Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Volunteer Spotlight: 2018 Fall Conference Chair, Beth Robinson

Featuring Board Member, Beth Robinson. Pam served as this year's conference chair. 

This month we feature our 2018 Fall Conference Chair, Beth Robinson. A member since 2011, she started volunteering for the chapter in the role of co-convener of the Learning Leaders SIG. She says volunteering has paid back much more than she has given by allowing her to focus on her own development as a leader, by practicing doing it.

In her professional life, she joined Hixson 24 years ago as their first Continuous Improvement Coordinator. She is now the Director of C/I, Director of Hixson University and a Vice President of the firm. MORE

Lunch and Learn Webinar
Master Class Writing Workshop With Cathy Fyock

FREE Event for Chapter Members November 7

Want to get your writing muscles exercised and ready to write quickly and effectively? Join Cathy Fyock, "The Business Book Strategist", for this 1-hour workshop to help you make progress toward your blog
or book.

Come to the webinar ready to write and leave the session with several chunks of content that you can use for your next blog post, a piece of your book, or better yet, both!

Facilitated by Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, The Business Book Strategist, that works with professionals and thought leaders who want to write a book as a career or business development strategy.

WHEN: November 7, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WHERE: Virtual

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

No Permission Necessary - Demanding The Respect You Deserve

Lunch Workshop December 13

This workshop is ideal for women or men in the workforce, as all of us can act as allies for one another and gender equity for all.

During this 1- hour high-impact, high-participation event containing interactive activities, you will be reminded that you do not need permission to stand up and speak out against instances of gender bias in the workplace.

You will identify key issues facing women at work, dig into the root causes of those problems, and ideate innovative solutions that can be used immediately upon leaving the session. Facilitated by Rachel Bauer, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Gild CollectiveMORE

WHEN: December 13, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

WHERE: 84.51, 100 West 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

COST and REGISTRATION: Member - $25 | Non-Chapter Member - $45 | Student - $15

November Special Interest Groups

Learning Leaders SIG: Coping With Workplace Stressors
Rapid change, smart phones and long work hours mean we're more stressed than ever. This session will feature special guest, Laurie Althaus, who will facilitate discussion about workplace stressors as well as coping strategies and techniques. Come ready with your personal lessons learned and new discoveries.

Nov 28; 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - TiER1 Performance Solutions, 100 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, KY 41011 Tower 2, Suite 100 REGISTER

Coaching SIG: How do you “Close-out” Your Coaching Engagements?
This will be an open forum to share ideas and challenges around how you “close-out” a coaching agreement once it has been completed. How do you keep the door open for future coaching? Do you ask for referrals or testimonials? Do you have a plan for contacting them periodically?

Nov 29; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Virtual REGISTER

Share Your Knowledge and Become a Subject Matter Expert for the Dayton Group

The Dayton Group has four breakfast workshops on the calendar for next year and needs your Subject Matter Expertise.

Bob Riess (left) and Jonathan Wilson (far left) will facilitate the workshops and are actively recruiting in-house experts that can share a tool, tip or trick used within their organization. If you are a consultant, you can bring one of your clients to share what you helped them implement.

This is a great opportunity for you to share your expertise and help others in our profession succeed. Your preparation will be one or two conversations with Bob and showing up on the day of the meeting to share something you implemented in the workplace that we can all duplicate. Please contact Bob Riess at if you are interested or have more questions.

GCATD Annual Survey*
You Pick the Programs for 2019!

We are continuously working to be the best resource for our members. Our annual survey allows us to improve our programs and create new ones to provide the greatest benefits for our GCATD community. Let us know how we did this year and what you’re looking forward to learning in 2019!

If you haven't done so already, be sure to complete the survey by November 10. If you do, you'll be entered into a drawing to receive FREE attendance to a learning event in 2019.

*This survey can be accessed via computer or mobile device.

GCATD Power of Possibilities Conference - A Great Success!

October 5th marked the annual gathering in West Chester of GCATD members, non-members and sponsors for our annual conference, Power of Possibilities.

This year’s attendance of 223 participants created a buzz in the atmosphere at the Savannah Center, with many local company tables adding to the positive vibe and with some participants travelling all the way from Cleveland to attend! And, the event did not disappoint, based on the results of our post-conference survey in which it earned 4.3 Stars on a 5 Star scale and achieved a Net Promoter Score of 56 with 60% of respondents characterized as ‘Promoters’ giving ratings of 9 or 10 on a 10 point scale.

This year’s Conference Committee was focused on delivering exceptional value for the time spent and crafted the agenda with that in mind. The featured Keynote was delivered by Kevin Eikenberry speaking on Becoming a Remarkable Learner – setting the perfect tone for the day. The core content, as in past years, was delivered through a variety of 12 concurrent sessions on topics ranging from innovative learning technologies, leadership development, how to measure learning impact and storytelling, to name a few. One of the more engaging sessions explored how Improv can be used to develop high-performing teams. The overall rating across all concurrent sessions was 8.8 out of 10, indicating that participants appreciated the quality and relevance of information shared.

One new feature this year was the introduction of Table Talks where participants could participate in two 20 minute small group discussions on topics of interest to them. A total of 11 volunteers lead the talks by sharing their expertise and moderating the discussions aimed at encouraging peer-to-peer learning and sharing. These proved to be a popular addition to the day.

In another first for the conference, three of our Leadership Level Sponsors, TiER1 Performance Solutions, Cornerstone onDemand and Bridge by Infrastructure also added to the value of information shared by participating in Sponsor Showcase presentations. In these sessions conference participants had the opportunity to see demonstrations of these Sponsor’s offerings, including case studies. This combined with the ongoing Sponsor Expo Booths featuring 15 quality vendors offered a great opportunity to explore potential vendor partners 1-in-1 throughout the day.

Finally, the day was capped off by a panel discussion with L&D Leaders that explored how practitioners in four local L&D organizations are creating possibilities for their employees and overcoming common L&D challenges within their firms every day. To enhance the conversation, the App allowed conference attendees to submit and ‘Like’ questions throughout the day which then formed the panel discussion agenda.

All-in-all, it was a great day of learning from L&D experts and from each other as networks were expanded and knowledge shared. We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers who helped make it happen. Planning has already begun for next year – Mark your calendars for September 27th, 2019 and be sure to allocate this event into your 2019 professional development budget plans– It is not to be missed! If you would like to add your voice and talents to lining up another value-packed event, please email

Congratulations Student Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to Susan Houben and Marci Walton, winners of GCATD’s 2nd Annual Student Scholarship.

Susan Houben is a graduate student in the Masters in Instructional Design Systems Program at the University of Kentucky. Susan was selected to receive a FREE Student Membership to GCATD. In addition to being a student, she works as a Service Support Specialist at Fidelity Investments and is an adjunct instructor in the Organizational Leadership department at NKU. Due to the online nature of her Masters program, she enjoys that she not only gets to learn about instructional design through the official course material, but she also is experiencing first hand various methods of presenting material effectively through the web. She is eager to utilize this membership as a way to network, learn best practices and explore future work in instructional design.

Marci Walton is a graduate student in the Masters in Human Resource Development Program at Xavier University. Marci was selected to receive FREE registration to this year’s EPIC Innovations Fall Conference. She took full advantage of the opportunity to tap into the networking and professional development opportunities the conference had to offer, while further preparing herself to be a leader in the profession. Marci currently serves as an Associate Director in the Office of Residence Life at Xavier University and looks to leverage her interest in talent development in this role and beyond!

Student Opportunities From ATD Student Scholarships

Speaking of scholarships, ATD is now offering scholarships for students in a doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate program focused on a talent development–related field.

Applicants must be current students enrolled in the equivalent of at least part time at an accredited university or college at the time of submitting the application to qualify for one of three scholarships: Professional PLUS membership to ATD, and ATD Essential Series Workshop or a seat at the ATD International Conference & Exposition.

The deadline to apply is November 20.

Welcome New and Renewing Chapter Members

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

Welcome to new members: Michael Boyd, Kara Carnevale, Alexandra Muserallo, Marci Walton.

Thanks to all our renewing chapter members: Karen Bieger, Ericka Foley, Greg Goold, Susan Houben, Filomena Nelson. Thank you!

Sponsor Spotlight on TiER1 Performance Solutions

TiER1 Performance Solutions improves the performance of organizations through the performance of people.

They are an intersection of business, craft, and science. Business to uncover where value lies. Craft to create compelling, visual client solutions. Science to maximize their impact on people.

We'd like to thank everyone at TiER1 for their continued support each and every year of the ATD, the Chapter and our annual fall conference. For more about what TiER1 Performance Solutions has to offer, visit:

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