Learn with Guidance From Expert Facilitators
Every instructor-led AMA course is guided by a faculty member who is a recognized authority in their field. Carefully chosen using a thorough selection process, they have real-world experience from diverse industries and backgrounds. Beyond their expertise, our faculty members strive to create positive, motivating and challenging learning experiences and champion each learner’s success. Some of our top faculty members are highlighted below.
“If your goals don’t scare you, that simply means they’re not big enough!” says Jackie. She’s a facilitator and trainer with 28 years of corporate experience and 4 years with AMA. Her experience as a minority businesswoman allows her to share teachable moments in the classroom. She wants you to live on purpose and with intention each day.
“Jackie is an excellent instructor who tailored the material and discussions to provide each student with real-life applications, guidance, and feedback. She was very knowledgeable of the material and subjects covered and gave perfect examples from her extensive background. She was very engaging with high energy and kept the interest of the class the entire time. Great class and an even better instructor!”
— Tatia M., Sr. Management & Program Analyst, Industry: Public Administration
Women's Leadership Certificate Program
Brent is dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills for professionals of all backgrounds. With more than 16 years leading AMA courses, he has trained thousands of businesspeople to increase their communication effectiveness and maximize their impact in a variety of speaking situations.
“I found Brent very knowledgeable and engaging. He covered the key areas where we had challenges in the workplace, and showed us how to apply the techniques in real time. This will be helpful for me to begin utilizing when I return to the office next week. Thank you, Brent!”
— Judith B., Program Manager, Industry: US Government Agency
How to Communicate with Diplomacy, Tact and Credibility
A training and people leader with more than 30 years’ experience driving business results and 15 years with AMA, Tim is an expert at helping learners grow their knowledge, skills, and abilities for personal and career success. Tim is a continuous learner who maintains multiple professional certifications.
“I learned a ton from the training, and also had a really good time in the process. Tim was engaging, absolutely not boring, and made 2 days of learning and interacting really fun. Tim shared some great processes, ideas, tips, and tricks with us and definitely made me excited to put everything I learned into practice.”
—Elana M., Customer Success Manager, Industry: Food & Beverage
Management Skills for New Managers
Amalia’s strength comes through her unique ability to use her experiences to understand the knowledge and skills participants need to increase their performance and productivity. For 25 years (7 with AMA), she has provided outstanding programs grounded in real-life experiences.
“Amalia was an incredible teacher. She was spirited, motivated, eager, well-spoken, and provided many personal stories to help us. She tailored the class to our experience and desired results, and gave us many tips to help us navigate our work lives.”
—Brittany G., Director of Quality, Industry: Research & Testing Services
The Voice of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results
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Don Gilman, EdD
Don is a highly sought-after trainer who specializes in coaching senior management and helping organizations thrive in VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) environments. He has been facilitating AMA seminars for 15 years.
“Don was an excellent teacher! He used many real-world examples to help take the theory and practically apply it. He also helped lead a dialogue involving our real-life challenges and offered personal applications of the material, often relating complex items back to specific knowledge of our individual businesses.”
— Jim L., Director, Production, Industry: Business Services
AMA's 5-Day "MBA" Certificate Program
Ray Charles, PhD
Ray is a mindset engineer who uses his knowledge in chemical engineering to enable the creation of processes and mindsets that take people from point A to point B. He helps AMA clients ranging from CEOs to administrative support understand the methods of forming the right thoughts and the right actions to get the right results.
“Dr. Ray was fantastic. He shared so many great strategies and ideas to improve our public speaking skills. He gave us a lot of opportunities to practice, demonstrate what we've learned, and critique our classmates to figure out how to improve our skills. Thank you, Dr. Ray, for instilling confidence in me and helping me build confidence as I work toward improving my public speaking skills. I will never forget you!”
—Sarah W., Digital Marketing Specialist, Industry: Natural Gas Distribution
Strategies for Developing Effective Presentation Skills
With a 14-year background delivering AMA training, Jennifer combines a unique blend of real-world experience and applicable business knowledge. She’s passionate about helping clients implement changes that lead to maximum return on investment with long-term results.
“Jennifer Cohen is a great instructor. She is very passionate about the content and really made the course come to life. I really enjoyed what I learned and feel empowered with tools I can use to be more effective both personally and professionally.”
—Eric W., Regional Manager, Industry: Medical Supplier
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® Signature Edition 4.0
Brian Porter, PE, PMP®
Brian has more than 25 years’ experience in project management, product development, and business strategy. He’s a member of the Project Management Institute, an Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP®), and a licensed engineer with a 17-year background in teaching and 4 years with AMA.
“I learned so much and many new ways to improve project management at my company. Brian was so knowledgeable and a great teacher.”
— Jeffrey D. Sales & Project Manager, Industry: Commercial Printing
AMA's Comprehensive Project Management Workshop
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A 30-plus year veteran of the business world, David has held several senior management positions where his ideas and products contributed more than $1 billion in revenue to the companies and clients that he served. For the last 2 decades, he has leveraged his expertise to empower countless AMA trainees.
“The seminar was very informative, and I learned more about myself than I expected. David's humor, candor and pertinent stories made the time go by almost too quickly. I look forward to applying what I've learned and taking more classes from AMA and David.”
—Melanie D., Sales, Industry: Manufacturing, Electronics
Territory and Time Management for Salespeople
Alvin dedicates his life to being a teacher and facilitator, having 20+ years of experience working with major corporations and 16+ with AMA. He expertly blends experiential learning and facilitation skills to lead learners to become better managers, communicators, and problem-solvers.
“Alvin did an amazing job making each topic in the class relatable to all attendees. Great personality to get everyone involved and sharing their insights to better assist all involved. Highly recommend!”
—Chris K., Bulk Gas Representative, Industry: Natural Gas Distribution
Making the Transition from Staff Member to Supervisor
Alana helps individuals and organizations accomplish their goals by utilizing sharp analysis, strategic planning, and interpersonal skills development. Her 7-year tenure as an AMA instructor, along with her experience as an engineer and PMP® in energy and learning technology allows her to provide real-world insight into how people and teams can excel.
“Alana Hill fostered a safe and welcoming environment for our group to engage in open and honest discussion. I cannot speak more highly of Alana. Her passion for the work that she does was empowering and everyone seemed excited to walk alongside her in our journey to be DEI champions.”
—Tony M., Chief Executive Officer, Industry: US Government Agency
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program
Frank has devoted himself to the development and facilitation of AMA's financial training programs for almost 20 years. With his breadth of experience in finance and education—CPA, CMA (Certified Management Accountant), and MBA—Frank is highly effective at helping professionals achieve outstanding results in today’s business world.
“Frank Abbott made the course interesting and fun through his own passion for finance and business! He tied course materials to applicable examples and current events. He had a terrific, clear way of explaining course content. I found myself very engaged and able to follow along despite a non-financial background. I feel my eyes have been opened and I am able to connect dots between the course and my own company.”
—Laurie S., VP, Creative Services & Product Dev, Industry: Home Furnishings
Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Willie Jones, PhD
Willie is a talent management and organizational effectiveness expert with an emphasis on leadership development. He comes to AMA with 15+ years of experience designing, delivering, and scaling learning solutions, and he’s a champion for human growth and evolution.
“Dr. Willie Jones is a skilled instructor and masterful facilitator. His knowledge and experience in this topic are endless! There was no question that he couldn't ask or provide rich insight for, with real examples. I don't hesitate to say this course exceeded my expectations.”
—Hermeka R., ITS Training Specialist, Industry: Finance, Lending & Brokerage
Instructional Design Certificate Program
Lorena spent 17 years in corporate America working for several Fortune 500 companies before becoming an efficiency and personal productivity trainer for AMA in 2013. She helps individuals and businesses streamline tasks, get organized and become better at time management.
“Lorena led a focused, engaging and relevant 2-day seminar on Time Management. I was surprised how much I took from the course and how many changes I have already started to make to how I manage my time. Here I am, sitting at the airport 3 hours after the class ended and I've already completely reorganized my email structure and rules!”
—Bradley L., Director of Sales, Industry: Manufacturing, Abrasive Products
Ranieka specializes in “game changers in hiding”—leaders who hold themselves back from embracing their true identity and career potential. A skilled development strategist, she leverages 20 years of experience in commercial learning and talent management to inform her role as one of AMA’s executive leadership instructors.
“I cannot speak highly enough about the instructor, Ranieka Weston. She is very dynamic, seamlessly weaving personal stories and analogies to help you better grasp the material. The pacing was perfect, with the right number of breakouts to interact with the other participants. One of the best training courses I’ve attended in a long time.”
—Andrea B., SVP, Digital Services, Industry: Management & Consulting
Agile Leadership and Strategy