Talent Development Summit




Hudson-Mohawk ATD

2018 Talent Development Summit

Future Ready Learning & Development:
Trends, Techniques and Tools

Friday, May 11, 2018

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



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


Summit Keynote – Kimo Kippen

Kimo Kippen

Kimo Kippen, President of Aloha Learning Advisors, is a thought leader, speaker and advocate for life-long learning and talent development. A native of Hawai’i, former Chief Learning Officer at Hilton, recognized by CLO Magazine as Chief Learning Officer of the Year – 2015, and former VP of Learning at Marriott International, Kimo has been creating life-long learning solutions for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. 

Kimo has served as chairman of the board for the Association for Talent Development (formerly, American Society for Training & Development) and currently is a board member of the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors.  He is also chairman of the board for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), serves as advisor to Study.com, the Executive Advisory Board for Skillsoft and is program director for The Conference Board Talent & Organizational Development Executive Council (TODEC).

Kimo’s passion for learning, facilitating and teaching has drawn him into the academic world as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, George Mason University and at Columbia University Teachers College where he serves on the Talent Development Advisory board. He is also Lead Facilitator for iVentiv HR Executive learning events (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York City).

Kimo has 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. Kimo’s home base alternates between Washington DC, Warsaw, Poland and Honolulu, Hawai’i where he and his spouse, Dorota Kowalska, regularly spend quality time.


Afternoon General Session – Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is 1 of 13 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the United States (1 of 36 in the world) 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



Kimo Kippen

Think Differently Starting Today: Trends and Tips to Prepare for Learning into the Future
Kimo Kippen, Aloha Learning Advisors, LLC

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.)


Warren Cohen

Developing the Future with the 70:20:10 Model
Warren Cohen, CoachingOurselves

70:20:10 is a simple concept. It describes the way adults learn best in the workplace: through a combination of experience, social exposure, and formal education. This requires a change of mindset, from seeing learning as a preparation for work, to seeing it as a driver for change within and beyond the daily workflow. In this session you will work with a group of your peers in true peer-learning fashion to use the 70:20:10 model to enhance your learning and development programs and initiatives.

In this session participants will:

  • Appreciate the benefits of adopting 70:20:10;
  • Understand the challenges that need to be addressed in adopting 70:20:10;
  • Consider how all this could apply to yourselves and the organization you work for.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Instructional Design and Training Delivery

Warren Cohen has been working in the domain peer-learning for leadership development for the past 10 years. Warren has worked with organizations around the world to design peer-learning programs to develop leadership capacity. An engineer by trade, Warren has been involved in various management roles as well as entrepreneurial endeavors for over 20 years, including developing an environmental packaging product for high-tech applications.



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

Jim Snack

The Magic of Change: Moving from Fear to Wonder
Jim 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.



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