Greater Philadelphia Chapter


PRESENTER: Stephanie Trotter, Talent Leader and Executive Coach, GSK
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

An Interactive View into GSK's Distinctive Women's Leadership Program

When investing in leadership development programs we aim to assemble a solution that adds significant value to participants and delivers credible, buzz-worthy results. In this ATD Philadelphia Leadership and OD SIG breakout, Stephanie Trotter will provide an insider view into GSK’s award-winning women’s leadership coaching program which doubled the promotion rates of women into higher level leadership roles compared to a control group of men and women. The program then went on to be recognized by the International Coaching Federation and earned a PRISM award. In this session you’ll walk away with practical lessons in designing and deploying leadership programs of distinction that outperform others.

About Stephanie Trotter:  

Stephanie Trotter’s business career has grown through roles in business leadership, organizational development, and leadership development. Tapping into her diverse experiences, Stephanie has a very practical approach to her coaching because she knows the pressures of leading a large, complex organization in a competitive environment.

Stephanie is recognized as an expert who is a strategic thinker, focused on the future, who knows what it takes to achieve results.  Her agility allows her to flex to meet the various needs of her clients.  Leaders who typically work with her are senior executives leading transformational change, women in leadership, and teams that want to challenge themselves to be a high-performance team. She frequently speaks on building a coaching culture and leading transformational change. 

She also contributed to GSK’s coaching strategy, which won the International Coaching Federation PRISM award in 2016. At home, she enjoys spending time with her family, Jonathan, Emily, and her husband Troy—outside, at the beach, or bike riding.



Learning and Development

PRESENTER: Zach Konopka, ATD Press, Vice President, Skilitics

TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The Future of Professional Development is Adaptive Learning

Emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR), big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced learning and organizational analytics are exciting for learning professionals. These powerful tools won’t necessarily translate into powerful learning unless they are carefully utilized though. Adaptive learning is the sophisticated methodology that intelligently adapts the learning experience to each individual learner and enables this new generation of technologies.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What can be achieved utilizing the latest design thinking, best practice methodologies and adaption of the latest emerging technologies 
  • True adaptive learning, including why it is a crucial component in the next generation of training
  • Enable truly meaningful learning analytics and the integration of emerging technologies 
  • How to intelligently integrate emerging technologies into training 
  • How to communicate the abilities of better training design to stakeholders

About Zach Konopka:  

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Zachary has been part of the metro New York learning and development community for ~10 years. Prior to relocating to NY, he lived in Rome, Italy and worked throughout Europe facilitating a variety of training programs and professional development initiatives. Currently, Zachary is the vice president of development and strategic relationships for a leading adaptive learning organization, Skilitics LLC. His focus on learning design and analytics within professional development has afforded him the opportunity to work with over 30 ATD chapters across the country as well as his organization's presenting at the ATD International Conference the past 4 years.  Zachary is currently the Vice President of Programs for the New York City chapter of ATD.


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Career and Professional Development

PRESENTER: Sue Kaiden, Project Manager, Credentialing Preparation,  Association for Talent Development
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The Right Time is Now: A Strategic Approach to Investing in You

Do you have a strategy and a planned approach for investing in yourself? In the ATD Philadelphia career breakout, we will explore methods for keeping your career on track through focused career and professional development. Learn how and when to invest in yourself to gain the skills you need to maintain your edge and prepare for your next move. We will discuss how to identify your skill gaps and choose the professional development options that will best serve your needs. Engage in a discussion about how to overcome obstacles to professional development, such as lack of time and employer reimbursement and gain a deeper understanding of the various educational and certification options offered by ATD National.

About Sue Kaiden:

Sue Kaiden is the Project Manager, Credentialing for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) responsible for the products and services that support preparation for ATD-CI's certifications: CPLP and APTD. Before taking on this role, Sue was the Manager of the Career Development Community of Practice at ATD. She is the author of Keeping Your Career on Track (TD at Work 2015) and editor of Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide for Landing a Job You'll Love published in 2016.

Prior to joining ATD, Sue worked in executive roles in the healthcare, IT, and nonprofit sectors and had her own career coaching firm in the Philadelphia area. She holds an MBA from Cornell University and is a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI), and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner.

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PRESENTER: Trip Koury, Zoomi

What is Artificial Intelligence for Learning?

Grab your lunch and join us in Room 220 (Rose Room) for this interactive session!

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