Keynote Speaker

Kevin M. Yates is known in the global training, learning and talent development community as the L&D Detective. He solves measurement mysteries and investigates the impact of training and learning. Having worked with world renown brands including Grant Thornton, Kantar, McDonald’s, and Meta (Facebook), Kevin leverages his experience and expertise for revealing effectiveness and impact for training and learning. The core of his L&D Detective work is using facts, clues, evidence, and data to reveal training and learning’s contribution and impact on human and business performance. He is also president and founder of Meals in the Meantime, a nonprofit helping people who need food with pop-up food pantries.   |  Session Description

Session Speakers

Samuel Apata is a Senior eLearning Developer with many years of experience creating animated videos. Using his background in sales and marketing, he knows how to leverage videos to get the right results. Samuel is an expert in using Vyond and Storyline at large enterprise organizations.   |  Session Description

Amanda Archer is the Director of Learning Experience at Advocate Health. She has been at Advocate Health for 7 years where she has led teams in learning experience, learning technology, and leadership development. Amanda has been in the Learning space for over 17 years, starting as a facilitator and Instructional Designer and then becoming a learning leader.   |  Session Description

Ana Maria Barella MDM, PCC, CPCC, founder of Masterwork Coaching and Consulting, is a seasoned coach, speaker, and L&D leader. With over 20 years in professional services, Ana Maria has empowered countless leaders through coaching and custom learning programs and curricula, including leadership development, business strategy, and executive communications. Her expertise has enriched thousands, driving impactful growth and transformation.   |  Session Description

Beth Buchanan is a senior instructional designer and project manager at d’Vinci interactive. Her experience is a blend of writing and editing, storytelling, and curriculum development and design. She is passionate about the connections between narrative and learning and is at her best when she can bring her creative energy to a project.   |  Session Description

Julie Cwik, MSEd, MSLIS, is a Manager of Instructional Design at The American College of Surgeons in Chicago, IL. She is committed to creating high-impact, original solutions that meet the needs of both the learner and the organization. Ms. Cwik excels at strategic planning, building relationships, and creating new areas of opportunity.   |  Session Description

Betty Dannewitz is an Immersive Experience Designer with 20+ years in corporate learning and development. She is also a Speaker, Podcaster, and Learning Solutions Architect. Betty’s passion is to help people become better humans and she advocates that innovative technology has a HUGE role in making that happen.   |  Session Description

Ed Duffy is the Assistant Director of Design and Communications Strategy at NIIT, a global learning consulting firm. In this role, Ed makes a difference by helping clients solve strategic communications problems related to employee performance, engagement, and compliance.   |  Session Description

Jenny Fedullo leads the learning experience team at d’Vinici Interactive, an award-winning custom training solutions company. She has a passion for using engaging content and technology to make learners and clients successful. Jenny has held a number of training and development positions and knows how training can impact an individual's performance, a department's results and a company's bottom line.   |  Session Description

Garima Gupta is the Founder & CEO of Artha Learning Inc., a full-service, award-winning Learning design firm. She is a leading voice in creatively employing AI in L&D. Garima enjoys leading her team to create learning solutions that are innovative, effective, engaging, and impactful. Garima holds an MEd in Adult education and brings 20+ years of experience in Learning & Development.   |  Session Description

Destery Hildenbrand, an XR Solutions Architect at Intellezy has over 19 years in training and development. Destery has focused on immersive technologies to focus on better engagement of learners through robust blended learning experiences. He creates transformative learning environments that blend traditional training with XR to deliver impactful learning experiences.  |  Session Description

Kendra Hutchings is a graphic designer with a passion for creating engaging learning experiences. Over the past 5 years at Maestro, Kendra has grown from an intern to a senior designer. Kendra brings a blend of expertise, enthusiasm, and creativity and has designed learning in a variety of formats for Fortune 500 companies such as Salesforce, Royal Caribbean, and Airbnb.   |  Session Description

Pete Hybert has led traditional and eLearning projects to generate positive results for a range of clients, such as, Eli Lilly, Siemens, Chrysler Financial, General Motors, AT&T, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Hewitt Associates, Hospira Worldwide, Amoco, SPX Corporation, Huron Consulting, and others since 1984. Pete’s focus is building job-like applications for learners within an eLearning environment.   |  Session Description

Elizabeth Kuhlmann is a senior learning consultant at Yukon Learning. She has a diverse background in sales, customer success, and training facilitation at organizations ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. She loves to make learning simple and enjoyable, both in the classroom as a trainer and when developing courses.   |  Session Description

Kassy LaBorie is a professional speaker, author, and virtual training pioneer, on a mission to rid the world of boring slide reading lectures and passive virtual participants! She’s the founder and principal consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting, certifying L&D professionals to become virtual trainers, designers, and producers around the globe each day.   |  Session Description

Over 2.5 million people have taken an online course from Mark Lassoff. Mark is founder of SkillSprints, a company focused on closing the digital skills gap. Mark and his team create content that teaches career-building digital skills in the fields of coding, data science, design and digital productivity. In 2017 Mark won the prestigious Guildmaster award from the Learning Guild.  |  Session Description

Amy O'Donnell Lueth is a seasoned design professional with a passion for creativity and leadership. With a background in graphic design, Amy has dedicated the past 12 years to Maestro, where she has flourished into an influential leader as Design Director, leading a dynamic team of designers, and spearheading projects for Fortune 500 companies like Target, Google, and Southwest Airlines.   |  Session Description

James Manning is a marketing and technology expert with experience in content creation, voice of customer analysis, and leveraging technology for training customers. He focuses on the intersection of marketing, learning, and technology to deliver enhanced customer experiences. James specializes in creating in-depth research tools and educational resources that enable customers to deeply understand products and services.   |  Session Description

Hadiya Nuriddin is an award-winning talent development professional with over two decades of experience in learning strategy, instructional design, elearning development, and facilitation. With Duets Learning, she’s worked with many companies on a variety of topics. She holds an MEd in curriculum studies, an MA in writing, and the CPTD and CQIA designations. She wrote the books StoryTraining: Selecting and Shaping Stories That Connect and Quality Management in L&D, both published by ATD.   |  Session Description

Sarah Phillips is a Learning and Development Consultant based in Chicago, Illinois. With over ten years of experience, Sarah is passionate about helping organizations meet their goals through training initiatives. She earned a Master of Arts in Training and Development from Roosevelt University and holds certifications in Diversity & Inclusion and Project Management.   |  Session Description

Ron Price has 40 years of experience in organizational effectiveness, coaching, instructional design, and experiential learning. His unique background has allowed him to support a wide range of customers, from schools like Duke University to multinational corporations like Amazon and Pepsico. Since 2008, Ron has worked closely with Articulate to design and develop the certified training programs for the Articulate tools.   |  Session Description

Brandon Schawel, MA, is an eLearning developer at The American College of Surgeons in Chicago, IL, where he uses his extensive background in education and the visual arts to create highly innovative learning experiences. He has a commitment to mastering new techniques and technologies, to enhance his development of novel solutions to complex training needs.   |  Session Description

Nick Strozza is the CEO of Interpro Translation Solutions, a leading eLearning localization service provider since 1995. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with honors in Marketing and with a minor in French, Nick takes a people-centric approach to setting the road map for Interpro.   |  Session Description

Danielle Wallace, Chief Learning Strategist at Beyond the Sky: Custom Learning, leverages her marketing expertise from P&G and PepsiCo now into engaging L&D solutions. A renowned speaker and published thought leader, she enhances L&D with her podcast, "You in 2042: The Future of Work," and an AI+L&D Community of Practice at   |  Session Description

Jazmin Webster prides herself in being a life-long learner. With nearly 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Jazmin has been an essential partner in driving organizational training strategy. Jazmin's motto: "Be better than yesterday." She believes there is always a way to improve by reflecting on what you've learned and connecting those lessons with the elements of life.   |  Session Description