... Founder of Aloha Learning Advisors, is a speaker and leader in Learning, Talent Management & Human Resources.

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HCM interview
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In China
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CLO of the year
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CLO Award speech
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Glad to be here
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Kimo Kippen, Founder of Aloha Learning Advisors, is a thought leader, speaker, and advocate for life-long learning and talent development. A native of Hawai'i, former Chief Learning Officer at Hilton, recognized by CLO Magazine as Chief Learning Officer of the year (2015). Former Chair of ATD (2007), and VP of Learning at Marriott International, Kimo has been creating life-long learning solutions for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

Kimo currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and Program Director for two Conference Board Councils: Talent & Organizational Development Executive Council (TODEC) in New York City and the Learning & Development Council in Brussels, Belgium.

One of Kimo’s activities involves advisory services. He is currently serving in this capacity at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as Intermittent Chief Learning Advisor, the Center of Talent Reporting, Gnowbe, Strategic Education, Inc. (SEI), the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), GP Strategies, SkillSoft, Pandexio, New Markets Venture Partners and Education Reimagined.

Kimo is also a founding member of ATD’s CTDO Next Organization and McKinsey’s Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development.

Kimo’s passion for learning, facilitating, and teaching has drawn him into the academic world as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, and George Mason University.  Kimo also serves on the Rochester Institute of Technology HR Development Program Board and the Advisory Board for the Saunders College of Business. Kimo is also a lead facilitator for iVentiv – an HR Executive learning events Company. (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York City, Sydney, etc.).

Kimo has an M.S. in career and human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology, a B.S. from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland's Post Graduate Program. Kimo’s home base alternates between Warsaw, Poland, Washington DC, and Honolulu, Hawai’i.




Influencing, coaching & mentoring

  • Catholic University of America, Masters program, Adjunct Professor, teaching Training & Development 

  • George Mason University, Adjunct Professor

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Board Memberships & Activity


  • APIASF  Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Chairman

  • CAEL (Council for Adult Experiential Learning). Executive Advisory Board Member.

  • DAU, Chief Learning Officer Advisor Defense Acquisition University

  • ATD, Association for Talent Development

  • Skillsoft Executive Advisory Board member

  •, Executive Advisory Board member

  • Columbia University Teachers College  Talent Development Advisory Board member

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Facilitation of Meetings

Conferences, meetings and special interest groups

In Addition to keynote presentations, speaking at conferences, Kimo enjoys facilitating meetings in a global setting. Examples: 

- iVentiv: An organization offering 10+ events across Europe and the U.S.A., covering topics including Learning & Development, Talent Management and Executive Development, iVentiv is a global leader in the provision Berlin - March 2018; Chicago, McDonald's HQ - June 2018; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Nov 2018.

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won by Kimo and/or under his stewardship

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Rochester Institute of Technology - 2018

  • WACE Hall of Fame inductee - 2018-19

  • Learning in Practice, Trailblazer in Learning - 2012

  • eLearning Media Group, Leadership Development & eLearning - 2013 

  • Corp U Exchange, Best Practice ​for Launching a Corporate University -  2013

  • ASTD, CPLP Employer of Choice - 2013 

  • Best Practice Institute, Global Talent Solutions -  2013  

  • ATD Excellence in Practice - 2014 

  • Brandon Hall, Best in Competencies and Skill Development, Best Results of a Learning Program, Best Use of Blended Learning - 2014 

  • Global CCU Award  2015  

  • CLO Magazine Learning Elite!  Ranked #3 - 2015 

  • ATD Excellence in Practice - 2015 

  • CLO Magazine CLO of the Year - 2015 

  • ATD BEST #21/46  - 2014;  ATD BEST #29/30 – 2015 

  • ATD Excellence in Practice – 2016   

  • Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards 

  • Human Capital Management Citizenship Award – 2017


Media, Articles, etc.


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Media Buzz


Chief Learning Officer magazine, published by Human Capital Media (HCM),
the largest integrated media company in the human resources industry, announced the winners of its 15th annual (2015) Learning In Practice awards. Chief Learning Officer of the Year is the most prestigious award.

Kimo Kippen CLO of the Year

The Conference Board

Kimo Kippen is program director for the:

  • Talent and Organization Development Executive Council (TODEC), USA and

  • Learning & Development Council for the European Union - Brussels.

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