Joe Houde is an educator, designer and consultant specializing in innovative educational design and corporate education.He has over a decade of experience in corporate education and is currently founder and president of Brass Ring Training.
Joe's expertise lies in connecting content, design and participants. He applies this expertise primarily to programs focusing on strategy, organizational culture, and leadership development. Joe has lead the design of several Metaphoric Experiences for Duke Corporate Education which use novel contexts to teach business lessons.Joe has also designed and delivered traditional programs, simulation-based programs, experiential learning programs, action learning programs and online e-learning for both international and US based programs. His clients, among others, include: Deutsche Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, GlaxoSmithKlein, Microsoft, Eli Lilly, Duke University, Suncor and Siemens.
Prior to founding Brass Ring, Joe worked for Duke Corporate Education as a facilitator and facilitator relationship manager His role was to develop a network of practitioners and core educational methodologies for the company. Before 2000, Joe was a freelance facilitator designing experiential learning and working with action learning teams.He worked with the Executive Education department at the Fuqua School of Business, facilitating strategy simulations and 360 feedback sessions.He also taught the online section of the Corporate Strategy class for the Duke MBA-Global Executive program.Joe currently has a course in Game Design and Learning which he co-teaches at North Carolina State University. Beyond working with clients, Joe works to progress the field of corporate education and has made presentations on design, leadership and education at world-class institutions such as the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland.For a brief time, Joe worked in the entertainment department on a cruise ship.
Joe has worked with clients from diverse industries including manufacturing, accounting, consulting, financial services, banking, energy, petroleum, transportation, automotive, consumer electronics, entertainment, software, medical, higher education, publishing, pharmaceuticals and not-for-profit. He has facilitated and taught in programs in a dozen countries around the world, including South America, Asia and extensive work in Europe.
Joe earned a Doctorate of Education in Adult Learning and a Masters in Training and Development from North Carolina State University. He was a Drew Scholar at Drew University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Asian Studies. Joe's research focuses on non-traditional education and learning methods: game-based learning, experiential learning, apprenticeship in professional services, informal learning networks, and online learning.His master’s thesis was published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal in 2007.