The Original Weird Girl
A corporate strategist who spent 25 years practicing the fine arts of mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, public-private transitions, acts of God, performance reviews, KPIs, workplace cultures, and so much more, Shelley kept her weird to herself . . . until as an ultra-runner, her vertebrae collapsed, forcing her to rethink who she was and why.
Through this adversity, Shelley learned to allow her individuality to shine through, tapping into her extreme creativity and fearlessness to make a greater impact on the world. This confidence—along with a lifetime serving the hospitality, technology, and convention markets—gave Shelley the unique opportunity to make a remarkable difference, building a program that helped countless leaders and employees learn to be the drivers of their own awareness so they could become more effective, productive, and present.
Incredibly engaging and fun, Shelley encourages audiences to allow their W.E.I.R.D., embracing individuality to land at a place of inclusion.
Operations Training Manager
Senior Instructional Designer
Lead Instructional Designer
Manager, Learning Solutions
Learning Experience Designer
Instructional Design Specialist
Learning Designer, Career Coach
Senior Technical Learning Analyst
Learning Experience Design Consultant
L&D Career Coach and CLO
We are all weird. We’re all the same dog with different paws. The thoughts and feelings that we believe separate us are actually our greatest connection to humanity. We don’t have to like, love or even embrace our weird, but when we allow it, weird can go from a label to a lifestyle that serves others and ourselves.
“Generations.” Amid the hype, what useful truths can we find? In this session, we’ll discuss strong cross-generational teams and explore some strategies to build one. If adult-ing is in your rear view mirror, how can you “think young”? What if your boss is (gasp!) younger than you? How can younger workers combine their strengths with those of others to achieve synergy? Wherever you are on the continuum, if you’re interested in relating to others and helping them relate to you, please join us!
Freelance instructional designers will share their journeys into freelancing, what they wish they knew when they started, and their advice to others who wish to start or grow their own freelancing business.
Sometimes we want to hide our failures, to sweep them under the rug. However, embracing your failures can not only teach you about yourself but can pave the way for future career success.
Whether you are just starting to explore opportunities in L&D, or you are a learning veteran looking to take that next leap, the good news is that the career possibilities are endless. But with so many opportunities how do you know which direction to go in? In this session, you'll walk away with 5 key steps on how to find your "niche" inside of L&D and chart your own career path.
What do being a musician and building skills in Learning & Development have in common? Quite a bit, actually. From the adage, “Practice makes perfect,” to fundamental strategies, and all the way up to mastery— I have been able to apply much of my experience as a Percussionist to Instructional Design. In this session, I’ll share those strategies, tips, and tricks so that you can apply them in your career.
Good onboarding is a crucial process in developing new hires. It's the first step in setting them up for success now, and in the future.
Did you know that how you design your resume is just as important as what you’ve written in it? In this session, we’ll apply the backwards design framework to align elements of your resume (objectives, skills, and work experience) to job announcements in L&D. You’ll learn strategies to capture the attention of hiring managers to land interviews. I’ll stick around afterwards in the lounge to help 1:1.
In the last few years there has been an influx of programs targeted toward aspiring and upskilling L&D professionals that promise things like a 6 figure income, overnight expertise, and a community of supporters. In this session, we will explore ways to vet programs that are after your hard-earned money and explore what recent peer-reviewed research says about what job seekers want. This session will also provide you will actionable advice to grow and nurture your own career.
TOPIC: Assessing Your Strengths for The Job Hunt
Topic: Being Old and New
TOPIC: Leveraging Creativity and Passion To Build Your Technical Skills
TOPIC: What I wish I knew when I started out in this field
TOPIC: How to build deep connections and conversations remotely
TOPIC: Preparing for your Interview