Penny Mattix, CPTD, is the Director of Learning & Development and Talent Management for Transdev North America. Since 2016, she has directed the overall learning and talent development strategy for the organization. Penny has more than 20 years of experience in education, training, learning and development, and marketing and public relations prior to her time in L&D. In her role, she oversees the whole training lifecycle, advises and collaborates with leadership on learning and development needs and initiatives, and maintains and builds bench strength through the use of talent assessment, succession planning, and individual development plans.
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Suzi Bellon, VP, Sr Manager Onboarding, Mentor & Development Programs, has been with BMO Harris Bank for 34 years, transferring previous knowledge and success into leading multiple areas such as sales support, a team focused on incentive compensation, and L&D teams specializing in frontline learning and onboarding, mentoring, and development. During these 34 years, she has managed small and large teams in the field, obtaining a strong baseline of banking and non-banking knowledge, and providing the opportunity to develop and hone leadership, analysis, sales, and customer experience capabilities.
With so many people sheltering in place right now, you might find your sanity wearing thin. You are going through lots of changes in your home and work environments right now. You are cooped up and suddenly working in a home environment that isn’t necessarily designed for it. It can be chaos! I have some tips for how you can keep it together—or, almost as good, give the impression you are keeping it together (we’ll take the small victories these days).
After 16 years in veterinary medicine, sales, and training and development, Kelly Roche decided to change careers and pursue learning and development. She found her first opportunities working as an adjunct instructor, instructional designer, and course developer. After a few years of self-teaching, Kelly decided to earn a Master of Education in Instructional Design. Now with this degree, she works as a full-time Instructional Designer for Lumeris, a value-based managed services operator for health care and providers.
Kelly's primary responsibilities include eLearning design and development as an instructional designer, where she creates soft skills eLearning for employees of Lumeris. She is responsible for all aspects of the design and development process, as well as researching survey tools that Lumeris will use to start implementing an evaluation process for all courses.
Throughout all her careers, Kelly's passion has been to help people fix a business or training problem. She enjoys working with clients to find a "gap" (business or training problem) that a product or training can fix.
Alejandro Cornejo joined Emerson at the start of 2019 as a Learning Center Facilitator. He facilitates leadership development workshops throughout the enterprise, and he is a core member of the Charles F. Knight Learning Center team in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to Emerson, he worked at Bayer (formerly Monsanto) as part of the Inclusion & Diversity team within the Talent Acquisition, Compliance, and Contingent workforce organization. His responsibilities included the development and facilitation of various Inclusion and Diversity initiatives. He also served as the program manager for several local external leadership development and recognition opportunities for Bayer/Monsanto leaders.
Marc McConathy, Principal Program Lead in Digital Learning Innovation with Chick-fil-A is a Missourian transplanted to Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and after a stint working in media in St. Louis and Kansas City discovered his love of corporate learning mashed up with technology during 8 years at Sprint. He then served in several roles in learning development, delivery, and technology at Centurylink and Hyla Mobile (a start-up serving the wireless industry). He joined Chick-fil-A in 2015 to serve restaurant Operators in training their employees through web and digital systems. In his current role, Marc leads the Understand, Imagine, and Prototype phases of the Chick-fil-A innovation process to transform learning in the restaurants for operational and cultural change.
Marc resides in Peachtree City, GA with his wife and four sons.
For nine years, Mike Cooley was the CEO of The Quinlan Companies, a document management and silver reclamation company. His path to the top leadership position was not a typical one that included finishing high school, going to college and working up through the ranks. Growing up, Mike came from a broken home and bounced around a lot. Unstable and unsafe situations caused him to leave home at age 15 and learn how to survive on his own. Once at Quinlan Companies, he learned the company from the bottom up, with duties including making training decisions and initiating cross-training programs in order to improve efficiencies. He is currently the Senior VP of Operations at Ciox Health.
Kelli Traylor is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Staff Development Specialist for Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care (KCH & PC), which provides expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance and hope to the people of the community.
A Kansas native and life-long resident of the Kansas City metro area, Kelli received her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.
Kelli's passion for end-of-life care and a career path in hospice was ignited when she started off as a paramedic with Johnson County Med-Act. In her current role as Staff Development Specialist, she handles employee onboarding, speaking presentations in the community, scheduling students, providing and coordinating educational events, chairing the KCH & PC Safety and Security Committee—basically, a little bit of everything. Kelli was previously a social worker in the field for KCH & PC, and has taught CPR for over 20 years.
In her spare time, she enjoys the Royals, the Chiefs, and KU basketball, and resides in Mission, Kansas with her partner and Ruby the dog.
Edwina Nunez-Gordon is currently Program Director for the CUNY School of Professional Studies, overseeing a multi-million dollar learning initiative between CUNY SPS and the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Edwina was formerly a beloved PMO Manager with Caveo. Having over ten years of experience working in learning and development, the majority of her career has been spent leading teams in the development of training departments. Edwina’s biggest impact has come from fostering cultural change within organizations by driving tough conversations and implementing effective solutions for process and programs. Edwina holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology and is a certified project manager.
Outside of work, Edwina spends her time with her husband, two human children, and one canine child; loves exploring new activities in the city; and as an avid obstacle course racer, she enjoys the occasional mud run.
This is part of our ongoing series, Interviews with Learning Leaders.
Karen Kay is a Senior Principle Program Lead for Chick-fil-A, Inc., a Goizueta Business School graduate, a certified Project Management Professional and Prosci Change Management Professional. Karen has more than 10 years of experience consulting in the public and private sectors, with a focus on improving organizational effectiveness to drive bottom-line results. She is motivated to equip and empower employees and leaders for success.
Karen has focused her time at Chick-fil-A on consulting innovation by helping position people, processes, and technology to best support current and future needs of Chick-fil-A Operators.