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2012 ASTDps Workplace Learning Conference

October 5, 2012

Sam Herring, Co-Founder & CEO of Intrepid Learning

Key Note Address, “How Learning can drive Innovation Mojo”

Sam Herring is immediate past Chairman of the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) Board of Directors, and is recognized as a “Who’s Who” training industry thought leader by TrainingIndustry.com. Sam regularly speaks and consults with clients on topics such as innovation, business agility, learning trends and best practices, enterprise learning strategy, and more. He is published in Fast Company and T&D magazine, and is a frequent keynote speaker at leading industry conferences, seminars, universities, and global corporations.  Sam holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied ethics, religion and public policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.


Tom Kuhlmann

Pre-Conference Workshop “Rapid E-Learning Workshop – Building Engaging and Interactive E-Learning!
Conference Workshop “PowerPoint’s No Longer a Slideshow Freak”

Tom Kuhlmann manages the Articulate user community. He also writes the Rapid E-Learning Blog which is published weekly to over 80,000 readers. Tom has almost twenty years of experience in the training industry where he's developed and managed e-learning courses for both large and small organizations. Tom is passionate about learning technology and his core focus is on helping people succeed and grow. He is known throughout the industry for his practical, no-nonsense approaches to e-learning. He's also a frequent speaker at ASTD and e-learning industry events. He has a Master's in Education Technology from Pepperdine.


David Anderson

Community Manager

David Anderson is an eLearning designer with more than 15 years of experience in online training. His portfolio includes custom eLearning design for NASCAR, Mercedes, Tufts University, and Delta and America West Airlines. As Community Manager at Articulate, he works with the eLearning community, helping users get the most from their tools, while finding creative ways to build more engaging courses. He also shares eLearning tips and tricks through his screencasts at http://screenr.com/user/elearning.



Cynthia Clay, President & CEO NetSpeed Learning Solutions

Conference Workshop “Bring Your Mojo to the Virtual Classroom”

Back in 2000, Cynthia Clay founded NetSpeed Learning Solutions with the belief that technology would not just revolutionize the way training was delivered, but that it also held the potential to dramatically enhance and extend the learning experience itself. With 25 years in training and management development and a past career that includes training, coaching and mentoring thousands of employees and trainers at hundreds of companies, Cynthia knew that technology's advantage of rapid delivery and virtual access, while powerful, was just the beginning. Cynthia is a recognized pioneer and expert in the field of blended and virtual learning strategies. She is also a highly sought-after speaker at industry conferences.


Margo Myers, Executive Director, Springboard Academy, Principal, Margo Myers Communications

Conference Workshop “Defining Your Personal Brand: How can you Ignite Your Mojo if you don’t know what it is”

After spending more than 20 years as an award-winning TV news anchor, Margo Myers is now a sought-after speaker by both businesses and organizations that want to accelerate their success. The Springboard Academy provides professional development for high-potential employees and teams, teaching them the insider secrets for business success that aren’t taught anywhere else. Myers is also the principal at Margo Myers Communications, helping businesses tell their stories effectively to gain positive media exposure and grow their profits.


Andrea Ballard, Owner Expecting Change

Breakout Session “Recharging Your Career: Boost Your Batteries Before You Burnout”

For over 15 years, Andrea Ballard has brought a unique, common sense perspective to the business of Human Resources. With one-on-one coaching and workshops, Andrea helps individuals and employers lead with their strengths, creating stronger teams, healthier businesses, and more satisfying careers. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is the owner of Expecting Change, LLC, a career coaching and corporate training business.



Sarah Bloomfield, Senior L&D Specialist, & Adam Blinkinsop

Breakout Session "Collaborative Design in the Fast Lane!"

Sarah Bloomfield is a Senior L&D Specialist on the PeopleDev team, Google's central learning organization. Her primary area of focus is organizational development; she develops custom solutions for Google teams and organizations. Sarah is also passionate about including all Googlers in learning and development, and she manages two programs to help Googlers gain facilitation and consulting skills. Sarah received her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with a focus in Learning Sciences from the University of Washington.

Adam Blinkinsop is an 80% software engineer and 20% game designer at Google.  As a software engineer, he works on infrastructure that supports many different systems, while as a game designer he creates (and facilitates) large group activities




Nicole Bunselmeyer, CEO MediaDesigns, Inc.
Margaret Murphy, Associate Project Diretor, Bellevue College

Breakout Session “From Dry to Dynamic: Strategies to Enliven and Customize Online Learning”

Nicole Bunselmeyer has a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Education Technology and Online Learning. With a background in start-up and established software and medical companies, she has helped build and implement training programs for corporate partners, sales teams, surgeons, and hospital personnel. Bunselmeyer serves as Adjunct Instructor at Bellevue College (WA) and the University of Washington for courses in eLearning and Instructional Systems Design.



Margaret Murphy has a MA in education from New York University and a graduate-level certificate in the design and delivery of distance education from the University of Washington. She has been involved in the training of adults, in both the private and public sector, for more than 20 years. She is co-author of Trainer for a Day (ASTD Press).





Dr. Gloria Burgess

Closing Remarks, "Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside"

Dr. Gloria Burgess loves nothing more than inspiring others to create a bridge from what was, and what is, to what can be . . . and she's dedicated her entire life to doing just that. As an award-winning author, speaker, executive coach, and consultant, Gloria engages others by weaving together her own personal legacy using the threads of authenticity, creativity, soulful living, and cultural inclusivity. Dr. Burgess speaks and writes about legacy living and legacy leadership. She enjoys working with people of all cultures, ages, and life circumstances, and her work has taken her throughout the United States and Canada and almost 30 other countries. Wherever she’s called, Gloria’s purpose is singular-to support women, men, and children in lifting their voices as instruments for personal, professional, organizational, and intercultural hope, healing, and transformation.


Linda Callecod

Topic: Learning Leaders Panel Discussion, "How to Ignite Your Workplace Learning Mojo"

Linda Callecod has over 25 years’ experience as a successful leader, teacher, motivator, and master trainer / facilitator with a passion for creating high performance teams, training  trainers, and developing leaders at all levels of an organization. She is author of Tools of the Trade, a Practical Guide for Trainers, The Road to There, and numerous training and development course workbooks.

Previously the Divisional Vice President of Training and Diversity for the Bon Marché in Seattle Washington (now Macys), and a past Sr. Consultant and Partner with the Effectiveness Institute in Redmond Washington, Linda has a solid background in corporate learning & development, performance enhancements and process improvements, with proven expertise in multiple project management, program implementation and curriculum development for companies in diverse industry niches.

Included in her long list of credits is consulting for McDonald’s Corporation, Boeing, The Seattle Mariners,  Thurston County Department of Homeland Security, as well as teaching for the University of Washington’s Human Resource and Adult Learning and Development certificate programs. In 2002, Linda was the recipient of UW’s Teaching Excellence Award in business and management.


 John Chen, CEO for PlayTime Inc.

 A Corporate Team Building and Leadership company using Technology and Adventure to Create Life-Changing  Adventures.
 Breakout Session “Digital Team Building”

 John is a Digital Team Building Expert, the CEO of Geoteaming specializing in corporate team building and leadership programs that use technology and adventure and the Wiley author of 50 Digital Team Building Games.  John facilitated multiple teams in working together to ship ten world-class products for Microsoft resulting in selling over 100 million client licenses and earning him two US Patents.  Today, John works with Fortune 500 clients to teach team building skills around the world including Barcelona, France, Taiwan and Shanghai. John has earned the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top 40 Entrepreneur Under The Age of 40 Award, the Better Business Bureau’s Innovative Practices Award, Meeting Professionals International’s Supplier of the Year and Training Magazines Top Young Trainer.


Helene Cho

Breakout Session " Keep Your Mojo Running - High Performance and Engagement through Self Renewal"

Helene Cho is a Professional Certified Coach, author, and facilitator who works with both individuals and organizations to maximize their professional and personal effectiveness.  Her specialties are Leading Organizational Change, Team Building, Career Transitions and Cultivating Life-Work Balance. Before she started her own consulting firm, Synergy Consulting and Training in 1993, Helene spent 13 years in leadership positions in Fortune 500 organizations. She has extensive leadership and management experience including overseeing a Region of 200+ employees. In 2010, Helene published her book Hamster on the Wheel; Cultivating Life-Work Balance. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry.  She is originally from Seoul, South Korea. Her family moved to West Africa for four years before coming to the United States.




John Delano

Topic: Learning Leaders Panel Discussion, "How to Ignite Your Workplace Learning Mojo"

John Delano is Co-Founder & CEO of Saltbox Services, a collaborative learning and learning analytics company focused on transforming learning for the 2020 workplace. He has over 15 years of executive experience in sales, operations, learning development, and consulting with companies such as AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, and BayGroup International.

A Pacific Northwest native, John graduated from University of Washington and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Portland. When not working he can still be found enjoying the outdoors with his family and beloved beagle Cooper.

John has appeared as a guest blogger, speaker, and source for a Social Learning case study by Gartner Research. He can be reached at john.delano@saltbox.com or on Twitter @johndelano or @saltboxservices.


Jillian Douglas, Chief Creative Officer, IdeaLearning Group

Breakout Session “Your Brain is not a Bucket”

Jillian is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at IdeaLearning Group, a Portland-based company that creates cost-effective, custom, and complete classroom and eLearning employee development solutions for soft skills and technical training.

Jillian is passionate about creating and delivering employee development solutions. She has worked in the adult education field for nearly two decades developing and delivering operational, managerial and leadership-focused employee development programs that positively impact business.


Anne Jess, Visual Facilitation and Graphic Recording, Owner The DoodleBiz

Graphic Recorder of the Key Note Address

We are pleased to have Anne Jess with us this year. She will be creating a few graphic recording charts during the ASTDps conference. Feel free to talk with her after the key notes and between sessions. Anne is a business consultant and facilitator. She works with individuals and groups, non-profit agencies, and corporate teams. Before earning her Masters in Organization Development, Anne had an extensive career in systems analysis, database design and software development. Her passion is leveraging sensitivity, intention and creativity in facilitating organizational and individual change. While working as a graphic recorder, Anne creates large-scale charts “in-the-moment” listening to keynote speeches, presentations or group conversations. She uses her deep listening and analytical skills to synthesize key components in visually engaging ways. “I believe in the power of visuals. They allow us to make a deeper connection so we remember and understand more. Visuals create long-term impact.” Please contact Anne at www.TheDoodleBiz.com to find out how she can assist you and your group develop mission and vision statements, define preferred futures, create action plans, and recognize strengths and possibilities in your organization. She can also help you add visuals to your powerpoint presentations so they are more engaging. Find out more!

Tom King

Topic: Learning Leaders Panel Discussion, "How to Ignite Your Workplace Learning Mojo"

Tom King is Chief Learning Technologist for Boeing Flight Services. His team focuses on creating innovative aviation training using emerging technologies and techniques. Tom has a master’s degree in Instructional Design and 20 years experience developing and managing elearning. Prior to working at Boeing, his early participation with AICC, ADL SCORM, and IEEE LTSC was instrumental in initial implementations of vendor-independent LMS specifications. As a designer/developer, he has been directly involved in the development of over 500 hours of elearning for banking, energy, construction, aviation, and defense organizations. As an entrepreneur, the training services and LMS product company he co-founded was acquired by Macromedia in 1997 and subsequently purchased by IBM. Tom has a fondness for both Apples and Androids.


Kathryn Payne

Breakout Session: "Order Up! Technology Enables Informal Learning"

Kathryn Payne is currently the Director of Analysis & Design at Intrepid Learning.  Kat has been with Intrepid Learning for 7 years and leads cross functional teams to serve clients like Microsoft, Boeing, and Autodesk. Prior to Intrepid, she was an Outreach Education Coordinator at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, proprietor of an educational curriculum business writing firm and a high school teacher. Kat holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Informal Learning.


Dr. Lynn Schmidt

 Topic: Learning Leaders Panel Discussion, "How to Ignite Your Workplace Learning Mojo"

Lynn Schmidt has twenty-six years of experience as a talent management and learning leader in large corporations.  Currently, she is a Talent Management Leader at Group Health Cooperative and has responsibility for succession management, leadership development, coaching, leader onboarding, and performance management.  Prior to joining Group Health Lynn was the Director of Talent Management for Raytheon and had responsibility for implementing talent management and learning initiatives across the business.

In previous roles Lynn has created corporate universities and led enterprise-wide learning and development functions. She has had responsibility for strategic workforce planning, executive and high potential development, diversity initiatives, employee engagement, coaching and mentoring programs.

She is a chapter author and editor of the ASTD In Action series book Implementing Training Scorecards and co-author of The Leadership Scorecard.  Lynn has B.S. in Business Administration, an MBA, an M.A. in Human and Organizational Systems and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.  She recently completed her ICF accredited coach training.



Paolo Tosolini, Director of Emerging Media at RUN Studios

Breakout Session " Rapid Social and Mobile Video Development "

Paolo Tosolini is Director of Emerging Media at RUN Studios, a major video and animation production company in Seattle. His focus is helping organizations embrace social media, online video and mobile for their internal communications and knowledge-sharing. In his former job at Microsoft, Paolo launched and managed the company internal YouTube platform called "Academy Mobile" which now hosts more than 35,000 employee-generated videos.


Jeff Tillett, Learning Technologist, Media Producer & Speaker

Breakout Session “Mobile Learning 101”

Jeff Tillett has worked with computers and Internet technologies for over twenty years. A survivor of the Internet boom, Jeff assisted many startups to successfully build business and eCommerce ventures. As a developer for a distance-learning Internet start-up, Jeff and his team crafted a custom LMS and content that went in it. Jeff has worked for various companies as an Interactive Learning Developer and Instructional Designer, including T-Mobile USA and Microsoft, Float Mobile Learning. At T-Mobile, Jeff built expertise in mobile delivery and design while leading the Innovation Team that advocated and piloted emerging learning technologies for the organization. Jeff has expertise in eLearning, mobile learning, video and other technology based learning. Jeff helps organizations build technology road maps and create engaging media for training.

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