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Message from our GCATD Past President, Kristie Schoonover

As my time on the GCATD board comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the moments that matter. For the most part, I can’t say that I’ve done anything in a particularly logical order and theses moments have helped to bring the puzzle together. One of the first moments was my senior year of college, I was about to graduate with a Marketing degree and realized I had more of a passion for teaching. A wise advisor told me not to spend any more money on school, to get a job, spend time figuring what I liked and didn’t like about working, and if I could try to get involved with training. Following her advice I joined a small, but quickly growing company. The next big moment was when my leader took a risk and helped me to create a role that didn’t previously exist at the company so I could focus more of my time on learning & development. Now I was in an interesting spot, I’d been trusted to create our plans for learning & development, but I had no formal background and there was no one to teach me. I asked someone who knew about this HR “stuff” that I knew little about and he suggested I look into the APTD. After looking into the certification, it felt like a bit of a leap for someone so new to the field, but I discovered GCATD in the process.

Being the world’s biggest introvert walking into my first GCATD meeting was terrifying, but I was quickly put at ease when a few of the other attendees introduced themselves. Other moments that stand out were at SIG meetings – at the Coaching SIG receiving the reassurance that even though it’s not my title it’s a core part of my role, at the Learning Leaders SIG getting practical takeaways for mentor programs and working with SMEs, and the OD and Learning Tech SIGs for making me think about my role in different ways. One of the biggest moments was probably walking into the learning event on Dream Manager when one of the board members approached me and said “so are you still interested in volunteering?”

I started as Director of Communications and while in that role traveled to Washington, DC for the ATD Leadership Conference. I was able to me ATD Chapter Leaders from across the country. I learned best practices that I was able to apply both to our chapter and at work. I moved into the VP of Marketing role before becoming President, now wrapping up my time as Past President. During this time I’ve been able to grow leadership, presentation, marketing, strategic thinking skills, and probably many others I haven’t even realized. I’m very grateful for the time I’ve had on the board and the people I’ve worked with over the past few years.

As we head into 2023 I encourage you to think about the moments that matter. What does that mean to you? Are there times you take risks? The times you advocate for others or for yourself? The times you make a personal connection?

Thank you all for an amazing 2022. I hope we can continue to connect in 2023 for more moments that matter. Happy New Year!


University of Dayton Center for Leadership 2023 Curriculum

It's our pleasure to share our 2023 recently launched University of Dayton Center for Leadership curriculum with you. The planning and program selections are based on what regional leaders told us they are facing and what training needs they see necessary in the future. Our goal is to provide development programs that ensure workforce readiness and sustainability for the region. You have the flexibility to leverage any of our curriculum to meet or complement your training strategy at every level of your organization. The Center for Leadership team stands ready to support your development needs.

Executive Development

Executive Development programs are geared toward senior-level leaders, business unit leaders, and leaders of other leaders looking to immediately impact their organizations. These are mainly one-day programs taught by some of the top management thinkers and leadership thought leaders in the world today. Click here for the complete 2023 lineup.

Emerging Leader Certificate

The Emerging Leader Certificate program is ideal for top-performing leaders with ten or more years of experience and an advanced degree or combined equivalent experience. Organizations can identify emerging leaders as having the potential to advance into an executive role. Your company's selection and support of these emerging leaders will enable them to move into executive positions seamlessly, confidently, and successfully. Click here for the schedule and program descriptions.

Women Lead. Certificate

The Women Lead. Certificate program is ideal for those who are accomplished leaders, who are serious about their development, and who are ready to refine their brand of leadership further. Immerse in a game-changing leadership development experience designed to provide clarity on your goals and who you are as your best, most-fulfilled self. You'll use that clarity and the tools provided in the program to maximize your leadership effectiveness. Women Lead. is perfect for those who want to be surrounded by other diverse, high-achieving, uplifting women leaders and those who are not afraid to be challenged and do not want run-of-the-mill training. Click here for the schedule and program descriptions.

Supervisory Leadership Certificate

The Supervisory Leadership Certificate program is ideal for front-line supervisors, managers, and individuals preparing for a leadership role. Leaders will walk away from every session with applicable tools to implement immediately back into the workplace. This program includes in-depth assessments, mentors, coaching, and personalized development plans to build the foundation for self and team leadership. Click here for the schedule and program descriptions.

Professional Development

Whether you are an experienced professional looking to make an impact or an organization looking to train and retain key talent, Professional Development programs help managers and professionals at all levels. These one-day programs, led by local, regional, and national thought leaders, enable participants to acquire and practice new skills they can apply immediately. Click here for the complete schedule and program descriptions.

For more detailed information on the 2023 curriculum, click here or contact April Mescher at amescher1@udayton.edu or call 937-229-3115.


Chapter Recognized by ATD for Participating in Employee Learning Week (ELW) in 2021

Your Greater Cincinnati Chapter was recently recognized by ATD as a "Champion of Learning" for successful implementation of ELW during the week of Dec. 6-10, 2021. If you recall, we had a great Chapter networking event at The Pub in Rookwood on Dec. 9. Thanks to everyone that participated. To see the certificate of recognition, click here.



GCATD on Covid-19

COVID-19 public health related issues are still a serious and continuously evolving situation, and the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for Talent Development will continue to follow the directives and requirements from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The GCATD s responding with the health and safety of its community, volunteers, and membership in mind. Because of the rapid spread of omicron and other variants of COVID-19, the GCATD is following the CDC recommendations in requiring optional mask wearing in public indoor settings in geographic areas of substantial or high transmission If you are unvaccinated, we suggest you continue to wear a mask in indoor settings. We will continue to monitor this situation and update our website with any changes.

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