For over 20 years, Ralph Gaillard has helped business professionals acquire new skills and knowledge through dynamic learning experiences. Currently, Ralph is the chief learning director of the Illinois CPA Society, where he oversees the strategic development of 25 conferences, 90 workshops, a catalog of 100+ on-demand offerings, live virtual events, and The Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase, an annual trade show that attracts more than 2,000 public accounting and corporate finance leaders.
Previously, he served as the director of virtual training and education for the National Safety Council, where he managed the Council’s online learning initiatives, developing hundreds of life-saving Webinars, virtual conferences, and online self-study programs.
Prior to that, Ralph served as the group publisher and vice president of training and strategic partnerships at Lawrence Ragan Communications, where he led the development and delivery of professional education for business communicators across North America and Europe.
In 2001, the U.S. Department of the Treasury awarded Ralph a special citation for designing and implementing a strategic communication curriculum for the Department’s communication staff.
Ralph received a Master of Education degree, with honors, from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Ralph is also a graduate of The Second City Training Center Improvisation Program in Chicago.