Skill Building Clinics and Networking Events!

    • January 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hamburger University (Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus): 2715 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523, Room HU 248
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    Four Corners Learning: Navigating Communication Nuances in the Contemporary World 

    • What are today’s sensibilities in global learning?
    • Which competencies determine success, and how is success defined across cultures?
    • What is it about learning that promotes social empowerment and soft skills improvement?
    • How do we maximize efficiencies in learning styles from culture to culture?

    With today’s visual world plus access to seeing our learners and customers on a variety of platforms, an innocent “OK” symbol or particular posture may be interpreted differently given our audience. Understanding that variances exist is significant for organizational growth. When we unearth stereotypes and get to their roots is the moment we define learning and development strategies.


    What Participants Will Learn:

    • How to navigate today’s global learning arena with ease and confidence 
    • How to identify nuances within intercultural priorities
    • How to communicate the significance of understanding on the job front
    • How to distinguish and maximize outputs from a variety of learning styles
    Key Takeaways:
    • Job aid with on the job and shareable communication best practices 
    • Job aid for comprehending learning styles in a global environment
    • A hard copy practicum with FAQ’s for sensitive, yet often asked questions

    Who Should Attend?

    • Consultants, Solution Providers and Vendors seeking deeper client connections in unique marketplaces and sometimes untread turf. 
    • L&D and HR professionals on a quest for a hands-on understanding of a global employee base, lessening cultural communication gaps and painting a vivid picture of international success.


    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Registration, Networking, Cash Bar
    • 7:00 PM - 7:15 PM: Dinner begins with ATDChi's New President Anthony Dudek's Welcome and Remarks
    • 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM: Presentation and Discussion led by Stephanie Emrich
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: More Networking


    Anthony Dudek, MS, CPLP, ATDChi's 2018 President, is an experienced corporate trainer, workshop facilitator, published textbook author, conference speaker, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Chicago area colleges and universities. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Learning and Development and Master's Degree in Organizational Development. 

    Stephanie Leese Emrich has been a thought leader for Ultimate Service for three decades. She is a founder of the National Customer Service Association (NCSA) and the President of ServiceSpeaks Solutions Company. ServiceSpeaks Solutions is a global strategic firm providing culture-shifting Customer Experience excellence training. Stephanie Leese Emrich's vision, experience, and instructional models drive organizational success.
    Grounded in 30+ years of hospitality, cultural arts and tourism, ServiceSpeaks' custom-fit sessions elevate clients from a transactional to experiential culture. From keynote speaking to workshop presentations to retained consultancy, SSS delivers audience-centric messaging to a range of industries.


      On or before
    Jan 4th
    After Jan 4th and

    ATDChi Member:
    Nonmember: $68 $78
    Student: $20 $25

    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to 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.

    • February 15, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Philip Corboy Law Center: 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611
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    Bringing subject matter experts (SMEs) into the training process is one of the best things learning leaders can do. SMEs bring a depth of experience, enterprise-wide perspectives, and credibility to the learning process. But asking SMEs to perform this dual role also brings risk. While they want to do well in the classroom, it is an environment outside their expertise. In this session, we’ll explore the unique needs of SMEs and examine ways to design learning to help them be successful. We’ll also introduce a new language and explore nonthreatening coaching techniques to help them deliver the content effectively.

     Key Takeaways:

    • Position training with SMEs as a conversation that is to be facilitated rather than a speech that is to be perfected, and design learning with SMEs in mind to allow for that conversation to take place
    • Use a framing strategy to help SMEs plan for and manage the learning conversation
    • Coach SMEs to facilitate the learning conversation
     Who Should Attend:
    • This session is for anyone who designs for, or coaches SMEs, to be more effective in the training room.
    • Learning leaders will also benefit by understanding how to ensure that SME-led training is effective and that SMEs are more TD savvy.


    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Registration, Dinner, Networking
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Program
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: More Networking
    ATDChi's traditional "Breakout Session", an informal after-hour networking opportunity at Devon Seafood Grill at 39 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


    Dale Ludwig, President & Founder of Turpin Communication, has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992. Since then he has worked to keep Turpin focused on providing the best presentation and facilitation skills training available. The Turpin name is a reference to a fictional character in one of Dale’s favorite short stories. It was chosen not because the fictional Turpin had anything to do with presenting or training, but rather because the name sounds nice next to “Communication” and isn’t too hard to spell.

    Dale is a frequent blogger and co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. Learn about the book at He’s excited about his latest book, also co-authored with Greg Owen-Boger, which is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.

    Greg Owen-Boger, Vice President of Turpin Communication, has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. 

    Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger and co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, will be out in Fall 2017.


      On or before
    Feb 1st
    After Feb 1st and

    ATDChi Member:
    Nonmember: $58 $68
    Student: $20 $25


    Parking information will be sent in the registration confirmation email. 

    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to 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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