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Hudson-Mohawk ATD

2018 Talent Development Summit

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn Troy, 235 Hoosick St., Troy, NY


We have a keynote, concurrent sessions and 2 general sessions this year!


Summit Keynote – Kimo Kippen

Kimo Kippen

Kimo Kippen, former Chief Learning Officer and current Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives at Hilton is responsible for creating lifelong learning alternatives for Hilton’s hundreds of thousands of team members. After joining the company in 2010, Kippen launched Hilton Worldwide University to deliver training and development opportunities to employees at all levels from corporate headquarters to Hilton’s 4,200 hotels, resorts and time-share properties in 93 countries. Due to his accomplishments as a learning leader, Chief Learning Officer Magazine named Kippen Chief Learning Officer of the Year in 2015. Under his leadership, Hilton received the Learning Elite Award in the same year. Kimo has served as the chairman of the board of the Association for Talent Development and currently sits on boards including the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton.

Prior to joining Hilton, Kippen worked for Marriott International for 21 years where he was responsible for the Center of Excellence for Learning. Prior to that, he led management engagement for the enterprise. He also served as Vice President of Human Resources for Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, North America.

Kippen holds an M.S. in Career and Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, a B.S. from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Post Graduate Program.


Afternoon General Session – Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the United Sates and an APMP. He regularly conducts workshops at companies like Microsoft, Xerox, Dell, and Lockheed Martin as well as at learning institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Over the last 24 years, Mike has spearheaded over one thousand successful projects and created thousands of presentations, proposals, white papers, websites, and training materials that resulted in improved success rates and revenue for his clients.

Mike owns Billion Dollar Graphics, a design firm, 24 Hour Company, authored Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics, and wrote ATD’s newest PowerPoint book.


Closing General Session – Jim Snack

Jim Snack

Jim Snack

Jim Snack is an award winning Certified Speaking Professional who specializes in motivation and engagement. In addition to presenting keynote speeches and seminars, Jim is completing his PhD in Organizational Communication at the University at Albany where he teaches public speaking and leadership communication.

Jim has been featured as a “Consummate Speaker of the Year” by Sharing Ideas Magazine. He was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the International Communication Association, and he received the McNally Award for outstanding teaching from the University at Albany Department of Communication.

Jim is a one less than 700 speakers worldwide who hold the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned award bestowed by the National Speakers Association. He is Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Speakers Association and Past President of the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the Association for Talent Development.

Presenting over a hundred programs annually for businesses, associations, government agencies, schools, healthcare and human service organizations, Jim has worked with General Electric, Disney, Lucent Technologies, General Motors, and the Environmental Protection Agency.



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Registration / Exhibitor Fair / Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Welcome from Conference Chair and Chapter President
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.mMorning Keynote Address by Kimo Kippen, Aloha Learning Advisors - "Think Differently Starting Today: Trends and Tips to Prepare for Learning into the Future"
10:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m.Break / Exhibitor Fair
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.SESSION 1

“The 3 Keys to Emerging Leaders Professional Development”

Julie Bush

"Training to Imagine: Improv Skills for Trainer Excellence”

Kat Koppett & Alex Timmis

“Developing the Future with the 70:20:10 Model”

Warren Cohen
12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m.Lunch / Exhibitor Fair
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Afternoon General Session by Mike Parkinson, Billion Dollar Graphics - “Make Powerful Infographics... Fast!”
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break / Exhibitor Fair
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Closing General Session by Jim Snack, Certified Speaking Professional Jim Snack, Inc. - "The Magic of Change: Moving from Fear to Wonder"
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Closing and Drawing of Prizes

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Kimo Kippen

Think Differently Starting Today: Trends and Tips to Prepare for Learning into the Future
Kimo Kippen, former Chief Learning Officer and
Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives, Hilton

In this session Kimo will illustrate 10 key lessons he has learned throughout his life. Kimo will share techniques from multiple perspectives: student, corporate trainer, learning executive for the hospitality industry, chief learning officer for a global and ever-expanding company, and advocate for lifelong learning. Each lesson will be told through stories that span across the diverse workforce population, regions throughout the world, and technological advancements. You will leave this session with 10 new ways to approach your role as a talent development and learning professional as you prepare to mold learning in the future.


Julie Bush

The 3 Keys to Emerging Leaders Professional Development
Julie Bush, Corey Jamison Consulting

According to 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, 57% of Millennials expect to leave their current position by 2020 taking with them significant skills and company investment. Of those who plan to leave, 71% report dissatisfaction that their leadership skills are not being developed. Those who stay will have ample opportunity for leadership development, opportunities for growth and promotion and are actively encouraged to go for leadership roles. Organizations get the highest return on their investment when they encourage Emerging Leaders to ‘own’ their career path and drive their own leadership development. Not surprisingly, when individuals lead their development they are more invested and connected to the outcome. During this interactive session, participants will explore the 3 Keys to Emerging Leaders career development that, when leveraged, can accelerate individual, team and organizational results. During this interactive session, participants will explore the 3 Keys to Emerging Leaders career development that, when leveraged, can accelerate individual, team and organizational results.

In this session participants will:

  • Define strategies to partner with your organization’s Emerging Leaders to leverage their strengths, vision and goals in service of the overarching vision of your organization;
  • Identify tools to design career development experiences that expand skill sets;
  • Learn strategies that develop organizational stakeholders of all ages by leveraging the later generations’ wisdom and knowledge while cultivating Emerging Leaders’ innovation and creativity.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Performance Improvement Managing Learning Programs Coaching

Julie Bush, Co-Owner and Consultant at Corey Jamison Consulting, is a sought after leadership coach of emerging professionals, and facilitates groups of emerging professionals as they navigate the world of work and succession. She specializes in the development and implementation of process/system improvements, providing rigor and alignment between organizational process and outcomes.

Prior to joining Corey Jamison Consulting, Julie was the Director of Operations at Troy Web Consulting. Julie also served as Director of Marketing and Visibility at The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, as well as Associate Director of HR and People Strategy. Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from the University at Albany.


Kat Koppett

Alex Timmis

Training to Imagine: Improv Skills for Trainer Excellence
Kat Koppett & Alex Timmis, Mopco, LLC, DBA Koppett

Designed to address the needs of both the fledgling and experienced instructor, this interactive, practical (and fun) 75 minute presentation explores how improv can be used as the gym to exercise the fundamental skills and mindsets of great trainers. Participants will engage in and discuss activities and processes which will have dual purposes: enhance specific trainer abilities like listening, presence, and dealing with the unexpected, and model activities and methods which can then be applied by the trainers in their own courses.

In this session participants will:

  • Enhance personal flexibility and responsiveness;
  • Create motivating environments;
  • Deal with difficult participants in ways that are more inclusive, less disruptive and more helpful for everyone.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Training Delivery

Kat Koppett is CEO of Koppett, a consultancy specializing in improvisation and storytelling to enhance workplace effectiveness. Kat has worked with organizations such as Facebook, Apple, Prezi, GE, Havas Health, and the Clinton Global Initiative. She is the author of Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning, and the Co-director of the Mopco Improv Theatre.

Alex Timmis is an Improv Program Coordinator at Koppett. Over the past year and a half he has worked with clients such as Union College, Havas Health, and Ellis Hospital. Alex formerly worked as a research analyst for Park Strategies, LLC, a leading government relations firm in New York. In addition to facilitating for Koppett, Alex leads classes, helps design and maintain the new Mopco Improv Theatre’s operations, and co-directs our long-form company, Alf Pacino. (In other words, his experience juggling many balls and dealing with the chaos of government is being put to good use.)


Laura Morton

Fierce Storytelling: The Art Of Persuasive Jujitsu
Laura Morton, Laura Morton Management

At first glimpse, a good story seems like a gift.  But the story is actually just a delivery system for the storytellers’ agenda—a tool that can be used for good or ill.  Like fire, it can be used to warm a city or burn it down.

Learn to use YOUR power for good by attending this one of a kind workshop, Fierce Storytelling: The Art of Persuasive Jujitsu.

Great storytellers are strategic communicators. In business, they’re the most successful. Why? They’re not just selling; they want people to listen – to hear that big idea, to activate great imagination, hopes and aspirations. To do this effectively, you must compel them to engage, interact, change their behavior, see the world differently.

We communicate 24/7, wired and wirelessly, talking, texting and tweeting, trending and friending. We communicate instantly. We just say what we think. It’s critical to have your story told exactly as you want it to be heard.

Our Storytelling Workshop is an interactive, information packed lesson in persuasive jujitsu.  This presentation is the only one of its kind taught by Laura Morton, a 20-time New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller, based on her expertise and experience as an author, speaker and producer and her team.  This session will focus on 3 critical areas to help anyone master the skill of fierce storytelling in business.

  1. Life happens in the narratives we tell one another.
  2. Storytelling should be baked into company culture and campaigns as they’re being created to stimulate a stronger emotional connection with brands.
  3. Understand the 5 essential building blocks of storytelling, including how to choose an effective character who is charismatic and relatable, deciding on your story trajectory, sharing it with total authenticity, how to rely on action oriented emotions and finding the best hook

Laura Morton is a 20 time New York Times bestselling author and has written more than 50 books. She has been involved in the entertainment industry for 25 years as a writer, producer, speaker and entrepreneur, and continues to pursue projects of interest that cross publishing, production and electronic media through her company, Laura Morton Management. Laura frequently speaks to organizations on a variety of topics, mixing humor and emotional storytelling in her dazzling and memorable presentations.



Mike Parkinson

Make Powerful Infographics… Fast!
Mike Parkinson, Billion Dollar Graphics

Harness the power of infographics to improve understanding, recollection and adoption. Learn how to turn words, data and ideas into clear, compelling infographics. Review several static and animated infographics and identify the tools they use to educate and promote a course of action- discussing what works and what fails the test. At the end of this session attendees create and share their own infographics-developed to teach others what they learned during the session.

NO design skill required or previous experience needed. Attendees learn tips and tricks to make professional graphics fast and get low-cost and free tools to help quickly render them. Tips and tricks learned can be applied to PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite and any other graphics software.

In this session you will:

  • Turn words and ideas into clear, compelling graphics;
  • Visualize anything and improve writing and development speeds up to 50%;
  • Spend less money and time making graphics using free and low-cost tools.



Jim Snack

James Snack

The Magic of Change: Moving from Fear to Wonder
James Snack, Certified Speaking Professional Jim Snack, Inc.

Join us for our exciting closing session presented by master magician and spellbinding speaker Jim Snack who will challenge you to see change in a new light.  You’ll learn how to apply the learnings from the summit by creating a personal learning plan that includes creating a compelling vision, formulating strategic goals, and stretching out of you comfort zone. Be prepared for an entertaining program filled with magic, humor, and learning.


Eventbrite - Hudson-Mohawk ATD 2018 Talent Development Summit EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
Eventbrite - Hudson-Mohawk ATD 2018 Talent Development Summit


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The Hilton Garden Inn has a HMATD rate of $119 for the night of May 10th if reserved by April 19th. Call (877) STAY HGI and use group code HMCA18 to make your reservation.


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