Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Volunteer Spotlight
VP of Membership, Arlene Baker

This month, we feature Arlene Baker, GCATD VP of Membership. In 2018, Arlene served as Conference Chair for the GCATD Fall Conference, EPIC Innovations.

Arlene's worked in the payroll field for over 40 years with 20 of those years in a training position. She's become involved with GCATD in the last few years, starting with a volunteer position on the GCATD conference committee.

Her advice to anyone interested in volunteering for GCATD? "Do not hesitate, just do it! Volunteering allows you to grow and be of service to a great organization. It provides opportunities to meet others that have the same interest as you that normally you would not meet. It allows you to shine and make a difference personally and professionally." MORE

Best Places to Work

The company’s ability to attract, develop, and retain great employees is dependent upon culture.

Based on that statement, the June OD SIG discussion will focus on best practices and strategies for organizations to employ and foster loyalty and engagement. The 
pre-read article is On Fire at Work (Eric Chester).

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20; 7:30 - 9:00 AM

WHERE: Panera Bread, 9444 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester Township, OH 45069

COST and REGISTRATION: Member: FREE | Non-Member: $10

Dayton Group Breakfast Meeting
Create Short, Easy, Cheap (But Effective) Learning Videos

Seeking ways to create inexpensive learning videos yourself? 

At our next Dayton group workshop, subject matter experts from Cincinnati Children's Hospital and PNC Bank will share their expertise and guide us in making short, easy, cheap but effective learning videos.

WHEN: Friday, July 27; 7:45 - 9:30 AM

WHERE: Montgomery County Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45417

COST and REGISTRATION: Member: $15 | Non-Member: $25

Breakfast Meeting

 Nailed it! 10 Keys to Crushing the Interview

During this session, participants will learn both sides of the interviewing coin: 

a.) the secrets to winning the job interview for their next new big job opportunity or work promotion, and b.) if you're an interviewer, you will learn some practical interview strategies that you can use to ensure you're hiring the right candidate for the position.

Interviewing is hard work. The author of the book Nailed It! 10 Keys to Crushing the Interview will share the strategies that put a candidate at the forefront of the interviewing pack ... and that help recruiters/interviewers figure out the best candidate to hire for the role. You’ll also learn ways to better coach clients, co-workers, family members and friends who are experiencing the challenges of interviewing.

Facilitated by Matthew G. Marvin, M.Ed., an inventive consultant, an effective executive coach, and a powerful leadership trainer & professional speaker. 

WHEN: August 21, 2018; 7:30 - 9:15 AM

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

Ideas • Connections • Solutions

We are pleased to announce that this year’s GCATD Annual Conference is open for early registration! 

We're working on ideas to make this year’s event a real value for participants. In addition to our new theme centered on the Power of Possibilities, we are making a number of other updates to ensure that GCATD Chapter members will walk away from the day with new ideas, valuable professional connections and solutions they can apply back at their workplace right away.

Here is a preview of some of the highlights:

  • Conference Keynote Presented by Kevin Eikenberry >
  • Concurrent Sessions both morning and afternoon, featuring a variety of topics ranging from the latest technology trends to real-life company success stories. Emphasis will be on sharing practical how-tos.

  • A Sponsor Showcase featuring 20-30 minute presentations by several of our conference sponsors highlighting overviews of their product and service offerings for those who are in the market and interested in connecting with potential resource partners.

  • Table Talks promise to be a highlight to capitalize on the ‘genius in the room’! We’ll have an opportunity to learn from our Talent Development Peers by engaging in small group discussions on timely topics of mutual interest, led by a moderator. In addition to learning from others’ experience, this will also provide the opportunity to expand our professional network in meaningful ways.

More details will be announced as they are available. We hope you will choose to join what is shaping up to be an inspiring and impactful professional development experience at the 2018 GCATD Annual Conference on OCTOBER 5th in West Chester! With your participation, the possibilities are endless!

WHEN: Friday, October 5; 7:30 - 5:00 PM

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

COST and REGISTRATION: EARLY BIRD Member: $139 | EARLY BIRD Non-Member: $184 (includes 1-year GCATD membership) | Student: $75 | Corporate (5+): $129 each

Become a Fall Conference Sponsor
Think of the Possibilities!

Your chance to connect with a variety of talent development, learning, coaching, design, and training devotees.

Demo your services and products in our New Sponsor Showcase - Your opportunity to demonstrate your product or service to interested conference attendees in one of our breakout rooms away from the Expo area. You will have highlighted time for you, fewer distractions and can really sell your company!

Sponsor the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GCATD) Fall Conference and position your brand in front of hundreds including decision makers, Chief Learning Officers, Developers, Instructional Designers, Trainers, Strategists and HR Leaders

Pay it Forward - your sponsorship contributes to the learning and development community through our GCATD Student Scholarships. MORE

See the tentative conference schedule for more.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact Randi Sandlin at 513-503-3816 or Arlene Baker at 513-739-4655.

DISCOUNT: All sponsors will receive a 10 percent discount if they sign up for 2 years (2018 and 2019).

Talent Development News Worth Knowing 

GCATD members Rochelle Thompson and Gina Ruffin-Moore graciously offered to share their experiences at the 2018 ATD International Conference and their “brushes with fame” with GCATD. They noted that the 2018 ATD International Conference was outstanding.

Pictured left to right: Gina Ruffiin-Moore, Marcus Buckingham, and Rochelle Thompson.

Rochelle and Gina heard from and met Marcus Buckingham (pictured left), a keynote speaker, and maneuvered through a crowd of about 11,000 to obtain front row seats to hear former President Barack Obama speak on the opening day of the conference. They also sat with Tony Bingham, President of ATD, during the press conference. They were lucky to be invited to attend all of the press conferences of each keynote speaker and with the ATD board! (Rochelle shares that none of this was planned prior to attending the conference and says that to tell that story would take another article).

There were many learning tracks to choose, vendor booths to visit, numerous networking opportunities to meet people from various parts of the world, and the chance to hear A-listed key note speakers. It was an undertaking that Rochelle says she will never forget. MORE

Call for Consultants SIG Convener(s) 

Please consider convening or co-convening the Consultants SIG - Internal and External Consultants welcome! 

As a way of saying thanks to our important SIG conveners, we offer chapter membership for free. Other benefits our conveners realize are identifying trends, learning from SIG members, and connecting with GCATD members through relevant discussions. Our Consultants SIG has been meeting for over 7 years.

As a SIG leader or co-leader, you have the flexibility in meeting time and location, topics, and activities. If interested, please contact our SIG Director, Pam Nintrup

May 8 Corporate Panel - Recap of 'Creating a Learning Culture in the Corporate World'

Pictured left to right: Paaras Parker (84.51), Vicki Dalzelle (Phillips Edison & Company), Mary Tettenhorst, moderator, GCATD President Elect, Chris Eversole, GCATD VP of Professional Development, and Matthew Thomas (Messer Construction Co.).

Imagine work cultures where there are no yearly employee evaluations, employees take responsibility for their professional growth and development, and storytelling is a priority for management and employee engagement.

2019 GCATD President elect, Mary Tettenhorst, moderated, as panel members: Vicki Dalzelle (Phillips Edison & Company), Paaras Parker (84.51) and Matthew Thomas (Messer Construction Co.) provided their company’s perspectives and practices on learning and development on May 8, 2018 at Messer Construction Company. 

Even the concept of, “training and development,” is changing along with the HR role. As one panel member pointed out, past business practices involved viewing the HR role as punitive. Employees were “trained” to do better when their behaviors jeopardized employment. MORE

ATD Members, Control Which Emails You Receive Set Your Email Preferences

ATD allows you to set your preferences to only receive the email communications you want. To update your preferences, here are the instructions:

Go to and sign-in.

At the upper right, you’ll see your name and a circle with your initials > Click on the circle with your initials to access the “My Account” link.

On the My Account page, click on Communication Preferences in the left menu > Update the preferences and click Save.

Click on Set E-Mail Preferences (either in the Communication Preferences page or on the left menu).

Click on each item you would like to turn off (turn gray) – the default is on (shows as orange).

Scroll to the bottom and click Update Preferences.

That's it!


Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

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

Welcome to new members, Lee Burroughs, Vic Clesceri, Tara French, Jillian Hintz, Lynn Johnson, Tamara Lang, Eric Mier, Channing Nunez, Kelly Wilson

Thanks to our new Power member, Angel Domaschko

Thanks to all our renewing chapter members: Holly Foster and Diana SmallThank you!

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software