Trading Secrets:

Addressing Human Resource Development 

Challenges & Opportunities

Focus on Research-to-Practice

What it means to be a scholar-practitioner.

 How to research topics to impact practice.

Researcher-practitioner partnerships.

Fifteen presenters and facilitators

Academic and practical experience.

Published experts.

Combined experience of 300+ years.

Muliple formats

Nine 10-minute lightning presentations.

Six deep-dive 40-minute presentations.

Six problem solving 100-minute discussions.

Networking galore

Reconnect with old friends.

Make new connections.

Build peer and mentoring relationships.

Topics & Presenters


"HRD Research-to-Practice: Where we’ve been and Where are we going?"

  • Darren Short, GoDaddy
  • Tom Shindell, Texas State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Jo Tyler, The Pennsylvania State University

Lightning Presentations (10 minutes each, woven throughout both days)

"Not throwing away my shot: A tale of scholarly practice in the wilds" - Catherine Lombardozzi,  Learning 4 Learning Professionals

"The importance of change management when introducing new HRD programs" - Robin Hurst, Virginia Commonwealth University

"My story of HRD publishing: How I wrote 24 books" - Michael J. Marquardt, The George Washington University

"Flipping the research-to-practice narrative: Nearly 40 years of awareness development in practice" - Martin Kormanik, OD Systems Inc.

"From Small Seed to Full Flower: My professional journey from “maverick” practitioner to today" - Jo Tyler, The Pennsylvania State University

"Navigating the Brutal Facts and Perpetual White Waters of Developing Leaders" - Phil Graham,  Federal Aviation Administration 

"Doing Research (Drawn from Practice) and the Tenure Process" - Ron Jacobs, University of Illinois

"What I've Learned in 23 Years of a Blended HRD Career" - Thomas J. Shindell, Texas State Department of Motor Vehicles

"Scholar-practitioner as a state of mind - Confessions from struggling with HRD theories and research" - Darren Short, GoDaddy

Round Tables (40 minutes each, pick two from six)

"HRD in the Digital Age: Renewed interest in self-directed learning" - Catherine Lombardozzi, Learning 4 Learning Professionals

  • Theoretically, modern learners with access to the internet have a gateway to everything they need to manage their own professional learning and development. However, people (of ALL ages) are not quite ready to manage their own professional learning. Research on self-directed learning can provide real help in identifying the challenges and recommending strategies to smooth the way. This roundtable focuses on the challenges and the strategies used to address issues. 

"HRD & Veterans Employment" - Sarah Minnis, Anthology Consulting

  • This roundtable offers scholar-practitioners a look into the issue of veterans’ employment as understood from the practice and research perspectives. Participants will gain a better understanding of how the need for greater support for veterans’ employment necessitated a research approach and how the research has then informed practitioners’ work with veterans in career development.  

"Arts Integration" - Jo Tyler, The Pennsylvania State University

  • This session gives people who are interested in a longer conversation on arts integration a chance to engage in that topic more deeply. Building on John Heron’s theory of Presentational Knowing, we will focus on stories of experience, fears and trepidation, as well as speculations, questions, and responses related to integrating arts in HRD.  

"The death of political correctness: What is HRD’s role in addressing racism, sexism, nationalism?" - Martin Kormanik, OD Systems Inc.  

  • In this social-media-driven era of expressing strongly-held opinion, some have suggested that “political correctness” is dead. Socially sanctioned prejudice appears to be acceptable, albeit polarizing. Bias is conscious and voiced. Organizations are social systems and an extension of the larger society. As such, socially-sanctioned attitudes and behaviors spill into the workplace. This roundtable examines HRD’s role in addressing the dynamic.   

"Storytelling for Leadership Development" - Rachelle Lehner, University of Central Florida

  • This roundtable looks at how leadership book clubs have been implemented in three different organizations, the benefits and the lessons learned on how to implement them elsewhere.   

"Cultures, Values and Organizations: Using Research to Improve Communications and Productivity within Global Organizations" - John W. Bing, ITAP International

  • This roundtable shows how cultural differences can be researched quantitatively and explores new methods to compare culturally different groups within large organizations. Participants will learn how quantitative data, with the support of qualitative information, can be used to develop learning approaches within organizations and how to use such data to bring about change in organizations. 

Problems of Practice (1 hour 20 minutes, pick one from six)

"Are we letting YouTube expectations drive our learning solutions?" – Tomika Greer, University of Houston 

"What are the ingrained beliefs in HRD, and how do we challenge them?" - Pamela Barnes, University of Kansas

"How do we demonstrate RoI for leadership development and similar long-term programs?" - Phil Graham, Federal Aviation Administration 

"What’s the next big technological breakthrough to have a quantum impact on HRD?" - Catherine Lombardozzi, Learning 4 Learning Professionals

"How have our views on globalization shifted in the last twenty years, and where does that leave HRD?" - John Sherlock,  Western Carolina University 

"How to be successful with collaborative research between practitioners and academics" – Rita Kowalski, Work Life Consulting

The Organizers

Martin Kormanik

President & CEO of Organization Development Systems, with 38 years of experience providing consultation, assessment, training, facilitation, and coaching services to corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits. Uses an OD approach to planned change efforts designed to enhance organizational, work group, and individual learning and performance. Published research in books, journals, and conference proceedings. Serves on the graduate faculty of the George Washington University. Served on the AHRD Board of Directors (2009-2012, 2013-2014), including as the Board Liaison to the Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Previously he served on the AHRD Professional Development Committee (2006-2009), Scholar-Practitioner Committee/SIG (2005-Present; Chair 2006), and the Dissertation of the Year Award Committee (2006-2011; Chair 2009-2010).  

Catherine Lombardozzi

Catherine is a lifelong learning and development practitioner, founder of Learning 4 Learning Professionals, and itinerant adjunct faculty member for graduate programs in HRD. Her entire scope of work is focused on supporting the professional development of those who work in the learning and development field, and her approaches are grounded by both rich experience and relevant research. Catherine has been an active member of the scholar-practitioner tribe in AHRD, and she has led a number of projects for the SIG. She is author of Learning Environments by Design (2015), and often contributes to professional conferences and journals. Catherine holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning. Learn more at     

John Bing

John is founder and Chairman, ITAP International, a consulting firm with global operations. His consulting experience spans the Americas, Europe and Africa and the pharmaceutical, consumer product, information technology industries and United Nations Agencies. He designed the original version of ITAP International’s Team Process Questionnaire™ family of consulting instruments and developed a new version of the Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire™, originally created by Geert Hofstede. He has published papers and provided presentations at numerous professional conferences including those of the Academy for Human Resources Development.  He is a recipient of ASTD’s International Practitioner of the Year Award and the Service Award from AHRD. A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Bing received his Ed.D. from the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts.  

Tom Shindell

Tom has been an HRD practitioner for 23  years and counting. He has chaired the ASTD Reserach-to-Practice Committee, and served as the Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of the Academy of Human Resource Development. He has authored and co-authored various chapters and monographs as well as taught HRD at the undergraduate and graduate level. Most recently, he has worked in HRD in the public sector for various Texas State agencies.

Phil Graham

 Dr. Phil Graham is the Senior Adviser to the Chief Learning Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration headquartered in Washington, D.C. Phil came to the FAA following 10 years as the Executive Director of a Christian non-profit organization and 17 years as the President of Perspectives, Inc., a small consulting firm working with corporations, professional practices, and the Department of Defense on leadership development, organizational learning, and change management.  

Darren Short

 Darren Short has worked as an HRD professional for 25 years in the US and UK, and is currently VP of Learning at GoDaddy. He chaired the ATD Research-to-Practice Committee (2000-2003), and was one of the founding members of the Scholar-Practitioner SIG in AHRD. He has published articles on research to practice, and also edited monographs on the subject. Darren was President of AHRD (2012-2014).  

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