Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Message From GCATD President, Kerry Loeffler

During this time of giving thanks, I would like to acknowledge the great work of our Board members and our many volunteers. 

Up to December 1, 2016, together we held 42 learning events serving a total of 746 attendees. We are excited about the programs planned for December and encourage you to join us! We are also planning a volunteer appreciation event in January to kick-off the New Year.

Our Board members recently updated our Operational Plan for 2017 using insight from our recent Membership Survey and our Committees have held strategic planning sessions to plan the programming for the New Year.

It’s an exciting time to be in our industry as talent is the differentiator for business today. Set a goal to be one of our active volunteers in 2017!

Be An Effective Leader - Leading At All Levels Dec.13 

Introducing 'Leading At All Levels' Presented by Bob McEwan and Lisa Kappesser.

Do you want to learn what it takes to be an effective leader in your organization? If you answered yes, then the December 13th session at 84.51˚ is for you!

Whatever your role is, you can be a leader. Celebrate ATD Learning Week with Bob McEwan, Lisa Kappesser and fellow GCATD members and non-members at 84.51˚ in this exciting one hour seminar to learn:

  • The fundamentals of leadership
  • How to develop a personal style of leadership by applying emotional intelligence and the fundamentals of leadership
  • How to influence, make connections and manage relationships in a personalized unique leadership style

Bob McEwan, retired senior executive with GE Aviation, will share his 5 Fundamentals of Leadership which have guided his style and his success. This session will be co-facilitated by Lisa Kappesser (left), MA, ACC, a career and executive coach, author, and organizational consultant. More

WHEN: Dec. 13, 2016, 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

WHERE: 84.51˚, 100 W 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dayton Group Breakfast Meeting Dec 9 

Create an Online Training Guide

The UD Center for Leadership will be the place to be on Dec. 9.

We are excited to continue providing practitioners of training and development a structured way to share ideas and best practices regarding talent development within their organizations.

Our next session will feature best practices from PNC. This highly interactive session will give participants the opportunity to create an outline for a training guide using Microsoft OneNote. 

The subject matter experts for this session will be Jenni Davis and Leslie Keegan from PNC. Jenni and Leslie currently use emerging technologies at PNC for talent development programs and have implemented an exciting new way to provide new manager training materials. All Dayton ATD sessions will be facilitated by Bob Riess. A complete breakfast is included in the registration fee.

WHEN: Dec. 9, 2016, 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

WHERE: UD Center for Leadership, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45479

 FREE Lunch and Learn Webinar Dec. 7
Harnessing Your Accomplishments

Have a hard time describing your accomplishments and value?

We all know ourselves better than anyone else does. Often when we are asked to describe an accomplishment, this knowledge causes us to make assumptions about what the questioner should know or to leave out important details.

We also are prone to describe our accomplishments in terms of what we did, rather than what it does for an employer. During this webinar, facilitated by Career and Life Coach, Dean Waggenspack, you will gain tools you need to help you clarify your accomplishments.

WHEN: Dec 7, 12:00 - 1:00 PM


From our November Webinar:

WOW! What a Webinar!! Sue Schroeder and Rachel Mathew of Power Presentations kept us busy throughout the November Lunch & Learn Webinar: Virtual E-Volution – Transform The Way You Educate.

Participants learned how to incorporate visual and physical interaction in a way that keeps learners always on their toes and learning every step of the way. Best practices were shared about when, how to and how often to engage learners and which tools to use to accomplish different learner outcomes. And the best part? We learned in the most engaging and enjoyable way – with our hands on the tools and receiving real-time feedback. Participants learned what it takes to make webinars interactive and collaborative, regardless of which platform you use. 

Members, if you were unable to attend, you can playback the recording from the link below. The link is also on our website. Recording Information

December GCATD Chapter SIG Meetings

Coaching SIG: Coaching Employees, 5 Coaching Power Words
December 8
7:30 - 9:00 am
Whether you are an internal or external coach, the discussion and tips provided from the video and our learning will create interesting dialogue. Please join us. Facilitated by Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus. 

December 21
7:30 - 9:00 am
Facilitated by new OD convener, Gina Ruffin Moore.

Learning Leaders SIG: Learning Motivation
December 28
7:30 -9:00 am
Facilitated by Katie McLain.

Professional Development in the New Year

Hello Fellow GCATD Members, I want to personally thank you for your support to our chapter and hope the events and topics planned in 2016 met your development needs and expectations. 

To that end, the GCATD Professional Development committee strategized on two Saturday afternoons; brainstorming and analyzing your feedback from the Member Survey and lessons learned in 2016 using the Talent Development Framework. It is my pleasure to announce the following as our quarterly themes:

January – March 2017 - Performance Management. Potential topics could include:

  • How to use recognition
  • How to improve or grow performance as a manager, keep people stretching
  • Neuroscience of performance management
  • Why performance management systems fail
  • How millennials are changing performance

April – June 2017 - Learning Technologies. Potential topics could include:

  • MOOC and Mobile platform
  • How technologies will change the learning functions role
  • Learning trends for 2017
  • Importance of social learning
  • The Virtual classroom

July – September 2017 - Leadership Development. Potential topics could include:

  • Global Leadership development
  • Leadership development through emotional intelligence
  • Measuring the success of leadership development
  • Building smart teams and Succession Planning
  • Servant leadership

October – December 2017 - Organizational Development. Potential topics could include:

  • Tools for evaluating current state
  • OD Fundamentals
  • Articulating the value, partnering with business leaders
  • Partnering OD and Training
  • Appreciative Inquiry – how you can weave it into all aspects of your work

Also within each of these quarterly themes we will include training design, development and delivery techniques. Stay tuned for more information regarding upcoming learning events in support of these themes. If you specialize in any of these topics or others that may fall under the quarterly themes and would like to facilitate an interactive face to face or webinar event, please email Thanks again for your support and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Help Make GCATD Strong...Volunteer!

Are you an accounting major from college or a junior partner in an accounting firm interested in maintaining financial accounting, providing financial reports, and leading the Finance Committee?

If not, you can give back in a variety of ways – serving on the Board, partnering with a Committee or leveraging your talents for unique needs that are identified throughout the year. If you're interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, contact or sign up online here.

ATD 'One to Watch' Recognizes Rising Leaders 

Do you know a rising leader in talent development? Nominate them for an ATD One to Watch Award!

The ATD One to Watch program recognizes rising leaders in the talent development profession. These young professionals are dedicated, forward-thinking, and passionate about applying effective and creative solutions to challenges facing their organizations—and our industry.

Nominate a young professional today (it only takes five minutes), and you could see that person featured in TD magazine, receive a complimentary ATD membership, and much more! For more information, visit:

Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

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

Welcome to new members Kelly Bretcher, Kathryne Johnson, Kelli Roche and Paul Zaffiro.  

GCATD renewing members this month are: Sharon Bunker, David Musselman and Amy Snider. Power of 2 (Both GCATD and National ATD Memberships) renewing members are: Jennifer Campbell, Craig Rebich and Kelli Sittason. Thank you!

Meet ATD Power Member, Chris Eversole

This month we're turning the spotlight on a member who is making an impact in her professional field as well as GCATD as a part of our membership committee. 

Chris Eversole, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, ACS, is Assistant Director of Talent Management at Ohio National Financial Services. She is an example of an individual that exemplifies the mission of our chapter with her work her generosity as a chapter volunteer. We asked Chris a few questions about her membership to gain insight on what the chapter and ATD provides to her both professionally and personally. Find out more about Chris and why she values her GCATD and ATD memberships.

Sponsor Spotlight on
TiER1 Performance Solutions

THANK YOU, TiER1 Performance Solutions, for your ongoing support of GCATD and our annual Mega Event. Here's wishing everyone at TiER1 the happiest of holidays and continued success in the new year.

TiER1 improves organizations through the performance of people. First, they work with you to find opportunities for growth, greater efficiency, and deeper engagement. For more about TiER1 Performance Solutions, be sure to visit:

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