2018 Emerging Training Leader Winners

Training magazine Announces the 25 Winners of Its 2018 Emerging Training Leaders Awards.


Lorri Freifeld


Minneapolis (September 4, 2018)Training magazine named the winners of its 2018 Emerging Training Leaders awards, recognizing 25 training professionals who inspired and engaged their organizations with exceptional leadership skills, business acumen, and innovation. The winners have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated stellar leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts. These professionals will be profiled in the January/February 2019 issue of Training magazine and online at www.trainingmag.com, and they will be honored at an awards ceremony on February 26, 2019, at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort during the Training 2019 Conference & Expo 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 50 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, Service Operations & Training, Applied Materials

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

Laura Byars, VP, Human Performance; Karen Hromco, Manager, Organizational Development; and Lauren Westerdale, Training Coordnator, Human Performance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Tina Claure, Senior Learning Strategist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jessie Cutler, Manager, Learning and Development, Jiffy Lube International, Inc.

Debra Dalmand, Director, Americas Learning, EY

Debra Fine, Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Development, Capital BlueCross

Daniel J. Goepp and Candace Haynes, Managing Directors, Learning & Development, PwC

Vicente Gonzalez, Senior Director, Global Training, MAXIMUS

Quin Harward, Manager, Learning & Development, CHG Healthcare

Jim Harwood, former VP, University of Farmers, Farmers Insurance

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

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

Bruce I. Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

Myra Pettis, Director, Educational Service, SCC Soft Computer

Robin Renschen, Director, Learning and Development, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Rae Tanner, Head, Learning & Development, University of Farmers, Farmers Insurance

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

Lou Tedrick, Vice President, Global Learning & Development, Verizon

Stacia Thompson, Director, Keller Williams University, Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine

“The 2018 Emerging Training Leaders are leading lights at their organizations,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “They shine brightly as they coach and empower direct reports, foster career development, collaborate, embrace change, innovate, and think out of the box to create and implement training that helps their organizations achieve strategic goals.”

Adds ETL Judge Ross Tartell: “I was impressed with the nominations. The Emerging Training Leaders showed a rare combination of strong emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, and understanding of how to use blended learning to maximize learning transfer and sustainability. They are an extraordinary group of professionals.”

Training magazine 2018 Emerging Training Leaders


Amy Chapman

Principal Learning Specialist



Mark Crofton

Global Vice President of Sales Coaching



Laura Dannels

Director of Learning & Leadership Development

Kaiser Permanente


Jessica Manning

Senior Manager, Learning & Development



Chad Sanderson

Managing Partner

Value Prime Solutions


2018 20 WINNERS

Michael Alexander   

Manager – Campus Based Training



Jess Bracht

Senior Facilitator

Oracle Inc.


Aaron Carter

Content Specialist

Arrow Electronics-ECS Division


Grace Clark

Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Leadership Development

Robert Half International


Varun Gupta

Manager-Eaton University, Projects/Learning Solutions



Jamey Jenkins

E-Learning Developer

Avera Health


Reethu Joseph

Senior Analyst

Dell EMC Education Services


Kelli Klecan

Workforce Development Coordinator

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas


Carie Knox

PMO Manager/Lead Trainer



Stu Kotowski

Training Team Leader

United Shore


Michael Krist

Training Team Lead

United Shore


Jessica Lopez


Dell EMC Education Services


Amy Martinez

Senior Technical Trainer



Christine Menard

VP, Learning and Development

OppenheimerFunds Inc.


Laureen Ranz

Director of Content Development

Vector Solutions


Debra Robinson Baker

Educator Consultant

King County Government


Justin Roscoe

Talent Development Partner

California Bank & Trust


Juan Ignacio Sarcone

TenarisUniversity Senior Manager



Naomi Showl

Asset-Light Trainer



Amber Westbrook

Manager, Learning Effectiveness


About Training magazine

Training is a 54-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
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 APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.