Upcoming events

    • March 30, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor, Chicago IL

    Chicago OD Practitioners Network

    Topic: Business Partner as Sales Consultant: Becoming a Trusted Advisor
    Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
    Time: 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Optional 9:00-10:00 open networking and discussions re: business challenges faced by attendees.
    Location: Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor

    Program Format: 

    Mix of presentation, large group & small group discussion. Informal atmosphere; please bring your own coffee/tea/snacks (note: there is a convenient Au Bon Pain connected to the building as well as a place to buy coffee and snacks on the 7th floor near our meeting).

    Program Description

    Over the past few decades, more and more shared service functions have decided to move toward a business partner model. HR generalists, learning & development, finance and quality professionals are asked to serve more employees with fewer resources. In order to accomplish this, they are asked to become less transactional and be “more strategic”. Easier said than done, as newly-titled business partners struggle to understand their new role, build their credibility and foster the coveted relationship as trusted advisor.

    The path we walk toward trusted advisor is very similar to a sales person transitioning from a transactional order taking role, to one that is more consultative and solution focused. In this session we will look at proven sales business development methods and apply them to a business partner role. We will seek to understand better what “being strategic” means, assess our current relationships and learn ways to transform ourselves into a more trusted advisor role.

    Our Facilitator: 

    John Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the field of organization development, coaching, training, and strategic business partner transformation for human resources and other staff functions. He currently serves as a Senior Consultant within W.W. Grainger’s Leadership, Talent & Organizational Effectiveness Group.

    When asked to describe John’s style, people share that he is a great partner in learning. He listens well and empathizes with participants’ needs. His presentation style is engaging and full of energy. He is thought provoking and helps participants take their understanding of concepts to a deeper level.

    RSVP PROCESS for building access.

    If you plan to attend the meeting, please reply to codpnetwork@gmail.com by noon on Tuesday, March 27th with your name as it appears on your photo ID.

    On the morning of the meeting, security staff in the main lobby will ask to see a photo ID, confirm your registration and provide you with a visitor’s pass. If you do not RSVP by noon on March 27th your name will not be on the list and you will not be able to join the meeting which is located on the 7th floor.

    • April 19, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • AbbVie: 26525 Riverwoods BLVD., Mettawa, IL 60045
    • 16

    Authoring Tool Test Drive: Captivate vs. Storyline


    Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? Which is the tool for you? Both tools have great features and raving fans. Both tools also have “quirks” and critics. So how do you decide? By trying it out for yourself!  In this one-day hands-on overview, you’ll get a chance to try out both tools and decide for yourself which is a better fit. 

    Will you walk away an expert in either tool? Not at all.  But you’ll have a valuable first-hand perspective about what it’s really like to work in the tools. You’ll be able to make better decisions about your tool choice, rather than just relying on marketing data or an article here and there.

    Please plan to come with a laptop with both software applications installed (trial version OK) in order to get the most out of this experience. Previous experience with either tool or eLearning not required.


    • Instructional designers
    • Elearning instructional designers
    • Elearning multimedia developers
    • APTDs and CPLPs seeking continuing education (this program is in alignment with the Learning Technologies Area of Expertise)

    • Freelancers and consultants

    • Career changers

    • Training managers


    We will create the same content in both tools. Creating the same content in both tools will give you the hands-on perspective in order to determine the pros and cons for each tool. Specifically:

    • Simplicity (how easy or hard to use)
    • Speed (how quickly or not can this task be created)
    • Key features (what’s unique about each tool that allows you to complete the task)


    • 7:30 AM: Registration, Continental breakfast, Networking
    • 8:30 AM: Program Begins
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch (lunch boxes)
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Program 


     Diane Elkins is the co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered and Artisan E-Learning, a custom e-learning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate. 

    She has built a reputation as a national e-learning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions.  

    She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.


    On or before
    April 1st
    After April 1st

    ATDChi Member:
     Non-Member $315  $395 
    $75 $115


    Free parking! 

    Please go to the front desk in the main building (see the photo below) to get your visitor pass before proceeding to the room. The signs to the workshop room will be on site for you to follow. 

    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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