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Melissa Walker with NextCareer

Melissa Walker from NextCareer stopped by our Dallas studio to discuss how Fortune 1000 companies are leveraging the talent of U.S. veterans.

Melissa is a highly motivated Human Resource leader with 13 years of proven success in developing and maintaining strategic business partnerships to align business needs to HR strategy. Through Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Transition Resource Planning, Process Management, Compensation/Total Rewards, Organization Design and Change management she has successfully delivered high value through the enterprise. Melissa uses her ability to influence others based on leadership skills and analytics to achieve strong results, build solid relationships to help navigate the transformation in the insurance industry. Her career emphasis is to develop and maintain human resource services that surpass corporate objectives while maintaining high ethical standards.


Dylan Rafaty with DylanListed

Dylan Rafaty from DylanListed stopped by our Dallas studio to discuss training, integrating, and leveraging employees with disabilities.

Dylan is the Founder/President and CEO of DylanListed, an organization whose mission is to provide innovative online tools and offline events to sustain a focus on gainful employment for all US job seekers who are individuals with a disability (IWDs) and self-identify.


Patrice Wheeler with People Skills for Professionals

Patrice Wheeler from People Skills for Professionals stopped by our Dallas studio to discuss the value of utilizing the equestrian model to maximize leadership development.

Patrice combines her profession as an Executive Coach with her passion for horses, by serving both. As an International Equine Facilitated Coach at her privately owned and operated facility, The Wheel O’Life Equine Sanctuary, she and her equine coaches provide humans with the opportunity to experience authentic self awareness. The Wheel O’Life Sanctuary provides the platform for her coaching business, Ridge Equus, and her humanitarian efforts for needy equine, Heart To Hoof.


Tom Allen with Opango

Tom Allen from Opango discussed how L&D organizations can take their performance to the next level by leveraging technology.

Tom is Founder and CEO of Opango, provider of a Cloud based Learning Management System for the Enterprise and Small Business . It’s primary purpose is to deliver on demand product training, franchise training, certification and continuing education. The platform delivers courses, tracks progress, administers quizzes, final tests, surveys, certificates and maintains student transcripts
Opango also provides full service course development including learning 2.0 instructional design, writing, photography, audio, videography, interactive 2D and Photo Realistic 3D animations.


Michele Cox with Interstate Batteries

Michele Cox from Interstate Batteries stopped by our Dallas studio to discuss how her company is using soft-skills training to help employees develop their talents into strengths.

Michele’s strengths include Strategy, Collaboration, Building Relationships, Leading Teams, Communications, Training Development and Facilitation. She is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Michele has extensive experience meeting the training and communications needs of Fortune 500 firms as well as startup companies.  She is a consultant responsible for various aspects of corporate video production including script writing, performing, and directing. Michele provides voiceover and on-air talent for radio and televised spots. She is a Director and Event Planner responsible for creating, writing, planning, directing, and implementing large-scale programs

Specialties: Leadership development, Training Program and Project management, People management, Curriculum development, Information development, Facilitator, Trainer of Trainers, Event Planner Extraordinaire


Keith Meyerson with Santander Consumer USA

Keith Meyerson of Santander Consumer USA stopped by our Dallas studio to discuss integrating and aligning business goals with L&D programs.

Keith is a Talent, Learning, Leadership & Organizational Development professional with over 15 years experience leading performance improvement efforts in the retail sector. His focus is on interventions that address systemic issues that are aligned with organizational strategies. Keith has demonstrated success in all aspects of the Talent Management Pipeline and use of emerging technologies to increase efficiency and transparency across the enterprise. He is a pioneer in the use of internal social platforms that capture knowledge, increase employee engagement and deliver on L&D’s goal of providing true just-in-time learning for all associates.


Scott Ferraro with Schumacher Electric

Learning Insights Radio provides case studies, lessons learned, and leading-edge business practices from learning leaders and TrainingPros Relationship Managers across the country.


“Selling Through Education”

Leigh Anne Lankford and Scott Ferraro

Leigh Anne Lankford and Scott Ferraro




Scott Ferraro  / Schumacher Electric
Account Executive – National Accounts


Scott Ferraro has an extensive background in the automotive aftermarket.  With over 20 years of experience working for manufacturers and distributors in the aftermarket, Scott is currently responsible for managing the NAPA Auto Parts business in North America for Schumacher Electric Corporation.  His background in sales, marketing, and business development have exposed him to the importance of training and how it correlates to sales. In today’s interview, Scott discusses how training and education are part of the overall sales strategy for his company.

In addition, Leigh Anne Lankford from TrainingPros joins us and discusses current events at TrainingPros.