Timothy Tobin, ED.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding & Learning, Choice Hotels International

Dr. Timothy Tobin is a learning and leadership development professional committed to helping individuals and organizations reach their greatest potential. He is currently Dean of Choice University where he is responsible for learning strategy and programs for all franchisees. He has also held similar roles for other Hospitality and Professional Services organizations. His work was recognized with the 2014 Chief Learning Officer Global Learning Award, 2012 Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Innovation Award, and the 2005 Future Human Capital Leader award from Human Capital Magazine.

Dr. Tobin is the author of "Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate." He has blogged for the Harvard Business Review, Drucker Global Forum and SmartBrief on Leadership. He received his Doctorate of Education in Human Resources Development from George Washington University and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware.

On a personal note, Dr. Tobin is a nine-time marathon finisher and four-time Ironman triathlon finisher. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Sara, and their son and daughter.



Bryan Estep

Chief Revenue Officer, iSeatz

Bryan Estep is an international technology executive focused on accelerating global growth. He currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer at iSeatz, a travel technology company focused on customized ancillary product integration and marketing. 

Bryan has contributed pivotal leadership in two successful travel tech start-ups, first at Site59, which was acquired by Travelocity, and most recently at buuteeq, which was acquired by Priceline Group then converted into’s software division, BookingSuite. Bryan played a key role in integrating these dynamic start-ups into the larger companies, and then led the resulting operations as GM in Latin America, APAC, and EMEA.

Bryan earned a Business BA from the University of Washington and an MBA with honors from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is the co-author of three travel books, including Liquid Mexico, which celebrates Mexico’s traditional drinks such as tequila. Bryan is married with a daughter. He is an outdoor sports and travel enthusiast.



Patrick Hoffstetter

Chief Executive Officer, Newmedia360; Senior Advisor, Bain & Company

Patrick Hoffstetter is the CEO of Newmedia360, which provides strategic consulting on digital transformation for corporation on one hand and on the other currently incubates 20 different start ups. He is also Senior Advisor for Bain & Company and Viva Technology, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

A graduate of HEC business school, Patrick began his career in New York, where he worked for Rail Europe Group, a subsidiary of SNCF.  He returned to Europe to take up a development role for Eurostar, before being promoted to International Strategy Director for SNCF. In 2000, Patrick entered the world of high-tech, joining SFR as Director of Marketing and then of Multimedia. He subsequently joined Yahoo Europe, where he was in charge of products and services from 2005 to 2007. Patrick also served as CEO France for, which he joined in 2008, before being promoted to Vice President for Europe.

Patrick joined Renault in 2011 to become one of the first French Chief Digital Officer (CDO). In this role he set up the Digital Factory and led the acceleration of the digital transformation of the Group worldwide. He also co-founded and chaired the “eG10 club” which is composed of 15 CDOs from different sectors, mostly within the CAC40. For those achievements he was awarded “Europe first CDO” in 2015 by the US CDO Club.



Margaret Gorman, Ed.D.

Northeastern University

Dr. Margaret Gorman has 25+ years working in Academia in scholar-practitioner graduate programs designed for experienced working professionals seeking to gain new insight around emerging trends in leadership, change, culture, and learning.

Since 2012, Dr. Gorman has been a faculty member at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Education in their Organizational Learning Studies doctoral program. Prior to joining NEU faculty, Dr. Gorman was faculty member at George Washington University. During her 20+ tenure at GWU, she served in various leadership roles to include director of the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program and Center for the Study of Learning; and helped launched several off-campus graduate programs both in US and Asia. 

Dr. Gorman’s publications include book chapters: “Human Interactions, Processes, and Context: Reflections on the Past and Envision the Future” (2014); “Relational Perspectives of Learning and Knowledge Creation” in Relational Perspectives in Organization Studies (2006) and “Foresight or Foreseeing? A Social Action Explanation of Complex Collective Knowing” in Managing the Future: Foresight in the Knowledge Economy (2004).