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Elise Margol with Accelerated Business Results


“Instructional Design from the 1990’s to today”



Elise Margol/Acceleralted Business Results
Director of Instructional Design  

Elise Margol, the Director of Instructional Design at Accelerated Business Results joins Learning Insights Radio to discuss her insights and observations on how the field of instructional design has changed and grown through the last twenty-plus years.
Elise is a Senior learning professional with experience working with all levels of diverse business and corporate environments. Throughout her career, Elise has been committed to excellence in instructional design and client satisfaction. She is passionate about listening to clients’ business goals and building learning solutions that meet their objectives.




Perry Benson with Manhattan Associates


Perry Benson / Manhattan Associates Linkedin

Perry Benson, the Training Delivery Manager at Manhattan Associates joins Learning Insights Radio to discuss the considerations a leader must take when faced with leading a Global Training Organization.  Not only does a leader have to consider the cultural differences in regions of the world, but the design of training must be scalable, sustainable, and reproducible.

Perry Benson is a Manager at Manhattan Associates utilizing leadership skills in Global Program Management and Business Reengineering to lead strategic initiatives, develop and support key B2B relationships and evangelize best-in-class commitment to customer success; expand company’s footprint with scalable training programs; and initiate best practices, processes and standards to optimize performance, increase profit margins and exceed profitability targets.



Joanne Layne with Lee Hecht Harrison

Lee Hecht Harrison’s Joanne Layne stopped by our remote NYC studio to discuss change management and how to become change ready.

Joanne Layne / Lee Hecht Harrison

Joanne Layne is SVP & Change Management Practice Lead with Lee Hecht Harrison. She demonstrates thought ­leader level of knowledge and understanding of consulting on organizational change management, talent development and learning initiatives and solutions. Joanne leads change management initiatives globally and regionally, including employee engagement, culture change, and organizational effectiveness. She has extensive experience building organizational and leadership capability during restructurings, IT transformations, mergers and acquisitions.

Joanne has a drive-­for-results orientation with the ability to translate complex, strategic topics into specific, understandable goals, tactics, action plans and deliverables. She has superior presentation and facilitation skills, strong planning, proposal writing and project management skills, the ability to organize/prioritize work, manage multiple tasks and projects and function effectively as a self-­directed leader. Joanne has a proven excellence in client facing roles. She partners with Regional and Global Business and Functional leaders to identify project requirements and resources, and follow­-through to increase organizational effectiveness.

Joanne has a strong business acumen in the financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries. She has Subject Matter expertise in change management, resilience, training and development, employee engagement and career development. Joanne is able to work well with diverse levels and cultures. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management.



Kaliym Islam with Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation

Kaliym Islam from the DTCC discussed using Agile to demonstrate the value of training and talent development while at our remote NYC studio.

Kaliym Islam / Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation

A “fresh voice among the usual author/guru crowd…” who “…brings the credibility of someone who makes a living DOING, rather than TELLING,..” is how Kevin Kurse (The e-Learning Guru) describes Kaliym Islam.

This pioneer in the application of business and technology trends to learning programs has the unique ability to identify the connections between business trends, technology and learning, and to facilitate the organizational change required to implement the required solutions.

Teams under Mr. Islam’s direction have won International STC awards for innovative learning content, been cited by Josh Bersin as a best practice learning organization, and named finalists in the Chief Learning Officer Learning Elite program.

Mr. Islam is the author of three books – Agile Methodologies For Developing and Measuring Learning, Developing and Measuring Training the Six Sigma Way and Podcasting 101 for Trainers, a contributing author to The Field Guid to the 6Ds, The Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Prussience in Six Sigma DUNDU, and The German e-Learning Handbook, and a featured blogger for Training Industry Inc.

He is currently the client learning officer for the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) where he is responsible for all global customer facing learning activities. Mr. Islam can be reached at or you can follow him on twitter @thetrainingpro.



Sharon Claffey Kaliouby with State Street Global Advisors

Sharon Claffey Kaliouby from State Street Global Advisors discussed innovation in a regulated environment while at our remote NYC studio.

Sharon Claffey Kaliouby / State Street Global Advisors

As Head of Product Education Sharon builds institutional and individual capabilities as related to products, asset classes and investment themes aligned with SSGA targeting distribution channels. She will design curriculum to increase the effectiveness of distribution and investment management professionals in delivering key products and solutions to clients, consultants and prospects.

Previously, Sharon was the Head of Sales Academy Learning Partners for Thomson Reuters. In her role, she ensured consistent learning and sales enablement delivery globally, she worked with her Learning Partners in Europe as well as Asia as they are the regional advocates and supporters of learning activities; together they worked closely to build and refine Thomson Reuters induction programs, role-based learning and development curricula.

In the past, Sharon ran market strategy for Intellum, a private LMS and collaboration software provider, after having served as technical advisor for a firm developing an eLearning suite of governance and security modules. Previously, she served as SVP for Enterprise Ireland in an international sales role that helped Irish companies with their learning solutions and through which she launched the Irish Learning Alliance. With Thomson, she held varied roles designing and developing eLearning for specific needs and user populations, including a customized learning solution to increase sales force effectiveness. She is certified in multiple instructor-­led training programs and has presented or facilitated discussions on Learning topics at global industry conferences.

In 2007 Sharon received an ‘Executive Certificate in Innovation and Strategy’ from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Sharon was also a two­-time member of the USFA National gold medal women’s sabre fencing team.



Christopher Calta with Caltavating Consulting

While at our NYC studio, Christopher Calta discussed what makes great leaders, both locally and globally.

Christopher Calta / Caltavating Consulting

I drive large­scale global employee development strategies as a Learning and Organizational Development Executive and/or a Leadership Development Executive.

I excel in customizing development needs, communicating objectives, developing global people strategies and evaluating success criteria during periods of change utilizing my wide range of skills.

During my career, I have become passionate about teaching leaders to develop engaged teams that collaborate and innovate across an organization to achieve results. I strive to optimize employee performance capacity, in consultation with organizational leaders, to exceed business goals.

I am known as an outstanding communicator who excels in the facilitation of small ­to ­large group collaboration, and for my involvement of all stakeholders to implement changes rapidly and effectively.

As a Learning and Development Executive and / or a Leadership and Organizational Development Executive, I spark innovation with a continuous focus on improvement as an Employer­ of­ Choice, creating work environments supporting on­going learning and career development.



Law Blank with The Children’s Memorial Hospital of Philadelphia

During his visit to our remote studios in New York City, Law Blank of the Children’s Memorial Hospital of Philadelphia discussed L&D and the healthcare industry.

Law Blank / The Children’s Memorial Hospital of Philadelphia

Law’s focus at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been consulting with the hospital physician and nursing groups, research organization, and our internal safety to create learning and performance solutions. Through multiple resources and delivery methods (e­learning, ILT, SharePoint, event creation, speaker series and procedural and process improvement), Law provides advice and action to internal clients, to ensure the success of their project and initiatives.

Law has the unique distinction of being both an e­learning design and development specialist with extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and adult learning principles, as well as a leading technologist in delivering innovative, flexible, and cost­effective learning. With the combination of his project management skills, production standards and template development experience, flash programming knowledge, and strict attention to creatively meeting all learning objectives, on time, on budget, Law can deliver in all aspect of diverse learning organizations.

Stephen Berkery with Nomura Securities

Nomura Securities’ Stephen Berkery discussed L&D industry trends while at our remote studio in New York City.

Stephen Berkery / Nomura Securities

Steve is Head of Talent & Diversity, Americas with Nomura. He has fifteen years of progressive business, organizational development, and training experience in the Financial Services and Retail industries. Steve has extensive leadership experience including management of teams ranging from 4 to 40. He leads complex change management initiatives through company reorganizations and acquisitions. Steve manages sophisticated projects including systems implementation for Learning Management and Talent Management platforms.

Steve is a Qualified Myers Briggs administrator, is a certified facilitator in DDI and Achieve Global Leadership curriculum, and certified Franklin Covey facilitator. He is an active and contributing member of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) National and Local Chapters.