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Program Advisory Board

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Students enrolled in the Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) program experience a robust curriculum designed in partnership with leaders from a broad cross-section of industries nationwide in the learning, design and technology field. The LDT advisory board includes professionals from organizations such as American Honda, Boeing, Chevron, Farmers Insurance, The J. Paul Getty Trust and ZipRecruiter. The board provides curriculum recommendations, webinars that complement the LDT program and practical field-based experiences to help ensure that LDT students learn the most relevant and current techniques in the marketplace.


Board Members

Helena SeliHelena Seli, PhD
Faculty Chair Advisory Board
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Helena Seli, PhD is an associate professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education and faculty chair for Learning, Design and Technology. At USC Rossier, she oversees six Master’s programs and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses that guide students in implementing social cognitive and sociocultural theory and principles to address issues related to learning and motivation. Helena’s teaching and research focus on the design of effective instruction, the promotion of student self-regulation to optimize learning and performance outcomes as well as effective implementation of educational technology. Along with Myron H. Dembo, PhD, she is the author of “Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning” (5th edition) (Taylor and Francis, 2016). Helena earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Kavita GuptaKavita Gupta
Chair Advisory Board
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Kavita is a former consultant, corporate trainer and adjunct faculty member with over 10 years of experience in employee development for public and private sector companies such as Citicorp and IBM. As an adjunct at the University of New Hampshire and Maine, she conducted workshops for professionals and mid-level managers on needs assessment, how to design training programs and the effective use of print. For the past 15 years, she has led numerous large and small-scale trainings, publicity and communications initiatives for USC, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society Midwest Division, private and public schools. Kavita is the original author of the best-selling book, A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley, 2014) and has also served on three chapter boards of the Association for Talent Development and presented at national trade conferences. Kavita has overseen thousands of professionals and volunteers, is actively involved with the USC Office of the President Ambassadors and USC Associates and also serves in leadership roles at the Rotary Club of Long Beach. Kavita graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and holds an MA in Sociology from Rajasthan University in India.
Susan Friedman Susan Friedman
The Boeing Company
Los Angeles, California
Susan is a senior instructional systems designer at The Boeing Company. In her current role, Susan supports enterprise-wide initiatives in the areas of continuous improvement, legal, regulatory and compliance, and on-boarding. Prior to this, Susan applied her experience and education to develop learning solutions and analyze global instructional content at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. She has more than 20 years of combined experience within legal and manufacturing companies and her legal experience began after graduating from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she became a litigation paralegal at a large global law firm specializing in intellectual property, securities, and insurance. Her responsibilities also included a mentoring role where she led a team that developed monthly interactive workshops. Susan has a strong desire to know how people learn, how to know what needs to be learned and how to know that learning occurs. She holds an MEd and an EdD with an emphasis in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.
Janie HoneycuttJanie Honeycutt
American Honda Financial Corporation
Los Angeles, California
Janie is currently responsible for the development and implementation of large-scale change initiatives and transition management strategies designed to support organization-wide performance excellence at American Honda. For the past 20 years, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies serving the entertainment, government, healthcare, education, hospitality and financial services industries with expertise in change management, coaching, workshop facilitation, instructional design, performance improvement, project management, conflict management, problem solving, goal setting and executive coaching. She has also served as director of Special Divisions for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Los Angeles and currently volunteers as an advisory board member for home ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc. and a member of the Miracle of Living committee at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Janie received a BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University were she guest lectured in the school of communication and provided course instruction and counseling to undergraduate students in Advanced Consulting Practicum and Communication Theory. She earned a Master of Communication Management (MCM) in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Gary Rauchfuss, US Department of Homeland SecurityGary Rauchfuss, PhD
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Gary is a curriculum manager and instructional designer in the Federal government focused on the application of evidence-based learning science to modernize training and education programs. He has held diverse public and private sector instructional design and learning management positions including Director, Records Management Training at the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Chief, Learning Innovations and Initiatives, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He volunteers on international curriculum and faculty development projects with the Partnership for Peace Consortium and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Gary holds a PhD in Education from Capella University, and a MS in Education from the Old Dominion University.
Victoria Stage, PhDVictoria Stage, PhD
Chevron, Learning and Development Manager
Los Angeles, California
Victoria Stage, PhD is a learning and development manager at the Chevron oil refinery based in El Segundo. She joined Chevron’s enterprise workforce development team in 2013 to create and sustain global strategic leadership development programs and has served in her current role since 2016. Prior to Chevron, Victoria spent 13 years as a consultant with PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry Company and later as a products director before moving into leadership roles. In her time with PDI Ninth House, Victoria worked across industries and leadership levels. She also worked across geographies, focused mainly on Europe and the Middle East. Victoria has a PhD and MS in Industrial/Organization Psychology from Old Dominion University in Virginia, with a focus on Expatriation and Individual Development. Her BS was in Psychology with a minor in Economics from the University of South Florida. She has published articles that have focused on Expatriation, Coaching, Individual Development, Leader-Member Exchange and 360 Feedback.