Anaheim Speakers

"The general sessions were all extremely good. Each of the sessions that I attended were
 also amazing and are items that I can use in my career."
—Previous Attendee


Jonathan Halls

Jonathan Halls

Jonathan Halls helps learning professionals deliver transformative learning with evidence-based train-the-trainer programs and media workshops for trainers. Jonathan is the author of four books on media and learning, and his latest book, Confessions of a Corporate Trainer, is due out in May 2019. Jonathan has worked at all levels of learning: as a trainer, training manager, and learning executive. He ran the BBC’s prestigious TV training and has worked in more than 25 countries, delivering programs in media, leadership, communication, and change management. He’s CEO of Trainer Mojo LLC and an adjunct professor at George Washington University. He’s based in the Washington, D.C. area.

The 21st-Century Trainer: Ecosystem, Mindset, and Indispensable Skills

Talent development professionals play an indispensable role in helping organizations build success through their people. However, the world of training is changing. To drive performance in tomorrow’s organizations, trainers need to be comfortable in the new ecosystem, forge a results-based mindset, and deploy indispensable skills that are evidence-based and digital. In this keynote, Jonathan Halls will look at what has and hasn’t changed in the learning profession, explore the mindset tomorrow’s trainers need for success, and list the indispensable skills every trainer needs on their resume. This session will be part theoretical and part practical. The concrete tips Jonathan will share are grounded in a philosophy based on the latest trends in the learning and development world. By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • See how the new world of learning is evolving, and how it fits into the broader picture of the world as we shift from an industrial to postindustrial workplace.
  • Understand what will and will not change in your role as the new world of learning takes place.
  • Know what concrete skills you should develop to stay ahead of the curve.

Charles Fred

Charles Fred

Charles Fred is a bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, and 2019 Chair of the Association for Talent Development. He has devoted nearly four decades of his life to discovering new ways for professionals to acquire skills necessary to compete in industries undergoing major transformation. Considered a pioneer in the e-learning industry, Charles has founded and led several successful companies that provide learning technologies and services. His bestselling book, Breakaway, is credited with introducing a new framework for organizational learning that sped up the learning process for adult workers, specifically those using technology to deliver a service.

In 2000, Charles founded the Breakaway Group, one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, to improve how healthcare providers learn and adopt new technologies. Xerox acquired the Breakaway Group in 2011, and in the process, Charles became president of their healthcare group, providing technology and services worldwide. Today Charles is focused on creating sustainable jobs by helping small businesses that have survived the startup phase continue to find new ways to grow. Through his firm, TrueSpace, he helps entrepreneurs discover important know-how to build lasting enterprises.

Charles is a longtime resident of Colorado and an elite masters track athlete. He and his wife, Julie, dedicate much of their time with their family, mentoring entrepreneurs, and giving back to the community.

The 24-Hour Rule: The Life-Altering Impact of Pause in a Hyperactive World

What are the long-term consequences of living in a constant state where only fleeting moments separate stimulus and response, and where a device and its provocations overwhelm our cognitive abilities to inquire, analyze, and evaluate? Bestselling author, entrepreneur, and researcher Charles Fred will introduce a simple notion that can change a course of action, improve and strengthen relationships, reduce stress, and even save lives. Based on 12,678 days of research, the 24-Hour Rule helps create a barrier against the persistent and perilous stimulus of a hyperactive world. This safety zone, as Fred highlights, sometimes requires only a few seconds, or in other situations, a night of sleep. But a deliberate pause, especially by people in a position of authority, can have a lasting and positive impact.

Susan Fowler

Susan Fowler

Susan is the author of six books, including the bestseller Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does. She is co-author of three books with Ken Blanchard, including the bestsellers Self Leadership and the One-Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level. Susan is a regular contributor to SmartBrief on Leadership, LeaderChat, and her website at She is a senior consulting partner at the Ken Blanchard Companies and a professor in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Master Your Motivation

Motivation is not what you think it is—it’s not discipline, willpower, or passion. Susan Fowler will reveal how motivation is a skill each of us can learn. In this session you will discover how to achieve your goals through three simple scientific truths about what human beings need to thrive and be optimally motivated. Explore:

  • Your Need for Choice. Learn how to recognize your choices and experience autonomy anytime and anywhere.
  • Your Need for Connection. Learn how to align with important values, meaningful relationships, and contributions to the greater good.
  • Your Need for Competence. Learn how to feel effective at managing everyday situations by focusing on learning, not just outcomes.
  • It’s time we awakened to this reality: People appreciate meaningful challenges. They want to achieve their goals and make valuable contributions. No one wants to be bored or disengaged. People need to experience the competence that comes from growing and learning every day. People long to feel they belong and they desire to thrive. And now, through the skill of motivation based on groundbreaking research, every individual can experience the type of motivation required for achieving their goals and thriving.

"The speakers were real, engaging and informative. They helped me think about how to
 immediately apply the concepts to improve my work."
—Previous Attendee