Effective Training’s instructors are also outstanding facilitators, coaches, authors and keynote speakers who have inspired and developed professionals worldwide. They receive “excellent and entertaining” reviews.


JANET BAILEY is a highly rated speaker, coach and award-winning writer on productivity and communication. She has developed creative methods to help leaders focus on the right priorities and has trained hundreds of engineers, sales professionals and managers to communicate clearly and to handle tough, demanding workloads. Her presentations throughout the U.S. and U.K. offer practical, powerful techniques that participants use right away to save time and stay on message.

Her columns and articles on time management, life balance, psychology and career development have appeared in leading publications including Chief Executive, Bottom Line Personal, Robb Report, Health and Reader’s Digest. Her entertaining history of San Francisco, The Great San Francisco Trivia & Fact Book, was an Amazon bestseller. As a corporate communications consultant, she has helped clients from a wide variety of industries reach their audiences effectively.

Janet has a degree in journalism and psychology from Stanford University, was an adjunct faculty member at New York University, and has served in leadership roles for the National Speakers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.


TARA BERGEN brings extensive experience in sales, training and content design to her work as a speaker, author, facilitator and coach.

The pairing of Tara’s commercial training experience focused on performance improvement, in conjunction with her instructional and graphic design expertise, contributes to her unique effectiveness as a training and communications consultant as well as a content designer. She has extensive experience in professional development assessments, training delivery, instructional design, coaching, and public speaking.

Tara leverages her expertise in the design, development and delivery of instructor led training programs to create transformative e-learning and virtual training programs. She holds numerous professional certifications in the areas of leadership development, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, career development, selling skills, and high-performing teams.


ERIC BLOOM, former Chief Information Officer and author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, Productivity Driven Success, is the Executive Director of the IT Management and Leadership Institute, which specializes in Information Technology (IT) leadership development and IT soft skills training. He is also a keynote speaker, executive coach, former nationally syndicated columnist, TEDx speaker, Adjunct Research Advisor at IDC, and recognized thought leader on the use of influence in the workplace.

Eric is also a Past President of National Speakers Association New England, a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), Certified Professional Coach (CPC), and the author of various other books, including:

• Office Influence: Get What You Want from The Mailroom to the Boardroom • Manager Mechanics: Tips and Advice for First Time Managers • The CIO’s Guide to Staff Needs, Growth, and Productivity

Prior to founding the ITML Institute, Eric held senior IT leadership positions at Monster.com, Independence Investments, and Fidelity Investments.

Eric holds a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, as well as an M.B.A. from Babson College.


BARBARA BROCKLEBANK has over 15 years experience as a consultant and corporate trainer. Barbara works with executives at all levels helping groups and individuals prepare for important presentations and business communications. She has conducted hundreds of skills development programs for a diverse group of industries including: technology, financial, health care, pharmaceutical, legal, scientific and consumer products.

She believes that compelling speakers are created, not born and that all executives can improve their natural speaking style to inform, motivate or inspire their audiences.


JIM KENNEDY is one of the most well-known and respected training and development resources for a wide variety of industries including high-tech, financial, health care, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and insurance. Jim has posted a long list of professional achievements in helping clients solve business problems with his combined expertise in training and organizational development.

He has also authored numerous training programs and customized organizational development interventions. He is an expert in productivity and quality improvement programs, as well as structured group problem solving processes. Jim is also a top-level facilitator and trainer on topics including team building and skills development for managing, sales negotiating and interviewing. He has broad and successful international experience, with numerous implementations, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada.

Jim holds a B.A in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.


MARY GRACE GLASIER is a published author and a highly energetic, motivating, and inspiring speaker and professional trainer who specializes in the fields of communication and personal effectiveness. During her career in sales, marketing, and training, she has developed curriculum in the areas of business writing, interpersonal communication, conflict management, customer service, and sales. Her classrooms are living laboratories of how people can work together productively, and presented in an animated and interactive (and fun!) style. She has experience in the high tech, engineering, and scientific fields and works well with a wide array of audiences. behavioral assets.

Mary Grace has a proven track record in management. She is known for motivating and elevating productivity of personnel at all organizational levels. She has managed teams of 10 to 20 people for the last ten years and groups of 75 to 125 people. Mary Grace coaches, mentors, and trains people to attain higher levels of productivity, confidence, and satisfaction. She has recruited, hired, and developed managers to grow their teams and produce unprecedented results.


PAYSON HALL has a passion for solving problems that drove him toward project management as a means to help organizations better select and implement solutions. He also teaches and writes about project management, problem solving and risk management for a variety of publications and has earned a reputation for demystifying complex topics and delivering entertaining, high-energy presentations.

After building a successful career in systems engineering, software development and systems integration, Payson worked as a project manager, troubleshooter and reviewer on a variety of large-scale projects in the public and private sectors. He now welcomes the opportunity to provide training skills on strategic planning, portfolio management and project selection, management and execution.

Payson has a B.S in Computer Science from California State University-Sacramento.


DEBBIE HILDEBRANDT provides training and coaching to individuals seeking to improve their spoken communication skills. Over the past nineteen years she has coached executives in a variety of industries including accounting and professional services, pharmaceutical, financial, health care, communications, commercial real estate, and technology. Clients include senior partners at Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, and Cushman & Wakefield. Additionally, Debbie has conducted group-training sessions at Mattel, Johnson & Johnson, Bell Atlantic, Tufts Health Plan, Fidelity, Fleet, Nextel Partners, Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser and Fujitsu. Private sessions vary from improving one-to-one communications to preparing and rehearsing a major presentation or speech. Group sessions include communication skills for meetings and presentations.

In addition to her corporate work, Debbie has been a member of the Training and Development staff at Brown University, where she designed and delivered programs on management development, presentation skills, conflict resolution and team building. While an instructor in the University of Hawaii system, she taught courses in both the speech and business education departments.

Debbie has also served as a Director for Kaplan Test Prep, an international education company, where she was responsible for statewide sales, marketing implementation and instructor training.

Debbie resides in the heart of Boston and enjoys travel and running. She holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in both education and psychology.


With an extensive background in leadership, consulting and facilitation, Stephanie Moore brings the gift of versatility to clients through her expertise in leadership development, employee development and executive coaching. She has broad industry experience which includes telecommunications, high tech, biotech, manufacturing, healthcare, and finance. She has travelled nationally and internationally to present leading-edge career and leadership development concepts and programs to her clients.

From her 20+ years of experience as Vice President of Marketing for Drake Beam Morin, Stephanie understands the pressures of management and executive positions that she brings into the design and delivery of her programs.

Since 2000, Stephanie has provided her specific consultation and facilitation expertise to long standing clients that include: Cisco Systems, NetApp, SalesForce, Genentech, Oracle, Texas Instruments, Stanford University and Lucille Packard Hospital.

Stephanie currently delivers two highly successful comprehensive and customized webinars for high-tech firms called “Strengths-based Development” and “Achieving Meeting Excellence”.


HOWARD MILLER, a detail, results-oriented individual with outstanding presentation and communication skills, teaches management skills to new managers, seasoned managers, entrepreneurs and executives. He uses his skills as a trainer, facilitator, and executive/management/business coach to help his clients utilize their internal behaviors and styles to maximize communication and productivity skills. This results in a clearer vision and mission, specific and measurable goals and actions, and more strategies to ensure financial, professional and personal success!

Howard has a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY, a Certificate in Training and Human Resource Development from University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in San Rafael, California.


For over ten years, Barry Mohn has delivered dynamic, practical trainings for thousands of employees around the world. Specializing in business, audit, and technical writing, he has conducted trainings for over 25 Fortune 500 companies in high-tech, financial services, and health care. His clients include EMC, Brocade, Synaptics, Charles Schwab, Medtronic, Dow Chemical, OCBC Bank of Singapore, Cognizant, Cepheid, Anritsu, and many more. Barry has also designed and delivered customized training in writing and cross-cultural communication for software and hardware engineers in China, Taiwan, and Korea.

He is a popular speaker at industry conferences, including delivering a session on audit report writing at the All-Star Speakers Conference in Las Vegas for the Internal Audit Association (IIA).

In Barry’s programs, he (1) focuses on understanding the training needs of participants and (2) builds on concepts and develops customized tools to meet those needs. He maintains an easy rapport with participants to create an atmosphere of working together to overcome performance challenges. His approach ensures that the training material applies to each participant’s day-to-day work.


JILL PODOLSKY has applied her 20+ years of experience in Human Resources at a variety of large and mid-size high tech companies, including Apple, Merix Corporation, Applied Materials, NEC Electronics and Extreme Networks. She has proven success in the areas of leadership and organization development, with emphasis on designing programs to align employees with the needs of the company’s internal and external customers.

She has created and implemented innovative training programs as well as designed and facilitated customer courses for leadership teams and managers to align goals and objectives within organizations. She has implemented tools and processes for assessing team talent and skills and has facilitated assimilation and orientations programs to quickly integrate new employees into organizations. She has coached leaders at all levels of the organization in dealing with employee issues and professional development. She is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as well as the DiSC assessment.

Jill holds a BS degree in Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota and has completed the HR Executive Strategy program at the University of Michigan.


A former factory Operations Manager, RON SACCHI brings decades of leadership and management experience to the Human Resources arena. An energetic organizational development thought-leader with a track record of success in all areas of Human Capital development, he has managed and consulted managers in start-ups, joint-ventures, factories as well as in high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.

Holding an MBA from Saint Mary’s College, Mr. Sacchi is also licensed in various management, leadership and psychological profiling tools. An entertaining speaker, besides executive coaching and consulting to small and mid-size businesses, he has been requested to speak at conferences for ASTD, ODN, ISPI, SHRM, The American Management Association, and the International Society for Health and Productivity. His book, Design/ Build Your Business, was based on his experiences as the director of an internal business incubator at Intel and provides a blueprint for creating a scalable “any size business”.


  • More than 30 years of experience training and developing leaders and their teams in Fortune 500 companies
  • Facilitated more than 1,500 management workshops
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Lives in Santa Cruz, California
  • Bikes at the ocean and in the redwoods
  • Enjoys playing, refereeing, coaching and watching soccer


SIVA BHANU VISAHAN G, a behavioral specialist, consultant and trainer, has extensive experience in organization development roles, as well as facilitating the design and development of a Human Resources Management System. His background in psychology supports the core competencies he brings to any team. These competencies include: organizational development, process design, human resource and leadership development, transaction analysis, body language, facilitation, lecturing and research.

Based in India, he has been actively engaged in guiding the development of human capital management and corporate performance management solution and has provided training and consulting solutions to some of the leading companies across many countries.

Siva holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communication and Engineering, an M.B.A., a Professional Diploma in Human Resources and a Masters in Psychology. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Organizational Psychology. Siva has followed these academic courses with diverse informal study in the fields of transaction analysis, hypnosis, body language, research in personality development and, more recently, on the role of emotions in an organization context.


PETER ROSSELLI has been a speaker, consultant, trainer and course designer in the areas of presentation skills and interpersonal communication for over 20 years. As a program manager for Decker Communications, a recognized leader in the Communications Consulting industry, Peter designed curricula and trained a staff of thirty-five consultants to deliver training programs internationally.

He has spent several years designing and conducting programs in Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Cultural Diversity and Customer Service. He has consulted for many companies including Apple, Lab126/Amazon, AT&T, Yahoo!, EMC Software, Medtronic, TIBCO Software, Cypress Semiconductor, SAP, HP, NetApp, Lattice Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated Products, Bank of America, National Semiconductor, Kaiser Permanente and Intel.

Peter has associate instructors in Boston, New York, London and Milan.


GWENDOLYN WAGNER is an architect employee for over 30 years. As an experienced consultant and coach, she stands alongside senior management in high-tech companies and influences their decisions as they chart the direction of helping employees move in the direction of their full potential.

Gwendolyn specializes in all aspects of employee development training: needs assessments, courseware design, delivery, and facilitation of multi-faceted programs (both virtual and classroom). She combines methodologies through proven techniques, humor, and inspiration into powerful work-related learning experiences. She continually receives “excellent” ratings.

Gwendolyn has trained over 25,000 employees. Her clients include: Adobe, Cisco, Juniper Networks, NetApp, FireEye, Cadence Design Systems, Maxim Integrated, Infoblox, Lumentum, and Logitech.


PETER TURLA is a former NASA rocket designer who was on the design team of some of our nation’s most successful rockets including the Saturn 5. While he was at NASA he also developed and applied innovative time-management techniques to solve problems dealing with fast-changing priorities, frequent interruptions, stress, and tight deadlines.

Peter in now the president of National Management Institute and is an internationally acclaimed author and speaker whose practical time-management strategies have been featured on more than 200 radio and TV shows and in dozens of publications, such as the New York Times, Industry Week, the London World News and USA Today.


PATRICIA SEABRIGHT is an expert on interpersonal communication skills and process. She has developed and delivered training programs in the areas of management and employee development, strategic influencing, and presentation skills. Her expertise is founded on a successful career in sales and sales management with some of the top global companies such as Coca-Cola and Procter and Gamble in the UK.

In 2001 she founded Archimedes Consulting Limited which is dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations maximize their effectiveness. She has extensive experience of consultancy, training and development, working on team and individual development, designing, selling and delivering training programs.

She approaches client engagements by looking to gain an in depth understanding of the business and then using that to put together a tailored and specific solution for the needs to that particular client. This is an approach that has been highly successful with her portfolio of international clients, across a number of different industries from consumer goods to high tech.

She brings to her programs a genuine passion for people development; she’s known for her pragmatic, commercial and real-world approach with her engaging and entertaining style.

Patricia is an associate of the Coaching Academy, an NLP practitioner, a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing and a Thomas International accredited practitioner.


TONY POLLACIA brings high-energy, humor, and a wealth of experience in manufacturing, distribution,
and sales roles to help learners connect the course material with their real-world challenges. Adept at
working with clients to understand their specific leadership development priorities and integrating those
priorities into the classroom or virtual learning platforms. Tony’s facilitation style is very participative,
encouraging learners to share their experiences, successes, and challenges.
In his successful career of over 30 years with consumer product leaders such as Frito-Lay, Conagra, and
Rug Doctor, Tony has developed national account sales teams, operations teams, and manufacturing
teams to achieve their highest potential. Along the way, he has on-boarded, mentored, and promoted
many leaders, giving him unique insights and experiences on the challenges leaders face today in
delivering business results through others.
As a leadership development consultant, Tony has worked with leaders at all stages of their career from
frontline to mid-level, and executive level. He has served clients in a wide variety of business segments
including; Telecommunications, Financial Services, Medical Systems and Supply, Automotive
Manufacturing, Tech Services, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Sales, Gas Exploration and
Production, and Consumer Products.
Tony has a B.B.A in Finance from Texas A&M University.


Reci Schmellick
Master Trainer, Coach and Facilitator
With more than 20 years experience coaching, training and consulting Reci brings a
wealth of experience and insight to her clients across a broad variety of industries.
She brings business acumen drawn from her experience leading a sales team,
working as executive director of a start-up, managing a training department,
coaching executives and designing customized solutions.
Reci uses her experience and keen insight to connect with her audience. Expect her
to engage you and get you involved through her versatility, warmth and energy. She
has traveled nationally and internationally presenting leadership development
programs and presentation skills to diverse mixture of audiences from frontline to
C-suite, from Australia to Amsterdam, from India to Indianapolis. Some of her clients
include General Motors, Cox Enterprises, Bank of America, Oracle, Cisco Systems,
NetApp, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Adobe, Go-Daddy, and Genentech-Roche. She is also
a TEDx speech coach and has assisted in the structure and delivery of more than 50
TEDx talks.
Reci possesses a passion for people development and a respect for the various
backgrounds represented in her audiences. Her clients appreciate her expertise as
well as her authenticity.
She’s focused on both outcomes and relationships. Reci holds a degree in
Communications, has studied business and education at the graduate level. She has
many certifications including Master Trainer in Facilitation and Selection,
Professional Sales Training and Interest Based Negotiations, ROI Coaching &
Executive Speaking Skill.


Brent Bloom brings a unique background to the learning world – he has an uncommon mix of
experiences gained through three decades of business and leadership roles.
Brent started as an engineer working on state-of-the-art advanced semiconductor capital equipment.
From deep technical knowledge of computer imaging systems to manufacturing, research &
development engineering, on through field service & technical support operations, Brent has not only
worked on the front-lines, but also in front-line management as well as executive management levels.
Brent also worked in marketing & sales and supported various mergers & acquisitions at multiple
companies. All these experiences were parlayed in support of his transition to executive roles focused
on Talent Management at Applied Materials and KLA-Tencor. Brent’s Learning & Development teams
are recognized by Training Magazine’s Training Hall of Fame as well as being members of Training
Magazine’s Top 10 Training organizations.
Brent is a Gold Facilitation Impact Award winner as recognized by IAF (International Association of
Facilitators), and he has applied his Instructional Design background to develop and deliver award-
winning Executive Development programs for multiple companies.
Brent currently provides Business and Human Resources Consulting along with High Performing Team
engagements and Training.