Recent Member Spotlights
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Name: Melissa Huber
Position and Employer: Training Instructional Designer at Frontier Co-op
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I have been with Frontier for fourteen years and in my current position for two years.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? Going on two years.
What is a typical workday like for you? Every week I present and organize the new hire orientation process on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Throughout the rest of the week I work directly with Operations and Quality at all four of our facilities to build training curriculums, assessments, new hire training programs, and reports on training compliance. I also dip my toes into employee development with my manager to help employees find their passion and create reachable career goals through job shadowing, additional schooling, or trainings that will get them prepared for their next steps.
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I really enjoy the monthly trainings and meetings that we have. There is such a wonderful variety of topics that allow me to grow professionally and allow me to provide direction and help to others throughout my organization.
Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. ATD has helped me transition into my current role by providing specific trainings, such as the Train the Trainer event, that taught me how to create training curriculums using adult learning principles.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? I LOVE to watch people grow! My favorite part of learning and development is to be able to watch people develop the ability and confidence to be successful in their role.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I really enjoy motorcycle riding with my husband, gardening, kayaking, walking, going to my kids sports events, and in the winter I usually focus on furthering my education.
Name: Paula Burley
Position and Employer: HR/TD Coach with Linn Area Credit Union
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I was hired 5 years ago to launch a newly created position of HR/TD Coach within the organization.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I joined ATD 4 years ago on a Corporate Membership program with my peers in the Training & Development Team at Linn Area. I have since become a Power Member and am enjoying the extended perks and resources that come at the National Level.
What is a typical workday like for you? My typical day is spent collaborating with others to determine how to best inspire and coach others to meet our organizational sales and service goals. I work primarily with the retail arm of the organization to provide guidance on how to best serve our membership. I help set goals, develop people, provide observations and share best practices. I coach to specific needs of teams and individuals and provide recognition to those who succeed as well as assist leaders in course correcting those that are falling short of the expectations. I also get to dabble in facilitating training sessions, working on project teams, and serving on committees that make a positive impact in our community.
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I enjoy the collaboration of individuals within the industry as well as networking.
Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. Being in a new position (a new industry for me as well), I found it challenging to create the parameters of a role that held no direct supervision of employees; yet needed to influence the performance of 100 employees in the organization. ATD has helped me become successful in my role by providing not only the resources to establish credibility but more importantly it has provided me with a tribe of individuals that allow for collaboration in Coaching and in the Talent Development field.
What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? You don’t have to have all the answers, you merely need to be able to help guide others, based on their learning style, to the resources that hold the answers.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? Rewarding and recognizing others! It brings me joy to celebrate in other’s successes.
What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals? My greatest strengths are: my work ethic (good ol’ farm girl), my ability to build relationships, and my objectivity. Currently I am preparing to become certified in the field of Talent and Development.
Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? Oh so many…I love John Gordon, Scott Miller, Simon Sinek, Zig Ziglar, Michael Stallard; seriously, too many to list. I love anyone that has a positive message to share.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I love the outdoors, traveling, DIY projects, board games and spending time with my family.
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.
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