Hey there! I’m Tina (Redd) Gates and I love learning and solving problems! For me, it’s not just a career, it’s a passion!
I am a learning strategist and instructional designer. Not many professionals can call themselves learning strategists, but I can because I have a penchant for analyzing organizational challenges from the top down. I help remove these obstacles and help build confident and knowledgable professionals.
I have extensive experience at various levels in the learning and development field, based on my time launching learning and development functions responsible for building partner development programs as well as providing learning experiences that improved the client’s experience. For a visual representation of my experience, view “The Tentacles of My Experience“.
I have operated at many levels in L & D; from the Independent Contributor level creating artifacts and instructional instruments for staff and training clients and employees to the Director level building, leading and supporting an entire training function, to Consultant level, sharing my expertise in L & D to help improve outcomes for entrepreneurs and corporate learning leaders alike, to finally the Vice President/Executive level (currently), where I am again launching a new L & D function from the ground up.
I began my professional career as a software engineer, becoming a lead developer and technical subject matter expert on a team of seven. From there, because of my previous experience developing learning experiences, I accepted the opportunity to build a training department from scratch. That was the beginning of my learning leadership journey.
Since then, I’ve designed many successful learning experiences and have consulted leaders to develop efficiencies with their processes and improve operations. With my 20 years of experience in technology and learning, I have independently consulted training professionals at various points in their careers and training and learning entrepreneurs. My expertise has been featured by such organizations as Purdue University, Stanford University, ElearningIndustry.com, and the Association for Talent Development.
Based on my experience in leading successful training and development teams, I enjoy showcasing tidbits from my varied experience in software development and education to help guide professionals at all stages in their development. I also share “Tina-isms”, like “4 C’s of Successful Training Programs“ and “6 Ed-Tech Commandments“ because I love to make things easy for learners to retain.
I enjoy speaking on my experience because it is unique. My passion for education led me in the opposite direction of many professionals – from technology to education. The journey has been very rewarding along the way! I am eager to use what I’ve learned along my journey to help others.
Contact me to let me know how we can work together to achieve your goals!