Florida Starks/Verizon Wireless
Florida Starks is currently an Area Training Manager in charge of Business-Government Customer Operations and Vendor operations with Verizon Wireless. From 1993-2000, Starks worked with Ameritech Cellular where she was an Assistant Manager of Business and Learning Development and held a variety of sales and service leadership roles. Prior to joining Verizon, she was a Regional Account Manager and Trainer at Bencharge Financial.
Starks earned her BA in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University. In 2010, she earned her Master’s in Adult Education Management from Strayer University. She will graduate from Capella University in March 2013 with a PhD in Leadership for Higher Education.
Florida is Director of SIGs/GIGs for ASTD Atlanta.
Chrissy Derrer/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Chrissy has an SPHR certification and a Master’s in organizational leadership and development. She is currently the Manager of design for management and leadership development programs at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has a history of cultivating environments of continuous learning & improvement with proven HR & OD expertise in the areas of recruitment and selection, policy development, technical training, change management, operational efficiency, performance management, & leadership and management development. Chrissy has a passion for excellence, which is reflected in her initiatives to improve people, systems and processes. She has worked on varied projects that span research and analysis, project management, systems testing and implementation, business process reengineering, grant writing, and building community and collaboration. With ASTD, Chrissy is the chair for the NE GA GIG and has been involved with that GIG since its inception a little over 5 years ago.
Eric is a lifelong entrepreneur. He recently founded Abeo, a software platform leveraging predictive modeling to help business managers make better informed people decisions. Abeo’s clients are people and organizations that value improving productivity and reducing stress in the workplace.
Eric’s background is in diverse technology based solutions including; security, entertainment, automation and business processes In his spare time Eric enjoys sailing, sailboat racing, hiking, motorcycle riding and diving. Eric attended Merrimack College in Massachusetts studying Computer Science and Psychology.
Eric is a SIG Leader with ASTD Atlanta.
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