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These are the upcoming events hosted by the Chattanooga Area ATD chapter and other organizations in the Chattanooga area. Click on each event to learn more.  Our goal for each event is to make our members and guests more informed, connected, and inspired.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Are you interested in presenting at our chapter?  If so, fill out our Chapter Speaker Request Form and email it to program@atdchatt.org.

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Thursday, September 24, 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


    Many organizations are transitioning workplace practices and strategic initiatives, pivoting to respond to external events. To optimize performance at the individual and team level and succeed in this time of transition, people at every level of the organization need the proper tools at their disposal.

    One of those critical tools is a coaching culture that gets people throughout the organization the answers/assistance/support they need, when they need it, to get desired results.

    In this webinar, Roger Connors, 4x NY Times bestselling author, will introduce a self-directed approach for people getting the help they need with a new process called Self-Directed Performance Coaching®. This framework helps organizations of all sizes create a coaching culture where everyone can get a coach and be a coach to dramatically accelerate collaboration, knowledge transfer, and engagement regardless of where they are working, to drive the results needed in 2020.

    Based on research from the upcoming book, Get a Coach | Be a Coach, Roger will talk about how Self-Directed Performance Coaching® helps you move the needle for year-end goals, as well as launching 2021’s strategic initiatives.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to scale coaching in your organization to support current reshaping/pivoting of the business
    • Strategically point your coaching culture at 2020/2021 objectives.
    • Reinforce and accelerate ongoing results to achieve end-of-year targets.

    Speaker Bio:

    Roger Connors

    Chairman & Co-founder

    Zero to Ten

    Roger Connors is a four-time New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He is ranked by the Top 30 Global Gurus as one of the world's Top 10 Organizational Culture Professionals. Roger has developed #1 award-winning content and has published and interviewed extensively, including co-authoring the bestselling books: The Oz Principle, Change the Culture, Change the Game, as well as his most recent book, Get A Coach, Be A Coach.

    He is currently Chairman and Co-founder of Zero to Ten, a coaching and leadership training company. He is also Co-founder and former CEO of Partners In Leadership (PIL), which has trained millions of people in over 50 countries.

    Roger is a graduate faculty professional member of Utah Valley University where he works as an adjunct for the MBA program at the Woodbury School of Business.

    This event has been submitted for SHRM-PDC and HRCI recertification credit.

    In partnership with:

    • Thursday, October 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Event

    Thursday, October 08, 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


    Technical expertise alone is not enough to ensure professional success.  Twenty-first century engineers and technical professionals must master making the complex simple and the simple interesting.  Engineered to Speak was written to help technical professionals do what they love most: take a complicated problem and design an efficient solution.  You will learn tips and strategies that help you answer one essential question, "How can I get better at sharing my ideas with a variety of audiences?"

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the connection between communication and career advancement.
    • Learn the questions to ask before preparing any presentation.
    • Learn how to structure a powerful attention-getting introduction.


    Dr. Alexa Chilcutt
    , is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Public Speaking Program at the University of Alabama.  Alexa also works for Johns Hopkins' Carey Business School as an Executive Education faculty member where she provides programs in the areas of leadership, team communication, and effective workplace presentations.  She is the co-author of Wiley IEEE Press' Professional Series books, "Engineered to Speak" with Dr. Adam Brooks.

    • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Interactive Virtual Event


    A Design Sprint, commonly called a"hackathon", is an exciting, experiential experience which uses the process of design-thinking to accelerate idea thinking and vetting potential options to solve a specific challenge.

    Our mini-hackathons are fun, fast-paced, hands-on events where our design thinking experts rapidly lead your team through the first 3 of the six steps of the Design Sprint process (Empathize, Define, & Ideating).  Mini-hackathons give just an introductory taste of the power of design-thinking, where the focus is not to create a finished end result, but to speed up learning by rapidly creating and testing ideas.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to break down a complex problem into a manageable target of focus.
    • The benefits of having a diverse, cross-functional group tackling a challenge.
    • The power of learning through quick-and-dirty idea thinking versus months of product/service/project development.
    • The need for collaboration, open-mindedness, divergent thinking and empathy for the end-user.


    Karan Ferrell-Rhodes is the founder of Shockingly Different Leadership, a global human capital professional services firm that is changing the way HR functions scale up their teams during peak periods of work!

    SDL's team of over 75 consultants partner with business executives and senior leaders of Learning & Development, Human Resources, and Organizational Development teams to execute business- critical, talent-related initiatives on an on-demand, project, or contract basis. The firm helps organizations solve the problem of quickly locating trusted expertise to help them get their urgent "people projects" done.

    Karan founded SDL around the core belief that HR, Talent, and Learning functions deserve to have the right resources to do their best work. As such, the firm's differentiating value is being its clients’ favorite ally to provide strategic advice & expert resources to help them become future-ready, today.

    Immediately before following her desire to share her consulting gifts on a more global scale, Karan held numerous executive positions during her 14-year tenure at the Microsoft Corporation, including leading the human capital strategy for 6 Corporate Vice Presidents and leading the Microsoft Global High Potential Leadership Development Programs.

    Karan has a deep passion for optimizing organizational workforces and loves unleashing the magic which occurs when gifted professionals are able to create and implement innovative ideas that showcase their acumen in a manner that:

    • delivers greater value to their organization,
    • creates  a cadre of raving fans,
    • impacts bottom line metrics, and
    • demonstrates their level of readiness for roles of larger scope and responsibility.

    Her book, Lead at the Top of Your Game, is scheduled to be released June 2020.

    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event

    Learning Objectives:

    This experience is different from a keynote presentation. It is a facilitated connection session designed to help members of a group more deeply connect.

    There is no pre-work that would need to be accomplished aside from coming into this session with a “critical question” in mind that you would like to seek help on.

    • Build Social Capital
    • Problem Solve and Collaborate with your peers
    • Create opportunities to serve the needs of those members of your group


    Paul Jones is the co-founder of Company Tribes a company that focuses on authentic employee to employee connection. He is a master facilitator facilitating authentic connection events for associations, companies and business leaders across the nation. His unique facilitation style stems from his 12 years of outdoor leadership experience, which includes being a river guide for four years on the Snake River in Jackson, Wyoming. He literally lived in a van down by the river. 

    In his professional career, he has traveled across the country observing teams and identifying common traits that lead to either failure or success: the foremost being, alignment to and participation in a culture of positive energy. As an entrepreneur, he has learned how to build a thriving and positive work culture the hard way. 

    Paul has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Utah State University and many other certifications in facilitation and professional guiding. 

    • Thursday, November 19, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event

    Are you or your team on a chaos odyssey? Are you experiencing wandering marked by many changes of fortune? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through without losing your mind?

    Steal some wisdom from Google, Spanx and Steve Martin! Explore the secret to shifting, pivoting, and downright changing everything to spite the opportunity for failure. Delve into how to make sense of the chaos with a scalable problem-solving tool that creates a snapshot of the situation for a clearer perspective. This power tool can be used anywhere by anyone.

    Leave this experience with several inspired a-ha’s and a giggle or two. Know what to do in the event of failure. Wrap your hands around what to do with your chaos odyssey!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Find out what Google, Spanx, and Steve Martin have in common
    • Explore how failure can truly propel you toward success
    • Delve into a practical problem-solving map that can help you through any chaos


    Denise Reed is an inspirationalist for innovation both personal and professional, public speaker and social media coach sharing the wealth of marketing experience as a business owner and practical problem solver. Talks include: Mindset is Everything, Top Places to Have a Profile in Social Media; LinkedIn The Big Picture; Tips for Effective Social Media Management and many more.

    Owner of Chattanooga's premier full-service office business center, established since 1995 and celebrating 25 years in business in 2020. The Concierge Office Suites provides fully supported private office rental, virtual office positioning, meeting space and virtual staff support. We want to redefine what office environments should be with our business concierge services. We are serious about connecting clients to resources through hosting live networking events, personalized business introductions, social media posts and client coaching on how to build these connections. Come get connected. It's more than the office. It's the experience.

    Reed has 20+ years of business experience to manage projects, staff, contractors and resources to meet client needs. Thrives on bringing together the right people with the best skills to improve a process and the “bottom line.” Works with all types of clients including: Chattanooga Coca Cola Bottling, T.V.A., Shaw Industries, Inc., AstraZeneca, Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitor Bureau and more…on all kinds of projects. Has substantial experience combining management, project coordination, advertising, and computer skills.

    • Tuesday, December 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event

    Many times you may see a manager set up as a negative comparison to a leader. Why is this? What might we be missing or limiting with this view? Hope you will join us as we explore questions like these around common concepts that are in need of some clarity.

    Learning Objectives:

    Where we look at two related terms and tease out the important nuances between them.

    • Clarity and discussion around some key terms in talent management and development.
    • Deeper understanding of the role limiting beliefs and assumptions play in our decision making and ways to address them
    • Opportunity to practice vulnerability talking about cloudy issues and different ways to create this space 

    Both my work and life paths are what one might call "circuitous".  Claiming 11 addresses by the time I graduated high school, mainly from my dad's call as a minister, I learned early on that (1) people are fascinating wherever they are and (2) integrating into a new surrounding requires the skill of active listening. This fascination with people and hearing their stories led me to pursue a degree in Religious Studies at UW-Madison (where I went mainly to play Ultimate Frisbee). I then took the natural next step of working in my friend's tech start up designing industrial applications. Yet the call to work on behalf of people finally called me after a few years to follow in my dad's footsteps and attend seminary. After completing my studies and spending time working in a few national level positions on behalf of the church in social justice and disaster response communications, I decided to take a turn in corporate America. Working for a medium-sized medical supply company I spent time in Purchasing, Supply Chain and Sales Operations, picking up an MBA and a few certifications along the way. 

    After our third child was born in 2018 I found myself reflecting back on my career and forward into what I wanted our family's life to look like. I realized that what has been a consistent theme throughout all of my experiences in life and business was an almost obsessive drive to alleviate anxiety within people and the organizations they inhabit. I had seen time and again how stress and lack of clarity/direction can lead people to exhaust their will power at the office, especially during times of change, leaving little energy for their lives outside the office and also for helping move their business forward. While this is manageable in small doses it is not sustainable for the individual or the organization. So I decided I would step into the world of consulting with the intended purpose of helping individuals and companies address these situations. My direct experience in corporate America is mostly in Supply Chain, so I started there with my company Ley Brothers Consulting. In the midst of COVID I have decided to also focus my energies into another enterprise focused at helping organizations and individuals identify, prioritize and address the boulders over pebbles in their professional and personal lives. Also, whenever possible to help support this though data-driven decision making. So I started a new company, Flip The Script Consulting & Coaching as a platform to address these issues.


    BA - UW Madison   |   M. Div. - LSTC   |  MBA - DePaul 

    PMP  |  Lean  |  CSSGB  |  CPIM  |  OCEB - Fundamentals  |  CCI  |  EQ-i 2.0

    • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event

    As companies increasingly turn to eLearning to build critical workplace skills, learners must do more than just understand content. They must be able to apply it in a workplace that is often more nuanced than any training. Designing for that kind of transfer must be intentional and often can seem overwhelming in the face of limited resources and looming deadlines. This session will explore how to promote transfer by designing interactions framed within the context of workplace applications. We’ll look at a range of examples from presentational screens to scenario-based activities and offer insights for efficiently building context to help your learners create connections that will enable them to successfully apply what they have learned. To expand your design palette, join us for a different perspective on how to increase learner engagement and skill acquisition.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe why we should be designing for transfer.
    • Explain how context promotes the transfer of skills.
    • Identify ways to design with context and transfer in mind.


    Monica Newell is on a quest to improve learner engagement. As an instructional designer with eLearning Brothers, she’s dedicated to creating engaging eLearning that envelops learners and presents them with real-world applications. With over eleven years of experience in curriculum development and ILT, she’s an avid believer that retention is tied to engagement and contextualized applications. Throughout her career, she has worked to support educators and corporate trainers through the creation of scaffolded resources and captivating, accessible eLearning modules. Monica is driven by technology’s potential to provide authentic eLearning opportunities, and she enjoys pushing the boundaries to develop the best experience for learners.

    • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event

    Today's learners expect a lot from their learning games. Grabbing their attention and keeping it requires technology that features amazing graphics, feature functionality, badges, and all manner of techno-wizardry. This session will explore often-overlooked elements in learning games that have more to do with the story---the narrative---which can take surprisingly little time to craft, but can make all the difference for learner engagement and immersion. We'll explore a proven model with examples that demonstrate these elements in detail. Core concepts from the hero's journey apply to all incredible stories---from Rocky Balboa to Luke Skywalker to Indiana Jones, these elements are the reason people care to dedicate their attention. Dedicate your attention to this session and return to your job with story elixir.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Apply a proven model for effective game elements that follows best practices for storytelling and narrative
    • Design basic elements in learning games to elevate the immersion and engagement factors
    • Evaluate game elements within the context of the Hero's Journey model 

    Richard is a dynamic, experienced consultant and professional facilitator with over 25 years in the field of human performance and development. As co-founder of eLearning Brothers Custom and Vice President of Customer Success, Richard has forged a number of deep relationships with leaders in the field of professional learning services and has provided significant contributions to an impressive list of clients. Prior to eLearning Brothers, Richard co-founded impact Solutions – a professional learning services company service focusing on comprehensive learning solutions for domestic and international clients with a focus on the MENA region.

    Richard has also worked as a National Training and Design Manager for Discover Financial Services and Morgan Stanley MasterCard operations. In this role he managed curriculum for over 4,500 employees in five states and was recognized nationally on a number of occasions for significant, innovative accomplishments in the training arena that resulted in greater speed to competence and dramatic improvements in employee retention.

    In November, 2008 Richard was recognized by the Association of Talent Development (ATD) as a Certified Professional in Talent Development and served as president of the ATD Utah Chapter in 2011. He is currently active in local leadership and national learning strategy for ATD.

Past events

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Emerging Strategically: Growing into a New Normal
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Coffee O'Clock - Member Week Event
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Leading Through Crisis & Ambiguity
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 The 1-2-3 Punch of Impactful Presentations
Thursday, August 13, 2020 Relaxed Power: Coaching to Increase Confidence
Thursday, July 23, 2020 Erasing Barriers To Success & Creating Inclusive Organizations
Thursday, July 16, 2020 Honing Your Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 How to Show Evidence of Learning Impact - SHRM AND HRCI RECERTIFICATION CREDITS PENDING
Thursday, June 18, 2020 Change, Choice, Consequence - Leading in Ambiguity - SHRM AND HRCI RECERTIFICATION CREDITS PENDING
Friday, June 12, 2020 Mobile SHRM June 2020 Chapter Meeting-Free Virtual Meeting
Thursday, June 04, 2020 Authentic Leadership in a Virtual World - SHRM AND HRCI RECERTIFICATION CREDITS PENDING
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Social Media and Your Career
Thursday, May 07, 2020 What if everything you know about Personality Style Training is WRONG?
Friday, April 24, 2020 Planning for the Post-Pandemic Workplace: Key Factors HR Needs to Consider Now
Friday, March 06, 2020 Cleveland GIG Event: Build and Maintain Trust
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Creating a Workforce That is Engaged, Not Entitled!
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Why Good Employees Leave (...and how to keep them!)
Thursday, November 21, 2019 How to Grow from Failure
Thursday, November 07, 2019 50th Anniversary Celebration - Cleveland Breakfast
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 50th Anniversary Celebration - Chattanooga Early Evening Mixer
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 50th Anniversary Celebration - Dalton Breakfast
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Building UX Into Learning
Thursday, September 12, 2019 ARBINGER INSTITUTE - The Outward Mindset, Seeing Beyond Ourselves
Friday, August 16, 2019 Behind the Scene Tour | Employee Training at Covenant Transport Services
Thursday, July 18, 2019 3 P's of Organization That Leads to Strong Leadership and Performance
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 IT IS CLEAR #METOO MOVEMENT
Thursday, June 06, 2019 AIME: Leveraging Industry 4.0
Thursday, May 16, 2019 How to Navigate Office Politics
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Blended Learning Recipes that Work
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Leadership, Innovation, and Change Management
Thursday, February 21, 2019 The Outward Mindset
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Creating Story-Driven Compliance
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Crucial Accountability
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Taking The Plunge - Starting Your Own Business
Thursday, September 20, 2018 VW Academy: Community Partnerships and Academy Tour
Thursday, August 16, 2018 Learning Technologies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Monday, July 23, 2018 Corporate Learning Analytics Conference
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Managing a Multigenerational Workforce
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 July Technology SIG Meeting
Friday, June 15, 2018 Creating a Culture of Accountability
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Dave Vance - Joint Meeting w/SHRM
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Speed Networking - Cool Tools
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Your Message in 99 Seconds - W/ Gayle Mingledorff & Christine Record
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Needs Assessment with Dr. Robert Branch
Thursday, February 08, 2018 The Power of Persuasion
Thursday, January 11, 2018 What The Heck Is My ROI For This Project?
Friday, November 10, 2017 High Impact, Low-Cost Training Activities that Wow Any Audience - With Sardek Love
Thursday, November 09, 2017 State of the American Workforce Report
Thursday, October 12, 2017 MicroLearning: Getting Results at Blazing Fast Speeds
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Respect in the Workplace
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Hacking Kirkpatrick's Level 4 Analysis
Monday, July 24, 2017 Corporate Learning Analytics
Thursday, July 13, 2017 Instructional Design: The Foundation of Effective Learning
Monday, June 26, 2017 Level 1 Virtual Gamification Certification
Thursday, June 08, 2017 Applying Positive Psychology To Your Talent Development Practice
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Managers and Leaders - The Same, or Different?
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Realizing Individual, Team, and Organizational Change
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Learning the Ropes with Storyline
Thursday, February 16, 2017 How to Create Successful Public-Private Partnerships
Thursday, February 09, 2017 Learning Management or Learning Enablement?
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Modern Mentoring: 21st Century A Timeless Practice
Thursday, December 08, 2016 December Member Appreciation Luncheon
Thursday, November 10, 2016 November Learning Event: Speed Apping
Thursday, November 03, 2016 UTC Continuing Education: Managing Multi-Generations
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 UTC Continuing Education: Conflict Resolution
Thursday, October 13, 2016 October Learning Event: Big Winners Fail Better
Friday, September 16, 2016 ATD MidSouth Conference
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 ATD Training Certificate: Train-the-Trainer
Thursday, September 08, 2016 September: Leveraging the Competitive Advantage
Thursday, September 01, 2016 UTC Continuing Education: SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP Certification Prep Course
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Chamber of Commerce: Breakfast of Champions
Thursday, August 11, 2016 August Learning Event: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Training Design
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 UTC Continuing Education: Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 LearnNow: The Modern Learner
Monday, July 25, 2016 Corporate Learning Analytics
Friday, July 15, 2016 Talent Development Master Forum
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce: AM Networking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 UTC Continuing Education: SHRM Essentials of HR Management
Friday, June 24, 2016 Chamber of Commerce: Diversify Marketplace + Luncheon
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 June Learning Event: The HR Talent Engine: How Many Cylinders are You Running On?
Thursday, May 26, 2016 2016 - May Board Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: QuickBooks Online (QBO)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Free Webinar - Adaptive Learning: Unleashing the Holy Grail of Deep Learning Measurement
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: I-9 and Everify Compliance
Thursday, May 12, 2016 May Learning Event: Leaving a Learning Legacy Using Next-Generation Training Delivery Tools
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: Discrimination/Labor
Thursday, April 28, 2016 2016 - April Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 UTC presents Employee Engagement: Lessons from the Mouse House
Thursday, April 14, 2016 April Learning Event: Tour Komatsu America Corporation Manufacturing Plant
Monday, April 11, 2016 Level 1 Gamification Certification for Talent Development Professionals
Saturday, April 09, 2016 Nashville ATD: TD Leaders Forum
Friday, April 08, 2016 Chattanooga Area Chamber Event: How Senior Leaders Pave the Way to Engagement
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: Managing 4 Generations in the Workplace
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Nashville ATD: TD Masters Forum
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: Managing Unintentional Bias
Thursday, March 31, 2016 2016 - March Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: Essential Interviewing Skills
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: Wage & Hour
Monday, March 21, 2016 ATD of North Alabama: ROI Training Workshop
Monday, March 14, 2016 Live Event: The Basics of How and Why to Gamify your Training Programs
Thursday, March 10, 2016 March Learning Event: "Write for Success: Proposals & Bids"
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 Chamber of Commerce AM Networking
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Chattanooga State Course: Harassment in Today's Workplace
Thursday, February 25, 2016 2016 - February Board Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 2016 February Learning Event: "Talent Treasure Hunt!"
Thursday, January 28, 2016 2016 - January Board Meeting
Thursday, January 14, 2016 January Learning Event: Panel Discussion: Journey to the Next Level

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