Carla Kincaid-Yoshikawa is the founder of Training in the 21st Century™ and has worked as an Organization Development and Training Consultant for over 15 years. Working with Fortune 500 companies and with organizations in the public and non-profit sectors—including Sun Microsystems, WebEx, Kaiser Permanente and the General Services Administration—she has conducted team building, leadership development, strategic planning and change management processes. As an Organization Development and Training professional, Carla takes pride in projects she has worked on because they simultaneously:
* Increased organizational effectiveness
* Improved bottom lines
* Enhanced the commitment, satisfaction, personal growth and professional development of organization members.
Her career includes design and development of both face-to-face and e-learning presentations. She first became interested in 3D immersive environments as a tool for learning while recuperating from a severe injury. Her son loaned her several of his video games to pass the time and she was amazed at her own reaction to playing these games: she found herself engaged by the drive to solve the puzzles and get to the next level—and realized what an incredible learning tool these games could be.
Early in Carla’s career, as she was completing her degree in Organization Development, she sought opportunities to work with experienced consultants as a way to learn the most effective techniques for Training and Development. In that endeavor, she was fortunate to work with several excellent consulting firms: Stonefield Learning Group (Knowledge Management, Change Management and Organizational Design); and Integration Strategies (Internal Organizational Collaboration and Integration).
In her work with these organizations, she learned to utilize best practices and the highest standards for work with clients—in research and analysis, curriculum design and presentation, interactive meeting design and facilitation, and coaching and follow-up. Later work with another exceptional consulting firm, Collaborative Strategies (an industry analyst and research firm that specializes in collaboration technologies and best practices), gave her a foundation for understanding the technologies that impact so many industries and professions, including Training and Development. Her experience there, researching and using cutting edge collaborative technologies, enabled her to recognize and incorporate best practices for these tools into her work. She has most recently worked to develop e-learning workshops and Webinars for Our Experience Counts (which offers invaluable job search training for older job seekers via on-line workshops, Webinars, forums, and reports).
Over the past few years, 3D technology has made huge leaps in capabilities and usability. Carla is excited to be involved in the emergence of this resource for Training and Development. She believes 3D virtual environments present an amazing array of new, powerful techniques and processes for learning and is working to incorporate the extraordinary benefits of 3D learning into the blended learning services of Training in the 21st Century™.
Carla’s undergraduate degree in Cross-Cultural Communications from San Francisco State University gave her a grounding in the communications issues that are often a barrier to effective collaboration. This perspective was a valuable asset when she earned a Masters Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and began working in that field. These aspects of her educational background continue to inform her work in training, facilitation and change management.
I strongly recommend Carla Kincaid-Yoshikawa for the work she has done for OurExperienceCounts.com. Her efforts on our workshops have moved static materials to real interactive e-learning. Working in conjunction with subject matter experts, she has taken materials and has brought them to life for end users. She understands the effective use of graphics, text, video and audio to take a concept from a drawing board idea to a finished product. Because of her business savvy and artistic strengths, she is a true expert at developing e-learning and other graphic materials.
– David Goldstein, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Our Experience Counts
Carla has both profound knowledge and a thoughtful way of expressing it. Clients find it easy to engage with her regarding difficult and challenging situations. She has worked with Stonefield Learning Group on a variety of projects since January of 1994 with clients of private sector and governmental organizations. Her work has included conferring/consulting with client organizations; conducting organizational development needs analyses and developing recommendations; providing coaching, consultation and information to departmental managers, supervisors and employees; resolving conflicts; facilitating meetings of engineers and managers; and training managers and employees in teambuilding, communications and leadership development. Clients have included both private sector and government organizations.
– Peter Stonefield, President & Founder, Stonefield Learning Group
The entire time I have known and worked with Carla (1995 on) I have been impressed with the passion and commitment she brings to everything she does. She is mentally very quick and integrates creativity and practicality every step of the way. Whatever she says she will do, she does. You can always rely on her competence and her enthusiasm to ensure any work is done well. And because she learns so much about any trend she is investigating, you have ready access to an expert consultant. I am very grateful to have her as a colleague and an associate.
– Sharon Mulgrew, Founder & Principal, Integration Strategies
Carla worked with Collaborative Strategies researching use and best practices of Internet-based collaboration technologies. Her ability to communicate with end users and developers of these technologies and identify key issues enabled her to write valuable case studies. These case studies were a win/win/win, offering technology developers a way to convey the value of their products, giving end users a forum to convey to potential clients how they were utilizing resources to enhance their products and services, and contributing to the knowledge base Collaborative Strategies offered to its readers. Her communication and project management skills also played a role in her ability to manage several virtual projects and work effectively with our national and international clients. I’m pleased that the work she did for Collaborative Strategies and the insights she gained into best practices for these technologies are now being put to good use with her work developing innovative, creative and effective blended learning programs.
– David Coleman, Founder & Managing Director, Collaborative Strategies