Erica Nelson is managing consultant of nelson performance development LLC, learning and development and consulting practice. Ms. Nelson is a trainer, consultant, author, and mediator, who works with professionals in a variety of industries in organization development. Erica has 25 years of professional experience in training in management development, team collaboration, and communication and presentation skills.
Business clients include Kraft, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Hollister Corporation, HSBC, Takeda, and Rust-Oleum Corporation where she is lead designer and facilitator for the Leadership Development Program High Potential course and action learning project. She is a certified facilitator for ASTD for the Consulting Skills for Trainers Certificate Program and Coaching Certificate Program. Erica is currently the faculty bench facilitator for Corporate Learning Solutions for Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Lake Forest, Illinois working with Fortune 500 Companies.
Her expertise in facilitating key skill sets to increase sales, enhance business relationships, and encourage partnerships at work is applied to all managerial levels with her client organizations. Subject expertise includes individual and team communication, mediation and conflict management, and influencing and presentation skills.
She is an executive coach working with senior level managers and executives. Erica has been certified as a mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution since 1993 and is a mediator with the Cook County Court System.
Ms. Nelson earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in journalism and English and her master's degree from the University of Connecticut in educational administration and counseling. Ms. Nelson is a member of ASTD. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and formerly an adjunct faculty member in Applied Sciences at Oakton Community College teaching Psychology. Erica received the Most Distinguished Business Faculty Member in Corporate Education in 2003-2004 for the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a continuous service award for 18 years as a mediator in the Chicago court system.
Jonathan Halls has a hybrid professional background that spans corporate learning and professional media. In fact, he's been working in and teaching media for the past twenty years. Formerly, he headed up the BBC's prestigious television, radio ops, and new media training department in London. He now teaches at George Washington University and operates a leadership and communication training company in Washington, D.C. Jonathan has bachelor's and master's degrees in adult learning. He has worked as a media executive, journalist, communications manager, and talk show host. He has taught multimedia to thousands of people around the world including in television, radio, newspaper, healthcare, and retail companies, as well as the federal government. His strength is drawing on both a rigorous academic background in adult learning and professional media expertise, forged at some of the world's leading media companies.
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.
Since 1982, Mitch has held a wide variety of change management leadership positions and is known as an innovator and as an expert in change implementation and transition. He is a practical consultant who can translate theories and concepts into effective solutions that work in real life situations. He is currently operating a private consulting practice, working also as a certificate program facilitator for ASTD.
While at Accenture from 1995 through 1999, Mitch had worldwide responsibility for the development and delivery of training and competency development for the change management practice area. As such, he worked with internal development teams and a wide variety of thought-leaders, academic institutions and practitioner organizations to provide state-of-the-art training solutions for a global practice.
Before joining Accenture, Mitch co-developed and managed KPMG Peat Marwick's change management practice while maintaining an active consulting practice with clients. Prior to his KPMG experience, Mitch was a senior consultant with ODR in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked with Daryl Conner in writing the book, Managing at the Speed of Change. Recently, Mitch was a key contributor working with Peter Robertson on the book, Always Change a Winning Team.
As President of Wings of Success, Sharon has been helping clients achieve success by developing their people since 2002. She is a dynamic, yet authentic professional who delivers engaging presentations, skillful facilitation, insightful coaching, and relevant resources. Her practical and refreshing style stems from over 20 years of staff, line, and consulting experience serving in diverse industries, in corporate, service, manufacturing, union, and non-union environments.
Sharon is often chosen to work with corporate clients because of the results she engenders by the depth and breadth of her business experience coupled with her learning and performance expertise. Sharon's client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and includes Anheuser-Busch, The Boeing Companies, Crown Vision, Keller Labs, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo. She is one of a select group of ASTD Training Certificate Program facilitators and is frequently called on to facilitate customized in-house train-the-trainer programs. She has facilitated learning on four continents and in 18 countries. She was specifically chosen to deliver programs in India and Egypt, as well as International Conference workshops, due to her cross-cultural experience and ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with people from around the world.
With a passion for learning and leadership, Sharon demonstrates leadership in the workplace learning and performance profession in many ways. She has been actively involved in ASTD since 1996, having served on the ASTD National Board of Directors, as chair of the ASTD National Advisors for Chapters, as president of the St. Louis Chapter and in numerous other capacities. In 2010 Sharon was honored to receive the ASTD Staff-Volunteer Partnership Award as part of the OneVoice Team which she chaired. She is one of the first 250 people worldwide to earn the prestigious ASTD Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation, holds certifications in several assessment tools including DiSC, MBTI, and Brainmode Power, and consistently achieves top performance as an Inscape Publishing Authorized Distributor.
Sharon is an adjunct professor for Washington University in St. Louis and a contributing author to "Rising to the Top: A Guide for Success." Sharon holds a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management, with a Minor in Psychology, from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Sharon lives just outside of St. Louis, Missouri on 5 1/2 acres with her husband Mark, daughter Briana, their dog Brandon, their cat Willy Wonka and her horse TJ. She enjoys life and is thankful for the multitude of wonderful people who enrich her world daily.