Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Ronald J. Kantor graduated from Bard College with a BA in History & Theatre; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Design-Communication; and, Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development. Dr. Kantor has been an educator for over 40 years working his way up through various types of education as a secondary school teacher, teaching assistant, professor, learning architect, manager of instructional design and evaluation strategist for all aspects of training, performance support, and workforce development. In 1998, he was recruited by what was then Anderson Consulting, now Accenture, to serve as a learning architect and ID manager overseeing the training of Accenture’s consulting workforce.
After 7 years at Accenture, Dr. Kantor was recruited by Bank of America to redesign the bank’s compliance training. He served as manager of design and development for compliance and then enterprise learning, before being appointed as the bank’s chief evaluation strategist and being promoted to senior VP. As a result of the Great Recession’s financial crisis, Kantor moved on and spent a year as manager of instructional design for the underwriting curriculum at Fannie Mae. This led to other work in Washington, DC as a contractor working as director of strategic initiatives at Zeroed In Technologies and serving the Chief Learning Officer of the Department of defense as an evaluation strategist and a strategic management consultant focused on ROI analysis and rationalizing the data elements used to measure training impact across the 17 components, the agencies that comprise the Intel Community.
Dr. Kantor left this position after three years to continue his own education in leadership and change management working with Gita Bellin, former director of leadership development at McKinsey. After this, he accepted the position of Director of Learning Innovation with N2N Services and led the requirements gathering and development process for N2N’s Learning Media Platform working closely, and in person, with N2N’s development team in India.
Simply said Ron, you are exceptional! Your practical real world experience in human capital management and instructional system design, combined with your consultative doctoral approach to problem solving and fact finding is a winning combination. Your ability to see the big picture has left a trail of successes where most professionals would get lost in the forest. You are an asset to our company, our customers, and the industry at large. I look forward to continuing our work together.
Zeroed In Technologies
I had the pleasure of working with Ron on measurement and learning strategies. Ron has always been an excellent partner and works well in a collaborative environment. Ron is extremely knowledgeable and conversant on the various methods and techniques on evaluation and measurement. He is always up to date on the latest research and provides solutions to problems using a blend of business knowledge, frameworks and common sense.
Bank of America
Dr. Kantor has worked a couple of years for me trying to make sense of our learning data and capability for our entire enterprise. Working with his colleague he mapped directories of competencies and proficiency levels to the our course catalogue; inventoried the learning technologies used by each of the ten components L & D organizations and capture future technical requirements; and he produced two comprehensive annual reports that were distributed and used as a best practice by multiple federal agencies and departments.
DoD Intel Colleges
Ron Kantor is a creative mastermind. His ability to take on complex business problems and strategically identify and implement smart, inventive solutions to solve them is impressive. He is not only an innovative solution architect but also a seasoned measurement expert who is tremendously valued by his clients. On a personal level, I appreciate Ron’s passion for continued learning and collaboration, which is contagious. He is always looking for new ways to do things better and faster to meet the evolving needs of clients and target audiences. He is one of the most exceptional learning professionals I’ve had the pleasure to interact with in my career
Bank of America
As Continuous Improvement lead, Dr. Kantor brought the discipline of evaluation in a practical way that was value add and creative. His input really helped us take the program to the next level.
I worked as Ron Kantor’s colleague and then his supervisor for seven years when he was at Accenture, first in the internal training function and then part of the Accenture Learning outsourcing business. Ron brought many strengths to his work at Accenture. Chief among them were his creativity, passion for learning, and deep expertise in the research and leading practices in formal and informal learning. As a senior instructional designer and learning architect, Ron was the primary designer behind several of Accenture’s core consulting programs equipping thousands of global consultants with a variety of market relevant skills. He worked well with business leaders, experts, and development teams. He was able to juggle multiple projects and tight timelines without issue, and responds well to constructive feedback. Ron’s work was both innovative and pragmatic, solving real challenges in practical ways that made the learning experiences highly relevant to learners, made good use of the experts, and were implementable. Some of his architecture concepts live on in similar programs at Accenture to this day, and I continue to view him as one of the more thoughtful innovators in the field.