Shonda Hodge

Shonda Hodge is a Sr. Learning and Development Consultant at Microsoft. In this role, she works on the Technical Skilling and Onboarding Team supporting technical readiness programs and initiatives for support engineers in Modern Work. She also drives methods of program evaluation for effectiveness, standardization and operational efficiency and assists an extended team of Subject Matter Experts (SME) on learning delivery methods and techniques. Shonda has 20+ years professional experience in the IT Industry, including needs assessment,
content development, instructional design, facilitation, program evaluation, process improvement, operational effectiveness, and project management. She also has a master’s degree in Training and Development. In her spare time, Shonda loves to paper craft and travel the world.


Mallori Steele

Mallori is an L&D leader wearing many hats; she is the CEO of Growductive Consulting, an L&D Consulting Agency, the Founder of Black in L&D, a professional network, and Program Manager at Microsoft. Mallori is a connector!

She strongly believes in the power of community and collaboration. She has a passion for helping people reach their full potential and has a unique skill set that allows her to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life.

A California native, Mallori lived 10+ years abroad in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, and Turkey. She resides in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.


Journey to Sovershenstvo

Strategic Communication for Customer Success

A game-based interpersonal communication training experience that provides five strategies for successfully managing customer interactions in a technical environment. The training experience is for any customer-facing role in Customer Service and Support and Modern Life, Gaming and Customer Service. The skills in this program enhance the learner’s ability to make every customer interaction a high value experience, increasing both customer retention and the satisfaction of the technical support representatives who assist those customers.

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