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trainors marie claude circle 298x300 - Our Online TrainersMarie-Claude Lapalme

Marie-Claude Is a bilingual, facilitator, trainer, and credentialed executive coach. She Is a dynamic and skillful facilitator, known for helping leaders derive meaning from concepts and find impactful application in their day-to-day interactions that lead to enhanced performance. Her work spans over 15 years, and she has had the pleasure of working with leaders throughout Canada, the U.S and Europe from many Fortune 500 companies in the financial service areas, hi-technology, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, loyalty, property management/development, retail, manufacturing, as well as government organizations.
Marie-Claude contributes to leadership development with her own diversified business experience. Indeed, Marie-Claude assumed a leadership role early in her career when she launched the Montreal office of an international company specializing in developing and marketing business conferences for executives, and became the General Manager. Always looking for innovation, she worked in Silicon Valley in the high tech industry after completing her MBA, and launched her consulting and training career in San Francisco to further pursue it in Montreal. Marie-Claude holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, an MBA from UCLA and Is trained as a coach from the Coaches Training Institute and the Neuroleadership Group. She Is accredited PCC by the ICF. She Is a volunteer team Lead for EthicalCoach. Marie-Claude lives in Montreal with her husband and daughters.

deborah fletcher - Our Online TrainersDeborah Fletcher

Deborah Fletcher is an experienced Learning & Development Specialist, who has consulted with corporate clients to assess and assist organizations in developing their performance management systems, employee attraction and retention program strategies, and training and development programs.

As a facilitator, Deborah brings her passion for learning and development to leaders in the areas of organizational change, effective communication,teambuilding and leadership development.

For over 20 years Deborah has facilitated leadership skills training programs through both a classroom format and e-learning platforms and provided ongoing coaching for front-line, middle and senior management teams,covering topics ranging from empowering teams, building a customer-centric organization to performing under pressure.

As a sought-after presenter in national conferences and symposiums,Deborah brings her humour and energy to the podium and delivers dynamic,engaging sessions and programs.

Deborah holds a Diploma in Adult Training & Development from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), University of Toronto and is certified by DDI in their Skills For an Empowered Workforce Programs, in Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II and IHHP’s Emotional Intelligence Programs.

leighabbot - Our Online TrainersLeigh Abbott

Leigh Abbott began her career in marketing communications & management for small businesses and non-profits. Through continual professional development and tenacious curiosity, she has provided solutions and opportunities to companies in both boom times and high stress turnaround periods for twenty years.

Leigh has provided training and implementation services to a variety of businesses seeking leverage highly skilled talent in both virtual and common-site settings. In addition to providing soft-skills and interpersonal programs, she is also a roll-out trainer for software such as Adobe Connect, Quick Books, Google Apps for Business & Non-Profits, SalesForce and more.

In January 2012, Leigh received her certification from the Organization for Entrepreneurial Development, a US-based 501(c)(3) founded to provide resources, expertise, and insight to small business owners. Through her work as an OED Certified Advisor, Leigh is among a select group of professionals authorized to provide OED’s Local Business Assistance Program. She serves as OED’s Outreach & Events leader, Tech Advisory Board member, Peer Trainer, and provides contract-based Operations Management for OED’s diverse virtual team.

Leigh’s a New Jersey native and graduate of Penn State University. She currently resides in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia with her husband and two sons. She is a proud Rotarian, and Club President for 2014-15. When not staring at a screen, webcam, or mobile device, she can be found jogging (slowly), golfing (poorly), cheering (loudly) at soccer matches, or contemplating either a trip to the beach or her next Ducati.

Dani - Our Online TrainersDani Watkins

Dani Watkins brings a professional and purposeful approach to igniting learning experiences for all adult learners, whether in the classroom or online.

She is the Chief Learning Experience Officer and founder of Zenith Performance Solutions. As a regular speaker at Learning and Development conferences including, Association of Talent Development, and Training Magazine’s TechLearn and Training, she brings her 20 plus years of learning and development experience to every course she develops.

Most recently, she was published in the TD Magazine, “Bringing eLearning to Life” where she explores storytelling with whiteboard animations, and in 2014 Bronze Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award for Best Custom Content.

Dani is known in the industry as passionate about improving employee performance and creating innovative courses that are instructionally sound, create performance improvement, and align with an organization’s business strategies. When she isn’t igniting learning experiences, you can find her hanging out with her family or running a Colorado trail.

BARBARA - Our Online TrainersBarbara Potter

Barbara Potter is an award-winning Learning and Development Consultant with over 15 years of project management experience in producing and marketing large-scale international events, conferences, and training programs. Her expertise is in developing and implementing virtual and software training programs—for novices to seasoned professionals. Through hosting thousands of virtual training programs, Barbara is proficient in developing courses, writing curriculum, mentoring talent, and creating rich and engaging learning events that inspire and motivate learners all over the world.

Additionally, Barbara has eight years of experience in information technology including database management, data collaboration, security, data integrity, optimization, benchmarking, and reporting. She has written technical online help systems, technical manuals, marketing copy, press releases, articles, grants, and story boards. Barbara has completed the PMP® Certification Training 4-Day PMP Boot Camp and earned Bachelor’s Degrees from Virginia Tech in Finance and Marketing Management, with a minor in Technical Writing.

jerry - Our Online TrainersJerry Chiea

I have been in the training and Virtual Event Producer environment since I received my BS in Instructional Technology from Chico State in 1996. I created/delivered training and 3d animations for the Air Force with my time at Lockheed Martin. I obtained a certificate for 3D animation using Lightwave while I was at Lockheed. With this certificate, I added graphics for the training programs and proposals that we created. I joined WebEx as a Technical Trainer and helped create/deliver the training for our customers that used WebEx. We also supported online events as Producers supporting the entire WebEx suite. As a Virtual Event Producer, I help consult the presenters, run dry runs and then produce the final Event. I live in Pollock Pines California with my wife Sandy and our two kids Zach and Emily.

claire - Our Online TrainersClaire Sookman

Distinguished as Canada’s pioneer in Virtual Team Effectiveness, Claire Sookman specializes in helping virtual teams work more productively together.

As the driving force behind Virtual Team Builders, Claire Sookman brings to the table over a three decade’s worth of corporate and public sector experience, working with over 4,500 managers in the past three years alone. Specializing in Virtual Team Effectiveness, Virtual Team Builders provide solutions that enables virtual teams to work more efficiently together.Claire has been a keynote speaker worldwide. She has been written about and quoted in the CIO magazine and is a published author on Virtual teams with 6 books to her credit.

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