About eXL 2022
We are bringing all the great knowledge and lessons by all our stakeholders together in our annual conference. For over 12 years, XtremeLabs has worked with several industries to practice experiential learning by promoting and delivering hands-on digital learning labs. The XtremeLabs eXL Conference: Experiential Learning for All will be held virtually on July 26 – 28, 2022. Read more about last years eXL 2021 conference on our blog posts here, here, and here.
Ahmar Abbas, the Chief Executive Officer of XtremeLabs, is an established IT training author. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies across the globe on their IT infrastructure needs.
Instructor, STRATHA Learning Corporation
Dr. Alma Gonzalez is the Founder and Director of STRATHA Learning Corporation, a global talent development firm. Alma holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Studies from the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and an MSc. in Education Management and Development from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico). She is a Certified Professional in Talent Development who researches the future of learning and work and specializes in transforming advanced scientific discoveries in a variety of fields into practical knowledge and skills that maximize human potential. Alma uses her research-based knowledge to create innovative development solutions for adults and older adult learners. Her purpose is to help humanity achieve its next level of evolution through the power of education and training. Alma has been fully immersed in the adult learning and development ecosystem for over 10 years, working with individuals, corporations, governments, and higher education institutions around the world, helping them enhance performance and achieve extraordinary results.
Dr. Aous Abdo, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO at Analytica
Dr. Abdo is the founder and CEO of Analytica Data Science Solutions, a leading international consulting and data science solutions provider for clients in the government and private sectors. Prior to founding Analytica, Dr. Abdo led Astrophysics research teams at NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC, as well as research teams in Nuclear Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Dr. Abdo is a world-renowned scientist with over 24 publications and two books on Advanced Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI. Dr. Abdo’s career in Astrophysics led to some major discoveries in the field, including the discovery of the first Gamma-ray pulsar and the first confirmation of Einstein’s Gravitational Lensing Phenomena in Cosmic Gamma Rays. In 2014, and after many years in the Data Science and AI fields, Dr. Abdo realized the big knowledge-gap between clients and services offered in these domains. Often clients don’t have a good understanding of what AI and Data Science fields are and what they have to offer, and most of the time these clients end up with solutions that don’t unearth the whole potential that the client deserves. So, in 2015 Dr. Abdo established Analytics Data Science Solutions to help clients make the full potential of the AI and Data Science Fields.
Senior BI & Azure Architect, Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
Armando Lacerda is an Azure Data Platform architect and engineer at Microsoft. He has worked as an independent consultant for companies worldwide, helping them implement cloud data transformation pipelines and machine learning solutions. He helps developers integrate and migrate multiple applications to the cloud. As a Microsoft MVP and MCT, you can find him sharing his knowledge and experience of 30+ years in the IT industry in classrooms, user group meetings, and international conferences. In his spare time, he likes to ride his motorcycle up and down highway 1 on California’s north coast. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Leading WW Microsoft Cloud AI Adoption & Migration, Techno strategic leader, Panelist, Keynote speaker, Strategic consultant, Certified SAFe® 5 Product Owner/Product Manager
Arun Sharma is a techno strategic leader and carries deep experience in Development Consulting, Cloud, AI, and IoT space. He is currently associated with Click2Cloud a Global Cloud product organization in the position of Vice President – World Wide Cloud Adoption, Assessment, and Industry Solutions. Expertise in various technologies (Microsoft Azure, AWS, Ali Cloud), IoT, ML, Microservices, Bots, Dynamics 365, PowerPlatform, SAP Crystal Reports, DevOps, Docker, and Containerisation. He has more than 22 years of experience in a wide range of roles such as General Manager-Paytm (Cloud & AI Products), Sr. Technical Account Manager at Microsoft, Product Manager at Icertis, Lead and architect associate at Infosys, and Executive trainer at Aptech, Development Consultant at CMC. He managed CXO level relationships on a strategic level, solution sales, cloud consumption, consulting services, and adoption with SMB and Enterprise Global customers.
Arun loves challenges in the Microsoft field combining it with his domain knowledge in Banking, Insurance, FMCG, Government (Local), Retail, and Telecom. He is very active in the community as an author of international research papers, technical speaker, reviewer, blogs, Panellist, and LinkedIn Sales Navigator. He is also recognized with the title of MCT, Global Challenger Sales, Digital Transformation Lead from Microsoft and doing Doctor of Business administration from Zurich post his MBA & M. Tech. (CS).
Media Producer / Director / Editor / XR & Virtual Production Consultant / Marketing Consultant / Instructor
Christine has developed brands for small businesses just starting out, for new entertainment projects for film and TV, and for larger companies refreshing their brand or launching new products. As a producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and animator, she has created a variety of media projects, such as TV show episodes, short and feature-length films and documentaries, promotional videos, and educational content. Christine has developed interactive media projects for both government and private sector clients, including interactive exhibits for the Arizona Historical Society Museum, an interactive visitors’ guide for the Mesa, Arizona Convention and Visitors Bureau, and interactive educational content for Pearson Education and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
For over 20 years, Christine has also taught a wide range of classes and custom training sessions for colleges, professional development centers, and private clients on graphic design, web design and development, 508 compliance, marketing, interactive media, video editing, animation, motion graphics, 3D modeling & animation, virtual/augmented reality, pre-production skills, and video production techniques, i.e. cinematography, directing and producing.
AI & Cloud Computing Teacher, Washington County Technical High School
David Kundmueller has been a teacher for five years teaching Career Technical Education Classes. Before becoming a teacher, he was an Engineer that graduated from one of the best universities for Engineering, Texas A&M University. After graduating college, he went to work for Halliburton in Texas and decided his passion lies in teaching engineering/technology. He first started teaching in Texas as an Animation and Engineering teacher. He served in this position for two years before his wife found a job in DC. While in DC, David took a job as the AI and Cloud Computing professor at a magnet high school in Washington County, Maryland. In his current position as a teacher, he is working diligently to make the new AI and Cloud computing Program something that is nationally recognized and rigorous that will make it a standard for the teaching of Artificial intelligence and Cloud computing.
Dr. Diane Murphy
Distinguished Faculty Professor, Marymount University
Dr. Diane Murphy, a well-established technology educator, Is currently a Professor of Information Management and the Director of the School of Technology and Innovation at Marymount University, in Arlington, VA. She joined Marymount twenty years ago after a long career beginning in chemical informatics in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe and the US. After coming to the US, she developed an early artificial intelligence system (expert system) for automating government procurement. Diane was a serial entrepreneur founding and managing a software development company followed by a technology training company. Since joining Marymount, she has developed several undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs to prepare students for the workforce of today and tomorrow, in the fields of computer science, cybersecurity, data science, emerging technology, and technology management. She has published over 25 papers in the past 10 years, is a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences, and has been awarded several research and other grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. She was a 2020 Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient.
Manager, Technical Content Development: vSphere and VMware Cloud
Frazier Smith is a dedicated Learning and Development Professional with over ten years of experience managing, designing, developing, communicating, and implementing large-scale learning experiences, skilled in determining client needs and ensuring growth and compliance through comprehensive reporting and analysis.
He is proficient in Cisco networking products (CCNA), Linux Administration, Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, AWS, Puppet, Kubernetes and Virtualization frameworks (VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, and Proxmox).
He currently holds Security+, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Carbon Black Portfolio, vSphere Fundamentals, VCP-DCV 2020, VCP-DW 2021, and VCP-NX 2020 certifications.
Sr. Staff Exam Development Manager, VMware
James Robinson is a Senior Staff Exam Development Manager with VMware Education Services. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT, working with global companies such as VMware, HP, 3Com and AT&T. His background includes time in the field as a Strategic Partner Engineer as well as overseeing the development of training and certification programs for several organizations.
Javier Lozano Moreno
CEO, Nanfor Iberica
Javier Lozano Moreno is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert 2019 for Business Applications, developing Cloud, Business Analytics, BI, AI, IoT and digital transformation in organizations and performance in individuals. Javier’s goal is to improve productivity from individuals and organizations through better ways and techniques of acquiring knowledge.
Senior Manager, VMware
Karl Childs is a Senior Manager with VMware Education Services. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT Education and Certification, working with global companies such as VMware, HP, Novell, and MCI. His background is in Instructional Technology and Training Development, and he enjoys applying those skills within the IT and software industry.
Director, Business Development at CompTIA
Manager with broad experience in all aspects of strategic and tactical operations in small to mid-size B2B companies. Direct experience with technology products and services, particularly in the learning/corporate education and healthcare industries. Interested in management and marketing assignments with growth companies, particularly with respect to mutually profitable distribution channels, alliances and partnerships.
Specialties: B2B Go-To-Market Strategy, Competitive Analysis, Pricing Strategy, Creation and Implementation of Strategic and Tactical Marketing Plans, Product Management and Product Marketing Planning and Execution.
Lisa M. Brazelton
Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Author, Coach
Lisa is a business executive, author, and internationally recognized educator bridging human potential and evolution of humanity. As a thriving global leader, she paves the way of doing business with revolutionary insight, creativity, and collaboration. Her strategic and innovative strengths help transform cultures by teaching internal awareness systems through training and coaching.
Lisa has conceived several companies including Wisdom From The Edge™ in 2020, an educational non-profit, dedicated to transforming organizational climate and culture through the counsel of self-awareness programs in the latest research in neuroscience, trauma-informed practices, mindfulness soft skills, and self-care tools. Programs focus on teaching educators, athletic coaches, camp staff, and first responders how to harness inner balance, while positively influencing children and their future.
She is a published author, has written over 60 self-development courses, and has created multiple programs in personal and professional development. Lisa is dedicated to coaching leaders and helping them discover their deeper purpose, using her unique blend of wisdom, metaphysics, and foresight, and allowing for new and different conscientious business practices to emerge for a more harmonious world.
Lisa is releasing an accompanying audiobook version of, “The Greatest Gift” in June 2022, and will be publishing another book this Fall titled, “Becoming Self Mastered.”
CEO of Kivuto Solutions
Mark is an accomplished leader with 30+ years of experience in the technology sector. His career has spanned the globe and included leadership roles at small start-up ventures and large public companies alike. More recently, Mark has advised investment firms on go-to-market strategies and best practices. Mark’s proven leadership, industry knowledge, and track record of success make him the ideal executive to lead Kivuto into the future.
Phillip A. Dieppa
Microsoft Technical Trainer & Software Engineer, US Army
Phillip (Phil) A. Dieppa is currently serving in the US Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 stationed in Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington with duty at I Corps. Phil has served in the IT industry within the US Army for 18 consecutive years and has served in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Italy, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked as a Helpdesk Supervisor, Server Administrator, Software Developer, Cloud Engineer, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from UMGC and was recently accepted into Georgia Tech’s Computer Science Graduate program. He holds an active Microsoft Certified Trainer credential and has taught over 300 US Army Warrant Officers over the past 3 years.
Associate Professor of Special Education at Chicago State University
Rasha ElSaheli-Elhage is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Chicago State University. She holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Educational Evaluation and Research, an M.A. in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in Special Education from Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon). For over 16 years, Dr. ElSaheli-Elhage was a special education teacher, 11 of which were in Michigan public schools including the cities of Detroit and Dearborn. She also worked as a consultant on School Reform and International Assessment for private and public schools and ministries in the Middle East. Her research interests focus on transition and on increasing employability and independence of young adults with special needs and improving their quality of life. Recently, she has developed an interest in online teaching and learning, especially after the unprecedented switch to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sr. Partner Manager at TLG Learning
For the past 26 years, Rick has worked in the Education and Consulting industry in various roles including inside sales, enterprise sales, and management. Currently, he is the Sr. Partner Manager focusing on Vendor/Partner/Reseller training for AWS, Cisco, F5, and Microsoft, as well as developing learning solutions for our Enterprise | Corporate | and Federal & SLG clients.
As a retired Marine, he enjoys serving his veterans and their family as a member of VFW and Marine Corps League. His passion for serving others is a bi-product created in and through his relationship with Jesus Christ and the Christian fellowship he enjoys from his church.
MCT, Tech Publishing
Professor Robert McMillen is a networking consultant with over 50 technical certifications. He has an MBA and teaches Windows Server Administration at Portland based colleges. Robert has earned his MCSE and MCT from Microsoft and is the past president and founder of All Tech 1 which was a Portland-based network consulting company sold in 2017. Robert has over 20 years of experience in network engineering and earned certifications from companies like Microsoft, Checkpoint, IBM, and Cisco. Some of his higher profile jobs have been restoring email for the government to prosecute Enron executives, training the network vulnerability assessment team for the U.S. Army, and performing wireless security auditing for the State of Washington.
Founding Partner at Waypoint Ventures
Samantha Haney, MCP, is the founding partner at Waypoint Ventures, a technical learning content development company that creates engaging and accessible courseware. After noticing a need for content-creation services that were agile, thorough, and accessible to all learners, Samantha created Waypoint, which she now leads with two other partners. Nearly two decades later, Waypoint has a uniquely trained development team who hold certifications from Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Trusted Tester (Dept. of Homeland Security), and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and the company publishes hundreds of hours of learning content for global audiences of all ages, careers, and abilities.
Before Samantha dove into the technical content-creation realm, she was a news reporter and journalist, covering a variety of beats for publications in the Pacific Northwest. Alumni of The Ohio State University, Samantha splits her time between Seattle, WA, and Kona, HI where she loves being in and on the water. She’s a certified U.S Coast Guard captain and sailing instructor, teaching sailing, piloting, and racing sailboats regularly, and is also an accomplished open-water swimmer.
VP Security Services & Chief Digital Officer, NTT DATA, Inc
Sushila Nair is the Vice President for Security Services at NTT DATA’s Chief Digital Office. NTT DATA Services is a digital business and IT services leader headquartered in Plano, Texas. It is one of the largest business units outside Japan of the trusted global innovator NTT DATA Corporation, a top 10 IT provider and part of the $109B NTT Group.
Sushila has served as a Chief Information Security Officer for 10 years at NTT DATA and has over 25 years of experience in computing infrastructure, business, and security. An experienced cybersecurity thought leader, she has worked in diverse areas across telecommunications, risk analysis, and credit card fraud, and served as a legal expert witness. She also worked with the insurance industry in Europe and America on methods of underwriting e-risk insurance based on ISO27001. She plays an active role in supporting best practices and skills development within the cybersecurity community including being on the board of the largest ISACA chapter in the world. She has held notable leadership roles in business strategy development, sales enablement, and product development, and drives ongoing success through a proven approach of mentoring, industry knowledge and real-world experience.
Founder of ITLS Certiport Lebanon Partner, CEO of Tablet Academy MENA, MCT Regional Lead and Instructor, ESA University
Tarek Bacha is the founder of ITLS Certiport Lebanon Partner, CEO of Tablet Academy MENA Microsoft Global training partner in education, member of multiple NGO, Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCT Regional Lead, and university Instructor. His certifications include MCT Regional Lead-Technology Expert -Microsoft Certified Trainer, MIE Master Trainer, MCE, Google Educator, MCSE, MOSM, ECI ,CEH , LPI,ESB.
He is dedicated to helping people succeed through applying technology in Education, working in the MENA Region with Ministry of education, Universities, schools and vocational training centers to develop educators and student’s skills. He is a result oriented professional with 18 years of versatile experience across diverse organizational domains. Distinguished holder of multiple certifications.
Cloud Architect & Advisor, Microsoft Azure
Tiago Costa is a Cloud Architect and Advisor and International speaker on Microsoft Azure. For the past years he has been architecting and developing solutions using Microsoft Azure for some of the fortune 500 companies. Due to his strong real-world experience, Tiago regularly teaches Microsoft Azure classes around the world. Microsoft Azure MVP since 2016 for his community efforts in promoting and sharing knowledge with the community. Tiago has 50+ Microsoft Certifications including MCT – Microsoft Certified Trainer and got awarded as MCT Regional Lead since 2016 every year. He is the founder of the Azure Portugal User Group. He loves diving into new technologies and to share his experience at conferences and training classes, but what excites him about his work is to help others exploring new frontiers in technology impacting their life’s, making the world a better place for everyone.
Day 1 – July 26, 2022
9:00 AM EDT - Conference Welcome
Speaker: XtremeLabs Team
9:30AM EDT - Experiential Learning for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Speaker: Dr. Alma Gonzalez, Instructor, STRATHA Learning Corporation
10:00AM EDT - Effective Teaching Tips for Online Experiential Learning; Designing Thoughtful Classroom Experiences
Speaker: Dr. Rasha Elhage, Associate Professor of Special Education at Chicago State University
10:30AM EDT - The Role of Virtualization in an Organization
Speaker: Robert McMillen, MCT, Tech Publishing
11:00AM EDT - Modernizing the US Army’s IT Workforce through Experiential Learning
Speaker: Philip Dieppa, Microsoft Technical Trainer & Software Engineer, US Army
11:30AM EDT - The Use of Microsoft XtremeLabs with AI to Optimize the Learner Experience
Speaker: Javier Lozano, CEO, Nanfor Iberica
12:00PM EDT - Break
13:00PM EDT - Preparing Multimedia Experiences for Learners
Speaker: Christine Marsh, Media Producer / Director / Editor / XR & Virtual Production Consultant / Marketing Consultant / Instructor
13:30PM EDT - Bridging the Gap: Technical Content that Succeeds in the Marketplace
Speaker: Samantha Haney, Founding Partner at Waypoint Ventures
14:00PM EDT - Panel: Cybersecurity and Approaches to Training
- Sushila Nair, VP Security Services & Chief Digital Officer, NTT DATA, Inc
- Dr. Diane Murphy, Distinguished Faculty Professor, Marymount University
15:00PM EDT - Designing 2022 Cybersecurity Talent Development Roadmap
Speaker: Diane Murphy, Distinguished Faculty Professor, Marymount University
15:30PM EDT - Experiential Learning: The Future of Digital Assset Management in Higher Education
Speaker: Mark McKenzie, CEO of Kivuto Solutions
16:00PM EDT - Best Resources for Technologists and Technology Trainers
Speaker: Tiago Costa, Cloud Architect & Advisor, Microsoft Azure
16:30PM EDT - How MOC has changed: Be Ready for the New MOC Experience
Speaker: Armando Lacerda, Senior BI & Azure Architect, Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
Day 2 – July 27, 2022
9:00 AM EDT - MS Learn and Other XtremeLabs Updates
Speaker: Ahmar Abbas, CEO, XtremeLabs
10:00AM EDT - Future Ready Skills
Speaker: Tarek Bacha, Founder of ITLS Certiport Lebanon Partner, CEO of Tablet Academy MENA, MCT Regional Lead and Instructor, ESA University
10:30AM EDT - Effective Agile Teams and Leadership with SAFe
Speaker: Arun Sharma, Leading WW Microsoft Cloud AI Adoption & Migration, Techno strategic leader, Panelist, Keynote speaker, Strategic consultant, Certified SAFe® 5 Product Owner/Product Manager
11:00AM EDT - Panel: The Role of Technology in Career-Focused Academic Learning
- Mark McKenzie, CEO of Kivuto Solutions
- David Kundmueller, AI & Cloud Computing Teacher, Washigton County Technical High School
- Robert McMillen, MCT, Tech Publishing
12:00PM EDT - Break
13:00PM EDT - VMware Certification Paths: How VMware Delivers Hands-on Learning and Testing
- Karl Childs, Senior Manager, VMware
- Frazier Smith, Manager, Technical Content Development: vSphere and VMware Cloud
14:00PM EDT - CompTIA Certification Paths: What's New, What's Upcoming
Speaker: Kevin McDonald, Senior Manager, Business Development at CompTIA
15:00PM EDT - Panel: The Future of Learning: Industry and Research Perspectives
- Dr. Aous Abdo, Founder & CEO at Analytica
- Dr. Alma Gonzalez, Instructor, STRATHA Learning Corporation
16:30PM EDT - Learning the Art of Cognitive Quiet
Speaker: Lisa Brazelton, Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Author, Coach
Day 3 – July 28, 2022
9:00 AM EDT - Opening Day 3
Speaker: XtremeLabs Team
9:30AM EDT - Hands-on Technology Learning in the High School Classroom
Speaker: David Kundmueller, AI & Cloud Computing Teacher, Washigton County Technical High School
10:00AM EDT - AWS Certification Paths: What's New, What's Upcoming
Speaker: Rick Flath, Sr. Partner Manager at TLG Learning
11:00AM EDT - Artificial Intelligence and its Applications: Case Studies from the Public and Private Sectors
Speaker: Dr. Aous Abdo, Founder & CEO at Analytica
XtremeLabs’ digital hands-on learning platform has been used by 8000+ instructors at 4000 organizations. Learners from 150+ countries have launched millions of sessions on the XtremeLabs platform to upskill and reskill themselves in the latest technologies. We are bringing all the great knowledge and lessons by all our stakeholders together in our annual conference. The XtremeLabs eXL Conference: Experiential Learning for All will be online and held on July 26 – 28, 2022.