Mike Blahnik is a project manager and performance consultant at Innovative Learning Group.
Mike is dedicated to understanding why people do what they do, and thrives in new and unique settings where he has an opportunity to see performance and behavior in different lights.
Since joining ILG in 2011, Mike has managed complex projects and designed learning solutions for clients in many industries, including automotive, banking, consumer goods, healthcare, and hospitality. He also has conducted needs analysis, created curriculum architecture and impact maps, developed e-learning courses and mobile performance support materials, and facilitated workshops.
Mike has been ILG’s account manager/project manager for Ford for several years. As a result of this relationship, ILG was awarded a 2017 Silver Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Award in the category of Excellence in Partnership.
Additionally, Mike is one of the leading creative and strategic thinkers at ILG and stands behind its innovative, award winning client solutions and marketing campaigns. Because of this experience, Training magazine named him a 2017 Emerging Training Leader, and Corp! magazine designated him a 2017 Most Valuable Millennial. Training magazine also named Mike an Emerging Training Leader to Watch in 2015.
Mike has been involved with the International and Michigan Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). At the International level, he has presented at the ISPI Annual Conference multiple times and moderated its Executive Buzz panel. In 2015, he served as the conference’s co-emcee. Mike also is a former member of the Michigan Chapter’s board of directors having served as past president (2017), president (2016), president-elect (2015), and vice president of finance (2014).
Regularly, Mike is a guest speaker on the college circuit. He has presented to graduate students in the psychology, training and development, and performance improvement departments of Eastern Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University. Mike’s lecture topics have included behavioral science, performance improvement, needs analysis, and gamification. Additionally, his musing also can be read on the ILG blog and heard on the ILG podcast Learning Trends: Beyond the Buzz.
Mike earned a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University. He also is a member of the Michigan Association of Industrial Organizational Psychology and recognized as a Six Boxes® Practitioner by the Performance Thinking Network.