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CEO & Founder
Tanya Bakalov, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 for Northeast USA, has over 10 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Her career has included a variety of leadership roles in business operations, go¬-to¬ market strategy, corporate development, organizational hiring, SaaS and enterprise, and software-solution selling. Ms. Bakalov co¬-founded her first business, SevOne, in 2005.
Ms. Bakalov recently returned to her entrepreneurial roots, becoming the founder and CEO of BetterSkills Inc., which allows companies to grow, develop and retain their human capital by providing them with the tools and methodology necessary for them to excel in their careers.
Director, Diversity & inclusion Initiatives
Jodi Davidson serves as the director of diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives for Sodexo, the worldwide leader in quality of life services. She is a respected strategic partner who possesses vast understanding of the role D&I play in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. Globally, she oversees cultural agility and work/life flexibility, while driving a gender balanced, multigenerational workforce. She chairs Sodexo’s Inclusion Council whose role is to embed D&I more deeply in the organization, and was instrumental in the formation of Sodexo’s Employee Business Resources Groups.
Director of Global Markets
Dan Day helps people and organizations improve productivity and leadership through heightened interpersonal skills. He helps audiences learn how social intelligence leads to higher performance through leaders and teams that become better communicators and more collaborative, resilient and agile.
Mr. Day was on the BI Worldwide executive team when it achieved the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for organizational performance excellence, presented by the President of the United States. He is also the author of Brandtender Marketing: True Customer Engagement from the Inside Out and Engage Your Valued Customers, as well as numerous articles for national publications.
Chief Learning Officer
Recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2014 and 2015, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in learning, human capital management and business culture. A regular contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, and many more. Her book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, published was in the top 5 business books for sales (out of 11,000) written in 2015. Jenny is responsible to align and drive all corporate learning and enablement activity for SAP’s 75,500 employees worldwide.
Jessica Du Preez
Jessica Du Preez an avid “doodler,” joined the team of live sketch artists at Walt Disney World in 2010. Upon graduating, Ms. Du Preez was offered the position of Gallery Manager for a Fine Art Gallery in the Lower East Side of NYC.
Ms. Du Preez relocated to Houston, Texas in 2015, where she currently works as a freelance artist and art instructor. She has brought her engaging creativity and quick sketching skills to assignments for clients such as Walt Disney World, Geico, PetCo, GE, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Kroger to name a few. Ms. Du Preez joined the CDT3 team as a consultant in Graphic Recording and creates one-of-a-kind resources for companies through illustrating core ideas and values to aid in information retention and clarity of concepts.
Co-founder & CRO
Mohit Garg is co-founder and go-to-market leader at MindTickle, the industry’s most comprehensive readiness solution for closing the knowledge and skills gaps in customer-facing teams. Companies use MindTickle to accelerate time-to-productivity, ensure consistent execution and boost sales performance. He is responsible for scaling and transforming the company into a global SaaS powerhouse. Mr. Garg is an engineer at heart, consultant by training and an entrepreneur by profession. Previously, he was a Senior Director in PwC’s management consulting practice and was also an early member of successful Silicon Valley startups such as Iospan Wireless (acquired by Intel & L3) and Aruba networks (IPO).
Mr. Isbell has held leadership positions in both Training & Operations in other organizations such as Logan’s Roadhouse, O’Charley’s and IHOP. John also spent eight years in the Air Force/Air Force Reserves where his last position held was Unit Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (Unit NCOIC) of Training and Development for the 452nd Air Reserve Mobility Wing.
Mr. Isbell is a past President of the Council of Hotel And Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and currently still acts on an advisory committee. John has been featured in magazines such as Nation’s Restaurant News and Food and Wine, while also making numerous presentations at trade shows and conferences across the U.S.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Bob Kelleher
President and Founder
The Employee Engagement Group
Bob Kelleher is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and consultant and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. He is the author of the best selling book, LOUDER THAN WORDS: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results, CREATIVESHIP, A Novel for Evolving Leaders, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT for Dummies, and the recently released I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap.
Mr. Kelleher can be seen or heard on national media (most recently on CNBC, CBS, NBC News, Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune), and is a frequent guest writer and contributing editor on many national publications.
Mr. Kelleher is also a frequent conference keynote speaker, including talks throughout the US and Canada, as well as talks in China, Japan, Europe, South America, Mexico, and the Middle East. He has also presented to the leadership teams of many of the world’s top companies including Lockheed Martin, Cannon, Ceridian, Dana Farber, Cumberland Farms, Gulf, TJX, The Cheesecake Factory, Prudential, Abbott Labs, Fidelity, Dale Carnegie, amongst many others.
Mr. Kelleher is also the founder and president of The Employee Engagement Group, a global survey, products, and consulting firm working with leadership teams to enhance their leadership and employee engagement effectiveness.
Before becoming a speaker, author and entrepreneur, Mr. Kelleher was the Chief Human Capital Officer for AECOM, a Fortune 500 global professional services firm, with 45,000 employees located in 450 offices throughout the world, and CHRO and COO for ENSR, a 3,000 employee global consulting firm, and now a subsidiary of AECOM. During his years at AECOM and ENSR, both designed and spearheaded award winning engagement and leadership initiatives.
President & CEO
Carol Leaman is the CEO of Axonify Inc., a disruptor in the corporate learning space and innovator behind the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform—proven to increase employee knowledge and performance necessary for achieving targeted business results. Ms. Leaman is a frequent speaker, a regular contributor to Fortune magazine and a well-respected thought leader, whose articles appear in various learning, business and technology publications. She also sits on the boards of many organizations, both charitable and for-profit, and advises a variety of high-tech firms in Canada’s technology triangle.
Ms. Leaman has won multiple awards for entrepreneurship and she is a finalist for the Techvibes Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2017).
Sharon Lucas offers over 28 years of experience in the field of Organizational Learning and Development, Facilitation, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She began her training career working for a private investigator, training others on how to detect cellular fraud, working on a kidnapping as well as gang related crimes. Ms. Lucas transitioned to corporate to do what she loves most, building and leading the learning and development function. For the past 16 years she has had the privilege of partnering with a multitude of organizations providing innovative learning and organizational solutions as a consultant.
Patrick Lynch is the managing partner for Salesbridge, LLC, a boutique consulting firm specializing in AI for sales, sales enablement, and sales transformation.
His sales experience consists of direct sales, sales enablement, sales management, and sales consulting. He has worked for companies like CSO Insights, FedEx Office, Ricoh and Xerox. He obtained his Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma while at Xerox. His role at CSO Insights included working with SaaS firms as well as the F500 to help them with their sales and marketing transformation initiatives, as well as supporting Miller Heiman Group sellers globally. His volunteer work includes serving as a mentor with Galvanize – which helps start-up companies take flight, as well as serving on the Board of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership.
Guila Muir and Associates
Guila Muir is principal of Guila Muir & Associates, a Seattle-based firm creating leadership by developing professionals’ training, facilitation and presentation skills. Since 1993, Ms. Muir’s engaging, highly energetic style has transformed businesses and organizations across the United States and in Canada. Her clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and literally hundreds of other national and international organizations. She has also worked as an adjunct professor in Seattle University’s Graduate School of Education. She published “Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire” in 2013. Since then, it has become an essential tool to develop and deliver effective courses, training sessions, and webinars across the globe.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Cara Silletto, MBA
President & Chief Retention Officer
Workforce thought leader Cara Silletto, MBA, is the president & chief retention officer at Crescendo Strategies, a company committed to reducing unnecessary employee turnover by bridging generational gaps and making leaders more effective in their roles. As an early Millennial herself, Ms. Stiletto serves as the voice of today’s new workforce, helping leaders across the country retain their talent. She is equipped with a Corporate Communications degree, an MBA, and more than 14 years of experience learning the expectations of employees and employers. She was named a “Game Changer” by Workforce magazine, was recognized by Recruiter.com as a “Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch,” and is a co-author of the book What’s Next in HR.
Amy A. Titus
Deloitte Consulting, LLC
Dr. Amy A. Titus is responsible for delivering talent management, learning, organization improvement and change solutions to her clients. She brings considerable industry depth, thought leadership and international insights to Deloitte’s clients, given her 30 years of global experience, with a major emphasis in financial services. With Deloitte, she was instrumental in establishing Deloitte University and transforming how talent management occurs at Deloitte with the introduction of the lattice career. She holds several leadership positions and runs the Learning Solutions Practice for the Public Sector. Before joining Deloitte, she held executive roles in BearingPoint and Citigroup spanning the full range of global human resource functions. Prior to that, she was president of a management consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Geneva, Switzerland and Cairo, Egypt. She holds a Doctorate in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Director of Research & Development
CGS Enterprise Learning
Micah White, serves as director of research and development for CGS Enterprise Learning. His primary research focus is advanced technology for the authoring, publishing and visualization of multimedia and interactive learning content. He is responsible for generating new business opportunities via technology development, with a strong focus in multimedia production. He has expertise in responsive web technologies for learning, mobile learning applications, real-time 3D graphics (Unity & Flash Stage3D) and HTML5-based eLearning. He has been nominated for a Canadian Gemini Award and won a Brandon Hall Award for Best Advance in Rapid Authoring.