Tim Tobin

Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, Choice Hotels

Timothy J. Tobin is a learning and leadership development professional with over 25 years of experience. He is committed to helping people and organizations achieve their greatest potential. Throughout his career, he has been directly responsible for the development of thousands of leaders from C-level to first time leaders across multiple industries. He is the author of Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate (Berrett Koehler).

Tim is Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, at Choice Hotels International. Previously, he was vice president for global learning and leadership development at Marriott International. Tim has also held senior learning and leadership development roles in multiple professional services organizations both as a consultant and internally as a department head. He has stood up and elevated multiple corporate universities.

Tim has led outstanding teams throughout his career. Programs developed under his leadership have won multiple awards including Chief Learning Officer awards for Global Leadership Development and Innovative Learning, Bersin & Associates awards for Leadership Development Strategy Excellence, Enabling High Impact Learning, Learning and Talent Initiative Excellence, and Operational Excellence, and the Helios HR Apollo award for outstanding employee development programs. In 2017, Tim was recognized for Outstanding Services to the Learning Industry by the Global Council on Corporate Universities.





Adelle J. Dantzler

Career and Leadership Expert, dcslearn.com and fedjobseeker.com

Adelle J. Dantzler, M.S.Ed., has over 25 years in the training field working for federal agencies, contractors, and private industry conducting analyses to design, develop, manage, and evaluate instructor-led and virtual training. She has used her master’s level knowledge in instructional design to create innovative learning solutions for high potential, manager, and senior executives for 4 federal agencies and developed GS-15 equivalent and SES candidate curriculums. She is a certified InsideOut Coaching Trainer, has managed a federal executive coaching contract, and has developed and delivered many sessions for leaders on coaching and feedback. In terms of her mentoring expertise, she has served on an interagency team for a government-wide mentoring hub, developed & delivered virtual mentoring orientations for federal employees and mentoring coordinators, conducted initial research for an agency’s mentoring program, and coordinated the mentoring program for the DC Metro Chapter of ATD for 2017 and 2018. In addition, Adelle J. Dantzler was the keynote speaker presenting “Mentoring for Agency Success” for the 2018 Training Officer’s Consortium Annual Institute (TOCAI) and discussed “Creating a World-Class Mentorship Program” at the 2018 Leadership Best Practices Conference.



Bethany Blakey

Director of Change Management - Office of Governmentwide Policy

Bethany Blakey, Technology Transformation Service, Centers of Excellence, Director of Change Management - Office of Governmentwide Policy, Shared Services and Performance Improvement, CXO Solutions Performance Modernization Manager

Bethany is an organizational performance professional with specialties in community organizing, non-traditional leadership development, change management, and entrepreneurial practices applied in mission settings. Her Federal career spans over 22 years, serving in multiple agencies before joining GSA to serve all agencies in advancing the use of performance practices. Some of her most memorable projects have been (1) the design and implementation of DEA’s Priority Targeting System, (2) co-chairing the Vice President’s Task Force on Crime Mapping & Data-Driven Management, and (3) launching DOTs IdeaHub, recognized by Harvard’s Ash Center as one of the top innovations in government. And two favorite ongoing projects include (4) Fedpreneur talent identification, development, and coaching for intrapreneurial employees, and (5) training agencies to run the Modern Government Management Traits program for managers, based on Google’s Project Oxygen effort. She also supports the White House Leadership Development, CXO, and President’s Management Council Interagency Rotation fellows programs, and delivers a variety of workshops and coaching services to leaders and teams across government.
Let her know if you are interested in joining one of her current governmentwide projects. (1) Building a Federal Data Ethics Framework, a Data Science Catalog, and a Data Science Curriculum, component of the Federal Data Strategy effort. (2) Building out a Change Management Playbook and toolkit. (3) Customizing and delivering Design-Build Bootcamps ( human centered design, customer experience, Lean start-up, Agile and other 21st century practices) providing applied, experiential project-based learning while advancing specific high-priority Federal initiatives.



Bill Valdez

President, Senior Executives Association (SEA)

Bill Valdez was appointed as the President of the Senior Executives Association (SEA) in September 2016. As President, Bill sets SEA’s overall strategic direction and is focused on strengthening the Senior Executive Service (SES) through legislative and policy initiatives, building a leadership pipeline for the Executive Branch, and establishing SEA as a thought leader in the Washington, DC policy debates that impact not only the SES, but all civil service employees.

Bill retired from Federal service as a career Senior Executive in July 2014. His career with the Department of Energy spanned over 20 years and he held the positions of Director, DOE Office of Economic Impact; DOE’s Chief Diversity Officer; Director of Business Services, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Director of Planning and Analysis, and Director for Workforce Development within DOE’s Office of Science.

In addition, Bill was co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Science of Science Policy Interagency Working Group from 2005-2014, and was a senior advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the 1990s. Bill was awarded the Presidential Rank Award (meritorious) in 2007, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2006, and was elected to Senior Executive Association’s Board of Directors in 2005 and served as Chairman from 2011-13.

Prior to working at DOE, Bill worked as a Senior Project Manager in private industry where he provided strategic planning services to Asian and European multinational corporations. He also was a reporter in Austin, Texas.

Bill received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas and his Master of Arts in International Economics and Energy Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.



Chad Majiros

Human Resources Development Specialist, NASA

Chad Majiros, Ph.D., currently serves as a Human Resources Development Specialist at the NASA Headquarters HR Office in Washington, DC. Assigned to the Performance, Development & Engagement Branch, Chad’s primary roles are oversight of Headquarters’ Leadership Development Programs and the Modern Mentoring Program. Prior to NASA, Chad served as an Associate Director at the Employee Education System in the Veterans Health Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs and prior, Chief of the Career Management Division at Passport Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State. Chad has over 18 years of federal service including active duty in the U.S. Navy and several years at a Human Services Non-Profit. He holds a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Military Studies from the Pennsylvania State University; an MSW with post-graduate studies in Clinical Social Work from Boston University; and a Doctorate from Catholic University with his published dissertation titled, Inhibiting Emerging Leaders: A Secondary Analysis of Federal Workplace Culture and Barriers to Knowledge Sharing (2018). Chad was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (2015). His publications include Majiros, C. (2013). Beyond social exchange theory: A Theoretical shift for mentoring relationships. Advances in Social Work, 14(2), p.531-543; and Majiros, C. November 2013. Duality of roles: Mentor or supervisor. Connect-International Mentoring Association, Vol. 2, p. 2-7.



Deadra Welcome

Founder and CEO, Concerning Learning LLC

Deadra Welcome, CPLP, CPTM is the Founder and CEO of Concerning Learning LLC, who is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM), and a Kirkpatrick Bronze Level Certification credential holder.

She has trained thousands of people in corporations, non-profit entities, and government agencies on business, human resources, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and leadership development topics to achieve improved organizational and individual performance.

In June 2018, Deadra completed a successful 27-year federal government career where she demonstrated the ability to create comprehensive mentoring, onboarding, knowledge management, training evaluation, and employee and leadership development programs and courses with little to no budget.

Deadra continues to be a regular contributor for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Training Industry, and Training Officer’s Consortium. She is the author of Don't Get Left Behind and founded the Extraordinary Learning Academy where she trains other trainers to design, develop, and deliver inspiring, engaging, and actionable learning experiences.



Jason Briefel

Executive Director, Senior Executives Association (SEA)

Jason Briefel is the Executive Director of the Senior Executives Association (SEA), overseeing day-to-day operations of the Association and leading execution of the priorities and policies of the Board of Directors, a role held since September 2016. He also leads strategic engagement efforts with members of SEA’s Corporate Advisory Council and other organizations. Mr. Briefel served as SEA Interim President from February-September 2016.

Additionally, Mr. Briefel serves as SEA’s Legislative Director, representing SEA and its members on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. He represents SEA with the Federal-Postal Coalition and the Government Managers Coalition, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Public Policy Committee. Mr. Briefel is a Director on the Board of the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), currently serving as Treasurer.

Mr. Briefel joined Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C. in 2012 to work in the firm's government affairs department, providing legislative and organizational representation to clients of the firm's government affairs practice. In addition, Mr. Briefel is a regular host of FEDtalk on Federal News Network and Editor of the FEDmanager and FEDagent e-report newsletters.

Prior to joining SB&R, Mr. Briefel worked in Congress for a member of the North Carolina delegation and interned with the DC-based think tank Third Way. He also served as a research assistant and project manager for the FireChasers, a collaborative research endeavor between the U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina State University.

Mr. Briefel holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.S. from North Carolina State University.



Joanie Newhart

Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)

Joanie F. Newhart, CPCM, has 35 years’ experience in Federal government contracting. For nine years, she has been the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) within the Office of Management and Budget and Executive Office of the President. OFPP is responsible for developing and implementing acquisition policies to support over $450 billion in federal procurements each year. Prior to her position at OFPP, Ms. Newhart gained a variety of work experience as a contractor, as an Army civilian, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as the Senior Procurement Executive at both the Small Business Administration and the Department of Transportation. Ms. Newhart has Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration. She has both DoD and civilian contracting certifications and is a 2012 and 2017 Fed 100 winner.



Sae Schatz

Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning, Defense for Force Education and Training

Sae Schatz, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, a research and development program under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training. Before joining the Government in 2015, Sae worked as an applied human–systems scientist, with an emphasis on human cognition and learning, instructional technologies, adaptive systems, human performance assessment, and modeling and simulation. During that time, she led the authorship and execution of the Marine Corps’ Making Good Instructor Great course and accompanying instructor tool kit. She was also the chief scientist for the award-winning Border Hunter research effort and the Joint Staff J7’s Blended Learning–Training project.

Sae has worked with the Defense training and education community for over 10 years. During that time her efforts frequently focused on ways to enhance individuals’ higher-order cognitive skills (i.e., the mental, emotional, and relational skills associated with “cognitive readiness”). She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, led development of 3 military textbooks, and received professional recognition for her publications and research, including best paper awards from the I/ITSEC and MODSIM conferences.

Sae also maintains close ties with her alma mater, the University of Central Florida. She formerly held an assistant professor position with the university, and she previously taught courses in visual design, web design and development, modeling and simulation, and human–systems interaction. Today, she continues to mentor UCF graduate students from the Institute for Simulation and Training, and she serves on the Digital Media Advisory Board