Thought Leaders

We are thrilled to have a broad talent base sharing their insight and lessons learned as they network with their peers.

Several Chicagoland Learning Leaders have recently presented at a conference or a peer networking session and we have been fortunate enough to archive their lessons learned for our members. You can hear a preview of one of their recent sessions by click on the listen to hotlinks below.

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Brian Watkins
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Brian Watkins

National Director of Learning and Development
Midtown Athletic Clubs

With over twenty years of experience in learning, Brian has a reputation for being engaging, friendly and always had the best interests of his employees at the top of his list.

In his current role as Director of Learning and Development, Brian is heading up a brand new role at Midtown Athletic which began as a single tennis club in Chicago and has grown to become a leader in the upscale tennis and fitness club industry. We are comprised of 8 magnificently appointed clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada, combining health and wellness with community and personal attention in an environment designed to build memories as much as it does muscles.

In his previous role at CD One Price Cleaners, Brian was responsible for both learning and the overall HR function, which included strategy, succession planning and employee relations. As an advocate of continuous learning, professional development, and change management, Brian created many creative solutions and developed several processes that helped the organization function more effectively.

Brian is an excellent coach, mentor and champion for his employees. He has won several awards, including an ASTD Excellence in Practice Award and a Brandon Hall Gold Award.

View Brian's Personal Online Profile to connect with his or her network of learning professionals.

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