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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, May 07, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"



    In this highly interactive and engaging webinar, attendees will discover how DISC training can be reinvented to make it more engaging and sticky. By re-framing the styles to shift from meaningless letters to visual symbols, you will learn how to place the styles into long-term memory rather than having them be just a fleeting fascination. This session will demonstrate that style is not about graphs and reports, but rather about application. You will learn how to use this model to adapt to the people around you to build stronger relationships and get results.

    By combining a team building approach with personality styles and used with more than 50,000 people over the past 25 years, the result of this presentation is a revolutionary new way to approach teaching people about the personality styles.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn why this is the perfect time to introduce or reintroduce personality training in your organization
    • Gain insight about how to turn classroom-based personality training into a fun and engaging experience
    • Discover why most personality styles training is designed for short-term memory, not long-term retention and application
    • Find out how to turn personality styles training into a process not an event by reinforcing the learning throughout the year

    About the Speaker:

    Kerry Bayles
    Take Flight Learning, Vice President of Learning and Development

    For over 25 years, Kerry Bayles has been facilitating personality styles training programs. She is Master Certified in Taking Flight with DISC and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. As an educator, she has taught high school and college psychology classes for 11 years.  She’s been leading team building, leadership development and DISC personality styles training sessions as well as delivering keynote speeches across the United States, Canada, and Mexico since 2010.  Kerry has been involved in the design of several Take Flight Learning training programs, including ReDISCovering Conflict, Chameleon Leadership and Innovating IDEAS.

    Kerry has worked with hundreds of corporate clients, including  Pepsi, TD Bank, Temple University, the FDA, Estee Lauder, GE, Johnson & Johnson, The World Bank, The Philadelphia Eagles etc.

    Kerry has played a key role in the many awards Take Flight Learning has been honored with, such as the Fastest Growing Companies, Best Places to Work and NJ Business of the Year.

    The program you are about to experience is based on Taking Flight with DISC, which was named The Best Personality Training Program in the US by CV Magazine.

    Taking Flight with DISC Training Program

    Taking Flight with DISC Training Certification https://takeflightlearning.com/certifications.html

    Taking Flight with DISC Profile

    • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maple Street Biscuit | 2114 Gunbarrel Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    Social Networking Event
    coming to Maple Street Biscuit Company

    When it comes to networking, it’s not just about making a great first impression—it’s about making a lasting one. After all, networking is all about building relationships over time.

    But at a networking event—where everyone you meet is sure to be meeting dozens of others, too—how do you make sure that you’re memorable, even after the meeting is over?

    Plan to sit down the next day and send a brief email to everyone you met. Let them know you enjoyed meeting them, follow up on anything you discussed at the event, and then, make it personal. Include an inside joke from the night before, share an article you think they might like, or, if you chatted about your hobbies, mention a new band or movie you think they’d like. This little extra effort can be just what it takes to start a worthwhile relationship.

    Come and join us!

    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • American Job Center at Eastgate Mall | 5600 Brainerd Rd, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN

    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
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"



    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 - 1:00 PM
    • American Job Center at Eastgate Mall | 5600 Brainerd Rd, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN

    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
    • 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

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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Like ATD, we believe that employees who receive a great on-boarding experience and are shown a path to improve their skills in a positive learning environment will be more valuable in the work place and it will increase employee retention.  Mike Steele, Chief Development Officer

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