2015 Emerging Training Leader Winners

Training magazine announces the 25 winners of its 2015 Emerging Training Leaders Awards.


Lorri Freifeld

Minneapolis (May 4, 2015)Training magazine named the winners of its 2015 Emerging Training Leaders awards, recognizing 25 training professionals who have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts. These executives are profiled in the May/June 2015 issue of Training magazine and online at www.trainingmag.com, and they will be honored at an awards ceremony in February 2016 at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.

All Emerging Training Leader candidates had to be nominated by co-workers or industry peers. Training Editorial Advisory Board members and the editor-in-chief judged the nearly 60 nominations and chose the 25 winners based on the following factors:

  • Has been in the training industry for a minimum of two years but no more than 10 years
  • Took on at least one new responsibility in the last year
  • Successfully led a large-scale training/learning and development initiative within the last year that required management/leadership of a group of people and resulted in the achievement of a corporate strategic goal (with results provided for Kirkpatrick Levels 1-4)
  • Demonstrates specific leadership qualities
  • Has the potential to lead the Training or Learning & Development function at an organization in the next one to 10 years

The judges included:

Brent Bloom, VP, Learning & Development and Organizational Effectiveness, Applied Materials

Cyndi Bruce, Executive Director, KPMG Business School – U.S.

Art Dobrucki, Director, Learning Strategy & Performance, University of Farmers, Farmers Insurance

Daniel J. Goepp, Managing Director, Learning & Development, PwC

Vicente Gonzalez, Senior Director, Global Training, MAXIMUS

Raymond D. Green, CEO, Paradigm Learning, Inc.

Michael S. Hamilton, former Chief Learning & Development Officer, Ernst & Young LLP

Alison Hooker, Chief Talent Development Officer, Ernst & Young LLP

Glenn Hughes, Senior Director, Learning & Development, KLA-Tencor

Graham Johnston, Talent Development – Best Practices & Innovation, Deloitte Services LP

Bruce I. Jones, Programming Director, Disney Institute

Mary Kay LaBrie, Senior Trainer/Course Developer/OD Specialist, SCC Soft Computer

Nancy J. Lewis, former CLO and VP, ITT Corporation, and former VP, Learning, IBM

Diana Oreck, VP, Global Learning & Leadership Center, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Ann Schulte, Director/Global Practice Leader, Procter & Gamble

Ross Tartell, Ph.D., former Manager, Learning & Development – North America, GE Capital Real Estate

Lou Tedrick, Staff VP, Workforce Development, Verizon

Matthew Valencius, Manager, Instructional Design & Development, IBM Center for Advanced Learning

Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine

“The 2015 Emerging Training Leaders provide a spark of innovation, determination, and strategic agility to their organizations,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “Through their leadership and business savvy, they are taking their companies in new directions and to new levels. Their accomplishments are significant and their potential unlimited. We look forward to seeing how the future unfolds for them.”

Training magazine 2015 Emerging Training Leaders

2015 TOP 5 WINNERS (in alphabetical order)

Courtney Cordova
Former Talent Development Manager
Bridgestone Americas
Current Director
Learning and Development, Rush Enterprises

Huligeshwari Devi
Learning Consultant and Head – Enterprise Domain Learning
Tech Mahindra Limited

Rian Oosthuizen
Global Learning & Development Consultant
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Aaron Rollins
Director, Quality and Training
Verisk Health

Swarnasudha Selvaraj
Regional Head, Learning & Development
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

2015 20 WINNERS (in alphabetical order)

Shanan Arnold
Manager, Learning and Development
Maxim Healthcare Services

Sirisha Bhamidipati
Associate Director
Cognizant Technology solutions pvt. Ltd.

Drew Burk
Training Advisor
Personnel Board of Jefferson County

Jack Carbone
Senior Engineer, Continuous Education and Customer Development

ReLita Clarke
Corporate Training Manager

Casey Coffman
Consultant, Curriculum Design
CVS Health

Raydiance C. Dangerfield
Senior Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Business Partner

Brennan Dell
Program Director
Dell, Inc.

Paul Findlay
Managing Director
Professional Development Training Pty Ltd

Georgina Havers
Manager, Training

Michelle K. Kehoe
Manager, Instructional Design
Time Warner Cable

Shannon Lockaby
Think Up Consulting

William Phillips
AVP, Organizational Development

Carmen Murrell Randall
Director, G4S North America Training Institute
G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.

Robert Russell
Program Manager, Learning and Knowledge Services

Katie Saul
Project Manager
JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Jennifer Bates Scott
Principal Education Consultant
CA Technologies

Josh C. Smith
Director, Enterprise Learning & Development
Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas)

Lisa Suzanne Vallad
CPE Program Manager and Finance Learning Specialist
University of Colorado

Nic Zapko
Professional Development Program Manager ~ Extended Training
Sorenson Communications, Inc.

About Training magazine

Training is a 51-year-old professional development magazine written for training, human resources and business management professionals in all industries that advocate training and workforce development as a business tool. Training also produces world-class conferences, expositions, and digital products that focus on job-related, employer-sponsored training and education in the working world. Training is published by Lakewood Media Group.

Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.