Akira Furumoto

Management Consultant, Business Consultants, Inc.

Session: Increasing Self Esteem to Improve Performance

Akira Furumoto is a management consultant and a master trainer of innovative thinking systems. He is a certified trainer in The Human Element, VIA, Innovative Thinking System, and is a LIFOR program trainer for business consultants. Akira has presented at ATD’s International Conference & Exposition for five consecutive years. After serving as a director of the global LIFO operation division in the United States, he returned to Japan in 2008 and started his new role as a consultant for the global talent management division. He specializes in leadership and innovation, and has created a positive psychology–based leadership program. Akira received an MA in industrial organizational psychology from California State University, Long Beach.


Aly McNicoll

Training Director, New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre
New Zealand

Session: The Power of Peer Coaching: Collective Intelligence in Action

Aly McNicoll is the training director of the New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre and works globally with organizations that want to be more strategic in how they use coaching and mentoring to enhance leadership and learning. She works mostly with leaders who need to get the best out of the people they lead and has refined techniques for introducing coaching as a skill set and promoting learning as a way of being in teams and organizations. She is recognized for her expertise in peer learning techniques and has a commitment to enhancing people’s ability to learn from their experience.


Chia-Wei Wu

Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Session: When EdTech Meets an Ivy League School: Penn Dental Medicine Online Learning Initiative

Chia-Wei Wu is the director of learning sciences and technologies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (PDM). With his expertise in e-learning systems design, workforce curriculum development, student assessment, and business analysis, he leads the learning technology team at PDM to fulfill its commitment to provide students and faculty with leading-edge tools in support of training tomorrow’s practitioners. He also develops an academic technology ecosystem that supports all aspects of dental education, clinical practice, and research. His understanding of how technology in the classroom promotes the teaching and learning experience in higher education and shapes the future of innovation in learning technologies.


Christie Ward

Consultant, The Impact Institute
United States

Session: Present for Impact: Make Sure Your Message Is Heard and Remembered!

In the 1990s, Christie Ward coached and managed more than 200 of the best professional trainers around the world for CareerTrack. As principal of the Impact Institute, she has delivered programs globally. She coached the world champion of public speaking in 2000. Some of Christie’s U.S. public sector clients are the U.S. Air Force, Department of the Interior, and U.S. National Business Center. Her corporate clients include DISH Network, IHS, TriZetto, Johnson & Johnson, SUN, TW Telecom, and AT&T. Among her nonprofit clients are Goodwill, the Boettcher Foundation, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Christie is a former national board member for ATD, serving from 2011 to 2012. She is a past president of the National Speakers Association of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ATD. Christie has been a conference presenter at the ATD International Conference & Exposition as recently as 2014.


David Tessmann-Keys

Executive Vice President, Development Dimensions International (DDI) USA

Session: What 15,000 Assessments Spanning 300 Organizations Say About Leader Readiness

David Tessmann-Keys has an extensive background in organization development consulting spanning Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. David leads all of DDI’s operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. This includes responsibility for sales, marketing, business development, consulting, operations, and financial performance. David has managed large-scale projects focusing on such areas as full organizational re-engineering, succession management, selection, and leadership and workforce development.


David Yesford

Vice President, Wilson Learning Worldwide
United States

Session: Advancing the Role of L&D: Becoming a Critical Channel in Executing Strategy

David Yesford is the senior VP of Wilson Learning Worldwide and has more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions globally. He brings valuable experience, strategic direction, and global perspective to his work with clients. Over the years, he has held strategic roles in our core content areas of Sales and Leadership, as well as e-learning and Strategic Consulting. He has also held managing director positions in both China and India. Mr. Yesford is the contributing author of several books, including Win-Win Selling, Versatile Selling, The Social Styles Handbook, and The Sales Training Book 2. He has also been published in numerous business publications throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mr. Yesford frequently speaks at international conferences and summits, focusing on issues such as sales and sales strategy, leadership, employee and customer engagement, brand, and strategy implementation.


Deniz Senelt Kalelioglu

Consultant, ProAkademi Consulting

Session: Trainer Mind for 4 x 4 Training Mastery

Deniz Senelt Kalelioglu is an international trainer, executive coach, learning and development consultant, and founder of ProAkademi Consulting. She has designed and delivered training in more than 25 countries, reaching 100 nationalities. She has been a speaker eight times and a panelist twice at the ATD International Conference & Exposition. She also presented at ATD’s 2015 Asia Pacific Conference in Taiwan and regional ATD workshops in Istanbul and Denmark this year. Deniz has served as head trainer at European, Norwegian, Russian, Estonian, and Austrian international academies. She was internationally awarded Most Outstanding Trainer, and was appointed Training Commissioner for Europe by Junior Chamber International. She is also a Toastmasters International representative to Turkey, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. She is the first Turkish trainer certified as an ATD Master Trainer and also holds ATD Consulting Skills certification.


Dirk Bos

Lecturer/Trainer, University of Rotterdam

Session: Beyond Trainer Competencies: A Holistic Approach

Dirk Bos is a senior lecturer and trainer at theRotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. After working as the head of the personnel department of the education council of Rotterdam for 10 years, Dirk moved into the training and education field. For 25 years he has been teaching, training, and developing programs for the BA course in HRM. He received the University Award for his innovative education program, and his specialty is the train-the-trainer course in the minor human talent development. He is particularly interested in the didactic performance of a trainer. Dirk has a BA in HRM.


Eddie Turner

Management Consultant, Eddie Turner LLC
United States

Session: Designing and Delivering Effective Virtual Classes and Virtual Meetings

Eddie Turner is a change agent who works with leaders to accelerate performance and drive business impact. An International Certified Executive Coach, he is also a professional speaker and a member of the National Speakers Association. Eddie is an exceptional virtual and face-to-face facilitator; he’s a member of the International Association of Facilitators and certified as a Competent Facilitator by the International Institute for Facilitation. Eddie is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied leadership and organization behavior. He is also an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed the Art and Practice of Leadership Development executive education program.


Edward Reilly

World Trade Training and Communications Manager, Mentor Graphics Corporation
United States

Session: Partnering to Drive Business Results

Edward Reilly has been in the training field for more than 20 years, developing worldwide programs to support a variety of business objectives. He has held training roles at IBM and adidas, and is the world trade training and communications manager at Mentor Graphics Corporation in Portland, Oregon. Edward manages product and business skills training for the sales and consulting divisions and is responsible for internal communications and the worldwide sales conference.


Eric Yang

Senior Consultant, Vine Management Consulting Company

Session: Turn Inward to Examine Ourselves: Overcome the Real Challenge of Team Building

Eric Yang is a senior consultant at Vine Management Consulting Company and a senior instructor of Surmount Central Cross-Island Highway. Eric has more than 10 years of experience in the field of experiential learning. He also frequently gives training lessons on team building and leadership development to companies and government institutions based in Taiwan and China. Using the concept of experiential learning, Eric leads students to achieve behavioral changes; his classes are humorous yet powerful. Moreover, Eric is good at asking systematic and constructive questions, thus leading participants to reflect on how to improve the cooperation of a team.


Evert Pruis

Director, ROI on Talent

Session: Neurological Insights for Spotting, Developing, and Retaining Talent

Evert Pruis worked as a change manager and learning consultant for Atos and Shell—Royal Dutch Oil upon receiving a master’s degree in educational design and development. At present he is a corporate talent development specialist, partner of Forzes, and founder of ROI on Talent. It is his passion to work on the company-added value of learning. He does this through innovative solutions that directly improve work performance. Since 2008 Evert has helped clients envision, build, and deliver frameworks for talent development and talent management. Evert has spoken at ATD events seven times and delivered his first TED Talk, “The Future of Talent,” at TEDxStrijp.


Fredrik Härén

Director, Interesting Organization Singapore Pte Ltd

Session: One World, One Company: How to Become a Truly Global Company

Fredrik Härén is an author and keynote speaker on business creativity, change, and global business. He has delivered 2,000 presentations in more than 60 countries on six continents. He was voted Speaker of the Year in Sweden and was selected as one of the "The Best Swedish Speakers Ever." He is one of 700 Certified Speaking Professionals and one of 30 GSPGlobal. Fredrik has written nine books, including The Idea Book and The Developing World. His latest book, One World. One Company, is about what it means to be a truly global company.


G. Riley Mills

Co-Founder and COO, Pinnacle Performance Company
United States

Session: Captivate, Engage, and Influence Using the Methods of Professional Performers

G. Riley Mills is the co-founder of Pinnacle Performance Company and co-author of The Pin Drop Principle. He has coached in more than 30 countries, helping some of the world’s top executives and business leaders improve their communication skills. Mills has delivered guest lectures and keynote speeches for Columbia University, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition, the London Chamber of Commerce, New York University, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, the Learning and Skills Conference (London), several regional chapters of ATD and the Society for Human Resource Management, Singapore Management University, and Manchester United.


Hsu Hung Huang

Chairman & CEO, Sunnet Technology Co., Ltd.

Session: Forum on Innovative Developments in the Application of E-Learning and Augmented Reality

Mr. Huang Hsu-Hung founded Sunnet Technology in 1996 and established the then most visited Chinese virtual community – CityFamily – in 1997, once more than three million registered users. Since 2000, he has taken many different roles: Initiator of Taiwan Digital Content and Technology Development Association, President and Honorary President of e-learning Industry Alliance, Advisory committee member of National program of e-learning, Advisory committee member of Digital content office of Executive Yuan, Honorary advisor of National Project Management Association, Facilitator of Network Science Park for e-learning Program, and Executive Director of Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps. In 2004, He was admitted to the Ph.D program in the Department of Sociology of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University and received his PhD in 2009. He was the first Taiwanese PhD student of the Department of Sociology. He has been serving as the Deputy Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center of Tsinghua University since 2008, hoping to contribute to the society.


Hui Ding

Co-founder, Shanghai Performance Improvement Management Consulting Co.

Session: Management Logics for Business Results

Hui Ding is the co-creator of the GPS-IE Performance Improvement System, and the co-founder and president of Shanghai Performance Improvement Management Consulting Co. He has more than 18 years’ experience in learning and development and management consulting, and is a founding member of the International Society for Performance Improvement China Chapter. He founded Reach One management consulting in 2004, which became the leading performance improvement consulting firm in China. He served many industries, such as communications, hospitality, agriculture, high tech, and manufacturing. Throughout his career, he’s also held various leadership positions, such as general secretary of China Management Training Alliance.


James Engel

Sr. Executive Director, APM Group

Session: 70-20-10: Enough Theory! Real Companies, Stories, Tips, and Frameworks

James Engel has the mantra Whatever It Takes for Southeast Asia’s largest organization and people development firm, The APM Group. He has 15 years of experience in HR and in line operations, combined with 20 years of consulting, coaching, and facilitation spanning multiple continents, cultures, and industries. He is a proponent of driving ROI through training and development. James has a long record of success designing innovative solutions that accelerate leadership and executive team capability development and the pace of change within organizations. Based in Bangkok, he is a frequent columnist for Thailand’s top daily newspaper, The Nation, and is also a regular guest speaker and lecturer at various institutes, universities, and international conferences.


Jamie Lin

Founding Partner and Chairman, AppWorks Ventures and Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association

Session: Organizational Effectiveness and Innovation: Creating a Culture of Innovation

Jamie Lin is the founder of AppWorks Accelerator, the largest of its kind in Asia with 270 startups and 580 founders in its alumni network. Prior to AppWorks, Jamie was an associate at HSS Ventures and an analyst at All Asia Partners. During his life as an entrepreneur, Jamie co-founded online PC retailer Hotcool.com, Chinese enterprise search solutions company Intumit, travel social network Sosauce.com, and game studio Muse Games. He received a BS in engineering from National Taiwan University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. His blog, MR JAMIE, provides inspiration to 3 million people worldwide every year.


Jim Smith Jr.

President and CEO, Jim Smith Jr. International
United States

Session: 5 Minutes: Tools and Tips for Leveraging Those Critical 300 Seconds!


Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith Jr. is the president and CEO of Jim Smith Jr. International. He is also an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and coach. His areas of expertise include personal power, presentation skills, leadership, and trainer development. Jim has presented to audiences of all sizes both nationally and internationally. His latest book (he’s written three and co-authored another), The No Excuse Guide to Success, was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. Jim is currently pursuing a PhD in transformational leadership.


Josh Davies

Speaker, The Center For Work Ethic Development
United States

Session: 7 Secrets to Become the Leader You Never Thought You Could Be

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as an executive, speaker, and trainer, he has delivered results around the globe. He has given keynotes and training workshops to a wide variety of organizations across North America, the Middle East, and Asia, including the Association for Talent Development and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Training magazine named him one of the Top 10 Trainers Under 40 in America, and the Denver Business Journal named him one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. Josh is a published author and is frequently cited in national publications including the New York Times. He has been appointed to serve a second term on the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and to lead the State Education and Training Steering Committee.


Kenji Kato

Chairman, e-Learning Consortium Japan

Session: Latest Trends in E-learning Technologies and Utilization Cases at the Enterprise In-House Training

Kenji Kato is an international business leader with 40 years’ experience in human resources development and training. He joined Fujitsu Limited in 1976, and transferred to Fujitsu Learning Media Limited in 1994. He became president and CEO of the company in 2011, stepping down in March 2016 to assume the position of executive adviser. Kenji is very active on boards outside the company; he serves as chairman of the e-Learning Consortium Japan, a member of the e-Learning Awards Forum Executive Committee, executive secretary of ICT CONNECT 21, and director of the ATD International Member Network Japan.


Kevin Hao

Senior Partner and Chief Facilitator, GENE100

Session: Facilitation Excellence: Talent Development Tools to Drive Engagement and Change

Kevin Hao is the senior partner and chief facilitator of Gene100. He’s highly experienced in improving managers’ and leaders’ daily working lives, transforming team behaviors, and increasing organizational efficiency. Kevin has trained more than 500 facilitators and written more than 10 professional relevant translation and reviewing books, including The Secrets of Facilitation, second edition, The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy, Advanced Facilitation Strategies: Tools & Techniques to Master Difficult Situations, Click: The Virtual Meetings Book, and Action Learning.


Koko Nakahara

President, Instructional Design, Inc.

Session: Training to Performance: Change Management Through HPI

Koko Nakahara is president of Instructional Design in Japan. Previously she developed training and performance management solutions for leading Japanese and foreign companies, including Citibank and Microsoft. She is committed to advancing the instructional design field to meet the needs of Japanese companies to develop and manage their human resources and human capital. Koko has a bachelor’s degree in education art history from IWATE University in Japan, and also studied educational planning systems and intercultural communication at Cornell University. She is a certified member of the Designing Instruction for Web-Based Training Certification Program from Darryl L. Sink & Associates. She also completed ATD’s ROI and HPI certification courses.


Krista Pederson

Director, Asia Pacific Business Development, Hogan Assessments
United States

Session: Global Benchmarking High Potentials

As director of Asia Pacific business development for Hogan’s global alliances division, Krista Pederson focuses on developing and supporting distributor relationships and growing Hogan business in the Asia Pacific region. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Krista’s experience makes her instrumental in facilitating communication between Hogan and its international partners, while also developing and expanding the capabilities of Hogan partners. Krista has worked on the adaptation and translation of various reports and assessments at Hogan, including the Hogan Judgment Report and the Chinese Insight Report series. Krista is a graduate of Baylor University. She studied sociology and Chinese, graduating magna cum laude with University Scholar major, as part of Baylor honor’s college. Additionally, she has a language certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Tsinghua University, where she studied abroad in Beijing.


Mahamoud Dante

Management Consultant, Business Consultants, Inc. 

Session: Increasing Self Esteem to Improve Performance

Mahamoud Dante is a consultant at Business Consultants and a MBA candidate at Globis Graduate University. At Business Consultants, he is a trainer and business developer, with Asia and Africa as his areas of expertise. His previous work experience includes management roles in the tourism industry and as a sales executive at a Japanese automobile export firm. Mahamoud acts as class leader in his MBA program and has extensive experience representing the Globis MBA institution as a speaker. He is also an active member of the Toastmasters Club in Tokyo.


Ming Chou

General Manager, Vine Management Consulting Company

Session: Turn Inward to Examine Ourselves: Overcome the Real Challenge of Team Building

Ming Chou is general manager of Vine Management Consulting Company. Previously he was senior manager in whole functions of human resources practices and was also involved in business strategic decisions. After accumulating several years’ teaching experience, he realized his mission of creating and enriching other people’s value, both in work and life. Now, he is a professional trainer and consultant for many enterprises.


Limin George Gu

Director, Shanghai Performance Improvement Management Consulting Co.

Session: Management Logics for Business Results

George has more than 25 years of experience working in both China and the United States. He specializes in talent strategy, human performance technology, instructional design, curriculum development, e-learning, and organization development. He has held senior positions at IBM, Ericsson, HayGroup, and Qwest, has been the lead on a variety of projects in China and the United States, and possesses a verifiable track record of creating proven results. He was the main translator and strategist for the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, which is China’s first comprehensive training guide book. George also served as president of the International Society for Performance Improvement Minnesota Chapter in 2001 and 2002. He is also ATD’s only designated facilitator for the Designing Learning course in China.


Mala Subramaniam

United States

Session: Looking Through a Cultural Lens: Three Dimensions of Separation

Mala Subramanian is a leadership and multicultural communications trainer and speaker whose workshops have reached more than 10,000 professionals since 2006. Her clients include Express Scripts, The Hartford, Lincoln Financial, Cognizant, Comcast, A3Logics, and William Sonoma. A veteran in market intelligence and planning, she has held global director and AVP roles at IBM, GE, Dun & Bradstreet, Chase/MHT, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and VNA. She is certified as a training facilitator by Achieve Global and as a public speaker by Dale Carnegie Institute. Additionally, she is an adjunct at UCSD and a coach for IvyExec. Mala holds an MBA and a master’s degree in sociology.


Mansour Javidan

Professor and Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University
United States

Session: Preparing Managers for Global Roles

Mansour Javidan is an award-winning executive educator and author whose teaching and research interests span the globe. He received an MBA and PhD from the University of Minnesota, and was designated Expert Advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a senior research fellow by the U.S. Army. He is vice chairmain of the board of directors of the International Leadership Association. Mansour has designed and taught executive development courses and workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 27 countries. His publications have appeared in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Leadership Quarterly. His latest book, Developing Your Global Mindset, was published in 2013.


Mari Fuji

CEO, Founder, and Managing Director, i4talent Corporation, itim Japan

Session: Field Survey Findings on Talent Management in Japan

Mari Fuji is a talent and organization development consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach with 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and development in multicultural corporations. Her experiences include talent development director for Bayer Yakuhin, the Japanese pharmaceutical and healthcare division of German conglomerate Bayer group, and recruiting, learning and development, and organization development director for QVC Japan.


Nobutaka Ishiyama 

Professor, Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design

Session: Field Survey Findings on Talent Management in Japan

Nobutaka Ishiyama is a professor at Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design, having joined in April 2013. Previously, he worked at the NEC, GE, and Bio-Rad Laboratories as a human resources practitioner. He received a BA from Hitotusbashi University, an MBA from SANNO Graduate School, and a PhD in policy, planning, and development from Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design. He also has given many presentations and lectures on his research at universities and conferences across Japan. He is the chairperson of the ATD Japan talent management committee.


Dorothy Pui Yin TSUI

Principal and Founder, Greater China Center for Positive Change, Hong Kong Center for Positive Change
Hong Kong

Session: Accelerating Organizational Learning and Unleashing Collective Potential With Appreciative Inquiry

Dorothy Pui Yin TSUI is a dedicated talent and organization development practitioner. Her broad portfolio includes clients from government agencies, nonprofits, and multinational corporations across industries in Greater China, Southeast Asia, and the United States. As principal of the Greater China Center and Hong Kong Center for Positive Change, which are official international centers of the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC), Dorothy designs and facilitates co-creative processes that are firmly grounded in the strength-based principles of Appreciative Inquiry for positive and lasting change. She is a CPC leadership team member and serves as a principal to support its development in Asia.


Ria van Dinteren

Director, Breinwerk

Session: Neurological Insights for Spotting, Developing, and Retaining Talent

Ria van Dinteren is an established author of five books on brain learning and neuroscience. She finished a master study on education management at the University of Roehampton in 2007. As member of the advisory board of TVOO, University Amsterdam, and O&O, Ria is involved in the human resource development field, higher education, and neuroscience. As an educational expert and business management expert, she is also a certified facilitator who coaches teams and organizations. Ria conducts master classes for using brain techniques for learning and innovating in healthcare, education, and industry. She is also a well-known speaker in the Netherlands and spoke at ATD 2016 about the relationship between knowledge, culture, and the impact on learning.


Ricardo Lillo

CEO, DOOR International B.V.
United States

Session: Why Successful Companies Need More Than Good Products and Good Strategy

Ricardo Lillo is dedicated to one goal: helping organizations around the world achieve measurable and sustainable results. As CEO of DOOR International, one of the leading training and consulting companies in the world, he is passionate about enabling leaders, teams, and organizations to improve their performance and effectiveness. He is an international keynote speaker and global accountability expert who has led changes in the leading companies of the automotive, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries.


Roger Wu

Senior Consultant, Vine Management Consulting Company

Session: Turn Inward to Examine Ourselves: Overcome the Real Challenge of Team Building

Roger Wu is a senior consultant of Vine Management Consulting Company, as well as the senior instructor of Surmount Central Cross-Island Highway. He has nearly 15 years of practical experience in the field of human resources management, experiential training, and teaching design. His teaching style is vivid and humorous.


Roland B Smith

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Center for Creative Leadership
United States

Session: Change-Capable Leadership: What Is Stopping Successful Change?

Roland B Smith is the senior vice president and managing director for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Asia and an accomplished author, whose works include Talent Conversations: What They Are, Why They’re Crucial, And How to Do Them Right and Influence. In his role as a senior business leader and faculty member for the exclusive C-suite Leadership at the Peak program, Roland has been heavily involved with initiatives concerning global talent, global senior executive engagement, and high-performing teams, as well as notable research on the paradoxes of leadership development in Asia, India, and South Africa. His past appointments within CCL include being an executive and organizational coach, and leading CCL’s legal sector and professional service practice. Prior to joining CCL, Roland was president of a human capital consulting firm, and a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner and judge for the Louisiana and Idaho Quality Awards.


Ronda Davis

Training Manager, MicroPact
United States

Session: Harnessing the Power of Informal Learning

Ronda Davis loves learning and technology. She is the training manager at MicroPact and an associate faculty member in the College of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Phoenix, where she received the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Junior Faculty of the Year. Ronda has presented at the ATD Metro DC Chapter, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC State Jaycees Annual Convention, and Women Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning Conference. She is a Project Management Professional and holds a BS in information systems and operations management and an MS in information technology and management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Ryan Ross

Consultant, Hogan Assessments
United States

Session: Global Benchmarking High Potentials

Ryan Ross has more than 20 years of experience across a wide range of industries. He has worked in numerous practices at Hogan over the last 14 years, including the selection and development practices, as well as working with Hogan’s strategic alliances and partners around the world. Ryan has developed and implemented large-scale, multilevel selection programs domestically and internationally, and has consulted with organizations on recruiting people to new jobs and the use of personality-based, future-oriented job analysis. Ryan also has vast experience in validating and defending the use of personality assessments in the pre-employment context. In addition, Ryan’s experience also encompasses leadership development, talent management, and succession planning projects. He received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa.


Sardek Love

President and Founder, Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions
United States

Session: 4 Secrets of Training for Maximum Business Impact

The power to deliver, the charisma to inspire—that is what audiences around the world get when attending an event with Sardek Love. An ATD Master Trainer and president and founder of Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions, Sardek has worked in 26 countries, inspiring, developing, and educating managers and leaders in Fortune 100 companies; high-tech organizations; local, state, and federal government agencies; and global brands. He is a popular international keynote speaker and highly sought after management consultant because his real-world experiences serve as the foundation of the powerfully captivating stories he uses to bring his sessions to life.


Shu Ping Gao

Professor and Dean, Peking University of Distance Learning for Medical Education

Session: Forum on Innovative Developments in the Application of E-Learning and Augmented Reality

Shu Ping Gao has conducted and successfully completed more than 10 research projects sponsored or commissioned by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Chinese Ministry of Health, Peking University Health Science Center, and Peking University. She received a National Distance Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution in the area of distance education. She has authored articles for the Journal of Chinese Distance Education, Journal of Open Education Research, Journal of Continuing Medical Education, and Journal of Chinese Higher Medication Education, and has been chief editor for numerous articles.


Taro Yoshioka

R&D Director, HRD Institute

Session: Training to Performance: Change Management Through HPI

Taro Yoshioka is an R&D director and a learning facilitator at the HRD Institute. As an HRD consultant, he leads performance improvement projects for various industries, including Cisco Systems and Fuji Xerox. As a learning facilitator, Taro is a CTT+ holder and co-author of The Way of Professional Trainer, which is an authorized textbook for Microsoft MOT. He also develops talent development professionals in Japan, and produced The Workshop for HRD Professionals series for Nikkei BP Seminar. Taro has been a member of the HPI Forum in ATD’s International Network in Japan since 2011, and is a member of the University of Tokyo’s Coaching and Leadership Study Group, working to bridge the HRD and academic fields.


Tim Kastelle

Associate Professor of Innovation Management, The University of Queensland Business School Executive Education

Session: Using Lean Startup and Experiments to Build an Innovation Culture

Tim Kastells’s specialties include innovation, innovation management, innovation systems, social network analysis, business model innovation, and lean startup. Through teaching, research, blogging (http://timkastelle.org/blog/), and consulting, Tim uses all of these tools to improve start-up performance, research commercialization, and corporate innovation.


Thilo Eckardt

Chief Inspiration Officer and Founder, MyLearningBoutique

Session: Why Global Talent Development Projects Succeed or Fail: Tips to Know and Traps to Avoid!

Thilo Eckardt is the chief inspiration officer and founder of MyLearningBoutique, a Swiss-based, international people-focused consultancy. His mission is to develop companies and senior managers around the world and help managers to better walk the talk. Thilo has worked for more than 15 years in various international executive and board functions in the learning and development and consulting industry. He currently works as a consultant, speaker, senior coach, and trainer with various multinational companies in the area of talent and leadership development, change management, strategy implementation, and cross-cultural management. Thilo holds a PhD in cross-cultural marketing and teaches several marketing courses for master’s students at the highly ranked Universities EPFL (Polytechnic) and HEC (commercial) of Lausanne in Switzerland.


Wayne F. Cascio

Distinguished Chair, University of Colorado Denver
United States

Session: Engaging Nonstandard Workers

Wayne F. Cascio holds the Robert H. Reynolds Distinguished Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He has published 28 books, and more than 185 articles and book chapters. A former president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation, and member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors, he served as a senior editor of the Journal of World Business from 2007 to 2014. Wayne received the distinguished Career award from the HR division of the Academy of Management in 1999, an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva in 2004, SHRM’s Losey Award for Human Resources Research in 2010, and SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions award in 2013. Currently he serves as chairman of the SHRM Certification Commission, and also as editor for international HR at the Journal of International Business Studies.