Recent Member Spotlights
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Name: Sara Law
Position and Employer: Staff Development Manager at Exceptional Persons Inc.
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I have been with EPI for 9 years and in my current position for 5 years
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? This is my second year of membership
What is a typical workday like for you? Is there such a thing as typical? A lot of my job entails coordinating between teams at EPI to ensure the training generated from my team is meeting their needs. When I’m not coordinating, you can find me developing SCORM material for our online trainings, video editing, and working with my HR partner to develop a system of data collection for our employees that will allow us to make data driven decisions regarding when, where, and how to best facilitate training in a way which will positively impact retention and quality of services.
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? Of course the professional development is great (I didn’t know how much I didn’t know about design and facilitation techniques until I joined), but I also really enjoy the camaraderie and networking opportunities offered through our local chapter.
Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. The biggest challenge ATD has helped me overcome is the confidence in my decision making. I tended to second-guess myself a lot before joining ATD. Now I have a body of professional expertise as well as a new found font of evidence-based articles and material to pull from to not only help me make better decisions for the training I facilitate, but also to back up the decisions I do make.
What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? Align your training with the strategic business plan of wherever you are developing that training. You can make the most technically correct and beautifully facilitated training that perfectly engages the learners, and if it doesn’t produce results that align with the needs of the business or organization you are working with, the training is useless.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? I love the opportunity to positively impact change at a large level. This is the opportunity to make things better than they already are.
What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals? In true “Midwesterner” fashion, I don’t like talking about my strengths at the risk of sounding as if I’m bragging. My current professional development goals lie in two main areas. I’m hoping to build my knowledge so I can move towards APTD Certification, and ultimately CPTD certification. The other area of development I am working on is delegation to my team. I’ve long been a training team of one or two, but in the past year or so, I now supervise 3 people in our growing team, so I am working on knowing what projects I have a history of owning that I can pass on to the team, which will hopefully allow me more time for growing the training program at EPI.
Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? Every time I have attended a talk with Cherrie Spurlin, I leave with more information than I expected and the motivation to actually do something with it. Cherrie has a way of demonstrating the techniques she discusses into the training as she is delivering it. I find this not only an incredibly effective method for training delivery, but also immensely helpful as a realistic demonstration of how the techniques could work “in the real world.”
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? Most of my off-work time is consumed by chasing after and playing with my 18 month old son. I enjoy knitting/crocheting when I find free time away from curious little fingers that like to unwind my yarn, and a few weekends in the summer months, I enjoy taking my car to our local drag strip and racing it (as an amateur).
September is Member Appreciation Month
We celebrate you and your unwavering dedication to helping make the world work better! This week’s theme is all about virtual transitions because together, we have transitioned to remote work, reexamined our current processes, and made progress in our self-development. As we continue to navigate our new normal, don’t forget to explore the virtual training resources page that is continually updated with curated resources for our community. Check out this infographic created by Josh Jenkins from his article 6 Things to Consider When Transitioning to Virtual Training, where he discusses things to consider when quickly moving to virtual training.
While we all love being together in person, we love seeing all of your virtually!
Name: Jen Kovach
Position and Employer: Intermediate Trainer, TATA Consultancy Services; Owner, JLK Training and Consulting
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? 2 years at TATA as a trainer and owned my company for 7 years.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 1 Year
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? The thing I enjoy most is the opportunity to develop my professional growth through networking and attending meetings and listening to speakers. Being part of a recognized professional organization has really given me tools as a trainer that I can use in my everyday job.
Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. As someone who is very passionate about adult learning, I sometimes struggle when my colleagues are not and teach in one way only. By listening to some of the presentations and talking with others, it has helped me to not only develop myself and my styles but to help other see the importance of different learning and teaching styles.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? When you have someone in the class and they have that AHA moment, especially with a challenging topic or concept. It is very rewarding as well when you see past class members come back for advanced training due to high job performance. Makes you feel like you had a part in their success.
Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? Personally, I really enjoy fellow ATD member Gail Mote. I heard her speak years ago and she was one of my influencers to start my own company. Very inspirational and engaging. I also really like Rachel Hollis. A lot of her messages are similar to what I preach during some of my own sessions.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I enjoy doing Crossfit, sampling craft beer with my husband, hanging out with my two daughters, and reading.
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