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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, August 13, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"


    Coaching individuals so they can be confident contributors both at work and at home is a game changer.  Most of us want to understand how to unleash our potential. 

    In this session we will talk about the road to individual mastery through self awareness and success patterns.

    • Discuss the role self-awareness plays in becoming confident
    • Explore the value of understanding your talent and skills
    • Discuss the process of gaining mastery in any area of life

    About the Speaker:

    Tangela Johnson is a Corporate Culture and Leadership Development Expert, Seasoned Consultant, Executive Coach, Dynamic Speaker and Author. She is the Founder and President of North Georgia Corporate Consulting, a professional development boutique that's helped multi-million dollar companies across multiple industries for more than two decades. Today, Tangela is known as a powerful thought leader and gifted change agent -- affectionately referred to as "The Fixer" by her clients. In each engagement, Tangela works closely with business leaders to create high-performing, engaged cultures where creativity, accountability, teamwork, and excellence can flourish. She's known for her innovative coaching style -- and even served as an interim "Chief People Officer" inside a major healthcare company. Tangela is known for helping companies identify the root cause of leadership challenges and developing long term solutions for significant culture change. Tangela uses her signature Leaders First, Culture Second model to help companies develop healthy, sustainable cultures.

    Tangela recently released her new book, Relaxed Power: How to Live a Purposed (Not Perfect) Life. It's rooted in her steady faith, business journey, and belief in the individual pursuit of greatness. Tangela currently serves on the board of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation. She was previously appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Board. Other former community roles include Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow and alumnus of the prestigious Leadership Georgia Program. Tangela has also been featured in City Scope Magazine, Trend Magazine as well as other publications. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, you can count on Tangela to deliver actionable steps on relationship re-engineering and interventions that help business owners identify and resolve issues, so they can achieve greater outcomes.

    Tangela has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast News from The University of Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in English from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a first generation college graduate. 

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


    In a digitized age when so much of our training is consumed on our laptops and smart phones, the ability to deliver a live presentation that is both engaging and compelling couldn’t be more important. Unlike other mediums, a live trainer brings an undeniable presence to his or her audience. There is an element of unpredictability that comes with the back and forth exchange between trainers and learners.

    The question then becomes, “How do I make an impact on my learners that will both engage them, and motivate them to change?” Whether you’re new to the trainer/facilitator role or you’ve been at it for some time, this hands-on session will provide you with an opportunity to practice using the tools that will lead to greater impact!

    As a result of this session, learners will be able to :

    • Prepare an introduction that is customized to a particular audience and immediately engages them.
    • Organize content using various structures that make content flow logically and convincingly.
    • Compare and contrast between closings that are passive and ineffective and those that are compelling and facilitate change.

    These are just some of the dynamics that make a presentation come alive!

    Trainers/Facilitators are able to see the immediate response to their content and make adjustments that ensure comprehension and understanding. Training in a live environment allows for a personal connection that will drive the point home. This is essential because those who function in the Learning and Development space are agents of change.

    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!

    • Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"


    Effective leadership in uncertain times means managing stress and information flow, but it also must extend beyond these immediate issues.  Preparation for future steps and developing informed, empowered teams goes a long way toward ensuring positive outcomes.  This session will focus on the psychological impact of ambiguity in our environment and how learning professionals and leaders can help those they serve navigate and continue to grow.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn to diagnose and coach when fear of unlikely or imagined outcomes are being amplified by the ambiguity in our environment.
    • Differentiate uncertainty and ambiguity to better understand where to provide support.
    • Apply best practices in our roles to reduce or mitigate ambiguity during times of rapid change.

    About the Speaker:

    Matt Meuleners has over 20 years of experience as a speaker, trainer, and Talent Development professional. He is an expert in leadership development who specializes in: program design and delivery, L&D consulting, mentoring programs, training audits, and presentation skills coaching.

    Matt holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin: Madison. He teaches Training & Development at Marquette University as an adjunct professor and is the 2020 President of the SEWI chapter of the Association of Talent Development.

    An Executive Partner with FOCUS Training, Matt leads the professional development market team and serves as Lead Instructor for the Accelerate and Elevate Institutes where he trains and coaches managers and high-potential talent from the region’s top companies.

    • Thursday, September 17, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"


    COVID-19 has been the 2020 curve ball that no one saw coming. In a span of days the nation shifted from business as usual to a new, uncertain normal that few were prepared for. Many businesses were forced to close their doors, lay off their employees and ultimately cease operations for an indefinite amount of time. Those that could remain open either sent their employees home to work remotely OR asked them to continue in their role even as questions piled up faster than answers.

    Now, as the conversation shifts to reopening the economy and we prepare to move our workforce back to ”business as usual” the goal is to emerge strategically and to take purposeful action that will set our teams up for success moving forward.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Accept that our current reality has chanced and that each person has lived through a different experience.
    • Prepare for others to have strong emotions and opinions that are very different from your own.
    • Learn to restore safety in critical moments so that each person can move forward together.


    Carrie Woods, in today's ever changing business world communication is key. Effective communication must be targeted, timely, strategic and meaningful if it is to generate results and leave a lasting impression.

    This is what I do. My job is to make your life easier and I take that very seriously. Together we can create a plan that will help you reach your goals and exceed your expectations.

    As a corporate trainer with Catalyst North Training and Content Development, I can help you mold and shape your team to be both effective and efficient. From creation to facilitation your training will be built to meet the unique needs of your organization and your team. While as a professional and freelance writer I specialize in all types of writing including ghostwriting, curriculum, articles, web copy, scripts and sales materials.

    If this sounds like exactly what you've been looking for then please contact me. Together we can write the future you want.

    • Thursday, October 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"


    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)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"


    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)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"

    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. 

    • Tuesday, December 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Webinar "Your Nearest Computer Connection"

    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

Past events

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



PayPro is a local Human Capital Management Provider. Our emphasis in supporting our clients are in the three key areas that every business needs. Hiring employees with Applicant tracking tools, Managing employees through payroll, time and attendance, HRIS and benefit enrollment and Growing employees through collaborative tools and learning management.

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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