Simplify Training, a Simplify Compliance brand
Chelsea Brookes, director of eLearning for Simplify Training, oversees instructional design and production of online training curriculum for Simplify Compliance. With a focus on blended-learning techniques and incorporating various mediums of training into cohesive packages, Brookes works on customer-facing products that are designed to improve organization’s internal training practices.
Director, Employee Development & Engagement
Tess Fyalka is Director of Employee Development & Engagement for O’Shea Builders where she serves as an internal coach and directs O’Shea’s employee development programs. She also oversees and delivers training programs for “O’Shea University.” Prior to joining O’Shea, she spent 14 years as an independent consultant. And before transitioning into employee and organizational development, Fyalka worked in marketing and public relations for three large organizations. She has written more than 2,000 articles, white papers, blogs, and chapters in books on topics related to management and leadership. She is trained in coaching and facilitation and is an Organization Development Certified Professional, a Leadership Circle Certified Practitioner, a Crucial Conversations Certified Trainer, and a Conversational Intelligence Enhanced Practitioner.
Joan Goodwin, MSOD
Specialist Leader | Performance Management Practice
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Joan Goodwin is the Performance Management (PM) Practice Lead for Deloitte’s Human Capital practice in the United States. She has over 25 years of culture change, performance management and talent strategies consulting experience serving clients that include Fortune 500 organizations in multiple industries including technology, financial services inclusive of investment banking, manufacturing, biotech, life sciences, healthcare, oil and gas, and sports performance retailers. Throughout her career, Goodwin has advised business and HR leaders on some of their most challenging workforce issues including culture transformation, performance management, leadership development and aligning Talent Strategies to business results. She has led global performance management redesigns from business case through implementation resulting in practical and sustainable solutions. Her leadership role encompasses the development of new performance management service solutions and leading practices, new methodologies and vendor selection for next gen PM software vendors to enable ongoing continuous performance and development experiences for the workforce.
Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.
Edward Hubbard, Ph.D., President of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc. 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), a Ph.D. in Business Administration, and is the author of more than 45 books. Dr. Hubbard was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences. This award recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated distinctive achievements in a career.
Myra Hubbard, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.
Myra Hubbard, Ph.D., 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. Some of her books include “Measuring the ROI Impact of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs): Ensuring Employee Resource Group Initiatives Drive Business and Organizational Results, Experience Leaves Clues: 7 Keys to Self-Empowerment, and Assertiveness and Self-Confidence. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Psychology, a Masters degree in Counseling, a Practitioner Certification and Master Practitioner Certification in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), a neuroscience discipline and earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration.
GM EMEA & North America
Guy Lambert is currently General Manager EMEA and North America for Mentorloop, a software company helping organisations around the world effortlessly build a mentoring culture. Previously, Guy has worked on growth strategy for both large enterprise and startup businesses, and knows first hand the benefits that quality mentoring can bring to individuals and corporations alike. Guy holds both a Master of International Business and an Executive MBA, and loves nothing more than good food, good company and good times.
Sharon Lucas offers over 30 years of experience in the field of Organizational Learning and Development, Facilitation, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has had the privilege of partnering with a multitude of organizations providing innovative learning and organizational solutions as a consultant. Clients include GE, Synchrony Financial, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Noble Drilling, Toyota, Interliant, Eaton, Dick’s Sporting Goods, SABIC, Valerus, Oceaneering, TEAM Inc., MODEC and many others.
Lucas possesses the unique combination of offering instructional design, facilitation and organizational development solutions and has designed and facilitated Train the Trainer Sessions, Leadership/Management solutions, DISC Certification, Coaching, Team Building, Sales Training, Time Management, Business Writing, Change Management and Presentation Skills. She has worked with executive teams creating mission and vision statements for their organizations. Sharon has also consulted with companies to help establish competency-based succession planning, hiring and training processes and executive presentations. In addition, she and her team have created innovative and engaging solutions including a Gamification Leadership Course, virtual learning solutions, and Graphic Recording and Facilitation options for retention.
Lucas holds a M.S. in Occupational Technology with a focus on OD, Training, Coaching and Instructional Design. She also earned a B.A. in Psychology. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Masters Program at the College of Pharmacy at UH. Certifications include: DISC, EQ, CSI (Change Style Indicator) and additional course certifications. She is passionate about the design process, training and coaching, making it a goal to impact each and every one of the participants she comes into contact with.
Learning Experience Designer
Connie Malamed Consulting
Connie Malamed is a “Next Generation Instructional Design” expert who helps organizations craft strategies and experiences that improve performance and the recipient of the Guild Master award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the eLearning Guild community and the learning technologies industry.
As a learning experience designer for Connie Malamed Consulting, she works collaboratively with organizations to identify the most effective strategies for improving workplace performance, create the best solutions for disseminating information, design and create digital media (including online courses and web portals), review course materials and make recommendations for improvement, and coach teams that want to improve their competencies. Malamed’s goal is to provide training content that’s well-designed, easy-to-understand, and engaging. Her design work is based on the cognitive science of how people perceive and process information.
In addition to consulting, Malamed speaks and writes in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has a Masters’ Degree in Instructional Technology and a background in Visual Arts. She is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers.
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 role up your sleeves and business minded HR leader, 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.
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, 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.
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.
Sarah C. Mercier
Learning Ninjas LLC
Sarah Mercier, a partner at Learning Ninjas LLC, has over 18 years of experience as a facilitator, instructional designer and learning solution developer. Her primary focus is strategy, design and development in the area of innovative learning technologies. Mercier founded meLearning Solutions, a mobile learning consulting firm now operating as part of Learning Ninjas LLC. She is a national facilitator for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) for the Master eLearning Instructional Designer and Mobile Learning Certificate programs; and designed and facilitates both the Essentials of Mobile Learning and Essentials of Interactive eBooks programs. Her innovative learning solutions have been recognized by winning industry awards such as Best of Show at FocusOn Learning DemoFest 2017 for “xAPI for Interactive eBooks” and Best Performance Support Solution at DevLearn DemoFest 2017 for “Critical Success Factors training and assessment tool.”
Mercier is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events in the areas of instructional strategy, learning technology strategy, and learning solution design and development. Her work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TD Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications. Learn more at www.melearningsolutions.com and www.learningninjas.com, you can follow Mercier on Twitter at @sarahmerci.
Director of Sales Enablement
Bryan Naas is a leader in training with more than 15 years combined experience in training and learning design. With roots in public education, he cultivated a love for learning to take on leadership roles in both small and large software companies. Currently the director of enablement at Lessonly, Naas drives strategy and execution to ensure the whole company is prepared to successfully deliver the Lessonly message and brand.
Daniel Nelson, Esq., C|EH, CIPP/US
Partner & Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Security Practice Area
Dan Nelson is both a commercial litigator and a privacy and data security lawyer. And what makes him even more unique is that he is among the few U.S. attorneys to hold the title of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). That means he has been trained to break into computers, but for the right reasons. His combined interest in technology and the desire to help clients protect their privacy and sensitive data motivated him to take the unusual step of becoming what’s known as a “white hat” hacker. Through this arduous training, Nelson learned how to break into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security. Because of this, he offers clients a perspective that few lawyers possess. In addition to his ethical hacking credential, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). This credential means that he knows privacy laws and regulations and how to apply them.
Nelson’s special training and experience enhances his ability to help clients protect against and prepare for data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. He assists clients in the creation, implementation and enforcement of privacy and security policies and data breach plans. This guidance includes counseling on appropriate cybersecurity insurance coverage and risk assessment engagements. He also assists businesses with understanding their duties to retain and protect sensitive information, including privacy and document retention requirements.
In the event of a cyberattack, Nelson serves as a data breach/cyber incident coach. He advises on the immediate steps needed to contain, investigate and remediate the incident. His knowledge of both the technical details of likely breaches and the attendant legal and business impacts enables him to provide clients the information needed from both a technical and legal standpoint.
Colleen Passard, M.A.
Conflict Resolution Expert
Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc.
Colleen Passard of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc. is a writer, mediator and coach. She has an MA in Humanistic Counseling Psychology. Ms. Passard is the Leadership Development and Wellness Coach for Berkley Inc. in Carson, CA and currently serves on an Employment Mediation Panel for the Department of Homeland Security. She has facilitated empowerment workshops, and conflict resolution trainings to a wide variety of audiences and organizations, from CEO’s to prison inmates. As a Conflict Resolution Expert and Team Builder, Colleen dives deep into the source of conflict and performance, transforms communication and behavioral patterns and creates optimum balance and collaborative solutions that position individuals, teams and organizations to thrive and succeed.
Anthropologist & Founder
Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc.
Jeremy Pollack, the founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc., is an anthropologist and conflict resolution expert based out of Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. As a scientist, Mr. Pollack studies how individuals and groups collectively fulfill core needs, and how other people’s behaviors are perceived to threaten one’s own needs, thus creating conflict. In the process of applied conflict management and peacebuilding, he aims to transform relationships by helping parties recognize that their core needs are actually not being threatened by the other parties’ narratives. With a focus on psychology, social dynamics, and peacebuilding methodologies, Mr. Pollack helps individuals and organizations resolve interpersonal and intergroup conflicts.
Thought leader, Entrepreneur and Author
Take Flight Learning
Merrick Rosenberg, CEO and co-founder of Take Flight Learning, is a thought leader on personality styles and team development. He is the author The Chameleon and co-author of Taking Flight!.
Rosenberg has taught more than 100,000 people how to incorporate the personality styles in their work and lives. The DISC training program that he designed, Taking Flight with DISC was recognized as the Best Personality Styles Training Program in the United States by Corporate Vision Magazine.
As CEO of Take Flight Learning, he led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia area. Under his leadership, his company was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine. He received his MBA specializing in Organizational Development from Drexel University who selected him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.
Rosenberg has also been recognized as the NJ CEO of the Year by AI magazine and Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year by the Society for Human Resource Management.
In addition to speaking at conferences and events for companies, Rosenberg has spoken to groups, such as TEDx and the Association for Talent Development. National publications, such as The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, regularly seek his input, and he is also a sought-after guest on radio and television shows.
Rosenberg has worked with people at all levels, from line staff to senior managers at more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the United States and around the world. He has worked with small and large organizations in a variety of industries and has also worked with government agencies.
Matt Stevens, MBA
Specialist Leader | Workforce Transformation Practice
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Matt Stevens is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte’s Workforce Transformation practice specializing in Learning and Career Mobility with over 20 years of experience in organizational learning and talent development leadership. He has extensive experience in developing and driving talent strategy, including leadership and professional development, and developing and implementing innovative learning solutions. Stevens brings to clients a high-level of expertise in organizational development, learning and employee development, as well as learning organization operations. He has recently led efforts to redesign the employee onboarding experience at a leading global retailer and to design and deploy a new digital learning strategy for the world’s largest restaurant franchise. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Leadership Studies, with an emphasis on business leadership.