Coin Harlan is a custom learning solutions design and development firm. By distilling the best of your ideas and expertise and combining it with ours, we produce solutions not just for you but in collaboration with you. Our team of expert instructional and graphic designers and technical developers will help you envision an engaging and effective learning experience that will excite your learners and achieve your business goals. Whether you are thinking about an online, classroom, video-based, or blended approach, together we will co-create the best solution for your needs.
Curious about Silicon Valley dot-com opportunities, I relocated from New York City to San Francisco in 2000. I took a position at SmartForce (later acquired by SkillSoft) writing online courses and interviewing various technical and business experts for online, educational multi-media events. A few months into the job, the company sent me to its Dublin, Ireland headquarters to train me as an Instructional Designer. That is how my now 15-year career in learning solution design and development began.
In 2005, after working as an Instructional Designer for a custom eLearning company, and helping to build a training department and training library for a manufacturer headquartered in the Bay Area, I went out on my own. For the next four years, I honed my skills designing and developing online (eLearning and virtual classroom), classroom, and blended programs for a wide variety of companies. And I was fortunate to have many opportunities through two San Francisco-based training-solution companies to learn how to produce video. In 2009, Julie finally said yes to my request to partner, and we formed Coin Harlan Consulting! While I was based in San Francisco for the majority of my career, I began splitting my time between Jackson Hole, Wyoming and California in 2009 and just recently became a permanent resident of Wyoming.
After an early career in Chicago, I relocated to San Francisco to pursue new opportunities and education. Very quickly I became involved in the emerging field of eLearning, enrolling in graduate studies at San Francisco State University while joining the staff at DigitalThink. My academic and professional development was enhanced and supported by my exceptionally creative colleagues at DigitalThink, and this exposure rapidly expanded my instructional design abilities and skills.
Upon completing my graduate degree, I transitioned to a smaller San Francisco-based eLearning company, eventually becoming the Director of Instructional Design. In this role, I acquired skills on leading staff and operating an instructional design business. Armed with a balance of business and technical skills, in 2004 I established my own instructional design company. My company offered dedicated instructional design services and consulting to a consistent group of clients. Simultaneously, I built a payroll branch to my business, enabling other instructional design colleagues to work more readily with their clients.
In 2009, after a variety of successful partnership projects with Randy, we recognized the value of consolidating our proven instructional design and unique business skills to form Coin Harlan Consulting. What a great decision that turned out to be. While working most of my career in San Francisco, I currently divide my time between New York City, international locations, and California.
Combining their experience, the Managing Partners of Coin Harlan Consulting have provided their services to the following organizations:
VP Education – Products & Services
Chief Marketing Officer