Ken is the principal for Advanced Performance Solutions, a boutique Talent Development consulting firm that works with a diverse group of clients across a variety of industries. He has over 30 years of experience helping clients achieve their business goals and increase organizational effectiveness. Ken works collaboratively tailoring each innovative and cutting-edge Talent, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching solution to strengthen leadership and enhance team and individual performance that achieves measurably faster, better and more sustainable results.
Over the course of his career, Ken has also worked for a number of consulting companies and has lead Learning and Development functions for several major corporations. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Pace, Iona and Fordham University’s Human Resource Graduate Program. Ken holds a MS degree in Counseling from Bank Street College and a BS in Psychology and Math from Lehman College. Before moving to Raleigh from New York City in 2017, Ken was long-time member of both National the local Metro ATD Chapter in of the NYC.
Alex Cook is a training professional with a decade of experience managing learning functions and designing learning experiences in health care, technology, and finance. Alex’s career in L&D began with a six-year role in Portland, Oregon, during which he built and grew the training department for a large nonprofit health care provider. Since moving to the Research Triangle in 2018, Alex has been working as an instructional designer in the tech and finance industries, with a focus on making engaging learning experiences for any topic.
Alex became a power member of ATD in 2014, joining both the national organization and the Cascadia chapter. Beginning on New Year’s Day 2018, Alex, his wife Kristy, and his dog Milo made the 2500-mile drive from Portland to Raleigh, where he immediately joined the Research Triangle Area chapter. As early as the February 2018 meeting, Alex was volunteering at monthly programs, and by December of that year he was joining the Board of Directors as Programs VP. In 2019 & 2020, Alex led planning and execution of 25 monthly programs and 4 workshops for the chapter, grew and coordinated a team of 10 volunteers, and navigated the virtual event transition brought on by COVID-19.
Alex completed his undergrad in 2009 with a Bachelors in English, and graduate studies in 2015 with a Masters in Public Health.
Outside of chapter events, you can catch Alex walking his dog, training for a run, or watching soccer.
Why Statement: I love seeing, inspiring, and feeling the spark of learning something new; ATD connects me to these personal "aha!" moments every day!
Carol is the executive director and principal consultant at Binnacle Consulting where she helps organizations navigate 21 century talent and learning to address the needs of their current and future workforce.
During her career, she has held senior leadership roles in HR, OD, talent management and learning. She has been invited to present at numerous international conferences such as the Oxford University Global HR conference and the International Online Learning Consortium conference. She has been published in several peer reviewed journals as well as several international talent and learning professional publications.
Carol has a doctorate in education; with a focus on instructional technology and distance education, master’s in education and a graduate certification in project management from George Washington University. In addition, she earned her SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management and leads the learning trends special interest group for the Association of Talent Development (ATD) in Research Triangle Park, NC.
Drew is an Instructional Designer with Booz Allen Hamilton where he provides support to facilitators and program management. He specializes in training & program evaluation, adult learning principles, assessment instruments, and active learning.
He recently retired from the military where he served in a variety of positions such as Training & Readiness Manager and Operations Manager. He has a broad base of experience in training management, performance improvement, professional development, financial management, leadership, and program evaluation.
Drew holds an MS in Instructional Technology from UNC Wilmington and a BS in Business Management. In addition, he holds the Silver certification in Evaluation from Kirkpatrick Partners, and is a qualified instructor for both the Navy and Marine Corps.
Drew joined ATD to network and collaborate with other talent development professionals who desire to grow professionally and to advance the industry as a profession. He has been a member of ATD since March 2018 and a member of the RTA chapter since June 2019.
Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., is a faculty scholar at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University. Michelle received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership with a cognate in Statistics at Clemson University. She currently is Editor for the Career & Technical Education Research Journal. Michelle has extensive experience designing and facilitating training for post-secondary education, business, and government programs. Michelle creates programs in Executive Leadership, Change, Conflict Management, Empowering Middle Management, Improving Training Effectiveness, and Instructional Design. She serves as VP for Membership on the Research Triangle Area Chapter Board.
Julie Foster is a Senior Manager at a Marriott International in Bethesda, Maryland. She has worked in the hospitality industry and learning field for over a decade. Julie creates training for a global audience of 800,000 employees and is skilled in creating and deploying a range of training modalities to include videos, instructor led trainings, and coaching sessions. Julie is passionate about travel and diverse cultures, has facilitated translating training content into 17 languages, and has traveled within North America, Asia and Europe.
Julie was key in preparing her organizations associates for a massive integration and transformation of the loyalty program; she drove usage of a critical revenue management software; more recently Julie created new hire training for company headquarters and global customer call centers. Julie is a strong advocate for virtual training as a means to make learning more accessible and inclusive. She anticipates completing her MPS in Organization Development and Change in December 2020 from The Pennsylvania State University.
An accomplished business professional with over twenty years of training experience in the Life Science and IT industries, known for obtaining and driving new business, enhancing existing client relationships, successfully leading and sustaining client partnership development with the ability to navigate and solve complex learning challenges.
My career began in the software world as I became an instructional designer both writing and facilitating the new hire and existing user training for our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Over time my role evolved into a client-facing project management role as I became a consultant for a CRM implementation company.
After a couple of years of consulting, I found myself in pharma where I was again writing and facilitating training for our CRM implementation, and supporting other areas within the Medical Affairs group. From there my path took me to work with small training agencies primarily supporting life sciences (pharma, biotech, etc.) organizations and I’ve been in this space for about 7 years fulfilling roles from content editing and learning design to project management, and most recently director of strategic accounts.
Learning development has been my niche since early in my professional career. I was always the one who volunteered for any type of training event. It is logical that it is now my daily job. I followed several different career paths until I found a home in Pharmaceuticals in North Carolina. Here I have been able to strengthen my on the job learning with learning fundamentals through ATD learning events. I am proud to have earned an Associate Professional in Talent Development in February 2020. I currently develop training modules in compliance-based curricula for a Belgium based Pharma company.
I participate in the academic community to shine a light on careers in STEM in association with Wake County Public Schools. We provide learning events for educators as well as assisting in student-based projects. This year we will expand into elementary grades in addition to the middle and high schoolers.
I have been an ATD RTA member since 2011 and a National member since 2014 and now am happy to be able to serve this community as VP of Programming – Speakers and Conferences. I look forward to working with a great team and bringing diverse and relevant programs to our community.
Hiram Stratton is the Founder and President of The Stratton Group, LLC. I am a certified and authorized franchisee of Sandler Training, where I own, manage, prospect, sell to, and train major corporations to individuals in the areas of Sales, Management, and Leadership Development. I hold an Electrical Engineering Technology degree and a BS in Business Administration with minors in marketing, sales and international business.
For the first 15ish years of my professional career, I lead various sized Field Engineering teams and client support groups in Fortune 500 firms. The next 10ish years was spent selling technology and communications solutions in the Enterprise space to multiple industries. A firm believer you can never stop learning and getting better at what you do. Always deriving success and motivation from developing and promoting my teammates, while serving the major stakeholders of my company, clients and fellow colleagues. From the beginning of my professional career, I had a goal to eventually leave corporate America and start my own business (I attribute this passion from loving playing the board games Monopoly and Risk as a kid). For over 12 years I have been a small business owner and entrepreneur.
Having benefited greatly from various professional development programs, coaching and leadership from mentors and in turn lead and developed others, served on various committees, boards, held leadership roles of various networking and cause oriented groups, I am honored to be a part of ATD–RTA and want to share with others mistakes I’ve made and successes I’ve had. And always with an eye on helping others find greater success in their current or future endeavors.
Jazmin is an experienced training professional who prides herself in being a life-long learner. Over her 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Jazmin has designed training programs, developed training strategies for global execution, and been an essential partner to her subject matter experts. Pursuing both science and education, Jazmin holds a Bachelors degree in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University, and a Masters degree in Education from Ashford University, specializing in Instructional Design and Assessment & Measurement. She continued her coursework with Capella University’s PhD program specializing in Training and Performance Improvement, reaching all but dissertation status.
My Why: Be better. I live in the spirit of continuous improvement. I believe there is always a way to improve if you stay positive and look at what lessons can be learned from every situation. Those lessons are the hidden gems of self-development.
Molly is an Instructional Designer for Campbell University in the Adult and Online Education Department. She provides a wide range of support in educational technology and principles of andragogy for course and faculty development.
Molly has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She received her Master’s of Education in Training and Development from North Carolina State University. She has certifications in Quality Matters, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and ADA & Web Accessibility from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).
Molly has a passion for online learning and feels that learners need to be challenged with application-based content to prepare them for their future careers. Prior to coming to Campbell University, Molly taught in Wake County Public Schools in Cary, North Carolina.
Teresa Singleton is an instructional designer and eLearning developer of Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines. She has nearly 10 years’ experience designing and/or facilitating interactive learning experience for non-profit organizations.
Teresa graduated from Meredith College with a BS in Economics and a BA in Political Science. In 2020, Teresa earned her master’s degree in Adult Education and Integrative Learning with a focus on instructional technology. She has been an ATD power member since 2016.
Outside of participating in ATD events, Teresa loves to spend time with her family and friends, photography and traveling.
Lynn has a rich history in business consulting and learning and development. She has had the privilege to co-found the Learning Center for The Facilities Division of Disneyland and offer Business as Unusual through Disney University.
Lynn was a trusted advisor and consultant to companies such as Eastman Kodak, Kellogg’s, Philip Morris, M&M Mars, and The Coleman Company. She developed and facilitated many courses and enjoyed preparing on-site facilitators for effective delivery. She has been a regional director for Beazer Homes, a Senior Consultant for FMI Corporation and is currently a Learning and Development Contractor for AICPA.
Lynn served as President of the Raleigh Chapter of NAWIC (National Association for Women in Construction) and has served on the ATD RTA Board since January of 2018.
She is passionate about performance improvement and co-leads the “Seat at the Table” special interest group with Ken Katzeff. She remains current with her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) Credential, earned in 2008.
Why Statement: I have spent over 20 years helping companies work out wrinkles in their processes and skill development. I have learned that many problems are seated in culture, rewards systems, technology, structure and operations. I want to help our members be as successful as possible in identifying the source of the problems they are charged with improving, so that they may be seen as highly valuable to their organization.
Wendy Gates Corbett, CPLP, is in her 10th year serving on the ATD-RTA board of directors and she’s been a member of the chapter for 20 years. Wendy is recognized as a leader in the talent development field. Her love for the industry fuels her desire for all professionals to become and stay relevant in their chosen fields. She speaks around the country and around the world on the power of visuals, remaining relevant, and the power of belonging. She is the owner of Refresher Training, LLC, a company that works with professional athletes, speakers and business leaders helping them speak with impact and influence (and awesome presentation slides!). She just completed a two-year term as Chair of ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters and on the ATD International Board of Directors. I love ATD-RTA because nourishing others’ love for talent development and passion for learning nourishes my own love and passion for both.
Paige has worked with the ATD-RTA chapter for 3 years and the Piedmont Chapter for 15 years. In addition to working with ATD, she is a preschool teacher. Paige has two children, two dogs and a cat. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family and friends.
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