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Join us for the ATD Greater Atlanta
Trainer Showdown!

This is your chance to showcase your skills to your colleagues
in the talent development and learning industry.

Register Now for our first ever
Atlanta Trainer Showdown Competition

Time & Location
November 12th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Emory Continuing Education
Emory University
2635 Century Pkwy NE 
Suite 300 
Atlanta, GA 30345

For more information, please email our VP of CoP's
Lakisha Brooks at:  lakisha.brooks@atdatlanta.org

We are happy to announce our 5 Finalists for this Year's Trainer Showdown:

 Rhonda Tedesco

Global Business Owner 

Training Topic: Running a successful online business all through social media!

Hi My name is Rhonda Tedesco and  I am a Jersey girl living in a Georgia world! I have been a makeup artist for the past 20 plus years and have 2 grown children.  I am a New Jersey Nets alumni and have coached cheerleaders for over a decade!  I currently freelance with Benefit cosmetics, am an Executive leader with Nu Skin and currently joined the most revolutionary company that invented the magnetic eyeliner and lashes!  I recently promoted to Influencer leader and have a growing team that I absolutely love!

 Wayne Coleman

Professional Facilitator
Coleman and Associates

Training Topic: “You Can Talk Like TED!” 

Wayne Coleman is an internationally recognized training professional with credits for design, production, marketing and delivery of training for all levels of personnel. He provides clients with customized in-house workshops. Fortune 100 companies use him to develop and supplement their full and part-time training personnel. Smaller businesses use him on an as-needed basis when budgets won’t allow adding a full-time training professional.

As National Training Director for a 1,500-office franchise Wayne managed 16 trainers and support staff. He was responsible for all department revenues and expenditures, planning, budgeting, curriculum design, seminar marketing, scheduling of all programs, trainers and training facilities, and all trainer hiring and development.

He is a Certified Master Facilitator with America’s leading train-the-trainer company for 40+ years, The Training Clinic, joining them in 2001.  He has scripted and produced many training videos, one of which is in use by over 400 organizations around the world.

 Holly Berger

Instructional Designer
Home Depot

Training Topic:  Let the Show Begin: Theatrical Principles Useful for Trainers

Holly Berger is an Instructional Designer at The Home Depot, where she has worked on video, eLearning, distance learning, and job aid development. Holly has a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Kentucky University. Before coming to The Home Depot, Holly gained training and facilitation experience working at Walt Disney World, where she was a trainer at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) and facilitated six hour classes for third party vendors joining the team. Holly completed an instructional design internship at Fruit of the Loom and served as a facilitator of all-day ACT boot camps with MasteryPrep. In her free time, Holly is active in the community theatre scene in the Greater Atlanta area, serving as a performer, stage manager, and marketing manager.


 Matt Smart

Leadership Development Manager
NAPA Auto Parts

Training Topic:  How to create a dynamic elevator speech for any personal or business situation

Matthew is a dynamic learning & OD consultant with 15+ years’ experience implementing high-impact programs to move people FWD, create meaningful change, and yield significant ROI for clients.

He is a master facilitator with multiple certifications (DDI, Achieve, Interaction Associates). Delivery energizes Matthew and he makes it a point to connect with EVERY student to facilitate personalized and moving experiences. His training sessions are unique encounters, blending various methods like simulations, games, team building, and digital platforms to create meaningful, motivating, and memorable learning.

As an ATD-certified E-Learning Developer/Instructional Designer, Matthew also has a unique talent for developing learning that jumps off the page and lights up the computer screen. His state-of-the-art design approach yields high levels of on-the-job application, industry best NPS scores, and achieves real business impact.

As a consultant, Matthew takes an interest in OD/HR work, helping companies build multi-level leadership programs and talent processes to enhance hiring/acquisition, on-boarding, performance, coaching, and employee engagement. He is also passionate about culture work, helping companies create positive and attractive places to work.

Outside of business hours, Matthew is passionate about playing the blues (guitar, ukulele, harmonica) and doing service for his church and community.

 Casby Bias

Freelance Video Producer
See Bias Productions

Training Topic:  How to create your own videos using your phone

Casby Bias is a video producer, director, communications professional, trainer, public speaker and entrepreneur.

As the founder of See Bias Productions, she creates animation and live-action explainer videos, web series, promotional material and video diaries for clients.

Casby graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Marquette University in 2014. She later received her master’s degree in television, radio and film from Syracuse University.