Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Halls is an adjunct professor at George Washington University and CEO of Trainer Mojo LLC. His mission is to help educators extend learning beyond the physical and virtual classroom with video, audio, text, and graphic content that won’t embarrass the learning department. He has taught media and facilitated workshops on learning for more than 25 years in 25 countries and is a former head of the BBC’s TV Training department. He currently focuses on media workshops that help trainers apply evidence-based facilitation techniques. Jonathan is the author of Rapid Video Development for Trainers, Rapid Media Development for Trainers, and Video Script Writing. He’s currently working on Learning Science: a Pocket Guide for Trainers and Talent Professionals.  |  Session Description

Session Speakers

Dan Balzer is a Global Capabilities Manager with BP. He conducts organizational capability assessments and then creates performance support solutions specifically for Sales, Marketing & Retail teams. He works extensively with cross-functional teams across the globe including in the United States, Mexico, and Indonesia. He enjoys leveraging innovative digital solutions to tackle capability development challenges.  |  Session Description

Wendi Barlow, owner of Barlow Consulting, LLC, is a speaker, facilitator, and coach. She specializes in professional development, management development, and train-the-trainer. Wendi currently serves on the board of the Community of Organizational Development in Chicagoland (CODIC). She previously had roles on the boards of ATDChi and the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase.  |  Session Description

Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc., has over 15 years' experience in elearning. He’s worked with a range of clients, from IT service providers to international food service organizations. He was previously the training director for several technology companies. Recently, Tim won the Articulate Storyline guru contest for developing a course that uses scenario-based training as its foundation.  |  Session Description

David Charney is the owner and an award-winning eLearning Strategist at Illumen Group. He has developed engaging elearning solutions and experiences for over 15 years. He creates videos on development techniques, tips, and training experiments on YouTube and on his podcast, The eLearning Guys. He works with clients such as DAV, The Armstrong Air & Space Museum, and Porsche.  |  Session Description

James Chesterfield is a learning content and design manager at CompTIA, a global IT certification company. He works on the learning team, developing visual, accessible, performance-based interactives across multiple learning products. James has worked in the fields of graphic and web design for the past 7 years and is the design director for TEDxNaperville.  |  Session Description

Suzanne Couture is a Senior Instructional Designer with Judge Learning Solutions, where she designs custom elearning and instructor-led content for audiences in a variety of industries. She has an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) certification from ATD. Suzanne is also a master gardener volunteer.  |  Session Description

Stephanie Daul is an independent consultant for global Fortune 500 organizations. She uses a variety of learning technologies to design performance improvement solutions. She creates learning experiences from analysis through implementation. She is the author of the "Game Design for Learning" issue of ASTD's TD at Work. She holds a M.A. degree in training and development from Roosevelt University.  |  Session Description

Jennifer De Vries, CPT, is the President & Chief Solutions Architect for BlueStreak Learning. She has managed elearning programs for companies such as IBM, Motorola, and Joint Commission Resources. She writes for elearning industry journals and is known for her report Rapid E-Learning, published by Bersin & Associates. named Jennifer one of the top 20 most influential people in online learning.  |  Session Description

Ed Duffy is Assistant Director of Design and Communications Strategy at NIIT. He enjoys creating learning experiences that help others do their jobs more effectively. His favorite projects include creating a board game to teach pharmaceutical sales reps how to build better relationships with doctors, and teaching caregivers how to care for patients with Alzheimer’s at the end of life.  |  Session Description

Kris Felstehausen is the author of the VADDIP Business Learning Handbook and an independent instructional designer and project manager with 20+ years of experience. She has built blended training and elearning solutions for audiences in a broad array of industries. She has an M.S. in Training and Human Performance Improvement from Capella University and a master's degree from Northwestern University.  |  Session Description

Dennis Glenn creates interactive virtual patients for the medical industry that assess the cognitive decision-making abilities of surgeons, doctors, and nurses. Dennis has taught at numerous universities, including Northwestern University, Columbia College, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and DePaul University. For the past 11 years, his company, Dennis Glenn LLC, has created online interactive learning and assessment programs.  |  Session Description

Judith Hale, principal of Hale Associates, is a prolific writer of popular award-wining books for the learning profession. She has worked with the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. She is known for her innovative yet practical solutions. Her ideas are based on research and supported with easy-to-use guidelines. She can make sense out of confusion.  |  Session Description

Steve Harker has been a senior elearning strategy consultant for over 20 years. He is the winner of the first Phil Warnke award for customer service. He also has a strong background in customizing and delivering instructor-led training. At Illumen Group, Steve has provided custom elearning solutions to organizations such as AbbVie, Baxter, the National Restaurant Association, and Northwestern University.  |  Session Description

Jann Iaco, CPLP, is an instructional designer, elearning designer, facilitator, and videographer with over 15 years' experience in talent development. She is a Training Specialist for Crate and Barrel and a facilitator for ATDChi's Workplace Learning Performance Institute (WLPI). Jann was a speaker at the ATD International Conference & Exposition (ICE). She has an M.F.A. in Directing.  |  Session Description

Daniel Keckan is CEO of Cinecraft Productions, an award-winning custom learning company in Cleveland, Ohio. He leads a team of designers, developers, and video producers who help organizations create authentic, relevant, and effective learning. His expertise includes designing effective learning strategies and aligning the strengths of different modalities with the actual skill or behavior to be demonstrated.  |  Session Description

Mike Kritzman is the Founder and CEO of SkillNet Technology and a software entrepreneur. He works to find and fix skill gaps. Previously, Mike founded Compliance 11, which sold to Charles Schwab. He also held management positions at Oracle, Ernst and Young, and other technology firms. He has been recognized as a thought leader on talent management and learning strategy.  |  Session Description

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

As Director for Membership Engagement and Retention of ATDChi, Dave Lee is leading an initiative to understand how members feel about the chapter and what would increase participation. He works at the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) as Senior Manager for Learning and Product Solutions. He specializes in online communities and data-driven learning and development.  |  Session Description

Scott McCormick is the CEO of Emergent Enterprise Consulting and editor of, a news website covering technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT), and user experience. Scott has over 30 years’ history in enterprise training efforts, including starting 3 companies and speaking nationally about how emergent technologies are impacting the training industry.  |  Session Description

Nancy Munro, CEO of Verbal Transactions, has over 27 years' experience helping organizations implement and deploy voice enablement solutions. Nancy pioneered voice-enabled technologies in the corporate space and was the first to launch an interactive audio role-playing simulator. Her current solutions leverage speech recognition and AI to provide a scalable and immersive learning application.  |  Session Description

Ajay Pangarkar is a CPA and a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP). He has co-authored 3 books: The Trainer's Balanced Scorecard: A Complete Resource for Linking Learning to Organizational Strategy, The Trainer's Portable Mentor, and Building Business Acumen for Trainers. In 2008, his company CentralKnowledge's work with Apple was awarded Training magazine's Learning Content Management Project of the Year.  |  Session Description

Jonathan Peters, Ph.D., is the Chief Motivation Officer at Sententia Gamification, where he creates learning experiences that entice and engage. He is the co-author of The Motivators and Mechanics: The Purposeful Application of Game Mechanics and Dynamics to Learning Experiences. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, though he calls Austin, Texas home.  |  Session Description

Ken Phillips is the CEO of Phillips Associates and the chief architect of the Predictive Learning Analytics™ (PLA) learning evaluation methodology. He has more than 30 years' experience designing learning instruments and assessments and has authored more than a dozen published learning instruments. Ken regularly speaks to ATD groups and since 2008, has spoken at the ATD annual International Conference.  |  Session Description

A programmer for over 20 years, Walter Schirmacher brings to Innovative Learning Group (ILG) extensive experience in elearning development and mobile, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) delivery. He has served as the lead programmer on many projects for a diverse group of clients. Additionally, Walter is involved in the development and implementation of ILG’s AR and VR initiatives.  |  Session Description

Rahul Singh is Senior General Manager at Harbinger Interactive Learning. He is a digital learning enthusiast and is passionate about helping organizations and leaders solve business challenges through the intervention of learning technologies. During his 15-year career in digital learning , he has helped global organizations cut across industry verticals while implementing multiple new initiatives around their digital learning strategy.  |  Session Description

Chad Udell is Managing Partner at Float. He has created award-winning work with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. He speaks regularly at national and international events. Chad is author of Learning Everywhere and co-editor and author, with Gary Woodill, of Mastering Mobile Learning. His latest book, Shock of the New, was co-authored with Gary Woodill and released in 2019.  |  Session Description

Josh Williamson joined Astellas Pharma US, Inc. in May 2015 as the Administrative Producer of Project LIVE! He developed the distance learning strategy for virtual classroom training, reaching 12,800 individuals his first year. He is currently a Technology Analyst who manages the Virtual Learning Program, directs audio/visual production, and manages current and future learning technologies for commercial learning and development.  |  Session Description

Annette Wisniewski is a Learning Strategist at Judge Learning Solutions. As a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), she uses systemic and systematic evidence-based approaches for improving workforce performance. She has taught instructional design as a graduate adjunct faculty member at Boise State University.  |  Session Description