Keynote Speaker

Connie Malamed (a.k.a. The eLearning Coach) is a consultant, author, and professional speaker in the fields of online learning and visual communication. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients develop strategies for workplace learning for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of 2 two books: Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers. She publishes The eLearning Coach website and podcast. Connie has degrees in Instructional Design and Art Education.  |  Session Description

Session Speakers

Jon Aleckson, Ph.D., is an educational leader and consultant in association learning technologies and elearning. As CEO of Web Courseworks, he works with association clients on LMS implementation and development, platform alignment and integration, and online curriculum development. Jon has worked with educational technology to improve learning since 1979 and has spent the past 15 years focusing specifically on elearning.  |  Session Description

Chris Balmes is the Creative Director at Caveo Learning. Chris believes in pushing the industry forward by piloting innovative ways to develop performance solutions. Previously, Chris spent 2 decades developing advertising campaigns for print, television, and digital media. He has won numerous major advertising design honors and holds a degree in advertising design from the American Academy of Art.  |  Session Description

Dan Balzer, CPLP, is a performance consultant with 17 years’ experience designing and implementing learning technology solutions in a variety of sectors, including non-profit, academic, and corporate settings. Dan has an M.A. in intercultural education and is a member of ATD and the eLearning Guild. He has extensive experience using narrative approaches in elearning and immersive solutions.  |  Session Description

Chelsea Bjerkan is an experienced instructional designer and project manager who serves as a program manager for a key Judge Learning Solutions client. She has designed and developed instructor-led training and elearning, as well as a variety of performance support and change management tools and materials.  |  Session Description

Stephania Buteyn, co-founder of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc., has over 10 years’ experience in the training industry. She designs and develops courses in all media, with a focus on elearning. Her passions include helping and training people and making learning fun. She helps ensure that courses use innovative professional training techniques that engage students and provide realistic, problem-based learning experiences.  |  Session Description

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

David Charney is an elearning developer with over 15 years’ experience creating engaging solutions. He is co-host of The eLearning Guys Podcast, and on the eLearning Locker channel, he discusses elearning approaches, tips, techniques, and Storyline experiments. He is the owner of Illumen Group, where he has worked with clients such as Porsche, Harley-Davidson, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Verizon.  |  Session Description

Chip Cleary, Ph.D., leads Solutions, Consulting, and Design for Kineo US. He helps organizations maximize the impact that they realize from their investments in learning. Chip holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and has co-authored Engines for Education and The CEO’s Talent Manifesto: Align Talent Investments to Achieve Targeted Results.  |  Session Description

Daniel Coco is a Learning Experience Designer and Learning Team Lead for Accenture. He has more than 30 years’ experience researching, designing, prototyping, iterating, and validating all types of learning experiences for internal Accenture teams at all levels. Dan has an M.S. in Instructional Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.  |  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. OnlineUniversityRankings.org named Jennifer one of the top 20 most influential people in online learning.  |  Session Description

Carl Eidson, Ph.D., is Vice President of Business Development for Wilson Learning Corporation. A frequent conference speaker, he engages participants with tools, tips, and action-oriented ideas for immediate application. He has authored many articles in industry magazines and journals, and he leverages his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to advise curriculum designers on maximizing learner readiness, learner motivation, and learning transfer.  |  Session Description

Kathleen Fortney, Ed.D., is a Learning Strategist at Judge Learning Solutions. She has led many training initiatives, including the design and development process for elearning, instructor-led training, process documentation, change management, and performance support portals. Several of her projects have received Brandon Hall awards. Kathleen has been a speaker at many conferences and taught graduate courses at Northern Illinois University.  |  Session Description

Jay Frischkorn is a learning and development professional at The CARA Group, Inc., with over 25 years of business experience. His areas of expertise include change leadership, performance improvement, strategic design, needs analysis, elearning design and development , webinars, program evaluation, and systems deployment. Jay has created over 200 courses in Storyline, Captivate, and Camtasia and presented training for corporate clients.  |  Session Description

Sharon L. Gander, M.Ed., CPT, CIDD, is an instructional designer who has worked across many industries. She has designed elearning solutions, serious learning games, blended learning, and goal-based/problem-based learning solutions. Sharon is a certification and badging expert. She is the Director of ID Certifications for The Institute for Performance Improvement wrote 2 chapters in Foundations of Digital Badges and Microcredentials.  |  Session Description

James J. Goldsmith is a Learning Architect/Business Advisor working for Accenture. He has more than 30 years’ experience in learning design and development and is active in the learning community as a speaker, writer, and evaluator. Jim earned Master of Management and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Connecticut and holds a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) Certificate.  |  Session Description

Ian Hybert has worked in human performance and instructional design with PRH Consulting for 7 years. He has developed training, methodologies, and elearning with clients such as Siemens Building Technologies, Eli Lilly, Hewitt, Huron Consulting, and Hospira. Ian has experience using a variety of elearning tools such as Storyline, Articulate Presenter, Quizmaker, and Engage, and he is an HTML5 beginner.  |  Session Description

Peter Hybert, CPT, is the principal consultant for PRH Consulting Inc. and has worked in the human performance field since 1984. His clients have included Eli Lilly, Siemens, Chrysler Financial, General Motors, Hospira Worldwide, AT&T, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, and Hewitt Associates. Pete has designed and developed large-scale curriculum architectures, performance-based qualification systems, elearning, classroom training, group-paced simulations, and work processes.  |  Session Description

Chad Jackson is the Senior Director of Simulation, e-Learning and Innovation for the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). His teams develop a variety of educational programs for CHEST, including live learning courses, online elearning programs, virtual patient tours, and games for learning. Chad is extremely active in the simulation community and has conducted numerous presentations on simulation-enhanced educational programs.  |  Session Description

Karen Kostrinsky is a manager of elearning development at Ellie Mae, an all-in-one fully integrated mortgage solution. Her team creates elearning courses designed to make life easier for employees, clients, and partners. At Ellie Mae headquarters, Karen built a recording studio for podcasts, demo recordings, and voice-overs. Previously, she taught college and worked as a learning consultant for 25 years.  |  Session Description

Becky Lucas, CPT, has nearly 30 years’ experience developing training. She has degrees from Indiana University in Marketing/Advertising (B.S.) and Instructional Systems Technology (M.S.). Becky's expertise includes designing elearning solutions using Articulate Studio and Storyline. She has also served in various capacities on the board of Chicago ISPI.  |  Session Description

As a learning solutions manager with Caveo Learning, Joie Marshall provides support to clients throughout the project lifecycle. Joie combines an M.B.A. from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in electronic media from Northern Illinois University to design engaging learning solutions that deliver maximum business value.  |  Session Description

Scott McCormick has over 30 years’ history in enterprise training and was a co-founder at Float, an enterprise mobility company. He is the editor of the tech news site Emergent Enterprise and was a contributor to the book Mastering Mobile Learning. Scott speaks nationally on topics such as user experience design, performance support, and mobile learning.  |  Session Description

Hugh McCullen, President of MicroTek, is an experienced and industry-recognized global training solution and services leader. He is regularly requested for industry-related presentations and is the author of multiple articles relevant to the corporate training market, which has positioned him as a respected thought leader.  |  Session Description

Terry McGoldrick has over 25 years of talent development and LMS consulting experience across a wide range of industries. He led a number of learning transformations at Fortune 100 firms, many involving LMS implementations. Recently retired from Deloitte, Terry is a learning strategy consultant with The CARA Group, Inc. He has an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Western Illinois University.  |  Session Description

Eric Parks, Ph.D., has over 20 years’ experience in the design, development, and deployment of technology-based education. He is presently serving as Executive Director for the Forefront Collaborative, an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medial Education (ACCME)–accredited CME provider.  |  Session Description

Ken Phillips, CPLP, is founder and CEO of Phillips Associates, a consulting company with expertise in measurement and evaluation of learning. He has more than 30 years’ experience designing learning instruments and assessments and has authored more than a dozen published learning instruments. He also is a contributing author to 5 books in the learning and development field.  |  Session Description

Rose Pilgrim has over 18 years’ experience in elearning development and corporate training. As an instructional designer for Judge Learning Solutions, she developed elearning, flipbooks, instructor-led training, and job aides for a variety of Fortune 500 clients. As a corporate trainer, she conducted one-on-one, classroom, and lecture-hall training. Rose has an M.S.Ed. in Instructional Design.  |  Session Description

Tiffany Prince, owner of Prince Performance LLC, is an experienced consultant. She has designed and led international digital and elearning development programs. She has served in multiple board member roles for ATD. She recently was awarded a fellow position at the Learning & Performance Institute and holds certifications in eLearning Design, Inkling, Performance Consulting, Agile, and Lean.  |  Session Description

Alicia Raff is the bridge between clients and internal teams. She solidifies the vision and mission and ensures those aspects shine through in every step of the project process. She is a project manager at Reflection Software, which was awarded a Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category in December 2016.  |  Session Description

Rick Ransome is Associate Director of Global Learning Strategy at Publicis Media’s Data, Technology and Innovation (DTI) global practice. He oversees the IQ Academy, serving as technical liaison between international agency stakeholders and partners. He also facilitates training for global agency and client audiences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell College and is a member of ATDChi.  |  Session Description

Sarah Remijan, CPLP, is the Director of Learning and Development at Rotary International. She oversees the development of training resources and events for incoming leaders of all levels of the organization in more than 6 languages. Sarah is a member of the ATD.  |  Session Description

Susan Robbins is a senior instructional designer and project manager at Caveo Learning. She has been engaged in learning and development for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of industries, including automotive, corporate services, financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit, pharmaceutical, and post-secondary education. Susan is a former executive board member of ATDChi.  |  Session Description

Shannon Tipton is owner of Learning Rebels performance consultancy and author of Disruptive Learning. As Chief Learning Rebel, Shannon has over 15 years’ experience developing strategies for learning and development departments, effectively closing the gap between capabilities and achieving business strategic goals. She also speaks on the topic of learning disruption at conferences, webinars, and workshops.  |  Session Description

Rob Van Hyfte is Delivery Director at Judge Learning Solutions. Rob’s experience includes over 12 years as a delivery director, program manager, project manager, and instructional designer. He has taught in classrooms, designed and implemented corporate training programs, and managed/designed 4 award-winning projects. He spent several years in the software industry and has an M.Ed. from Loyola University.  |  Session Description

Alina Villasenor has a passion for people with a global perspective. Alina has spent 14 years in learning and development and project management. Her focus has centered on the right development, aligned with strategic initiatives to increase engagement and drive growth. She is currently the Director of Global Learning Strategy at Publicis Media.  |  Session Description

Anastasia Widmer, Ph.D., is a consultant and trainer. Her company, CulturallySpeaking Co., offers research and analysis of communication practices in organizations. Anastasia’s experience and research are in interpersonal and intercultural communication, which she successfully utilizes in creating smooth cultural adjustments in onboarding processes and developing communication strategies to reduce organizational stress levels. She has presented at national and international conferences.  |  Session Description

Annette Wisniewski, CPT, is a Learning Strategist at Judge Learning Solutions and has over 25 years of industry experience. Annette has designed and developed elearning, instructor-led training, blended learning, job aids, certifications, and process improvement solutions. She is a founding member of the Institute for Performance Improvement and an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University.  |  General Session Description  |  Learning Spark Session Description