Keynote Speaker

Galen Emanuele

President of Shift Yes

Session: Creating a "Yes, And" Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement

International speaker Galen Emanuele works with teams and organizations around the globe, including Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, CBRE, Expedia, and Shell, redefining the way people interact and communicate in business. Galen is an expert in human behavior with more than 18 years in sales, marketing, and business leadership. He is also a world-class improviser, having performed and taught improv for over 12 years, including touring with improv legend Ryan Stiles and the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Session Facilitators

Halelly Azulay 

CEO, TalentGrow

Halelly Azulay is a leadership development strategist and an expert in leadership, communication skills, networking, and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ATD 2012) and Strength to Strength: How Working From Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. Her books, workshops, and retreats build on her more than 20 years of experience in communication and leadership development in corporate, government, nonprofit, and academic organizations. She is a sought-after speaker at international conferences and meetings and shares leadership insights through her blog, podcast, and newsletter. Halelly is the CEO of TalentGrow, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion. Founded in 2006, TalentGrow consults companies on building a leadership development strategy, and designs and facilitates workshops and retreats for leaders and teams. Please visit to learn more.

Carl Eidson 

Vice President of Business Development, Wilson Learning

Carl Eidson is vice president of business development for Wilson Learning. He leads and coaches a virtual team of more than 100 independent distributors stretching from Toronto to Bogotá and works extensively with clients. Carl has co-authored articles on selecting top talent published in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Performance, the International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. He has also authored and co-authored articles on leadership, sales, virtual teams, and employee engagement in industry publications including CIO, Training magazine, and Sales Pro magazine. Carl is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on the topic of learning transfer and human performance improvement research and practices.

Peter Frampton 

President, Color Accounting

Peter Frampton is an author, speaker, educator, and financial literacy advocate. He is president of a Washington, D.C.-based company that trains and accredits corporate learning professionals to deliver business acumen training. It published a new financial education system, called Color Accounting, which is used at Wall Street banks, global law firms, regulatory agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Formerly with KPMG, Peter is on the adjunct faculty at American University in Washington, D.C., and has taught executive courses at Wharton and Georgetown universities. He is passionate about democratizing important ideas and skills—like the ability to read financial statements. His strives to make money matters come alive and to leave people with the uplifting feeling of “I can!” Peter lives in Switzerland and spends too much time on planes. He founded South Africa’s most successful technology incubator in that country.

Barbara Greenstein 

President, Human Resource Prescriptions

Barbara Greenstein, president and principal of Human Resource Prescriptions, is a performance improvement specialist providing proven and creative ways to improve human performance in the workplace. By identifying issues and opportunities for improvement, she helps organizations large and small meet their planned goals. Barbara is highly regarded for her instructional design and facilitation skills. With more than 25 years of experience in the training and development field, her mission is to help clients put the systems in place that help them to more effectively manage in today’s changing business environment while ensuring optimal performance and job satisfaction for all employees. Prior to becoming an external consultant, Barbara’s corporate experience included training and instructional design for Burger King Corporation, Pizza Hut, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Currently Barbara delivers certificate programs for ATD, such as Designing Learning and Consulting Skills.

Tim Griffith 

Training and Development Manager, Sequoia Equities

Tim Griffith is the training and development manager at Sequoia Equities, a multifamily real estate investment and management firm. Tim provides training support to team members across more than 50 locations to help them succeed in their roles and become the best versions of themselves. Tim believes that aligned, equipped, and empowered employees drive company success, and is driven by a passion to share knowledge and best practices both inside and outside his immediate organization. In addition to providing traditional learning content, Tim and his team have developed dozens of in-house videos to support their learning initiatives. Besides extending the capabilities of the training team, these videos have increased learner engagement and earned rave reviews from the employee audience. Tim holds a BS in psychology and business from the University of Dubuque, and an MA in industrial and organizational psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Joe Halpin 

Founder, Peregrine Performance Group

Joe Halpin has been producing results in the field of human performance technology for more than 25 years. Joe has extensive experience in the design and development of performance and training solutions in the area of information technology. He has also developed solutions for sales, communication, compensation, and benefits, and helped organizations assess learning and development strategies and technologies. Joe’s most recent focus has been designing, developing, and launching Peregrine Performance Group’s JobAider app for creating and sharing job aids. He has also worked with clients to develop a game that trains employees on cultural norms and an e-learning certification program for a software platform. Joe holds a master of arts in instructional technology from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of science in corporate communications from Ithaca College.

Deirdre Maloney 

President, Momentum LLC

Deirdre Maloney helps organizations exceed their goals and helps their people sleep better at night. She does it through her work as a published author, international speaker, and proud president of her training, facilitation and marketing company Momentum LLC. Deirdre has used her brand of “mild audacity” to inspire positive change around the country, presenting keynotes and workshops for organizations like the Boeing, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Vistage International. Deirdre’s books include Bogus Balance, Tough Truths, and The Mission Myth. Her popular blog on all things leadership is regularly featured on In addition to running her own company, Deirdre’s experience includes serving as CEO of a multi-million-dollar non-profit organization, serving as a broadcast news producer, and teaching marketing at the University of San Diego. Deirdre is a member of San Diego Rotary and teaches boot camp for Gut Check Fitness.

Gary Muszynski 

Founder, Orchestrating Excellence

Gary Muszynski is an organization development consultant, experience designer, and musician influenced by neurological research and how it can be applied to learning, collaboration, and creativity. He is also the founder of Orchestrating Excellence, a global team-building and leadership development firm that leverages the power of play for culture change, employee engagement, and innovation. Gary works with companies such as Apple, Pixar, Genentech, Kaiser, Electronic Arts, Bank of America, McKesson, HopeLab, and Xerox PARC, and has presented immersive learning programs and interactive keynotes for Fast Company, Apple University, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Orchestrating Excellence programs have reached more than 100,000 executives, managers, and employees on four continents for the past three decades. Gary has studied organization development with Edie Seashore, David Cooperider, Peter Block, and Sam Kaner, and has studied brain-based coaching with David Rock’s Neuro-Leadership Group, and the Coaches Training Institute.

Cherisse Quijano 

Training and Development Coordinator, Sequoia Equities

Cherisse Quijano is the training and development coordinator at Sequoia Equities, located in Walnut Creek, California. Her work includes production of various training videos focused on leadership, safety, and company culture, as well as appearances in several commercials and music videos.

Marcia Reynolds 

President, Covisioning LLC

Marcia Reynolds is fascinated by the brain, especially what supports and blocks learning. She draws on her research to help coaches, trainers, and leaders facilitate growth more effectively. She has worked in 36 countries, reaching thousands of people worldwide. Marcia was the fifth global president of the International Coach Federation, and is back on the board as a global director. She was recognized by the Global Gurus Top 30 2017 as the number 5 coach in the world. Marcia is the training director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute, and on the faculty for coaching schools in Russia and China. Interviews and excerpts from Marcia’s books Outsmart Your Brain, Wander Woman, and The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs have appeared in many places, including Fast Company, Psychology Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Maria holds a doctorate in organization psychology and a master’s degree in educational technology.

Bill Sanford

Bell Leadership Institute 

Recognized as a dynamic speaker, effective trainer, and insightful coach, Bill Sanford helps leaders build themselves, their people, and their organizations to achieve meaningful, lasting results. Whether speaking to a large audience, training a group of managers, or working with senior executives, Bill engages people, gets them focused on what’s most important, and delivers productive, practical steps they can put to use immediately. There is usually plenty of laughter along the way. Over the course of his career, Bill has designed and facilitated seminars on numerous leadership topics, including team building, conflict management, communication, selection, peak performance, personality, and change. He has worked with clients in a range of industries—from construction, manufacturing, and distribution to healthcare, high-tech, and banking—in addition to working in government, higher education, and the nonprofit sector. He has also done extensive work with several clients in sports, ranging from college sports teams and athletic departments to the NBA. Bill earned master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended on a Morehead Scholarship. He has also graduated from programs in professional coaching and group facilitation. Bill has lived and worked in Prague, Vienna, London, and Washington, D.C., and his work continues to take him far afield, from each corner of the United States to as far as Dubai.


Paul Signorelli 

Founder, Paul Signorelli & Associates

Paul Signorelli, co-writer of Workplace Learning & Leadership (ALA Editions, 2011) and a former advisor on ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters, helps track, document, and foster an awareness of how tech trends can be incorporated into talent development programs. He serves on New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project advisory boards and expert panels exploring educational technology in higher education, libraries, and community colleges and trade schools; designs and facilitates webinars and online courses in addition to remaining engaged in on-site learning offerings; and remains enthusiastically committed to collaborative approaches to learner-centric learning. He is active in ATD locally, regionally, and nationally; in the American Library Association; and in the NMC at a variety of levels. 

Chuck Udell

Senior Partner, Essential Action Design Group

Chuck Udell is a senior partner with the essential action design Group, focusing on improving performance and profitability for our clients through improved sales, marketing, and leadership development solutions. These solutions include developing and implementing Kirkpatrick evaluation plans. Previously, Chuck was employed by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association, and Marion Merrill Dow, and served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He earned an MBA from the University of Rochester in finance and marketing, and a BS at the University of Virginia. He earned a Master Automotive Aftermarket Profession designation in 2004 from Northwood University. Chuck is a Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator and a Kirkpatrick Certified Professional—Gold Level. Chuck is a reviewer for the ATD BEST and Excellence in Practice awards submissions.

Raymond Valenzuela 

Vice President of Strategic Services, Caveo Learning

Ray Valenzuela has more than a decade of experience in enterprise learning strategy and performance support, specializing in business transformation and organizational excellence. Before joining Caveo, he spent 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, culminating in becoming the academics chief for the Combat Instructor School in the School of Infantry (West). A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and PMP certified, Ray holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership.

Kristal Walker 

Professional Development Director, Guitar Center

Kristal Walker has worked in the learning and development space for more than 15 years helping clients engage people, apply processes, and implement technology to improve human and organizational performance in the private sector, nonprofit, and higher education industries. Currently, she is the director of professional development at Guitar Center—the largest music retailer in the country. As a key player within the Guitar Center University team, she creates leadership, talent management, and general professional development programs, tools, and resources for nearly 11,000 existing and emerging organizational leaders and retail associates. A teacher by trade and an entrepreneur by temperament, her ultimate goal is to prepare individuals both personally and professionally for advancement opportunities through practical applications of training, development, and career coaching. Kristal earned an undergraduate degree in human services, a graduate degree in management and organizational leadership, and a doctorate of management degree in organizational leadership.

Julie Winkle Giulioni 

Founder, DesignArounds

Julie Winkle Giulioni has spent the past 25 years improving performance through learning. She’s partnered with hundreds of organizations to develop and deploy innovative leadership training solutions that are in use worldwide. Prior to co-founding DesignArounds 15 years ago, Julie was director of product development for one of the world’s largest commercial training companies. She also held multiple training leadership roles and was a department chair and professor at Southern California University. Julie was named one of Inc. magazine’s top 100 leadership speakers and received the Global HR Excellence Award for Strategic Leadership from the World HR Congress earlier this year. She is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, a respected speaker on a variety of topics, and a regular contributor to many business publications.