In a collaboration between ATD and DESIGNxHUMANITY at ATD TechKnowledge, training and development professionals unite to solve a real-world challenge.

Inspired by developer hackathons where programmers work collaboratively on a software project, a group of learning professionals leveraged their skills in 2021 to brainstorm and build a prototype for a non-profit organization, DESIGNxHUMANITY.

DESIGNxHUMANITY's mission is to help black, indigenous, and people of color launch design careers at no cost, adding a diverse talent pipeline to the design industry.

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Meet the Team: Team Nyla

ATD TechKnowledge, brought together a group of training and development professionals unite to solve a real-world challenge.

Together, over the course of their participation, they collaborated to advocate for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and enhance a learning experience designed with equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Meet the individuals who believe in the DESIGNxHUMANITY cause.

Nyla Spooner

COO of Team Nyla

Simon Blair

Design for Humanity
Co-founder and Learning Experience Designer

Nyla is a co-founder and learning experience designer at Design for Humanity: a design collective and apprenticeship program pairing experienced creatives with fresh faces to collaborate on real-world projects advocating for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. She creates adult-learning experiences for the digital space and believes in strategic, user-centered design that prioritizes a foundational understanding of how people learn.

Brian Dusablon

Team Nyla Coach

Simon Blair

Learning Ninjas
Founder and Director of Philanthropy

Brian Dusablon, the founder of Learning Ninjas, is an entrepreneur, coach, and generalist who has worked in the eLearning industry for over 20 years as a trainer, developer, instructional designer, LMS administrator, project manager, and consultant. At Learning Ninjas, Brian leads a collaborative consultancy focused on creating and teaching about accessible and effective learning solutions and technologies.

Simon Blair

Simon Blair

Simon is an evil genius & all-around great guy. He's designed and built eLearning, managed compliance programs, spearheaded quality and efficiency initiatives, and supported teammates globally on LMS and eLearning technology. He's also been a software developer, backwoods camping guru, facilitator of ILT/VILT technical training across North America, and goat warden. He’s spoken at industry conferences, despite his silly accent. Find him on Twitter @SimonBlairTrain and at

Kate Cleary

Simon Blair

Retail Training Manager

Kate is a Retail Training Manager who works to identify, create and implement new training solutions across our bank network. Kate loves to collaborate with her team and cross-functional teams on new initiatives, be creative with resources and seeks to inspire those around her. Kate’s speciality is in the financial sector with a degree in Finance and Operations Management.

Michele Miner

Simon Blair

Senior Instructional Designer

Michele is an instructional designer that loves finding creative ways to use technology for learning. Virtual is one of my favorite ways to conduct learning and I like to find new ways to make it interactive.

Richard Oppenheim

Simon Blair

Regional Government Services -
Administrative Services/Training and Development Manager

Training and Development Manager guiding our team on the delivery of local government Leadership Academies and Webinars. Our talented team made the transition to virtual delivery last year and we loved the new adventure!

In addition to training, my team delivers Executive Coaching services and a variety of Team and Organizational Effectiveness services. My focus is on collaboration, innovation, and exploring the ways technology can enhance learning.

Michael T. Sanders

Simon Blair

National Telecommuting Institute
Head of Partnerships

Michael Sanders (He/him/his) has devoted more than 25 years to his passion for Learning and Development while at the same time bridging the common gap of diversity and inclusion within curriculum design. Currently, Michael is the Head of Partnerships for non-profit NTI, an organization dedicated to helping disabled Americans and veterans find work-from-home jobs.

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Feel free to watch our DxH Hackathon Solution below.

To the right of the presentation, you can download each of the solutions or simply use the zipped file below.

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