Log in

                                                                                                                                                                                      Our Mission: Elevate the knowledge and skills of talent development professionals by providing highly educational, engaging, impactful and actionable learning experiences.

Strategic Learning Alignment

  • 15 Mar 2012
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Rubbermaid/Irwin Training Center


  • We happily welcome guests to join us for our monthly meetings for networking, great conversations, an engaging experience, and a wonderful meal.
  • As part of your annual membership, we would love to invite you to our monthly meeting for networking, great conversations, an engaging program, and good meal.

Rita Mehegan Smith, CLO, Ingersoll Rand

When training initiatives align to organizational strategy and objectives, learning practitioners ensure training is relevant and has a major hand in achieving results. In today’s challenging business environment it is more critical than ever that learning initiatives help drive business success and "Strategic Learning Alignment" offers a roadmap and resources to make that happen.

Authored by industry veteran Rita Smith, Vice President of Enterprise Learning for Ingersoll Rand, a $12 billion global industrial company, "Strategic Learning Alignment" will guide readers in how to use the language and tools of business to create unprecedented alignment of learning with business partners. Smith provides a detailed model, real-world application, and tools for success. The book also helps the learning professional:

  • Assess current levels of alignment
  • Understand the business “customer” and its goals
  • Engage business leaders
  • Communicate results

"Strategic Learning Alignment" is available from the ASTD Store in print and Kindle formats.


Rita Mehegan Smith is Vice President, Enterprise Learning for Ingersoll Rand and Dean for the Ingersoll Rand University (IRU). Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global, diversified industrial company. Ingersoll Rand University is responsible for developing strategic organizational competencies, providing leadership education, and for driving the IR culture across the globe.

Dr. Smith has over 30 years of progressive leadership roles in the learning and development field. She has led learning functions in a variety of Fortune 500 companies; including the travel, financial services, and high tech manufacturing industries. The combination of her MBA, and EdD, coupled with her Six Sigma background, enables her to leverage a practical, applied business approach to learning and development. Her professional writings, most recently in the Pfeiffer Annual and T&D Magazine, similarly reflect this pragmatism.


Dr. Smith has served ASTD in a variety of leadership roles, including ASTD Board of Director from 2007 to 2009. She is also currently on the Advisory Board for Wharton CLO program. In November 2008, IRU and Ingersoll Rand’s CEO were featured on the cover of T&D Magazine highlighting the business alignment and impact of the University. Dr. Smith was profiled in the September 2007 issue of CLO Magazine and most recently, profiled in the Long View series of the March 2010 T&D Magazine. Dr. Smith’s book, "Strategic Learning Alignment: Make Training a Powerful Business Partner", (ASTD Press) was published in May 2011. She is currently serving on the UNC Charlotte Extended Academic Programs HR/Learning & Development Board of Advisors for 2011-2012.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software