Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Dayton-area practitioners of training and development, our next session features best practices from Assurex Health. 

This session is a highly interactive experience that will give you the opportunity to develop practical plans and get you started with engaging e-learning on a startup budget. It will be a facilitated meeting and an opportunity to share ideas in a workshop-like setting.

Jonathan WilsonThe subject matter expert for this session will be Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan leads training and development at Assurex Health and recently overcame some of these same challenges to develop simple, cost effective e-learning for the organization. More

Members, Register for only $15! Non-Members, $20.

GCATD Fall Conference EPIC Innovations is October 14

EPIC Innovations is not just an annual conference of hundreds of colleagues from around the Midwest for one exciting day -- It is an event where we, as learning experts, can join together for key conversations and collaborations about the challenges, trends, technology & tools of talent development and learning.

Highlights from the conference include: Microlearning: Macro-knowledge in Nanoseconds | Unleashing a Culture of Innovation | Gamification in Action for Multigenerational Learners | Heuristics for Human Centered Design | From Competency to Performance Assessment | The Neuroscience of Learning | and much, much more.

For a full agenda of topics and speakers, please click here.

Bringing a Group to the Conference? We Have Company Tables Available For One Low Price!

Discussion on How Trust Works from The Moral Molecule at the Next Learning Leaders SIG  

This month, our Learning Leaders SIG resumes with fresh topics for the new learning season and brand new conveners as well. In September, we welcome convener Leah Cridlin as she leads the topic.

Join other Learning Leaders as they discuss how oxytocin, a brain chemical, work hand in hand with trust & purpose to increase performance.

Welcome Leah Cridlin, Learning Leaders Convener!
Leah has 21 years of diverse experience in training & development. She earned her degree in Organizational Training & Development and has dedicated her career to training & learning. Her experiences include developing & facilitating training for The Department of Army family member programs, the coordination of continuous educational seminars, writing & facilitating medical technical training, facilitating train the trainer seminars, and much more.

More Chapter Events for the
2016 Fall/Winter Calendar

GCATD’s first online book club reading, Talent is Overrated, has come to a close. Our new book is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It’s not too late to join? Click here. It’s a free benefit for members. Non-member cost is $30 annually.

Save the date for our Annual Corporate Panel scheduled for November 15 from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Hear from key Talent Development leaders in our area. Topic to be announced soon.

Have a hard time describing your accomplishments and value? Plan to attend the Lunch and Learn webinar Harnessing Your Accomplishments on December 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. This webinar, facilitated by Career and Life Coach, Dean Waggenspack is our offering in celebration of ATD Employee Learning Week, December 5-9, 2016

Join us for the December Breakfast Learning Event, Leading at All Levels facilitated by Bob McEwan and Lisa Kappesser and hosted by our friends at 84.51° on 5th & Race from 7:30 – 9:15 am.

Want to assist with 2017 planning for professional development learning events? Join the PDC now! We are scheduling our Strategic Planning sessions in September and October and would love to leverage your expertise. If interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, contact

Give Back to Your Profession by Volunteering  

Please consider volunteering with GCATD to help us deliver outstanding member value!

As fall approaches, we are preparing for our annual Board of Directors’ elections. We are looking for individuals interested in giving back to the profession while practicing leadership skills in a friendly environment. 

The Board positions we need to fill during this election include: 

  • President-Elect
    (a 3-year commitment – one as President-Elect, one as President, and one as Past President) and 
  • Vice President of Finance
    (we have a bookkeeper that does the day-to-day bookkeeping and monthly reporting so this position is oversight and advising the Board on monthly financial trends and status). 
If you are interested in having a conversation about either of these opportunities, please contact Pam Nintrup.

As Randi Sandlin, our current Conference Chair, will be stepping into the President’s role next year, we are also looking for a 2017 Conference Chair. While this is an appointed position, it is also a Board position because it is our most important fundraiser of the year!

Please consider giving back to your professional organization, GCATD, by becoming a volunteer! For details about the roles of President-Elect, VP of Finance and Conference Chair, download our Chapter Bylaws.

Help Us Plan For The Upcoming Year

By Giving Us Your Feedback

GCATD’s mission is to be the “go to” resource for connecting workplace leaders and sharing best practices in talent development. As we plan for the future, we look forward to hearing from you. Your feedback on your membership experience and ideas for future programming and resources will prove helpful to us as we prepare for the upcoming year.

We've extended the survey for a few days to give everyone an opportunity to tell us what they think.

Click here to complete this 20 question survey by Thursday, 9/8. Those completing the survey will be entered into a drawing and could win a FREE REGISTRATION to a monthly Chapter Meeting in the upcoming year.

We look forward to seeing you at a GCATD event this fall. For a complete list of events and to learn more about getting involved with the Chapter, visit

Only 2 more days until the survey ends!

Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

We are excited to welcome new members, and appreciate renewing members.

Welcome to new members Connie Fisher, Duprie Moon, Molly DeJesus and Donna Szuch. Welcome also, to Buddy Baker, Mary Clark and Dean Waggenspack who joined GCATD as part of the 2016 EPIC Innovations fall conference registration. Current members Chris Eversole and Sheena Pohlar re-joined with their conference registrations.

GCATD renewing members this month are: Becky Ketron, Denny Kraus, Drake Branda and Katie Hoffman. Power of 2 (Both GCATD and National ATD Memberships) renewing members are: Brenda Levya-Gardner, Debbie Prichard and Melissa Ambach. Thank you!

Remember, Your Membership
Automatically Renews

Just a reminder to all our members, for your convenience membership renewal automatically renews. Last year, we initiated a new process to help our members where all online memberships include convenient annual automatic renewals. Of course, it's easy to opt out if you choose not to renew.

Questions about recurring payments may be directed to Betsy Young at or 513.289.2236.

Be Sure to Donate to the FreeStore FoodBank at EPIC Innovations

If you've attended our annual fall conference the last few years, you may have noticed the FreeStore Foodbank's presence as well as their various enterprises including Cincinnati COOKS! and FeedingWorks. This year is no different.

If you plan on attending the conference, and we hope you do, you will notice the recognizable barrels prominently displayed in the main lobby. This year we'd like to encourage EVERYONE to contribute. 

And to sweeten the pot (or barrel!) anyone that contributes, big or small, besides knowing that the generous act of donating a non-perishable item provides more than 20 million meals annually to our hungry neighbors in the Tri-State area, will be entered in to win a prize!

Some of the most-needed donations* include:

  • Canned meat products (tuna, chicken, ham, spaghetti with meatballs, chili with meat and beans, beef stew, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Canned soups
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Personal care items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers)

*Please, no glass items

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