Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Friday, October 14, 2016
Registration: 7:30 AM
New Member Orientation: 7:45 AM
Welcome: 8:20 AM

PLUS massage chairs, a photo booth, plenty of networking opportunities, prizes, and MORE!


In the areas of Delivery, Design, and Leadership, sessions Include:

Define Your Success: Development Dialogue - Wendy Nepute, Nepute Consulting & Karen Schreyer, KentuckyOne Health

Conversational Leadership - Elaine Suess, Beyondbeing Leadership Coaching

Unleashing a Culture of Innovation - Dustin Shell, TiER1 Performance Solutions

Create a Hands-On New Hire Orientation - Bob Riess, Training Manager

Engaging the Modern Learner - Elena Coarse, Scrimmage

Lead with Curiosity - Shifting from Answers to Questions - Elise Foster, Leadership Potential Consulting

From Competency to Performance Assessment - Dawn Snyder & Dennis Priebe, a global IT company

Building Innovation Leadership - The ABC Model - Terry Farmer & Xavier Butte, EiQ

Click here for the full agenda!

What do the above sessions have in common? They've all been HRCI approved for credit! If you are an HR professional seeking HR credits, you can earn up to 3 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours at this year's conference.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

FREE Lunch and Learn Webinar Nov 9
Virtual E-Volution: 
Transform the Way You Educate

Sherrie JeavonsIn this ever-changing education landscape, your learners crave easily accessible information in shorter segments. While this alone seems daunting, you also have to make your live online training interesting and engaging to help learners retain what you’ve taught.

Whether you’re new to live online training or just want to take your existing sessions to the next level, you’ll leave this interactive session with techniques you can immediately implement no matter what virtual platform you use. Facilitated by Sheri Jeavons, President and Founder of Power Presentations. More

October Chapter Events

Consultants SIG: Team Building - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
October 7 
7:30 - 9:00 am

Choosing from the vast array of team building approaches and practices can daunting. Join us to share about what has and hasn't worked for you.

Coaching SIG
October 13
7:30 - 9:00 am
Topic TBA

Learning Leaders SIG: MOOC - Massive Open Online Course(s)
October 26
7:30 - 9:00 am
Facilitated by Katie McLain. More to come!

Dayton Group News

This is a few days overdue, but I had to say thanks to everyone who registered for the Dayton ATD Group session on September 9th at the UD Center for Leadership. With your participation, we had a great workshop and created high level plans to begin e-learning on a startup budget.

To recap the meeting - Jonathan Wilson shared his one page project plan to guide his recent efforts at Assurex Health. Your Ah-Ha’s from the session included:

  • A one page project plan summary can keep things moving in the right direction
  • Focus on why the e-learning will be created before diving into the technology
  • Remember the audience, and a high production value is not always needed to get the job done

We will have our next breakfast meeting once again at the UD Center Leadership Development on December 9th. Registration is now open.

Thanks again.
Bob Riess and Jonathan Wilson
Dayton ATD Group

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.

Please Welcome Our Director of Membership Engagement, Brittany Czirr

We want to formally thank Brittany Czirr for stepping into the very important role of Director of Membership Engagement

Ms Czirr is a Marketing Operations Manager with Cincinnati Bell. In this role, she focuses on driving awareness of products and services in the market through collaboration, planning, and execution of marketing events and sponsorships. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication with Spanish as a second major and became a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

With over nine years of experience driving events and employee engagement initiatives, Brittany is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the GCATD community!

If you are registered for the 2016 Fall Conference, be sure to stop and introduce yourself while you're there.

Introducing Our New SIG Conveners

As members, we hope you've taken advantage of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that meet monthly on a variety of topics. Not only are our SIG meetings free to attend, the aim is to appeal to all types of professionals from Coaches to Consultants to OD Professionals to Learning Leaders. All are welcome to attend these informal groups and if you like it, membership is encouraged.

Did you know that the conveners of our groups are volunteers? That's why we love our volunteers so much. During this learning season we are welcoming new conveners in two group, Learning Leaders and OD. We'd like to introduce:

Learning Leaders:
Leah Cridlin 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

Katie McLain has 10 years of professional experience in Sales Management, Human Resources and Corporate Training within the retail and new home construction industries. She possesses a Bachelor's degree from Centre College in English and Government and has been working for Fischer Homes since 2013 where she oversees the development and facilitation of all sales and construction training as well as various professional development topics.

Jon Ulrich's 7 year corporate career has consisted of Supply Chain Management, Change Management, and Training Design and Delivery for Exelon and its subsidiaries. Upon relocating to Cincinnati in 2015, Jon shifted focus to non-profit work. He now leads marketing efforts and creates programs for Dramakinetics, a non-profit in Northside.

Organizational Development (OD):
Paul Bozik has a twelve year track record of attaining business goals. His experience includes the areas of learning and development, change management, organizational design, and talent management. He possesses an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gina Ruffin Moore has more than 15 years of experience in Organizational Development, Communication and Diversity. She is certified in the creation of Job Aids and learning and development, internal/external communication and public speaking (Toastmaster). Gina has a Master’s in Human Resources Development and Training from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University.

Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

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

Welcome to new members Ashley Reed, Kristie Schoonover, and Gracia Goldberg. Welcome also, to George McDonald, Tom Petro, Dave Brewer, Ginger Summers, Andrew Barnes, Brandon Andrews, Frank Carone, Jaime Sheshull, Emily Garrett, Sara Hurley, Ryan Schwartz, Brian Walsh, Cindy Weingartner, Sherry Benson, Jessica Miller, Michelle Swinney, and Barbara McMahan who joined GCATD as part of the 2016 EPIC Innovations fall conference registration. Current members Lisa Toenniges, Josh Heinrich, Jackie Messersmith, Jonathan Wilson, and Patricia McNab re-joined with their conference registrations.

GCATD renewing members this month are: Kim Yahn, Shari Potter, Rachel Gloster, and Heidi DeCastro. Power of 2 (Both GCATD and National ATD Memberships) renewing members are: Greg Gessendorf and Elise Foster. Thank you!

Member News
Thank You For Your Feedback!

Last month, we launched our annual membership survey and appreciate the participation received. 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. For those of you who shared that you are interested in learning more about speaking or volunteer activities, you will be contacted over the next several weeks with additional information. Stay tuned for further actions taken as a result of the survey!

Congratulations to Katie Hoffman, who as a participant of the survey, won a free event registration for an upcoming monthly Chapter meeting of her choice.

Keep the feedback coming! Our Board Members are always looking for ways to better serve our members. We encourage you to connect with any of our Board Members on ideas you have. For a complete list of our leaders and their contact information, visit

Mary Tettenhorst
Vice President, Professional Development

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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