Keynote Speaker

Mark Britz has been helping organizations and individuals improve performance through greater social connection for over a decade. Grounded in organizational learning and development, Mark has worked with companies such as SmartForce, Pearson Digital Learning, Aspen Dental Management, and Systems Made Simple. He’s currently the Director of Learning Event Programming for The Learning Guild.

Mark is the co-author of Social By Design: How to create and scale a collaborative company. In 2018 he received the Internet Time Alliance Award which is given “to professionals who continuously welcome challenges at the cutting edge of their expertise...”. Mark’s work has been featured in the books Revolutionize Learning & Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age and The Social Learning Handbook.

His consultant work focuses on helping organizations “stay small to grow successfully” by improving systems for the culture they need that scales their business without losing the things that make it special. Mark facilitates this shift through his workshops, speaking engagements, and executive coaching.  |  Session Description

Session Speakers

Laura Antos is a Learning and Leadership Development professional with over 20 years of business and organizational learning experience. Laura’s areas of expertise include: designing, facilitating, and directing global executive and employee development programs and curriculum. She utilizes current technology platforms such as Canva, Synthesia, and other AI tools to create engaging learning solutions for her clients.   |  Session Description

Samuel Apata is a Senior eLearning Developer with many years of experience creating animated videos. Using his background in sales and marketing, he knows how to leverage videos to get the right results. Samuel is an expert in using Vyond at large enterprise organizations. He is equipped with a passion for helping individuals create value and communicate better with video.   |  Session Description

Raina Berry is driven by a passion for results driven performance improvement. She has dedicated the past 15 years of her career pushing through organizational bureaucracy to shift mindsets of leadership teams, enabling them to see the power and the necessity of a strong learning needs analysis. Raina is currently pursing her doctoral studies at Spalding University, concentrating on Organizational Innovation.  |  Session Description

Jim Bierbower is a veteran of the learning industry who plays both individual contributor, and management roles. He has been designing and producing video for learning since the analog days and has introduced its value as an effective medium to a number of organizations. He is a proponent of live video, targeted toward learning-specific actions and for providing clarity and context.  |  Session Description

Sarah DeWitt Brooks is an Instructional Technology Specialist specializing in eLearning and multimedia development. With over a decade of facilitation, design, and development experience spanning the public, corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors, her passions include designing accessible elearning, and harnessing the power of technology to increase learner engagement. Her work has balanced roots in visual, learning, and design theory.  |  Session Description

Over the last 20+ years, Laura Bunte has partnered with internal/external clients to identify training and documentation needs, scope of work and project estimates with a focus on success. Her strengths include certification design/development, defining needs using the ADDIE model, designing for xAPI, rapid eLearning design/development, project planning for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, implementation of new processes, procedures, and communication.  |  Session Description

Amy Burton is an Instructional Designer for Judge Learning Solutions. Armed with degrees in theater and creative writing, Amy pours her passion for relevant stories into every learning experience she designs. She is currently pursuing a MS in Organizational and Workplace Performance at Boise State University, and prides herself on creating learner-focused training that inspires change.  |  Session Description

Betty Dannewitz is an Immersive Experience Architect with over 19 years in corporate learning and development. She is also a Speaker, Podcaster, and High-Performance Coach. Betty’s passion is to help people become better humans and she advocates that innovative technology, like XR and podcasting, have a HUGE role in making that happen.  |  Session 1 Description  |  Session 2 Description

Julie Donovan's enthusiasm for organization and problem-solving makes her a great fit as an instructional designer. Prior to working for the College of American Pathologists, Julie worked in a clinical laboratory as a medical technologist. She leverages her laboratory experience to design innovative training that helps laboratory staff and pathologists maintain compliance with regulatory functions.   |  Session Description

Sally Eames spent 20 years as a professional actor, living a life steeped in story. While pursuing her MFA, she used the stories her students were already living to create powerful learning experiences. Now, as a Senior Instructional Designer for Judge Learning Solutions she now uses story every day to create award-winning training for regional, national, and global clients.   |  Session Description

Garima Gupta is the Founder & CEO of Artha Learning Inc., a full- service award- winning Learning design firm. Garima brings over 18 years of experience in Learning & Development, training, digital marketing, content creation, education, and software engineering. She holds an MEd in Adult education and certified training & development professional (CTDP) designation and speaks regularly at global conferences  |  Session Description

Tory Hord is a former teacher with a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology. She has been a corporate instructional designer for the past six years and has worked in unique content areas. She is focused on creating a modern learning experience where learners have autonomy, choice, and are motivated to enjoy the learning journey.   |  Session Description

Keith Lillico is a Learning architect and founder of Lillico Learning Solutions. With a focus on learner needs and business objectives, he crafts inclusive training, drawing from his expertise in instructional design, business, and gamification. Recognized for excellence, Keith has received awards from ATD, Training Magazine, and Brandon Hall for his innovative contributions to blended learning and emerging leadership.   |  Session Description

Kandice Kidd is a learning and design manager with more than 10 years of experience. She has extensive experience leading digital learning projects, overseeing virtual and self-paced eLearning programs, and designing impactful and engaging courses. She has an M.A. from Western Illinois University and an eLearning Instructional Design certificate from the University of California-Irvine.   |  Session Description

Susana Reyes Lee, Ph.D., CPTD is a bilingual Dominican-American, leadership development and career strategist; and currently training leader at Baker Construction Enterprises. She's empowering front-line leaders to rebuild their brand, shatter status quo, and strengthen company's brand through their co-workers. With over 20 years as corporate training and organizational development executive, she's designed, delivered, and managed face-to-face, blended, virtual, and eLearning programs.   |  Session Description

As Director of Education Program Design for the College of American Pathologists, Jeffrey McNeal leads both strategy and day-to-day operations for education design and development providing innovative and effective learning solutions that align with the CAP's portfolio strategy. Prior to joining the CAP, Jeff was a manager with Accenture for 15 years before starting his own learning and development consultancy.   |  Session Description

Mike Myers, Associate Director of Digital Learning at EnCompass, specializes in the art and science of instructional design and technology. He brings more than 12 years of experience designing, developing, and facilitating technology-enhanced learning for international organizations, governments, nonprofits, and foundations. He is a learning experience designer passionate about storytelling and the effective and fun use of learning technologies.   |  Session Description

Jacqueline Napier is an award-winning Sr. Instructional Designer, Learning Specialist, and Voice-Over Talent with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing critical enterprise-level learning solutions across industries to enhance performance and contribute to bottom-line profitability. Her passion is to build solutions to learning challenges that serve as a bridge to learner engagement.   |  Session Description

Elizabeth Pawlicki is a Senior Learning Consultant at Yukon Learning. She is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and enjoys using her background in customer success and law to make complex topics simple, fun, and engaging. Elizabeth has a law degree from the University of St. Thomas and lives in Minneapolis.   |  Session Description

With over a decade of expertise as an Instructional Designer and Learning and Development Specialist, Rebecca Prejean is dedicated to creating transformative learning experiences. Her passion for accessibility, DEI, and neurodiversity has driven her to craft inclusive training solutions for all learners. As the founder of E.B. Graphics and Consulting, she merges her background in multimedia development with innovative approaches, spearheading impactful training programs for leadership development, non-profit organizations, and change management, reaching teams of varying sizes across the globe.   |  Session Description

Ron Price has over 35 years of experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership coaching, instructional design, spiritual development, and experiential learning. In 2008, Ron joined Yukon Learning and developed a relationship with Articulate as their training partner. In his role as Chief Learning Officer, Ron designed and developed the certified training programs for the Articulate suite of tools.   |  Session Description

Mike Simmons is an enabler and a coach. He helps leaders and professionals breakthrough the challenge of second-guessing their work. He does this through a combination of frameworks, process, tools, and thinking. Mike takes a beginner's mind approach to the work he does, starting with questions informed by experience, practice, and doing the work.   |  Session Description

Mallori Steele is an L&D leader wearing many hats; she is the CEO of Growductive Consulting, an L&D Consulting Agency, the Founder of Black in L&D, a professional network, and certified in Gamification and Prosci. Mallori is a connector and strongly believes in the power of community and collaboration.   |  Session Description

Louann Swedberg has over 25 years of business and learning solutions experience in a variety of industries and roles. She has been both a practitioner and a leader of consulting teams that design and deliver custom learning solutions for global F1000 clients. As a Client Engagement Director she is responsible for architecting solutions, coaching and mentoring consultants, and managing client engagements.   |  Session Description