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Speakers | TLDC19 - The Training, Learning, and Development Conference 2019
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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 (Crother) Laurin, PhD is the CTO for AMP Business Systems and has 25+ years of experience in employee and organizational development, specializing in employee engagement and performance/operational excellence. She is a Certified LEGO (R) Serious Play Facilitator, professional speaker, leads workshops and organizational learning initiatives, and advises on other performance improvement solutions to advance organizational effectiveness.

Cyndi is also the Program Director for the Management & Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship Degree Programs as well as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Benedictine University Mesa. She currently teaches classes in Management, Group Dynamics/Teambuilding, HR Management, Training & Development, Performance & Compensation Management, and Business Communication.

Cyndi is also the author of bestselling CATCH! A FISHMONGER’S GUIDE TO GREATNESS (2004) after spending one year working along side the World Famous Pike Place Fishmongers in Seattle and THE RUDOLPH FACTOR: FINDING THE BRIGHT LIGHTS THAT DRIVE INNOVATION IN YOUR BUSINESS (2009), detailing the phenomenal cultural transformation of The Boeing Company’s C-17 Program in Long Beach, California.

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 Air Lines

Brandon Carson is an award winning, innovative, and highly focused learning strategist, keynote speaker, and 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 is currently the Director of Learning at Delta Air Lines. He holds an M.Ed. in Learning Technology and Design and a B.A. in Business Communications as well as advanced ISPI certification in Analysis. He resides in Atlanta, GA.

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

Author and Director, Global Learning & Instructional Design, GoDaddy

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, and award-winning eLearning designer. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, Tim has been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for his creative and innovative design aesthetics. Tim is a regular speaker at international eLearning conferences, is a recognized Articulate Super Hero, co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series, and author of: The eLearning Designer’s Handbook – A Practical Guide to the eLearning Development Process for New eLearning Designers.

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.

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.

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.

Shannon Tipton

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.

Kassy LaBorie

Principal Consultant, Kassy LaBorie Consulting

Kassy LaBorie is the principal consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC. She is a speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in virtual learning, teams, and live online technology. Kassy is passionate about helping organizations, learning teams, and training professionals successfully move to the virtual environment.

Kassy is the co-author of Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars. A frequent speaker at industry conferences since 2006, she has presented at Training Magazine events including their yearly conference and Online Learning Conferences, Chief Learning Officer symposiums, The Virtual Learning Show, ATD’s TechKnowledge and International Conference & Exposition, as well as many local ATD Chapter events.

Matt Pierce

Learning & Video Ambassador, Techsmith Corporation

Matthew Pierce works for TechSmith Corp., a software company that provides practical business and academic solutions that change how people communicate with images and video. For seven years, he directly managed the training and user assistance teams for TechSmith, and has experience leading the social media, video, public relations, and technical support teams. Matt has also run TechSmith’s visual communication web show, The Forge, interviewing guests from around the world about the use of visuals, video, and technology in education, training, marketing, and more. He currently manages training, document, and support efforts at TechSmith.

Margie Meacham, “the Brain Lady”

Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo

Author and Learning Consultant Margie Meacham is an expert in applying the latest discoveries from the converging fields of learning science and artificial intelligence to enhance learning and performance. The author of “Brain Matters: How to help anyone learn anything using neuroscience” believes that if you understand how the brain works you will become a better teacher, trainer, leader, spouse or parent and have more fun doing it. Margie is the Chief Freedom Officer of Learningtogo and hosts a Top Ten podcast on the science of learning. She is a recipient of the 100 Most Innovative in Learning award, the Brandon Hall award and a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, including TLDC. You can learn more about Margie on her website at www.learningtogo.info, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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, led, and optimized sales organizations leveraging both direct and indirect teams. Husband, father, and jeep enthusiast. Arizona State University B.A. Psychology class of ‘97.

Tom Stone

Senior Research Analyst, i4cp

Tom Stone joined i4cp as a Senior Research Analyst in the fall of 2017. In this role he conducts and presents on primary research, both quantitative and qualitative. Tom came to i4cp with nearly 20 years of experience in the L&D and broader Human Capital industry, including research and product leadership roles at Dale Carnegie Training, Taleo, and Element K.
Tom is a popular speaker and has spoken at over 150 regional, national, and international conferences on a wide range of topics. He is also co-author of the book Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars (ATD Press, 2015).
In addition to his research and writing in the Human Capital industry, Tom is also an avid baseball fan, is a blogger at the popular baseball site seamheads.com, and in November published his first baseball book, Now Taking the Field: Baseball’s All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises (ACTA Sports, 2018).

Toddi Norum

LMS Manager, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Toddi is a passionate but “accidental” learning developer who is currently managing the corporate LMS for Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace company. In the past, she was the lead trainer for the U.S. Army SUGV robotics training program.

Toddi says that she has lived a “charmed life” and has pursued many passions: writing, jazz music, photography, and pet rescue. She is currently working on her Master’s degree at the University of Colorado-Denver, in Information and Learning Technologies. She calls herself a “learning geek.”

She is also a professional photographer and has produced award-winning documentary film projects. She is an avid podcast listener, interviewer, and producer.

She runs and rides her mountain bike in her home state of Colorado.

Valerie Sunyak

Learning Consultant and Coach, Enfold Learning Solutions

Valerie has over 19 years experience in corporate L&D in a variety of large organizations. Currently she is the Principal Swiss Army Knife of her own consulting business, Enfold Learning Solutions, where she continues her mission to push the envelope and challenge the myths and function of L&D in the corporate world.  She currently resides in Seattle, WA where she drinks a lot of black coffee and never uses an umbrella.

Michelle Fanfarillo

Leadership Consultant, Peoplefirm

Michelle’s passion is working with leaders and leadership teams to build the unity, trust, and capability to take their organizations to optimal levels of output and performance. She has over 18 years of experience partnering with leaders to define their organizations’ strategy and build the structure to support it. A former teacher, she has an extensive background in learning and development with a specialty in leadership and executive development. She also has a deep background in assessments and diagnostics and takes a pragmatic approach to solutions for leading change in a positive way. She is a strong project manager, and has led complex projects in multi-national organizations that span the globe. She has also led organizational and change initiatives in all types of businesses including software, engineering, supply chain, human resources, IT, legal, manufacturing and for non-profits such as United Way.

Bill Harrison

Leadership Consultant, Peoplefirm

Bill’s first love is working with leaders and teams to move them to higher states of productivity and engagement. A former lawyer with experience as a mediator for the Chicago Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has dedicated his life to finding ways to help people put their energy into collaborating towards mutually beneficial outcomes. His skills as an attorney and mediator combed with extensive consulting experience has enabled him to intervene and communicate effectively with a wide range of clients. A certified leadership coach with proven effectiveness working with difficult team dynamics, he’s spent over 20 years working unlocking people’s potential in companies such as Baxter Healthcare, Abbott Labs, Jostens, and Penguin Books. He is a sought-after team development facilitator, particularly for teams who are undergoing difficult changes and restructuring efforts.

Hugh Seaton

CEO, Aquinas Learning, Inc.

Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Learning, Inc., a provider of cutting edge learning systems. A frequent speaker on learning in VR, AR and using artificial intelligence services like voice and adaptive learning recommendation, Hugh is also founder of the NYVR expo, Practical AI community and board member of the ATD SCC. Prior to Aquinas, Hugh worked with and for Sony, Pepsi, Google, Philips and AOL.

Mark Sheppard

Senior Consultant, Leadership & Learning, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare Sinai Health System

Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Learning, Inc., a provider of cutting edge learning systems. A frequent speaker on learning in VR, AR and using artificial intelligence services like voice and adaptive learning recommendation, Hugh is also founder of the NYVR expo, Practical AI community and board member of the ATD SCC. Prior to Aquinas, Hugh worked with and for Sony, Pepsi, Google, Philips and AOL.

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