Karah Piepkorn - Allianz Life

Karah Piepkorn - Allianz Life

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How did you get into L&D?

Learning has been a lifelong passion for me and I wanted to be that pillar of knowledge and support that had been provided to me. Prior to joining the Learning field I was creating materials for my team, growing my skills, mentoring others, creating job aids, and finding ways to grow the skills of others. When the position opened up in Learning and Development, the job description matched everything I was already doing, and it turned out to be the best fit for me!

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I might be a little bias, but I am most excited to learn about how other teams are using the Agile methodology in the learning space. Additionally I am interested in adult learning theory and virtual reality.

What is one fun fact about you?

I jumped of the world’s first commercial bungy jump! The Kawarau Bridge Bungy in Queenstown, New Zealand.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

It is not always celebrated to be young in the corporate world, and we can be seen as green or inexperienced. The 30 Under 30 program is unique in that it supports the idea that it is not the number of years in the field, but the drive and willingness to be the best Learning Professionals possible, no matter your tenure.

Marissa Daher - The Home Depot

Marissa Daher - The Home Depot

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How did you get into L&D?

I took a Training and Development class during my I/O Psychology Master’s program, which initially sparked my interest in the field of learning. In order to apply the theories and science I was learning in my program, I worked as a Junior Consultant for a global management consulting firm focused on Leadership Development and Strategic Change & Transformation.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I am most excited about exploring immersive technology (augmented reality and virtual reality), gamification, and vertical development/action learning.

What is one fun fact about you?

A fun fact about myself is that my personal passion/hobby is dancing. I have danced for over 20 years doing all genres, including ballet, pointe, modern/contemporary, tap, and hip-hop.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

Our Director of Learning Design & Development attended the conference last year and only had great things to say about her experience. She mentioned the 30 Under 30 program and thought it would be a great development opportunity for me. After researching more about the program, it was a no-brainer that this would be an amazing experience to gain new insights, perspectives, and best practices from other learning leaders.

Tyler Bernardy - Honda

Tyler Bernardy - Honda

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How did you get into L&D?

Like most of us… accidentally! While working on a degree in Engineering Education, with the intention to become a high school STEM teacher, I worked an internship at Honda in the Technical Development Center. I decided to return after graduation and have been in instructional design ever since!

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I’m excited about the possibility to integrate AR/VR to technical training. This type of training is incredibly hands-on, often on cost-inhibiting machinery, and it’s difficult to simulate the real-world experience. The use of AR/VR in these situations could contribute to significant cost-reductions in the purchase of training machinery, expand training to equipment ‘not in the budget’, and provide a realistic simulation to prepare each user for the real-world environment.

What is one fun fact about you?

I once ran a full marathon after not training or running for over a month due to a knee sprain

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

I attended the Learning conference my first 2 years in the field, and witnessed the passion displayed by the 30 Under 30 groups both of those years. These groups were tight-knit and excellent resources as upcoming learning leaders. I applied once I felt comfortable that I could provide this same inspiration and passion for learning.

Korbyn Bell - LPS Learning

Korbyn Bell - LPS Learning

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How did you get into L&D?

I was inspired by a facilitator who lead my new hire training at a call center in 2009. I have been trying to follow his example ever since.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

The evolution of blended learning is what fascinates me the most. Technology solutions continue to arise that bring learning to anyone, anywhere at any time.

What is one fun fact about you?

I am a nerd at heart, I love video games and trading card games.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

This year my team and I have been focusing on building our personal brand. I wanted to lead by example and stretch myself by putting myself out there for this amazing program.

Lindsay Eckman - Capital One

Lindsay Eckman - Capital One

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How did you get into L&D?

 My first role in Learning was in High School on the Leadership Workshop Committee followed by VP of Educational Programming for the Greek Community at Virginia Tech. I didn’t realize until after college that these experiences formed my passion for helping others learn and grow. My first paid job in Learning was with UBS working on Unconscious Bias training in London. After this, I stepped out of Learning and found myself lost. I missed seeing people engage in thoughtful discussion on a journey to improve themselves everyday. It took 2 years to get back into Learning as a Trainer. In subsequent roles, I retooled Employee Onboarding for Freddie Mac and ran two development programs for Capital One. I just started a new hybrid role where I’m in a line of business to focus on employee engagement and consult on development opportunities as talent expectations continue to rise.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

There is so much amazing content available, I'm excited about how to best curate the best and most applicable content for our learners. Well curated content lends itself to continuous learning that can support people's on-the-job training. As we weave learning into people's day-to-day, we can help people retain new knowledge through reinforcement and social learning. 

What is one fun fact about you?

I've been on the roof of Westminster Palace (Houses of Parliament).

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

When I attended Learning 2018, I was inspired by the 30 Under 30 cohort. I saw them as a group of future-minded innovators. I applied to 30 Under 30 because it would afford me the opportunity to be inspired by my peers.

Omar Cordero - Southwest

Omar Cordero - Southwest

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How did you get into L&D?

I’ve always had a passion for instructing and professional development. A position presented itself at Southwest Airlines University. I prepared, interviewed, and was awarded the position.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I’m excited about the focus on performance based training and the technology aimed at creating a more interactive learning experience.

What is one fun fact about you? 

Many years ago, I made numerous appearances on a candid camera TV show in Puerto Rico as a child.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

My Leaders recommended this program to me and felt it would be a great fit for my professional development. Additionally, I met with a former 30 under 30 member who explained the program and its opportunities, and my desire to be a participant grew.  

Alexa Cabal - KPMG Business School 

Alexa Cabal - KPMG Business School 

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How did you get into L&D?

I have always had a love for the Learning field, especially in relation to new hires. Even as an intern myself, I enjoyed training new employees. During my Master of Hospitality and Tourism Management program, I noticed a pattern in my research: employee engagement. Classes such as Training and Development excited me the most, and so I took a role with KPMG that combined my experience with event management and my passion for training.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

One trend that excites me is companies promoting training as an employee benefit to recruit top talent. KPMG does a great job with this; especially with college interns and college new hires, as their first experience with the firm is a weeklong training experience. New hires can personally see that the firm truly invests in L&D. This is furthermore apparent with KPMG’s Lakehouse facility opening in January.

What is one fun fact about you?

I published a book this year! It’s titled Get More Than Coffee: The Ultimate Internship Guide and Planner.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

Last year, my colleague Talisa was chosen as one of Learning 2018’s 30 Under 30; I remember her telling me about her experience, not only during the conference itself, but the pre-work in which she was involved. I believed the 30 Under 30 Program would help me be a well-rounded learner. I want to transfer the knowledge I’ll gain to my fellow co-workers in my Learning and Development team, just like Talisa did for me.

Hannah Duffy - Conference of State Bank Supervisors

Hannah Duffy - Conference of State Bank Supervisors

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How did you get into L&D?

I have always been interested in adult education and always thought I would spend my career in academia, but it wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I realized that I was passionate about creating learning opportunities for trainers and other educators rather than being an educator.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I am most excited about natural language processing in learning support chatbots.

What is one fun fact about you?

I’m a registered yoga teacher.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

I’m the youngest person in my department and while my colleagues and supervisors give excellent professional advice, I’m eager to connect with L&D professions at a similar point in their careers to hear their perspectives on being an early career professional in a rapidly changing and diversifying field.

Deep Jethmalani - Ericsson, Inc.

Deep Jethmalani - Ericsson, Inc.

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How did you get into L&D?

I got the chance to work within the L&D function at Ericsson during my three-month internship.  As a Management Information Systems graduate, I wanted to pursue the confluence of learning and technology.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

The three trends I am most excited about are Social Learning, Microlearning, and Gamification using AR/VR.

What is one fun fact about you?

I make the best baked masala chicken and kneading dough is my version of meditation.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

Ericsson’s Chief Learning Officer, Vidya Krishnan. In addition to that, I want to pursue a career in Learning & Development and thought this would be the ideal opportunity to learn about the challenges and growth avenues from established industry professionals.

Analyn Pelayre - Consultant   

Analyn Pelayre - Consultant   

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How did you get into L&D?

I fell into the LD industry as an accident straight after university and ever since then, I haven't left

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

The usage of AR, VR and AI within learning are some of the areas that I'm so excited about. I cannot wait to see how it's going to evolve and transform the way the learners learn. Also, the evolution of learning experience platforms and how this is changing the way we deliver training to the learners. Optimizing personalisation, bitesize and micro-learning to fit into the modern culture of the learner's world.

What is one fun fact about you?

I'm a co-host/co-creator of an inspirational podcast called "Yasss You" and my personal best for squat is 120kg.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

One of the inspirations for me applying for 30 Under 30 is to help and promote L&D as a career to the younger generation. Also, I cannot wait to be exchanging ideas with individuals who share my passions. I hope to grow my professional network and play my part in developing the future of learning.

Marguerite Thibodeaux - SBC High Line Underwriting

Marguerite Thibodeaux - SBC High Line Underwriting

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How did you get into L&D?

I've been tutoring and teaching part-time for 15 years but made L&D my profession in 2015. I transitioned to L&D when I was asked to take over managing a program I had completed and later acted as a SME for. 

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

Real-time, responsive learning environments - With responsive learning environments managed by L&D teams closely partnered with the business, employees are enabled to grow along with the business instead of being left behind by technology or economic changes. 

What is one fun fact about you?

I'm working on visiting every continent by the end of 2020. 4 down and 3 to go.  

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

A teammate suggested I apply. Having been to the Learning conference before, I knew about the program but didn't think I was doing anything unique enough to warrant applying to the program. A little mentorship can go a long way. 

Ina Lazarescu - Canada School of Public Service (CSPS)

Ina Lazarescu - Canada School of Public Service (CSPS)

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How did you get into L&D?

A lifelong teacher, also by trade. Two years ago, I stumbled into design and I’ve been learning A LOT and loving it! My current job as a learning experience design allows me to put my learning/education into practice. It’s great!

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

Design Thinking, Agile methodology, and designing with users in mind in general.

What is one fun fact about you?

l am fully trilingual (and working on a few more!).

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

My manager! She’s been a great support in my career development, and since she’s attended #Learning2018 she’s been an advocate for what Learning stands for. I think she was as excited as I was when I told her I had been accepted.

Andraya Goodwin - Prime Lending

Andraya Goodwin - Prime Lending

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How did you get into L&D?

After participating in a 9-month training program as a learner, I was so inspired by the Learning and Development team that I realized I was sitting on the wrong side of the classroom! I took baby steps to get to where I am now by starting off as a team lead to a facilitator of on-the-job training, and now I am enrolled in a Training and Development Master’s program and serving as a Senior Instructional Designer at PrimeLending!

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I am so excited to see how the content of the L&D world is taking on a modern aesthetic! This fresh new look is a great way for Instructional Designers to express our creativity in a new space and really elevate our graphic design skills!

What is one fun fact about you? 

I danced for 15 years, and in college I was a professional dancer at Disney World!

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

The 30 Under 30 program represents excellence in our industry! I applied with a hopeful heart that the hard work that I have done could be recognized and that I too could be considered for the Class of 2019. I am humbled and honored to be in this class with so many talented and brilliant Learning and Development professionals!

Jeremy Browder - Facebook

Jeremy Browder - Facebook

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How did you get into L&D?

Honestly, by chance. As I think many people who end up in learning, I was seen as someone with a strong technical knowledge so I was tasked with becoming a trainer. However, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the profession.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

In general, I am obsessed with learner center solutions; especially those that leverage digital mediums and just in time learning.

What is one fun fact about you? 

I’m a passionate traveler. I’ve been to 30+ US states and 20+ countries. My favorite place in the world is Sydney, Australia!

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

Over the past several years, I’ve come to appreciate the special bond learning professionals have and the ability to collaborate and problem solve together. I believed this was a great opportunity to connect with my community.

Beth Myers - C2 Technologies, Inc

Beth Myers - C2 Technologies, Inc

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How did you get into L&D?

I’ve always been interested in learning and have had some hand in teaching since I was in middle school. During my undergrad as a music major, I was introduced to the actual field of L&D and pursued that for my Master’s.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

As a gamer, I’ve thrown myself into learning games and gamification and will forever be excited about those. I’m also very excited about UX design, machine learning, and mixed realities, especially seeing how I could use mixed realities to teach music in new ways.

What is one fun fact about you?

I was born on a leap day, making my age 6 ¾! I guess I’m really under 30.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

A few years ago, I helped lead a Gaming for Learning lab at this conference. I got to see the 30 Under 30 class for that year and had such a rewarding learning experience without even being a part of that. I was inspired to experience the learning and opportunities that this group gets to have first-hand.

Judah Butler - Subway   

Judah Butler - Subway   

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How did you get into L&D?

My journey into L&D started with a Psych 101 course back in high school. I was not really sure what I wanted out of my career, but after that course, I knew my career would be related to psychology. Fast forward a few years to my masters program where I studied industrial and organizational psychology with a focus on organizational development and consultation. I wanted my work to make an impact, thus, my interest in L&D – where I could combine psychological and managerial principals to impact the bottom line.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I’m excited for a few trends in L&D:

Making learning solutions and end-products more accessible

Immersing and integrating learning and technology

The exploration of how learning can be effective with artificial and virtual environments

What is one fun fact about you?

In the last 12 months I’ve travelled to Greece, Dominican Republic, Belize, and Brisbane Australia.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

I want to learn from thought leaders and professionals to make learning sustainable and impactful, and network with my fellow colleagues to learn best practices and make meaningful connections.  

Janelle Delbello - Intuitive

Janelle Delbello - Intuitive

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How did you get into L&D?

I started my career as an elementary school teacher. I wanted to explore other learning development opportunities, and took on a teaching & learning role at a university where I was introduced to the field of Instructional Design. I love that I can leverage my past experience in varied learning environments to design learning experiences for adults.

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I am most excited about technologies that will make remote and self-directed training more accessible and effective. AR/VR for more immersive learning experiences, machine learning for more personalized training, and data analytics for improved learning outcomes.

What is one fun fact about you?

I am fluent in French and know basic American Sign Language (ASL) from my past teaching roles.

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

The 30 Under 30 program was shared by an L&D leader who I follow on LinkedIn, and I jumped at the opportunity to participate!

Alexandria Crispino - Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Alexandria Crispino - Pricewaterhouse Coopers

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How did you get into L&D?

By accident! I was six months out of college and a family friend who worked at PwC recommended I apply for a contractor role. Seven years and three roles later, I've found my role within L&D allows me to flex my curiosity and creativity muscles often. 

What trends in L&D are you most excited about?

I'm excited to see how we make learning more accessible to all possibly with the use of technology. Gamification and other technology advancements continue to impact what we do. I'm interested in how we embed technology to sustain learning post conference or program. 

What is one fun fact about you? 

I've written and maintained my blog, The Rockstar Diaries, since 2012. 

What inspired you to apply to 30 Under 30?

I've worked on some inspiring L&D programs at PwC. I'm proud of how I contributed and wanted to share that with others. I'm also naturally curious so any opportunity to learn from my peers is one I want to take advantage of.