The ATD TalentNext speakers are at the forefront of the industry. They are the trailblazers who are forging new paths; you’ll learn how today’s trends are being implemented, and find out what’s on the horizon for tomorrow.

Featured Speakers

Emily Chang

Emily Chang is the author of the bestseller Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley and anchor of Bloomberg Technology, a live daily show about technology, innovation, and the future of business at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. She is also the host of Studio 1.0, an in-depth interview show, where she speaks to influencers in tech and media. While Bloomberg Technology covers news of the day, Studio 1.0 brings newsmakers to life in long-form. Before joining Bloomberg, Emily was an international correspondent for CNN based in Beijing and London. She has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting. She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. 



Susan Scott

Susan Scott, CEO & Founder of Fierce. Susan Scott is a bestselling author and leadership development architect who has enabled top executives worldwide to engage in vibrant dialogue with one another, their employees, and their customers for two decades. She is a recognized thought leader in the global business and education communities, and recipient of the 2008 Stevie award for Entrepreneur of the Year. Susan and her company are committed to large-scale and individual transformation through the principles set forth in Susan’s books and her company’s customized corporate training programs.

For 13 years, Susan ran think tanks for CEOs and designed and delivered training to peers working with CEOs in 18 countries. In 2002, Fierce Conversations—Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time, was published in four countries and, shortly thereafter, listed on the Wall Street Journal and UPI bestseller lists, and was one of USA TODAY’s top 40 business books of 2002. Her much-anticipated second book, Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today, was published in 2009; in its debut week, the book was listed on the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times bestseller lists.


Sharon Steed

Sharon Steed is a corporate empathy and communications consultant as well as an international keynote speaker. Sharon is a subject matter expert on communicating with empathy. She has spoken at companies on improving team communication and collaboration and at tech conferences on vulnerability as an asset; and she’s given a TEDx talk on empowering insecurities. A lifelong stutterer, she uses her speech impediment to teach both what empathy is and how to be empathetic. Sharon’s course Communicating With Empathy is available on both LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com. She lives in Pittsburgh. 


Katie Tynan

Katy Tynan is a bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on the evolution of work. In a world where 70 percent of employees are disengaged, she helps organizations ditch out-of-date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture. Throughout her 20-year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions that leverage technology and human capital for competitive advantage. She has been part of multiple successful startups, including Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola in 2003) and Thrive Networks (acquired by Staples in 2007). Katy is managing director of Liteskip Consulting Group, a talent strategy consulting firm located in Boston. She is the author of the ATD Press book How Did I Not See This Coming? A New Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster and Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers


Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh is North America's thought leader on relationships, breaking down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting, and other human behaviors. In 2017, she was recognized as one of Time magazine’s Silence Breakers/Person of the Year for her role in speaking out about sexual harassment at Fox News. 

Dr. Walsh appears on CNN every week, speaking on topics ranging from building stronger relationships with friends and family to creating long-term, mutually satisfying relationships in the business world with clients and colleagues, Dr. Walsh’s honest―and humorous―talks put audiences instantly at ease.

In addition to her work with CNN, Dr. Walsh is also the host of Investigation Discovery network's popular series, Happily Never After, where she guides viewers through the sometimes-treacherous side of love, and she is the resident expert at DatingAdvice.com. Dr. Walsh brought her trademark no-holds-barred style to season four of The Doctors. She has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, The Ricki Lake Show and The View. To date, Dr. Walsh has written three books, including The Boyfriend Test, The Girlfriend Test, and The 30-Day Love Detox. Dr. Walsh also regularly blogs on numerous relationship sites, including DatingAdvice.com, AskMen.com, MomLogic.com, SheKnows.com, TheDoctorsTV.com, and Dating.Mating.Relating.com. 

Dr. Walsh also lectures on evolutionary psychology and human mating strategies at California State University Channel Islands. She holds a BA in journalism, a master’s degree in psychology, and a PhD in clinical psychology.


Program Speakers

Halelly Azulay

Halelly Azulay is an author, speaker, facilitator, leadership development strategist, and expert in communication skills and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring and Strength to Strength. Her books and workshops build on her more than 20 years of professional experience in talent development in corporate, government, nonprofit, and academic organizations. Halelly is the CEO and founder of TalentGrow, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion. TalentGrow specializes in people leadership skills, which include communication skills, team building, coaching, and emotional intelligence. TalentGrow works with all organizational levels, including C-level leaders, frontline managers, and individual contributors. Halelly shares her ideas and tips on her blog, her free weekly subscription newsletter, and her leadership podcast, The TalentGrow Show.


Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a partner at Koppett and the artistic director and founder of the Mopco Improv Theatre, Koppett’s sister company, a performing improv company and theatrical venue. As an executive coach and facilitator for Koppett, Michael has worked with clients such as GE Research, MVP Health, Ellis Hospital, the Workforce Development Institute, CapCom, SUNY, and many more. Michael studied theatre at SUNY Purchase, and then improv with David Shepherd in New York, where he directed for the American Modern Dance Theatre and the American Folk Theatre. He was a member of The Big Apple Experience, a short-lived but cleverly named improv troupe. He is the author of First You Sit on the Floor: A Guide to Developing a Youth Theatre Troupe.

Stephen Gill

Stephen Gill is the co-owner of www.Learning2BGreat.com, a marketplace for organizational learning tools, and also owner and principal of Stephen J. Gill Consulting. Steve's expertise is in creating learning cultures in organizations and measuring the impact of learning and performance improvement interventions. He has done this work for more than 25 years, since leaving the faculty of the University of Michigan, School of Education. He has written extensively about these topics.

His most recent books are Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy published by ATD Press in 2017, Getting More From Your Investment in Training: The 5As Framework, published by RealTime Performance in 2009, Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations, published by Sage Publications in 2010, and Communication in High Performance Organizations: Principles and Best Practices, published as Kindle ebook in 2011. Steve also posts regularly on The Performance Improvement Blog. He serves his community as an elected trustee of Washtenaw Community College.


Laura Goodrich

Laura Goodrich is an internationally recognized expert in change and the future of work. She has spent more than 20 years as an innovator, speaker, coach, and advisor. Her global perspectives on workplace dynamics and change have earned her the reputation as someone who can create positive outcomes in even the most challenging workplace dynamics.

Leveraging extensive experience as an entrepreneurial technology leader and global workforce change expert who is always looking for an innovative way to challenge the status quo, she is a valuable asset for organizations that are working on transforming from smaller to larger size, or on change management initiatives and organizational development. Her broad areas of expertise include research, human dynamics, executive coaching, strategic change, organizational transformation, global workforce innovation, and interactive cinematic microlearning programs.

Laura has authored, hosted, and produced 10 internationally distributed cinematic microlearning programs for business and industry, and has hosted three television shows and a national radio program. She and her business partner are pioneer producers of cinematic microlearning programs that leverage filmmaking methods, coaching, and storytelling into a designed process that drives true change.

Laura is the award-winning author and producer of the book Seeing Red Cars: Driving Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization to a Positive Future, and the Creating a Mindset for Changecinematic microlearning program. These are the culmination of her dynamic philosophy and two decades of research on trends and the future coupled with extensive experience in business.


David Grebow

David Grebow is CEO of KnowledgeStar, and an author, popular speaker, and workshop leader. KnowledgeStar is a consulting firm founded in 2006 to provide insight about the intersection of digital technology and education. Its clients include Fortune 500 corporations, startups, NGOs, and leading analyst firms Bersin & Associates and the Brandon Hall Group. The KnowledgeStar Blog, first published in 2008, has been consistently rated one of the one of the most informative and widely read on learning and educational technology. For 25 years prior to starting KnowledgeStar, David held senior development and management positions with leading technology and education companies, including IBM, where he co-founded the Institute for Advanced Learning; PeopleSoft; Cisco; and McGraw-Hill.

David is a co-author of Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy (ATD Press) with Stephen Gill, Creating a Learning Culture with Marcia Conner and James Clawson and served on the editorial review board for Information Age Publishing, working to produce a series of books on technology and learning. David’s most recent book, Gamification, Games and Learning is part of the eLearning Guild’s new Insight series. He has authored numerous research papers and articles for publications in the corporate education industry. KnowledgeStar is also currently involved in launching an interactive performance support system that automatically delivers just-in-time knowledge to people working in manufacturing environments. In 2015, David launched KnowledgeStar ePublications, which recently published A Compass for the Knowledge Economy Business and Sweet! A Book of Gamification Terms.

Kat Koppett

Kat Koppett is the founder and president of Koppett, a consulting and training company specializing in the use of improvisation and storytelling to enhance workplace effectiveness. Koppett has worked with organizations as diverse as Apple, Prezi, GE, Havas Health, the URJ, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Kat is the author of Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning, considered a seminal work in the field of Applied Improvisation. She has taught and spoken at RPI’s Lally School of Business Stanford and UC Berkeley as well as ATD, ISPI, the YPA, NASAGA, AIN, and many other organizations with initials. She has given two TEDx talks on the use of improv to enhance non-theatrical performance. Kat is co-director of the Mopco Improv Theatre and the creator of the full-length musical improv format “Spontaneous Broadway” for which Theatreweek magazine named her an “Unsung Hero of the Year.”

Jenn Labin

Jenn Labin is the owner of TERP Associates, a team that seeks to grow talent and ignite potential. For 15 years, Jenn has had success working with a wide spectrum of organizations, including large private sector businesses, government and military operations, and higher education institutions. Jenn is the author of Real World Training Design, a visual quick guide for creating exceptional results within tight budgets and timelines. Her second book on mentoring is expected in 2016. Jenn co-authored a chapter in the ASTD Handbook, 2nd edition, and has been published in the Pfeiffer Annual: Consulting journal three times. Jenn’s work can also be found in 101 Ways to Make Training Active, How to Write Terrific Training Materials, and the ASTD Trainer’s Toolkit app. Jenn has a BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in digital art, and an MA in instructional systems design.

Jenn Labin

Dr. Wade Larson is on a personal mission to help individuals and companies overcome mediocrity and achieve their best. With a background in HR, leadership, and talent development, Wade has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals as a consultant and HR Executive to develop programs that help them do more, achieve more and be more. His work in HR strategy, leadership development, performance dynamics and organizational theory has been recognized in the HR community as leading-edge and a model to others. A recent article in Forbes highlighted his approach to continuous improvement as he shares in his recently published book titled Doing HR Better. Dr. Larson works as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Wagstaff, Incorporated, a global provider in the aluminum casting industry, and serves on the board of Quest International Users Group and for the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Shavon Lindley

Shavon Lindley - Founder & CEO, Mentoring Method

Shavon is an award-winning career development and mentorship strategist specializing in the advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives in typically male dominated fields. She is the creator of Women Evolution® and Inclusion 360°™, and as a Forbes Contributor and former host of the “The CEO Show” on ESPN she has interviewed over 200 executives and discovered exactly what is needed to move up within an organization.

Shavon’s magnetic personality and ground-breaking research has her speaking at Boeing, California Diversity Conference, MGM Women’s Leadership Conference, American Resort Development Association, Training 2015, and the California Women’s Conference.


Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone is the director of Key Executive Leadership Programs in the School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy, at American University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and organizational dynamics in state and federal agencies, professional associations, and universities, including the Fulbright Scholars Program and the Visiting Scholars program at Yale. He has extensive experience working with federal sector leaders both domestically and internationally. His research and teaching interests include public service motivation, adult learning theory, leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior. He is one of few researchers in the country certified to score the Subject/Object qualitative research methodology developed at Harvard University. Patrick is a retired Navy Captain, having spent 22 years in the Medical Service Corps. While in the Navy, he served in a number of senior leadership and policy roles, including as a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, academic director, and dean of academics for Navy Medicine. His most recent publications include “Thinking Up,” “Selfies in the Workplace: Narcissists and the Public Manager,” “Go Ahead, Laugh—Why Humor Makes for a Better Workplace,” and “VulnerABILITY—Can Managers Benefit from Extreme Exposure?” His TED Talk, “Thinking About Time,” is available online and his co-edited book, The Handbook of Federal Leadership and Administration, was published in November 2016.

Mia Mulrennan

Dr. Mia Mulrennan, Psy.D. has spent the last 20+ years working in academia and in Fortune 500 companies as an organizational psychologist and consultant to develop rave-worthy employment and leadership brands and strong talent and culture strategies

She is Chief Talent Officer at Edmentum, the leading provider of online learning programs designed to drive K through adult student achievement for academic and career success. She is also Chief Administrative Officer of the company’s foundation, “We Can Learn”, which opens schools and libraries globally.

Dr. Mulrennan is primarily focused on Edmentum’s talent management, leadership development, and internal culture, and she is also known as a graduate-level professor and executive assessment specialist, with her doctorate in applied I/O psychology. A 2016 recipient of the Georgetown University Teaching Excellence Award, she taught Leadership and Ethics at the university’s Masters of Hospitality Leadership Program.

She is also author of the Amazon Hot New release of 2015 book The Overlooked Leadership Talents of Generation X and creator and researcher of The Rave-Worthy 5 Factors Survey – a screening survey to find and develop high-touch, customer-oriented talent.

Loubna Noureddin

Loubna Noureddin's expertise as an organizational development leader and executive coach has positioned her as a value-added resource for leaders in today’s unpredictable business environment. Her career of over 20+ years has been dedicated to posturing people for success, aligning leaders and teams to create productive and empowered cultures. Loubna previously served as the director of organizational learning and development for Miami Children’s Hospital and currently serves as a consultant for Mind Market Consulting. Loubna has a Master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from Concordia University.


Jayzen Patria

Jayzen Patria is a noted speaker, facilitator, corporate learning leader, and performance consultant helping transform organizations through the power of their people finding their authentic voice and bringing their full selves to work.

A dynamic and inspiring showman and presenter, Jayzen has been featured at national conferences, including Mika Brzezinski’s Know Your Value, TEDx, SXSW, Creating Change, Out & Equal, Models of Pride, and Elliott Masie’s annual learning event.

Jayzen is a 25-year learning and development veteran of Fortune 100 companies, including General Electric, Comcast, and NBCUniversal. He has worked with some of the world's top entertainment and media brands, including Bravo, USA Network, The Golf Channel, Telemundo, Focus Features, and Universal Parks & Resorts.

Most recently he led executive development and architected the Talent Lab, a uniquely branded corporate university, for NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. There, he led executive development focused on aligning new and newly promoted vice presidents to the company culture and accelerating high-potential leaders to the senior executive level. He also supported NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer in curating leadership development programs for high-potential, diverse executives and curating and producing the annual IMPACT Summit, a unique leadership development conference for diverse employees.

A lifelong equality advocate inspired by his multicultural background, Jayzen cut his teeth in the diversity space running the Gay Student Union at the University of Southern California. He helped bring the group “out of the closet” to be a highly visible element of student programming by creating alliances with campus student groups for women and people of color.

Throughout his career, he has served in volunteer roles to champion the advocacy of diverse employees, leveraging his talent development expertise. He co-led GE’s GLBTA Alliance for five years, helping drive LGBT acceptance throughout the company by launching chapters around the world, establishing an annual global meeting of LGBT and ally employees, and helping to build the business case for achieving a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. For over a decade, he led OUT@NBCUniversal, one of the oldest LGBT Employee resource groups in corporate America, expanding from one chapter to 13 global chapters with over 3,000 voluntary members. In that role, Jayzen shaped the company’s LGBT philanthropy strategy, partnering with nonprofits to create activations for recruitment, development, and engagement of employees. He also was a sought-after advisor on the LGBT community for TV, film, and news storytellers and marketers supporting iconic content, including Milk, The Kids Are All Right, The Danish Girl, I Am Cait, Hairspray LIVE!, and the reboot of Will & Grace. At Comcast, he supported the establishment and launch of seven national Employee Resource Groups and their partnership with the cable operator’s multicultural team.

Jayzen is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest LGBT nonprofit, and has been honored to speak on their behalf about LGBT workplace equality with organizations, NGOs, and multinational companies in China.


Lou Russell

Lou Russell is president and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates. She is the author of the ATD Press books Project Management for Trainers, Leadership Training and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management, among other titles. In addition to her many books, she contributes frequently to Computer World, Cutter Executive Reports, and Network World, among others, and publishes Learning Flash, an electronic newsletter. Lou speaks at several national and international conferences, such as the Project Management Institute, Project World, and LotuSphere. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Purdue University, where she taught database and programming classes, and a master's degree in instructional technology from Indiana University.


Annemarie Spadafore

Annemarie Spadafore has 17+ years of experience in activities and roles that advance business operations and enhance human performance. As an Executive Coach she illuminates blind spots and reveals opportunities for individual professional development, creates high-performing teams, and builds organizational capacity. Her ability to utilize business acumen, strong communications and interpersonal skills, and to connect clients to relevant social science research enables her to serve as a highly-effective accountability partner for individuals and organizations. She has experience working with corporate clients, Boards of Directors, the U.S. Congress and federal agencies (SES/federal administrators and senior officials), international NGOs, and high-profile non-profit organizations.

She has provided executive coaching to 500+ professionals, including C-level and senior executives in professional services, global manufacturing, financial services, construction and design, and technology firms. Additionally, she also regularly coaches and provides leadership training to leaders in government and quasi-government agencies.

She is an experienced group coaching, team building, and leadership development facilitator. She assists teams to coalesce after major transitions, empowers them to prevent, diffuse, and overcome interpersonal conflict, and facilitates the creation and management of team expectations, ensuring effective collaboration and communication.

She develops and facilitates custom leadership and management programs, leads hybrid learning and coaching cohorts, and works directly with clients to set their management and professional development agendas. Annemarie holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University, is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), serves as faculty for ICF coach training programs, and also teaches organizational behavior courses for Marymount University’s MBA program. She is a coaching, leadership, management, and diversity/inclusion subject matter expert for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). She has experience with several assessments, including EQ-i 2.0, Thomas-Kilmann, Hogan, StrengthsFinder, and Birkman.


Bruce Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce’s most recent book, The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Challenges(Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014) was published in September, 2014. He is also the author of the best-seller It’s Okay to Be the Boss (HarperCollins, 2007) and the classic Managing Generation X(W.W. Norton, 2000; first published in 1995). Bruce’s other books include Winning the Talent Wars(W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller Fast Feedback (HRD Press, 1998); Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: Managing Generation Y (Jossey-Bass, 2009); Managing the Generation Mix (HRD Press, 2006) and It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions.