Heather Katz is a member of RTI’s award winning Integrated Learning Services focus area, part of the Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development (LEED) division. She has over 20 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing performance-based learning, talent, and organizational development solutions that fulfill learner, business, and organizational needs. Her focus areas include adult learning theories, learning analysis and design, enterprise learning transformation and strategic planning; learning, talent, and organizational development; leadership and workforce development; instructional design; and, program/project management.
Dr. Katz is the chief of party of U.S. Agency for the International Development’s (USAID’s) $60 million Worldwide Training Indefinite Quantity Contract (WWT IQC). On this project, she provides technical, advisory, and operational leadership to improve the learning and capacity development of the USAID staff based in more than 100 countries. She leads a team of learning specialists who provide technical support and development for classroom instruction and facilitation, and digital learning solutions.
Prior to joining RTI in 2019, Dr. Katz designed and implemented digital learning, leadership development, talent solutions, enterprise-wide learning transformation strategy, and change management at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. There, she served as the global director of learning and enterprise development for human resources talent and development providing services for over 60K employees. She previously provided strategic guidance and program management for learning and talent and organizational development as a U.S. federal government contractor for NSA, ODNI, DAU, all branches of the DoD, NIH, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Treasury. Dr. Katz led the mobile learning business case to facilitate a startup being acquired by OutStart in 2009 and IBM in 2011, which serves as IBM’s present-day mobile learning platform. She is published in Clark Quinn’s 2011 Designing mLearning: Tapping into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance. In 2007 she was a contributing author for the Defense Acquisition University Mobile Learning Strategy. In 2006 her research resulted in the US Navy SCORM Content Object Model and she authored the Guidance for Development and Management of Navy Integrated Learning Environment Content.
Dr. Katz holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), instructional designer and developer, and a published author. She is a former online Adjunct Graduate Professor and K-12 educator. Dr. Katz has presented internationally on the topics of learning strategies, mobile learning, and learning objects.