2024 - August 14 -

2024 - August 14 - "Plan Your 2025 Training and Development Strategy" - Panel

Akron, OH

Join us for the next AASHRM Chapter Event

Akron Area SHRM is inviting you to "Plan your 2025 Training and Development Strategy with a panel of Experts," with speaker panel: Rachel Crane, Brandon Waithe, Akilah Thomas, and Jessica Schemrich, CPTD.

Location: House of 330 / 532 W Market Street Akron OH 44303

7:30am - Registration Opens
8:00am - Networking & Breakfast
8:20am - Announcements
8:30am - Presentations Begin

Price: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $15 Students, $15 Members-in-transition

Session Description: TBD.

Speaker Bio:
Rachel Crane, M.Ed. Rachel began her career in the fields of education and behavioral health. What was intended to be a pit stop while pursuing graduate school turned into a successful, 18-year career, with 13 years serving as a high school teacher and 5 years as professional development facilitator/coach. In addition to her years as a public school educator, Rachel owned a side business providing behavior therapy to children with autism.

Upon moving to Ohio, Rachel decided to pivot into Learning & Development. As the owner of Thrive by Design Consulting, LLC, Rachel provides instructional design, performance analysis and improvement, and coaching services to businesses and individuals. Combining her background in education, training, coaching, and behavior analysis, Rachel’s mission is to help individuals and businesses THRIVE through improved performance and development.

Akila Thomas has 8 years of Human Resources experience and 3 years of experience in Learning and Development. Currently, she is the Training and Occupational Development Specialist for Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, and has been implementing professional development programs since 2015. Before her current role in manufacturing, Akilah has worked in human resources and recruitment for the transportation and education industries throughout the Cleveland and Akron, OH area. Her experience in development includes programming for full-cycle talent acquisition and retention, DEI, and performance improvement. Outside of work she also creates and delivers workshops for college students seeking personal and professional skills development.

Akilah has a passion for continuous improvement, development, and advancement and believes that her mission in every space is to assist those around her in reaching individual and organizational goals through effective learning and people-focused strategy.

Jessica Schemrich is an accomplished Organizational Development Leader with extensive experience in driving organizational effectiveness through strategic training programs. She excels in creating competency-based performance models, leading succession planning, and fostering a culture of continuous learning. Her expertise includes coaching for performance, developing effective learning programs, and designing content using proven instructional design and adult learning practices.

Jessica particularly enjoys facilitating leadership development programs and coordinating community learning projects. She is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and currently serves as President of the Cuyahoga Valley Association for Talent Development.

Brandon Waithe has over 15 years of experience in L&D (both military and civilian) and is the current DEI Chair for Akron SHRM. Brandon has a passion for DEI initiatives and was recently accepted into Leadership Akron’s “Diversity on Board” Class 8. Currently, Brandon works at KeyBank, leading financial training initiatives.

Thank you to our sponsor:


Akron Area SHRM - Members
  • This price is for 1 attendee.
Non-Members - $40
  • This price is for 1 attendee.
Students - $15
  • This price is for 1 attendee.
Members In-Transition - $15
  • This price is for 1 attendee.

When and Where

Wine Room at House 330
532 W Market Street
Akron, OH
Date and Time
  • August 14, 2024
  • 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  Add to your Calendar