Gail has been an Accelerated Learning practitioner for over 30 years, has served on the boards of the DGSL, the German association for Accelerated Learning, IAL, the former US organization for Accelerated Learning, SEAL, the English board for Accelerated Learning and OCA, the Organizational Change Alliance. She designed the English (EFL) program and was the lead facilitator for the research study on the effectiveness of Accelerated Learning at the University of Munich, sponsored by Siemens in 1992. Gail designed and currently facilitates ASTD's advanced certificate program in Accelerated Learning. She spearheaded the development of the three levels of AL certification currently recognized worldwide - first in Germany (1991), then in the US (2001). Gail's work includes the training and certifying of learning practitioners globally in Accelerated Learning (30+ years), AL based programs in Leadership Development, Intercultural Effectiveness, Personal Mastery, Organizational Change and Development, Process Facilitation, and Coaching (20+ years). Gail als0 consults with organizations, both profit and non-profit, to help them design learning strategies, programs and initiatives that have real impact in peoples' lives and in their organizations.
Gail was president of the German AL organization (DGSL) for 8 years, for IAL in the US for 8 years, and is currently Board Chair of IAALP.
Michael is currently Vice President of Learning & Organisation Effectiveness in Shell Upstream Americas based in Houston, Texas. Prior to this role, he was VP Learning & OE Upstream International, VP Learning Gas & Power and Global Head of Design & Development in Shell. Prior to Shell, he worked for 14 years at American Airlines where his study with Accelerated Learning began as the Director of the World Language Academy. He is a former International Alliance for Learning (IAL) Board Member, an active member of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), a board member of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (I4CP), and actively supports the Society for Organisational Learning (SoL). He is also known internationally for conference keynotes, presentations and workshops & has been featured in several articles, publications and video productions.
Sharon Bippus has been teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) since 1993, first as a volunteer for a literacy program and currently as a Professor of ESOL at Lone Star College-CyFair located in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She has taught English in China and Slovakia and spent two years in Russia as a Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University in 2011 and has been a certified IAL/IAALP practitioner of Accelerated Learning since 2010.