Marci Morford is a Learning Strategist and leads MarSea Consulting, which builds custom training for companies that have outgrown their startup phase and are ready for streamlined, scalable, efficient training. She develops programs based on business goals, with laser focus on the ROI that growing companies require. Marci is also the Director of Programs of ATD Puget Sound, where she is currently overhauling traditional monthly lectures into a series of learning games, workshops, parties, and which usually involve her 3rd favorite thing: wine (after puppies and WSU Cougar Football). Marci writes for TD Magazine and won DemoFest at DevLearn 2017 ('Best of Show - Non-Vendor') with the immersive blended-learning onboarding game she developed for a global health non-profit.
Director, Training and Development at Bluetooth SIG
Mary Cropp, Director of Learning and Development at Bluetooth SIG (superhero alter ego: Sassy Pants) knows effective instructional design. She wants to help power up LAP XL participants to better showcase their ID work and get hired. In short: versatile instructional designer and problem solver, with a dash of irreverence.
Executive Leader in Programs
Mission driven executive leader in strategy, operations, talent, program design, impact evaluation, and organizational learning and development.
Chief Learning Strategist at Promethean Learning
Noted for being responsive, smart, flexible, and hard-working, James provides value through innovative solutions to challenging learning and business problems. Using design systems thinking, James partners with clients to zero in on the various stages in the business cycle where problems arise and to develop employee resources and coaching that align to the business objectives.
Marketing Agency President helping B2B companies solve business problems through Strategic and Digital Marketing
Creative and strategic thinker who leverages data and technology to lead innovative organizations to measurable results through inbound, social, content, video and traditional marketing while building strong client relationships.
Totara Learning Consultant
In my current role, my focus is on the implementation and support of Totara Learn LMS to solve many of these challenges. I have an understanding of complex organisational structures, HR data, learning and development processes and reporting requirements. Being hands-on is my preferred approach and I am able to offer practical advice and solutions to develop better quality processes and data outcomes for clients. Effective stakeholder engagement and a detailed analysis of an organisations requirements at the onset of an implementation project help me to successfully deploy projects and exceed client expectations.
Change Management Facilitator and Coach
People describe me as a dedicated, results-driven professional with more than 15 years of experience in organizational change and development. As an effective leader, I have a proven ability to motivate work groups while exceeding customer expectations. Facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborative solutions to messy problems was an advantage while internally leading high performing design and development teams. Recent successes, as a trusted adviser to organizations, came from leveraging my internal leadership experience and external consulting expertise.
Learning & Development Manager
What inspires me the most in any job I do is seeing someone connect with and fulfill their greatest potential. I'm passionate about facilitating a path to high performance and I love inspiring growth even more. My diverse background across the non-profit sector, government, media, and public sector has helped me grow a dynamic toolkit I use to inspire employees to unleash their potential through skillful leadership and meaningful learning experiences. I recently developed a learning department and online university for Youfit Health Clubs - an organization of over 3000 employees and 115 locations nationwide. I hold 5 certifications with the Association for Talent Development taught by some of the best in the industry.
Leadership coach and craniosacral therapist
Elizabeth Buttrick is a leadership coach and craniosacral therapist. Her work is grounded in the field of somatics. Somatics brings together mind, body, and spirit to facilitate change. Through leadership development, Elizabeth applies the wisdom of somatics to organizational settings. Through craniosacral therapy, she supports individuals’ transformation and healing.
US Regional Instructional Design & Development Manager at Hexcel Corporation
Dr. Kristina Hayek is the U.S. Instructional Design and Development Manager, for Hexcel Corporation. Hexcel is a global leader in manufacturing advanced composite materials for the commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial markets. Prior to joining Hexcel, her positions include: College Center Director, Instructor of Business Management, Director of Human Resources, Staffing Manager, Consultant and Project Manager. Kristina serves on the Puget Sound Skills Center Foundation Board. In the past she served as: Philanthropy Chair for the Board of Directors for Future of Flight and Seattle Chapter President along with Washington Regional Director for Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM.) Kristina holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Master’s in Educational Administration from Seattle University. She has certifications for Project Management Professional (PMP) and Society for Human Resources-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP.)
Learning Futurist | L&D
As an educational futurist, I am always enthusiastic about presenting designs that lead to next-generation choice and access-driven learning environments. As I see it, a digital evangelist is a person who believes that the learner and technology they use are in a collaborative relationship where each create possibilities for the other. Without an equal focus in this reflexive relationship, one has a tendency to be more significant than the other. Technology without humans is sterile. Humans without technology are less operative. And, as we will continue to be more and more interdependent, we must learn to join together with a common purpose. Yet, we must begin with a renewed focus on the human being and a passion for advocating on their behalf. Even though we will be in partnership, we remain the reason for the relationship to exist at all.
Operations, Communication and Leadership
Being strategic and creative in my approach to developing systems and programs is the foundation of my success. Using innovative solutions, I create exceptional ROI, multi-million dollar revenue, and high-performing teams and employees for the organizations I work with.
I'm an instructional designer for organizations making the world a better place for everyone to live (including those who work for them). I get a special joy from taking apart tricky problems and turning them into engaging invitations to inquiry for the people involved. Here are some highlights from my standard bag of tricks:
Director of Client Services at RISC Inc
I am driven by learning solutions and applying processes, technology and governance to learning organizations to drive performance support. For the past 20 years, I have focused on the implementation of Learning Management Systems, both domestically and abroad primarily to manage regulatory-compliance in industries ranging from petrochemicals to finance. More recently, I have been as focused on the adoption of xAPI and enjoy presenting on the subject whenever possible. In addition, I regularly present on technology integration in the classroom, competency assessment and designing mobile learning interventions.
Senior Curriculum Designer at PEMCO Insurance
Sr. Instructional Designer. I’m driven. I have a passion for life, talent development and results. I thrive when challenged and feed on opportunities.
Owner - Lead Forward Consulting
25+ years' experience in human resources development and workplace learning, with a focus on leadership development and virtual training delivery. Bring executive experience, consulting excellence and dynamic energy to all of my projects. Collaborate with clients to develop and deliver results-oriented learning programs, including highly interactive web-based training. Known for creating and implementing learning solutions that are engaging, practical, and fun.
Storyteller | Facilitator | Coach: creating stories
”I love stories! They highlight who we are.” Neuroscience proves what we've always known: everyone loves a good story. While our brains are hardwired to listen to and respond to stories, creating and telling an engaging story is hard. Often, stories struggle to be clear, concise, and compelling. The result: unfocused, long, uninspired stories. As an entrepreneur, learning professional and executive coach, I mix simple storytelling techniques with business acumen to spark innovation and sustain growth. I believe storytelling is an art that can be learned. Everyone has a story; it just needs coaxing to the surfa
Co-founder, Sublime Media LLC
Sublime Media is the Creative Agency for Learning. We create online courses, instructor-led training, learning portals, and interactive marketing media. We build solutions based on modern design, adult learning theory, solid instructional strategy, and creative technology solutions in order to provide the best in interactive and effective learning solutions.
Director, Instructional Design and Learning at Kalles Group
Specialties: Content Management and Instructional Design Gamification Training Delivery Quick Reference Guides FrameMaker and Word templates Project Planning Technical Writing
Director at Mootivation Technologies
I'm the founder of the personalized engagement platforms Motrain and Mootivated. My goals are to help organizations improve the results of their online learning and to enhance and improve organizational-learner relationships.
Organization Executive Coach: Master Facilitator
I am an operations person at heart with a fierce dedication to empowering individuals and teams. My towering strength is acting as a bridge balancing the competing priorities of both sides of this organizational equation.
Asking great questions is a skill anyone can build. The skill is useful during any needs analysis, when using design thinking methodology, when conducting user testing, when facilitating a discussion during training, and even for networking and dinner parties! The quality of the questions you impacts both the experience of the person being asked as well as the quality and thoughtfulness of their response. During this workshop, I will introduce methodology for asking elicitive questions (that is with an E, not an I!) and will facilitate guided practice so that everyone in the room leaves with improved questioning skills.
New to the workforce, people often do not know how to bridge the gap between Formal Education and real-life jobs. How do they get that dream job straight out of college? The true story is: they don’t. But! We have a multitude of Human Resources all around us who can efficiently share knowledge in an informal setting to help people become more effective within their current job as well as help them build skills for their next role. Organizations that recognize the benefit of those who work there to grow in their knowledge realize profound culture change. Learning can help create that culture shift. Many of the best people want to have challenging roles that push their boundaries slowly, helping them advance their hard and soft skills at an appropriate pace. There are many nuanced aspects to this kind of learning, but ‘On the Job Training’ is not a new concept! In Chole's Speed Learning session, she'll explore all of this and help facilitate a conversation with the goals to: • Share real-life stories on how this has developed real people in their actual careers. • Highlight the value of helping others succeed (it starts in recruitment through ongoing Talent Management) • Encourage participants to ask their colleagues to teach them skills or quick tips on a regular basis • As time allows, facilitate learning a new skill right there in the session between participants (these may be soft skills or hard skills)
Mary will lead a Speed Learning session entitled Supersize Your Skillz with Your ID Portfolio during which she'll provide learners an overview of what a strong portfolio entails, ways to avoid pitfalls and mistakes job candidates make more often than you think, as well as concrete take-home methods of building a super-powered portfolio.
How do you help your learning department earn respect as a business partner and growth enabler? First, create your vision and share it loud and proud. Second, connect with not only people who can help you but everyone you possibly can. In our session, we will talk about how to facilitate a visioning session with key stakeholders, and/or how to build influence within your org so people give a damn.
In this session we will explore using common Business Intelligence tools to aggregate business and learning data into visualizations that drive business decisions. We will take a deep dive into one organizations new perspective on training once they moved beyond "passing the test" and into "mastering objectives". Using software tools and data sources already existing in-house, see how L&D finally earned a seat at the table and changed the way safety was viewed across the organization.
• Assess your leadership and communication superpowers. • Create a conference superhero badge • Connect to your "Justice League" • Develop a plan to tackle your soft skills kryptonite • Connect with your arch villain • Leave with a simple and powerful tool to add to your utility belt
Less than a third of employees report they are actively engaged—emotionally and enthusiastically committed—at work. Employee engagement drives retention, productivity, innovation, and bottom-line results. How can training contribute to engagement? As a creative agency that works with companies of all sizes, we see the shared problems and powerful solutions in training. In this session, we use mini-case studies to explore the four truths of corporate storytelling and the role of training in building genuine connections with employees.
Ever suffer through a long, meandering story with no point, heard an uninspired, inauthentic story over and over, or been unable to decipher the story because the teller was unable to stand and deliver? In the Brand You: Your Story Your Brand Speed Learning Session, you will develop your Story Spotting Superpower. Together we will review why story works, what makes for a really good story, and even practice a bit of your own Superpower Storytelling Mojo. Everyone has a story. It just needs coaxing to the surface. So, what’s your story? Let’s figure it out- together!
Grounded in the mind-body connection, attendees will learn strategies to cultivate self-awareness, emotional intelligence and self-care. From this foundation, mindfulness and compassion naturally flow. When our workplaces are filled with mindfulness and compassion, individuals and teams become more engaged, productive, and able to show up as their authentic superhero selves. This session will be 100% experiential – come prepared to move and use your bodies!
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of a new technology to be embedded in the LMS and in corporate intranets, websites, etc. which leverages techniques we use in marketing to increase registrations, completions, reinforce knowledge and behaviors. Questions to ask and answer to help strengthen the tool itself include: What are the enhancements that you'd like to see? What are the problems you're trying to solve? We'll also cover the metrics and measurements the C-Suite actually cares about...and how you can report it. Additional solutions added regularly will help continue to specifically hack the marketing tool kit for corporate learning environments.
Tired of nagging learners to complete their training? What if you could use personalized gamification strategies to nudge them instead? In this session, you'll build a balloon-powered Lego car and see how far you can make it travel as a fun, engaging way to see first-hand how personalized gamification strategies add engagement, encourage timely learning, and foster mastery.
Superheroes in training will be transformed through microlearning on how to master their own Microlesson Design through innovative solutions and a seven step worksheet. In this session participants will learn: • About Microlesson Design using innovative microlearning techniques. • To fill their skills gap in Microlesson Design with hands-on creation of their very own design. • Solutions to common skill challenges.
Sherry Johnson Metz
How do you feel when someone says, "Can I give you some feedback?" When is the last time you asked someone for feedback? If you're like most people, the thought of feedback sends shivers down your spine (and not in a good way!). Let's learn how to lead forward with feed-forward! First, we’ll become aware of our mindsets when we receive feedback. Do you rush to defend, deny or disregard the message being sent? Or do you view all feedback as information that will help you learn and grow? What if we could truly believe “feedback is a gift”, no matter who, when, or how it is given? We can! Second, let’s get proactive about using information from others in our own development. Conventional feedback is past focused. It provides information about past activity and performance. On what has and hasn’t occurred. Feed-forward is focused on the future. On the variety of things that can be, not the limited things that have been. Feed-forward provides information on suggestions for improvement that enable you to make adjustments in how you are performing. Making a switch to asking for feed-forward can have a profound effect on how development and career conversations might go. And keep you focused on the positive mojo that will continue to enhance your super powers!
The First Draft has long been recognized as a powerful tool, but often it is not used to its full capacity. Creating truly Shitty First Drafts can be: • A cure for writer's block • A source of innovation • A motivational prompt for SMEs • A tool for courageous conversations and so much more. We'll test 3 SFDs in our speed-lab to see if we can reveal some of their hidden powers in the realms of design, development, and difficult discussions.
Does your staff actually need to know this detailed information, and if so, do they need to know it or just where to find it and how to use it? In this interactive session, we'll explore the undercover performance support that has been provided for your everyday life, and ways you can adapt this method of design to reduce the cognitive load demands of your learners. You'll use a template to create a strategy for moving information to the right place for your teams. You'll leave empowered to design for improved learner experiences AND reduced workplace errors using the Cake Box Method.
The first step in designing learning experiences is to understand the power of the story being told to the learner. The learning exercise or environment, no matter how detailed or technical, is a step into a new universe of understanding for them. It is a narrative built from the touchstones of content, learners, and tools, and it is more than just the data or process it represents — it is a story that is ultimately compelling if designed and told with care. Significance that learners derive from content is always culled from the inherent meaning within it, so designers must find the personal context in which learners travel and make their journey surprising and delightful. Immersive design is a way of seeing the content through the lens of a story and finding the most impactful way for learners to begin their discovery. It is a path they will experience and make choices within. It is so much more than just a training tool.
Have you ogled the well-polished online learning games and dreamed of doing something similar? Perhaps you don't have the cool software or know-how to create something at that level. Stop dreaming and start taking baby steps to make it happen, your first version doesn't have to be perfect. With a resourcefulness superpower you can create a scrappy online learning game and iterate for continuous improvement. See a sample ugly duckling learning game that has become a juvenile on its way to becoming a beautiful swan. Brainstorm to discover your own resourcefulness superpower to get started with your own game!
There is a villain lurking in the brains of humans who has hardwired speech and thought to a deep negative vocabulary. Victims of this villain most-often express ideas, give direction, coach, and negotiate from a less effective negative perspective. But no more! Calling all superheroes to “Say Whaaat? The Superpower of Super Words,” where participants practice techniques to disrupt negativity bias and develop their super word superpower. Be better understood, empower learners, succeed in achieving learning outcome goals, and defeat the villain hiding in human brains. Warning; the impact of negative communication on heart rate will be tested. Those afraid of seeing measurable impact of words on humans should not attend.
Ever hear the phrase that you cannot see the forest for the trees? In my professional career in LD/OD/Change Management, I have run into even more individuals that cannot see the tree for the bark! When individuals, teams, departments, or entire organizations find themselves in this mired-in-the-minutia position, getting "unstuck" enough to see trees, let alone forests, seems impossible and it sends more initiatives off the rails from the start than we want to admit to. Not to fear! Like "Waze" Superhero You has got the 60,000' vision to navigate this! This activity is for any designer, consultant, or user experience professional that runs into the barrier of SME's that cannot imagine doing things in any way different than "what has already been done before." This SME shows up often as the resistors, nay-sayers, and saboteurs during change initiatives; and sometimes they can even be us! We'll explore inquiry, design thinking, and emergent facilitation options to help bring the reluctant SME out of the comfortable ruts their expertise has carved out and open up the world of possibilities.
Zoom through some hacks for creating videos as part of a multi-modal learning experience. Not only is it engaging for the learners, it's becoming one of those skill-sets that organizations expect from their Learning professionals. And honestly... In the age of YouTube, why wouldn't they? Whether a seasoned or newbie ID, participants will get exposed to some easy to use and free (That's right... F :clap: R :clap: E :clap: E :clap: ) tools they can use to begin developing videos today! We will spend the majority of our time using our phones to create a short video with Adobe Rush. Even if you don't leave the session with a finished project, we encourage you to work with Jessica and your fellow attendees to leave the day with a lil gem of a video and the confidence to take this skill back with you into the workplace.