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EVENT SPEAKER BIOS

To learn more about our Event Speakers see below for their short bios (alphabetical order by last name).

Michael Cannon, Sr. Director, Red Hat University

Speaking at: February 2021 e-Learning SIG Panel Discussion

Michael joined Red Hat in March 2015 as Senior Director, Red Hat University. In this position he leads a global team of over 60 L&D professionals responsible for manager and leadership development, technical development, sales development, and professional development for all Red Hat employees. Prior to joining Red Hat, Michael held leadership positions for multiple learning and development teams at Cisco and IBM. Michael has a Masters degree in Education from George Washington University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and spent six years as an officer in the US Navy.

You can learn more about Michael at: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcannon1/


Brandi Einhorn, Certifications and Evaluation Manager, NetApp

Speaking at: February 2021 e-Learning SIG Panel Discussion 

Brandi Einhorn is currently the NetApp Learning Services Evaluation Manager. She works across technical audiences to create a strategy to measure success for partners, customers and NetApp employees. She grew the presence of the program and increased visibility at NetApp’s Insight event where she was a moderator of a panel about creating certification exams and the role of the Subject Matter Expert (SME). Prior to NetApp she worked in multiple roles at Lenovo and helped found Lenovo United, which promoted Lenovo CSR at the annual One Young World events. She has two young daughters and wants to set a good example in her work.


Edward M. Marshall, Ph.D., PCC, Adjunct Professor

Fuqua School of Business & Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Speaking at: March 2021 Chapter Monthly Program


Edward Marshall's career has focused on leadership and team development, collaborative organizational change, executive coaching, and helping corporations transform their leadership cultures. In 2016, after 40 years in business, he joined the faculty of the Fuqua School of Business and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, where he teaches leadership courses. He is Founder and Managing Partner of The Marshall Group, LLC, a collaborative leadership, team development, and change consulting firm, based in Chapel Hill, N.C. He has worked with C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, DuPont, Marriott, IBM, and Philips, as well as entrepreneurial and mid-sized firms. In his many engagements, he has served as an executive coach, culture and organizational change strategist, team developer, and facilitator.



His work has taken him beyond clients in North America to South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He has facilitated more than 100 change initiatives in technology, healthcare, and manufacturing companies, ranging from strategic alliances and business process redesigns, to mergers, IT integrations, and cultural transformations. As an ICF-certified executive coach, Dr. Marshall has helped many senior executives, helping them to reach their professional goals.

Edward is best known for developing the best-practice Collaborative Method (sm), which won the Excellence in Practice Award from the Association for Talent Development. In 2015, he was recognized by Trust Across America with a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Top 15 Trust Thought Leader. As a pioneer and leader in the field of collaborative leadership, team development, and cultural transformation, Edward has authored two Knight-Ridder best-selling business books, Transforming the Way We Work: The Power of the Collaborative Workplace, and Building Trust at the Speed of Change, and has been a contributing author to four other books on trust and culture change. For 23 years, he was a nationally syndicated columnist writing In the Workplace column for The Triangle Business Journal. His latest book, Leadership’s 4 the Evolution: Collaboration for the 21st Century (2020), is the third in a series of books on collaborative leadership.



Whitney Martin, Manager, Learning Development at Marriott International

Speaking at: February 2021 e-Learning SIG Panel Discussion

My learning development journey began about 15 years ago in the sales and service industry, where I developed and facilitated ILT and created performance support resources. Since then, I’ve continued to grow my instructional design toolkit by designing learning experiences in various industries, including finance, higher education, legal, healthcare, and tech.

I’ve spent the last 3 years designing and developing digital learning in the hospitality industry at Marriott International. Most of my work is within systems training development, but I also get to dabble in other areas like brand, operations, sales, revenue management, and corporate disciplines (HR, finance, etc.). I’m currently an ID lead for a project that involves creating almost 3,500 learning deliverables; it’s allowed me to grow my project management skills and broaden my network.

With a passion to continuously grow and a thirst for knowledge, I completed my graduate studies in 2016 with a MS in Instructional Technology from ECU.

My WHY: Learning is constantly evolving—trends, technology, how we learn. Every project is different. Every deliverable is different. As a lifelong learner and avid problem solver, the variety, ability to help others grow, and challenge of creating impactful learning experiences are what drive me.


Jenny O'Donnell, Digital Learning Strategist, Lenovo

Speaking at: February 2021 e-Learning SIG Panel Discussion

Jenny is a Digital Learning Strategist in Lenovo’s Global Learning team and works across all countries and all business units to collect, assess, and resolve the digital learning needs of employees. She began her career at Lenovo seven years ago as a Senior Instructional Designer where she developed training courses for internal and external sales representatives and then transitioned into a Program Manager role, leading the creation of product education materials. 

She holds a Master’s Certification in K-12 technology instruction and a Master’s Certification in Instructional Technology and Design from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelor’s in Education from Murray State University. 


Jenny has spent over twelve years in global corporate training within the tech industry—previously working for both Cisco and HMS. Prior to corporate training, Jenny worked in K-12 education, starting as an elementary classroom teacher and transitioning into Middle/high School technology--leading the Student Technology Leadership Program, holding a chair on the district technology board, and creating a multi-district professional development program for teachers to assist them in increasing technology usage within the classroom. 


Brian Tarallo, Managing Director at Lizard Brain

Speaking at: January 2021 e-Learning SIG

Brian Tarallo, Managing Director at Lizard Brain, is a facilitator who specializes in visual methods and virtual meetings. He works with healthcare, federal and state government, defense, engineering, and education, and consulting industries. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF) with the International Institute for Facilitation (INIFAC.) He is also a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Master Practitioner, one of 160 globally. He is the author of the forthcoming book, "Surviving the Horror of Online Meetings," which will be available on Amazon in early 2021. Since 2016, he's taught hundreds of facilitators how to be at their best online.


Carla Torgerson, MEd, MBA, Director of Instructional Design at Bull City Learning, Instructional Strategy & Design Expert, Author

Speaking at: February 2021 e-Learning SIG Panel Discussion

Carla Torgerson has more than 15 years of experience as an instructional designer and instructional strategist. Always interested in the latest learning trends, she has authored numerous blogs and articles on a variety of topics, including eLearning, mobile learning, and microlearning.

She also developed MILE, the MIcroLEarning Design Model¬© and is the author of The Microlearning Guide to Microlearning and Designing Microlearning (with Sue Iannone). Carla has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients including Intuit, McDonald’s, Netflix, Facebook, Fidelity, Cargill, Medtronic, Merck, and Best Western. She has designed solutions ranging from $15,000 to more than $2 million.

Carla is currently a Director of Instructional Design at Bull City Learning, a specialized eLearning agency that provides digital learning solutions for companies in a wide range of industries, as well as non-profit organizations. Bull City Learning offers a full suite of solutions including learning needs assessments, curriculum design, content development, and training deployment support.

Carla has a Master of Education (MEd) focused on technology-based education. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which helps her to see training through a business lens. She loves to travel and explore the country with her awesome husband, Tom, and their very curious seven-year-old son, John.

Connect with Carla on LinkedIn for insights and announcements: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlatorgerson/


Nekol Tseklenis, Chief Operating Officer-Driving Company Growth and Making Change for the Better

Speaking at: February 2021 e-Learning SIG Panel Discussion  

With over 20 years of experience, Mrs. Tseklenis brings a wealth of knowledge working with fast growing, highly competitive companies. Nekol has consulted with Fortune 1000s and many elite worldwide brands. Mrs. Tseklenis maintains a proven track record working with senior-level executives, including the C-Suite. Nekol has ensured implementation of solutions that align with business objectives, improve efficiencies and drive profitability. As a world-class and innovative leader, Mrs. Tseklenis has successfully built high-performing teams that consistently exceed revenue targets. Nekol embraces an agile philosophy, leading change management in fast-growing industries.


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