Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Breakfast Meeting May 16
Looking Beyond the Learning
Management System (LMS)

Elena CoarseYou don’t have to be limited by your LMS platform anymore. You also don’t have to start over and make another large investment.

Instead, learn how virtual training tools and mobile learning environments can integrate with and extend the life of your existing legacy systems and LMS platform(s). Specific Strategies, Design and Technology Aspects, as well as Use Cases from global companies across various industries will be discussed.

Join us when Elena Coarse, Director of Business Development for Scrimmage, a modern mobile learning and engagement technology firm, facilitates. More

WHEN: May 16, 2017, 7:30 - 9:15 AM

WHERE: DoubleTree Suites - Blue Ash, 6300 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 45241

Request for Proposals Due May 14
Share Your Best Practices

GCATD invites you to submit a proposal to facilitate a 1-hour breakout session for our 2017 EPIC Innovations Conference.

Our goal is to share best, relevant practices and leading edge trends along three tracks: Innovative Delivery, Innovative Leadership, and Innovative Design.

The conference will be held on Friday October 6, 2017 at the Savannah Center in West Chester, OH.

  • Proposal deadline: Sunday, May 14, 2017
  • Conference date: Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Theme: EPIC Innovations - Sharing Best Practices in Talent Development and Learning
  • Keys for successful proposals: The sessions should include state of the art trends, thought provoking ideas and techniques, active participation, and usable handouts for participants.

For additional details, click here. Thank you for your consideration and assistance in our search for outstanding facilitators. If you have any questions, please contact

With much appreciation, 2017 GCATD Conference Committee

Dayton Group Breakfast Meeting June 2
Create Icebreakers that Sizzle, Not Fizzle!

You may be familiar with the phrase “first impressions count.” Icebreakers are often the first opportunity for learners to see you in action. 

But what happens when an ice breaker fizzles? That abysmal first impression can deflate your confidence and often sets the tone for the rest of the learning experience.

Our subject matter expert for this session is Kym Yahn from Sinclair Workforce Development. Kym has several years of experience creating and facilitating training programs that sizzle for several well-known companies in our area. Plan now to join us for your opportunity to design ice breakers that sizzle! More

WHEN: June 2, 2017, 7:45 - 9:30 AM

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

May Special Interest Groups

Consultants SIG:
Spirituality in Organizations

May 5 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
Facilitated by Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson.

Coaching SIG
May 11 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
Facilitated by Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus.

OD SIG:Appreciative
Inquiry to Change

May 17 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
Facilitated by Paul Bozik.
Learning Leaders SIG:
Experiential Learning for
Leadership Development

May 31 | 7:30 -9:00 am
Facilitated by Jon Ulrich.

Join the GCATD Book Club!

GCATD Book Club

Looking for a way to increase your knowledge of talent development topics? Is there a book you’ve been wanting to read, but can’t quite make the time to do so? GCATD has the answer!

The time commitment is up to you. It will be based on how often you want to participate in the online discussion via the LinkedIn group. Participation is free to GCATD members or $25 annually for non-members. You can join at any time. Click below to join the other members of the ATD Greater Cincinnati Virtual Book Club.

Chapter members need a promo code to sign up for free. Don't have a code to join? Contact

Message from GCATD President, Randi Sandlin

Happy Spring. This is my season for gratitude - for delightful singing birds, colorful flowers, wonderful sunshine, and for all the fantastic people who work really hard at making GCATD an excellent organization. 

Thank you to all our committee members who develop excellent learning and networking events for all our members Thank you to our gracious SIG leaders Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson, Laurie Althaus, Jon Ulrich, Katie McLain, Leah Cridlin, and Paul Bozik for creating engaging learning sessions for sharing insights with our peers. And many thanks to our Board members and their incredible committees who are bringing us new ideas all the time.

And, on June 3rd we will paying forward our gratitude. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., members of the GCATD Board will be partnering with the FreeStore FoodBank and working in their warehouse to help those in our city who do not have enough food for their families. If you want to help, register at Hope to see you there!

Enjoy and say thank you.


Chapter Members, Align Your
Memberships at The ATD Store

The chapter has some exciting news to share! The GCATD is currently participating in a program with ATD that made chapter membership available on the online ATD Store. 

Through this program, we've created a one-stop-shop for those customers interested in purchasing chapter and ATD membership. Additionally, the availability of chapter membership on the ATD Store will allow customers to align chapter and ATD membership end dates.

The chapter membership is now available on the ATD Store. To join or renew at, you will need a sign-on account with ATD. If you do not have an existing single sign-on (SSO) account with ATD, a username will be created and shared with you by email. You may use this username and your selected password to purchase products from the site, register for webinars, and more.

Thank you for helping make our participation in this pilot successful! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Members, Log In for Free Access

Reminder, the pricing structure for some GCATD events will soon change. 

Beginning June 1st the cost of GCATD Webinars and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will change. Webinars and SIGs will be free to chapter members. Non-members are welcome to attend these events, and will be charged a small fee.

Members, you will now log into the website to take advantage of the free member rate for both SIGs and Webinars. Don't know how to log in? No problem! Email Betsy Young at for help.

Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

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

Welcome to new members, Allison Kenny, Diana Small, and returning member, Tara Fisher-Dill. We would also like to thank our GCATD renewing members this month: Mary Bessler, Liz Chapman, Deborah Pitel, Beth Robinson, and Margie Swartz. Thank you!

Sponsor Spotlight on Cornerstone on Demand

GCATD would like to take the time to thank our generous sponsor, Cornerstone, whose sponsorship was so appreciated during the 2016 Fall Conference.

In a world of expensive hardware/software consolidation, how do HR teams select the best talent management products for the future? Cornerstone enables organizations of all sizes and in every industry to source and recruit top talent, develop and engage employees throughout their careers, improve operational execution, and cultivate future leaders. 

For more about Cornerstone, please visit:

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