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NEW-ATD is pleased to announce our Newest Member Spotlight!

We are proud to acknowledge the important work of our members, provide additional career exposure within the Talent Development community, and help you to get to know a colleague just a little bit better! 

NEW ATD would like to Shine our Spotlight and recognize Board Member and VP of Technology, Samantha Smith for ALL her contributions with keeping our chapter up and running!

Name: Samantha Smith

Title: Service Analyst

Company/Organization: Thrivent

Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 4 years

Favorite Book: Top two favorites: Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: Gina Glover: "Dial-Up Your Influence" 

Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

    I attended a training with Ben Fauske called, Authentic Confidence: The Secret to Loving Your Work and Leading an Unstoppable Career. I really enjoy this event because creator and confident coach Ben Fauski shared insights into patterns to overcome confidence issues and find success. Ben shared with us ways to influence and enhance leadership skills. I would recommend attending one of Ben’s events!

    In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning/growth mindset?

      To me, a learning and growth mindset is about having the desire and drive to continue to advance your education and knowledge. Having an interest in learning new things can be a motivator to a growth mindset. I use my learning and growth mindset, to help me accommodate and adaptable to changes within the workplace with comfort and ease. This allows me to be able to shift my mental and physical mindset with ease and ensures natural learning opportunities.

      Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

        I believe that learning and development will continue to increase in importance as organizations and companies continue to promote personal and professional development among their employees. As people try to continue to navigate the job market and opportunities that become available to them, topics like Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion will continue to drive and promote leadership development, along with creative thinking, motivation, and effective communication.

        What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

          I do not currently work within the learning and development space, however, my advice would be to never stop learning, which is why I joined the NEW ATD board to gain insightful knowledge inside and outside of my industry space. The training opportunities that NEW ATD provides are extremely beneficial to my personal and professional development and provide me with a network of intelligent professionals to network with.

          Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

            My father has had the greatest impact on my life. His greatest attributes were kindness, positive spirit, love of helping others, and supporting my love for learning. He showered me with unconditional love and support throughout the process of earning my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. My father taught me the importance of being kind and helping others, through his efforts as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years.



            Name: Cindy McCabe – NEW ATD Board Member - VP of Marketing

            Title:  Senior Marketing Consultant

            Company/Organization:  Spectrum Reach Media Services

            Length of time as a NEWATD Board Member:  5.5 years - VP of Marketing and VP of Finance (previously)

            Favorite Book: “Jesus Calling” is an uplifting, encouraging, positive daily devotional journal & study book for readers of all ages. It really talks to me each and every day as if it were written just for me to be inspired by and to live my best life helping others. Its pages talk about daily struggles but also tune you in to the Lord and help to guide you through. It puts everything into perspective in these  especially difficult and uncertain times.

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: I attended Kristin Bock’s presentation “Leveraging Your Body Language Superpowers” and I really enjoyed it. Her knowledge and skill set showed me how to adapt body language in a virtual environment. The information she shared had me so pumped, I immediately talked about it with our local sales team. I’ve been a presenter for many years, but learned so much from Kristin that has made me even better. Some of Kristin’s virtual training tips really helped me and last year saw nearly double the results in my efforts to present and close business in the virtual world. I would highly recommend attending one of her trainings.

            Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?  I really liked “The Latest Dish on Delivery” with the Slide School help and signed up to be in the speaker’s group / classes. We received a variety of easy-to-apply ideas and reference materials that I now use in my job to develop sales proposals that educate and bring in big revenue for my company.

            1.       In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset? I feel like we are ALL always learning. I tell my adult children (who both have a college degree) to “Keep Learning” everything you can about anything you can. There is always something more you can learn. I also encourage them to seek out people’s opinions and embrace differences but find commonalities as there are more than most think. 

            2.       Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve? More people will be pushed into online learning and developing computer “self-help” skills just to function in the world of - there’s an APP for that! So many companies are moving to a platform that has the user of their product or service come through digital offerings. This is difficult for many who don’t have the skill set needed. Thankfully the enhancements of the smart phone have helped with this challenge.

            3.       What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)? Since I’m actually a Marketing Consultant and not officially in an “L&D” role, I view the field from a different industry but I would say that this is a field of big opportunity to be on the front lines of the digital transformation that ALL organizations need to go through to exist in the future.

            4.       Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)? A person who made the most positive impact in my life was my father. He showed me how hard work and determination drive success. He grew up on a farm and was the only child out of 6 who went on to tech school and also studied real estate – after trying to pass the test about half a dozen times, he finally did. He studied lines of brick and design and did things that no one else could do and thought he couldn’t do.   

            In my spare time - I love playing and training these two sassy

            Toy Australian Shepherds - Colton & Calli 



            NEW ATD is pleased to feature long time member and contributor - Dean Stewart! 

            Name: Dean Stewart

            Title: Executive Director

            Company/Organization: St. Norbert College Center for Exceptional Leadership

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 10 years (2012 - 2022)

            Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird - by Harper Lee

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: see below 

            1. Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            In the past year I enjoyed Kristin Bock’s Body Language workshop. An area that I was coached on early in my leadership journey was the impact of body language and facial expressions; especially when listening to others. I was told by a mentor that others felt I was dismissive, and really didn’t care what they had to say. I was shocked, because that was certainly not my intent, or what I knew was really happening. I did care, and I was interested. But my body language and facial expressions told a very different story. It is still a focus area of mine, and something I need to work on for the rest of my life. Kristin’s workshop was a great reminder.

            1. In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            Life is a journey and we have an opportunity to learn from everything that we experience. In my opinion having a growth mindset simply means that we are more intentional about our learning, and that we maintain that attitude of purpose and curiosity throughout our lives.

            1. Post 2021, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            Technology and the ability to provide impactful virtual experiences will be incredibly important moving forward. You can’t just take in-person training and expect it will be successful in a virtual setting. You need to get creative and do your research in what works.

            1. What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            A few things:

            1.       Maintain a lifelong sense of curiosity about people, the world and how we can be our best selves.

            2.       Find a great mentor or group of close advisors who you can go to for advice and counsel. You need to be open to what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear.

            3.       Have fun! Working with people and supporting their growth and development is hard work; but it should be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.

            1. Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?
            My parents definitely had the biggest impact. They instilled in me a love of reading and travel. We took a lot of trips as a family, and we always took time to learn about the places and people around us. My four children are all grown adults starting families of their own, but I tried to instill the same in them…I think it worked :)


            Congratulations to a Special Member of  NEW ATD - BETSY ROZELLE. She served on the board and continues to be an engaged active member of NEW ATD. Thank you for all your hard work and involvement Betsy!!  

            Name:  Betsy Rozelle     

            Title:  Owner/Chief Affinity Builder

            Company/Organization:  Rozelle Communication, LLC

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member:  4 years

            Favorite Book: Holy Bible, the perfect life “handbook” (for every great insight or lesson I’ve learned in professional or personal development books, I can point to where Jesus said it and taught it first). 

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker:  Kassy LaBorie (on Virtual Training), but there’s been great learning with every speaker.

            I served as the NEW ATD VP of Programming when we booked Kassy.  Our board deliberated about the downsides of not having Kassy here in person and not having the participants in a room together.  Little did we know how fortuitous our decision to go totally virtual with that event was!  Just months later, the Covid learning landscape tilted the world … and we were better prepared, thanks to Kassy’s workshop!

             Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?  The “Latest Dish on Delivery” program sticks out for me because of the variety of easy-to-apply ideas that were shared.  I still reference the virtual handout from that event.  The materials included at the programs have been a real value-added to members!

            1.       In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset? Because “the more you know, the more you know you don’t know” is a reality, having a learning/growth mindset means feeling comfortable—and even motivated by—the fact that there is ALWAYS more to learn! 

            2.       Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve? Besides the obvious shift we’re experiencing toward virtual learning, I believe the talent development community will need to respond to the high value that will be demanded for “durable” skills (formerly known as “soft skills”). 

            3.       What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)? Since I’m actually a contract-based trainer and not officially in an “L&D” role, I view the field from a vendor perspective.  From my vantage point, my advice to someone entering the L&D world is to join a local ATD chapter and network with people currently in the profession. 

            4.       Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?  It’s a rare and beautiful gift to have a best friend who is also a valued mentor.  My BFF, Mary McNevin, is an inspiration in the talent development space and is so generous in building up those around her.  With an Ed.D from Wharton, Mary’s also a PCC and a past board member of the national ATD … the epitome of a life-long-learner.  She has opened so many doors for me (as well as countless other people).  Mary was a huge encouragement to me when I was writing my book and developing my Build Affinity workshops. 


            A Special Congratulations to our NEW ATD 2020-2021 President, Terleen Cheslock. Thank you for all your dedication and leadership through some extraordinary times and with such success. We were able to keep and grow our membership, offer exciting online events and networking opportunities, as well as refine our support and outreach for training and development professionals throughout Northeast Wisconsin and beyond.   

            Name: Terleen Cheslock   

            Title:Strategic HR Manager

            Company/Organization: Fox Valley Technical College

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member:2 years

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: I can’t pick one as they are all good!  Every speaker is so dynamic! I always have a ton of takeaways.

            1 - Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            I loved our session when we had a panel of experts.  Experts in the field sharing their knowledge and learning with everyone. The more we can learn from each other and build relationships, the better.

            2 - In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            Keep challenging yourself!  Don’t stop learning!  The more we learn, the more our mind is open!

            3 - Post 2020, how do you believe Human Resources in general (or learning and development) will change/evolve?

            I think we need to embrace change and just roll with it.  People need to get onboard or the train is going to leave without them. 

            4 - What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in human resources / people development?

            Like people, be open to both sides of the story, and have patience.  This is a challenging time, so have empathy and give people grace.

            5 - Who has made the most positive impact in your life and why?

            I would have to say a previous boss was so impactful.  She was such a good listener and very patient.  Excellent mentor



            Name: Stephanie Gadzik

            Title: Adult Training & Development Coordinator

            Company/Organization: Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. We serve girls in 58 counties in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our headquarters office is in Appleton. In my role, I provide training and resources to 2,500 volunteers.

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: Since 2017.  Thank you to every leadership team member who has brought amazing content to me. This is a great organization.

            Favorite Book: Persuasion, by Jane Austen.

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: How do I pick just one – every new speaker is my new favorite. But I will choose Kassy Laborie, who hosted two signature events for our ATD chapter, coaching us on virtual meeting engagement. I was able to apply the tactics I’d learned to my entire council in a hurry when the pandemic hit. I was the staff member with the most experience and know-how in Zoom meetings and coached co-workers who had to transition EVERYTHING to Zoom for both adults and girls. It was a stressful time and I was glad to have confidence in how to adapt.

             Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            Yes. There are three that come to mind.

            I enjoyed Betsy Rozelle’s presentation on Affinity Building because she is a member of our group and it was great to see her “working” right in front of me!

            I also enjoyed - but was challenged by – Ken Phillips’ presentations on Kirkpatrick’s Level 3 and Level 4 evaluations. I’m still trying to get there.

            I was so engaged with Phil Ransom’s presentation on Cognitive-based Information Design. I’ve always loved visuals, logos, and graphs. His content was inspiring because I train volunteers who have an emotional reasons for volunteering (the girls) but are pressed for time. I need to make my stuff interesting and super short so they finish the training.

            In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            To me, a growth mindset to related to being constantly in motion, expanding and growing all the time. Maintaining a growth mindset takes effort because it takes energy and discipline, even if it comes naturally.

            Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            Our industry will continue to push for efficient and effective online training that can be as engaging as possible, but I have a hunch that we will swing toward experiential learning models where we gather in person for human connection and discussion about the content we took online and how we put it into practice. Group facilitation may become more prominent.

            What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            Ask yourself if you are passionate about helping a learner or if you are passionate about a particular topic area. If your topic area is your primary motivation, consider consulting! A lot of our work is process driven no matter the content, but there is always room for creativity. L&D has an art & science balance, too!

            Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

            As a child, I had the example of my dad, who was always reading, listening to NPR, and watching public television programs on a wide variety of subjects. As an adult, I am continually inspired by second (and third!) career people who pursue new skills and opportunities.



            Name: Kristy Moede

            Title: Instructional Designer

            Company/Organization: Community First Credit Union

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: Since Nov 2019

            Favorite Book: (too hard!) Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: So hard to pick just one, I have enjoyed them all for a variety of reasons. I thought the Feb 2020 presentation on Emotional Intelligence was really interesting – I think I was also our last in person event.

            1.       Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            I have really enjoyed all of them I have been able to attend – there is always a nugget of something fascinating. I did really enjoy the Leveraging your Body Language Superpower with Kristin Bock this past February. Just super fascinating to hear the science behind what how we connect or react to people based on body language, even in a virtual world.

            2.       In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            To me having a learning mindset is about being open and a seeker.  Finding things that are new or challenging – doesn’t mean they stick but you tried to learn something about yourself or the world – for example you realize you do not, in fact, like the taste of cauliflower pizza crust, because carbs are just always better. (just an example and not a real life scenario in which you questioned your entire life while chewing 1 small bite of pizza)

            3.       Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            I believe we are going to see a focus (or continued focus) on creating on demand, self-paced training options as an alternative to formulaic multiple hour classroom/virtual experiences. These tend to be more adaptive to the learner and the environment.

            4.       What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            L&D is such a broad cross section of job roles- so I’m going to narrow this down to someone looking at Instructional Design – which is what I do. I think a lot of folks look at training and trainers as the “fun” team and place (and it usually is!) but a lot of energy/work/foundational theories/design, etc goes in to making you feel that way. I would recommend someone starts with researching design principles and adult educational theories. These theories don’t necessarily come up every day in the work but are the reasons that are the cornerstone of how training is development and designed. Also- find a friend/mentor/peer who you trust and respect to help you work on skills and build up your knowledge base.

            5.       Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

            I had a supervisor early in my career who really encouraged participation in networking and personal development opportunities. She helped me prioritize the need to find peers for support, guidance and connecting – all of which are great for personal growth and development within a field. I am thankful for that experience and is why I sought out NEW ATD when I transition back to the area and to the training field.



            Name: Jesse Lockstein

            Title: Instructional Designer & Technologist

            Company/Organization: Thrivent Financial

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 7 years

            Favorite Book: I have many, but my current one is The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: Oprah Winfrey's keynote at the 2019 ATD National Conference

             

            1. Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            Dale Feinauer – The Future Favors the Bold – Be Strategic with Your Planning. Dale's presentation to the NEW ATD chapter was particularly enjoyable because it provided a ton of practical knowledge on aligning a training strategy with an organization's goals. I still have pages of notes from this event and frequently refer back to them.

            1. In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            To me, a growth mindset is applying the understanding that who you are isn't who you have to be. It's a realization that you can always change, you can always be better, and you can always learn more. When we are children, we're are often told what we are (or are not) capable of by others. The things that come easy to us become what defines us, and we develop in a way that often fulfills other people's expectations. We may begin to believe that who we are is who we always will be. Having a growth mindset challenges those expectations. Just because we aren't instantly great at something doesn't mean we never will be. It emphasizes the ability to achieve new things and become better people by learning, practicing, and striving.     

            1. Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            One of the greatest things the pandemic has taught us is that nothing in life is certain, and all things can change. With that much uncertainty, I believe people are focusing more on what matters most and are taking a more introspective look at their lives and careers. I think this will strongly reflect in learning and development by shifting to providing learning beyond the skills required to perform a job or advance in a business environment. I foresee topics relating to workload and stress management becoming far more prevalent.    

            1. What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            L&D is a broad field with many roles and possibilities. Training and instructional design are only two sides to a many-faceted business area. Learn as much as you can about the L&D function as a whole, but don't try to be a master of everything. I've never met one person that is an expert facilitator as well as an expert educational psychologist, graphic designer, software developer, business consultant, and project manager. If you are interested in a career in L&D, find the areas that interest you the most and seek out those specific development opportunities. It will always be a team effort; no one can do it all.

            1. Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

            I'm fortunate to have had several incredible managers and mentors in my career and personal life who have supported me and encouraged me to keep growing. Knowing that the people I respect most also believe in me has been the greatest positive impact on my development.

            Name: Tonya Dittman

            Title: Director of Engagement

            Company/Organization: Performa

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 2 years

            Favorite Book: I can’t pick just one. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: Phil Ransom: Creating Materials in Sync with the Brain

             

            1. Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            I attended Kristin Bock’s presentation “Leveraging Your Body Language Superpowers” this past February. I enjoyed the energy she brought to the training, and how she adapted body language to the virtual world we all found ourselves in the past year and a half. I took away great things from a virtual presenting and learning standpoint that I shared within our organization, including how to engage an audience who has “Zoom fatigue”!  I highly recommend attending one of her trainings.

            1. In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            A learning or growth mindset for me, is more about the attitude and beliefs behind your learning. It focuses on embracing challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. It’s about a natural curiosity to want to learn new things. It’s about shifting views of failures and mistakes to opportunities to learn, get feedback, keep trying and never giving up. To me, a learning/growth mindset is THE foundation for actual development because it ensures learning doesn’t just happen in formal classes; it’s continuous. It allows people to reach their fullest potential because the person is focused on what’s possible, not what they can’t do.

            1. Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            I think learning and development overall will increase in strategic importance as organizations struggle with recruiting and retaining the talent they need to compete. I think the “why” behind L&D will evolve beyond skills to “whole person” development as work and life have become blended like never before. I also think topics like DEI, leadership development, specifically adaptability will exponentially grow.

            1. What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            I didn’t have a traditional career path and learning and development wasn’t part of it. I’ve had to get creative with absorbing knowledge from all different sources and I think that was beneficial. Joining NEW ATD is a great example of that. My advice would be to never stop learning. Dedicate time to network with others in the industry (inside and outside the industry) to grow and diversify your perspective and knowledge base. 

            1. Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

            My grandmother was the person that had the greatest positive impact in my life. Her greatest attributes were unwavering kindness, humility, curiosity about others, a positive spirit, and a complete lack of judgment and acceptance of others. She showered me with unconditional love and demonstrated, through her daily interactions, what it was to be a selfless human being. Her greatest joy serving others. She taught me about the kind of person I want to be and what it means to care for and serve others.


            Name: Cheryl Klein

            Title: Lead Learning & Development Specialist, APTD

            Company/Organization: Network Health

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 4 years

            Favorite Book: Professionally - Cy Wakeman – No Ego; Personal - Anything by Colleen Hoover

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker:2020 ATD Virtual Conference – Wendy Gates: 7 Simple Rules for Creating Presentation Slides that Make Sense

            1.      Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why? During the 2020 ATD Virtual Conference last year, I attended Kasie LaBorie’s presentation “Engaging Virtual Classroom Activities”. I enjoyed the energy she brought to the training, her presentation skills and the plethora of ideas on how to engage your audience in any topic. I highly recommend attending one of her trainings.

            2.      In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?  A learning or growth mindset is the drive or motivation behind your learning. It focuses on learning and doing and not simply checking the box that the course was completed so you can move to the next thing. When you learn because it’s expected or required, the information is not retained and utilized to its fullest potential because the person is not truly invested in the growth process. Applying what you learn is key to continuing growth.

            3.      Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve? More focus on hot topics and how to approach them. For example, Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership Development. With everything that happened during the past year I think organizations and leaders would be amiss to not take advantage of this growth opportunity. Learning and Development teams might address these hot topics by increasing micro trainings or creating additional asynchronous opportunities to allow the learner to move at their own pace.    

            4.      What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)? Ensure you have a foundational understanding of how adults learn best. Understanding that not all people learn the same, especially in an ever-changing field. Be prepared to shift and adjust your trainings to fit the learners needs.

            5.      Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)? My children have had the most positive impact on my life and still do. When they were younger, I loved seeing them learn new things and was excited for each small step in growth they made. Their continued excitement to learn new things made me want to continue to learn new things too.  One son is currently attending college to become a teacher. I’m looking forward to sharing ideas on helping students/adults learn. 




                       

            This month, we are pleased to feature Member

            Jonny Richard 

            Title: Executive Coach, Dad, Smitten Husband

            Company/Organization: Cause & Effect

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 2+ years

            Favorite Book: A New Earth or The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle…followed very closely by Michelle’s Recipe Book

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: Kassy LaBorie



            1.      Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            The Kassy LaBorie event back in Oct or Nov of 2019. She shared her tips and tricks on how to engage an audience using some unique features of Zoom that I never knew existed. The following week I was able to deliver a substantially better Virtual Workshop with my largest client because of what she shared. Her follow-up presentation in July 2020 was equally as enjoyable/informative.

            2.      In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            By definition, growth implies discomfort by expanding into the area outside of our comfort zone. So a growth mindset goes beyond reading and understanding something intellectually and, instead, actually experiencing it at a cellular level.

            3.      Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            I am not a futurist, but based upon what I’m reading from people who are, I believe there will be more opportunities to practice UNLEARNING and LETTING GO rather than what people typically think of learning and development: adding new skills.

            4.      What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            I imagine the next generation of workers will most likely demand some level of entertainment around their L&D considering how much social media is influencing their education. I’m not sure if my 10-yr old son learns more from school or from his parents than he does from YouTube!

            5.      Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

            My Spiritual Life Coach. She has opened my eyes to the unlimited opportunities to learn from my experiences, my awareness and my emotions - not just from reading books, listening to podcasts and watching videos.



            1.      Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?  One of my favorite events was a presentation given by FVTC on authoring software tools.  They talked about the pros and cons of Captivate versus Articulate.  It was an outstanding and engaging presentation in which we received practical tips and tricks that I was able to put into use right away.  The event was very timely because the organization I was working for at the time was in the midst of choosing an authoring software.  What I learned at this ATD event helped me identify the best option for our organization. 

            2.      In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset? It means a person is willing to keep an open mind and sharing/caring attitude in life. And even when you think you’ve learned everything you possibly thought you need to know to be successful there is always more to learn.  Whether it’s a new software, a new job or simply meeting new people, there is ALWAYS something new and fun to learn about in this world ... Especially in the L&D field.

            3.      Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve? Less and less in-person training and continued growth in online learning. Innovations in learning methodology continue to evolve.  I am amazed at how creative people have become during Covid.  I hope that it continues!

            4.      What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)? Network with professionals in the learning and development field and find how and why they chose their profession. Join ATD!  You might be surprised at the diversity in the background of people in L&D.

            5.      Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?  My high school math teacher who was also my track coach.  He was able to motivate and coach me not only on the benefits of hard work and pursuing goals and the profound  impact it can make in life.  The life lessons I learned from him set me up to pursue a career and lifestyle that have made me the person I am today!

            is month, we are pleased to feature Board Member

            Kathy Hartung-Kramer

            Title: Learning Experience Designer

            Company/Organization: Thrivent Financial

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: I’ve been a board member for the                last 4 years and a member on and off for more than 10 years.

            Favorite Book: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron 

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: The Latest Dish on Delivery from Talent Development Master Chefs with Wendy Gates Corbett 


                      

            Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why?

            This month, we are pleased to feature Board Member

            Carrie Lamesky, MBA

            Title: Training and Development Specialist

            Company/Organization: Treehouse Foods

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 5 years

            NEW ATD - Vice President of Membership

            Favorite Book: Camino Winds by John Grisham

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker:  Mike Enders, Director of Content, Articulate 



            It’s hard to choose just one! I really enjoyed the themed approach Wendy Gates Corbett took for her event, The Latest Dish on Delivery from Talent Development Master Chefs, and the way she incorporated ideas from other Talent Development Leaders. And of course, the applicable delivery techniques shared. Enhancing your Coaching Culture with Gulan Pulito Coaching & Consulting was a great program and the coaching model and powerful coaching questions shared are extremely helpful.  And huge “Aha’s” and takeaways from The Emperor's New Clothes - Fooling Ourselves about Training Impact with Nick Howe from Area9 Lyceum. I also took Nick’s recommendation that the book The End of Average by Todd Rose was “required” reading for all L&D professionals and ordered the book before the program was over. I highly recommend it! 

            In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            Being flexible and open to change. Being curious and always seeking/pursuing knowledge, new skills and abilities. Being self-aware and invested in your own growth; don’t wait for others to “teach” you. Approach everything with a learning/growth mindset “what can I learn from this?”  And then being able to apply these learnings to your daily life.

            Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            Learning is as important as ever with the pace of change and the shift in skills needed as jobs continue to evolve.  I believe learning will continue to move digital, personalized and adaptive (with the help of AI). Learning will increasingly occur in the flow of work. And with the move to virtual in 2020 due to Covid19, virtual learning is here to stay! 

            What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            Check it out! It’s an exciting field that is constantly changing. Educate yourself - there are a variety of specialties, opportunities and career paths in the field of learning and development. Network with people, job shadow, find mentors. Seek learning opportunities specific L&D and the many facets of L&D. Become a member of and/or volunteer with NEWATD!

            Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)?

             I was lucky to have a manager early in my career who believed in me fully and gave me a lot of opportunities and a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities. She provided direction and support and development opportunities when needed but let me find my own way.  I learned so much during that time and it set a foundation for future roles - to believe in myself, seek out information and feedback, find learning opportunities and mentors, and apply what I was learning. I feel lucky to have had that experience early in my career, and also to have had several leaders who shared these same leader qualities throughout my career. 


                    

            We are pleased to feature Member

            Maliki Krieski

            Title: Sr. Training Specialist

            Company/Organization: Plexus Corporation

            Length of time as a NEWATD Member: 4 years

            Favorite Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

            Favorite ATD Event/Speaker: Kristen Zavo


            Can you share an example of an ATD event/topic that you particularly enjoyed and why? 

            The Latest Dish on Delivery from 6 Training Master Chefs.  This event supplied tips, tricks, and best practices that were applicable in many different training environments and with varying audiences.  One of the most important takeaways I received from attending this event was as times change, developers need to look for new and engaging ways to offer training and ensure that those they are training get the best value from the training possible!

            In your opinion, what does it mean to have a learning / growth mindset?

            Having a learning/growth mindset means treating each day like a clean slate full of endless opportunities!  This slate provides us with the opportunity to seek out, learn, and continuously improve.  Each day we are blessed with numerous opportunities and our ability to dig into these opportunities and really learn from them is a big part of having a learning/growth mindset.  Each experience can provide you an opportunity to learn and grow.  Reflect on those experiences, learn from those opportunities, and always remain open to new experiences and opportunities!

            Post 2020, how do you believe learning and development will change/evolve?

            The change management and adaptability required in 2020 has opened up some fantastic opportunities for the future of learning and development.  For example, within the company I am employed for, we have found that it is more convenient for many people to attend online training, and as a result, attendance has increased.  We have had to be more creative in our approach and utilization of resources and tools in order to provide the same level of learning transfer.

            What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in learning & development (L&D)?

            Don’t be afraid of extending your boundaries and taking on those stretch assignments.  Connect with others both inside and outside of learning and development to get their perspective and ideas.  Although there is a lot of value in structured Learning and Development training programs, there is extreme value in seeking out new experiences that will expand your learning from another perspective.

            Who has made the most positive impact in your life (OR who has contributed the most to your love for learning and why)? 

            My grandfather, William Kennedy!  My grandfather was colorblind but always dreamed of being a Flight Instructor.  He knew and believed in his heart that his calling was to be a Flight Instructor.  So, he followed that passion and was a Flight Instructor in Oklahoma for over 40 years and a lifelong learner.  His passion, drive, and determination inspired many around him and definitely shaped my drive and motivation to work harder and never give up.  He believed that knowledge was power and the more you learned the more valuable your knowledge became!  His passion for learning and helping others learn was very inspiring!  


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