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NEW-ATD is pleased to announce our 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! 

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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