The 2017 Utah ATD Conference Keynote Speakers



Russ Johnson - Founder of The Playful Leader

Russ Johnson will stun you with the research on organizational play! Yes, I wrote PLAY.  Join us for a keynote presentation unlike anything you’ve ever seen (or experienced) before!! Want to be more influential, persuasive, likeable and even more attractive? Discover 4 simple tactics that will change the way you work and change the way you view play. This is serious play. Bring your “A” game and see the amazing benefits that happen when play and work COLLIDE!”

Russ Johnson is a sought-after, engaging speaker who has traveled the world sharing a message of transformational play that leads to increased productivity, profitability and performance to companies such as Disney, Microsoft, American Express, E*Trade and many more. A native of Pleasant Grove, Utah, he also teaches business at Utah Valley University. Russ has a Master’s Degree in Business, is the founder of ThePlayfulLeader.com and has written two books on leadership.



Dani Johnson - VP Learning Research at Bersin

Dani Johnson, Vice President, Learning & Development Research, writes about the evolving L&D function. Specifically, she focuses on the necessary changes in how L&D approaches its responsibilities and allocates its resources (people, time, and money) to have a lasting effect on both organizations and individuals.


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