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  • 25 Aug 2014 1:09 PM | Melanie Hoffner

    Check out the Sr. Learning/Training Analyst position just posted!

  • 19 Aug 2014 5:56 PM | Melanie Hoffner

    The fall CPLP Study Group has been scheduled and is now open for registration. Click here to learn more about this professional development opportunity.

  • 19 Aug 2014 5:49 PM | Melanie Hoffner

    We are excited to coordinate an optional networking lunch immediately following the September All-Chapter program in Cedar Rapids. If you would like to join us, when you register, please select the option that includes the networking lunch. This will give us an idea of the meeting room size we need to reserve. 

  • 29 Jul 2014 4:42 PM | Melanie Hoffner

    For those who are interested in knowing more about this upcoming professional development event, the objectives have been added to the Train the Trainer Event page.

    Please contact Marcie Van Note with questions about this workshop. Thanks for your support in spreading the word about this professional development opportunity!

    Thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions about this workshop, contactMarcie Van Note.

  • 19 Jul 2014 4:24 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    We would greatly appreciate your assistance in promoting this upcoming professional development workshop. Here is a promotional flyer you may use as you share this information with your network. Objectives are included on the Train the Trainer Event page.

    Thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions about this workshop, contact Marcie Van Note.

  • 15 Jun 2014 1:04 PM | Marcie Van Note

    Check out some pictures from out Training Day for Non Profits on the HaHawkeye ATD Facebook page:


  • 10 Jun 2014 3:29 PM | Marcie Van Note

    According to, more than 60% of new leaders don’t get any training at all. And even if your organization does provide some training, it often comes too late and lacks a focus on leadership skills that can help your new supervisors become effective in communicating with, collaborating with, and coaching their team.

    And the sad truth is that 40% of new managers fail within the first 18 months of promoting them. Why? Because they don’t get the training they need to:

    Deal with people

    Manage other people’s work

    Mediate conflict

    Be good at project management

    Juggle deadlines

    Hire and fire

    Deal with HR issues

    Communicate goals and expectations clearly (leaving everyone floundering)

    In other words, they get promoted because they were good at their job -- good at the "doing" -- not because they can actually manage people or projects and report to the higher-ups.

    Now, there’s a place where first-time managers and supervisors can learn the kinds of things it usually takes managers years to learn -- At Bud to Boss, new supervisors can get this quality, focused, practical supervisor training in only two days.

    Make the commitment to give yourself or your supervisors the valuable training they need right from the start!  Attend this training with Kevin Eikenberry on July 23rd and 24th in Cedar Rapids.   Click to register at:  Watch for the email with the member discount code, or contact Marcie for the code to receive your 20% discount for being a Hawkeye ATD member!

  • 29 May 2014 7:20 PM | Anonymous

    Did you hear the news? Our chapter is excited to announce that on May 6, during a special live announcement at the ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition, in Washington, D.C., President and CEO, Tony Bingham, and the Board of Directors announced that ASTD is changing its name to the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Select this link to learn more about this exciting new direction for our National and Local Members.

    Tony talked about how our profession has grown over the 70 years that the association has been serving the field. What hasn’t changed in that time is the purpose of our work:  developing people – their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    ASTD is changing to the Association for Talent Development to demonstrate how the impact, breadth, and influence of our profession stretches beyond training.

    We will be transitioning over the next year. Many assets have already been created for us by the national team, including our new logo. While our name may be changing, the chapter’s board of directors want to assure you the local programming, networking, and services you have come to value and enjoy through the chapter will not change, nor will the chapter’s mission and vision. Like national ATD, training and development will remain at the core of our chapter, and we pledge that our service and commitment to you is stronger than ever.

    We will continue to keep you abreast of our change, and look forward to you joining us on this journey; together, we are creating a world that works better!

    For more information and to review ATD’s new name and announcement materials, please visit

  • 29 May 2014 6:52 PM | Anonymous

    Who’s Who

    This month we are featuring Christine Zimmerman who is a Hawkeye ASTD member in our Cedar Rapids location. We asked Christine a few questions about herself so we could get to know her better.


    On the job: Tell us a little about where you work and what you do:

    I work at the Nordstrom Direct in Cedar Rapids. I'm on the Learning and Development team with a focus on developing new leaders through performance evaluations, providing timely feedback and teaching development classes.


    What part of your job do you like best?

    I love teaching classes! Being in front of the classroom and helping others to increase their knowledge and understanding is an amazing feeling!


    What part of your job do you find the most challenging?

    Finding time to fit everything in! I have some very large teams of leaders to work with and provide feedback to, so time management can be a challenge.


    What is the best advice you have ever received about how to do your job better that has made a positive difference for you?

    Learn to take responsibility for your part in the development of your team and your company rather than allowing things to "happen to you." Quit asking "how did this happen?" and ask, "how can I make this better?"


    Why did you join Hawkeye ASTD?

    My Manager signed me up and I'm glad she did!


    What do you like best about being a Hawkeye ASTD member?

    Learning about the opportunities for development available in the area.


    Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.

    I was home-schooled in elementary and middle school.


    If you would like to talk to Christine more you can contact her at:

  • 22 May 2014 12:34 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    Our monthly programs in June, July, and August, form the 2014 Summer Leadership Development Series. You are welcome to attend any or all of these programs. Click here for an informational flyer, or go to the Events page to register. Contact Carol Frisch, VP Programs, with any questions.

    We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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