Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Dayton Breakfast Meeting:
Leadership and the Happiness Advantage 

Attitudes are contagious...what's spreading on your team?

Did you know that creating a happiness advantage will help you and your teams be more innovative, improve your training and development, have greater resilience and work more effectively together?

Scott Steel has been with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for 10 years in Leadership Development and has been spreading the word of how to harness happiness. He has taught this tremendously successful workshop with thousands of employees at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and is an expert on happiness.

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will focus on learning principles supported by research that focus on how positive approaches can fuel performance for all employees. This workshop is based on the work of a number of researchers including Shawn Achor who wrote "The Happiness Advantage." More

WHEN: September 8, 2017, 7:45 - 9:30 AM

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

Dinner Meeting: Developing Boundary Spanning Leadership Skills 

The most important challenges we face today are interdependent – they can only be solved by groups working collaboratively together.

For businesses, governments, organizations and communities to solve current problems and realize new opportunities, leaders must think and act beyond current group boundaries and identities. Successful leaders in today’s fast-paced global work environment must develop the capacity to engage in boundary spanning leadership.

Participate in our next dinner meeting facilitated by Donna Chrobot-Mason, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati (UC) to identity existing boundaries, understand the leadership challenges such boundaries present, understand a three stage model for leading across boundaries, and much more.

WHEN: September 19, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM

WHERE: Interact for Health Conference Center, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Top Trends in Leadership Development 

We all know how critical strong leaders are in organizations—they help us inspire a vision, engage our teams, drive results, and much more. As learning and development practitioners, we’re each working to develop leaders—better, faster, and with more business impact.

In our next informative webinar, facilitated by Krista Skidmore of FlashPoint, we’ll share the top trends that are shaping leadership development practices, inspire you to think about how you can keep improving your leadership programs, plus provide you with tools that will help you shape your leadership development agenda in 2018 and beyond. More

WHEN: September 26, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

WHERE: Virtual / WebEx

GCATD Presents The Annual Fall Conference: 
EPIC Innovations 2017

SPOTLIGHT on Sessions #3 (1:15 - 2:15 PM)

Co-Facilitators: Whitney Yarberry, Vicki Dalzelle | Phillips Edison & Company's "Innovation Lab" for Emerging Leaders

This session will share with participants the "Innovation Lab" that Phillips Edison & Company conducts for emerging leaders within the company. The facilitators will be covering an overview of the program including the objectives, structure, content, and results. More

Elena Coarse - Let's Not Forget The Onboarding Journey, As Talent Development!

In this session, we'll dig into the process from the beginning through the journey. We'll discuss the role of mobile technology. We'll also discuss the latest tools, including video, assessments, coaching, social learning, along with easy, targeted accessibility to resources and documents. More

Matt Kurtin - A Road Map to Developing VR Using Unity

This session will put you on the fast track by providing you with a road map for how to get started. It will provide an overview of the Unity 3D game engine, Unity VR plugins and software development kits, the open source 3D graphics program Blender, the HTC VIVE headset, and STEAM VR. More

More about this year's conference:

Keynote Speaker Sarah Singer-Nourie  | Conference Facilitators | Program Schedule

WHEN: October 6, 2017, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

WHERE: Savannah Center, 5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069

Are you an HR Professional? This conference is pending approval of recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute.

GCATD Student Scholarships

Mary Tettenhorst, VP of MembershipWe are excited to announce our first GCATD Scholarships, available to current students in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program in the Greater Cincinnati area. GCATD is the leading association for learning and development professionals in the area and is committed to the growth of future training and development professionals. Applicants should be current students at the time of submitting the application.

Two students will be selected to win scholarships:

  • One winner will receive one year of GCATD Membership benefits, including free access to Special Interest Group meetings, webinars, online access to archived event materials and reduced rates to GCATD professional development events.

  • One winner will receive a complimentary full conference registration to attend the 2017 GCATD Epic Innovations Fall Conference on October 6, 2017 at the Savannah Center in West Chester, OH.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in the equivalent of at least half time at an accredited university or college at the time of applying. You do not have to be a current GCATD member to be eligible. Students may apply for both scholarships, however may be selected for one. 

Click here ( to submit your application today! The deadline to apply is September 5, 2017.

Feel free to forward along to others who may be interested! If any questions contact

September SIGs

Coaching SIG: The Return of the Sizzler (ROI Topic)
The Regency Condominiums, Heritage Room, 2444 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (same building as the Oriental Wok Restaurant)
Sept 14, 2017, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Convener: Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus

Organizational Development (OD) SIG
Panera Bread, 9444 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester Township, OH 45069
Sept 20, 2017, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Convener: Paul Bozik

Learning Leaders SIG: Sustainability in Learning & Development
TiER1 Performance Solutions, 100 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, KY 41011 Tower 2, Suite 100
Sept 27, 2017, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Convener: Leah Cridlin

Are You a Consultant? Consider Convening Our SIG! 

Starting January 2018, there will be a position available as convener of our Consultants SIG. 

SIG meetings are monthly informal gatherings that give our members the opportunity to meet and connect with other training and development consultants. 

Click here to find out more about our Consultants SIG.

As a SIG leader, you will have flexibility in meeting time and location, topics, and activities. As a chapter we value our leaders' contributions in helping make the chapter the best organization in the field of L&D, so as a thank you, we'll pay for your chapter membership! If interested, please contact our SIG Director, Pam Nintrup

Fall Conference Sponsorship - 
It's EPIC!


Connect with a variety of talent development, human resources, training, and coaching professionals that could use your services. 

Sponsor the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GCATD) Fall Conference, EPIC Innovations, and position your brand in front of hundreds of professionals in the talent development and learning arena. 

This year we will have an hour at noon for your demos and discussions with our attendees. And, beginning at 3:30 p.m. we will have cocktails and an open networking time for you to meet further with conference participants. 

Your sponsorship contributes to the learning and development community in the region by helping individuals, teams, organizations, and businesses improve performance and generate better results.

Note From The President

Did you know that we are the only professional organization in Cincinnati focused on Talent Development and Learning? 

We get to focus on, what I think is the most exciting and critical aspects for the growth and success of any organization, building skills, strengthening talents and preparing for the future needs of every organization.

This September we have many opportunities to connect, collaborate and communicate; informal peer to peer best practice sharing sessions with our SIGS and Dayton GIG, a webinar and a dinner meeting. Save all the dates on your calendars and go to to sign up.

And don't forget to register now for EPIC Innovations on October 6th - our annual conference. Always a fun and energizing opportunity to make new acquaintances and to share our learning experiences.



Welcome to Our New Finance VP, Paul Bozik

We'd like to to formally welcome our incoming VP of Finance, Paul Bozik. Paul has generously stepped into the vacated position in addition to continuing his role as Convener of our OD SIG. 

Paul is a Learning and Development Specialist for Molson Coors. Professionally he is engaged in building growth mindsets to meet current and future business needs. By working at multiple levels of the organization he can quickly step into situations to implement timely results; from implementing enterprise-wide learning and development initiatives, or leading change. 

Seeking Volunteers for a Succession Planning Task Force

While we're on the topic of volunteers, Past President, Kerry Loeffler, is
 heading a Succession Planning Task Force for the Chapter. 

She would like to encourage members who are interested in the topic to join the group for a couple meetings during the Fall and then make a recommendation to the Board. If you are able to participate, please contact Kerry at

Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

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

Welcome to new members, Michael Davis, Sandra Hughes, Meredith Meyer, Robbin Parker-Shabazz, Mark Wilson

Thanks to all our renewing members, Drake Branda, Connie Fisher, Brian Holbrook, Denny Krause, Becky Ketron, Jessica Manning, Dean Waggenspack

We would also like to thank our GCATD renewing Power members this month: Frank Kick, Brenda Levya-Gardner, Gail Love, Jayne Knoop, Ginger Summers, Donna Szuch. And also our new Power members: Lisa Nicholson and Sandra Verney. Thank you!

Sponsor Spotlight on
Prestige A/V & Creative Services

Thank you to our friends at Prestige A/V for all their support of the GCATD Fall Conference. The team at Prestige, and particularly Kathryne Gardette, have been an important part of our annual conference.

They helped us inspire, educate, motivate and entertain as we present our biggest event of the year. For more about Prestige, be sure to visit:

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