Active with the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) for over 10 years, Bonner was a member of Training & Development's editorial review board from 1992 through 1999. She reviewed manuscripts for ASTD during her four-year term on its Publications Review Committee, beginning in 1996. She has also served on numerous other ASTD committees, including the Benchmarking Committee that reviews proposals for awards for best practices.
Previously, Bonner worked for the U.S. federal government in human resources and as a political analyst. She earned her undergraduate degree in education and social science from Michigan State University, her graduate degree in human resources from Marymount University, and her doctorate degree in executive leadership from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.