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Don't miss Kentuckiana's premiere Learning & Development Conference with world-renowned speakers: Julie Dirksen- author of Design for How People Learn, Megan Torrance, & Jess Jackson.  10+ Breakout Sessions, Professional networking, and more!  Register for ATDKY's Day of Learning Conference!  🤩 

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Check-in Starts at 8am, Continental Breakfast at 8:30am, Program Starts at 9am, Taco Bar for Lunch!


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2022 Keynote Speakers

Julie Dirksen 

  Keynote Session Topic: The Science of Attention & Engagement 

A number of myths persist about people’s allegedly ever-shortening attention spans—but what does the science say? Neuroscience, behavioral economics, and consumer psychology all offer insights into how we manage and allocate attention. Additionally, our ability to manage attention and focus seems to be related to our abilities to allocate willpower and influence how we make decisions.  In this session, you will learn what the current science says about how attention, willpower, and decision-making interact, and how that influences the design of digital and learning environments.


In this session Julie will discuss:

  • how cognitive load memory functions influence attention 
  • how we allocate and manage attention 
  • how to engage learners’ attention and manage distraction 

    About Julie Dirksen

    Julie Dirksen is the author of the book Design For How People Learn and an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 20 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, instructional design, and behavioral science to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change. She holds an M.S. degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at Usable Learning.

    Megan Torrance & Jessica Jackson of Torrance Learning

    Keynote Session Topic: L&D's Role in Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace

    In this session Megan & Jessica will unpack:

    • how we work with each other in more compassionate ways
    • how we design learning to be compassionate to learners
    • how we consider our identities in our work and how that supports equity being both compassionate to ourselves in our journey as well as to others around us

    About Megan Torrance, Chief Energy Officer, Torrance Learning

    Megan brings over 2 decades of consulting, instructional design, and project management experience to the team. Not only does Megan facilitate our LLAMA® and instructional design workshops, but she also supports our clients with project kickoffs to make sure each project has clear direction. She is devoted to delivering outstanding work to our clients and creating a top-notch work environment based on trust, flexibility, compassion and fun.

    About Jessica Jackson, M.Ed, MBA, Torrance Learning

    Jess is an instructional designer, writer, speaker and has over 15 years’ experience as a Diversity Peer Educator. She is the author of TorranceLearning’s curriculum Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace (CREW) a holistic microlearning training program that addresses barriers to equity in the workplace using evidence-informed best practices from social psychology research. She has worked within a myriad of educational contexts addressing access, retention, and success of diverse learners, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been recognized at the international level. Her expertise in strategic planning, data and assessment,  and program development coupled with her dynamic facilitation and training skills have enabled her to create sustainable impact within large education-focused organizations, and her work has been featured on platforms such as Mic, TedX, Michigan Advance, Learning Solutions Magazine, ACPA, among others. Jess is a graduate of the University of Michigan concentrating in Sociology with a sub concentration in Economy, Business and Society.

     Breakout Sessions

    Bonus Breakout Session- Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change!

    Julie Dirksen

    Frequently, learning design is about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change their behavior can be another story. It’s particularly challenging to get people to change those intractable habits and behaviors that everyone struggles to avoid, despite the wealth of available information about better choices. This session will explore how to design with behavior change in mind. You will examine behavior change from a number of different angles, using techniques from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, behavioral psychology, persuasive technology, user experience, and even game design.

    In this session:

    • How to identify and understand the barriers to behavior change
    • Ways to design solutions that don’t just inform learners, but also inspire behavior change
    • How to use specific models and techniques for designing a change effort

    Content Knowledge or Deduction Skills: Creating Measurable Assessments

    Cara North

    When someone selects the correct answer in an assessment, how do you know if they "know" it? For many learning and development practitioners, writing measurable assessments is something that is not prioritized in their design process. Due to this, often assessments measure deduction skills instead of content knowledge. How do you know if your assessments are effective?  In this session, you will explore common test-writing pitfalls for multiple-choice items and scenario items and discover how smart test-takers excel without learning the content.

    Cara North is an award-winning learning experience leader who has worked in corporate, higher education, and consulting. She is currently the Founder and Chief Learning Consultant at The Learning Camel, an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University in their Organizational Performance Workplace Learning (OPWL) program, and a facilitator for National ATD in their learning technologies certificate program. Cara has served as president of Central Ohio ATD’s Board of Directors, and you can find her sharing her unfiltered learning and development content on LinkedIn, Twitter, and her YouTube channel, Unfiltered ID.

    Making Technical Training Pop!

    Gayliene Omary

    Every company has some sort of technical training i.e., computer software, new hire training, machinery training, and even compliance training. Many believe that it must be boring because it is so technical. A learner can say "it is a waste of time". They generally tune out until there is something that is relevant or useful. Like, they know someone is making popcorn, but aren't really interested until they smell it cooking. Untrained or under-trained employees can cost you time and money.

    You will leave this session inspired to make your own technical training pop, through tested principals, content creation, shaking up current theories and applying it to your trainings, just like making a bowl of popcorn*.

    Using five tested delivery components for technical training, you will discover how they can be used throughout all the delivery options: Virtual, In-Person, eLearning or using them in combination. Explore design principals that help generate active learning avenues, by applying less design and more activity. Allow the active learning design to seed the knowledge and drive the skills. Evaluate the application of these principals to your technical training and observe the pop.

    *Not made with peanut oil, for those with allergies.

    Gayliene Omary has been gleefully employed as a "Trainer" for 8 years. She is currently a Lead Application Instructor with the business writing team at Ice Mortgage Technology, where she facilitates and designs mortgage software training for administrators and end users, writes software workflow guides, as well as policies and procedures for the eStore. Training is truly her passion, making sure the learners "get it" is her joy. She has been awarded a lifetime President's Volunteer Service pin and numerous other awards through Toast Masters International. Gayliene is not afraid to shake things up in the technical training world. She shares that bold innovative spirit and inspires others to shake it up, too.

    Eric Bort

    Session 1 - Getting on the Write Page: Strategies for Instructional Design

    Let's look at operational (and creative) efficiencies for instructional design heavy organizations.  What’s not working in your organization or L&D department?  Does it involve research, subject matter experts, and the inevitable instructional design process of writing a final piece of content?  We will dissect (through some question and answer mixed with my experience) the wrong way(s) and how to find out which “right way” of re-implementing an instructional design strategy can form the foundation of an efficient, more creative, and on schedule Learning and Development department.

    Session 2- Replacing assumptions with agreements: Organizational Growth through the Lens of L&D

    How Clearly Trained found new growth after 25 years, by implementing an operations management strategy from the ground up.  We'll look at the organization's restructuring journey by sharing and asking pointed questions that most avoid, but once confronted and executed on, make wonderful efficiencies happen in the business.  We will in particular hit on opportunities in the learning and development department - but the lessons can be applied to anything from a starting agency with two employees to a Fortune 100 size organization.

    Originally from Avon, Ohio, Eric grew up in the wilds, building forts, setting things on fire, and hitting larger trees with smaller trees to watch things break. Paired with a family ethic of hard labor and fiscal responsibility, this somehow created an adult mentality of ‘I’ll figure it out along the way, I just have to show up and keep trying’ which in general has been a pretty good approach to most things in life.  Eric started Clearly Trained in 1998 under the name of ‘’ which as a (not so) hilarious misspelling of Syllabus was understandably difficult for potential clients to grasp (but as an 18 year old, it was definitely funny). Over the years both the mindset and business grew to a bit of a tipping point where freelancer no longer worked and he started hiring. Things happened, most of it magical, some of it stressful, and over 25 years word of mouth spread, jobs were completed and customer service prioritized.  In his spare time, Eric likes to lift weights. He’s targeting a 475lb deadlift and 300lb squat for posterity in 2022. Eric also enjoys learning jazz and lounge piano, nature, and working on himself and his family dynamic.

    Who Moved My Classroom? Going Virtual & Hybrid for Trainers

    Dr. Bill Brantley

    Are you one of the thousands of trainers who had to shift their training online in just a few weeks?  Are you continuing to face the challenge of helping your staff create and deliver virtual training? Are you learners suffering from "Zoom/Teams/hybrid fatigue?" Participants in this session will leave with a project plan template for managing online conferences, checklists, and tips for making online training interactive and enhancing the usual webinar experience with virtual experiential activities using tools like Google Docs.  Dr. Bill Brantley, longtime government learning and development professional, will help you navigate the new reality of online and hybrid training. He will share his experiences from assisting a department of 13 learning and development professionals shift rapidly to moving all training online for all 13,000+ employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as demonstrate how he managed a four-day leadership forum for nearly 1,300 supervisors/managers, four nationally known keynote speakers, and 49 breakout sessions. He will discuss proven methods for developing and delivering hybrid training. 

    Dr. Bill Brantley is the President and Chief Learning Officer of Brantley Advanced Social Science Applications (BAS2A). Dr. Brantley was awarded the 2019 Emerging Training Leader by Training Magazine and is an IPMA-HR SCP, a Certified Professional in Talent Development, an ROI certified professional, a certified data scientist, and a Certified Professional in Training Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional, a certified agile project manager, an accredited professional in business analysis, and is certified in Disciplined Agile. He has completed over 200 hours of coaching training from the Neuroleadership Institute, the American Confidence Institute, emotional intelligence coaching, and the Global Team Coaching Institute. Dr. Brantley is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Louisville (20+ years) and the University of Maryland (8+ years). He is the author of the Persuasive Project Manager (2019) and Four Scenarios for the Future of the Federal Government (2019).


    Bonus Breakout Session: Compassionate Learning & DEI

    Jess Jackson & Megan Torrance

    This session picks up from social identities theme in the keynote, and explores the design, structure and process choices that L&D makes in putting our organizations’ best intents for equity forward to tke a deeper dive into:

    • how we work with each other in more compassionate ways
    • how we design learning to be compassionate to learners
    • how we consider our identities in our work and how that supports equity being both compassionate to ourselves in our journey as well as to others around us

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    Talent Mobility: Think Big! Talent is Everywhere

    Katie Ensinger Giles & Dave Christopher

    Everyone keeps talking about a talent shortage, but is there really one going on? During this session, we will discuss why companies are missing out on the amazing talent right in front of them and the role L&D plays in internal mobility. By the end of this session, participants will be challenged to think differently about L&D’s role in program selection and brainstorm ways to better support learners aiming to upgrade their skills.

    Katie Giles is a 20 year veteran of leading and consulting on talent development and learning transformation. In her career, she has led research and implementation of training on topics such as the intersection of L&D and DEI, talent mobility/career pathing, clinical continuing education, new employee onboarding and the future of work. Katie holds degrees in Education, Communications, and Organizational Leadership with a focus in Servant Leadership, as well as is a Certified Talent Management Professional, a Certified Coach, and is currently pursuing a Certified Healthcare CPD Professional credential. What started as an internship in on a learning team has resulted in a career dedicated to the development of humans and their potential.

    Dave W. Christopher Sr., is the Executive Director of AMPED which he founded and has served since 2014. Dave also founded Tekni Solutions and Level Seven Recording Studios.  A graduate of the University of Louisville, Dave also received two nonprofit leadership certifications from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Politics and another from Spalding University.  In April 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and worldwide racial unrest, Dave founded the Russell Technology Business Incubator, the first and only business incubator focused on supporting Black and LatinX businesses in Louisville's west end.  During his career Dave received the following recognition: KET American Graduate Hero, the Kentucky Blacks in Media, Metro United Way Black Male Achievement Innovation, Mary Sullivan Community Service Award, Black Male Excellence Fellowship, Alden Fellowship, Humana Foundation Fellowship, and Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute. Dave served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981 to 1992. When not running a business or serving on a variety of boards, Dave enjoys sharpening his tech skills, which include: HTML 5, JAVA Script, CSS, Project Management, Microsoft Office,, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Adobe Creative Suite, Computer repair, and Google Suite.

    Leadership for a New World: Lessons from a Reiki Master

    Ashley Barnes

    What if we’ve actually been doing leadership all wrong?  In this session, Ashley Barnes will share her unique insights as both a corporate L&D professional AND a “Reiki Master” that can help us A) break free of old models, and B) bring forth holistic approaches to integrate healthier, more impactful and inclusive, and human-centered strategies for growth. For everyone. 

    It’s becoming clearer than ever that modern leadership demands more than the tired, old top-down, productivity-based, corporate paradigm where leaders are “in charge.”  It demands more than a focus on force-fitting outward behavior into a prescribed set of skills or competencies that attempt to define success for people. We can do better. And we must do better, which is why we’re here.

    Ashley Castle Barnes has a passion for helping leaders and organizations develop healthier, more impactful, inclusive, and human-centered strategies for growth. Integrating her unique insights as a corporate learning and development leader, holistic coach, and Reiki Master/Teacher, she believes that leadership is an “inside job”, and as such, she draws on her rich and varied experiences to teach practices that help leaders spark valuable transformations and have a greater impact without depleting themselves in the process. To learn more about Ashley, buy one of her books, join a program, or book her to speak, visit her website at