Member Spotlight

Each month we take a moment to recognize a Chapter Member and share a little bit about them.  We hope you find their stories engaging!

APRIL 2021

Name: Katy Thomas


Position and Employer: Leadership Trainer at Hills Bank


How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I have been with Hills Bank for 6 months


How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 6 Months


What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? In the few months I have been a member, I really enjoy getting to learn and peek into what other facilitators and trainers in the area do to make their training relevant and impactful for employees.


What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? I enjoy being able to work across multiple departments within an organization.  It allows me to learn about all parts of the business and provides me the opportunity to establish relationships and get to know employees.  

Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why?  I really enjoy listening to Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Podcast, Experts on Expert to learn about new things on my drive to work.  It was on their podcast that I first heard of Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist.  Adam looks at how to find motivation and meaning in the everyday work we do and learn how to challenge ourselves in rethinking our opinions and opening our minds.    

What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time?  You will not have to know me for very long before you realize my love of food!  I enjoy going to local restaurants in the corridor or cooking new recipes at home.  In summer, I like riding my bike through different towns in Iowa or other parts of the Midwest.  You see some of the most beautiful scenery, wildlife and perspectives of the country riding on bike trails. 


MARCH 2021



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