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    • August 20, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual

    It’s hard to make connections right now. COVID19 has become but one of many jarring elements in our daily lives. But we can’t wait. We need each other more than ever. It’s time to build your Personal Trust Network.

    Our host, Matt Elwell of MattElwell.com, will be leading a 90-minute, highly interactive Zoom session. Unlike traditional networking, this event focuses on people getting to know each other as people, while still connecting around business needs. Participants will get the chance to share current experiences, talk about what’s working, and determine potential for future conversations with each other.


    Mix of presentation, large group & small group interactive discussions. Informal Zoom atmosphere; please bring your own coffee/tea/snacks. We will ask that all participants keep their camera on during the entire program, to promote good involvement and interaction.


    This is a free event for members and non-members. We encourage you to bring a friend too!


    1. To register, please use this link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcuiuqzMpH90UXkOoqPAVOKXmeusM5d9r
    2. Register by August 18 at noon with your name as it appears on your Zoom ID.
    3. The first 40 registrants will be approved. We hope you will only sign up if there is a high probably of attending. If your plans do change, please cancel using the link provided in your confirmation email. Email Matt@MattElwell.com if you have any trouble.
    4. Additional responses beyond 40 will be put on a waiting list, in order to keep the total number of participants to a better involvement level in a Zoom environment. You will be notified if spots open up.
    5. Just prior to August 20, you will receive a reminder from Matt Elwell. For more information or to connect with Matt prior to the event, send email to Matt@MattElwell.com.
    6. If you are new to Zoom or have any technical issues, you will find some answers to some frequently asked questions at: https://www.mattelwell.com/zoomhelp


    As a keynote speaker, creative director, instructional designer and facilitator, Matt Elwell has spent the last 15 years using improvisation to improve organizational performance and culture. His learning and creative solutions as a Certified Professional in Talent Development span large-scale corporate meetings, multi-city tours, and intensive small-group sessions. Past clients include AECOM, AT&T, McDonalds, Astellas Pharma U.S., SRR, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Chicago Chapter of the National Customer Service Association (NCSA) and the U.S. Navy.

    • September 24, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 476

    Like many buzz words, the term “be strategic” is spoken more often than it is understood. Whether the expectation comes from our internal clients, learning function leadership, or ourselves, we must begin by getting clear on what it really means to be strategic and what it looks like in practice. If our learning function is a key enabler of business success, have we earned the right to say that it is strategic?

    To know for sure, we must ask ourselves two questions:

    • Have we enabled the running of the business?
    • Are we advancing the growth strategy of the business?

    Both are important, though often, learning professionals that are very adept at the former (which is more responsive), sometimes struggle with the latter (which is more proactive).

    This session will explore both what we need from our business leader, and what we need to bring to the table to be strategic.

    Key Outcomes:

    • Increase the strategic impact of the learning solutions we provide the business
    • Have learning be recognized as an enabler of achieving business outcomes
    • Have our role be viewed as a credible partner to our internal clients


     Members   Free
     Non-members   $20


    John Kelly

    Director, Organization Development

    John Kelly has more than 25 years of experience in organization development, coaching, training, and strategic business partner transformation for human resources and other staff functions. He has spent the past 20 years as an internal consultant and learning function leader for organizations in the healthcare, manufacturing, and technical fields. He also worked as an external consultant helping a variety of corporations, agencies, and schools collaborate better and more effectively develop their leaders.

    Currently, John is the Director of Organization Development at TMEIC and also co-leads the Northwest Chicago Professional Development network. He holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and well as completing graduate course work at Benedictine University in Chicago. He has experience in change management, culture assessment, HR transformations, coaching, strategic planning, performance consulting, and various other organizational development specialties.

    ATD Certification Institute Pre-Approval

    ATD Chicagoland Chapter programs are pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for continuing education credits towards recertification by Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential holders.

    SHRM Professional Development Credits Pre-Approval

    ATDChi is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

    This event will grant the attendee 1 PDC from SHRM.

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    Cancellation Policy

    All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to admin@atdchi.org prior to any event. Requests must be submitted at least three (3) business days prior to the event to receive a full refund. No refund will be provided for cancellations received within three (3) business days or for event attendee no-shows.


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