Sharon Claffey Kaliouby
David Guralnick, PhD
Lisa Buonocore is the Director of Learning Technology at Unum supporting enterprise learning and development platforms. In her 9 years at Unum, Lisa has led learning solutions teams for Unum US Sales as well as Colonial Life Sales. Her focus has been on modernizing training programs through instructional design and technology platforms. The latest implementation of MindTickle for the Unum US Sales organization is a great example of leveraging a technology platform to transform training offerings in an engaging way. Lisa is a mom of three and holds a MEd from the University of South Carolina and BS from Bentley University.
Linda is a Senior Director and Global Head of Learning & Talent Development for Aon. In her
current role, she is responsible for Aon’s learning strategy and Aon University including
leadership development, professional skills curriculum and early career programs. In 2017 she
initiated the learning transformation through implementing Workday globally and launching an
internally developed agile micro-learning site delivering curated content to 30,000 leaders
simultaneously. Additionally, she led the team to revamp and digitalize leadership curriculum
using a blended approach, focusing on building an inclusive and collaborative culture that will
reach 9,000 people leaders by 2020 across Aon.
Previously Linda served in multiple functional leadership roles for Fortune 10 global companies in the UK and US and has extensive experience in organizational design, workplace culture, workforce planning and change leadership. As the Global Organizational Effectiveness Director for Diageo, she oversaw a workforce optimization program that delivered $70 million savings across 28 markets. Prior to that, she led large-scale digitalization and workforce transformation projects for State Farm and global culture change programs for HSBC.
Linda is passionate about equipping leaders and workers with skills and mindsets to navigate the complex and volatile world today. When not working, she is a fan of Beachbody workouts and British Bake-off shows and enjoys spending time with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
Sharon Claffey Kaliouby
Sharon Claffey Kaliouby is VP, North America for Learning Pool. She was most recently a Learning Fellow & Advisor for Elliott Masie Productions and previously Head of Global Learning & Development for State Street Global Advisors in Boston, Massachusetts.
As well as working with Learning Pool, Sharon is co-founder of the #WomenInLearning initiative, one of the 2019 Top 50 Leaders in Learning & Development – Americas, the 2018 Learning & Performance Institute Professional of the Year and a two-time member of the USFA National gold medal women’s sabre fencing.
Melissa is an Associate Manager for Talent Development Programs at Truist Financial Corporation. In her current role, Melissa drives business strategy for the firm’s Corporate & Investment Banking Talent Programs, aligning the firm’s human capital needs to the strategic direction of the business. She is principally focused on recruiting, onboarding, and training teammates at the Analyst and Associate levels. Melissa is passionate about mentoring students and recent college graduates as they navigate their first steps in their careers. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and Sociology from Washington and Lee University where she played lacrosse. Outside of her work for Truist, Melissa finds balance as a Yoga Instructor at CorePower Yoga in Atlanta.
Over her 20 year career, Ilenia Diaz has built depth and breadth of experience in all facets
of Learning & Development. This robust and diverse experience includes consulting with
business leaders to align learning to strategy, design of global learning experiences, and
influencing behavior in workshops and seminars. Her versatile expertise and skillset has
shaped learning experiences across multiple industries – financial services,
manufacturing, technology, professional associations, and commercial real estate. In the
latter half of her career, she’s woven her skillset deep into the fabric of organizations and
their employees, passionately leading employee engagement as well as diversity and
Ilenia currently works at Investors Bank in New Jersey as the AVP of Learning & Development. She’s the learning partner for their Retail and Lending lines of business. She’s using her comprehensive experience in learning technology and blended learning to transform their core programs into world class learning for today’s progressive market.
Prior to joining Investors, she led several initiatives at Cushman & Wakefield, including professional development programs for the Women’s Interest Network and a Leading Change Series for field leaders. At IEEE, Mimeo.com and American Express, Ilenia was considered an expert in her field, consulting on and leading programs for global audiences. The programs included Sales, Lean Six Sigma, Customer Experience and Leadership curricula. For a complete view of her experience visit her LinkedIn page at http://linkedin.com/in/ilenia-diaz-9b8b559.
Ilenia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from St. John’s University and a M.B.A. from Adelphi University. She’s a native New Yorker who called Memphis home for three years. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two sons. You’ll often find them all in the kitchen, trying new recipes, and pairing lively music to the cuisine they are cooking. Be sure to ask her for her empanada recipe.
Anna Gerber is the Director, Academy Leader for Merrill Lynch’s Financial Advisor
Development training program (FADP). In this role, Anna is responsible for program strategy
and curriculum and leads a team of Academy Managers and Performance Advisors that coach
approximately 1,800 new to role financial advisors year/year through a foundational virtual
coaching experience. During Anna’s 10 year tenure at Merrill, she has also held roles within
Talent and Acquisition as well as a national role as an FADP Division Manager.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Anna held a teaching certificate and spent 11 years in public education and working in the development of curriculum with the State of Tennessee. She has also worked as a plant controller over two division of Alcoa Aluminum, a Recruiting Manager for Robert Half International and Talent, Acquisition and Training manager for First Merit.
Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of Tennessee. She also holds her 7 & 66 licenses. A native of Tennessee, Anna has resided in Cleveland, Ohio for the past 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming and traveling internationally.
Bernie is Head of Asset Management Client Skills Training for the Americas. He is a Professional
Certified Coach (PCC), with over 15 years of financial services experience in client-facing and
learning and development roles
Immediately prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Bernie was Director and Head of Global Sales Training at Legg Mason, where his team was responsible for sales excellence within the firm, and providing sales training to the firm's clients. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences, presenting on topics such as Coaching & Sales Leadership, Storytelling, Emotional Intelligence, and The Art of Influence. His background in sales and coaching shapes his approach to leadership and business strategy.
Bernie earned his PCC designation from the Columbia University Executive Coaching Certification Program. He received his BA in History from Columbia University, BA in Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and MBA from the University of Florida.
David Guralnick, PhD
David Guralnick has been a recognized leader in the field of computer-based and online learning
for over twenty years, specializing in the design of "user experiences" in e-learning. His
contributions to the field of e-learning include the creation of the first online learn-by-doing
simulation training course for corporate use (in 1993), and the first e-learning authoring tool to
allow trainers and subject matter experts to create rich e-learning products on their own (in
1995). He has since designed numerous online learning methodologies for both training and
performance-support goals, and has been the recipient of awards from several national and
international organizations, including Brandon-Hall.com, the Society for Applied Learning
Technology (SALT), and the International Association for the development of an Information
Society (IADIS). He is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences, and holds a Ph.D. from
Northwestern University, where his work synthesized concepts in artificial intelligence,
education, software usability, and cognitive psychology.
David serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Teachers College; was the founding chair of the E-learning Group for ASTD-NY, the American Society for Training & Development (2002-2009); was chair of the International Conference on E-Learning (2006 and 2007) and the founding chair of International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace (2008- present); and is president of the International E-Learning Association (2007-present). Further information about David, including lists of his awards, publications, and talks, can be found at www.davidguralnick.com. David was a founder of Kaleidoscope Learning and has been with the company since its inception in 1998.
Debra Hamilton is the SVP and Chief Learning & Development Officer at Fulton Financial Corporation. She has 25 years of experience in education, leadership development, change management, and professional development programs. Prior to joining Fulton, Debra was at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she built and managed CHOP’s leadership curriculum and executive coaching programs, including a variety of 360-feedback development initiatives and peer coaching models. She is currently responsible for developing a formalized process around talent and organizational development which includes identifying talent gaps within the organization, succession planning, leadership/high-potential development, performance management, and organizational capability development.
Dr. Kami Hanson, a graduate of Utah State University’s doctorate program in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, is a Director of Learning and Content Development at LendingClub. Kami joined LendingClub in 2017 and has led a learning transformation of the new hire experience for all lines of business within operations. A key component of this transformation included the adoption of a electronic performance support system (EPSS) to accelerate learner time to readiness and increase performance in production. In other roles, Kami has worked on pivotal technological integrations that range from designing and developing gamified learning ecosystems to innovating on learner engagement cycles for within a learner’s journey. Kami has been in the field of adult learning for 20 years having worked in academia, retail, home services, financial services, and now financial technology.
Pamela joined eMoney in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in human
resources in the areas of talent management, organizational development and
As Director, Employee Success, Pamela’s motivation and vision are cultivating an environment in which all employees can thrive and do their best work. Her focus is strengthening talent management approaches, guiding capability and competency growth, increasing employee engagement and leadership effectiveness.
Pamela graduated from Neumann University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management and holds several industry professional certifications.
Stefana Hunyady manages various aspects of product development at PayPal ensuring product teams build global ready products and solutions customers want. Stefana joined PayPal from FreeMonee, where she managed all aspects of product delivery and operations. Prior to FreeMonee she was the General Manager for the financial widgets’product line at Yodlee. As entrepreneur, she founded her own company to enable international gift delivery to underserved markets. Stefana takes pride in being an effective change agent who eamlessly connects the dots of opportunity. In addition to her business responsibilities Stefana always makes time to help others grow their careers. At PayPal, she manages PayPal’s Director+ and mentorship programs.
Kirsten is the Director of MetLife’s Workforce of the Future learning program focused on successfully preparing today’s talent for tomorrow. Prior to this role, she led the Mandatory Training Program for MetLife’s 50,000 employees, contractors, and agents in 40+ countries, in up to 21 languages. Kirsten’s team was recently awarded Gold in Brandon Hall’s ‘Best Advance in Compliance Learning’ category in Feb 2020. She is passionate about bringing innovation and efficiency to learning – one program at a time. Kirsten is based out of MetLife’s technology hub in Cary, North Carolina.
Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer Kristin Johnson leads the firm’s efforts to attract,
develop and engage a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive culture and grow human capital
capabilities to support the firm’s Five-year Plan.
As a member of the Edward Jones Executive and Management committees, Kristin provides
critical thought leadership to the firm's strategic direction and drives initiatives that enable the
firm to progress toward its vision of becoming the first choice of serious, long-term individual
Kristin joined Edward Jones in 1995 as a member of the Internal Audit department and two years later was named the department’s internal audit manager. In 2000, she relocated to the Operations division, where she held leadership roles in several account and trade processing departments. Kristin was named a principal in 2006 and worked in the firm’s Retirement Services and Client Reporting areas over the next six years. In March 2012, she relocated to the firm’s Service division to lead the Service Optimization business unit, which she led until assuming responsibility for BOA Talent Acquisition and Performance in 2013. During her tenure with the BOA area, the role evolved to provide even more proactive contributions to the client experience and became a more integral member of the branch team. She became the interim co-leader of Human Resources in April 2019 and was named the firm’s chief human resources officer the following November.
Kristin helps the firm work toward its objective of creating a talented and diverse workforce by serving as a senior executive sponsor of the firm’s Black African American and Young Professionals Business Resource groups.
A native of Belleville, Ill., Kristin graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. She earned a master’s in information management from Webster University and completed Washington University’s executive MBA program. Kristin is active in several organizations and serves on the boards of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Webster University and the St. Louis Fashion Fund.
I have spent the majority of my career in a position where I could help people in
some way. Whether it was in recruiting people into positions they enjoyed, training
team members on building their skills and ability or teaching accountability and
ownership to leaders within an organization. My passion is to serve as an authentic
partner in cultural transformation by focusing on strengths.
Before joining Western Union as a consultant in 2015, I worked for an Apartment Investment firm in Denver for over 8 years. I was the Vice President of Human Resources focusing fully on Talent Management (recruiting, training and succession planning). When I joined WU, I jumped right into assisting with the Women in Leadership initiative where I focused on launching a program solely dedicated to the growth of women in the workplace. I then became the Global Human Resources Business Partner for Compliance, HR and Legal. In late July of 2017 I became the Global Head of Compliance Training Design and Delivery. Recently the Compliance Design team joined forces with the Global Talent and Learning team under Human Resources. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Learning organization and value my time helping people learn and grow in their professional careers.
In my time away from work one of my most favorite hobbies is listening and seeing live music. Music is a large part of my life and my children’s lives. While I don’t personally play any instruments, I revel in finding beautiful music that fills my home with dance, laughter and soulful healing.
Eric LaChance is an Enterprise Customer Success Manager at MindTickle partnering with Unum to prepare and launch their sales learning programs. Eric has spent the last 6 years working alongside sales-readiness experts with a special focus on financial services. Outside of work, Eric resides in New Hampshire and enjoys skiing and hiking with his Australian Shepard.
Katie is Learning Measurement and Evaluation Lead—People Analytics for Capital One’s Tech College. Katie is currently building the learning analytics space for all of learning at Capital One. Within that space she has leveraged her technical and analytics skills to foster a cloud data-orientated culture that is built on data that emphasizes strong people measurement or direct behavioral measures. Building this foundation has enabled a self-service approach for internal learning metrics access, reporting, and storytelling. She is an engineer turned learning and evaluation expert. Katie is a mother of three and holds a PhD from Arizona State University.
Matt Petrilla is a Leadership Performance Consultant in Vanguard’s Talent Management department, where he coaches leaders across the enterprise on a broad range of managerial and performance-related topics. Matt’s prior role was as Divisional Manager in Vanguard University, where he led a team of Instructional Designers and Multimedia Developers responsible for creating innovative learning solutions for Vanguard’s global workforce. Prior to moving into a formal leadership role in 2012, Matt served as a Senior Corporate Trainer in HR, facilitating professional development, feedback & coaching, business-related, and leadership development courses to managers and individual contributors alike. Matt is a member of Vanguard’s select Adjunct Faculty pool, a Vanguard Certified Master Coach, and holds his Series 6, 7, and 63 financial licenses.
Dave Romero is the President of Unboxed Training & Technology. He has over 25 years of experience architecting and implementing training and sales technology solutions for a variety of organizations in both size and industry. Dave is passionate about improving retention and the learner experience by creating new ways to educate and empower employees. When he's not at work, Dave enjoys spending time outside mountain biking, backpacking, and hiking with friends and family.
David began his career in publishing and events in London in the late 90’s before moving in to the financial training arena with DC Gardner Training in 2003. Following a successful period managing clients across Europe and Africa, David was asked to establish DC Gardner Training’s Americas office in New York in 2005 where he built a successful tailored training business delivering programs for many of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions. In 2014, David joined Fitch Learning with responsibility for business development across the Americas and as of August 2017, has been heading up the Americas region across all lines of business David grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, attained his Bachelor’s degree in York, England before moving to London. He has been a resident of New York since 2005.
Curtis is a proven performance consultant and a senior learning leader with over 15 years of
experience in the financial services industry. Since 1996, Curtis has enabled Charles Schwab &
Co., Inc., Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo to achieve results through educating their
workforce, implementing change initiatives and driving performance improvement initiatives.
While working for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., he directly supported the transformation of
Schwab's workforce from a transactional service provider to an advice driven consultative selling
organization. While at Wells Fargo, he led the skill development and change management
efforts necessary to establish an integrated wealth model and to install a team-based contact
management system. While at Wachovia Securities, which is now Wells Fargo Advisors, Curtis
has been involved with the skill development, change management and performance
improvements for initiatives that include two large scale mergers, transition of transactional
based advice to an advisory-based model and the implementation of a corporate university.
After growing up and starting his career in Phoenix, Arizona, Curtis currently lives in St. Louis, MO. Along with his partner Susan and children, Lauren and Christopher, he spends his non- working hours enjoying the outdoors, cooking, movies and hanging out with friends. Curtis is also involved in consulting a local public school district, leading a Boy Scout troop and advising 6th graders at his church.
Pete has spent nearly his entire 30 year career in Sales, Sales Leadership or Sales Training and
Effectiveness roles for companies such as UPS, Sony, MetLife, American Express, and most
recently Swiss Re. Throughout his career, Pete has worked closely with Senior Leaders to help
them, their teams, and the organization maximize performance. His experience has provided
him the opportunity to serve as a guest speaker at many Learning and Development and Talent
Management conferences through the United States.
Pete holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Marist College. In addition to his formal education, he also holds formal instructor certifications for many programs including:
- Situational Sales Negotiations
- Franklin Covey Time Management
- Making Major Sales (SPIN Selling)
- Selecting Talent
- Emotional Intelligence
In his previous role at Swiss Re, Pete was responsible for leading a team of learning professionals responsible for the design, development and delivery of the Swiss Re learning portfolio in the Americas regions. The portfolio consists of curriculum in the subject matter areas of Leadership, Sales, Technical, Finance, Professional and external Client Training. In addition to his Learning and Development responsibilities, Pete has contributed to Organizational Development initiatives in the areas of Leadership Development, Talent Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Change Management and Culture.
Most of all, Pete enjoys spending time with his family, preferably at the ocean. He enjoys traveling for pleasure and considers himself a sports and music enthusiast. He and his wife Bernie reside in Brewster, NY where they are active in the local community. They have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of two grown children, Jennifer 23 and Michael, 21.
Svetlana Yedreshteyn, PsyD is VP, Learning & Development with Invesco,
where she provides leadership, talent, and organizational change solutions
to help build a high-performance culture and drive business strategy. Her
current focus is on redesigning the performance management approach
throughout the firm, overseeing the executive coaching practice, and
providing L&D support to various business areas.
Prior to the integration with Invesco, Svetlana spent five years at OppenheimerFunds, as the Vice President of Learning & Development. She implemented multiple solutions across the firm, including a no-ratings performance management process, designing and delivering management and leadership development programs, unconscious bias/inclusion training, built out a Core Competency model and worked with the HR team to integrate it into the existing HR processes. Svetlana has also revamped and lead the Talent Review and succession planning efforts while actively overseeing the firm’s external executive coaching practice. She has served as an L&D consultant in the Legal, Compliance, Risk, Finance, and Product client groups, and delivered offsites, teambuilding events, and provided coaching services to leaders. She has also studied and presented on the Future of Work and the need to reskill our workforce.
Prior to OppenheimerFunds, Svetlana worked at NYU Langone Medical Center as the Senior Training Specialist and Senior OD Specialist. Svetlana also worked at Citigroup in the HR Strategy area as well as on the Executive Development team. She earned her Psy.D. in Organizational Psychology from Rutgers University in 2008. Svetlana is certified in MBTI, DiSC, Caliper, Lominger VOICES, and Korn Ferry Interview and Leadership Architect.