Keynote Speakers 

Tony Bingham

Tony Bingham is the president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. Tony works with a staff of 130, a Board of Directors, and a worldwide network of volunteers to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace. 

Tony believes in creating a culture of engaged, high-performing teams that deliver extraordinary results. Deeply passionate about change, technology, and the impact of talent development, his focus is on adding value to ATD members and the global community of talent development professionals. He believes that aligning talent development efforts to business strategy, while utilizing the power of social and mobile technology for learning, is a key differentiator in business today.

Todd Dewett

Todd Dewett is one of the world’s most watched leadership personalities. He is an expert on authenticity, a bestselling author at LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com, a TEDx speaker, and an Inc. magazine Top 100 leadership speaker. Todd is a former award-winning professor whose clients include ExxonMobil, General Electric, and State Farm. He has been quoted widely, including in the New York Times, Businessweek, and Forbes. After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young, he has since created a body of work that has motivated millions of professionals around the world.

Session Facilitators

ATD Chapter Leaders Conference sessions are facilitated by current or past ATD chapter leaders and provide opportunities to share best practices for running an ATD chapter.

Robb Bingham

Robb Bingham served as the Greater Atlanta ATD Chapter president this year and led a session at ATD 2017 sharing his chapter's successful partnership with EBSCO. Robb has served in a variety of roles throughout his career, including instructional designer, training manager, director, and internal and external consultant. He now owns his own consulting firm, Converging Solutions, doing business across the globe, but mostly in his two most recent home states of Georgia and Minnesota.

Yvonne Bogard

Yvonne has served on the board since 2011 in various roles. She earned her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification in 2014. To build on that success, she has developed a sustainable CPLP study group model, which she co-developed and implemented in 2015 to continue the momentum of developing talent professionals located anywhere.

Jennifer Buckley

Jenn Buckley has more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer and trainer, instructional designer, and project manager in corporate learning and development environments, focusing on software, process improvement, technical implementations, and customer service. She is the sole proprietor of J Buckley Consulting in Tampa, Florida.

Teddy Burriss

Teddy Burriss of Burriss Consulting is a social media coach, trainer, consultant, and public speaker. Teddy’s purpose is leading teams of employees in the adoption of the best practices for using LinkedIn as a business tool. He has been doing this work since late 2009 through hundreds of seminars, workshops, webinars, and one-on-one coaching classes. In 2015, Teddy developed a LinkedIn professional development program to guide and support teams of business professionals through learning the best practices of LinkedIn. He is a member of ATD Piedmont and enjoys working with the chapter and sharing his knowledge of social media with the chapter and members.

Krishna Clay

Krishna Clay has more than 15 years of training experience in the banking industry. She has worked at First National Bank of Omaha for more than 23 years in various roles, including training specialist, training consultant, instructional designer, and most recently as a learning adviser. She consults with various business units of First National Bank to understand problems and determine if training can assist in solving them. Once a training need is identified, she develops, implements, and manages project plans. Krishna holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has been a member of ATD Nebraska for the past 10 years. She has held various positions on the ATD Nebraska board of directors, including director of career resources, vice president of membership, and vice president of finance. She is currently serving as the 2017 chapter president.

Chris Coladonato

Chris Coladonato is a past president of the Maryland Chapter and currently serves as a national advisor for chapters. These roles have helped her to gain a thorough understanding of what it takes to run a chapter successfully. She has taken that knowledge and coupled it with her professional focus on building business acumen for leaders at Farmers Insurance to create the chapter simulation she will present at ALC 2017.

Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford has been a training and talent development professional in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the Sacramento region over the last two decades. As training specialist at ACWA JPIA, Sarah focuses on design, customization, delivery, and evaluation of training and professional development initiatives, serving JPIA member water districts and agencies. Sarah began her career as a learning specialist in the financial services industry and has also been a small business owner, recruiter, training officer, and branch chief serving the State of California Public Employees Retirement System and Department of Transportation. As a recent side project, she developed a scenario-based introductory Lean training and train-the-trainer program for California’s Eureka Institute with the Government Operations Agency in an effort to bring efficiency and continuous improvement to California state operations. Sarah has been a member of ATD since 2013 and has served as co-director of programs in 2016 and 2017.

Lesa Deeker

Lesa Deeker has been in the field of human resource development, talent management, and training for more than 20 years. She is a performance consultant and coach with Best Care EAP, an affiliate of Nebraska Methodist Health System in Omaha, Nebraska, where she consults with clients, facilitates workshops, and provides training on a variety of leadership, management, personal, and workplace topics. Lesa is a long-time member of the national ATD organization and has been a member of various local chapters, including the Research Triangle Chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Kansas City Chapter. She has been a member of the ATD Nebraska Chapter in Omaha since 2009 and a board member since 2013. Lesa currently serves as vice president of membership for ATD Nebraska.

Steven DeHart

Steven is a leadership development professional with more than 24 years of experience in military and civilian training and development. Currently, he is a training consultant at Progressive Insurance involved in consulting, coordinating, and delivering all facets of enterprise-wide leadership development for frontline and midlevel leaders. He is the vice president–elect for the Central New York Chapter. As a chapter member, he chaired or participated in the CPLP advisory, train-the-trainer programs, and scholarship committees. Steven has held various leadership roles within and outside Progressive Insurance. In 2013, he completed a master’s in organizational leadership at Lewis University with a training development concentration, as well as earning his CPLP designation.

Jennifer Dow

Jennifer Dow has been a trusted strategic partner for global fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. She worked for First Data Corporation for 18 years as a trainer, training manager, and instructional designer. She’s now a freelance instructional designer and independent consultant, developing successful training programs for employees all over the world in a variety of industries, including payments and financial, energy, process management, customer service, retail, government, and fast-moving consumer goods. Jennifer has expertise in designing courses for classroom, virtual instructor-led, blended, and self-directed training delivery. Jennifer is accredited with graduate certificates in training and human resources development from FIU and in organization development from Fielding University, holds the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential from the ATD, and is a certified Synchronous Online Facilitator from InSynch Training. Jennifer has been a member of ATD since 2005 and was president of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter in 2008. She’s served on national ATD committees since 2010, first on the Chapter Recognition Committee and then as a national advisor for chapters for the Sunshine Area, supporting all the chapters in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Nick Elkins

Nick Elkins is an innovative and forward-thinking learning leader. Always looking to better the experience for learners, Nick partners with business leaders to create experiences that make real business impact. Nick is an L&D manager for Digital Design of PwC. He manages the design and development of engaging and interactive learning and performance experiences. Nick has been in e-learning for more than a decade and has served as e-learning developer, instructional designer, and project manager for award-winning e-learning projects. He has served in L&D departments of both small and multinational organizations. Nick is the 2016 and 2017 president of the ATD Florida Suncoast Chapter and has presented at the ATD International Conference & EXPO, Learning Solutions, and ATD events in Orlando, Atlanta, Raleigh, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Washington, D.C.

Daniel Entwistle

Dan has a wealth of experience in leadership development, customer strategy, and business performance improvement, having worked with some of the biggest brands across Europe. His career spans multiple industries and he has supported a number of leading organizations. One of his biggest achievements was playing a pivotal role in the rescue plan of a UK Bank in the 2008 economic crisis. Alongside his experience sits a range of qualifications, including a degree in executive coaching. He is the president of Curium Solutions and is leading the development of its U.S. office, bringing exclusive rights to leading edge development products and services that have proven results worldwide. He is passionate about using his international insights to help teams and individuals perform at their peak, equipping them to achieve transformation for themselves.

Connor Gormley

As vice president of communication for the ATD Bay Colonies Chapter, Connor is responsible for all communication to the chapter membership and community. In addition, he is a learning specialist responsible for managing client and employee learning programs at FM Global, a global provider of commercial property insurance with a unique risk engineering focus. Connor earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from Bryant University and a master of education in distance learning from Northeastern University. He also holds Kirkpatrick’s Bronze Level Evaluation Certification and was named to the Masie Learning Consortium’s 30 Under 30 list of learning professionals in 2010.

Brenda Grady

Brenda is president of ACME Planning, offering operations, marketing, event, financial, administration, and information systems expertise to many organizations as an independent business consultant for the past 25 years. As CNY ATD’s managing director, Brenda has been providing association management and consulting services for CNY ATD since 2006. Brenda has also been a member of CNY ATD since 1997, having been a frequent trainer, presenter, and advocate for learning, development, and performance. Under Brenda’s leadership, CNY ATD has a strong and stable leadership team with a clear strategic vision. The organization has seen membership and financial growth, new initiatives, and heightened community awareness, and has received numerous national recognitions.

Tracy Griffith

Tracy Griffith is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance and has been in the talent development and training field for more than 17 years. Her background includes identifying training needs and developing learning solutions for staff and volunteers working in domestic violence shelters across Pennsylvania. She has been a project manager and lead designer for key initiatives at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, including conference planning, database development, and the creation of the Online Learning Center to promote the intervention in and prevention of intimate partner violence. As founder and owner of Andraste Consulting, she specializes in creating online learning for nonprofits. She is the vice president of membership for the Central PA Chapter.

Pamela Haines

Pamela Haines has extensive consulting experience working with clients to build their business capabilities and implement strategies that unleash explosive business growth. Her clients range from small startups to international corporations, and span a broad range of industries including real estate management and investment, construction, global technology solutions and services, publishing, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, and nonprofit organizations.

Michael Haynes

Michael Haynes is a licensed attorney in Michigan and an experienced HR and employee relations professional. His specialty areas are organization development, employment law, and labor relations. He also teaches employee benefits courses at Oakland University. Michael currently serves as the vice president of membership for the Detroit Chapter. Along with his typical membership-related duties, he advises the board on legal matters, spearheads chapter development projects, and looks for opportunities to secure the chapter's success for years to come.

Corynne Holder

Corynne is a seasoned professional with more than a decade of experience in Fortune 500 learning and performance management. Throughout her career, she has worked as a facilitator, instructional designer, project manager, and learning manager. Currently, she directs learning and engagement models for her client base at Gale Force Strategies. Corynne is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with extensive knowledge of process design and project governance. In her most notable role, Corynne championed the creation of a team dedicated to aligning employee and consumer education models with business growth objectives. During her tenure, the team’s efforts supported an estimated $500 million increase in sales revenue using experiential learning activities and creative marketing campaigns.

Ericka Juno

Ericka Juno is serving their seventh year on the ATD Nebraska Board of Directors. During that time, she has led and participated in various efforts to assess and improve the chapter's functions. She is passionate about running the ATD Nebraska Chapter as a business that focuses on the customer, their members.

Kelly Kemp

Kelly Kemp is an instructional designer and principal at XPO Logistics in Portland, Oregon. She leads a team of six instructional designers on the technology training team in IT. She is completing the final project for a master’s degree in post-secondary adult continuing education in leadership and policy. She has worked in the field as a trainer and instructional designer since 1999.

Sally Koppy

Sally Koppy is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience providing performance consulting, institutional advancement, strategic planning, and program development. She is currently a senior instructional designer for OptumRx, a five-time ATD BEST Award recipient. Sally currently serves as a national advisor for chapters. She served on the ATD Kansas City Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016. Sally earned a master’s in education specializing in adult education, and a bachelor of arts in organizational management specializing in human resources management. Her expertise is in the development, delivery, and management of comprehensive education and training programs for all levels of the organization.

Jennifer Labrie Pereira

Jennifer Labrie Pereira has been with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts at its Omaha Global Contact Center since December 2007. She is currently a manager of learning development. In that role, she is responsible for developing and facilitating training materials for the Global Contact Centers. She is currently the vice president of finance with ATD Nebraska and has previously held the vice president of marketing and communications, director of marketing, and director of membership roles.

Joseph Mele

Joe Mele, originally a New Yorker from the Bronx, has called Houston, Texas, home for the last seven years. Currently holding two master degrees and presently in the research stage for a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology, Joe blends various aspects of adult learning, organizational psychology, and counseling techniques in developing learning solutions for clients. Crevot, a combination of creation and vocation, looks to work with small to medium-sized businesses, including nonprofits, to build high-end, custom learning programs. Joe’s particular interest is the impact of positive psychology for employee engagement. As an active member of the board for ATD Houston for two years, Joe is currently serving as vice president of membership.

Bernard Mendick

Bern is serving his first year on the ATD Nebraska board of directors. He is currently the director of technology and has been working on creating standard procedures for his position. Over the past few years, Bern has developed a passion for immersing himself within systems and programs to establish best practice standards and processes through trial and error. He strives to determine effective processes for tools he works with daily to eliminate wasted efforts. He summarizes this philosophy with a simple carpenter's motto: Measure twice and cut once.

Demetria Miles-McDonald

Demetria Miles-McDonald is the founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of women and minorities in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. Demetria's experiences in retail and corporate America have energized her to take action and lead a new generation of leaders away from traditional stereotypes and self-inflicted limiting behaviors that prevent qualified people from reaching their highest potential. Demetria specializes in bringing the experiences of people who identify with two or more marginalized groups to the forefront, to better understand the strengths they bring to the workplace. Demetria serves as the 2017 president elect of the Kentuckiana Chapter.

Jamie Millard

Jamie Millard is a past member of ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters and is the executive partner and co-founder of Lexington Leadership. Jamie is co-author of the ATD book Becoming a Can-Do Leader: A Guide for the Busy Manager. For more than 25 years, Jamie has been involved globally in developing executives, leaders, and teams through executive coaching and customized leadership training. Jamie formerly led the national organization change management practice at CSC Consulting. Earlier, he was a partner at Harbridge House, where he led the continuous improvement practice. Jamie holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an master of business administration from the University of Rhode Island. He is a proud veteran and a former Army Ranger. Jamie is on the faculty of the Hult International Business School.

David Moss

David Moss possesses more than 15 years of experience in consulting, training, and systems development for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. His professional background also includes sales and client service leadership roles within the financial services industry. David has significant experience coaching corporate executives and business owners to enable improved individual performance and organizational results. He has also taught a range of international business and general management classes at the college level and regularly facilitates leadership training workshops. David earned a BA from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Alixandra Moyer

Alixandra Moyer earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Penn State University in 2012 and a master's degree in education from the training and development program at Penn State Harrisburg. During her time in the master’s program, she was the recipient of the Training and Development Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She currently works for Penn State Harrisburg as a marketing strategy specialist. Her areas of expertise include advertising and project management, customer service, building client relationships, and boosting morale among her colleagues.

D.J. Netz

D.J. Netz is a senior instructional strategist for GP Strategies. For 30 years, D.J. has conducted needs analysis and consultation for midsize and large organizations, crafting solutions that balance technology with scalability. Along the way, he has developed innovative and popular courses for leadership and sales training in classroom and online environments. He is a two-time Brandon Hall Award winner and has served organizations such as General Electric, Gulfstream, Comcast, Sony PlayStation, Facebook, SAP, and Intel. He teaches three courses on corporate e-learning at Portland State University, and he is the current president of the Cascadia Chapter.

Mitzi Pendergrass

Mitzi Pendergrass is a career banker, marketer, and entrepreneur and the founder of Okumura CX Strategies, a customer experience advisory firm. She helps businesses and organizations develop strategies to increase customer engagement resulting in long-term growth, higher profits, and more loyal customers and employees. In 2005, Mitzi and her husband started a full-service community bank in Louisville, Kentucky. Together they raised $15 million dollars in capital, organized and led a team of seasoned bankers, and built an award-winning brand. Under Mitzi’s leadership the bank was recognized locally and nationally for its innovation in service delivery and its customer-centric culture. Throughout her career, Mitzi has focused on creating high-performance cultures that foster individual growth, empower employees, align with the values of the organization, and focus on customer well-being. Mitzi holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and management and is the president of the Kentuckiana Chapter.

Marcia Perrotti

Marcia has more than 30 years of technology training experience. In 2015, she retired as a training and development project manager at the Hershey Company, where she managed training activities related to company-wide system implementations, including global locations for the Hershey Company. Her skill set includes organization change management, technology training, content development, e-learning design and delivery, communications, assessment, evaluation, and reporting. Marcia holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master’s degree in information services from Penn State University. She is currently a substitute teacher for high school and middle school in the Palmyra School District. She is past president of the Central PA Chapter, having held the office of president for three years. She has also served as vice president of marketing and vice president of finance for the chapter.

Debbie Richards

Debbie Richards, president of Creative Interactive Ideas, has more than 25 years of experience developing e-learning solutions, applications, and web platforms. She has honed her skills as an instructional designer and developer while serving as a consultant and an adviser, designing and developing a wide variety of training deliverables. She has been an early adopter of new technology. 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 2017. Passionate about working with and mentoring other learning professionals, Debbie is a past president of the ATD Houston Chapter, an ATD Technology Conference Advisory Council member, and a national advisor for chapters.

Natasha Roberts

Natasha Roberts is the employee learning and development manager at the Urban Institute. She supports Urban’s efforts to develop a more robust training and development program for staff that includes enhanced performance management capabilities. She plans, facilitates, coordinates, designs, develops, and evaluates training and development activities across the organization. In past roles, Natasha has demonstrated her passion for creating impact and supporting talent development initiatives in organizations such as Kaplan Test Prep and Chemonics International. She applies her creative skills to help people and organizations achieve their goals. Natasha hails from Venezuela and is the current director of marketing for the Metro DC Chapter. She also serves as co-leader for the instructional design community of practice. She received a master’s degree in international relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations in 2011.

Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer Rogers has more than 14 years of experience in learning and development, spanning several different industries. She was introduced to ATD in 2009, and joined her local chapter, Piedmont, in 2010. Jennifer jumped into chapter leadership immediately, serving in her first role as vice president of finance. She served on the local board through 2016, as vice president of membership, president-elect, president, and past president. Jennifer earned her CPLP certification in May 2014, and currently serves as the manager of CPLP programs for the Piedmont Chapter, as well as the 2017 chair of the ATD Chapter Recognition Committee (CRC). Jennifer has experience in instructional design and development, training delivery, leadership development, and leading project teams to design learning opportunities that help people be successful and confident in their work.

Lori Ann Roth

Lori Ann Roth is the president of learning and reflective growth, specializing in training and coaching. Her favorite saying is “Be your best you!” Lori has an undergraduate degree in psychology and communication and a master’s degree in adult education from Michigan State University. She earned a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in human development. The emphasis of her study consisted of adult learning and human resources management. She has worked in organization development and training for more than 35 years at universities, training corporations, high-tech corporations, and her own businesses. She is a pilot pioneer, earning her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification in 2006. She is also one of 11 people to have been awarded the CPLP Contributor Award from ATD. Lori volunteers as the vice president of professional development for the SunCoast Chapter in Florida and accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Kristi Stewart

Kristi Stewart is responsible for developing instructional experiences and training solutions and ensuring that best practices are incorporated in all training materials for the learning and development team at First National Bank of Omaha. Prior to joining the L&D team, Kristi spent 18 years in a variety of positions in education, such as K-12 instructor, college professor, and state level professional development consultant. Kristi holds a master’s degree in educational technology and is currently serving in her second year on the ATD Nebraska Board of Directors as the vice president of marketing and communications.

Jonathan Thill

Jonathan Thill is a regional sales manager for EBSCO Information Services and has been providing training and development solutions within his eight-state territory for more than seven years. He holds a master's degree in secondary education and has been a member of the Greater Atlanta ATD Chapter since starting with EBSCO.

Marlo Thomas Watson

Marlo Thomas Watson is the president and chief engagement officer of the Marlo Company, a human resource consulting firm specializing in talent and community development. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and a graduate certificate in human resource management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Marlo has more than 20 years of people and community development experience. Previously, Marlo served as the community relations manager, where she won the state Program of Excellence. Marlo was the executive director for North Georgia Communities in Schools, where she increased community, political, business, and legislative engagement with the local school district to reduce a 50 percent dropout rate in a rural sector of the state. As the director of adult and workforce education, Marlo provided leadership at the local and state level to increase the literacy and education functioning of teens and adults in Vermont, which resulted in increased GED attainment and employability skills. Marlo’s volunteer service includes serving as vice president of membership for the D.C. Association of Training and Development (DCATD), president of Keep Prince William Beautiful, participating in the C-100 board of directors, working as a Community Policy and Management (At-Risk Youth) Services Board appointee, and contributing as director of membership for True Colors International.

Shannon Wzientek

Shannon is the learning and development manager for a large accounting firm. She is responsible for designing, developing, and administering training for the entire firm in a variety of formats, including online, blended, and instructor-led formats. Shannon is responsible for and manages the firm’s leadership and professional skills curriculum. Her previous roles include instructional designer for a nonprofit organization and consultant focusing on organizational process development and improvement for an insurance company. Shannon earned her master’s degree in instructional systems development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.