Early Confirmed Speakers Include:
- Abigail Fuchs, Technical Training Manager, Aristocrat Technologies
- AJ Ripin, Researcher, The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida
- Alicia Sanchez, Games Czar, Defense Acquisition University, a DOD Organization
- Angela Hamilton, Researcher, The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida
- Annette Thompson, Senior Vice President, Chief Learning Officer, Farmers Insurance
- Bob O’Toole, Vice President of HR, CoBank
- Bonnie Beresford, Vice President of Client Services, Capital Analytics
- Carol Hama, Manager, People Development, City of Richmond
- Carolyn Turman, Chief Learning Officer, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division
- Cheryl Puterbaugh, Organizational Change & Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Enterprises
- Colonel John Thompson, Future Learning Advisor, Air Education and Training Command, U.S. Air Force
- David Rogers, Researcher, The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida
- Dirk Hughes, Luminant Academy Director, Luminant
- Dr. David Metcalf, Director, The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida
- Dr. Mike Echols, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Bellevue University's Human Capital Lab
- Donal Conn, Global Learning and Development Leader, Momentive Performance Materials
- General Frank Anderson, Former President, Defense Acquisition University
- Gwendolyn Lewis, HR Business Partner, Coca-Cola Enterprises
- Irene Lewis, Professional Development Manager, Clarkston Consulting
- Janet Selden, Director of Training and Development, Centura Health
- Jeffrey S. Gill, Director of Training Management, Valerus
- Jennie Gwaltney, Director Talent Acquisition & Development, QVC
- Jennifer Murnane, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Bellevue University
- Jill Borgelt, Organizational Development Specialist – Leadership Development, Farm Credit Services of America
- John Hine, Senior Director of Organizational Development and Learning, ConAgra Foods
- John Kist, Senior Manager of Talent Development, Delaware North Companies
- John Wiltshire, VP MetLife, Global Talent & Organization Development, MetLife
- Jonathan Jones, Supervisor, HR Analytics & Programs, General Parts Incorporated
- Karen Barley, President, Corporate University Enterprise, Inc.
- Karen Cooper, PhD, Principal Investigator, Emergent Technologies & VW Research, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), U.S. Navy
- Linda Landry, Senior Director, Global Learning and Organizational Effectiveness, Nuance Communications, Inc.
- Lisa O'Donnell, Director, Global Learning Services, Marriott International
- Lisa Wienburg, Talent Management and Learning Partner, Research in Motion
- Liz Moderi, Manager of Marketing and Learning, United Way Worldwide
- Lynette Campbell, Director Organizational Development and Learning, Farm Credit
- Mark Snow, Vice President, HRD Press
- Marilyn Figlar, Vice President, Talent & Organizational Capability, Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Mary Ann Bopp, Manager, Career Development and coauthor, “Agile Career Development: Lessons & Approaches from IBM”, IBM Corporation
- Mary Kay Kopp, Global Learning Network Director, UPS - Featured in the FREE Expo Hall
- Mary Kitson, Lead Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Think Tank and Mentoring Program Director, Northern VA and Dulles SHRM Chapters
- Michael Cufaro, VP Education Solutions, McKesson
- Nancy Gustafson, Director, Talent Development and GPI University, General Parts Incorporated
- Paul T. Walliker Sr., Senior Consultant, Learning Systems Strategy, Caterpillar University and Organizational Effectiveness, Caterpillar Inc.
- Ron Tarr, Senior Researcher, The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida
- Steve Franklin, Manager, Learning and Development, CoBank
- Tami Griffith, Science and Technology Manager, Virtual World and Games for Learning, U.S. Army Services of America
- Tricia Danielsen, Manager, ACI University, ACI Worlwide, Inc.
- Rick Graves, Vice President Sales, KnowledgeAdvisors
- Jack Lee, President, KMSI
Technical Training Manager
Abigail Fuchs been in Training and workforce development for over 10 years in various roles: Technical Trainer & Training Supervisor at Tokyo Electron Inc. and currently the Technical Training Manager at Aristocrat (since 2005). Prior to entering training and development, sh was a System Design Engineer and Manufacturing engineer. Posses a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Poly NYU (formerly Polytechnic University) and MBA from St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX). Certifications she possesses – Kepner Tregoe Problem solving and Decision making program leader and Process Facilitator, Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) , Project Manager Professional (PMP), and DiSC certified.
Dr. Alicia Sanchez
Defense Acquisition University, a DOD Organization
Dr. Alicia Sanchez specializes in the implementation of games and simulations into a variety of learning environments. Leveraging decades of research in Education and Simulations, Alicia’s focus lies in using games within curriculum and emerging technologies continuously redefining the potential of games based learning options. Since completing her degree in Modeling and Simulation, she has served as a Research Scientist at Old Dominion University prior to being named DAU’s Games Czar. At DAU Alicia is responsible for determining where and when games could benefit the AT&L workforce and what types of games are appropriate for such uses.
Vice President of HR
Bob O’Toole is vice president of human resources for CoBank. He is responsible for the bank’s recruiting, training and development, compensation and employee relations efforts for the national office, banking centers throughout the U.S., and representative offices around the world.
O’Toole has 25 years of experience in human resources. Prior to joining CoBank in 2001, he was with ING (International Netherlands Group). He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Colorado Human Resource Association, and the American Society for Training and Development.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University, and a master’s degree in human resource management and development from Chapman University. O'Toole is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Vice President of Client Services
Bonnie Beresford is an industry-recognized practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of measurement, process improvement, training and performance support. Over her career, her client base has spanned the manufacturing, retailing and hospitality services industries including Chrysler, Ford Motor and ITT Sheration. On behalf of Chrysler, Ms. Beresford directed operational and consulting teams in the conceptual and tactical development and deployment of human performance strategies for retail automotive professionals. Her resulting ROI work and statistical study that isolated the business impact of training earned the client the ASTD 2006 “Excellence in Practice” award and Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s 2008 “Learning Leadership Gold Award.” Ms. Beresford received an MBA with honors from Wayne State University and a BS with honors in Marketing and Journalism from Central Michigan University. She has furthered her education through completion of Executive Practicum programs in Applied Quality Management and Instructional Design at the University of Michigan. In addition, Ms. Beresford is an active member of International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), including president of the Michigan Chapter and member of the Chapter Partnership Committee.
Manager, People Development
City of Richmond
Carol Hama is an international award winning professional and has been in the field of Adult Learning and Education for over 20 years. Her passion and focus is about enabling people to find the career of their dreams. Carol has been with the City of Richmond in British Columbia as Manager, People Development for the last 3 years and is currently working on aligning learning development initiatives and employees to focus on delivering the strategic mission and vision of the City which is to be the most appealing, livable and well managed community in Canada. Most recently the City just won an award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, (CAMA) for creating a continous learning organization. Carol has been a Corporate University Award winner and a past Corporate University Awards Judge. She is dedicated to helping others and loves to meet educational colleagues so that she can share and collaborate on new ideas, and share research or programs.
Chief Learning Officer, Memphis Light
Gas and Water Division
Carolyn Turman has over 25 years experience in education, training and human capital development. Prior to becoming Chief Learning Officer, she was the manager of Training and Organizational Development at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.
She holds B.S. Degree from the University of Arkansas, M.S. Degree from the University of Memphis and has done post graduate studies at the University of Memphis and the University of Wisconsin.
MLGW University was the recipient of the “Best New Corporate University Award” in 2007 and Carolyn received the “Corporate University Leader of the Year Award” in 2009.
Colonel John Thompson
Future Learning Advisor, Air Education and Training Command
U.S. Air Force
Colonel John Thompson is the Future Learning Advisor for the Air Force Headquarters Air Education and Training Command. He is responsible for command development and implementation of future learning concepts.
Colonel Thompson graduated from the University of Portland in 1986. He has been a training squadron operations officer, headquarters and wing program manager, chief of test program management, group standardization and evaluation pilot, and a group chief of training. Colonel Thompson is a pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in flight test, air refueling and training aircraft.
Luminant Academy Director
Dirk Hughes is the director of Luminant Academy, the non-nuclear training business unit of Luminant. As director, Dirk was asked to lead a team to develop, from a green field philosophy and location, the training program, business process, and physical facility for Luminant’s proposed non-nuclear training business unit. Dirk graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a MBA from Texas A&M University – Texarkana, and is a third year doctoral candidate at University of Phoenix. Dirk is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Dr. Michael E. Echols
Executive Vice President
Strategic Initiatives and Bellevue University's Human Capital Lab
Dr. Michael E. Echols is Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and the Human Capital Lab for Bellevue University. An internationally known thought-leader on evaluating and improving ROI on human capital, Dr. Echols' three books on the subject are must-reads in CEO, COO, and CLO suites around the globe. Named one of the "Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals" in the U.S. by Training Industry, Inc., Dr. Echols earned his bachelor's degree in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the College of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis was in Operations Research and Information Process. Previously, Dr. Echols worked in three senior executive roles with the General Electric Company.
Global Learning and Development Leader
Momentive Performance Materials
With over 18 years of experience in global talent management, Donal Conn has designed and delivered learning programs for more than 20 organizations in the Fortune 100 across many industry sectors. He is an expert in designing and delivering dynamic learning programs that transcend borders, languages and cultures. Currently, Conn is the Global Learning and Development Leader for Momentive Performance Materials, headquartered in Albany, NY. Momentive is the world’s second largest producer of Silicones with $2.6 billion in sales and operates in 36 countries. Prior to his current role, Conn has held global talent management roles with KeyCorp and State Farm Insurance, owned his own consulting firm, and served as Media Director/Executive Producer for a global advertising agency. He holds certifications and credentials in leadership development, instructional design and organizational development, a SPHR designation from the Society of Human Resource Management and degrees from the State University of New York – Plattsburgh and McGill University.
Director Talent Acquisition & Development
Jennie Gwaltney is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development at QVC, Inc. QVC is the premiere multi platform lifestyle retailer, with corporate headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jennie has over 25 years of Human Resources experience, including Talent Management, Culture Development, Recruitment, Employee Relations, Learning and Development and Organization Development.
In her present role, Jennie oversees the Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Learning and Development and Culture Development teams. Jennie has U.S. and international responsibility for the full integration of two key business strategies: Talent Management and the QVC Values.
Jennie has led many corporate initiatives including: implementing a newly designed performance management system; design and implementation of QVC’s talent management strategy; orientation and onboarding programs; succession planning; management assessment and development; corporate culture programs; and companywide recognition programs. She has also led the design and implementation of exempt and non exempt performance evaluation processes, employee surveys and change management design and implementation.
Jennie and her team have refined the QVC Corporate University (QU) which now includes many experiential and relationship development offerings. In 2010, they will launch a formal Workforce Planning Strategy which will include University Relations programs and customized intern programs. Also, this year, Jennie and her team will launch a mentoring program and a Global Executive Development Program.
Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
In Jennifer Murnane’s role as Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Bellevue University, she cultivates and manages Bellevue University's visionary corporate clients who recognize the integral role learning has in reaching business objectives. Dr. Murnane also served as the inaugural Assistant Director of Bellevue University's Human Capital Lab. Dr. Murnane is an Adjunct Professor at Bellevue University and Metropolitan Community College teaching management, business, and the social sciences. Dr. Murnane has worked in strategic planning and research at a Fortune 1000 company. Dr. Murnane earned her Ph.D. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University and earned her bachelor's degree in Finance and Banking and her MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Organizational Development Specialist – Leadership Development
Farm Credit Services of America
Jill Borgelt is passionate about uncovering, igniting, and inspiring the growth of the best within each individual she works with. As an Organizational Development and Learning Specialist at Farm Credit Services of America, Jill’s main areas of focus are creating and providing Leadership Development opportunities throughout the Association, working one-on-one with high-potential leaders on their Targeted Development, and building stronger teams.
Jill brings to her role over 15 years’ experience in the field of Organization Development. She holds an MS in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Nebraska, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has held numerous roles on the board of the Omaha Organizational Development Network over the last 10 years. She also serves on the leadership team of a local disaster relief organization that provides assistance worldwide.
Senior Director of Organizational Development and Learning
John Hine is the Sr. Director of Organization Development and Learning for ConAgra Foods. His experience as both an internal and external consultant to Fortune 100 firms serves him well in his current role of designing and installing ConAgra Foods learning infrastructure, as well as consulting on change initiatives, and implementing learning. John is deeply involved in designing and implementing a sustainable learning measurement process to ensure accountable investment in learning. John is also responsible for defining ConAgra’s competency strategy and leads the definition of technical competencies aligned to functional business objectives. Working closely with the Functional Leadership and HR groups, these competencies are integrated into ConAgra’s human capital processes such as recruiting, talent management, performance management, learning and career development. Prior to joining ConAgra, John held positions with Ford Motor Company, Provant and AchieveGlobal providing learning solutions, implementation support and organization design and process consulting. John holds a business degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University.
Senior Manager of Talent Development
Delaware North Companies
John Kist is the Senior Manager of Talent Development for Delaware North Companies. John has nearly 20 years of experience in meeting the demands of growing, evolving, and the changing business environment. His expertise lies in talent management arena of acquisition, training, development, performance management, career management, and succession planning.
Supervisor, HR Analytics & Programs
General Parts Incorporated
Jonathan Jones is the Supervisor of HR Analytics and Programs for General Parts Inc. responsible for generating meaningful analytics & metrics focused on organizational effectiveness and human capital. His recent work has centered on identifying the ROI and business impact of human capital. In 2010, he revised General Parts Inc’s HR scorecard separating out tactical and strategic level metrics. The tactical level scorecard called, the “HCI” or Human Capital Index, provides business leaders with a set of actionable and localized metrics that have been validated and proven to drive business outcomes. His work around HR Analytics is to be published in an upcoming edition of Talent Management magazine.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Wilmington University and is currently working towards his MBA. He has over 15 years in the retail & service industry, working the last 6 in Human Resources with a focus on HR analytics and metrics. Prior to joining GPI, Jonathan worked for Belk Inc. as a Sr. HR Analyst responsible for implementing an automated scheduling and staffing program. One of his major accomplishments was creating an enterprise level staffing, scheduling & payroll tool which greatly improved organizational effectiveness and productivity.
Karen Cooper, PhD
Principal Investigator, Emergent Technologies & VW Research, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)
Karen Cooper is the branch head for the research & development networks at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). As a Navy engineer, she holds several computer engineering certifications and is a graduate of both graduate level DoD leadership and technology programs.
Karen is currently leading a NAWCTSD team in virtual world (VW) exploration. She serves as the NAWCTSD Principle Investigator for the joint Team Orlando VW efforts in Central Florida's Research Park. She has taught in Second Life, had speaker engagements, assisted in coordinating VW conferences, and participated in VW panel discussions.
Karen holds a bachelor's in Math/Computer Science, a master's in Information Management, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. Her specific areas of research interest include the most emergent technologies and their impact on our 21st century learner.
Senior Director, Global Learning and Organizational Effectiveness
Nuance Communications, Inc.
Linda Landry is Senior Director, Global Learning & Organizational Effectiveness at Nuance Communications, Inc., a technology company in Burlington, MA, that makes speech recognition software. She established Nuance’s corporate education department in 2007 and has quickly built a full-service operation that includes performance management, sales training, employee communications, management development, orientation, and a corporate university. She won the distinguished 2008 Gold Vanguard Award from Chief Learning Officer Magazine for her impact on Nuance over the last three years and was runner up for the CUBIC Leader of the Year Award in 2009. Prior to Nuance, Landry worked as Senior Managing Editor, Microsoft Press, where she managed production of learning materials supporting Microsoft’s worldwide certification business. Additionally, she spent a decade in Europe managing global education and publishing projects for IBM and RR Donnelley.
Talent Management and Learning Partner
Research in Motion
Lisa Wienburg has worked in the training and development world for more than ten years with a recent focus on corporate talent strategy and human capital management. Lisa has worked with RIM for the last three years supporting a variety of roles, all focused on training and internal employee/leader development. Most recently, Lisa is in the position of Talent Management and Learning Partner within HR supporting a specific Business Unit within RIM. The goal of Lisa’s role is to offer support to RIM’s talent strategy focusing on succession planning, leadership development and career management. She works directly with the RIM HR team helping the team strategize and implement the entire talent strategy. Prior to this, Lisa worked at Telus for seven years where her work focused on coaching and development.
Manager of Marketing and Learning
United Way Worldwide
Liz Moderi has been the Manager of Marketing and Learning at United Way’s national office since August 2007. In her time there, United Way has seen a 25% increase in training attendance. She recently helped to launch a new suite of virtual products, and is leading the efforts to incorporate social media into United Way learning and training.
Director Organizational Development and Learning
Lynette Campbell has spent her whole career passionately helping organizations and people learn and grow. As Director of Organizational Development (ODL) and Learning at Farm Credit Services of America, she and her team have been focusing on a broad spectrum of initiatives, including engagement, succession planning, performance management, diversity, and board, leadership, team, and employee development. The ODL team also supports learning for our retail offices and major change initiatives.
Lynette holds a Master of Science in Adult Learning, Performance, Development and Leadership through Drake University, and in 2006 was a pilot pioneer - earning the American Society of Training and Development’s first CPLP designation, with a specialization in curriculum design. She is a certified facilitator through the Institute of Cultural Affairs’ Technology of Performance in Group Facilitation and Strategic Planning, and also has been trained as a Six Sigma greenbelt.
Lynette served on the Executive Board of Omaha’s Organization Development Network, and previously served on the board of ASTD Omaha, where she received the 2008Training Champion Award. She has also recently joined the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together, an organization dedicated to keeping the elderly safe, warm and dry in their homes.
Vice President, Talent & Organizational Capability
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Marilyn Figlar is the Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she oversees all learning, talent and leadership development strategies and programs for the corporation. Marilyn is currently also building an internal organization development consultation and change leadership capability specializing in organizational planning, assessment, and design, to improve organizational effectiveness and performance. Prior to this role, Marilyn was Director, Executive Assessment & Development and was responsible for talent management, high potential leadership development programs, and an internal executive coaching program. In other roles with Lockheed Martin, Marilyn served as an Organizational Effectiveness Manager and Consultant, developing change strategies and performance improvement interventions.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Marilyn worked for Development Dimensions International (DDI), where she consulted with organizations on the design and implementation of integrated HR systems with clients such as Hewlett Packard, Westinghouse, Citibank, Harley-Davidson, Victoria’s Secret, and Buick Motor Division. Marilyn also managed the Organizational Development function of a healthcare organization and has served as an HR Generalist. She has a BS in Psychology and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh, a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Radford University and is currently completing her dissertation to obtain a Ph.D. in Organizational Development at Virginia Tech.
Mary Ann Bopp
Manager, Career Development and coauthor, “Agile Career Development: Lessons & Approaches from IBM”
As a manager in Human Resources in IBM, Mary Ann Bopp blends 22 years of corporate education, training, performance consulting and project management experience and 10 years of management accounting experience to achieve business success.
Ms. Bopp leads career development for IBM. She is responsible for many career development programs including:
- A new effort in deploying an enterprise-wide career framework for all IBM employees that focuses on client-valued capabilities.
- The global Corporate Mentoring program available to all employees
- Management of a professional development curriculum of over 250 associated classroom and e-learning activities
- A formal learning program that focuses on creating opportunities for experiential, on-the-job learning
- The overall career development process for IBM employees that includes individual development planning for short and long term career needs
Ms. Bopp earned a master of science degree in educational psychology from Fordham University, a master of business administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Siena College.
Ms. Bopp is co-author of Agile Career Development: Lessons and Approaches from IBM, a book that was just published in August 2009.
Mary Kay Kopp
Global Learning Network Director
UPS - Featured in the FREE Expo Hall
Mary Kay Kopp is the Director of the UPS Global Learning Network. She is responsible for coordinating the collaboration of learning leaders to effectively and efficiently improve global business performance results.
A UPS employee for 25 years, Ms. Kopp has held various positions within the company, including UPS Airlines, International Operations, Marketing, Research & Development, Human Resources and The UPS Foundation.
A native of Merrimack, NH, Ms. Kopp attended the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science, and Western Connecticut State University, where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Education. Ms. Kopp and her husband Philip live in Marietta, GA with their five children.
VP Education Solutions
Michael Cufaro has extensive experience in management positions building strong teams, P&L management and overachieving business results. He has run training organizations as a business for over 10 years within corporations. He also has extensive experience in Training Business Process Outsourcing , custom training services as a provider and the off the shelf content arena. He has industry experience in the Healthcare IT and Telecommunications.
Director, Talent Development and GPI University
General Parts Incorporated
Nancy Gustafson is Director, Talent Development and GPI University for GPI/CARQUEST and is currently responsible for talent identification, succession planning, leadership development, performance management, LMS administration and reporting, and instructional design services including product based OLT and supervisory ILT and VILT. She started her career as an educator by teaching elementary school in Southern Pines NC and moved to Raleigh in 1985 to lead staff development for several agencies of North Carolina State Government. She transitioned to private industry in 2001 when she has worked in manufacturing and financial services before joining CARQUEST in March, 2008. Nancy graduated from Frostburg State College in MD, received her master’s in education from East Carolina University and her doctorate in Adult Education from North Carolina State University. Her passion is helping people develop to their fullest potential and developing companywide programs to support that development.
Senior Consultant, Learning Systems Strategy, Caterpillar University and Organizational Effectiveness
Paul Walliker is a 32 year veteran of Caterpillar Inc. and has worked in the corporate university, Cat U, since its inception in 2001. Besides corporate training and development, Paul has worked in manufacturing, service support, and marketing. He has published several articles on corporate training issues. Paul has a B.S. in Business from Illinois State University (1977) and an M.A. in Distance Education from the University of Phoenix (2006).
Manager, Learning and Development
Steve Franklin is responsible for all of CoBank’s learning and development initiatives, including the CoBank University platform. He facilitates training opportunities for the bank’s Denver headquarters as well as banking centers nationwide.
Franklin started his career as a practicing commercial litigator and translated those skills into a career as a training professional. He has 20 years experience in corporate training, focusing on the insurance and financial services industries. Before joining CoBank, Steve was in charge of account executive training with Lehman Brothers. He is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development.
Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado College and a law degree from Tulane University.
Science and Technology Manager, Virtual World and Games for Learning
U.S. Army Services of America
Tami Griffith has the genuine pleasure of conducting research into the use of games and virtual worlds for learning for the U.S. Army Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC). She initiated the Federal Virtual World Challenge which invites mass collaboration to expand current Federal Government training and analysis capabilities in virtual worlds. She established a virtual world presence for the Orlando based military training consortium, Team Orlando, making it possible to host the virtual portion of the mixed-reality Defense GameTech Users' Conference both in 2009 and 2010.
Ms. Griffith is currently exploring ways to improve a user's sense of presence using a low-cost immersive environment and off-the-shelf interfaces to create a more natural, realistic interface to games and virtual worlds. Her ultimate goal is to increase the level of realism and sense of immersion for virtual training and learning environments while significantly reducing training costs.