Workforce L&D 2018 Speakers

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Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison
Co-Founder & Chief Movement Officer
Luminate Labs

Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch in 2017.

For the past decade, he has shared his insights with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.

Audrey Bloom

Audrey Bloom
Duly Knowted LLC

As an instructional designer and OD consultant, Audrey Bloom “curates,” organizes, and re-formats business information and educational content to include in performance support tools, training programs, and business curriculum. She has worked with leaders and subject matter experts in a few large organizations (Boeing, Pfizer-Zoetis, John Deere, Caesars Palace)—and some terrific smaller ones.

The variety of Ms. Bloom’s projects have enabled her to observe some things about how knowledge and expertise flows through organizations (or doesn’t)—knowledge and expertise that can easily be misplaced or lost when roles change or people leave.

All has brought her to her current work: Duly Knowted.® Duly Knowted is all about leveraging workplace transitions for everyone’s benefit. And, Ms. Bloom has designed a collection of tools to assist businesses and organizations identify and capture information that might otherwise be lost when employees transition or leave their companies.

Kathleen Horton

Kathleen Horton
Master Instructional Designer
Navis Learning, a BLR® Brand

Kathleen Horton is a Studio Director and Master Instructional Designer at Navis Learning a BLR brand. For more than 20 years, she has worked in a variety of L&D roles. She has developed and managed many successful classroom and online training programs for wide range of industries, roles and audiences. She was the Director of e-Learning for Fidelity Investments where she built their first client e-learning library, and most recently she was an Sr. Learning Designer at PwC where she was a Brandon Hall Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in compliance training. Ms. Horton was an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Digital Imaging and Arts at Boston University. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and English Communications from Emmanuel College and a master’s degree in Human Resource Education from Boston University.

Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.

Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Edward Hubbard, Ph.D., specializes in techniques for applied business performance improvement, Diversity Return on Investment (DROI®) measurement and analytics, instructional design, and strategic organizational development. He is an expert in organizational behavior, organizational analysis, applied performance improvement and ROI measurement strategies, strategic planning, diversity measurement and analytics, and strategic organizational change methodologies. He holds a Practitioner Certification and Master Practitioner Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and is the author of more than 40 books.

Myra Hubbard, Ph.D.

Myra Hubbard, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Myra Hubbard, Ph.D., the executive vice President of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc., has many years of successful experience providing consultation to executives, work groups, and organizations. Her consulting engagements support managers, teams and organizations to become more inclusive, improve performance and increase productivity. She specializes in Organizational Behavior, Organizational Analysis, Employee and Business Resource Group Performance Improvement and Measurement Strategies, Diversity Measurement, Team Building and Organizational Change Methodologies. Her emphasis is on practical “how-to” approaches directly related to organizational goals and the empowerment of employees. She is co-author of the book “Measuring the ROI Impact of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs): Ensuring Employee Resource Group Initiatives Drive Business and Organizational Results and the senior executive director of the International Association of Diversity and Inclusion ROI Professionals. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Psychology, a Masters degree in Counseling, California College Teaching Credentials, a Practitioner Certification and Master Practitioner Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), a neuroscience discipline and earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration.

Daniel Kurber

Daniel Kurber
Director of HR and Talent Development/Certified Executive Coach/Master Facilitator
Duluth Trading Company/Coaching Sherpa

Daniel Kurber, the director of HR and talent development for Duluth Trading Company, is a dynamic, engaging and innovative leadership & organizational development executive. He has honed his craft as a Master Facilitator and Certified Executive Coach while working for top Fortune companies such as Comcast Communications and U.S. Bank.

Specializing in internal executive coaching, cross-functional leadership, organizational development, diversity & inclusion, employee resource groups, team optimization and innovative employee engagement techniques, Mr. Kurber has proven success in employee satisfaction, retention and organizational loyalty.

With his larger than life personality and thoroughly engaging facilitation style, he is able to lead audiences on an exciting journey of self-discovery and social awareness that will transform the way they grow, develop and lead others.

Michael Leimbach

Michael Leimbach, Ph.D.
Vice President of Global Research and Development
Wilson Learning Worldwide

Michael Leimbach, Ph.D., is Vice President of Global Research and Development for Wilson Learning Worldwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Leimbach provides leadership for researching and designing Wilson Learning’s diagnostic, learning, and performance improvement capabilities. He has managed major research studies in sales, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. Dr. Leimbach developed Wilson Learning’s impact evaluation capability and ROI models. He is Editor-in-Chief of the ADHR professional journal and serves on the ISO Technical Committee on Quality Standards for Learning Service Providers. Dr. Leimbach has authored six books, published numerous articles, and frequently speaks at national and global conferences.

Jennifer Martinez

Jennifer Martinez
President & CEO
Consult HR Partners

Jennifer Martinez is the president and chief executive officer with Consult HR Partners, a newly launched company, who provide operational and strategic HR outsourcing services and solutions for businesses of all sizes. As a roll up your sleeves and business minded HR leader, Ms. Martinez’s approach is highly collaborative and customer service focused when working with her clients in both the public and private sector as an extension of their team to provide scalable solutions and services that tie directly to bottom line results.

Ms. Martinez has expertise in the areas of start-up HR operations, employee engagement and culture development, acquisition/due diligence and integration planning, organizational design work, developing and implementing strategic HR plans and leadership development programs.

In her 25-plus year tenure within the human resources field, Ms. Martinez held various HR leadership positions within the gaming industry at Scientific Games Corporation, Konami Gaming, Aristocrat and Caesars Entertainment Corporation. In her earlier career, she worked in hotel operations.

Ms. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Organization Leadership. She was named a “Great Women of Gaming – Proven Leader” in 2004 by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and she served as a key member of the Public Relations and Community Relations committee in 2007 and 2008 on the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association Board. She also recently served as a Board member for the Southern Nevada Chapter Red Cross from 2014-2017.

Terry Patterson

Terry Patterson
Learning Solutions Practice Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Terry Patterson, he leader of Deloitte’ Consulting LLP’s learning solutions practice, has a deep background in learning and leadership development specifically, and in talent management and other HR disciplines more broadly. Most recently, he has been leading large scale learning transformation engagements focused on helping clients reshape their learning organizations to deliver compelling career experiences for their workforces. A particular area of focus is linking learning with other core talent disciplines (performance management, leadership development, engagement, culture) around the central organizing concept of capability and career development in service of business strategy execution. He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and corporate HR executive.

Francis J. Powers

Francis J. Powers, MBA, MSIT
Instructional Designer
Self Employed

Francis J. Powers, MBA, MSIT, a managerial and administrative rregional leader for over 18 years, is an agency administrator with fiscal, operational and compliance supervision of multiple agency rehabilitation departments.

Mr. Powers has designed and developed digital training for fortune 1000 clients across multiple industries. He has worked with Novartis and their Elidel Field Sales Training, NYSE Broker Regulatory Training, Conoco/Phillips 76 with their Energy Training, Stryker and their Triathlon Knee Handheld Device training, Turner Construction Subcontractor Default Training and KPMG’s Consultant Training. His clinical disease rehabilitation and management background has provided over 23 years of physical therapy patient care and rehab staff management over multiple clinical settings including Harvard teaching Acute Inpatient, Harvard Teaching Acute Rehab/TCU, Geriatric SNF, Home Health and Outpatient settings.

Mr. Powers has a passion for customer care and outcomes with a strong background in start-ups, major health systems and agencies, insurance and pharmaceuticals.

Debbie Richards

Debbie Richards
Creative Interactive Ideas

Debbie Richards, president of Creative Interactive Ideas, was named one of the most influential people in corporate eLearning in 2018. She serves as a consultant to corporations and organizations, and she currently works with clients to design, develop, and deliver adult learning programs with measurable impact through the use of emerging technologies. She is passionate about working with and mentoring other learning professionals.


Ankit Shah

Ankit Shah
Chief Strategy Officer/Managing Director
Dopamine Agency

Ankit Shah is a behavioral design expert who leads strategy and consulting at Dopamine Agency. With a strong academic/research background and a wide portfolio ranging from Fortune 50 clients to leading venture-backed startups; he has helped develop multiple winning solutions in the engagement space. He also travels extensively to deliver talks expounding on his ideas on designing for humans first and the advent of the educational revolution through distributed learning initiatives. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and was a former student of Professor Werbach of Coursera Gamification Course fame and currently resides in the NYC metro area.

Gregg Thompson

Gregg Thompson
Bluepoint Leadership Development, A Simplify Compliance Company

As a much-in-demand speaker, Gregg leads his audiences on interactive, highly-engaging learning journeys that are both educational and entertaining. He dares audiences to abandon many of their closest-held beliefs about leadership and to explore new ways of seeing, relating to and influencing others. He confronts audiences with their own biases, judgments and attitudes, and challenges them to replace these with fresh new perspectives and practices. He vividly demonstrates how leaders can make a major shift in their personal impact and use their natural strengths to master the art of leadership. Gregg is the author of The Master Coach written for leaders who understand the impact of coaching on performance and career acceleration. The book is an invitation to all leaders who want to make a significant shift in their attitudes, values and behaviors and become more coach-like in all of their daily interactions and conversations. The Master Coach forms the basis for the Leader As Coach workshop, which is used to equip thousands of leaders around the world with potent, immediately-usable coaching skills.

Gregg is President of Bluepoint Leadership Development, one of the finest leadership training and coaching companies in the world today. He personally coaches many of the most successful executives in the Fortune 100 companies and has worked in 40 countries in nearly every major industry. He has a passion for coaching and leadership that is unmatched, and his multimedia Keynote Workshops are guaranteed to be provocative, inspiring and memorable.

Thomas A. Toth

Thomas A. Toth
Managing Director and Founder
dWeb Studios, Inc. dWeb Studios, Inc.

Thomas Toth has over 20 years of global experience in the design and development of training programs and educational technology. He has led the creation and implementation of global learning initiatives for companies like Western Union, Janus Capital Group, and SafeNet. As a consultant, he has designed training programs for clients such as CHANEL, DiSH, Kelly-Moore Paint, Swarovski, Newmont Mining, the Walmart Foundation, Airgas, Murale and Trizetto.

Mr. Toth is a recognized as an expert and innovator in the area of online learning and is a regular speaker for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and has delivered presentations to the eLearning Guild, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Pepperdine University. He is the winner of ELearning! Magazine’s Learning Champion Award 2016 in the category of Mentor.

Mr. Toth is the author of the books Technology for Trainers, first and second edition, and a contributing author to both the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals and Michael Allen’s eLearning Annual 2012. His work in the area of leadership program development lead to an ASTD BEST award for training and development in 2008. In 2016, Learning! Magazine recognized Mr. Toth as a Learning Champion winner in the category of Mentor.

Where & When

November 15-16, 2018

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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