Speakers

In these sessions our expert curators will give you the tools and knowledge to build or rebuild your organizational develop program.

Lauren Bediako

Vice President of HR and Corporate Operations


Wagner’s team is responsible for Organizational Design and Capabilities, workforce analytics, AI inference of skills, upskilling/reskilling, and future of careers. Prior to Prudential, Wagner was the VP, Leadership Development during IBM’s largest transformation in its history. Wagner was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University.

Future-Ready by Design

As dynamic systems, organizations are rapidly adapting to an environment characterized by continuous disruptions. In this context, complexity is increasing exponentially while new dilemmas are emerging for leaders, teams, and individuals alike. This convergence of powerful forces is demanding new ways of thinking, leading and working in order to shape a future-ready organization.

Chris Coladonato

Professional Development Leader


Chris Coladonato is a Professional Development Leader at Farmers Insurance with 20 years’ experience as a talent development professional. She is a member of the Enterprise Learning and Development Team focused on culture and leadership initiatives for the organization. She specializes in virtual facilitation and helping distributed teams work effectively together and building skills of employees and managers to succeed in the virtual workplace.

Moments that Matter When Leading Remotely

In this session, we will explore the moments that truly matter when managing remotely. The ones that lead to higher engagement, better connection and productive teams. We will explore tools you can use to help your managers identify their own moments that matter when it comes to communicating, collaborating and connecting with their teams and start to build a plan  to help managers build their remote management skills.

Wagner Denuzzo

Head of Capabilities for Future of Work


Wagner’s team is responsible for Organizational Design and Capabilities, workforce analytics, AI inference of skills, upskilling/reskilling, and future of careers. Prior to Prudential, Wagner was the VP, Leadership Development during IBM’s largest transformation in its history. Wagner was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University.

Future-Ready by Design

As dynamic systems, organizations are rapidly adapting to an environment characterized by continuous disruptions. In this context, complexity is increasing exponentially while new dilemmas are emerging for leaders, teams, and individuals alike. This convergence of powerful forces is demanding new ways of thinking, leading and working in order to shape a future-ready organization.

Kimberly Gerber

CEO of Excelerate


Kimberly Gerber is the founder of Excelerate, an innovative leadership development firm specializing in coaching executives and their teams. For the past 20+ years, she has helped transform the impact of more than 1500 leaders across 100 companies including Verizon, Allergan, Whirlpool, Blizzard and UCLA. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Communication, attained her coaching certification and is an MBTI master practitioner.

Leading with GRIT: Overcoming Setbacks with Resilience

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable, and the leaders that succeed are the ones who respond to crises with stability and optimal thinking. In this session, Kimberly will share what resilience is, why it’s critical to have, and why resilience is a consumable resource that leaders need to invest in maintaining. Most importantly, participants will learn how to cultivate an optimal attitude and lead with GRIT through tough circumstances of any kind.

Tyrone A. Holmes

President, T.A.H. Performance Consultants


Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes is a professional speaker and consultant who has spent over two decades teaching thousands of people to build powerful relationships in diverse settings. He teaches participants to improve performance by reducing bias, by effectively communicating their messages, and by building powerful connections with diverse audiences and groups.

Unconscious Bias: A Quiet Performance Killer

Unconscious bias is a quiet, yet powerful performance killer because it interferes with our ability to build relationships across differences and leads to bad decisions that impair individual and organizational performance. This session describes unconscious bias, identifies the specific ways it can diminish your effectiveness and proffers steps you can take to reduce bias and its negative impact on your performance.

Rebecca Jones

Chief People Officer, European Wax Center


Rebecca Jones is responsible for People & Culture strategy at EWC. She supports talent across the organization through leadership of HR, L&D, and Internal Communications teams. Rebecca drives employee engagement and performance with impactful and growth orientated solutions. Rebecca's prior experience includes talent leadership roles with John Hardy Jewelry, and LVMH in the USA as well as roles in Australia and Europe.

The Future is Female

...and male - the future of leadership development relies on all our talent, both male and female to even out the playing field and develop strong female leaders

Amy P. Kelly

Chief Learning Officer, APKelly


Amy P. Kelly believes in people & helps them grow. She led the HR & Talent Development function as part of the executive team to complete the successful sale of two $1B+ technology distribution companies. Amy is a graduate of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program at George Mason University. She is the VP of Consulting for The Jon Gordon Companies & co-author of &The Energy Bus Field Guide.

Grow Through Change

One of the best things we can do as OrgDev Professionals is help people get better at change. Join this Fishbowl for strategies to support executives, mid-level managers, and front line employees grow through change.  

Sharlyn Lauby

President, ITM Group, Inc.


Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She has been named a Top HR Digital Influencer and is best-known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. HR Bartender has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Blogs read by HR professionals. She is the author of the TD@Work Orient Managers for Career Success and &A Road Map for Onboarding Managers, which are available in the ATD Store.

10 Tips for Onboarding in the “Next Normal”

The pandemic has changed the way we do business. There’s a good chance that we won’t go completely back to the ways things used to be. Companies need to define what their “next normal” will look like for customers, and employees. From an employee standpoint, it means reevaluating and possibly reworking orientation and onboarding. I hope you can join me in this session about what onboarding in the next normal might look like and how organizations can set their hybrid workforce up for success.

Raymond Lee

CEO, Careerminds


RAYMOND LEE is the Founder and CEO of Careerminds, a modern-day outplacement company launched in 2008. He has over 18 years of human resource, outplacement, and career consulting experience. Raymond holds a Master's degree in I/O Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and a bachelors in Psychology. He is an active speaker and contributor to SHRM and HRPS and is the author of a new book titled Clocking Out, published by SHRM.

Employee Offboarding - 3 Reasons Why HR Should Give Exiting Employees the Red Carpet Treatment

Offboarding practices have a direct ROI because they can dramatically impact your talent acquisition strategies, who buys your products, and how well your company is prepared for a changing workforce. By giving employees the red carpet treatment during their exit, they will be better brand ambassadors, better spokespeople, and allies, telling their talented colleagues about your organization and possibly even working for you again.

Catherine Mattice Zundel

CEO, Civility Partners


Catherine is the founder/CEO of Civility Partners, an HR consulting firm focused on helping organizations create respectful workplace cultures. Her clients range from Fortune 500's to small business in a multitude of industries. Catherine is an HR thought-leader and has appeared in such venues as USA Today, Bloomberg, CNN, NPR, and many other national news outlets as an expert. Catherine is also an award-winning speaker, author and blogger.

Action Steps to Replacing a Toxic Culture with a Civil One

Harassment, bullying, and aggression occur because the organization facilitates the opportunity for them to occur. These problems aren’t created by individuals, they’re an organizational problem requiring organizational change to be effectively addressed. Join Catherine Mattice Zundel, a consultant who specializes in turning around toxic cultures, to gain real tactics for doing just that. She’ll share case studies and provide tangible action items you can use immediately after the conference.

Allyson McElwain

Director, Development and Learning, TELUS


Allyson is an established learning professional dedicated to driving progressive cultures to meet company, customer and employee goals for strategic growth. She is a dynamic and authentic leader with expertise in Human Capital Development and Diversity & Inclusion, and a trusted adviser to the executive team on today's leadership and culture challenges. She holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology from the University of Guelph.

Exploring the impact of world issues on workplace well-being

The global pandemic and racial injustices are affecting people in different, distressing ways. This conversation will examine psychological safety and its impact on workplace culture, productivity and engagement, and discuss how to create experiences and environments that support well-being.

Robin Miles

Sr. Learning & Org. Dev. Consultant, VMware


Robin is an experienced HR leader, certified executive coach and vibrant keynote speaker with 20+ years of experience building global programs “from the ground up” in the areas of Transformative Leadership & Organizational Development, Executive Coaching, Employee Relations and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She is best known and respected for her unique way of bringing out the best in others through honesty, good humor, and collaboration.

The Hard Facts About "Soft" Skills

In this 1-hr session, participants will engage in a generative design thinking conversation to probe into traditional ways soft skills are defined and developed.

Deadra Welcome

Founder/CEO, Concerning Learning


Deadra Welcome is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Concerning Learning LLC, who is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM), Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF), Certified Associate Diversity Coach (ADC), and a Kirkpatrick Bronze Level Certification credential holder. She has trained and coached thousands of professionals from executives to individual contributors. Deadra's passion for making learning extraordinary continues to increase employee engagement within corporations, non-profit entities, and government agencies on business, human resources, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development topics. Using a unique blend of instructional design, facilitation, and coaching techniques, she equips individuals with key skills that lead to improved organizational and individual performance. Deadra is the author of Don't Get Left Behind and founder the Extraordinary Learning Academy where she trains other trainers to design, develop, and deliver inspiring, engaging, and actionable learning experiences.

Succession Management for the Unknown


As dynamics in the workplace continue to change beyond our wildest imagination, it is an increasing reality that employees no longer stay with the same organization for decades, but move from company to company chasing better opportunities and increased job satisfaction. Therefore, it is important for organizations to be aware of the needs of their employees and continue to align with them. It is also important to constantly manage succession activities to be prepared for the unknown.