2018 Keynote Speakers 

Brandon Carson

Opening Keynote Presentation

Brandon Carson 

Brandon is an award-winning Learning and Development executive with extensive expertise in developing learning strategies and learning technology implementation for Oracle, eBay, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Intel, and other global companies.  He is the former Director of Learning at the Home Depot where he led the mobile learning strategy for all US stores.  In April, he will join Delta Air Lines as Director of Global Customer Service Training. 

Brandon has helped build multiple learning and development (L&D) organizations, modernizing their approach with new design and delivery technologies and methodologies. He is experienced in developing new and integrated L&D operational processes to drive deeper business alignment, mitigate business risk, and maximize talent development. He has also led major program initiatives including mobile, social, game-based and other technology-based learning programs for global workforces, L&D restructuring and optimization, and designed and implemented data-driven metrics to demonstrate L&D effectiveness as a business.  

Additionally, Brandon is a keynote speaker and best-selling author. His latest book, Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate and Get Work Done, explores how the digital transformation is affecting workplace performance. 

Brandon has a B.A. in Business Communication, and an M.Ed in eLearning Technology and Design.  

Follow him on Twitter (@brandonwcarson) and 
LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/brandoncarson). 


Closing Keynote Presentation

Carl Binder

Dr. Carl Binder has been a thought leader in performance improvement and talent development for four decades. He is CEO of The Performance Thinking Network, which offers certification programs and tools for performance consultants, leaders, managers, and coaches in organizations worldwide.  His clients have included Microsoft, Oracle, Amgen, Medtronic, Kaiser Permanente, Anthem, Fifth Third Bank, Easter Seals Bay Area, Amazon, LG in South Korea, the Al-Futtaim Group in Dubai, and many others.  A widely published author and frequent invited speaker, he communicates to diverse audiences in straightforward language.

Starting at Harvard as a doctoral student with B.F. Skinner, Carl ran a learning research lab for ten years before moving into corporate consulting in 1983. Six Boxes® Performance Thinking, which he has been refining with his colleagues and clients since 1982, provides a “viral” approach to continuous performance improvement. It uses two simple models with 21 plain English words to communicate principles and applications from behavior science and performance engineering.

Carl has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Performance Improvement, and the Organizational Behavior Management Network.

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