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2020 National Registry eSummit - Guest Speakers

Julie Dirksen

Julie DirksenUsablelearning.com

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology start-ups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change. Dirksen holds an M.S. degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana University. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she taught courses in project management, instructional design, and cognitive psychology. She recently published Design For How People Learn, in which she gets ridiculously excited about everything from learning applications of behavioral economics to the way glucose is regulated in the brain. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new. You can find her online at www.usablelearning.com.

Cate Ekegren

Cate Ekegren

Specialist, Learning Solutions & Operations, Baker Tilly US LLP

Cate joined Baker Tilly in 2018. She specializes in CPE, compliance, and LMS administration. Cate has experience working with CPAs and other professionals across the nation for almost eight years. Throughout her career, she has worked with NASBA maintaining National Registry Sponsor status for five years.

Olivia Patrick

Olivia Patrick CPE Compliance Senior Consultant, Learning & Development, Plante Moran

Olivia has been at Plante Moran for six years and currently serves as the Senior Consultant overseeing CPE & Licensing Compliance. Prior to this role, she served as a Learning & Development Coordinator supporting the various training needs of all service groups within the firm. Before joining Plante Moran in 2014, she worked as the Training Coordinator at Walbridge, a construction management firm in Detroit, MI.

Joe Urbanski

Joe UrbanskiCOO & Org Culture Strategist, Total Solutions Group

For almost two decades, Joe has honed his electrifying facilitation style performing for as many as 2,400 participants during full-day trainings, three-day retreats, and multi-year leadership development programs. He has delivered more than 550 onsite and online workshops for 420,000+ participants including executive leaders, corporate trainers, and everyone in between. Joe is honored to be ranked among the top 10% of speakers in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD), as well as Training Conference.


Joe’s genius and passion for providing high-energy, interactive, engaging, and fun experiences within personal and organizational development is at the core of his appeal, while his entertaining style and simple approach make him a favorite at events across the country. Off the road, Joe invests his time as a “trophy husband” and “best dad in the galaxy” as proclaimed by his wife and two kids.

Elizabeth Wolfe

Elizabeth WolfeCounsel of Regulatory Affairs, NASBA

Elizabeth Wolfe is Counsel of Regulatory Affairs at National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Her practice areas focus on regulatory law and legislative policy as it pertains to the Accounting profession. Prior to joining NASBA, Elizabeth was Assistant General Counsel at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in the Regulatory Boards Division. There she provided legal advice regarding state licensure, Federal Anti-Trust law, the Tennessee Open Records Act, and the Tennessee Open Meetings Act to the Tennessee State Boards of Accountancy, Architecture & Engineers, Motor Vehicles, and Athletic Commission. She graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee where she double majored in Art History and Political Science. Elizabeth attended law school at Belmont University College of Law where she served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. She is an active member of the Nashville Bar Association and Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division. Elizabeth is also a member of the Belmont Law Inn of Court where she mentors first year law students.

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