Kelly Pounds’ multi-dimensional career began as a schoolteacher in Orange County (FL) Public Schools, where she spent 12 years as a classroom teacher and resource teacher. Kelly next took her passion for learning and instructional design into the corporate environment as a technology designer for the Disney University, where she developed computer-based and classroom training products for leaders at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Her next corporate role was at Hard Rock Café® International as Manager of Organization Development, where, as an innovative strategist, she helped the corporate leadership collaboratively develop strategic planning processes and products.
Kelly’s enthusiasm for learning is currently shared through her role at IDEAS as the vice president of learning solutions, where she puts her past work experience and her master’s degree in Educational Technology to work everyday. IDEAS is an innovation studio, employing its core competency of storytelling to create entertainment, marketing, and learning products.
A born teacher, Kelly is both entertaining and instructional when she speaks. Topics include the integration of storytelling into the instructional design process, innovative e-learning design, leadership, cultural transformation, integration of technology into the curriculum, and storytelling in the classroom. Kelly has been a featured speaker at many conferences and meetings, including the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), the National Education Computing Conference (NECC), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) International Conference, the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) Conference, the U.S. Navy sponsored Learning Strategies Consortium Conference, and the Food & Beverage Training Summit, a local affiliate of CHART (Council for Hotel and Restaurant Trainers).