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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). Click here to see Event Speakers from prior year events.

Wendy Gates Corbett

Speaking at: March 2022 Monthly Program

Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, is an Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Management at Duke University, experienced international speaker, and global training executive who has trained more than 100,000 people over the past 20+ years. Wendy is a recognized leader in the training industry. She is a past member of the international board of directors for the Association for Talent Development and a longtime member of the ATD-Research Triangle Area chapter where she is currently serving as a Director at Large on the board of directors.

Wendy speaks globally on building belonging, confidence, clarity, and powerful presence. She helps organizations identify, acknowledge, and address barriers to building embracive workspaces where employees feel a strong sense of belonging. She works with organizational leaders, ERGs, and Diversity Councils to create sustainable safe cultures where employees know they can express 100% of themselves without fear.


Amy Jenniches

Speaking at: February 2022 Learning Trends and Innovations  + e-Learning combined SIG

Amy Jenniches has a degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Library and Information Science and has been an instructional designer and elearning developer at SAS for close to 20 years.Over the past several years, Amy has also served as the liaison between the Education Division and the Accessibility team at SAS. Recently, Amy was a key member of the team who designed a new process for the development of classroom materials and e-learning content that incorporates Universal Design principles.


Beth Manning

Speaking at: November 2022 Monthly  Program

Beth Manning is a change agent whose superpower is guiding ambitious leaders, teams, and individual contributors to unleash their fullest potential for impact by helping them drive solutions that solve the right problems, develop and deploy intentional influence with stakeholders, and setting overall conditions and habits for their long-term success and personal fulfillment!

To do so, she leverages a uniquely comprehensive and integrated approach to her work, through the intersectionality of change and program management, design thinking and innovation, interpersonal and strategic communications, and laser coaching.

Over the past 20+ years, she’s become a go-to leader and partner to challenge the status quo at all levels and in the full breadth of business - evolving culture and engagement, ensuring social accountability, enhancing corporate sustainability, reimagining processes and ways of working, co-creating business solutions across functions and stakeholders, and innovating to drive win-win-win industry-leading practices. For example, she’s recognized for her leadership of stand-out transformations in areas of career path development, DE&I initiative, patient engagement and data sharing, and digital business transformation.

  • 15+ years driving industry-leading global transformations (R&D, Commercial, and enterprise) that require significant mindset & behavior change, upskilling, multi-stakeholder co-creation, specialized communications, and extensive employee and leadership activation
  • 5+ years as an award-winning public speaker and patient advocate
  • 5+ years as a Director for competitive dance companies with a track record of elevating performance by at least 2 award levels within 2 years, as well as enhancing the business's financial sustainability
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 Top 5: Belief, Communication, Ideation, Strategic, and Maximizer

Luke Novelli, Jr., Ph.D.

Speaking at: January 2022 e-Learning SIG

Luke Novelli founded 8020 Leader Development in 2012. The business focuses on enabling leaders and teams to fully tap their capabilities through data interpretation and meaningful participation in decision-making. We also design, deliver, and support leadership development initiatives that emphasize building innovation processes and systems using state of-the-art information, resources, and approaches. In addition, we have developed a robust capability for virtual workshop delivery.

Luke spent 18-years at the Center for Creative Leadership. His most recent position was Senior Fellow. He also held positions as Global Director – Custom Solutions; Asia Open Enrollment Director; Asia Director – Custom Programs; Research Director – Innovation and Creativity; Manager – Project Leadership Program. He continues his association with the Center as an Honorary Senior Fellow. During his tenure at the Center, he engaged in nearly all aspects of the management and delivery of leadership development initiatives.

Luke holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (University of Southern California) and an MBA (San Diego State University). He has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and Gonzaga University, where he taught management and organizational behavior courses. At Univeritas 21, an international consortium of graduate business schools that offers fully accredited online MBA programs, Luke facilitated the Organizational Behavior course and a Capstone research course. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and National University. Luke authored over 50 book chapters, articles, and conference presentations on leadership development and organizational effectiveness. He has been an editorial board member of the Thunderbird International Business Review and President of the Organizational Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management.

Luke has worked with a large number of US and international organizations on projects involved critical leadership development and change efforts. (e.g., SEACEN (Southeast Asian Central Bankers Association), Bank Negara Malaysia, Allianz Global Investors, TATA, Aditya Birla, Marsh, NOL, Pfizer, Novartis, Sematech, Goodyear, Pasteur-Mérieux-Connaught, Cadbury Beverages, Trane, Peabody Energy, Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, and Boeing, to name a few. He resided in Singapore and Manila for nine years while serving Asian clients.


Stan Phelps

Speaking at: April 2022 Monthly Program


Stan Phelps walks the walk. He stands out in the sea of sameness by modeling his own Differentiated

Experience (DX) message: Differentiation isn’t just about what you say, it’s about what you do and, more

importantly, how and why you do it. Stan leverages his unique collection of 5,000+ case studies on

customer, employee, and brand experience to engage audiences with informative learning-based

experiences.


He believes purposeful DX wins the hearts of employees and customers, and differentiation ultimately boosts loyalty, retention, referrals, and results. Find Stan's keynotes and workshops at StanPhelpsSpeaks.com.  



Matt Scicchitano

Speaking at: September 2022 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG

Matt manages the Global Certification Team at SAS. He has been with SAS since 2016. He has worked in various rolls in licensure and certification since 2005. He lives in Pennsylvania and enjoys exploring the outdoors with his 3 children. is the Associate Director of Instructional Technology Training.  



Kimberly Sinnott, MA EdD

Speaking at: June 2022 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG

Kimberly Sinnott started her career as a remote employee for the March of Dimes national office in 1996 (negotiating a hybrid role after the birth of her first child). After spending some time as a stay at home mom, she reentered the workforce to lead a remote team of pre-health professionals for Kaplan (repeatedly named as one of the top 100 companies for remote jobs). She taught online for over 16 years as an adjunct professor and worked as Director, Academic Learning and Development for an online educational institution. Kimberly earned her instructional design certification from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development online program and earned her doctorate online with Capella University in 2021. Her doctoral research focused on how to build high performing, collaborative teams in the hybrid workplace post pandemic.

Currently, Kimberly is a Senior Director, Global Learning and Development for a tech company and Chief Learning Officer for her own consulting company.  



Bethany Smith

Speaking at: March 2022 e-Learning SIG

Bethany V. Smith is the Associate Director of Instructional Technology Training. As Associate Director, Bethany provides oversight of our training programs as well as delivers workshops on best practices for technology integration. Previously, she worked at the College of Education at NC State University, where she held various positions for over 13 years. Her passion is to assist current and future educators in integrating technology effectively in their classrooms, both online and face-to-face. Bethany also travels the state and country giving presentations and facilitating workshops on various educational technology topics. 



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