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Gregory Simpson
President   |

Greg is Managing Director at Agent in Engagement. He helps company leaders provide talented individuals with compelling reasons to join, engage, and stay with their organizations. Whether in a corporate or consulting environment, he's created award-winning workplace experiences for people at all levels of Fortune 150 companies such as Accenture, State Farm Insurance Cos, Deutsche Bank, and Microsoft. He believes an engaged workforce is the foundation of organizational success. That is why he's on a mission to help companies and their employees succeed by creating more meaningful, productive, and engaging workplace experiences.


Margaret Clarkson
Immediate Past President |

Margaret Clarkson is Vice President of Talent, Learning & Diversity at Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). An award-winning leader, she works closely with Marsh's HR and TLD groups to drive a variety of talent and learning initiatives, including leadership development. Previously at MMC's Guy Carpenter company, she was responsible for global talent management and learning, including GC's people strategy and HR communications. There she won the top award from Marsh & McLennan’s Global Volunteer Recognition Program for her ATD volunteer work.


Previously Margaret managed and designed learning at DTCC and HSBC. From 2011-2013, Margaret served as ATD NYC’s VP of Programs, and produced high quality monthly events. She also led the project to launch ATD NYC's GPS initiative. In addition, she has chaired the Talent Development Leader SIG and contributed to various strategic chapter initiatives. Margaret earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she volunteers for her community and is active with her daughter’s school.

Laurel Carpenter
Vice President, Technology  |

Laurel is committed to erasing the gap between people and technology. She has spent over 20 years promoting successful technology innovation in the nonprofit social service field. She has over 15 years of management experience in a variety of roles, including technology integration, training, and quality improvement, and holds an M.S. in social work from Columbia University. In addition, she has enjoyed mentoring several of her former employees to grow in their chosen careers. Laurel has recently received additional certifications in training and technology through Allen Interactions and Codeacademy, and is a big believer in the power of continuing to learn, grow, and change throughout life. When she’s not working on one of her many projects, you might find her making a handmade birthday card for a friend, singing jazz at an open mike, or swing dancing to a big band at Lincoln Center.

Shani Carter
Vice President, Operations |

Shani is a Professor of Business and has been at Wagner College since fall 2015. She has a Personnel/Human Resource Studies, Labor Economics, and Research Methodology, an Personnel/Human Resource Studies and Labor Economics, and a B.A. in Government. Shani teaches Strategic Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, International Business, International Management, and Total Quality Management. She has published more than 30 articles and conference proceedings on training methods, factors of cognitive ability, affect, skill certification, measurement, student learning outcomes assessment, coefficient alpha, skills shortages, diversity, gender, and government labor force projections.



Mies de Koning
Vice President, SIGS


Mies is an expert in Social and Organizational Learning Methodologies. Fascinated by leadership theory and group dynamics Mies started his career as a group therapist in Child Psychiatry. As a Program Director in Higher Education (at Avans University for Applied Sciences in the Netherlands) he led curriculum development and staff for a Bachelor in Socio-Educational work for 10 years. He is committed to lead deep and continuous (group dynamical) change in knowledge-intensive (public) institutions. His talent is to design and deliver profoundly participatory processes for Organizational Development and Learning. Mies is a trained Action Researcher and Action Learning Coach. He has two Masters degrees, in Social and Community Studies from De Montfort University (UK) and in Advanced Change Management at the prestigious SIOO Inter-university (NL). Currently, Mies works as a Partner for Leadership and Organizational Development at the New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox and Tilden Foundations. The evolution of performance management, organizational change advisory and developing strong leaders are part of his responsibilities. As a freelance consultant, Mies worked for the Dutch Central Bank and Nautadutilh P.C. New York.


Shelton Hollers
Vice President, Marketing


Shelton Hollers is currently a Director at The Ken Blanchard Companies where he supports Fortune 500 companies' strategic business outcomes by partnering to develop their most important resources, their people.  His work involves complex global implementations. This includes consulting and supporting the strategic and operational leadership of multi-national corporations to ensure that their talent performs at a higher level.


 Shelton has over 16 years of professional experience spanning the US and the UK. Prior to his role at The Ken Blanchard Companies, Shelton spent over 10 years organizing executive level conferences in the US and UK where executive leadership in HR, finance and technology gathered to present and learn about the latest trends in the industry with a focus on increasing organizational performance.


As a life-long learner, Shelton joined ATD NYC and immediately volunteered to work closely with the VP of Programs contributing to the community of learners. Shelton resides in Brooklyn with his three children and is active with their school and the local community board. He regularly volunteers to raise funds for charity through racing in long distance endurance sports.


Zachary Konopka
Vice President, Programs


Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Zachary has been part of the metro New York learning and development community for the past 8 years. Prior to relocating to NY, he lived in Rome, Italy and worked throughout Europe facilitating a variety of training programs and professional development initiatives. Currently, Zachary is the vice president of development and strategic relationships for a leading adaptive learning organization, Skilitics LLC. His focus on learning design and analytics within professional development has afforded him the opportunity to work with over 30 ATD chapters across the country as well as his organization's presenting at the ATD International Conference the past 5 years.


Jamie Librot
Vice President, Talent Management  |

Jamie Librot is responsible for helping to grow Gallup’s strengths-based learning and development programs and is a liaison to coaches who complete certification courses through the Gallup Strengths Center. She was a member of Gallup CEO Jim Clifton’s Chairman’s Council from 2014-2016. Jamie also delivers keynote speeches and provides executive StrengthsFinder coaching to Gallup clients.

Since joining Gallup in 2005, Jamie has consulted with clients in a wide range of industries on group dynamics, talent-based selection, onboarding, customer and employee engagement, and sales force effectiveness. Her expertise includes creating customized solutions and developing curriculum for unique client needs.

Prior to her current role, Jamie created a global onboarding program for new Gallup consultants. She then spent five years implementing the program and mentoring new consultants in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. This program led to increases in new employee retention and engagement.

Jamie received her Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where she was the Convocation Speaker. She receive a bachelor's degree in business administration from The George Washington University Honors Program. Jamie has also completed classes in the international business program at the International Business Academy (Negocia) in Paris.

Jamie lives in the New York City area with her husband, Dan, and daughters, Lucy and Lydia. She is an avid traveler and yoga enthusiast.


Sherlin Nair
Vice President, Finance  |

Sherlin Nair does research in human capital at The Conference Board focusing on leadership development, talent management, executive coaching, future-skilling of current and future workforce, and digital transformation. She has published research reports which include: What’s Next for 21 st century HR? Global Executive Coaching (2016, 2012), Future-Skilling Your Workforce, Strategic Leadership Development Report 2013, and Happiness at Work. Nair also co-authored a chapter on the rise of internal coaching in The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Coaching in Organizations (2015).

Sherlin has a decade of management experience in business operations and training with globalorganizations like GE Capital, Dell International Services, and Dale Carnegie Training. She has also previously served on the board of directors for the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) New York Chapter for three years (from 2012-2014).

Sherlin is a current doctoral student in organizational learning and leadership at Columbia University, and also has a postmaster’s degree from New York University in adult education and workplace learning.


David Truzman
Vice-President, Membership  |

David Truzman is a Learning and Development professional with a background in Social Work. Over the past 10 years, he has collaborated with several government-funded organizations throughout New York City, to create and execute training programs for front-line staff. David specializes in improving communication skills, particularly regarding health management.

Currently, David works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, managing a team of twenty trainers who facilitate a nationally certified training, called Mental Health First Aid, with the goal of educating 250,000 New Yorkers over the next four years.


In this past year, David has volunteered at ATD NYC with the Membership Committee, serving as the Welcome Webinar Manager. As the VP of Membership, David is eager to continue finding innovative ways to attract new members while continuing to engage current members, and growing the Chapter in the process. 

Art Weiss
Chapter Administrator  |

Art Weiss began administrative work with ASTD in 1998; a time when member service was mostly by telephone and fax. Within a few years, records were shifted from typed lists to spreadsheets and email came into use as a primary means of communication. Hired because of his strong organizational and computer skills, Art has assisted the chapter in a variety of ways, including providing input to the Board about the requests from chapter members and those inquiring about membership. He also maintains information about our various events and serves as a welcoming presence at chapter events.

A native of New York City, Art left Pre-Medical studies to become a piano and music theory major at the Manhattan School of Music. A major musical and organizational achievement was his fourteen-year tenure as Entertainment Director at the New York Playboy Club.

Art is currently active as an accompanist to several singers on the New York cabaret circuit. He combines an active career as a musical conductor, vocal coach and performing pianist with musical composition.
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