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September Chapter Meeting: Intro to Human Performance Improvement

  • 19 Sep 2013
  • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Jackson, 300 Innovation Drive, Franklin, TN 3706


  • A valid student ID must be shown at registration table the day of the event.

Registration is closed
PLEASE NOTE: This is a breakfast meeting!

Continental breakfast will be provided. Please note any dietary restrictions no less than 72 hours prior to the event. We will do our best to accommodate any reasonable requests.

As learning and development professionals, we have come to understand two elements of the context in which we operate:


  1. What we do is no longer “only” about learning and skills. It’s about performance, both organizational and human. What employees learn must change their on-the-job performance so the bottom line will be impacted positively.
  2. Learning and development interventions are not designed and implemented in a vacuum; their effectiveness is greatly influenced by all the other organizational issues that impact the business and the employees.


A comprehensive system of front-end analysis and back-end evaluation is critical to developing and implementing learning interventions that support these elements. That system is the Human Performance Improvement (HPI) Approach.

When time, job role, and management understanding allow it, we are included in the initial phases of the process and can influence it as part of the learning and development implementation process. In many circumstances, however, we are “handed a training need” and must go from there.

Using the HPI approach is even more critical in these situations – in these cases we must work backward before we can move forward.

This presentation will focus on the HPI approach and how to implement it in both situations described above.

Participants are encouraged to bring with them a “training need” from their

organizations to work through the process with a real example.

(The “training need” can be in notes or just “in the head,” and can be something that the organization has identified, or something that the participant thinks should be identified.)

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time: 7-9 a.m.

Location: Jackson, 300 Innovation Drive, Franklin, TN 37067. Building is across from Nissan's headquarters, off Carothers Parkway in Cool Springs.

Parking: Please park in any available spot and check in with security upon arrival.


Dr. Deborah Tobey has been in the Organization Development (OD) field for more than 25 years. She is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Leadership and Organizations. She is also the principal of her OD consulting firm, in practice since 1995.

In her work with organizations, Deb focuses on increasing leadership effectiveness at the individual and organizational level. She specializes in communication and inclusion; leadership development; performance and training needs assessment, design, facilitation and evaluation; supervisory and management development; group and planning process interventions; teambuilding; and “train the trainer”. Deb has served clients in both the public and private sector, including such organizations as Ceridian Corporation, Saturn Corporation, General Mills, Whirlpool Corporation, Deutsche Bank, BMI Inc., the State of Tennessee Department of Human Resources, the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, the YWCA, and the American Management Association.

Deb’s doctorate is in Human Resource Development (HRD) from Vanderbilt University. She has also served as an adjunct professor at both Vanderbilt and at George Washington University. Deb is the author or co-author of four books for Organization Development practitioners, all published by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Press. She is based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she shares life with her husband Bryan, a retired police captain, firefighter, and EMT.

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