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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, June 04, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"

    ATD Capability Model: Developing Organizational, Professional and Personal Capability 

    Community of Practice: Coaching, Performance Improvement 

    Learning Objectives:

      • Identify ways to ensure a strong connection with participants from the very start of the meeting.
      • Compare and contrast tools and techniques for maintaining maxim engagement during the virtual meeting.
      • Develop a follow up plan that will reinforce concepts and action items discussed during the meeting.

      About the Speaker:

      Brett Campbell, serves as a Facilitator and Content Specialist for Converging Solutions, LLC. He regularly engages in the instructional design of online courses. He honed his skills in public speaking, leadership training, life coaching, and conflict resolution during the two and a half decades he served as a pastor in several medium-to-large churches from Georgia to Virginia. Brett currently serves as the President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Talent and Development (ATD). He also facilitates computer classes, as part of ATD’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity: Atlanta. Brett is a certified practitioner for the Lumina Spark, part of Lumina Learning, USA division. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course, as well as High Impact Presentations, and Leadership Blind Spots (also provided by Dale Carnegie). Brett graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Business Marketing. He put that degree on hold while he served in the United States Army. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University School of Divinity. Brett and his wife have been enjoying the dance for 34+ years. With two kids out of the house and one still at home, life for them in Atlanta continues to be a fun-filled adventure!

      Robb Bingham, M.Ed., holds multiple awards for helping companies get strategic with training – especially in the space where learning intersects with communications and performance improvement. Throughout his career, Robb has worked across dozens of diverse businesses/industries including: Ameriprise Financial, Caterpillar, Deloitte & Touche, T-Mobile, and UnitedHealth Group. Robb has served organizations in a number of different roles, from Trainer, Designer, Developer, and Producer, to Team Lead, National Curriculum Manager, and External Consultant. However, he most enjoys helping start-up and new initiative teams work together developing new, creative solutions to relevant business problems using a framework he coined the Converging Solutions Problem Solving Model. ATD has been a regular part of Robb’s professional life, having served as VP of Strategic Partnerships as well as chapter President.

      • Thursday, June 18, 2020
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"

      Business is changing faster than ever- but your people aren't.  You can't deny it.  In fact, 70% of leaders expect industry disruption in the next three years (Mercer, 2019).  Change is not just intellectual - it's emotional.  If you want to achieve the change in your organization , you will need to help your people through it.  That starts with change leaders.  During this interactive session, we will engage in a discussion about one of the biggest challenges of leading in times of change - dealing with ambiguity.  In small groups, we will use visuals and dialogue to explore how to identify and focus on what we can control,rather than what we can't.  And how our mindsets can affect our teams' ability to adapt and thrive.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Recognize that we can choose how we respond to change,
      • Consider the consequences of the paths we take in response to change,
      • Explore how the change choice consequence process may play out in specific change scenarios.

      About the Speaker:

      Alison Lazenby, Principal Leadership Development

      As Principal: Leadership Development at Root Inc., Alison is passionate about empowering and developing people-leaders, whom she considers the “biggest source of untapped potential in organizations today” and the linchpin of successful organizational transformation.

      A strategy execution and change-management professional with over two decades of experience, Alison helps prestigious clients across the globe to execute strategy by getting it out of boardrooms and into the hearts, hands,

      and minds of all employees – especially those who are tasked with bringing it to life on the front lines. Her experiences have fostered a professional calling to help the most critical and often most neglected stakeholder group – managers – engage and inspire their teams to achieve breakthrough performance.

      As a lifelong perfectionist and high achiever, Alison works fastidiously to make a difference for her clients – who always become huge advocates when they see the trans-formative impact that well-trained managers have on their organizations. Her clients include Novartis, Petco, University Hospitals,

      Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Synopsys, United Rentals, XPO Logistics, Fossil, and American Airlines.

      Born, raised, and educated in England, Alison worked in Europe for 15 years, developing brand equity and building distribution for Diageo’s iconic brands (Archers, Smirnoff, Malibu, Cinzano, Gilbey’s, Bombay Sapphire) before settling in the United States. She is a frequent guest speaker at conferences: ATD, Training, HCI Global Talent Forum, The Conference Board, as well as SHRM and local ATD events.

      • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"
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      This presentation will help professionals glean insight on practical yet valid ways to tell the story of learning impact.  It will present an approach that is based on roughly reasonable use of evaluation data and business operations data.  Collectively this information can be used to highlight value creation, identify improvements and associate learning to business outcomes.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Understand evidence as opposed to proof
      • Review the types of evidence available to L&D
      • Learn how to collect, report and discuss evidence to tell the story of impact


      Jeffrey Berk, COO, Performitiv

      Performitiv is a learning impact optimization technology company.  As COO Jeffrey helps shape the strategy and manages day-to-day operations.  Jeffrey has been in the learning measurement field for nearly 20 years.  He has co-authored 2 books on human capital analytics.  He is an adjunct professor on performance measurement and process improvement in Chicago.

      • Thursday, July 16, 2020
      • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (EDT)

      Learn why EQ is so important in the workplace, its major facets, and engage in self-assessment and interactive exercises to ultimately hone your skills in this arena.  Useful and credible resources are also shared for knowledge workers' future professional growth.

      Learning Objectives:

      • What  EQ is and why it’s important in business and life,
      • Learn the key facets of EQ and useful self-assessments
      • Engage in various EQ exercises for a hands on experience


      Dr. Lisa Burke-Smalley  the Guerry Professor of Management at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and holds a Ph.D. in Human resources/Organizational behavior from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Lisa is a recipient of the UTC Professor of the Year (2019), teaching undergraduate, MBA, and executive education courses in the College of Business. Lisa’s research focuses on management training, education and development and she has published more than 90 academic journal articles, 15 book chapters, and edited her own book on management training. Lisa recently served as Associate Editor for the prestigious Academy of Management Learning & Education Journal.

      Lisa was twice-awarded the Rollins College of Business Teaching Award (2019, 2014), a UTC Think-Achieve Award (2013) for using experiential learning methods in the classroom and has been chosen by UTC students as Professor of the Year (2008). Lisa earned the "2005 HR Educator of the Year Award" in the Southwestern United States, is a prior recipient of the "Professional Trainer of the Year Award" (from North Louisiana ASTD), and is a member of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." A former student anonymously created a prestigious national scholarship in Lisa’s name through the National SHRM Foundation, which is awarded each year to a deserving student in the U.S.

      As a globally recognized management training & education scholar, Lisa won the 2015 College of Business Research Award and was inducted into the UTC Council of Scholars, the university’s highest recognition for those who research, publish, and have national and international reputations in their field. Lisa’s research has had a global impact, with Google Scholar stats of h-index=34 and i10 index=47. Her research has appeared in quality peer-reviewed journals such as Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Management, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Resource Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, HR Advisor: Legal and Practical Guidance, and Employee Rights & Responsibilities Journal. Lisa has also presented her research internationally (e.g., University of Surrey in England and VSE in Prague), and has earned several global reviewer and journal service awards (e.g., AMLE).

      Over the last few years, Lisa has been a frequently-invited keynote speaker for various organizations including the UT System HR Conference, Willis Towers Watson, Southeast TN Association of HR, Chattanooga Area Society of Healthcare HR Administrators, Institute of Internal Auditors, Chattanooga Association of Talent Development, Institute of Management Accountants, Project Management Institute (UT Space Institute), and the North American Young Generation in Nuclear.

      • Thursday, October 15, 2020
      • 10:45 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Homeserve, USA | 7134 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

      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.

    Past events

    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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