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Employability Summit 2016

March 9 at SXSWedu | 1:00 – 5:00 PM CT
JW Marriott Austin

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Jaime Fall
@upskillamerica | Director, UpSkill America

Jaime S. Fall is Vice President, Workforce and Talent Sustainability for the HR Policy Foundation in Washington, DC. In this position he leads the organization’s efforts on behalf of the chief human resource officers of large employers to get America educated, qualified, and hired through the development of research, services and resources. Fall also serves as Director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute also in Washington, DC.


Kyle Poll
@kylepoll | Kyle Poll, Head of New Business Sales,, LinkedIn

Kyle Poll is the head of new business sales at, LinkedIn. He is a learning evangelist, a social media strategist, a learning consultant, an active listener, and a believer in the infinite power of an efficient network.

Mike Marriner
@mikemarriner | Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation

Mike Marriner, Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation, is the head of all strategic partnerships. Mike can often be found in between time zones acting as ambassador for Roadtrip, showcasing the organization’s impact, and hoping he packed his laptop charger.

Ron Nash
@theinacademy | Founder, Jumpstart Academy and LinkedIn Author

Ron Nash, Founder of Jumpstart Academy, is a consummate entrepreneur who has a passion for personal development and creating strategies that work. Ron Nash shares his talent across the globe as a speaker, author, NLP Therapist, TV personality, business and career strategist.

Since 2008, Ron has worked with online education with an emphasis on LinkedIn as a business and career networking tool. He has taught his LinkedIn methodologies at a number of organizations, including schools like The American Association of Cosmetology Schools, UCLA, UCSD, Art Institute, CSUSM, and numerous other institutions.

Robyn Bagley
@gallagherrobyn | Director, Career Path High

Robyn Bagley is the founder and Principal of an innovative blended learning Early College High School, Career Path High, where students earn both their diploma and a Career and Technical Certification, sending them out the door job ready.

Robyn serves as Board Chair for Parents for Choice in Education, a grassroots advocacy and policy organization. In her role as chair she has successfully authored and advocated for education policy, most notably Utah’s Statewide Online Education Program.

She is a member of the Advocacy and Issues Committee for iNACOL. Previously, Robyn has also served as a member of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission, the Digital Learning Council convened by Jeb Bush in 2011, the Board of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools and the governing boards of several online and blended learning charter schools.

Jeff Selingo
@jselingo | Best-selling Author, Award-winning Columnist

Jeffrey Selingo, an author, columnist and riveting speaker, has spent his journalism career covering colleges and universities worldwide. His book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, explores the college of tomorrow. The text includes insights on how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn and what skills will lead to success in the job market.

Selingo’s work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities, appearing regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, including NPR, ABC and CBS. The former top editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Selingo worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles.

Sean Kavanagh
@seanjkavanagh | Chief Executive Officer, The Ariel Group

Sean Kavanagh is CEO of The Ariel Group, a learning organization and registered B Corporation that uses best practices from actor training and adult learning to help business people develop presence and communication skills. He lives at the intersection of business and the performing arts both as leader of Ariel and as a speaker and facilitator. In addition to his corporate work, he brings communications workshops to a variety of nonprofit audiences on a volunteer basis and occasionally moonlights as a stand-up comedian.

Jodi Glickman
@greatonthejob | Chief Executive Officer, Great on the Job

Jodi Glickman is CEO of Great on the Job. She’s an expert in coaching professionals at all levels on how to be Great on the Job, as well as an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant and regular blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is also a faculty member of the Johnson School’s Leadership Program at Cornell and a contributor to, LinkedIn and Business Insider.

Her book, Great on the Job, What to Say, How to Say It, The Secrets of Getting Ahead (St. Martin’s Press, 2011) has been described as a “master class in workplace success….” by Keith Ferrazzi, New York Times best-selling author.

Kate Nugent

Kate Nugent
@katebnugent |Director of Product and Training, The Ariel Group

Kate Nugent is an experienced professional trainer and coach with a passion for the advancement of women leaders in global business. Somewhere at the intersection of “learning in” and the real challenges that women face in the corporate space lies Executive Presence, which The Ariel Group defines as “The ability to authentically connect with the hearts and minds of others in order to motivate and inspire them towards a desired outcome.” Executive Presence is an art and science that is accessible to all women.

Kate has trained women at all levels in such organizations as Citi, P & G, Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute, Mitre, Astra Zeneca and Henkel, in the following skills: showing up with confidence and gravitas; promoting oneself with grace and rigor; and leadership storytelling.

David Leaser
@david_leaser | Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Global Skills Initiative, IBM

David Leaser is the senior manager of strategic initiatives for IBM’s Global Skills Initiative. Leaser developed IBM’s first cloud-based learning solution and is the program developer for IBM’s new Open Badge program, a leading edge program to attract, engage and progress talent.

He is the author of a number of thought leadership white papers on talent development, including “Migrating Minds” and “The Social Imperative in Workforce Development.” Leaser has trained more than 4,000 clients and developed more than 30 training manuals and video tutorials.

Peter Janzow
@pjanzow | Senior Director of Business Development, Acclaim, Pearson

Peter Janzow is Sr. Director of Business Development in support of Acclaim, an enterprise class badging platform backed by Pearson. Peter has actively contributed to education for many years in roles that include executive management, global market development and entrepreneurship for educational publishing and technology companies.

With a keen interest in STEM education, Peter continues to work actively in the fields of workforce development, professional credentialing, and engineering education. He is a former Director of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Brian Poland
@bppolan | Director, Lifelong Learning, Walmart

Brian Poland, Director, Lifelong Learning & Talent Development at Walmart, is an experienced Talent Management professional successful in large-scale learning initiatives, organizational restructuring, performance consulting, workforce development, and change management. He has successfully transformed learning organizations within multiple business units including retail, wholesale, corporate, and international. Brian has over 20 years of experience leading learning and talent teams up to 350 employees with direct budget impact of up to $115 million dollars and indirect budget impact of $1 billion dollars.