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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

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, January 16, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • American Job Center at Eastgate Mall | 5600 Brainerd Rd, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN

    In today's highly competitive hiring market, it's more important now than ever before to have a sound strategy for keeping your organization's top performing employees.  Have you started thinking about the process of retaining employees differently, in the modern world, employers need to attract and continue to attract the talent that they need?  Attend this informative session and discover best practices for doing just that.  You'll discover the top reasons good employees leave, along with practical steps you can implement to create a work environment where they'll want to choose to stay.

    Key Topics include:

    • Key current statistics related to workplace attrition (voluntary turnover) and current talent trends
    • Top three factors that impact whether or not employees are likely to thrive at work
    • Top 12 reasons good employees leave their job - and strategies for overcoming at your organization
    • Implementing best practices for continuing to attract good employees, so they'll choose to stay

    Learning Objectives:

    • List and describe three key factors that impact whether employees are able to thrive at work
    • List and describe top reasons good employees leave their jobs
    • Identify and implement solutions

        About our Speaker:
        Mary Gormandy White, Managing Director, Talent Development with MTI Business Solutions

        Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR is a talent development expert and dynamic speaker, trainer, and facilitator with expertise in HR best practices, leadership, management, team building, and communication. She is managing partner of MTI Business Solutions, a leading talent development firm, where she provides training, speaking, and consulting services focused on building better workplaces. She also teaches online PHR/SPHR, aPHR, and SHRM-CP/SCP certification prep courses.  

        Mary holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication and is sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, association meetings and corporate training events nationwide. She also holds a variety of industry certifications, including SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Everything DiSC Certified Trainer and PXT Select Certified Professional. 

        • Thursday, February 20, 2020
        • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
        • American Job Center at Eastgate Mall | 5600 Brainerd Rd, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN

        Employee engagement is not just about the employee, it’s about connecting the employees with the goals of the organization. For years organizations have been investing time, money and energy into engaging employees, based on the promise that engagement drives better performance. But many organizations say that despite their best efforts, engagement programs haven’t delivered as expected. While engaging employees is essential, the truth is engagement isn’t enough. Engagement without accountability creates entitlement. When engagement and accountability meet, breakthrough results occur.

        Learning Objectives:

        • Become aware of our workforce’s present engagement level and use data to support the benefits of focusing on engagement.
        • Engagement without accountability creates entitlement.
        • Understand the 5 pillars of engagement and the role each of them plays in preventing entitlement.
        About our Speaker:

        Janell Satterfield, Training & Development Manager / Sr. HR Generalist with Cormetech, Inc.

        Janell Satterfield is the Training & Development Manager for Cormetech, a world leader in manufacturing of high-quality environmental catalysts. She has over a decade of experience managing teams and her passion for developing talent and seeing people reach their full potential, is the driving force behind what she does. She specializes is training program design, workshop facilitation, workforce planning, coaching & advice, and employee relations. Janell currently serves on the Education & Workforce committee at the Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors for Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland and a member of the Give United Cabinet of the United Way. She is a certified SPHR and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Tennessee.

        • Thursday, March 19, 2020
        • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
        • TBD

        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.

            Past events

            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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