Member Showcase: Suzanne Shilton

Live from the Bay of Plenty in Tauranga, New Zealand, meet Suzanne Shilton, a self-described “four year L&D newbie”.

As a Development & Training Technical Team Leader for a multi-utility company, Suzanne has a variety of professional interests: making videos, storylines, process improvements, and more.

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Jeff Harry: Fully Embracing Your Nerdy Genius

Jeff Harry shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing. Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day.

Jeff is an international speaker who has presented at conferences such as INBOUND, SXSW, and Australia’s Pausefest, showing audiences how major issues in the workplace can be solved using play. Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers of 2020 for his organizational development work around dealing with toxic people in the workplace. His play work has most recently been featured in the NY Times article: How Do We Add More Play To Our Grown-Up Life – Even Now. He has also been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN.

While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it’s when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives. Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our inner child, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world.


Instagram: @jeffharryplays
Twitter: @jeffharryplays
Medium: @jeffharryplays
TikTok: @jeffharryplays

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Member Showcase: Miggy Baranda

Designing learning that works. That’s what Miguel “Miggy” Baranda’s mission for the last ten years has been. Originally a special-needs and English teacher, Miggy transitioned to L&D in 2014 and hasn’t looked back.

Having collaborated with colleagues in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and Europe, he loves maximizing tools, resources, and talents that gets the work done, makes learners grow, and clients happy.

Join us and meet Miggy in this Member Showcase!

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The LMS Playlist

If there is one L&D tool that is overlooked and maligned, it’s the Learning Management System (LMS).

The global on-demand learning management system market size was USD $3.728 billion in 2019 and is forecast to hit USD $13.540 billion by the end of 2026, with a CAGR of 20.0 percent in 2021-2026.

And with COVID-19 drastically changing how we live and learn, those numbers are accelerating even faster.

So it’s no wonder that any search for LMS reviews, feedback, or product information will result in highly polished marketing pieces touting the superiority of one product over the next. Getting “real” information is an exercise in frustration and futility.

So in this LMS Playlist, we hope to change that. What you’ll find in this series are conversations with real people about their first-hand experiences with a variety of LMSs. You’ll also learn more about what an LMS Admin does, and how it relates to the role of an instructional designer and its position in the organization.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear actual stories from L&D professionals “in the trenches” with the LMS!

Featuring, Quetzalcoatl Cortes, Tom McDowall, Craig Sybert, Christiana Houck, Mike Peacock, Leslie Marquez, Randy Rebman, and more.

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“What the?!!” Job Descriptions featuring Rubina Halwani and Heidi Kirby

What are employers seeking from Instructional Designers/L&D professionals today? Are they asking for too much? What does too much look like? How do you negotiate terms during the hiring process so that the work conditions are more favorable?

Heidi Kirby will help us examine what employers are seeking and explain where the problem points are.

Rubina Halwani will shed some light on why hiring managers announce jobs the way they do and offer tips to navigate through the landmine.

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