivering next-gen learning solutions for Delta employees. An award-winning learning and development executive with extensive expertise in developing learning strategies and learning technology implementation for Oracle, Apple, Intel, and other global companies, Brandon is also a best-selling author. His latest book, Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate and Get Work Done, explores how the digital transformation is affecting workplace performance. Brandon holds a BA in business communication and an MEd in eLearning technology and design.

Shannon Tipton

CLO, Learning Rebels, LLC

As owner of Learning Rebels, Shannon Tipton knows what it takes for businesses to get real results from their training departments. Having spent over 20 years developing successful learning strategies and infrastructures, Shannon has helped businesses to realize their full potential. Shannon utilizes her extensive real-world expertise and integrates 21st century learning technologies and microlearning tools that drive workplace alignment, enhance collaboration and increase learning connectivity. Shannon’s book, “Disruptive Learning,” is known in the business industry as an innovative workplace learning strategy resource. As a result, Shannon has been named as one of eLearning’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers. Her blog, “Learning Rebels” is also in the top 100 eLearning blogs and can be found at learningrebels.com.

Myra Roldan

Senior Instructional Designer, Amazon

Just leaked! Wired Magazine says: “This bio is probably outdated, much like her wardrobe. Really, nothing to see here guys.” My legal name is, Almira, but I know you’re struggling to pronounce that so just call me, Myra. Yes, I’m a Gen-Xer and some people are under the impression that I know stuff, so I’ll just roll with that. I am a Maker of Stuff, Writer of Things, Explainer of Doohickies. I’ve been in the game for 20+ years, but who’s really counting? You can connect with me on LinkedIn and read my full bio there.

Cara North

Instructional Development Specialist, The Ohio State University

Cara North is an Instructional Development Specialist at The Ohio State University’s Center on Education and Training for Employment. She is also a graduate student in the learning technologies program at OSU. Cara enjoys social media and has quickly built an extensive personal learning network. She has honed her social media skills by serving as the Community Manager at the Training Learning and Development Community. North also volunteers for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association for Talent and Development (ATD) and is on the leadership team for the Ohio Instructional Designers Association. She is also the founder and CEO of The Learning Camel, an organization that focuses on digital branding and social media management.

Joe Ganci

President, eLearningJoe, LLC

Joseph Ganci is President of eLearningJoe, LLC, a custom learning company located outside Washington. D.C. Since 1983 he has been involved in every aspect of multimedia and learning development. Joe holds a degree in Computer Science, and writes books and articles about eLearning. He is widely considered a guru for his expertise in eLearning development and technology, and he consults with clients worldwide. Joe is also a frequent teacher and presenter at industry conferences and at client sites, especially on the subject of eLearning development tools. His tool reviews appear each month in Learning Solutions Magazine and he is the recipient of several awards and many letters of recommendation for his work in eLearning, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and the second ever eLearning GuildMaster Award in 2013.

Tim Slade

Creative Director & e-Learning Authoring Tools Trainer, Artisan e-Learning & e-Learning Uncovered

Tim Slade is the Senior eLearning Manager for GoDaddy Learning, as well as a speaker, author, and award-winning eLearning designer. He has spent nearly a decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, and he has been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for his creative and innovative design aesthetics. Tim is a recognized Articulate Super Hero, co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series, a regular speaker at various national eLearning conferences, and author of The E-Learning Designer’s Blog.

Tricia Ransom

Senior Learning Specialist, Guardian Analytics

Tricia Ransom is a senior learning specialist at Guardian Analytics, where she designs, develops, and delivers customer training. With 20 years of experience as an L&D consultant, eLearning developer, instructional designer, and facilitator, Tricia focuses on creating short, relevant, and social learning solutions. She holds a master’s degree in Training and Development from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Mike Simmons

Co-Founder, Catalyst Sale

More than 20 years of operations, consulting, sales and sales leadership experience, 15 in the EdTech space. Life long learner, creative, analytical, and driven to achieve results. Mike has built, lead, and optimized sales organizations leveraging both direct and indirect teams. Husband, father, Jets fan & podcaster. Arizona State University B.A. Psychology class of ’97.

Debbie Richards

President, Creative Interactive Ideas

Debbie Richards, president of Creative Interactive Ideas, supports talent development clients with technology challenges. She updates her job knowledge by researching new technologies and software products; participating in educational opportunities (such as speaking at learning conferences); and participating in professional organizations. Debbie was named one of the most influential people in corporate e-learning for 2018. Passionate about working with and mentoring other learning professionals, Debbie is a past president of the ATD Houston chapter, and a past National Advisor for Chapters. She is the ATD Technology Conference Advisory Council chairperson for 2019.

Jo Cook

Virtual Classroom & Webinar Expert, Lightbulb Moment

In her role as Deputy Editor of TrainingJournal (TJ) magazine and website, Jo Cook focuses her time on ground-breaking discussion webinars and speaking at events. TJ is the only independent, monthly print magazine in the UK for learning and development professionals and has 50 years’ experience with the best L&D thought leaders.

Jo works for TJ part time and the rest of the time is Director of her company Lightbulb Moment, which specializes in developing, facilitating and training others to deliver great live online training sessions, virtual classrooms, webinars and blended, digital programs.

Jo has a background in teaching, technology and journalism. She facilitates, speaks, writes, blogs and tweets on L&D topics. Jo’s background includes further and higher education, the charity sector, small and large organizations, including CNN News and other Fortune 500 firms.

Sam Rogers

President, Snap Synapse LLC

Sam Rogers bridges the gaps between technology, design, subject matter expertise, and audience engagement. After nearly twenty years working as an Senior Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, Video eLearning Producer, LMS Integrations Specialist, ILT Facilitator, and Learning Ecosystems Architect, Sam brings an integrated perspective to all things Learning & Development. He’s also a writer, producer, and performer for stage and screen, and has toured the world as a professional musician. Sam started cohosting #VideoFriday with Brent three years ago and has been a proud supporter of TLDC since the very beginning.

John Kissinger

Learning & Engagement Strategist, Xperience / Owner, SmartMouth Media

Learning strategist by day, voice actor by night, and aspiring game designer on the weekends — John Kissinger is all about engagement. A self-described “Professional. Smart. Mouth.,” for over 20 years John has engaged, entertained, and educated learners from all over the world. At last count, he’d personally taught or trained over 50,000 learners from more than 70 countries. John is an in-demand eLearning narrator, former franchise training manager and director of leadership development for Domino’s Pizza, was briefly an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, and is an American Business Award-winning instructional designer and facilitator supporting global brands with their eLearning, training, customer experience, and culture change efforts.

Frank Nguyen

Director, Learning & Talent Development, Amazon

Dr. Frank Nguyen is a learning executive who specializes in transforming learning organizations through strategy and technology. He has led enterprise learning for Fortune companies including AIG, Amazon, American Express, Intel and MicroAge and Sears. Frank has published extensively on the intersection of eLearning, instructional design and performance support. He is a recipient of the eLearning Guild Master and the ISPI Distinguished Dissertation awards. His work on compliance training, learning strategy, business transformation and technology have been recognized by Brandon Hall and Chief Learning Officer. Frank has served on a variety of learning industry committees for Adobe, ATD, BJET, Brandon Hall, eLearning Guild and ISPI.

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