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

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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, and former VP of Learning at Marriott International, Kimo has been creating life-long learning solutions for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. 

Kimo has served as chairman of the board for the Association for Talent Development (ATD - formerly, American Society for Training & Development) and currently is an advisory board member of the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), and an advisor for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).  He is also chairman of the board for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholars (APIA Scholars), serves as advisor to, GP Strategies, Penn Foster, the Executive Advisory Board for Skillsoft. Kimo is 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. Kimo is also a founding member of ATD’s CTDO Next Organization.

Kimo’s passion for learning, facilitating and teaching has drawn him into the academic world as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, George Mason University and at Columbia University Teachers College where he serves on the Talent Development Advisory Board. He is also Lead Facilitator for iVentiv HR Executive learning events (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York City, 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 where he and his spouse, Dorota Kowalska, regularly spend quality time.




Influencing, coaching & mentoring

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

  • George Mason University, Adjunct Professor

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

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.


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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