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, 2022. Read more about last years eXL 2021 conference on our blog posts here, here, and here.


Alma Gonzalez

Instructor, STRATHA Learning Corporation

Dr. Alma Gonzalez is the Principal Consultant at STRATHA Learning Corporation. She holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Studies from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is an expert in talent development. 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. The purpose of Alma’s work is to help humanity achieve its next level of evolution through the power of strategic learning.

Catherine Curtis

Director. Technical Learning Products, Microsoft WWL

Catherine Curtis is Microsoft’s Director for Technical Learning Products within the World Wide Learning organization (WWL).  She is responsible for the technical learning product portfolio and delivery of Learning and Development. Catherine has a solid track record of leading and developing world class teams delivering fast-moving curriculum development and integration projects incorporating acquisitions and new business development. She has led the L&D GCO team at Expedia in the travel sector, as well as led teams and projects for Microsoft delivering the Xbox, Zune and Windows Phone programs and previously supporting the successful delivery of the SharePoint and Fast programs

 Catherine is passionate about learning and development having spent her formative years teaching High School and as a professor at colleges in the area (Seattle Pacific, and Seattle Community) and has an acute awareness of the importance of building lasting relationships. Catherine holds multiple educational qualifications including a bachelor’s in teaching, a Master of Education together with master’s degrees in educational technology and Curriculum Design.

Christine Marsh

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. 

James Robinson

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.

Karl Childs

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.

Lisa M. Brazelton

Chair, Head of Education Committee, Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Mindfulness Writer/Author and Transformational Coach

Lisa is a business executive, author, and an internationally recognized educator on the intersection of human potential and the evolution of humanity. As a thriving global executive, Lisa paves the way of doing business with revolutionary insight, creativity, and collaboration. She has birthed several companies including Wisdom from the Edge™ in 2020, an educational non-profit, dedicated to transforming the climate and culture of organizations through the latest research in neuroscience, trauma informed practices, mindfulness soft skills and self-care tools. Lisa is a published author, has written dozens of self-development courses, and created multiple programs in self-mastery and mindfulness for personal and professional development.

Rasha ElSaheli-Elhage

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.

Robert McMillen

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.

Sushila Nair

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.

Tarek Bacha

Founder of ITLS Certiport Lebanon Partner, CEO of Tablet Academy MENA, MCT Regional Lead and University Instructor

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.

Tiago Costa

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.

About XtremeLabs

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, 2022.

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