Recent Member Spotlights
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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!
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.
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