30 Under 30 Program at Learning 2012

We are proud to bring back this popular program, aimed at developing and spotlighting the next generation of Learning Leadership in our field! This year, we will provide a special scholarship and program for 30 learning professionals under the age of 30 at Learning 2012.

Learning 2012's 30 Under Thirty include:

Sonia Arcieri JodieBennett Simon Berridge Megan Bowe
Sonia Arcieri
Formerly of the printing industry, now an L&D enthusiast. Adventure seeking, vegan ninja, excited and honoured to have been accepted!
Jodie Bennett
San Francisco dweller with a heart for instructional design, blended & scenario based learning. Interests: engagement methods & metrics.
Simon Berridge
Ernst & Young LLP
An Englishman in Cleveland.  Excited to work on the design and development of technical learning for 65,000 professionals across the globe.
Megan Bowe
Rustici Software
She helps to make learning with technology better through strategy and #TinCanAPI. She also designs experiences that move people forward.
NicoleCairns CassandraCunfer Stephanie Dedhar Nick Elkins
Nicole Cairns
Fidelity Investments
Coffee-drinking, mystery reading, detail-orientated, passionate ID at Fidelity. Advocate for the learner, I love customer experience!  
Cassandra Cunfer
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Graphic facilitator, Fed, I/O nerd, extrovert, learner, creator, doer.
Stephanie Dedhar
Supplier-turned-client learning professional, working in BP’s online & informal learning team. I blog, read (a lot) and I’m learning Greek!
Nick Elkins
Artisan E-Learning
E-Learning Developer w/ @artisanelrng: Custom dev using #Articulate #Captivate #Lectora. Husband, Dad, Dog owner, Runner, Gator!
KCFritz Kimberly Geising IidaHokkanen Melissa Huggett
KC Fritz
Giant Eagle
Systems thinker, designer, and ODKM practitioner. Enjoy travel, bike riding, and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.
Kimberly Geising
Five Star Bank
As the Talent Development Manager for Five Star Bank I have the opportunity to help all employees learn and grow to meet their career goals.
Iida Hokkanen
Bristol-Myers Squibb
I believe that as a well-rounded and creative learning professional I can have positive impact on the behavior of people and organizations.
Melissa Huggett
ExperiencePoint Inc.
Proud Canadian, exercise enthusiast, DIY diva, networker extraordinaire.  4 yrs sales exp + 4 yrs lrng event mngt = 1 passionate L&D go-getter.  #lifelonglearner
Michael Jones Stephanie Knabe Theodore Moser Janette Munoz
Michael Jones
Giant Eagle, Inc.
As an Instructional Designer, I have created Web-Based Training for audiences of over 60,000 employees. My passion for music has fostered my passion for learning.
Stephanie Knabe
Population Services International (PSI)
Bringing a spirit of excellence and competitive edge to my work, I travel the globe improving performance through facilitated learning.

Theodore Moser
Harvard Business School Publishing
Boston-based Engagement Manager specializing in design and delivery of virtual, cohort-based programs.  Looking forward to being a part of this program.

Janette Munoz
The Walt Disney Company
Learning professional at Disney. Los Angeles native with a passion for talent development. Love to travel and explore new cities.
Drew Phelan DianaPowell2 Tara-AnneRonai  Scott Schaffter
Drew Phelan
Performance Impact Inc.
Chicago-based learning guy excited about using strategy to drive training.  Bleeds blue and white (@chelseafc @PennStateFball) and is crazy about Philly sports!
Diana Powell
ConAgra Foods
Midwestern young professional who is passionate about employee development, engagement, and culture!
Tara-Anne Ronai
Laera Solutions
Ex-international fencer ready to re-explore the world from a learning perspective by pursuing instructional design & starting my own company.
Scott Schaffter
Population Services International
Global learning is my passion. Born in Thailand & lived in over 7 countries- I love to travel, help others and work on open source software.
JeremySchweitzer Mark Sessing KatieShaleen KellyStevenson 
Jeremy Schweitzer
Child Welfare Research and Training Project
Iowa-based learning technology professional. I research, test & deploy to let trainers focus on teaching, not tech. Love to cook, eat & run.
Mark Sessing
National Weather Service
I am a research meteorologist at the Warning Decision Training Branch in Norman, OK and learn center admin for the National Weather Service.
Katie Shaleen
Benchmark Learning
I am a custom eLearning Developer from Minnesota. Creating fun, interactive, and engaging learning content is where my passion lies!
Kelly Stevenson
Hy-Vee, Inc.
I am a Training Supervisor from West Des Moines, Iowa. I enjoy using fun and creative methods to help others learn the skills necessary to be successful in their job.
Niraj Swami  Leeann Watkins Alana Weiss  BeccaWilson
Niraj Swami
ellegro Learning Solutions
“composer, mobile
app-er, Booth MBA, and director of tech with @ellegro... love craft beer, sushi, startups, code and my pup – tasha”
Leeann Watkins
Southwest Airlines
I am a project leader, traveler, wife, home owner, lover of: anything outdoors, Diet Dr Pepper, wine, Colorado, running, and Disney movies.
Alana Weiss
I am a San Francisco-based Learning & Development specialist at Google, focused on building great teams.
Becca Wilson
Wyndham Hotel Group
NYC-based learning professional in the hotel biz. Passionate about programs that drive employee engagement & business results. Obsessed with office supplies.
Amber Wood  DonnaWycoff EmilyYanok Kelly Young

Amber Wood
Cash America International
I’m a Sr. Learning Consultant based in Fort Worth, TX with 5 years of experience in L&D.
My passion is people development and
creating new and engaging
learning methods!

Donna Wycoff
REI (Recreational Equipment Inc)
I am a T&D Specialist at REI in Seattle, WA with over 6 years of experience in L&D -ADDIE, facilitation, video, social media and the like!
Emily Yanok
Manager at Vanguard. Human-centered leader focused on building a culture that promotes innovation and drives results. Always ready to learn!
Kelly Young
Humana, Inc.
I'm a Hoosier L&D professional, passionate about all things learning, associate development, talent management, social media, and chocolate.


The goal of the 30 Under 30 @ Learning 2012 Program is to provide support, visibility, voice and development for the next generation of Learning Leaders. Each member of the 30 Under 30 program will receive:

  • Major Discount to Learning 2012.
  • Time with Elliott Masie, CLO Bob Baker, Keynoters & Other Resource Experts.
  • Participation in Mentoring Programs and a Reverse Mentoring Activity.
  • Ability to Publish Learning Perspectives.
  • Key Roles at Learning 2012 as Leaders and Facilitators.
  • A Major Learning and Development Activity.

We selected 30 learning colleagues who meet these criteria:

  • Born after October 21, 1982 (You must be under 30 during Learning 2012.
  • Working in the learning field (for an implementer or supplier)
  • Interested in developing your career in the learning field
  • Supported by your employer to participate in this program and their willingness to pay a reduced tuition ($650) and travel expenses
  • Willing and excited to participate in a number of pre-event and event activities focused on our 30 Under 30 Group
  • Willing to participate in a Mentoring & Reverse Mentoring activity at Learning 2012
  • High Energy, outgoing and roaring to network with new colleagues


Currently, our 2012 30 Under 30 Program is Filled!  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.