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  • 01 Apr 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    It’s that time again – time to do some spring cleaning!  I’d like to share a few updates about some spring cleaning we’ve been doing for the ATD Nashville chapter.


    As many of you know, we entered into an agreement in January with a professional association management company.  Our association managers (AMs) have been working hard with your board members in Q1 to close a number of gaps in processes and documentation, recommend strategic and operational improvements, and improve the service provided to members by providing timely responses to inquiries from current and potential members, sponsors, and vendors.  A tremendous amount of work has been done over the last few months—and we hope you’ll begin to notice the improvements soon, if you haven’t already.


    Despite all the work our board members and AMs have done, we’re still working through some change management and figuring out how to better position ourselves for the future.  We expect this “spring cleaning” to continue throughout 2016 as we benchmark against other ATD chapters and other associations, and make adjustments to ensure our chapter will continue to offer quality networking, professional development, and advocacy in the future.  We’re trying some new things and making investments in quality development offerings, including our February events on mobile learning with Sarah Gilbert, an expert who is well-respected and in high demand on the national speaking and workshop circuit.  We have more events like this planned for 2016 and hope you’ll take advantage of them.


    One important thing we noticed recently while cleaning out the chapter’s closets was the fact that we need more volunteers.  This is a volunteer-led organization.  The only way we are able to continue offering quality professional development and networking opportunities at such reasonable rates is because of the efforts of our volunteers.  We’ve already stretched our board members too thin, considering all the things that are either underway or in planning, and could use more leaders.  Might you consider volunteering some of your time to help with one of our initiatives?  If so, please send an email to  indicating your interest and one of your board members will be in contact to find a good fit for your strengths.


    Also, in order to help us bring you more high-quality professional development offerings—and to ensure our financial stability as we move into the future—we will be increasing our annual dues by a small amount, to $89, for all renewals beginning on July 1st.  We haven’t increased our dues for many years, so we approached this decision cautiously and deliberated extensively.  The board and AMs benchmarked chapter dues across the country; this cost is fairly average, when compared to chapters of like size in similar locations.


    I hope you have a wonderful spring and look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event.


    Brad Minor


    ATD Nashville

  • 04 Jan 2016 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    ATD Nashville members,

    Happy 2016! I'd like to share some exciting news about changes coming to the chapter this year.

    Your board has been working diligently since early fall to plan a great year of new opportunities  for our community of talent development professionals to learn, connect, and grow together. We did a lot of listening in 2015, through the member value survey, individual conversations with members at various stages in their careers, and group brainstorming meetings. In response to our findings, the board has adopted a new shared vision and theme for 2016.

    Our theme for the year is "The Talent Development LAB." (LAB stands for Learning, Analysis, and Breakthrough.) We have meetings, workshops, professional development opportunities, and other events planned that will allow you to play around with new ideas in a safe environment, and to dive deeper into meaningful skill development by participating in exercises and challenging your own thinking through problem-based learning.

    2016 will also be an experimental year in other ways. We have entered into an agreement with an association management company to improve our level of service to members (we're aiming for concierge-level service); this relationship is also intended to free up our volunteer leaders to focus on strategy, value creation, and member connections. This change should allow us to execute on our goal of providing best-in-class professional development.

    I hope you'll join us for our January meeting, in which we will connect in more detail on how you can mine ATD resources for growth this year, and will also have some provocative conversation with author David Hutchens about mental model disruption. Given all the changes the chapter is experiencing this year, along with our desire to blow things up and bring you as much value as possible, we have named David our Senior Advisor on Mental Model Disruption. In this role, he will provide counsel to the board on how to move beyond the status quo while honoring all the great things we have done in the past.

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our plans or if you'd like to serve in some capacity. We need volunteers in multiple areas to help push our initiatives forward.

    See you later this month!

    Brad Minor

    President, ATD Nashville

  • 01 Nov 2015 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    New and Renewing Members

    Lucy Bertram - MasterCorp

    Nathan Bertram - MasterCorp

    Faye Blose - MasterCorp

    Kelly Buckley - Parallon

    Ryan Campbell - Workday

    Michael Cauley - Bootstrap Coaching

    Kendra Cotton - Freelance/Consultant

    Matthew Daniel - Capital One

    Cassandra Fiandt - MasterCorp

    Laura Fleming - Middle Tennessee State University

    Damita Goods - Parallon

    Heather Longtin Miller - Flint Learning Solutions

    Joe McCahill - Flint Learning Solutions

    Tiffany Phillips - MasterCorp

  • 28 Sep 2015 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    New and Renewing Members

    Aaron Denton* - Batten & Shaw, Inc

    Amanda Eckmann - Degreed

    Hope Lafferty* - Hope Lafferty Communications

    Barbara Opyt - Caveo Learning

    Jason Potts* - Potts Consulting

    Susan Walton - Parallon

    *Power Member- Local and National Member

  • 31 Aug 2015 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Ce’Aira Arvinger* - Meharry Medical College

    Luke Benfield* - Phi Delta Theta

    Kaylie Blaise* - NovaCopy, Inc.

    Wendy Cawthron* - Old Time Pottery

    Terra Greene - City of Murfreesboro

    Marion Jones* - American Addiction Centers

    Thomas Peterson - Alive Hospice

    Matthew Rogers - NovaCopy, Inc.

    Hayley Shelton - NovaCopy, Inc.

    Art Smith - AG Smith & Associates, LLC

    Terri Tock - Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

    David Winton - HCTec Partners

    Lashonda Fuller - Parallon

    *Power Member- Local and National Member

  • 31 Jul 2015 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    July New and Renewing Members

    Leslie Boone* - The Tennessean/Gannett 

    Vanessa Brown* - MTSU Hayley Calarco - MTSU

    Kiffin McCoy - ABG

    Stacey Knepple - H2U
    Thomas Riche - John Maxwell Team 

    Louise Stelma* - Argosy University

    Leslie Witty* - Western Kentucky University

    *Power Member- Local and National Member

  • 31 Jul 2015 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Pass It On—20% Off Certificate Program Registration with Code SUMED15

    Take advantage of this opportunity to save 20% off the registration price of all 2015 certificate programs! Use promo code SUMED15 at checkout on the ATD Store now through August 15, 2015, for the discount. Encourage your members to use your chapter’s ChIP code when registering for an ATD certificate program to receive revenue from their registration purchase.

  • 31 Jul 2015 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Join the ATD Nashville Mentoring program today!

    The ATD Nashville mentoring program is for our members and by our members.  To participate click here.

    The goal of this program is to strengthen relationships and provide opportunities for personal and professional development to our members.  Our underlying premise is that all humans can be mentors, and can provide mentoring, to support that development.

    The benefits of mentoring include the following:

    • Ongoing professional development that increases the likelihood of career success
    • Developing the professionalism of the chapter members to increase the likelihood of career promotions and other career moves
    • Providing chapter members with access to a network and support system to facilitate professional and career development
    • Enhancing the awareness and understanding of the importance of mentoring in career development
    • Facilitating the development of mentoring relationships for talent development professionals employed in companies where mentoring is not readily available
    • Facilitating knowledge sharing that enables both parties to learn something new

    This mentoring program is designed to be self-monitoring.  Please use these structures as you see fit.  Should you have any questions, please contact the current ATD Board members in professional development, as described on the chapter website.

    Our initial classifications include are but are not limited to:

    • Organizational Development
    • Instructional Design
    • Facilitation
    • Sales Training
    • Systems Training
    • Beginning a Career in Talent Development
    • Building Your Brand

    Please consider a role in which you think you could provide leadership, coaching, and mentoring to your fellow chapter members. We encourage you to a) be a mentor and b) be a protege.  Please contact ATD NashvilleProfessional Development with your interest or any questions you may have.

    Thanks so much, 

    Professional Development Team 

  • 24 Jun 2015 7:37 PM | Anonymous

    April New and Renewing Members

    • Aaron Shaull - Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2)
    • Jeremy Brooks - Parallon
    • Kim White - Parall
    • Marcie Claas - PICA
    • Marisa Clark - Parallon
    • Melissa Harris - Telecom Training Corporation
    • Sandi Edwards - Business and Legal Resources

    *Power Member- Local and National Member

  • 24 Jun 2015 7:18 PM | Anonymous

    Board member Lisa Baker, Co-VP of Professional Development, is glad she made a career move to Talent Consultant at Signature HealthCARE in late May. Signature HealthCARE, based in Louisville, Kentucky, just won an ATD award for Excellence in Practice in the Facilitating Organizational Change category for its Executive CNA program. All executives (along with some other roles such as Talent Consultants) complete Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and licensure during their first year with the company. The purpose is to promote hands-on leadership by example and empathy between staff in the corporate office and those in the field. Congratulations Signature!

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