Thirty Under 30

Meet Learning’s Thirty Under 30

We’re pleased to announce the 2020 selection of Learning’s Thirty Under 30. This year’s cohort includes a group of aspiring learning leaders who demonstrate deep enthusiasm for learning, and the drive to be leaders. We’re honored to invite them into the program and look forward to welcoming them to Learning 2020 Online.

Learn more about each member and their amazing contributions in our special edition publication. Download below!

Dalia Abbas

Instructional Designer, Springboard

Margaux Arieta

Program Manager, Legal & Compliance Training, HubSpot

Troy Ashman

Manager, Agency Learning & Development, Qantas Airways

Sarah Azhar

Analyst, Organizational Effectiveness Systems & Online Learning, JetBlue

Christopher Barrera

KNA Sales Learning and Development Associate, The Kellogg Company

Christine Bednarz

Senior Associate, Instructional Designer, KPMG LLP

Gwendoline Calmels

Learning Specialist, Allianz Partners

Valerie Chan

Senior Associate - Digital Learning, AlphaSights

Elaine Cheng

Instructional Designer/Program Coordinator, Community Youth Center of San Francisco

Monipha Davis

Multimedia Training Developer, Fidelity Information Services (FIS)

Bria Dimke

Learning and Development Specialist, Allianz

Michelle Gao

Global Leadership Development Manager, Danaher Corporation

Marissa Hatch

Talent Management Analyst, PepsiCo

Michael Ioffe

Co-founder and CEO, Arist

Tony Jones

Facilitator, Career Team

Paige Kracke

Manager of Curation, OpenSesame

Kyle LeMontang

Director of Implementation, Learning Tribes

Carina Martin

Program Manager, Slalom

Olivia Mytrowitz

Manager, Services Go-to-Market Readiness, Adobe

Mudassir Nagaria

Digital Experience Production Partner, Emirates Airline and The Learning Astronaut

Jacob Payne

Senior Corporate Trainer, PrimeLending

Natalie Perez

Sr. Instructional Designer and Program Manager, Amazon

Megan Reynolds

Learning Experience Designer, Salesforce

Ashlynn Rutherford

Learning Producer, Southwest Airlines

Ashley Scales

Senior Learning Instructor, Paychex

Kaitlyn Solotes

Learning & Development Lead and Facilitator, Procore Technologies

Keiko Takeshita

Program Analyst, Department of Homeland Security

Thomas van Kerkhof

Learning & Performance Consultant, Xprtise

Michael Wildman

Associate Manager, Program Design, Olive Tree Arts Network

Jiao Zou

Senior Learning Designer, Workday

The goal of the Thirty Under 30 Program is to provide support, visibility, voice, and development for the next generation of learning leaders. Each member of the Thirty Under 30 program will receive:

  • Thirty Under 30 sessions, led by alumni of previous Thirty Under 30 programs
  • Unique development and benchmarking activities with peers and learning leaders
  • A year’s worth of development as part of the Learning 2020 Thirty Under 30 cohort
  • Relationships that last a lifetime!

Over the past 10 years, the program has welcomed participants from more than 150 organizations, including Accenture, American Red Cross, CDC, Ernst & Young, Farmers Insurance, Google, Hilton Worldwide, LinkedIn, NBCUniversal, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Square, The Boeing Company, The Kellogg Company, Twitter, Verizon Wireless, Wegmans, and many more.

We are proud to bring back this popular program, aimed at developing and spotlighting the next generation of Learning Leadership in our field! Over the past decade, we have had participants from over 150 organizations, including:

  • Accenture
  • Allstate Insurance
  • American Express
  • American Red Cross 
  • Bloomberg LP 
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb 
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Dept of Veterans Affairs 
  • Einstein Noah Restaurant Group & Caribou Coffee
  • Ericsson
  • Ernst & Young
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Fidelity Investments
  • General Mills
  • Google
  • Herman Miller
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • IBM
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions
  • LinkedIn
  • MetLife
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • NBCUniversal
  • Oracle
  • PwC
  • Procter & Gamble
  • SAP
  • Southwest Airlines
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Kellogg Company
  • Twitter
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Volkswagen of America
  • Wegmans
  • Wyndham Hotel Group
  • And many more… 

The goal of the Learning Thirty Under 30 Program is to provide support, visibility, voice and development for the next generation of Learning Leaders. Each member of the Thirty Under 30 program will receive: 

  • Thirty Under 30 sessions, led by alumni of previous Thirty Under 30 programs 
  • Unique development and benchmarking activities with peers 
  • Interactive time with key speakers and other learning leaders 
  • Participation in mentoring activities 
  • A major alumni discount to Learning 2021 

We will select 30 learning colleagues who meet these criteria: 

  • Born after November 18, 1990 (You must be under 30 during Learning 2020 Online) 
  • Working in the learning field (for an implementer or supplier) 
  • Interested in developing your career in the learning field 
  • Willing and excited to participate in a number of focused on our Thirty Under 30 cohort, both before, during, and after Learning 2020 Online 
  • Willing to play a role at Learning 2020 Online as a session leader 
  • Willing to participate in mentoring activities during Learning 2020 Online 
  • High energy, outgoing and raring to network with new colleagues
  • To read more about the judging criteria, click here.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 30. Should you have any questions about this year’s applications, please contact David Kelly at

Thirty Under 30 Cohort Hosts

This year’s hosts are Hannah Duffy and Megan Underwood. As previous Learning 2019 Thirty Under 30 recipients, they will be leading the activities for this year’s cohort.

Hannah Duffy (she/her/hers) is the LMS specialist at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. She is a member of the Learning 2019 Thirty Under 30 cohort and supported the first Thirty Under 30 program at Learning Technologies 2020 in London. Her interests include maternal, child, and reproductive health education, education in complex emergencies, and financial literacy.

Megan Underwood (she/her/hers) is a passionate educator and learning designer with over 12 years of experience teaching and instructing everyone from children aged 4, to adults aged 60+, including people with disabilities. She is part of the Learning 2019 Thirty Under 30 cohort. She has a keen interest in how people learn and how it can better be supported by technology. She has developed and supported learning programs for universities, governments, nonprofits and companies around the world.