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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

    • Friday, March 06, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Cleveland State Community College | 3535 Adkisson Dr. NW - Technology Building Room 116 | Cleveland, TN 37312


    Trust is at the heart of every relationship, and it’s especially critical in the workplace. In fact, the primary factor affecting employee turnover is whether or not a trusting relationship was developed between the manager and the employee. Our Building Trust workshop teaches your managers how to build trust to increase engagement, creativity, and commitment.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Use formal and informal characteristics to build trust with your team.
    • Explain the effectiveness of the 12 characteristics of building trust.
    • Teach others how to use a range of techniques to be effective for the appropriate audiences.

    About the Speakers:

    Andre Nelson is a certified speaker, mentor and coach who helps develop current and potential leaders with the essential skills a leader needs to LEAD, INFLUENCE and MOTIVATE.

    Being promoted to a leadership position at the age of 20 years old, Andre thought he had what it required to be a leader. He quickly learned that he did not have the tools to lead people or fulfill his obligations of being the leader his organization needed. Andre made a decision early in his young career that he could give up or get better. He chose to get better by learning from others and educating himself on developing the leader within him.

    Andre has dedicated his professional and personal time in adding value to organizations through leading, following and working side by side with others.

    Andre Nelson has over 30 years of experience in leadership, coaching and mentoring through military training, manufacturing environment, public speaking events and certification through John C Maxwell. Currently he is working in the automotive industry as an Operations Manager in the greater Chattanooga area.

    In his leisure time, Andre enjoys spending time with his family, traveling the world, playing softball and attending sporting events. He is an active member in his church and has recently joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization (BBBS)


    Dirk Bayliss is a certified speaker, mentor and coach who helps local businesses and community professionals in developing leaders within their organization.

      Dirk Bayliss has over 20 years of experience in leadership, coaching and mentoring through military training, manufacturing environment, public speaking events and certified through John C Maxwell. Currently he is working in the automotive industry as a Plant Manager in the greater Chattanooga area.

      In my leisure time I enjoy playing billiards, hiking and coaching soccer.

      • Thursday, March 19, 2020
      • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      • American Job Center at Eastgate Mall | 5600 Brainerd Rd, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN

      An interactive tabletop discussion and activity that takes a truly honest look at what causes communication breakdowns among teams, and what to put into place to allow collective growth that also benefits the individual worker.

      Learning Objectives:

        • An honest look at how your workplace creates its own barriers to communication.

        • Why you need control over your life at work.
        • How does emotion play into our management decision without even realizing it.

            About our Speaker:
            Jenelle Hawkins, Director, Learning and Talent Development

            Jenelle is responsible for the management of all training initiatives, which includes maintaining and implementing Vision Hospitality’s digital training program, Vision University. In addition, she designs and develops learning materials and curricula based on identified needs, ensuring that all training procedures are aligned with Vision’s core values and business objectives. She also runs the AIM Learning Center, a unique offering to the industry, in which members of the general public can participate in training opportunities, which includes certifications such as ServSafe and CPR, but also leadership training that focuses on communication and associate growth.

            With over fifteen years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jenelle also enjoys serving as a member of the Future Ready Advisory Board at Howard High School, as well as teaching management courses at the University of TN Chattanooga. She also represents the Chattanooga hospitality community by serving on the Workforce Development Advisory Board.

            • Thursday, April 16, 2020
            • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
            • Chattanooga Lookouts | 201 Power Alley, Chattanooga, TN

            Program Description: Hiring, Training, and Motivating in the minor league sports environment

            Hitting home runs begins by developing each team member’s role through effective training, and capitalizing on each of their skill sets and position responsibilities.

            In this tour of the Chattanooga Lookouts facility, we will hear firsthand about the different training conducted for the various positions including Game day Staff, Interns, Seasonal, and Full time team members. We will also discuss some of the challenges for these as new staff may join each season.

            In addition, attendees will be provided a tour.

            Learning Objectives:

            • Understand different positions requires different talent development and training
            • All team members, whether full time, part time, and/or seasonal have an integral part to play to help "win the game"
            • There is room for fun in learning


            Andrew Zito, Vice-President
            Chattanooga Lookouts

            Andrew was born in New Jersey and moved to Fort Myers, Florida on his 1st Birthday. He moved to Chattanooga in January of 2012.

            Andrew is a graduate of UCF in Orlando, Florida where he completed his education with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Sports Business.  At UCF, Andrew worked in hospitality at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. When not working at the Hard Rock, he volunteered at sporting events, worked game days for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was an intern for the Orlando Predators.

            The Baseball Winter Meetings were held in Dallas, TX in December of 2011. It was there that Andrew met with and received an offer to start his career in baseball with the Chattanooga Lookouts. Just three weeks after that meeting, he moved to Chattanooga, TN.

            January 4, 2012 was his first day of work with the Lookouts as the Food and Beverage Intern. He quickly learned that working in baseball was more than about just baseball. It is about providing opportunity and creating lasting, memorable experiences. At the end of that season Andrew was offered an opportunity to join the team full time, in the group sales department.

            Now the Vice President, the Lookouts have provided Andrew with more than just employment over the last seven years. They have provided a path for personal and professional growth. Opportunity for growth has come in many forms including: working with community organizations to help raise funds and awareness, coordinating charity walks, volunteering in civic organizations like the Chattanooga Chamber, and forming meaningful relationships with so many people in the community.

            In recognition of his work with the Lookouts and the community, Andrew received several accolades.  In 2018, Andrew was named the Southern League’s Outstanding Employee of the Year and was recognized as a member of the United Way’s Emerging Leader Hall of Fame.  Last year Andrew’s North Chattanooga Council was named the Chamber’s Council of the Year. 

            When not at the ballpark Andrew loves to root for the Miami Dolphins, golf, drive his jeep with the top off, and enjoy all the great outdoor resources that Chattanooga provides. When asked about his time in Chattanooga, Andrew often replies: “Chattanooga just feels like it just gave me a big ‘ole hug”.

            • 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

            • 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.

          Past events

          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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