Recent Member Spotlights
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Name: Michelle “Shelley” Rose
Position and Employer: Staff Development Trainer
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I have been with the company for about 7 years and in my current position for almost 2 years.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter?
About a year
What is a typical workday like for you? Typical? Is there such a thing? There are a lot of different components to my job. Any given day I could be meeting one on one with a new hire to train them on different aspects of their job, I could be doing a classroom training or a group orientation. There might be a meeting or two with various supervisors or maybe a department meeting. Every day is different and I love that about my job!
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? The variety you offer for webinars.
What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? The Six Trumps by Sharon Bowman has had me rethinking all of the trainings that I do. They all really rang true with me so I am eager to see how focusing on some of them through my trainings might impact the outcomes.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? Helping people grow. Learning about the many different ways we learn and finding ways to make things stick through my trainings.
Name: Brianne Mance
Position and Employer: Training Manager with Hills Bank
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I’ve been with Hills Bank for 21 years. I’ve been in Learning and Development for 11 of those years and in my current role since 2014.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I’ve been a chapter member since 2018.
What is a typical workday like for you? Every day is different! I’m not teaching directly as much as I used to. A lot of my time is spent coaching my team of amazing Trainers. They have a wide variety of experience and are definitely the most rewarding part of my job. I love seeing them grow as Trainers and develop new skills.
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? The people! I’ve met some amazing people who have the same passions that I do. I love sharing ideas with them and brainstorming how to accomplish things.
What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? I had a wonderful mentor/boss who was an amazing listener. She was always available to talk through any challenge I was facing even though she was busy and had too much on her plate. She always made me feel like a priority to her. What was unusual was that she patiently listened as I would unload the situation, but then would pause and ask for what I thought should happen next or what my solution would be. She helped me find a solution rather than jumping in to save the day. She truly modeled this advice in the way she lived and this is something I strive to do every day.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? I love that you never stop learning and growing. There are always new techniques or methods to try and this field pushes us to do so. And ultimately, we’re here to help others learn and grow too.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? Most of my time away from work is spent playing with my dog (a chocolate lab named Kona) – she has been a welcome comfort while working from home the last several months. My husband and I also enjoy hiking and discovering local coffee shops.
Name: Ethan Wykert
Position and Employer: Research Assistant, Kirkwood Community College
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? 4 months
What is a typical workday like for you? Most days I spend a good portion of my time working on internal surveys. Our department partners with colleagues from around the institution to develop surveys so that we can gather data that will facilitate their work. I assist with crafting, distributing, and analyzing results. I also assist my teammates with data requests, both internal and external. This can range from pulling information to running statistical tests and even recommending courses of action. And occasionally, I am able to present information at our discussion-based, interactive forums, which is my favorite part of my job.
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? The chapter does a great job offering sessions that cover a variety of topics, and pulling in great speakers. From building technical skills to learning strategies for handling interpersonal conflict, the Hawkeye Chapter works hard to bring something of value to everyone. And they maintain an inviting atmosphere during their sessions, where you can always feel comfortable asking questions and you’re likely to make valuable new professional connections.
What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? My supervisor told me shortly after I started in my position that I should never be afraid to fail. He explained that failure is a great way to know that you’re growing, because it means that you are pushing yourself and trying new things. That changed my perspective on the working world and led me to feel excited to take on new responsibilities. Whereas I was previously too scared of making a mistake to explore new areas of my job, that advice gave me the freedom and security I needed to head out in new directions and take charge of my own professional development.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I like to stay active, so I really enjoy running and other forms of exercise. I’ve been involved with archery for most of my life, and that’s an area I enjoy building my skills in. Though it’s a lot more challenging these days, I spend time with friends and family whenever possible. And I’m a major cinephile, so I try to catch as many movies as I can.
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