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1008 Advance Your Learning Leadership Career: Tips & Best Practices

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM ET
Wednesday, November 9

Tracks: Leadership

“What got you here won’t get you there.” No words could be more true for learning leaders. Stepping forward either as more influential in your domain or in terms of role and responsibility takes more than knowledge of learning, technologies, and design.

Join this panel discussion as we explore proven approaches your L&D leadership peers are taking to move up and drive organizational decisions around learning and performance. Our panelists are prepared to share their stories, tips, and lessons learned as they worked to elevate their careers and the learning function in their organizations.

Mark Britz (Host)

Director of Event Programming

The Learning Guild

Mark Britz is the director of event programming at The Learning Guild. Previously he worked for more than 15 years designing and managing learning solutions with organizations such as Smartforce, Pearson Digital Learning, the SUNY Research Foundation, Aspen Dental Management, and Systems Made Simple. Mark is also an organizational social designer, helping businesses achieve the benefits of becoming more connected and collaborative to improve learning and engagement. Mark is the author of Social By Design: How to create and scale a collaborative company, and regularly presents and writes about the use of social media for learning, collaborative networks, and organizational design.

Tony Bowie

L&D Manager

Southwest Research Institute

Tony Bowie has over 25 years of experience in facilitation, leadership, management, training, learning technologies, project management, and human resources disciplines. He currently leads the organizational learning and development efforts at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. Tony is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is an active member and past president of the ATD San Antonio Chapter.

Sonya Overstreet

Learning & Development Manager


Sonya Overstreet is the North America learning and development manager for Leadec and a certified performance technologist. She has over 20 years of experience in engineering, performance improvement, and L&D. Throughout her career, Sonya managed the development of technical and leadership training within various industries. She has presented at conferences for the American Society for Engineering Education and the International Society for Performance Improvement. Sonya holds a master of science degree In instructional design and performance technology. Her awards include Technology Rising Star 2017 from the Women of Color STEM Conference and the Excellence in Practices Operation 2016.

Kirsten Rourke


Rourke Training

Kirsten Rourke, the CEO of Rourke Training, has been a learning and development trainer and consultant for over two decades. She provides training and coaching on public speaking and online presenting skills with entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Kirsten speaks publicly and conducts training on international team management, remote learning, eLearning development, and productivity at seminars across the country.