My mission in life is to support learning and development professionals in being as effective as they can be.
If we are going to partner together, you might want to know more about me:
I have enjoyed a long career (30+ years!) as a learning and development professional, engaging in a variety of roles. A colleague once told me that I was a “learning professional’s learning professional “– and I like that description because it captures the idea that I dedicate my energies to supporting the development of people who consult, design, develop, and teach in corporate and academic settings. I founded Learning 4 Learning Professionals in 2012.
For over a decade, I led the “Best Practices” function for the corporate university at Vanguard, where I helped to develop processes and practices to strengthen the organization’s ability to meet the needs of clients in a rapidly changing business landscape.
I have been teaching graduate classes in adult learning, learning technology, instructional design, and consulting for 10 years, since earning my doctoral degree in human and organizational learning from The George Washington University. (Here’s my CV if you are interested.)
My work is distinguished by actively and unobtrusively incorporating the rich theory and research base that under-girds our work. I build a lot of my recommendations and activities from industry models and research evidence so that I can be more sure that our work will have the desired impact.
My accomplishments have included:
- Authoring Learning Environments by Design – a book that provides guidance on how to effectively integrate formal, informal, social, developmental, and experiential learning in a coherent strategy to support specific learners. It was published by the Association for Talent Development (ATD Press) in September of 2015.
- Designing and facilitating numerous formal learning events to upskill learning professionals and faculty, including instructional design courses, webinars and seminars on emerging practices in the field, workshops on essential skills for design, facilitation, and consulting, and workshops in adult learning theory and technique.
- Coaching and guiding instructional designers and faculty in developing courses, crafting engaging activities, incorporating new techniques, and integrating emerging technologies.
- Creating a community site for learning professionals that collated access to resources, links, job aids, and blogs (and eventually, discussion forums).
- Researching and synthesizing literature and industry practices on emerging trends and topics of interest in order to inform strategy and decision making (e.g. learning measurement, learning organization transformation, use of social media for learning).
- Spearheading the development of guiding principles for learning as well as quality standards for both design and facilitation.
It has also been important to me to contribute to the field by presenting at regional and national conferences and publishing in practitioner and academic journals. You may have seen me at eLearning Guild conferences, ASTD/ATD, ISPI, Elliott Masie’s Learning Conference, and the Academy of HRD. I have published in TD (ATD’s magazine), Learning Solutions Online Magazine (eLearning Guild), HRD Review, and the Journal of Workplace Learning. I am also a blogger – here on my website and sometimes at the ATD Science of Learning blog.
You can read more about my background on my LinkedIn profile.