Speakers

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

Annee Bayeux

EdCast


Annee has spent 20+ years in leadership roles in L'D, M'A and HR Tech with blue chips like Bosch Automotive, Alstom, General Electric and Danone. Currently, as EdCast's Chief Learning Strategist, she now prefers to spend her time evangelizing about the future of work to anyone who will listen. She is secretly afraid of robots taking over the world.

Future of Work (FOW) and the Re-Skilling Challenge

This year, COVID has made evident what many analysts and scholars were already saying: digitalization and technology's impact on society will cause major disruption in the way we work, the nature of our work and the actual jobs that are becoming irrelevant. Companies wanting to future-proof their workforce's ability to respond to the unexpected are moving from an efficiency-driven organization to one more focused on agility and resilience, thus continuously transforming. With transformation an everyday reality, reskilling is the biggest opportunity and challenge we face in this decade. What is the role of L&D in enabling this shift? Has COVID caused an L&D revolution? And more importantly, can HR technology keep up?

Lauren Bediako

ValidaTek, Inc.


Lauren Bediako is the vice president of human resources and corporate operations at ValidaTek. She provides strategic leadership in executing an employee-focused strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization in the areas of human resources, talent acquisition, industrial security, IT, and office administration. During the past 15 years she has served in a variety of senior human resources, program management, and operations roles across a range of industries. She has extensive experience in developing talent strategies that help drive employee engagement, impacting company performance and business growth.

Taking a Hybrid Approach to Performance Management Programs

Many organizations believe that ditching ratings and annual reviews in favor of more frequent check ins and feedback is the solution to their performance management process. However, new research shows that this agile approach is not the cure-all to performance management. Getting rid of ratings doesn’t get rid of the need to evaluate performance, and an agile approach is not necessarily easier for managers and doesn’t suit every organization. But there is a hybrid approach that may be more suitable. Join this session to find out more.

Patricia Carl

Highland Performance Solutions, LLC


Patricia Carl is an executive coach and consultant, and former chief human resources officer for both public and private equity backed companies. She partners with leaders, teams and organizations to drive business outcomes, and has worked with clients across industries, from companies such as Microsoft, Target Corporation, Deloitte, Citadel, and Silicon Valley start-ups. She has guest lectured at academic institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, and her insights have been regularly featured in Forbes, Real Leaders, and other publications. She holds leadership roles with not-for-profit boards and organizations and is an angel investor in multiple technology companies.

Activating an Agile Workforce: How to Leverage the New Skill Economy

Over the past year, regardless of industry or business strategy, nearly all organizations have reconfigured their workforces and work environments—through furloughs, layoffs, or hiring freezes; turning to temporary and/or permanent remote work programs. All those happenings combined to change the workforce composition. While this has undoubtedly presented challenges for employers, it has presented the opportunity for greater flexibility regarding talent as well. Forward-thinking talent management leaders are migrating from newly outmoded practices to creating more fluid skill economies, where there is greater focus on identifying, cultivating, and deploying discrete skills to perform needed work. This session will provide ways to incorporate these cutting-edge practices across industries into your talent management programs. In this session, you’ll learn strategies and best practices to foster more flexibility and fungibility of your talent resources

Chris Coladonato

Farmers Insurance


Chris Coladonato is a professional development leader at Farmers Insurance with 20 years of 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, you will explore the moments that truly matter when managing remotely—the ones that lead to higher engagement, better connection, and productive teams. We will also investigate 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.

Sabrina-Yvette d'Almeida

The Children's Law Center


Sabrina-Yvette d’Almeida is the chief talent and equity officer at Children’s Law Center. In her role, she leads CLC’s human resource and diversity equity and inclusion strategies. She works to partner across the organization to optimize organizational culture, align the organization’s diversity and inclusion goals with organizational outcomes and respond to changes or policies that occur outside the organization that affect organizational culture.

Inclusive leadership Is Just Leadership! Developing 21st Century Leaders

We are living in a complex and changing world. To support development and growth for our leaders, we need to prepare them to lead inclusively. That complexity requires a different style of leadership than what many of us have been taught about leadership. Join this session to learn how to embed change management as a critical competency for successful leadership and development and how to design a curriculum that intentionally increases cultural competency using experiential learning.

Wagner Denuzzo

Prudential Financial


Wagner Denuzzo’s team is responsible for organizational design and capabilities, workforce analytics, AI inference of skills, upskilling and reskilling, and the future of careers. Prior to working at Prudential, Wagner was the vice president of leadership development during the largest transformation in IBM’s history. Wagner was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree 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. This convergence of powerful forces is demanding new ways of thinking, leading, and working to shape a future-ready organization.

Kimberly Gerber

Excelerate


Kimberly Gerber is the founder of Excelerate, an innovative leadership development firm specializing in coaching executives and their teams. For more than 20 years, she has helped transform the impact of more than 1,500 leaders across 100 companies including Verizon, Allergan, Whirlpool, Blizzard, and University of California, Los Angeles. 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 who succeed are the ones who respond to crisis with stability and optimal thinking. In this session, the speaker will share the definition of resilience, why it’s critical, and why it’s a consumable resource that leaders need to invest in maintaining. Most importantly, you will learn how to cultivate an optimal attitude and lead with GRIT through tough circumstances of any kind.

Tyrone A. Holmes

T.A.H. Performance Consultants


Tyrone A. Holmes is a professional speaker and consultant who has spent more than two decades teaching thousands of people to build powerful relationships in diverse settings. He teaches participants to improve performance by reducing bias, effectively communicating their messages, and 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 offers steps you can take to reduce bias and its negative impact on your performance.

Brittney Johnson

Broadway Star, Glinda in Wicked


Brittney Johnson goes down in the Wicked history books for being the first African American woman to play the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway! She has also been seen on Broadway as Eponine in Les Misérables, as Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, in Motown the Musical, Sunset Boulevard, and as a special guest in Kristin Chenoweth's For the Girls. Brittney loves to connect to her fans through meet-and-greets, Q&As, coachings, and virtual concerts. Ask her all about the day she broke Wicked history!

Wrap Party

Join us at the OrgDev Wrap Party, featuring Brittney Johnson. Brittney goes down in Broadway history for being the first African-American woman to play the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked ! She has also been seen on Broadway as Eponine in Les Misérables, as Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, in Motown the Musical, Sunset Boulevard, and as a special guest in Kristin Chenoweth’s For the Girls. Come prepared to ask Brittney about her time on Broadway and all about the day she broke Wicked history! This interactive Q&A session will feature a special performance from Brittney.

Rebecca Jones

European Wax Center


Rebecca Jones is responsible for people and culture strategy at European Wax Center. 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. Her prior experience includes talent leadership roles with John Hardy Jewelry and LVMH in the US, as well as roles in Australia and Europe.

The Future is Female

Yes. The future is female . . . and male. The outlook of tomorrow’s leadership development relies on all our talent—both male and female—to even out the playing field and develop strong female leaders.

Crystal Kadakia

Learning Cluster Design Group


Crystal Kadakia is an organizational change leader with digital age and future of work expertise. She is the co-creator of the Learning Cluster Design model. She is also a two-time TEDx speaker and author; she is the co-author of the new ATD Press book Designing for Modern Learning.

The New Normal

Is your organization, like many, stuck between an industrial age and digital age way of working? Are you using remote ways of working, technologies in the cloud, new workplace policies, new styles of leadership? It’s time to move beyond experimentation and fully embrace what’s possible in our digital age while honoring what’s valuable from our past successes. It’s not all about the systems you have, it’s how you evolve the culture that makes or breaks success. Join the speaker as she shares insights gained from nearly 10 years of future of work research and personal remote work experience dealing with human behavior challenges in digital workplace culture. Leave empowered with perspectives to create new initiatives and lead differently.   

Amy P. Kelly

APKelly


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

Grow Through Change

One of the best things we can do as OD professionals is help people get better at change. Join this session for strategies to support executives, midlevel managers, and frontline employees as they grow through change.   

Sharlyn Lauby

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 five blogs read by HR professionals. She is the author of the TD at Work issues “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. For employees, that means re-evaluating and reworking orientation and onboarding. Join this session to learn what onboarding in the next normal might look like and how organizations can set up their hybrid workforce for success.

Raymond Lee

Careerminds


Raymond Lee is the founder and CEO of Careerminds, a modern-day outplacement company launched in 2008. He has more than 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 bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is an active speaker and contributor to SHRM and HRPS and is the author of a new book, Clocking Out.

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 better allies—telling their talented colleagues about your organization and possibly even choosing to work for you again.

Linda Ly

Young's Market Company


Linda is a Organizational Development Consultant specializing in workshop facilitation and creating inclusive spaces. Her professional experience includes being part of the training and organizational development field for over ten years. She has worked with organizations such as Oakley - an active sport organization, Young's Market Company - a 135+ year old family owned business as well as consulted businesses in France, Chile, China. Additionally, she is a certified yoga teacher and is passionate about supporting leaders in discovering tools to help them show up as their best selves.Linda is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Psychology (Cognitive Science) and Pepperdine University, where she received her MS in Organizational Development.

Creating a Community Focused on Gifts

Now that your minds and notes are swimming with ideas from the Future Workplace sessions. What’s next? It will take our collective gifts to create the Future Workplace (and world) we all desire to be a part of. In this workshop you will experience how to strengthen the social fabric of a community to help create accountability and commitment to the work required to move forward. In this gathering we will become an example of a future we want to create - diversity of thinking and dissent are given space, commitments are made without barter, and the gifts of each person and our community are acknowledged and valued.  What is required of you: plan to engage with others, commit to the time, and be willing to postpone quick action.

Imani Mance

The Home Depot


Imani Mance, Director of Supply Chain Learning at The Home Depot, has spent most of her career focused on improving business outcomes through people focused leadership and talent development. Imani has a unique background that includes information technology, consulting, web and graphic design, human resources, instructional design and learning strategy. She leverages this experience to champion frictionless learning solutions that seamlessly integrate into the dynamic working environment of employees today. Imani holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Spelman College and a master's degree in instructional technology from Georgia State University.

What’s Next: Taking a Futurist Approach to Career Planning

In this session, you will explore how to apply “futures thinking” principles to career planning. In addition to learning from one another’s career journeys, you’ll hear about the speaker’s career journey and how she futureproofs her skills and capabilities.

Catherine Mattice Zundel

Civility Partners


Catherine Mattice Zundel is the founder and CEO of Civility Partners, an HR consulting firm focused on helping organizations create respectful workplace cultures. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses in a multitude of industries. Catherine is an HR thought leader and has appeared in USA Today and on Bloomberg, CNN, NPR, and many other national news outlets as an expert. She 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 organizations facilitate opportunities for them to occur. These problems aren’t created by individuals; they’re organizational problems that require organizational change. Join the speaker, a consultant who specializes in turning around toxic cultures, to learn real tactics for doing just that. You’ll hear case studies and gain tangible action items you can use immediately.

Allyson McElwain

TELUS


Allyson McElwain 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 and inclusion, and a trusted adviser to the executive team on today’s leadership and culture challenges. She holds a PhD in industrial and 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 session 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.

Deborah Pettry

LearningZenith LLC


Deborah Brooks Pettry's career has emphasized Organization Development, Talent Development, and overall Human Resources as integrated partners in achieving organization and team member success. Whether within an internal HR department (Purdue University, Aerojet) or as an external consultant (Center for Creative Leadership, her own consultancies), she has consistently stressed strategic and practical alignment among the three partners for every challenge. Her clients range across many industries as well as government and education. She is co-founder of LearningZenith, providing Talent Development, OD, and HR with virtual and in-person solutions they can implement with internal professionals or in partnership with LearningZenith. Deborah's PhD is from Purdue University and she has a long-term collaboration with ATD Forum.

Developing Essential People Skills Virtually: Make it Real with Learner-Actor Interaction

Experience and analyze five types of live interactions with professional actors in excerpts from a virtual workshop on essential people skills for leading during uncertainty. Such interactions increase engagement, skilled application, and word-of-mouth publicity. By following five basic guidelines, you and your actor partners will impact leaders’ behaviors throughout your learning and change initiatives. Presenters include Deborah Pettry and two professional actors from San Diego.

David Strubler

Oakland University


Dave Strubler is a human resource professor in the School of Education and Human Services in the department of organizational leadership at Oakland University. Previously he worked in various roles at Champlain College and Kettering University. He has 17 years of experience as a human resource, education, and training manager at Oakland University, Nissan Technical Center, and with Delphi (through Kettering University). Dave earned a PhD in organizational communication from Wayne State University and an MA in human resource management and BS in biology from Central Michigan University. His research interests include human resources, organization development, international management, and communication, and ethics and leadership. He has many publications including articles in Human Resource Management, Public Personnel Management, Small Group Communication, and the Journal of Management Inquiry plus blog posts in the Harvard Business Review.

Advancing Your Organization Through New Program Development

This workshop introduces program development (PD) processes that will help you successfully launch new innovative programs in your organization. Specifically, you’ll gain detailed information on PD needs assessment processes both with internal and external consultants. Special attention is placed on meeting real need and gaining management support and employee acceptance. Next, we’ll review approaches to the design, implementation, and evaluation process.

Alex Tremble

The Alex Tremble Show


Alex D. Tremble is an award-winning speaker, author, and leadership expert with more than 10 years of experience coaching and advising some of our nation’s most senior-level government leaders. He is also the host of The Alex Tremble Show, which brings together successful leaders from across the world to provide his audience with the strategies needed to gain influence and advance in their careers
Alex began his career managing three government-wide senior leadership development programs, and quickly went on to establish the Tremble Influence Academy, while publishing two bestselling books Reaching Senior Leadership: 10 Growth Strategies Every Government Leader Should Know and The GPS Guide to Success. He is a Leadership Center for Excellence 40 under 40 honoree, has served as chief of staff for one of the largest and most politically complex parks in the US National Park Service (NPS), and managed more than $10 million worth of diversity-focused employment programs for the NPS headquarters.
Alex is passionate and committed to helping our nation’s leaders reach their highest potential personally and professionally. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from William Penn University and his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Baltimore.

Increasing Your Influence to Accomplish Your Mission

John Maxwell once said, “Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone.” Thus, the success of your projects and programs are tied to your ability persuade others (such as supervisors, team leaders, team members, constituents, and so forth) to share their time, funds, influence, and other resources with you. The skill required to navigate these relationships is called political savvy. But, just as politically savviness can help persuade others to help you, this skill can also protect you from becoming a victim to the “behind-the-scenes” forces operating against you and your interests.
This interactive workshop adjusts attitudes toward power and politics, challenges naïve assumptions about organizational dynamics often not acknowledged, and helps you develop the skills needed to successfully implement your ideas.

Deadra Welcome

Concerning Learning LLC


Deadra Welcome is the founder and principal consultant of Concerning Learning and a Certified Professional in Talent Development, Certified Professional in Training Management, Certified Virtual Facilitator, Certified Associate Diversity Coach, 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, nonprofit 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 of 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, 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 manage succession activities to be prepared for the unknown.