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Dr. Ali (Friederichs) Atkison is a dynamic speaker who has a unique ability to combine data, technology, and trends into an interactive presentation with the audience. She is well prepared, approachable, and is truly an exceptional speaker on every level. Her research on the adult brain and how adults learn best has relevance across all industries.
~Dr. Leslie Brezina, Regis University Director of Business Development
It was a pleasure working with Ali to help design engaging workshops for volunteers on how the adult brain works. She listened to our needs and crafted a responsive set of workshops that met our goals and led to positive learning outcomes. Ali is extremely knowledgeable about adult learning and passionate about sharing her expertise with others in an accessible way. I look forward to working with Ali in the future and highly recommend her work to others!
~Danielle Schulz, Senior Manager of Lifelong Learning, Denver Art Museum
Ali conducted a professional business writing and communication course for our group of 40 colleagues. Her engaging style and well thought out curriculum made a challenging subject enjoyable and meaningful for our group. Ali is excellent at customizing her content for the audience and responding to feedback along the way. I highly recommend Ali!
- Greg Norton, Practice Leader at MMA-Trion ADL, Marsh McLennan
I recently hired Ali to teach Business Writing Skills workshops for our employees. She has been exceptionally friendly, astute, and flexible. She also knows her craft! I would highly recommend Ali to anyone whose employees would benefit from a tune-up or overhaul with respect to the effectiveness of their written communications.
I also would draw attention to her classroom demeanor. The feedback I receive from participants in her classes is always that she's insightful and friendly and makes writing entertaining and meaningful.
~Mike Kraft, Pinnacol Assurance Senior Learning and Organizational Development Specialist
Like many companies, Tire Rack was forced to make an abrupt transition to a remote workforce last year. No longer able to simply stop by someone’s desk to ask questions, get feedback, etc., we soon realized how important written communication was to our team moving forward.
Ali was an absolute pleasure to work with. She spoke to our marketing department and delivered an engaging presentation on the impact that business writing has on our productivity and left our team with takeaways that we could apply immediately.
-Michael Merlo, Senior Design Manager, Tire Rack
Denver Public Library
Ali was amazing to work with! Her knowledge of how the adult brain learns and presentation skills greatly impressed our staff. The information was all very digestible with multi-sensory examples. Ali's warm and fun personality certainly added to presentation. Staff have asked for more so we look forward to working with Ali in the future. Highly recommend taking advantage of Ali's expertise.
~Jenny LaPerriere, Denver Public Library Manager of Adult Services, Neighborhood Services
Dr. Geoffrey Cohen
One of the most valuable talks on neuroscience I've ever seen.
~ Dr. Geoffrey Cohen Professor of Psychology and Organizational Behavior Stanford University In response to Dr. Ali's 2018 seminar, "Neuroandragogy and Social Ecology," delivered at the Singapore Institute for Adult Learning
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Ali is great to work with! She nailed her presentation at our University and then facilitated a workshop for our student teaching assistants. Our students, staff and faculty left the presentation and workshop with many takeaways to use in the classroom.
~Sarah Elsey, University of Colorado Colorado Springs Graduate School Program Manager
Douglas County Government
Ali is an invaluable colleague with proven expertise and professionalism in leadership, communication, and a variety of other critical workplace competencies. Her work with groups provides participants with a solid, practical foundation for learning and application and her warm, pleasing manner creates the proper environment for learning.
~Jerry Stigall, Douglas County Government Director of Organizational Development, Strategy, and Policy (retired)
Doug Gertner Workplace Seminars and Solutions
My highest regard and recommendation applies to Dr. Ali (Friederichs) Atkison's work as a trainer, speaker, and consultant. And it darn well had better, because for many years I have referred work to Dr. Atkison through my own company. Indeed, since our initial meeting and collaboration in 2009, Ali has been one of only a few trainers and consultants whom I have suggested to my own client base of premier organizations. Ali's research and preparation is thorough and impeccable, her knowledge and expertise is of the highest order, and it is current and expanding, and her delivery is at once authoritative and accessible. With this combination of skills and extensive, diverse experience, you'd be well served to engage the services of Dr. Ali for speaking, training, and consulting, as I will be again soon.
~Dr. Doug Gertner, Doug Gertner Workplace Seminars & Solutions
Benard College at University of the Pacific
We were searching for an accomplished educational leader who had a unique skill set: extensive experience in continuing education, deep knowledge of degree completion programs, best practices for online and hybrid delivery, established experience in adult education, widespread knowledge of curriculum design and innovative pedagogies, and the intimate understanding of the science of how adult brains work. Ali (Friederichs) Atkison not only had this set of skills, but working with her was an absolute pleasure. She has that rare ability to easily flow between faculty, administrators, and students, leaving each feeling heard and valued.
We hired Ali as a consultant to review one of our programs. She visited with us for two full days. Every person she met with expressed how impressed they were by her insightful questions and her clear understanding of the program she was evaluating. She spent hours reading through the materials we provided her as her questions demonstrated. The report she completed for us was incredibly thorough and while it did what we had asked her to do, it went far beyond our expectations. Within the report, she detailed what she found, but she also recommended strategies for improvement. It was an honest, frank, and comprehensive report that has proven exceedingly valuable to us. She approached this from a student life cycle perspective and evaluated our program from recruitment through to how we engage alumni. She met every deadline. In short, she was a perfect partner to help us evaluate where we are and to explore where we need to go.
~Dr. Patricia Campbell, Dean, Benard College at the University of the Pacific
I have the privilege of working with a team of engineers responsible for some pretty sophisticated analysis of pipeline safety. Often our final work product to customers is a long and complicated report. I asked Ali to give a course on good tech writing skills. In 2 short days, Ali effectively counseled the team on how to write quality reports that are concise and have impact. She delivered the content with the right mix of energy, humor and facts - keeping some very smart people engaged and focused.
~Andy Florence, American Innovations Director, Pipeline Integrity Management Services