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Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr.

Jim Smith Jr. International

Keynote Speaker

Jim “Mr. Energy” Smith, Jr., CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a lightning rod in the personal development and motivational world. As the Founder, CEO and President of Jim Smith Jr. International, he has started a personal power revolution to help individuals and organizations, around the globe, dramatically transform into the best versions of themselves. He has taken this message to 15+ countries. In addition, Jim has authored three books. The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws At You was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He has the rare ability to walk the line between direct and encouraging. When it comes to personal empowerment, leadership, presentation and facilitation skills, Jim helps take your abilities beyond the next level.

Josh Cavalier, Lodestone

Josh Cavalier

Lodestone

Josh Cavalier is a twenty year veteran of consulting learning and performance organizations on the creation of engaging training content. Josh is also the founder of Lodestone, a consulting and training company specializing in improving learning and performance organizations. Cavalier is a frequent speaker at eLearning Guild, ATD and Training Magazine conferences. He has appeared in People magazine describing his method of historical digital photography. Josh holds a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology.

 


Greg Enos, Time Communications Associates LLC

Greg Enos

Time Communications Associates

Greg Enos' Time Communications Associates, his consulting practice, improves individual and team productivity. He has facilitated productivity workshops over the past four decades in financial services, healthcare, high technology, manufacturing, and public sector organizations. Greg has learned from managing a wide range of organizational development, change, career development, leadership, technical training, and communications programs, and is the author of the Increasing Personal Productivity, Sharpening Your Listening Skills and Investing Time Wisely training programs. He has an extensive background as a speaker, writer, editor, and photojournalist. Coping with Information Overload is his current research project, which deals with multi-tasking, brain function, distractions, and interruption science.

Bronia Holmes (Co-Presenter)
Bronia has been working with international students of English since 1976. She is a teacher trainer and active member of the International Listening Association. She currently teaches at the English Programs for Internationals at the University of South Carolina.


Bobby George, PEBA
Bobby George

Achieving Performance Excellence

Bobby is a learning and performance leader with over 25 years of leadership, program delivery, training and organizational development experience. He is a problem solver, change agent and consensus builder.

He has an upbeat, positive, and results-oriented attitude. He believes that people need a comfortable, challenging, interactive, and fun environment if they are to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to achieve their maximum potential.

He blends web-based activities with in-class group facilitation to maximize learning. He has conducted a variety of interactive and experiential initiatives and workshops in the areas of leadership, team building, and personal and business development. He is a skilled, certified group facilitator and has facilitated numerous process improvement, participatory and strategic planning sessions.

 


irons-kelly, developUsKelly Irons

developUs

Kelly Irons launched developUs after more than a decade of consulting and project work while balancing a full-time job. Kelly brings a diverse background centered around a passion for performance improvement. Whether it is off the shelf facilitation, ground up custom builds for training delivery, or complex team dynamics interventions, Kelly's skills, resources and ability to connect to an organization drive the results she delivers. As a top-rated speaker at multiple events, and an award-winning employee in multiple companies, her commitment to results both inside and outside of the classroom are contagious. Having held multiple leadership roles in large organizations, Kelly leverages her experience in non-profit, private and publicly held companies to create solutions that work given the company culture, values and desired outcomes. She has a Master's Degree in Training and Organizational Development, a BA in Psychology, is certified in multiple assessment tools and coaching programs, and has an Exec. MBA Certificate in Talent Management. Originally from the Northeast, Kelly now lives in Charlotte, NC with her family and continues to impact one team at a time.

 


Karen Jenkins, KRJ ConsultingKaren Jenkins

KRJ Consulting

Karen R. Jenkins is the President and CEO of KRJ Consulting, a full-service consulting, training and development firm located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Karen has been in the management and financial services industry for over 28 years. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina and Allen University. In addition, she is a certified professional coach, professional speaker and the author of "Nobody Told Me! The Path to Financial Empowerment". Karen also appeared weekly on the WIS TV 10 News Live at 5 segment of "Women, Wisdom and Wealth".

KRJ Consulting provides training & development, strategic planning and project management services, in addition to professional and personal coaching. We assist individuals seeking to improve performance and work-life balance, advance to the next stage of their career, or tackle new management responsibilities. We offer a "holistic approach" that enables our clients to move forward with clarity and confidence. Karen is in the "People Empowerment Business" leveraging her experience and belief that we are all responsible for the energy we bring into the room and identifying our voltage and using it properly to IGNITE our future is the key.

 


Julia Kirby, LeanCor LLCJulia Kirby

LeanCor LLC

My career started at Hubbell Lighting as a Training Specialist, training the company's independent sales agents, distributors and contractors across the North Americas. To fulfill part of a marketing cooperative membership requirement, I began developing online training modules for the company's non-commercial lighting brands. As I began receiving requests to develop similar E-learning content for the commercial brands, the scope of development changed from one being purely educational to one with more of a marketing focus.

In 2010, I was hired on as the Chief Learning Officer at Warehouse Services Inc., where I traveled from site to site around the US and Canada to jump start improvement initiatives, train team members, spread best practices and conduct ISO 9001 compliance audits. It was during this time, I attended the 9 day Lean Supply Chain Professional course at Georgia Tech, hosted by Robert Martichenko and Kevin Von Grabe. I felt an immediate draw to the simplistic, engaging approach to learning and the 'No Problem is a Problem' culture that was and still is, LeanCor. o

About a year after I attended the course at Georgia Tech [2012], I began talking to Robert about developing virtual learning material to support LeanCor's existing training and education program. It was then that I developed and presented this business plan to the LeanCor board of directors… and here I am today!

 


Jeffrey Riley

Practical Learning Concepts

Jeffrey Riley has over 30 years' experience in the learning industry as an educator and in the business world. After teaching in the Illinois school system for nine years, Jeffrey began working in insurance sales for life and health and later property and casualty. He became involved in using computers and other technology to improve processes within an insurance agency. In the 1990s, Jeffrey helped a large regional insurance agency in Savannah, GA to train their staff in using computers for processing work.

As a one-person training department, he realized technology was the only way to deliver learning to a geographically growing company. He was an early adopter of technology investigating and using various software programs to create and deliver learning through the Internet and learning management systems.

He eventually earned certification as an instructional designer working for Wachovia, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Sunoco. Software experience includes Adobe Captivate, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Articulate Presenter, and Articulate Storyline as well as various web meeting and screen capture software. Most recently, Jeff completed levels one and two for a gamification certification with Sententia Games. Jeffrey started Practical Learning Concepts consulting with businesses to implement eLearning.


Amy Robinson, Aspire HigherAmy Robinson

Aspire Higher

Since 2004 Amy L. Robinson's executive coaching and management consulting company has been dedicated to developing emotionally intelligent leaders within the organizational context through coaching and facilitation. Prior to founding her company, Amy was an emerging leader in various Fortune 500s thus earning her the brand "The outside coach with the insider's knowledge of corporate life."

A natural do-er in life Amy is equally interested in learning how just to be - and it's her most challenging work yet! When she is not working she likes to travel, read, write, do yoga, meditate, and be outdoors. She believes in self-reinvention and stretching from her comfort zone on a regular basis.

In 2004 she founded Aspire Higher, a six-month women's leadership development group coaching program for female high performers within organizations. She is passionate about creating gender-balanced leadership cultures.

For more information about Amy, the Aspire Higher program, and her other executive coaching services, visit www.AmyLRobinson.com

 


Michael West, Colonial LifeMichael West

Colonial Life

In the fall of 2002, Michael was on the higher education fast track, on his way to becoming a dean of students, but his career path took a slight left turn. That’s when a friend of his asked him to join the learning and development team of the company that she was working for, and he hasn’t looked back. Since then, Michael has been using his knowledge and skills in instructional design, classroom facilitation, and e-Learning development to create learning solutions for a number of companies, including LexisNexis and Comfort Keepers Franchising, Inc., an arm of the Sodexo corporation. Michael has been an adjunct faculty member at a number of colleges and universities, and he has presented at a multitude of regional conferences, national conventions, and sales meetings. In addition, he has been the keynote speaker at several workshops and retreats. In 2010 Michael relocated to South Carolina. He is currently a Learning Solutions Developer for Colonial Life, where he develops blended learning experiences for the company’s more than 10,000 sales agents. Michael lives in Irmo, South Carolina with his wife, 4 kids, and their rescue mutt, Stella. If his session hits a lull, ask him to tell you his Dave Chappelle story. (Don’t worry - it’s rated PG.)


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