Featuring VP of Professional Development. Chris Eversole. Chris has worked for non-profits, small businesses, schools and in the corporate world. She began volunteering for GCATD on the membership committee.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve had an eclectic career working for non-profit organizations, small businesses, schools and corporate. Facilitating and learning has been the common thread throughout all of my experiences. Besides being a member of GCATD, I am also a SHRM and GCHRA member. I moved to this area nearly 15 years ago from Northeast Ohio, and today I live in Covington with my husband, Tim.
Q: Share details about your role with Ohio National Financial Services.
Ohio National Financial Services was founded in 1909 and today markets a variety of insurance and financial products in all states (except New York), the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. I have been with Ohio National for nearly five years within their HR department. My current role is leading our Talent Development team. Specifically, I focus on all things learning for the organization through our Learning Institute, such as design and facilitation of programming, team development, leadership development, assessments, engagement and other projects.
Q: What is it you enjoy most about being in a learning role?
Whether it is facilitating a session, designing a program or working one-on-one with an individual or team, each day holds something different, and I truly enjoy the variety. Not only do I work with others to learn and develop, but I am able to do the same – and that is truly a gift. I also have the opportunity to work with great people every day, and that also makes the work enjoyable and rewarding.
Q: Tell me about your involvement with GCATD.
I began volunteering with GCATD a few years ago, first as a member of the membership committee and now as VP of Professional Development. My current role allows me to work with great volunteers who are passionate about our field and offering various learning opportunities for our members. My favorite part is collaborating with others to both learn something new and to deliver great learning events for our members.
Q: What advice would you give to others interested in volunteering?
Just start! Our field is all about building others – whether at the individual or organizational level. GCATD provides opportunities for others to do just that for other talent development professional. Specifically, the professional development committee is looking for volunteers who are looking to organize and own events from planning to implementation. We are also looking for individuals who are skilled at the technical aspects of running successful webinars and assisting with the “behind the scenes” part of them (polling, software management, etc.).
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy this time of year because all of the flowers in our yard are in bloom and it’s enjoyable to see it change day-to-day. Although weeding isn’t necessarily fun, I do enjoy being out in the yard. We also have a fishpond and it is fun to watch them too. Really, there is nothing better than spending time with family and friends, reading a book or enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck.