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


Kimo Kippen, Founder of Aloha Learning Advisors, is a thought leader, speaker, and advocate for lifelong 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.

As a former Chair of the Board for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA Scholars), Kimo is an advocate for APIA achievement. He is currently a Senior Fellow at The Conference Board and Council Director responsible for two Councils: the Talent & Organizational Development Executive Council (TODEC) in New York City and the Learning & Development Council for Europe, based in Brussels, Belgium.

One of Kimo’s activities involves advisory services. He has served in this capacity at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as Intermittent Chief Learning Officer Advisor, the Center of Talent Reporting, Strategic Education, Inc. (SEI), the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), GP Strategies, SkillSoft, New Markets Venture Partners, L&D Cares, CLO Magazine and  Education Reimagined, where he is the Development Committee Chair.

Kimo is also a founding member of ATD’s CTDO Next Organization, a member of ATD's Awards Selection Committee, and CLO Awards Evaluator.

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 is also a lead facilitator for iVentiv – an HR Executive learning events Company. (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York City, Sydney, Copenhagen, etc.).

Kimo has an M.S. in career and human resource development from the 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, and Honolulu, Hawai’i.


Facilitation of Meetings

Conferences, meetings and special interest groups

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

  • - iVentiv: An organization offering events across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S.A., covering topics including Learning & Development, Talent Management and Executive Development. 


Board Memberships & Activity

Current (in alphabetical order)

  • Education Reimagined, Board Member and Chair of the Development Committee

  • APIASF  Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Chair Emeritus

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

  • ATD, Association for Talent Development, CTDO Next member and ATD's Awards Selection Committee

  • Skillsoft Executive Advisory Board member

  • New Markets Venture Partners, Advisory Board member

  • GP Strategies, Advisory Board Member

  • HBA Advisory Board Member (Kimo's high school in Honolulu)



Influencing, coaching & mentoring



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, Interviews, etc.

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.

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The Conference Board

Kimo Kippen is a Senior Fellow and Council Director for the:

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

  • Learning & Development Council for Europe - Brussels.

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