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Senior learning leaders live a precarious life these days. As a result of our tumultuous global economy, we’re witnessing massive change in the world of business and within learning organizations. The role that learning plays within the larger context of business is evolving too.

We hope you enjoy the opportunity to get into the minds of these learning leaders and look forward to your feedback on The Learning Leader Fieldbook. I believe you’ll find that learning from these leaders’ successes and mistakes will prove invaluable as you continue your own learning career.

-Bill Byron Concevitch
 June 2009

Here are bios from the Fieldbook Contributors


Bill Byron Concevitch

Bill Byron Concevitch edited this work while he was serving as a MASIE Learning Fellow. He currently leads global sales learning and development for the Personal System Group division of Hewlett Packard (HP). In this role, he leads a global team of performance consultants who work with sales leaders to develop solutions that drive immediate sales revenue and long-term market share. Previously, Mr. Concevitch spent time both in leadership/skill development (Dale Carnegie, ExecuTrain and LearningTree) and in technology and content development (Element K, Mentergy, KnowledgePool) as a vendor/supplier. He's helped build more traditional classroom-based providers of learning as well as technology-focused tools and offerings. On the corporate side and in his role as a Chief Learning Officer, Mr. Concevitch became the CLO of ExecuTrain in 1998 and later served as the Chief Talent + Learning Officer of Witness Systems/Verint, a global provider of Workforce Optimization Solutions. He is a true believer in the impact learning can have on business results and is highly focused on making this a reality wherever he goes.


Jonathan M. Kayes

Jonathan M. Kayes has served with the Central Intelligence Agency since 1983 and as the Agency's first Chief Learning Officer since April 2006. In the CLO position he has been an active advocate of online learning and leadership development. The majority of Jonathan's career has been in the Clandestine Service, splitting his assignments between the field and jobs at CIA HQS. While much of his work has focused on East Asia, he has also covered weapons proliferation, telecommunications and terrorism. Jonathan is a native of St. Louis where he attended the John Burroughs School. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science. He also did Master's work at the Columbia School of International Affairs. Among other awards, the CIA has awarded Jonathan the Intelligence Commendation Medal and the Donovan Award.

Joy Hunter

Joy Hunter was appointed Dean, Department of Veterans Affairs VA Learning University (VALU) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Chief Learning Officer in August 2003. The VA Learning University serves as a catalyst for Department-wide learning initiatives and strategies that support VA's ability to create and maintain a high-performing workforce to serve our nation's veterans. As Dean, Ms. Hunter facilitates the use of emerging technologies and leverages resources and partnerships with other agencies, colleges and universities to maximize economies of scale and ensure all-employee access to learning opportunities. In addition to her role as the VALU Dean, Ms. Hunter serves as Chief Learning Officer for the VHA's Employee Education System, and directs educational services that support the workforce development and continuing education needs for 250,000 VHA employees.

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly is a senior executive in corporate learning with 30 years’ experience in Education, Learning and Communications at high tech companies (Network Appliance, Cisco Systems, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, etc.). Tom has spent 25 years in Executive Leadership and Management, 20 years working with international and domestic partners, employees and customers, 16 years growing P&L responsibility with budgets of up to $94 million, and 14 years designing, planning and implementing e-Learning tools, applications and portals for employees, partners and customers. A frequent writer, Tom is also a keynote speaker and panelist at domestic and international conferences.

Donnee Ramelli

Donnee Ramelli was most recently (2007-2008) responsible for design, development and implementation of learning strategies and programs to improve the performance and capability of Fannie Mae professionals and to advance Fannie Mae's $3T financial services business. He defined the strategic learning initiatives and programs for Fannie Mae and led the efforts to develop and procure enterprise and business unit learning programs. Previously, Ramelli served as President of General Motors University, Vice President for Learning and Organization Development at AlliedSignal, and Director of Quality and Productivity Engagements for Coopers and Lybrand in Washington, D.C.

Martha Soehren

Martha Soehren is the Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President for Comcast University and Comcast. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Martha has 8 years of experience with the Telecommunications Industry, 25 years with the Defense Industry, and 13 years experience as an adjunct professor, research advisor and academic advisor. She is the recipient of the Liberty Award for Leadership from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), is the Mentor Advisor for the Philadelphia Chapter of WICT, and is on the National Board for WICT. Martha serves on academic boards for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Rochester Institute of Technology and Jones International University.

Holly Huntley

Holly Huntley serves as the Global Chief Learning Officer for CSC, a leading global IT services company. In that role, she leads the Enterprise Learning & Talent Development function for a global workforce of nearly 92,000 employees. She sets the strategic direction for the learning solutions and development programs across CSC and directs the CLO Council. In addition to developing business processes to ensure compliance with standards such as SEI/CMM, Ms. Huntley's areas of expertise include leadership development, executive coaching, organizational change, performance management systems, succession planning, conflict management, e-Learning, and facilitation.



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