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ATD Employee Learning Week Logo2019 ATD Employee Learning Week

ATD’s Employee Learning Week (ELW) is an opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to talent development. As your local chapter we are offering a series of webinars to support your learning efforts. We’ve partnered with some of the best in their field to share their areas of expertise via Webinar.

Topics are:

  • Addressing the Skills Gap with Micro-Credentialing
  • Managers can’t be coaches without practicing conversations
  • Born Leaders are Unicorns: Here’s a Development Strategy for the Rest of Us
  • Workforce of the Future: Implications to Learning and Development
  • Rewards and Realities of Going Solo as a Consultant
  • 360° Dialogue: Getting People at Every Level to Speak Up

Day 1: Monday Dec 2, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Address the Skills Gap with Micro-Credentialing 

Jeff Salin, D2L
Jeff Salin, D2L

Using Open Badges to provide micro-credentials is a great way to track upskilling and career pathing for learners within organizations. This session will cover how micro-credentialing supports ongoing professional development and personalized learning pathways as it pertains to accomplishments and skills. In this webinar, you will:

  • Explore the open badge framework and how it can track progress to act as a workplace currency
  • Analyze why most organizations that try badging don't succeed in their goals
  • Learn how badges help solve the skills gap and how clients are using them to transform their learning culture.
  • Discover strategies for badging effectively at your organization.

Learn More about D2L

Jeff Salin is a senior instructional designer in the Learning and Creative Services department at D2L. He is a passionate educator, focusing on scenario-based learning, gamification, and competency-based education. He’s also into audio engineering, music, triathlons, and all things food.

Day 2: Tuesday Dec 3, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 am

Managers Can’t Be Coaches Without Practicing Conversations

Andrea Laus, SkillGYM

Matteo Malatesta, Skillgym

By adopting a coaching mentality and approach, managers can help members of their team realize their potential. To get there, Trainers need to implement new strategies to support this journey. AI-based solutions for practicing coaching conversations can help bridge the gap between just learning and gaining true and actionable experience.

Why should managers devote time and effort to coaching their team?

Research shows that coaching leads to better engagement, higher productivity and enhanced customer service. It also helps an employee improve performance, overcome challenges, reach goals and build self-confidence.

Shifting towards a coaching approach clearly requires the development of strong conversational skills, which can’t be simply learned in class:

  • Collaborating instead of controlling
  • Delegating more responsibility
  • Talking less, listening more
  • Giving fewer orders, asking more questions
  • Giving specific feedback instead of making judgments

In this webinar, you'll learn:

  • Why it is so important to work on practicing leadership conversations instead of just learning
  • What we have learned about their conversational skills from interviewing over a thousand managers
  • What types of conversations really make the difference when it comes to coaching employees
  • How you can integrate efficient practice-based training into your next leadership program

Learn more about SkillGym

Andrea Laus is CEO of Lifelike Interactive. Andrea has 20 years experience in the industry of digital learning. For the past 10 years he has designed and developed interactive simulations featuring video and AI to bring immersive, authentic digital experiences to leadership coaches worldwide.

Matteao Malatesta heads business design at Lifelike Interactive. He supports the product design teams, bringing the voices of stakeholders to the discussion thanks to his international experience in the learning and development industry and his human-centered approach.

Day 2: Tuesday Dec 3, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Born Leaders Are Unicorns: Here's a Development Strategy for the Rest of Us

James (Jim) Ferrell,
The Arbinger Institute

Only 7% of executives think their companies develop leaders effectively. In this session with one of the world’s leading authors and experts on leadership, you’ll learn the mindset that’s absolutely critical for effective leadership and an applicable game plan for transforming leaders at all levels.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • • Why an outward mindset is critical to successful leadership and organizations.
  • • How to shift to an outward mindset.
  • • A set of powerful tools that can be applied immediately that help develop an outward mindset personally and organizationally.

Learn More about The Arbinger Institute

James Ferrell is a managing partner and author at the Arbinger Institute. He has authored or co-authored multiple bestselling books, including Arbinger’s international bestsellers, Leadership and Self-Deception, The Anatomy of Peace, and The Outward Mindset. His publications have sold many millions of copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Mr. Ferrell has degrees in economics and philosophy and is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he serves on the Yale Law School Executive Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Brigham Young University Law School. He joined the California Bar in 1992 and began his career as an attorney at the major international law firm, Latham & Watkins. In 1996, he left his legal practice, joined with his university mentor (whose scholarly work solves a problem crucial to organization performance—the self-deception paradox), and co-founded the Arbinger Institute.

In his role as managing partner, Mr. Ferrell directs the development of Arbinger’s training and consulting programs and the development and customization of Arbinger’s intellectual property. He is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and advisor to leaders of corporations, governments, and organizations of all kinds around the world on the topics of leadership, collaboration, culture change, mindset change, conflict resolution, alignment, and strategy.

Mr. Ferrell has provided training and consulting expertise internationally to leaders and organizations across a broad range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, banking and finance, health care, retail, consumer products, aerospace, automotive, transportation, education, energy, entertainment, athletics, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional services.

Day 3: Wednesday December 4, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Workforce of the Future: Implications to Learning and Development 

The CARA Group

Michelle Reid-Powell will examine the ways that our workforce is changing due to multiple factors such as generations in the workforce, digital disruption, and artificial intelligence. In this interactive webinar, we’ll discuss the implications this has for each of us as Learning & Development professionals. In addition, we’ll talk about the things we can do to upskill ourselves to face the future.

Learn More about The CARA Group

Michelle Reid-Powell is the President and CEO of The CARA Group, Inc. Michelle has been a member of CARA’s leadership team since 2011 where she has been passionately devoted to elevating the performance of CARA’s team and clients.

Prior to CARA, Michelle held strategic leadership roles in the learning and change management arena at companies including McDonald’s Corporation, marchFIRST, and Arthur Andersen. She has led high-performing teams acknowledged by Brandon Hall, The Masie Center, and Workforce Chicago. She is a recipient of the McDonald’s Ray Kroc President’s award as well as the Bryant Keil Leadership award.

Michelle holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Northern Illinois University, a Bachelor of Arts from University of Illinois Chicago and is currently pursuing an additional master’s degree in Professional Studies from Northwestern. She holds certificates in project management, PROSCI change management, and Myers-Briggs type indicator.

Additionally, she has been thoroughly trained in social media by her two teenagers. She is an aspiring writer, plays guitar in a rock band, and is learning to tap dance.

Day 4: Thursday December 5, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

Going Solo? Realities and Rewards of Consulting

Elaine Biech

Halelly Azulay

Thinking about starting your own consulting business? Need advice before taking the leap? The new gig economy has fueled the fire of going solo. Join Elaine Biech and Halelly Azulay, two successful TD entrepreneurs and authors, for a provocative webinar about what it takes to go solo and thrive. Based on our 50+ years of combined experience, you’ll gain valuable tips, tools, and activities to help you decide if you’re ready to strike out on your own.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insights to help you decide if consulting is right for you
  • Recognize common mistakes to avoid
  • Identify faulty thinking about consulting
  • Distinguish some of the many rewards of consulting

Elaine Biech is a consultant, trainer, and author of The Washington Post #1 best seller, The Art and Science of Training. She has four decades of experience and published more than 80 books including two classics in the consulting industry: The Business of Consulting and The Consultant’s Quick Start Guide. Her company, ebb associates inc, started as a custom-designed training business and now helps large global companies work through large scale change. Elaine is a dedicated lifelong learner who believes that excellence isn’t optional and has had the privilege of helping hundreds of trainers become consultants. The recipient of numerous professional awards, Elaine is a consummate training professional who has been instrumental in leading the talent development profession during most of her career.

Halelly Azulay is a consultant, trainer, and leadership development strategist at TalentGrow. She brings 25+ years of experience in training and development including 13 years as a training consulting business owner. Halelly is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring and Strength to Strength. She has contributed to numerous training books such as ATD's Action Guide to Talent Development, The ASTD Handbook, and The Art and Science of Training. She offers actionable leadership insights on her blog and her leadership podcast, the TalentGrow Show, where she has interviewed such legends as Daniel Pink, Dr. Beverly Kaye, Elliott Masie, and many more. Halelly is a sought-after volunteer leader and mentor in the talent development industry.

Day 5: Friday December 6, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

360° Dialogue: Getting People at Every Level to Speak Up

Justin Hale, Vital Smarts
Justin Hale, VitalSmartS

Learn how to create a culture that supports open dialogue, no matter an employee’s power, position, or authority.  Identify the top 5 weaknesses managers have and why people feel they can’t address them.  And, get dialogue skills for candidly and respectfully speaking up to anyone at any time.

Learn more about VitalSmarts

Justin Hale is a Training Designer, Master Trainer, and Speaker at VitalSmarts. As an expert in team productivity, dialogue, and accountability, Justin has consulted with hundreds of organizations worldwide. Justin and VitalSmarts focus on transforming organizations through lasting behavior change.


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