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Robert Hellmann
Co-Chair, Career Development SIG  |  robert.hellmann@atdnyc.org

Robert Hellmann is President of Hellmann Career Consulting, where he provides career and executive coaching services as well as workshops and consulting on Presentations, Pitches and LinkedIn.  He’s a certified Five O'Clock Club Senior Career and Executive Coach as well as an adjunct Instructor at New York University.

Rob delivers over 50 seminars annually to diverse organizations including Fortune 500 companies, Institutions of Higher Education and associations. He also runs weekly career strategy groups for c-level executives. In his private coaching practice, Rob has helped hundreds of individuals to achieve career and presentation success.

Rob's background includes 20 years of experience in Organizational Development and Marketing at employers including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  He has developed career workshops for higher-education including Columbia University, Harvard Business School, New York University, Fordham University, and more.

Rob’s insights and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, NBC News and ABC News. He also authored the books Peak Presentations: Engage Your Audience, Get RESULTS! and Advanced LinkedIn: for your Job Search Business & Career.

Rob served on the ATD NYC Board as VP of Professional Development in 2015, and chaired the Chapter Webinars Series in 2014.

Rob enjoys singing, songwriting, and playing guitar, and is an avid cyclist. He lives in New York City.

Barbara Phillips
Co-Chair, Career Development SIG  |  barbara.phillips@atdnyc.org

Barbara is a multi-faceted talent management consultant, transition and executive coach, trainer and facilitator with 20 years of Human Resources and Organization Development experience in world class, global organizations.  

As a professional certified coach, Barbara focuses on career transitions (what’s next, job search strategy, branding, networking, interviewing, etc.)  She also coaches recently outplaced executives in mid-life and/or on the cusp of retirement to help them plan for their “Third Act” (Encore Career and retirement transition).  Her clients span Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and private clients. 

At American Express and Pfizer, she specialized in company-wide talent management, talent reviews, leadership development, competency frameworks and executive succession planning.  She designed and implemented strategies for identifying and developing high potential leaders to build bench strength for critical organization roles.  Barbara also designed and launched executive mentoring programs, candidate slating and career/development roundtables. 

Barbara delivered end-to-end HR and OD services to multiple businesses in client-facing roles to develop individual and organization capability: performance management, change management, team effectiveness, talent and leadership development, career and succession planning, feedback and coaching, mentoring, organization effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and compensation. 

She earned a B.A. in Biology from Williams College, and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.  She is certified as a Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF). 

Personal interests include: acting and improvisation, public speaking, photography, “off-the-beaten track” travel, bicycling, yoga, and personal growth. 

Molly Sawaya, MA
Co-Chair, Coaching SIG  |  molly.sawaya@atdnyc.org

Molly is currently Vice President Human Resources at QBE, a global insurance company. She has extensive global Talent Management, Organizational Development and Coaching experience across a variety of industries, including Funds Management, Wealth Advisory & Banking. A Psychologist with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Coaching Psychology, Molly is passionate about the role both internal and external coaching programs can play to enhance both individual and organizational effectiveness. Molly lives in New York with her husband and 1 year old daughter Annabelle.

Diane Dean
Co-Chair, Coaching SIG   diane.dean@atdnyc.org 

Diane is a lifelong tech enthusiast, learner and information connoisseur who coaches, consults and trains nonprofit/non-governmental and academic leaders in the respective sectors in which she honed her career. As Founder and Principal of The Dean Consulting Group (TM) she has been at the helm of this firm since 1996. In this role, she provides life transition, executive and ethical leadership development coaching in addition to client-centered organization counsel and outcomes-based training.

Diane has provided extensive hours of coaching to a considerable number of satisfied clients. Their leadership skills and abilities have been unveiled and/or enhanced by Diane’s ability to engage her clients as partners in their self-discovery and capacity to generate solutions.

Diane has a Master's degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta educational honorary. She holds a Bachelors degree with honors from North Carolina A&T State University. In addition, she acquired a certificate in management development from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and received course credits from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Believing that learning, professional and personal development are ongoing pursuits, Diane has learned how to code, having completed phases 1 & 2 of the NY Public Library's Project Program.  This is in addition to completing courses, workshops, and certificate programs in order to remain current with professional best practices and standards. Diane is an avid reader, global citizen (4 continents and 46 states), amateur photographer, mentor and engager in informed thought and discourse.

Andrew Sellon
Co-Chair, eLearning SIG  |  andrew.sellon@atdnyc.org

Andrew has been co-chair of the eLearning SIG since 2013, and has been in the learning and talent development field for over 20 years. He keeps busy with his solo consulting firm, Sellon Solutions LLC, through which he advises on and creates a wide range of creative learning materials, with a specialty in eLearning. His client list ranges from small non-profits to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies to the City of New York.

He also coaches executives, managers, and staff on presentation skills.  Since 2016, Andrew has been on the faculty of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Western State Colorado University, where he teaches summer intensives on presentation and performance skills to graduate student writers.

Prior to starting his own business, Andrew was a key player on MetLife’s Learning & Development team for many years. His accomplishments there included acting as primary author for their EasyPath documentation template process, and project managing the final phase of their enterprise-wide PeopleSoft LMS implementation—while also creating over 50 interactive simulations across three job tracks to train associates on the new system.

Andrew is also a professional actor, and offers voiceovers and narration for eLearning and film/video projects. This season, he has appeared in the recurring role of Mr. Penn in many episodes of Fox's hit crime drama, Gotham. Other recent film and TV appearances include Begin AgainThe SmurfsThe Good FightThe BlacklistThe Mysteries of Laura, and Divorce.  He narrated the audiobooks Black Sails, White Rabbits: Cancer Was the Easy Part, and The Kevin Show, both of which are available on Audible.com and on Amazon.com. He also recorded The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for Learning Ally, a non-profit organization providing audiobooks to the visually impaired. Up next: narrating a new audiobook about Benedict Arnold.

He holds a B.A. cum laude in English and American Literature from Harvard College, and an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Andrew lives in Westchester, NY with his husband, Tim.

Sy Islam, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, People Science SIG  |  sy.islam@atdnyc.org 

Sy has over 10 years of experience in a variety of corporate, academic, and applied settings. He completed his Bachelors in Economics from Rutgers University, his MBA in Human Resource Management and a Master’s of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He completed his PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University. Sy has served in management, consultant and research roles in a variety of organizations. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology at Farmingdale State College. In addition to his role as a professor, he is a co-founder and a Principal Consultant with Talent Metrics. In his role at Talent Metrics, he collaborates with organizations through consulting engagements in his areas of expertise (training and development, selection, survey design, performance management, and team building). He is a passionate advocate for the fields of I-O Psychology and training. He currently serves as the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Association for Talent Development. When he’s not teaching or consulting, Sy and his wife enjoy films, sports, and music.

Follow him on Twitter (@IOSyIslam) and LinkedIn.

Lyndon Llanes, MS, SHRM-SCP
Co-Chair, People Science SIG  | lyndon.llanes@atdnyc.org

Lyndon Llanes is a high performing, data-driven Industrial-Organizational Psychology professional with exponential scope in human capital management and strategy. He posses a comprehensive perspective of HR analytics, selection, organizational design, and talent management. He has been credited with: driving initiatives impacting 42,000+ employees; supporting Fortune 500 clients’ organizational objectives; and maximizing the use of technological resources to improve training, performance, and profit.

Currently, Lyndon is an HR Consultant on Verizon’s Selection and Assessment Strategy Team. Here he utilitises data and science-based practices to: get talent into the right roles; manage talent/labor market research projects; and develop the team’s knowledge and capabilities around assessment data.Lyndon completed his bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Touro College.

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Hal Christensen
Co-Chair, Performance Support SIG |  hal.christensen@atdnyc.org

Hal Christensen, President of QuickCompetence, provides strategic guidance and solutions to organizations that seek to accelerate their employees' Time to Competence and to sustain that competence over time.

For over 30 years, Hal has been providing performance improvement solutions to organizations of different sizes in the New York Metropolitan area. He has been an advocate for the innovative use of computer technology to augment learning and working, spearheading the initial introduction and growth of both eLearning and Performance Support technologies. His Performance Support solutions have won several awards, and he has frequently been asked to share his Performance Support, eLearning, and instructional design knowledge and experience at national professional conferences.

Hal co-chairs the ATD NYC Special Interest Group on Performance Support/Informal Learning, which he founded in 2012.

Malu Schloss
Co-Chair, Performance Support SIG |  malu.schloss@atdnyc.org

Malu Schloss is a Relationship Manager with TrainingPros, Inc and a Learning Consultant. She is delighted to serve with Hal as co-chair of the Performance Support/Informal Learning SIG for the second year.

As a Relationship Manager for TrainingPros, Malu collaborates with managers in organizations to identify the best talent for their staffing needs in the areas of learning and technical communication.

As a learning consultant, Malu specializes in instructional and content strategy, design and delivery of custom training, eLearning, performance support and communications, all focused on improving the user or client experience.  Sample engagements include OTG Management, Success Factors, Bank of America, US Trust, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Marsh, Inc., Thomson Reuters/Lipper, Prudential Insurance and Fordham University.  Previously, Malu was Training/CBT Manager at Dreyfus Corporation and Training Director at Rizal Bank (RCBC) in Makati, Philippines.

Malu has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines, M.A. in Social-Industrial Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University and advanced M.S. courses in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology.

Robert Baker
Co-Chair, Talent Development Directors SIG  |  robert.baker@atdnyc.org

Bob Baker is Senior Director, Enterprise Training Strategy at Pfizer. In that role he is responsible for developing long- and short-term strategies for improving the learning experience of colleagues through learning principles, standards and technologies.

His 30 years at Pfizer includes sales, marketing research, country and global brand management as well as new product development. In his last role, Bob developed Pfizer's way of marketing that includes the standards of excellence, frameworks, tools and training that colleagues need to be successful. His team has also created a learning ecosystem with its 4,000 members of Pfizer's Commercial Community to accelerate their professional development and collaboration abilities.

Bob has a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers. He lives with his family in Spring Lake, New Jersey where he is active in his local lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.

Julie Nickerson
Co-Chair, Webinar Committee | julie.nickerson@atdnyc.org

Julie Nickerson is an organizational learning and development consultant, creating and delivering customized programs for team collaboration, leadership development and professional presence.

With over twenty years of leadership experience delivering on strategic business goals while helping individuals and teams increase their personal and professional potential, Julie has worked with various Fortune 50 companies in the consumer goods area, as well as advertising and government employees.  Applying her background in product and process innovation she now works with a variety of industries, helping individuals and teams tap into their best selves to problem solve and build competencies through emotional intelligence.  
She continues to embrace change, and seek out new tools and best practices for learning and development that incorporate personalization, user experience, and social learning.

With so many disruptions in L&D she is committed to tracking trends, and sharing a variety of topical ideas and relevant applications with our ATD NYC Chapter.

Julie holds her B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Change from New York University, and is completing her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  She is certified to administer and provide coaching for the EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment.  She lives in New York City.

David Marx
Co-Chair, Webinar Committee | david.marx@atdnyc.org

David Marx often incorporates improv and performing arts techniques into organization’s learning programs. He blogs about the business applications of improv. David is a faculty member of the not-for-profit ANDTheatre Company which has a focus on improvisational acting. He teaches AND’s weekly Free Improv Workshop and also an Essentials of Improvisation class each month. Through AND, he develops improv workshops for other organizations, most recently WIX.com. He also performs regularly for AND and Sunday Night Improv. As an actor with a number of stage and film credits, David has become a believer in the benefits of incorporating improv principles into both performance and daily life.

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