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ASTD Education works with more than 90 of the world’s best facilitators to deliver our training and professional development programs. ASTD’s facilitators are seasoned practitioners with 10 years or more of experience in their content areas. They draw upon their professional accomplishments and career experiences to deliver personalized learning and valuable insights.

You’ll find that many of our facilitators are published authors or popular speakers in their fields of expertise, and they come from a wide range of industries and sectors. They frequently serve as instructional designers, managers, coaches, human performance improvement professionals, and consultants.

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  • Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland is an organization development and training partner, facilitator, coach, instructional designer, and performance consultant with a twenty-year background working with leaders at all levels — C-level, managers, teams, and individual contributors. She has her own consulting business and has worked for training companies Blessing/White and Cahners TRACOM. She has worked with leaders in Fortune 100 companies in diverse industries, as well as government agencies, and a California university system.

    Her recent projects include development of a leadership development series in the entertainment industry, co-development and facilitation of an innovative 12-month leadership program for executive managers in the finance industry, and ongoing coaching of sales management on account executives selection process for a credit-reporting agency. In addition to coaching, she created a 90-day onboarding map to follow-up account executive selection to accelerate hire-to-performance.

    Her creativity in design and delivery earned her recognition in ASTD's Training magazine for innovative training and experiential learning techniques. Additionally, she was a co-author in two ASTD's T+D Learning Blueprint columns on "Presentation Design" and "More Than a Smile Sheet: Using Level 1 Evaluation Effectively."

    Rhonda has a passion for helping organizations achieve results through people. She is president-elect of ASTD Orange County (OC), past president of International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI)-OC (2009), past board member of ISPI-OC and ISPI-LA, and is currently on the Whittier College Alumni Board.

    Rhonda's goal is to improve performance through people.

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    Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland is an organization development and training partner, facilitator, coach, instructional designer, and performance consultant with a twenty-year background working with leaders at all levels — C-level, managers, teams, and individual contributors. She has her own consulting business and has worked for training companies Blessing/White and Cahners TRACOM. She has worked with leaders in Fortune 100 companies in diverse industries, as well as government agencies, and a California university system.

    Her recent projects include development of a leadership development series in the entertainment industry, co-development and facilitation of an innovative 12-month leadership program for executive managers in the finance industry, and ongoing coaching of sales management on account executives selection process for a credit-reporting agency. In addition to coaching, she created a 90-day onboarding map to follow-up account executive selection to accelerate hire-to-performance.

    Her creativity in design and delivery earned her recognition in ASTD's Training magazine for innovative training and experiential learning techniques. Additionally, she was a co-author in two ASTD's T+D Learning Blueprint columns on "Presentation Design" and "More Than a Smile Sheet: Using Level 1 Evaluation Effectively."

    Rhonda has a passion for helping organizations achieve results through people. She is president-elect of ASTD Orange County (OC), past president of International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI)-OC (2009), past board member of ISPI-OC and ISPI-LA, and is currently on the Whittier College Alumni Board.

    Rhonda's goal is to improve performance through people.

    Facilitates the following:

  • Halelly Azulay

    Halelly Azulay is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author with 20 years of professional experience in the fields of workplace learning and communication in corporate, government, regulatory, not-for-profit, and academic organizations. She is the author of Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press, 2012), in which she provides managers and supervisors hands-on tools and techniques for developing employees outside the classroom and on a budget. Azulay is the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams to improve the human side of work. She is also past president of the board of directors of the award-winning Metro DC chapter of ASTD where she served in various board leadership roles from 2005 to 2010; talentgrow.com/blog.

    "Halelly presented via webinar on concepts from her book, Employee Development on a Shoestring. She was attentive to listening to our specific needs as a company and shaped her presentation to relate directly to our culture. She was flexible in her approach and looked for "value-adds" to ensure we would find practical benefit from her time with us... a great partner in learning!"

    Joel Lamoreaux, Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Deluxe Corporation

     “Halelly is value added. Her creative approaches, knowledge base, personal skills, and uncompromising integrity insures measured success. Highly recommend her talents!”

    Elaine Biech, ebb associates inc, training and consulting author and expert

     “One of the best professional development and performance management professionals I've worked with in more than 15 years in the field.”

    Jon Desenberg, Consulting Director, The Performance Institute 

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    Halelly Azulay

    Halelly Azulay

    Halelly Azulay is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author with 20 years of professional experience in the fields of workplace learning and communication in corporate, government, regulatory, not-for-profit, and academic organizations. She is the author of Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press, 2012), in which she provides managers and supervisors hands-on tools and techniques for developing employees outside the classroom and on a budget. Azulay is the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams to improve the human side of work. She is also past president of the board of directors of the award-winning Metro DC chapter of ASTD where she served in various board leadership roles from 2005 to 2010; talentgrow.com/blog.

    "Halelly presented via webinar on concepts from her book, Employee Development on a Shoestring. She was attentive to listening to our specific needs as a company and shaped her presentation to relate directly to our culture. She was flexible in her approach and looked for "value-adds" to ensure we would find practical benefit from her time with us... a great partner in learning!"

    Joel Lamoreaux, Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Deluxe Corporation

     “Halelly is value added. Her creative approaches, knowledge base, personal skills, and uncompromising integrity insures measured success. Highly recommend her talents!”

    Elaine Biech, ebb associates inc, training and consulting author and expert

     “One of the best professional development and performance management professionals I've worked with in more than 15 years in the field.”

    Jon Desenberg, Consulting Director, The Performance Institute 

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  • Rita Bailey

    As CEO and Founder of QVF Partners, Rita partners with organizations and individuals who want to transform ordinary work environments into high-performing, profitable cultures. She shares her expertise and resources to help create workplaces where enlightened leaders can leverage the strengths and diversity of their people as a competitive advantage.

    During her 25 year career at Southwest Airlines, Rita served in several roles including customer service, sales, marketing, public relations, and HR. In her last position she was director of the Southwest Airlines University for People. She was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of leadership and personal development programs for over 32,000 employees. She also established a career development services team, responsible for helping employees develop a career path.

    Rita has served on several advisory committees and boards and was a member of the ASTD Board of Directors, serving as chairwoman of the ASTD Board in 2005. She is often quoted in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Corporate Meetings and Incentives, and The Wall Street Journal on topics of recruiting and training practices. Rita is the co-author of the new book, Destination Profit: Creating People-Profit Opportunities in Your Organization.

    As an international speaker and consultant, she has presented to and worked with groups in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Japan on topics including organizational culture, people strategies, leadership, innovation, customer service, and branding.

    When asked what business she is in, the answer is simply "the people business."

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    Rita Bailey

    Rita Bailey

    As CEO and Founder of QVF Partners, Rita partners with organizations and individuals who want to transform ordinary work environments into high-performing, profitable cultures. She shares her expertise and resources to help create workplaces where enlightened leaders can leverage the strengths and diversity of their people as a competitive advantage.

    During her 25 year career at Southwest Airlines, Rita served in several roles including customer service, sales, marketing, public relations, and HR. In her last position she was director of the Southwest Airlines University for People. She was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of leadership and personal development programs for over 32,000 employees. She also established a career development services team, responsible for helping employees develop a career path.

    Rita has served on several advisory committees and boards and was a member of the ASTD Board of Directors, serving as chairwoman of the ASTD Board in 2005. She is often quoted in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Corporate Meetings and Incentives, and The Wall Street Journal on topics of recruiting and training practices. Rita is the co-author of the new book, Destination Profit: Creating People-Profit Opportunities in Your Organization.

    As an international speaker and consultant, she has presented to and worked with groups in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Japan on topics including organizational culture, people strategies, leadership, innovation, customer service, and branding.

    When asked what business she is in, the answer is simply "the people business."

    Facilitates the following:

  • Mimi Banta

    Mimi Banta, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and development initiatives that produce results. Clients rely on her ability to diagnose training needs, engage executives in development efforts, design and conduct training, and equip in-house staff to be effective trainers.

    In addition to an educational background in psychology and adult education, Mimi is certified to use a variety of tools such as the Career Architect, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, "I Speak Your Language," and Change Style Indicator. She is also affiliated with Netspeed Leadership, Learning Tree International, and is master certified in Achieve Global products and services.

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    Mimi Banta

    Mimi Banta, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and development initiatives that produce results. Clients rely on her ability to diagnose training needs, engage executives in development efforts, design and conduct training, and equip in-house staff to be effective trainers.

    In addition to an educational background in psychology and adult education, Mimi is certified to use a variety of tools such as the Career Architect, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, "I Speak Your Language," and Change Style Indicator. She is also affiliated with Netspeed Leadership, Learning Tree International, and is master certified in Achieve Global products and services.

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  • Virginia Bianco-Mathis

    With over twenty years of experience and a doctoral degree in human resource and organization development, Dr. Bianco is considered a leader in her field. Her background includes a core set of industry positions, extensive consulting with corporate and agency executives, and publications/presentations in the areas of performance management, organizational change, leadership development, executive team building and facilitation, executive coaching, conflict and dialogue, coaching, and strategic planning.

    Presently, Dr. Bianco is a professor in the School of Business and department chair of management programs at Marymount University. She teaches courses in organization development, team and group dynamics, human resource strategy, and executive coaching. She is also a partner with the Strategic Performance Group. Her present consulting engagements include leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, team building, and organizational change. Presently, she is coaching executives within 10 major organizations across the United States.

    Dr. Bianco has given major presentations at several international conferences and has published numerous articles on change, consulting practices, coaching, and performance. Her most recent publications include, "Cross-Functional Teams at AOL" (with Fitzgerald, OD Practitioner, 2002), and Leading From The Inside Out: A Coaching Model (with Roman and Nabors, Sage Publications, Spring, 2002). Her most recent publication/product is Dialogue Cards, 2006.

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    Facilitates the following:

    Virginia Bianco Mathis

    Virginia Bianco-Mathis

    With over twenty years of experience and a doctoral degree in human resource and organization development, Dr. Bianco is considered a leader in her field. Her background includes a core set of industry positions, extensive consulting with corporate and agency executives, and publications/presentations in the areas of performance management, organizational change, leadership development, executive team building and facilitation, executive coaching, conflict and dialogue, coaching, and strategic planning.

    Presently, Dr. Bianco is a professor in the School of Business and department chair of management programs at Marymount University. She teaches courses in organization development, team and group dynamics, human resource strategy, and executive coaching. She is also a partner with the Strategic Performance Group. Her present consulting engagements include leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, team building, and organizational change. Presently, she is coaching executives within 10 major organizations across the United States.

    Dr. Bianco has given major presentations at several international conferences and has published numerous articles on change, consulting practices, coaching, and performance. Her most recent publications include, "Cross-Functional Teams at AOL" (with Fitzgerald, OD Practitioner, 2002), and Leading From The Inside Out: A Coaching Model (with Roman and Nabors, Sage Publications, Spring, 2002). Her most recent publication/product is Dialogue Cards, 2006.

    Facilitates the following:

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