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!
Name: Brenda Meeker
Position and Employer: Training & Development Specialist at Raining Rose
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I’ll celebrate my two year anniversary at the end of November.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 4 years
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? The people and all the great learning opportunities. ATD offers great learning opportunities every month at chapter meetings and annual events. The content the speakers share help me grow in my role, and I’m equipped to be a better teammate and leader. Since my first meeting in January 2018, I have learned so much and built valuable relationships. I consider fellow ATD members “my people.” We understand each other’s work and are willing to provide support and ideas. I believe that’s due to our shared desire for others to learn and grow. Plus, I enjoy the time I get to spend with them!
Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. When I started a large project to update a training program and define growth within roles, I did a lot of listening and reading to understand best practices and what has worked well for others, especially in my industry, an industry that was new-again to me. Part of that listening occurred within my ATD network. I reached out to Hawkeye Chapter members who shared with me their experience and expertise, or connected me with others who could share insights. I cannot say enough about how Hawkeye Chapter members show up for each other.
What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals? My top three strengths (from StrengthsFinder) are Learner, Responsibility, and Achiever. I think those show up daily. I’m also a good planner and can understand the big picture and then create a plan or process to ensure the details are covered so that the big picture goals are achieved.
I’m currently (and continually) striving to grow as a leader. That is occurring through practical experiences, like through leadership on the ATD Board, and intentional development through training and programs, like Leadership for Five Seasons.
Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? I’m currently digging in to 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. It’s a great book, and I enjoy his writing style of using a fable to illustrate the content that concludes the book. I also really enjoy Cy Wakeman and her reality-based approach to leadership and work.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I enjoy spending time with my family – pets included, traveling with my husband, and cheering for my teams – Go Iowa State Cyclones and Chicago Cubs! I also enjoy board and card games (just don’t play them enough), so let me know if you want to play a game!
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