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    • 14 Feb 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 52
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    Why do Employees “Hire” or “Fire” our Training?

    Presented by Jay Gerhart

    Join ATD Charlotte for the next in our Lunch & Learn series.

    Schedules are busy, so plan just 60 minutes for your own professional development and come away reenergized and refreshed, with an actionable takeaway to help you move forward.

    Register now to reserve your spot!

    Virtual Meeting time:

    All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    February 14; 12:00 noon – 1:00pm


    Why do Employees “Hire” or “Fire” our Training?


    ATD Capabilities:

    Personal: Lifelong Learning

    Professional: Learning Science

    Professional: Technology Application

    Organizational: Business Insight

    Organizational: Talent Strategy and Management

    Organizational: Consulting and Business Partnering

    Summary:  

    While the Jobs to Be Done theory is most commonly used to explain consumer behavior, it can also explain why an organization's employees do – or don’t do things. Why do employees “hire” or “fire” training?  What forces act upon them when they “hire” or “fire” their employer?  Once you see the world through the lens of Jobs to Be Done, you can’t unsee it!

    Jay Gerhart uses and teaches the Jobs to Be Done framework extensively in his work as an innovation leader, in addition to podcasting, speaking, and blogging on the topic. He is co-host and producer of A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation, featuring several thought leaders of Jobs to Be Done. In this session, we will discuss:

    1. Jobs to Be Done theory, what it is and how it’s used.

    2. How Jobs to Be Done relates to your daily life

    3. How organizations apply Jobs to Be Done theory

    4. How to navigate training and development and related challenges using the Forces of Progress framework

    Jay is a self-professed Jobs to Be Done nerd, and he tends to get a bit passionate about the topic. Be forewarned that this passion may rub off on you! As a former comedy improviser, he keeps things light and fun while communicating actionable insights to his audiences. He feels strongly that the Jobs to Be Done mindset can help us in many aspects of our lives – at work and at home.

    Bio:

    Jay Gerhart is Vice President – Innovation at Atrium Health (now part of Advocate Health), one of the country’s largest healthcare systems with over 140,000 teams across the Southeast and Midwest. He has been with Atrium Health for nearly 25 years – the last 7 in innovation and the previous 18 in strategy and planning.  Before working in the industry, he was a healthcare consultant with E&Y.

    In his work as part of the Innovation Engine. He partners with operational and clinical leaders to renovate existing and develop new business models. Jobs to Be Done is at the heart of this work, as well as tools such as the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas. He and the Innovation Engine team also partner with the organization’s talent development leaders to teach the Design for Impact innovation process to leaders across the organization in a program called Impact Academy.




    • 16 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtually via Zoom
    • 58
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    ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

    VIRTUAL (Zoom) Only

    Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.

    Enable Talent Development by Transforming Data to Intelligence

    Topic Overview: 

    By transforming data into intelligence, organizations can gain insights into their workforce and can ensure that their talent development efforts are effective and efficient. This intelligence can then be used to inform future decisions and ensure that training initiatives are meeting the desired business objectives. This session aims to provide L&D practitioners with guidance on how to embark on their data to intelligence journey, as well as some use cases.

    Bio:

    Sukumaran Mariappan is a Global HR Leader with 22+ years of experience in the Technology & Engineering industry with deep experience in organizational transformation and crafting people strategy across the spectrum of human capital management.  He has managed several global mergers and acquisitions. He has also launched and led the charter for transformational HR practices including People Analytics, HR Technology & Operations.

    Suku is a well-known sounding board and coach to leaders.  He is passionate about nurturing young talent.  He has extensive experience in leading HR organizations across the US, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

    You will be sent a zoom link once you register, and any guests should select 'Guest-Virtual' for your registration; the cost is $10 to cover the meeting.

    Schedule:  Virtual lobby starts at 5.50pm and the meeting begins at 6pm.

    Meeting Schedule:

    All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    • 5:50pm - Virtual Lobby Opens
    • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
    • 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements
    • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins
    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC
    • 74
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    ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

    In PERSON 

    Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.

    IN PERSON:

    Location:  Palmer Building;  2601 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC  28204

    Parking:  112 spots on location around the building

    Registration:  5-6pm

    Meeting start time:  6pm

    Note:  for any guests attending (without a guest pass), please select 'Guest-In Person' for your registration; the cost is $20 to cover the meeting and food.


    Meeting Schedule:

    All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
    • 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements
    • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins
    • 8:00pm - Meeting Concludes

    Session Description:

    Your Process is a Product: Applying Product Management Principles to Process Improvement

    Topic Overview: 

    Have you ever contacted customer service only to discover you must face multiple menus before you reach a human representative? And by that point, you've shared your concern several times along the way with no resolution in sight? This frustrating scenario is what happens when processes are designed for efficiency and effectiveness on behalf of the administrators but not for the users. The same situations occur within Talent Management departments across the country. Talent Management processes may be the only time your employees interact with Talent professionals, and that interaction can dictate whether they opt-in to further Talent initiatives  or choose to opt-out entirely. With so much on the line, it's important to get process improvement right. Using case studies and product management principles, this session will walk you through key considerations to treat your processes as products, thereby optimizing the experience for your end users and administrators. 

    Bio: 

    Nadira Long is a seasoned Talent Development professional with more than 5 years experience in the Learning and Development space. Her specialities are process improvement, project management and instructional design. She currently works as a Leadership Development Consultant at Spectrum where she supports over 200 senior leaders in attending external leadership development programs. In past roles, she has served as a facilitator, coach and workshop developer. 


    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 73
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    ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

     VIRTUAL

    Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.


    VIRTUAL:

    You will be sent a zoom link once you register, and any guests should select 'Guest-Virtual' for your registration; the cost is $10 to cover the meeting.

    Schedule:  Virtual lobby starts at 5.50pm and the meeting begins at 6pm.

    Meeting Schedule:

    All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    • 5:50pm - Virtual Lobby Opens
    • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
    • 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements
    • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins

    Session Description:

    Our Learner Surveys Can Be More Powerful and Effective Than We Think!

    ATD Capabilities:

    Professional: Learning Science

    Professional: Learning Impact

    Organizational: Business Insight

    Organizational: Talent Strategy and Management

    Organizational: Data and Analytics

    Topic Overview: 

    As learning professionals, we regularly use learner surveys, but many of us don’t trust them. That is our intuition telling us something already proven by research! Traditional smile sheets do not correlate with results. Fortunately, there is a much more effective way! 


    In this session, Will Thalheimer, award-winning author and tireless researcher, will share hard-earned lessons learned about designing and utilizing better learner surveys. We will discuss: 


    (1) the science behind traditional learner surveys, 

    (2) the problems inherent with Likert and numeric scales, 

    (3) the innate challenges associated with learners evaluating learning, 

    (4) how to build better questions, 

    (5) how to send messages and nudge action, and 

    (6) how learner surveys fit into a new model - LTEM (the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model) developed by Will.


    Will's content will assure you if you’re skeptical about surveying learners. If you’re using Likert-like scales or numeric scales, Will’s research-inspired approach will challenge you. One of the best things about Will’s work is that he’s skeptical too, and he’s built an approach that can provide us with better data while also reminding us to use learner surveys only as a starting point in evaluation.  Agents of change within organizations won’t miss this opportunity to continue their journey and drastically improve the learning evaluation function within their organizations.


    The learning industry recognizes his LTEM approach as an innovative model that provides learning teams with better data



    Bio: 

    Will Thalheimer, Ph.D., MBA, is the Principal at TiER1 Performance. Will is a world-renowned speaker, writer, researcher, and consultant focused on research-based best practices for learning design, learning evaluation, and presentation design. Will is the creator of LTEM and author of the award-winning Performance-Focused Learner Surveys.


    At TiER1, Will works with multi-capability teams helping organizations realize business and operational goals through learning initiatives that “move the needle.” Previously, Will founded and ran Work-Learning Research for 22 years, where his research reviews are still available. Will co-created The Learning Development Accelerator and the eLearning Manifesto.





    • 18 May 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC
    • 74
    Register

    ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

    In PERSON 

    Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.

    IN PERSON:

    Location:  Palmer Building;  2601 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC  28204

    Parking:  112 spots on location around the building

    Registration:  5-6pm

    Meeting start time:  6pm

    Note:  for any guests attending (without a guest pass), please select 'Guest-In Person' for your registration; the cost is $20 to cover the meeting and food.


    Meeting Schedule:

    All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
    • 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements
    • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins
    • 8:00pm - Meeting Concludes

    Session Description:

    Calming the Chaos: How can we use Storytelling to manage change?


    ATD Capabilities:

    Professional: Learning Impact

    Organizational: Business Insight

    Organizational: Talent Strategy and Management


    Topic Overview: 

    Change happens. As Learning professionals, we are often called upon to help our teams navigate the chaos of change. Countless tools, templates, and best practices could help create a change management plan. But how many of them start with storytelling? (pssst....only one!)

    Our brains are wired to respond to stories, so why aren't we using them to help explain the WHY behind the change and the HOW to move forward? Join us for this session to learn more about what makes change so hard, the psychology behind storytelling, and how you can find a way to make a change just a little easier.

    In this session, Maggie and Coleman will share valuable lessons from their journey to success. Afterward, you’ll be able to:

    (1) identify initiatives where storytelling will improve outcomes.

    (2) apply a model to craft impactful stories.

    (3) utilize this mindset and toolset to affect change

    Maggie and Coleman bring real-world experience and a unique tag-team approach to their discussions. If storytelling is on your list, you won’t want to miss this session.

    Of course, the food and networking will be awesome too!

    Bios: 

    Maggie Redling (she/her/hers) is a Director of Talent Acquisition & Development at Booster, and she runs Wrestling With Talent with Coleman Williams. Maggie knew from a young age that learning was her calling. She was the young girl always playing teacher, and while her students have changed from stuffed animals to employees, her motivation to help others see potential in themselves hasn't. Maggie's research-minded brain helps teams choose the right intervention at the right time, while her positivity allows her to build quick and meaningful relationships.



    Coleman (he/him/his) is a Director of Culture & Talent at Booster. He started his career teaching high school students about business and has since found his passion for helping an organization focus on the future and build a learning culture. It is his role to develop, fine-tune, and implement talent processes and tools to align with business strategy and improve employee experiences. And, in 2020, he joined forces with his tag-team partner, Maggie Redling, to open the doors of Wrestling With Talent.



    • 20 Jul 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC
    • 74
    Register

    ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

    In PERSON 

    Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.

    IN PERSON:

    Location:  Palmer Building;  2601 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC  28204

    Parking:  112 spots on location around the building

    Registration:  5-6pm

    Meeting start time:  6pm

    Note:  for any guests attending (without a guest pass), please select 'Guest-In Person' for your registration; the cost is $20 to cover the meeting and food.


    Meeting Schedule:

    All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
    • 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements
    • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins
    • 8:00pm - Meeting Concludes

    Session Description:

    Get a Grip: Behavioral Triage Methods for Leadership Optimization


    ATD Capabilities:

    Professional: Learning Science

    Professional: Learning Impact

    Organizational: Business Insight

    Organizational: Talent Strategy and Management

    Organizational: Data and Analytics


    Topic Overview: 

    Executive coaching often fails to bring urgency and a hyper-focus on what is required of individuals to execute under pressure when the stakes are high. Some behaviors limit us, and others that propel us in the most important moments of our business. If only we could grasp those behaviors to manage complexity and its ever-changing and unpredictable nature. This is an adaptation of behavioral triage – making quicker assessments and subtle but impactful shifts in how we interact with key stakeholders to achieve our business outcomes.

    In this session, Stephen Belenky, “the anti-coach,” and Abimbola Akintolayo, “the business therapist,” will share insights that led to their adaptation of behavioral triage and tools designed to unlock and optimize what is distinctly effective and ineffective about us when it really counts.

    1. How to use "causal mapping" to identify leading ineffective behaviors. 

    2. How to contextualize these behaviors and assess their risk.

    3. How to calibrate a leadership response that serves your business objectives.

    Energy is the word. Stephen is direct and vision-oriented, while Abimbola brings a teacher’s mindset and is grounded in tactics. Their appreciation for one another is undeniable, as is their passion for the topic. If you’ve ever questioned the impact of executive coaching, you should also know they have. You’ll find their skepticism isn’t condescending but comes from curiosity about human potential and what it takes to be highly effective. Being provocative goes with the territory, but they promise to be playful above all else.


    Bios: 

    Abimbola Akintolayo - Oke is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology professional specializing in Leadership and People development. With more than 15 years of experience in Organizational Psychology, Training, and Education, she leverages her talents to help people become the best version of themselves and to help organizations achieve their business goals by developing and executing bespoke Leadership Development strategies for groups, teams, and individuals.

    Abimbola has had a wide range of experience with various L&D roles in multiple industries, including Manufacturing and Higher Education. Most recently, she was the Global Learning and Development Manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is currently running her firm as the Principal Leadership Coach and Strategist at Leaders Lane, which specializes in bringing out individuals' strengths and superpowers to enable them to live optimally, flourish and transform their communities.

    Abimbola lives in the Charlotte area with her wonderful husband of 14 years and their three amazing kids. In her spare time, she indulges in various creative pastimes, including writing, podcasting, and painting with her kids. She also enjoys traveling and watching movies with her husband.


    Stephen Belenky - Stephen has worked globally for 15 years as a human-centered strategist to create the conditions for effective culture and leadership. He intervenes with big corporations and scale-ups in high-pressure-high-stakes transitions and serves as a human capital partner to private equity and venture capital.

    Stephen founded Hiddn Ventures™ and [its leadership optimization technology] Hiddn Edge©. He co-founded Hiddn's parent company Align Collective™, a management consulting agency built to create the conditions for highly effective leaders, teams, and organizations in growth and transition.

    He has degrees from The College of Wooster and Tel Aviv University and certifications and accreditations from Northwestern University, Cornell University, and the International Coaching Federation. Stephen is an ongoing neuroscience student passionate about demystifying leadership and untapped potential.

    He draws on every experience spanning six countries and four continents, including his service in the Israeli Defense Forces and his collaborations with organizational psychologists and behavioral scientists. Stephen also speaks regularly about leadership, culture, trauma, and the limitations of coaching.

    Stephen and his partner Rachel are currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina, building a second home base in New Mexico. They travel extensively, plan to retire abroad, and have made it their mission to know and understand people and cultures worldwide.




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