Martha Soehren serves as the 2014 ASTD Board Chair.
Martha Soehren joined the ASTD Board of Directors in 2010. She serves as the Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Comcast University and Comcast Cable. In her role she leads learning and development across all functional areas, leadership levels, and high potential programs from approximately 100,000 employees. Ms. Soehren's experience spans the telecommunications and defense industries. She also worked as an adjunct professor, research and academic advisor.
Charles Fred is the 2014 ASTD Board Chair-Elect.
Charles Fred is group president of Xerox Healthcare Provider Solutions. In this role, he leads the organization that serves our hospital and physician clients through a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that help healthcare providers apply, manage, and use technology that simplifies caregiver workloads.
Prior to assuming this role, he was senior managing director of The Breakaway Group, a Xerox Company. He brings a proven track record of leading significant growth in both education and enterprise software companies. His best-selling book Breakaway, published in 2002, is used as a text in many leading universities to reinforce innovative methods for instructional technology and simulation. The eight-year research effort that ended in the publication of the book provides the foundation for The Breakaway Method™ used in service to healthcare organizations worldwide.
Tony Bingham is president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD.
Melissa Daimler heads up Organizational Effectiveness & Learning at Twitter where she has a charter to build a global team and create a scalable talent, leadership & management strategy.
Prior to joining Twitter, Melissa headed the Global Learning and Organizational Consulting team at Adobe Systems. In 2011, her team won top honors for The Best Learning Team from Brandon Hall, and was featured in two case studies on innovative approaches to learning. Prior to Adobe, she led HR at Epylon (now part of Accenture). She is a certified coach and helped start Coach University.
Melissa has a B.S. in Social Work and a B.A in Psychology from Winona State University. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.S. in Organizational Development.
Jenny Dearborn is chief learning officer and senior vice president at SAP, the world's largest business software company. In this role she is accountable to design, align, and drive SAP's overall learning activities to enable measureable business impact.
Prior to assuming this role, Jenny was chief learning officer at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company. She also served at Sun Microsystems for six years where she led learning and development for worldwide operations, was the global chief learning architect across all corporate content, and was the chief learning officer for the Americas–a position that led employee learning, partner learning and the external customer education business for the region–a 100M P&L in total.
Although Dearborn has deep roots in Silicon Valley, with degrees from UC Berkeley, San Jose State, and Stanford University, she has a strong focus in international business and emerging markets and has traveled extensively in her career.
Lisa J. Downs, CPLP
Lisa Downs, CPLP, is a Learning and Development Consultant for People at EMC2/Isilon Storage Division.
Prior to EMC, she was a Strategic Business Partner in the Learning, Training, and Development group at The Boeing Company, supporting Engineering. Before that position she was a Training Consultant with PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company in Seattle, WA where she led the leadership development and new employee onboarding programs. Previously, she was a Leadership Development Manager with T-Mobile USA where she conducted and developed leadership and professional development training.
In addition to serving as the 2008 President and 2006-2007 VP of Membership for the ASTD Puget Sound Chapter, she served as the 2010 Chair of the ASTD Chapter Recognition Committee and is now a member of the ASTD National Advisors for Chapters committee and a member of the ASTD Board of Directors for 2013-2014. Lisa is the author of three books in the ASTD Trainer’s WorkShop series: Listening Skills Training, Time Management Training, and Negotiation Skills Training. She earned her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential in 2010.
As Director, Amazon Marketplace, Rob Green leads the North American Marketplace for Amazon.com, focusing on the recruitment and onboarding of third party sellers both domestic and international. Amazon's Marketplace is one of its fastest growing business segments accounting for more than 40 percent of global sales.
Prior to this role Rob worked for Oracle and led a 1500-strong team dedicated to training Oracle customers, partners, and employees. With more than 20 years' experience in technology development, implementation, and training, Rob has played integral roles in leading training transformations and change management initiatives. He is a native of Canada but has lived all over the U.S. since moving to the Northeast to attend university more than 20 years ago.
Michael Korcuska is Senior Director, Product Management at LinkedIn. He previously served as the organization's Senior Director of Global Customer Operations where he was responsible for supporting LinkedIn's 150 million+ members and more than 10,000 corporate customers. Prior to LinkedIn, Michael spent 20 years in technology-enabled education and training. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, a non-profit consortium of universities working together to produce a teaching and learning software platform. He also served as COO for ELT, a leading compliance-training provider, and has held leadership positions at DigitalThink and Cognitive Arts.
Dr. Mary McNevin is the Chief Learning Officer of Signature HealthCARE. Signature HealthCARE is a leading provider of long-term care services with more than 15,000 employees. Mary's focus is on driving enterprise change and accelerating learning in order to radically change the landscape of long-term care forever.
Prior to joining Signature HealthCARE, Mary was the VP of Talent and Organization Development at McCain Foods Ltd. During her 12 year tenure she launched the company’s first global learning center. She earned a doctorate in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business, and also holds a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marci Meaux is the Vice President, ACT Services Transformation Office at Cisco. In this role she is a key leader in the transformation of Cisco and is driving internal disruption within Cisco's opportunity for dramatic growth. Marci has managed large traditional organizations and small, innovative teams with the charter to disrupt the status quo. She has been named Woman of the Year by the Association of Women in Computing.
With more than 25 years industry experience, Marci is an acknowledged authority on building innovative partner and sales enablement programs that increase customer service ratings, reduce customer-service response time, and improve organizational productivity.
Brian Miller is the Senior Director of Learning & Development for Gilead Sciences—currently overseeing all employee development including executive development. Prior to this role Brian was the Director of Amgen’s Global Learning & Development function. He also worked as a former executive consultant and worked with several Fortune 500/1000 organizations.
Brian received a Masters degree with honors in Technology in Learning from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a published author and conference speaker.
As ?What If! Technology Director, Robert is passionate about applying the latest innovations in information technology to enable the fundamentally human enterprise of innovation capability—whether in the business, nonprofit, or academic sectors. Robert comes to ?What If! with more than 15 years of experience in e-learning content and technology development—from building McKinsey & Company’s e-learning capabilities as Director of Technology Enabled Learning, to building and defining the go-to-market strategy of Convergys Corporation’s learning outsourcing business as Practice Lead, to developing e-learning solutions at DigitalThink as Director of Technology Product Management and Director of Course Development.