Workforce L&D 2018 Speakers

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Patty McCord

Patty McCord
Workplace Innovator, Culture and Leadership Consultant
Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix

Patty McCord coaches and advises a small group of companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership as the Principal of Patty McCord Consulting. She has many years of working with business leaders and aspiring management to help people realize and practice leadership. She is an innovative businessperson who is willing to push the boundaries of thinking about the way we work.

Ms. McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 12 years. Along with input from the Netflix management team, she helped to create the Netflix Culture Deck. When it was posted on the web, this presentation took on a life of its own. Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.” The presentation has been viewed more than five million times. Ms. McCord was in charge of operationalizing those concepts. This involved creating or sometimes eliminating patterns, systems and structure so that the words and aspirations of the culture document became behaviors ad modes of operating.

McCord participated in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with Netflix and before that with Pure Atria Software. She has worked with small start-ups and very large companies. She is a veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland and Seagate Technologies. Her background includes staffing, diversity, communications and international Human Resources positions.

Her new book “Powerful. Teams, Leaders and the Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” will change how you think about work and the way a business should be run.

Robyn A. Defelice

Robyn A. Defelice, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant – Dishing Design
Dishing DesignConsultant and Learning Strategist – Revolve Solutions LLC

Robyn A. Defelice, Ph.D., is a consultant and strategist in the learning and development field and an occasional adjunct professor teaching the art and science of instructional design. Her energy comes from collaborating with her clients to develop empowering, effective, and sustainable solutions.

Always up for a challenge, Ms. Defelice has a wide stratification of skills ranging from client management, performance improvement, risk and change management, along with more exciting talents in structuring and defining learning programs to writing creative case studies and branching-styled stories.

Her background ranges from startups, higher education, and state agencies to major health systems, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. She is also a geek for data that provides insight into the industry of creating and producing educational products.

Kathleen Horton

Kathleen Horton
Master Instructional Designer
Navis Learning

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. health systems, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. She is also a geek for data that provides insight into the industry of creating and producing educational products.

Sally Hovis

Sally Hovis
VP of Design and Development
Navis, a BLR Brand®

Sally Hovis, the vice president of design and development for Navis, a BLR brand®, is a master instructional/learning design consultant. She oversees the design, development, and delivery of optimized learning solutions that align with key business objectives of Navis’ clients. Previously, she served as vice president of Skill Soft.

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.

Bree Langemo

Bree Langemo, J.D.
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Bree Langemo, the president of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), provides overall strategic and operational direction for ELI with a focus on developing high impact partnerships with for profit, non-profit, government, and academic organizations from around the world to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset. She has worked directly with organizations to cultivate entrepreneurial cultures with stakeholder buy-in and impactful, metric-driven implementations.

Having worked as an accountant and an attorney, Ms. Langemo also spent over ten years in higher education as a faculty, chair, and dean. She was recently featured in Huffington Post for pioneering ELI’s entrepreneurial mindset curriculum as a college student success course with significant results. In addition to her publications and national and global speaking engagements, she has trained executives and HR professionals as well as keynoted leading innovation conferences.

Ms. Langemo is the author of ELI’s What is your Workplace Mindset? eBook which has been downloaded by executives and HR professionals from all around the world. Download the book on ELI’s Mindset Blog at

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.

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.

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.


Mark Richards

Mark Richards
Manager, L&D
O2E Brands

Mark Richards is learning and development leader with over 15 years’ experience implementing multi-faceted learning and culture programs in the areas of Leadership, Management, Sales, Operations, and Customer Service. Currently, he oversees the development and implementation of learning and development programs for 2500-plus corporate and franchise employees across O2E Brands (1-800-GOT-JUNK, WOW 1 DAY Painting, You Move Me, and Shack Shine). Partnering with O2E Brands’ internal product delivery team, he oversees the design, development and delivery of a comprehensive Project Management curriculum, which leaders leverage in the planning and implementation of strategic programs.

Prior to joining O2E Brands, Mr. Richards led the training and customer service team Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Atmosphere) where he implemented a Learning Management System and gamification strategy for over 10,000 employees.

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.

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.

Donna Volpitta

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.
The Center for Resilient Leadership

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., is an innovative educator and speaker. As the founder of The Center for Resilient Leadership, she makes brain science easy and applicable. Her Resilient Mindset Model, which draws on the latest research in neurology, psychology and education, has been applied to areas of leadership from parenting to corporate management. Dr. Volpitta is co-author of the book The Resilience Formula and co-creator of the Nametags Education Program. In all of her work, Dr. Volpitta provides practical strategies and numerous ways to apply the model.

Dr. Volpitta holds Board positions for One Revolution Foundation and Kids Helping Kids, both of which develop resilience in youth. She is a Founding Member and Global Presence Ambassador for Parenting 2.0 and an expert contributor for She has authored several articles, received a grant from the Department of Education, and has given presentations at numerous professional conferences. She holds a Doctoral Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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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