Recent Member Spotlights

Did you miss one?  Take a look at some of our recent Member Spotlights!


March 2022

Name: Meredith Galloro

Position and Employer: Learning and Development Manager; Centro, Inc.

How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position?  Employed previously with this company 6 years ago and just came back in January – excited to be back at this amazing company!

How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I have been a member off and on for the past 6 years.  I just joined again to so I could access the amazing network that ATD has and for personal growth.

What is a typical workday like for you?  I am currently building a Leadership Development Program for our front-line Leaders. This means focus groups and research, creating and evaluating and then dividing and conquering!

What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter?  The learning opportunities it provides that are consistent with my role.

Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it.  I have an example of how ATD provided an amazing resource that I reference regularly - when attending the annual ATD Fall Conference, I networked with an attendee and hit it off immediately. She then got up to present – and I realized that not only was she an amazing person but also an amazing coach. Since then, I have subscribed to her weekly emails and will be participating in a Women’s Coaching Circle from March – August. (Sarah Young – Zing Collaborative – recommend subscribing!)

What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work?  It is important to focus on our own personal development while in T&D roles so we can continue to remain passionate, inspired, and knowledgeable.

What is your favorite part of the learning and development field?  I love researching and creating relevant content customized for the individual/group/business need. I equally enjoy coaching individuals one on one – hearing their stories and their “why” is very insightful.

What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals?  My greatest strengths are collecting and analyzing data and leveraging it to make strong recommendations. My current development goal is to dig into the CPLP and pursue it.

Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why?  Heather Woody, hands down. I enjoy her perspective and feel like I really connect with her content.

What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time?  I love exploring outside with my son Louie (7) and our two dogs. I also love going on adventures and traveling with my partner Andy. I try to experience something new everyday.

January 2022

Name: Molly Mackey

Position and Employer: Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer Coordinator

How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? With employer since May 2017; in position since April 2019.

How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 2 years

What is a typical workday like for you? Depends on the day.  I work on multiple teams within our organization including the training team or Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer team, QIP/Quality team, DEI team, and Wellness team. Other time I spend on updating training and designing training.

What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I enjoy all of the knowledge about training I get from the chapter.

Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. ATD has helped me with a variety of challenges.  I am able to run any challenge I have by other members and get their opinions.

What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? Actually the suggestion to join ATD was given to me by my boss at Kirkwood when I was an adjunct. The active to get involved in an industry-specific organization has helped me grow quite a bit.

What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? Seeing people grow in their role.

What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals? My strengths are development goals, such as continuing to read, and I would like to become more proficient at instructional design and eLearning, as well as continue to speak at industry events.

Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? I can't pick just one.  I enjoy seeing things from a variety of perspectives.

What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I love cooking, reading, and working out.  I now have 4 children (ages 15 to newborn - Dec 28) so they keep me busy.


December 2021

Name: Jennifer Zach

Position and Employer: Found, Zach Coaching, LLC, www.jennifer-zach.com.

How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? 12 years

How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 3 years

What is a typical workday like for you? For me, a typical workday includes providing business leadership coaching and development services for senior leaders, small business owners, and aspiring leaders.  Besides coaching, my day carries a fair amount of research, building learning clusters for my clients and developing educational and inspiring content for L&D professionals and business leaders.  Aside from that, I also find myself helping organizations make sense of their data with people analytics for better business leadership and cultural outcomes.

What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I enjoy the shared camaraderie of colleagues committed to creating a world that works better.

Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. ATD helped me see a professional challenge I didn’t know I had.  As written about in the book “Designing for Modern Learning” by Lisa MD Owens and Crystal Kadakia, modern learning opened my eyes to a unique approach I was taking to serving my clients that I was taking for granted because it came so naturally to me.  Owens and Kadakia’s book gave me the language and the framework of the Learning Cluster Design model to shine a light on the work I am doing to develop leaders in the flow of work.

What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? For me, it has been a behavior that has made a significant impact on me and my work. I took a chance submitting an article for publication in the TD magazine.  The editor has kindly aided me in developing my writing skills and connected me with the opportunity to write a book review that will appear in the December issue of the TD magazine.  To me, this editor’s behavior demonstrates ATD’s commitment to talent development in the most meaningful way possible. It has impacted my work by advancing my writing skills, building my confidence, and helping me become a better communicator.

What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? What I enjoy most about the ATD Hawkeye chapter is the sense of belonging and the prevalence of continuous learning and development that occurs with a community of lifelong learners.

What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals? My strengths are getting to the heart of the matter, resourcefulness, building relationships, and unlocking human potential.  My current development goals are to be heard and understood through speaking, writing, and modeling behavior. 

Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? I am a HUGE fan of Brene Brown!  I’ve never really had a favorite actor or musician like many people.  I love Brene’s work because it’s timeless, relatable, and it’s changing lives for the better.

What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? My top 5 values represent what my favorite things are to do with my time.   Those values include integrity, creativity, spirituality, relationships, and vitality.  I’m at my best when nurturing my creativity with arts and crafts, stimulating my spirituality by developing my faith, building relationships through spending quality time with friends, family, and colleagues, and furthering my vitality with yoga, pickleball, and summer water aerobics. 


OCTOBER 2021

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!


JULY 2021

Name Paula Heath 

Position and Employer Senior Leadership Development Specialist at United Fire Group. 

How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? 3 Years. 

How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? Off and on for 15 Years. 

What is a typical workday like for you?  The typical workday is ever changing.  Many days are spent building out management and leadership development strategies.  It entails determining their development needs, designing the appropriate solution, and implementing the solutions determined.  I manage and train the Leadership Development Program at UFG.  In addition, I spend many days in meetings learning about and supporting change initiatives.   

What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter?   It’s a chance to learn about best practices from others in the Learning and Development field.  We all come with our own experiences and expertise.  It’s an opportunity to share.  I’ve also enjoyed the National Conventions I’ve attended through the years.   

Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it.  Many times when I am developing a learning solutions, I turn to ATD for research or to experience the ATD programs.  Most recently, our company is shifting to a Leaders as Coaches leadership philosophy.  I recently attended the Coaching Certification course.  The program had several guides that can be used to implement a coaching program. 

What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work?  It’s not about you.  It’s about the person who is developing.  Know what’s in it for them, make it about them, ask questions, listen, and give them the opportunity to find the solution.  It’s guiding them through activities, experiences, and practice.     

What is your favorite part of the learning and development field?  When those I am developing are engaged, learn new skills, have that Ah-Ha moment, and transfer what they learned to their work.    

Please share a favorite story related to learning and development.  When I look at past experiences, my favorite stories are about times when I helped others grow in their career.  I enjoyed building t an onboarding plan that was active for years.  I enjoyed building an educational job shadowing program that allowed the employees to connect, make process improvements, and think of innovate ideas to share across the organization.  Last, I enjoy watching the leaders within the Leadership Development Program build and advance their leadership careers.  

What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals?  I have been quite resilient in my career, so I would say that a strength is having an open mind to change and looking at it as an opportunity to grow and continue to develop.  When it comes to Learning and Development, I love to listen to those requesting a solution and designing and developing a solution that makes a difference.     

Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why?  I’m a fan of Celest Headley, Simon Sinek, Patrick Lencioni, and Cy Wakeman.  I also love to read mystery novels in my spare time, which has been rare lately. 

What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time?  I love to visit my grandchildren regularly, cook, walk in the park everyday after work, and travel to hike in the mountains with my husband.

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