"With every speaker, I asked myself, 'Can it get better than this?' Each time, I was impressed more."
"I really enjoyed Karen Hough and how interactive it was as well as informative."
Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives, Hilton Worldwide
Kimo Kippen, former chief learning officer and now vice president of global workforce initiatives at Hilton Worldwide, is responsible for creating lifelong learning alternatives for Hilton's hundreds of thousands of team members. For his accomplishments as a learning leader, CLO Magazine named Kimo 2015 Chief Learning Officer of the Year. He was recently selected as the chairman of the board of directors for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, of which Hilton is a founding member. Kimo served as the chairman of the board of the Association for Talent Development in 2007. He also sits on the board for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton Worldwide.
Prior to joining Hilton, Kimo worked for Marriott International for 21 years. In his last position there, he was responsible for the Center of Excellence for Learning. Before this, he led management engagement for the enterprise. Kimo also has served as vice president of human resources for Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, North America. He is an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America. Kimo holds an MS in career and human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS from the University of Hawaii. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland's Post Graduate Program.
Founder, Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions Inc.
Prior to establishing ICTS, Sardek was a Program Manager for Booz Allen (a leading global technology and strategy consulting firm) and a Field Underwriting Manager for MetLife Insurance Company (a Fortune 40 company). His expertise in training, leadership, and consulting are highly regarded as he is a regular contributor to a variety of ATD publications and frequent speaker internationally. He currently serves on the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Graduate Instructional Systems Development Board. When he is not traveling the world equipping leaders and trainers, Sardek can be found spending time with his family and cheering on his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies.
Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge
Karen Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge (Improv-Edge), a number 1 Amazon bestselling author, a contributor to the Huffington Post, and a recipient of the Stevie Silver International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012 and the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business. Karen’s award-winning books include The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work and Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over. Her new book on innovation and improvisation will be published by ATD Press in 2017.
Karen’s first life was as a professional improviser and actor. She trained with Chicago’s legendary Second City, did more than 100 theatrical productions, and was featured in radio, TV, and film. She lived a second life as a successful executive in network engineering. Finally, she became an entrepreneur. She is a Certified Speaking Professional and has presented to audiences of thousands both in the United States and internationally.
Her firm helps companies transform behavior through interactive training with a presence in four cities and a varied client list that includes Becton Dickinson, Cardinal Health, NBCU, ESPN, JPMorgan Chase, Nationwide, Coach, and AstraZeneca. Karen is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV. She holds board positions, volunteers extensively, and lives with her husband and three children in Ohio.