About Ron J. Kantor, LLC
Ron Kantor, Ph.D., PMP consults with various start up and more established companies & organizations as a senior solution architect, learning and evaluation strategist and learning technology specialist. He was recently asked to join the CLO Innovation Forum and attended the group’s first meeting in NYC and is a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Technology Advisory Group. He has engaged with several leading fortune five hundred companies and educational entities to improve their educational offerings and L&D Operations…(Dr. Kantor has just completed leading the Discovery and Redesign of (ISC)2’s training to prepare Certified Cloud Security Practitioners, worked with a major manufacturer of automotive products to develop an evaluation strategy and measurement process that enable them to track the ROI of their training, and created an original research report focused on the new open source learning ecosystems currently emerging within the Learning, Content and Course management space.
Dr. Ronald J. Kantor brings more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of educational technology, organizational development and learning strategy & architecture to his role as a consultant and independent L&D cons.
A recognized thought leader, Kantor began his career as a member of the Cognition and Technology group at Vanderbilt University. After five years in this role, he relocated to Texas where he served as a faculty member in the University of Houston’s Department of Instructional Technology and as a NASA faculty fellow at the Johnson Space Center.
It was during this time; Kantor was invited to join Andersen Consulting shortly before it became Accenture. Here, he spent seven years as a Senior Learning Architect and Design Manager responsible for key components of the company’s internal core curriculum, as well as performing market intelligence and crafting go-to-market offerings in assessment, evaluation, application simulation and performance support.
Recognized for his successful tenure with Accenture, Kantor was recruited by Bank of America to manage instructional design and development for all risk learning and compliance training. His team’s work was recognized by the Corporate Executive Learning Council (CELC) for its “innovative and best of breed” design. While at BoA, Kantor was highly regarded for breaking new ground in the development of innovative assessment strategies and evaluation techniques and quickly became the bank’s leading evaluation and learning strategist, consulting learning leaders at the enterprise level and across the bank’s lines of business.
After spending a transitional year managing instructional design, development and maintenance of underwriting curriculum at Fannie Mae, Kantor launched his own consulting practice. In that capacity, he: Created key strategic documents for Booz Allen Hamilton’s L&D group to improve the company’s capability to deliver online and blended learning solutions;
• Performed ongoing market intelligence focused on workforce engagement and development strategies for Bellevue University
• Provided strategic consulting to key leaders within the Human Capital Management Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In this capacity, Dr. Kantor worked with the ten components that comprise the DoD Intel Community as a program manager and wrote the “Annual Summary of Intel Training in the US” in 2011 and 2012.
• Guided the design and implementation of an innovative program for incoming biology majors at Southern University of Baton Rouge using new technologies, social media and theory derived from research conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gate’s Foundation’s Completion By Design program.
• Designed and converted MIT Sloan School of Business content focused on how to achieve operational excellence into on-line, video-based self-paced e-learning product
• Collaborated on a workforce engagement study for a leading financial services’ software provider, and then used the survey results to counsel company leadership and propose recommended steps for improving employee engagement.
• Produced a market intelligence report and vendor analysis for Success Academy, the largest operator of Charter Schools in the NYC area, focused on the next generation of learning ecosystems that provide PAAS and are coded in open source languages like Drupel and Python and are extensible and provide full functionality to enable data integration and inter-operability.
• Led an ROI analysis for Bridgestone Tire Company’s training spend and developed a 3-year evaluation strategy with tactical recommendations for the continuous improvement of data collection & reporting processes
• Conceived and executed a vendor analysis process focused on Indian outsourcing vendors who provide content development services for E Learning Mind.
• Designed and delivered a sales training workshop for E Learning Mind that resulted in a 50% increase in revenue and 30% increase in deals closed.
• Conducted an appreciative inquiry and discovery process at (ISC)2, and used the findings to create a high level design documentation to support the redesign of their Certified Cloud Security Professional training that focuses on ways to update the content, improve instruction and add innovative learning strategies to their program offering.
Dr. Kantor focuses on personal development and finding ways to serve humanity and support his fellow L&D professionals. He was fortunate to attend several workshops in the past few years with Gita Bellin, former director of leadership training at McKinsey & Company that took place at Oxford, England. He has presented position papers at numerous industry conferences, including the HR Technology Conference in Chicago, the Human Performance Technology Conference in Hampton, VA, and the Business Analytics Summit in Orlando, FL. He possesses a PMP and is highly involved in his local Metrolina chapter.
Kantor continues to support the Nation’s security by serving on three standing committees on cyber security education sponsored by NIST’s National Initiative on Cyber Security Education (NICE): (1) overall strategic focus; (2) workforce development; and academia.
Dr. Kantor also provides in-kind services to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by serving on their Technology Advisory Consulting team, as lead for the Meher Spiritual Center’s Interface Committee, and a reviewer for the on line journal, “Innovations In Learning Technology.”
Dr. Kantor holds a doctorate in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt and an MFA in Performance, Design and Communication from the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a certified Social Media Strategist, MBTI practitioner and is a certified Project Management Professional. He currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and 14-year-old daughter and is a member of SSPI, ASTD, PMI and HCM.