Recent Member Spotlights
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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.
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.
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