2019 Emerging Training Leader Winners

Training magazine Announces the 25 Winners of Its 2019 Emerging Training Leaders Awards.


Lorri Freifeld


Minneapolis (September 12, 2019)Training magazine named the winners of its 2019 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 2020 issue of Training magazine and online at www.trainingmag.com, and they will be honored at an awards ceremony on February 25, 2020, at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort during the Training 2020 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 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 3 and 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

In addition, Training created a “An Emerging Training Leaders to Watch” list, which features five up-and-coming professionals who didn’t receive an award this year, but who are well on their way to becoming future Emerging Training Leaders.

The judges included: 

Brent Bloom, VP, Service Central Operations, Applied Materials

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

Laura Byars, VP, Human Performance, and Lauren Westerdale, Training Coordinator, Human Performance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Tina Claure, Senior Learning Strategist and Curriculum Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

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

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 Corporation

Graham Johnston, Leader, Talent Development Strategy & Innovation, Deloitte LP

Bruce I. Jones, Senior Cast Development and QA Director, Disney Institute

Myra Pettis, Director, Educational Service,SCCSoft 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 2019 Emerging Training Leaders are driving forces in their organizations,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “They bring a breath of fresh air to their companies. And they harness the winds of change, innovation, and collaboration to energize their organizations and inspire their colleagues to ever-higher levels of success.” 

Training magazine's 2019 Emerging Training Leaders


Judy Claybrook

Instructional Designer

Dollar General Corporation


Liz Clement

Manager – Learning and Development



Samrat Ghosh

Lead Instructional Designer



Matthew Pellarin

Director of Learning Innovation and Analytics 



Cindy Thomas

Director, Leadership Training and Cooperative Agreement Management

National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC)


2019 20 WINNERS

Nikki Batchellor

Training & Development Specialist



Kristine Beisel

Director, Educational Alliances and Training 

Destination Imagination, Inc.


William Brantley

Senior HR Development Specialist

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


Claus J. Breede

Global Vice President, Learning2GO, SAP Sales Learning



Ashlee Breuer

Instructional Designer 



Karri Brown

Endeavor Energizer

Think Up Consulting


Laura Bunting

Instructional Designer

Dollar General Corporation


Nick Cunningham

Team Leader

Williams & Fudge, Inc.


Shivani Deshmukh

Analyst – Learning and Support



Garrett Harrington

Managing Director, Communications & Training



Kaitlynn Hensch

Training Manager

MasTec Utility Services


Jillian Hintz

Senior Manager, Learning Design & Development



Jill McManus

COO Management Office, Manager, Business Operational Analyst



Charles Mock

Training Manager

Alliance Data


Sandra Roman

Training Manager

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


Kevin Rufty

Learning and Development Manager

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill


Alisha Talley

Principal Learning Specialist



Amber Watts

Former Training & Talent Development Specialist

C&A Industries


Chuck Weiler

Success Track Training Specialist

United Shore


Katie Woodford

Learning Management System (LMS) Analyst and Lead Corporate Trainer in Lean Six Sigma

Horace Mann Companies



Fanny Laguna

Senior Trainer



Sarah Langley

Team Leader

Williams & Fudge, Inc.


Andres Lares

Managing Partner 

SNI: Shapiro Negotiations Institute


Jessica Malagisi

Business Talent & Training Manager

Grange Insurance


Kayla Walker

Director, Learning and Development

Advance Financial


About Trainingmagazine

Training is a 55-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.