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Atlanta Conference and Expo 2013

Learning InsightsToday’s guests talk with David Adelman from TrainingPros about the upcoming Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASTD’s Atlanta Conference and Expo 2013. The theme for this year’s ACE is “Learning and Development (L&D) as a Value Creator.” The conference is an opportunity for participants to address two key questions about their Learning and Development function and/or solutions: Are your L&D solutions creating value?; and How do you know?

Brent Darnell/Brent Darnell International

Brent Darnell, a mechanical engineer and a graduate of Georgia Tech, is a leading authority on emotional intelligence and a pioneer in its use in the construction industry. Since 2000, Brent has helped to improve the social competence and leadership skills of thousands of people in over 70 companies in more than 20 countries around the world. He is an adjunct professor at Auburn and Penn State, teaching emotional intelligence to their technical students. His book, The People Profit Connection, written specifically for the construction industry, has garnered rave reviews, and his Tough Guy series of books has been instrumental in teaching technical people to improve their soft skills. He was recently named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers for 2012 by Engineering News Record for his ability to transform alpha males into high performing leaders. He believes in a holistic approach to personal development, creating fundamental and lasting change. He practices yoga, is an avid reader and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Andrea Robbins.

Karen Sue Mitchal/McGhee Productivity Solutions

Karen Mitchal joined McGhee Productivity Solutions (MPS) in 2008 after spending 20+ years as a sales executive at Pepsi-Cola. During her tenure, she successfully led and developed teams in account development and new business acquisition in the healthcare, restaurant, education, non-traditional retail, and convenience store channels. She is based in Atlanta, GA and is responsible for the Greater Southeast territory. Karen brings with her a wealth of knowledge around goal setting, strategy implementation and team leadership and development. Her experience in the corporate world provides her with a unique perspective of the productivity obstacles that executives face.

As an MPS consultant, she helps groups and individuals “Take Back Their Lives” by using the proprietary processes and technology that MPS provides. She works in group or individual settings to encourage executives to make the most of their time to achieve their professional and personal goals.

“It’s not about getting things done, it’s about getting the right things done.”

Dave Basarab/Dave Basarab Consulting

Predictive Evaluation is the first and only training evaluation approach that adds the element of prediction. Using the Predictive Evaluation Model developed by Dave Basarab, trainers and business leaders can successfully predict training’s results, value, intention, adoption and impact, allowing them to make smarter, more strategic training and evaluation investments.

The Predictive Evaluation Model is a practical step-by-step training evaluation process that begins where most other evaluations stop. It’s unique because it: Adds the element of prediction to training evaluations, and is the first training evaluation model to do so. Requires student participation, making employees feel invested and engaged throughout the process. Provides recommendations for continuous improvement. Predicts the quantifiable impact of training to forecast training investments, results, and ROI. Can be used with existing or new courses and works equally well with classroom-based training, on-the-job training, on-line learning, workshops, etc. Is appropriate for content across all industries and departments. Is suitable for staff at all levels.



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Trellis Usher with Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASTD

photoTrellis Usher/T.R. Ellis Group Linkedin

Trellis Usher is an Atlanta learning professional who has worked in the field for over 17 years. She has been involved with ASTD for over a decade, both as a volunteer and volunteer leader. She is the current Director of Chapter Programs for Greater Atlanta ASTD which is the largest local chapter in the nation. In that role, she and a team of volunteers are responsible for planning and executing chapter meetings and the annual ACE Conference. After a corporate career working for companies like Georgia-Pacific, McKesson, and The Coca-Cola Company, Trellis founded T.R. Ellis Group which is a human capital development consultancy. In her role as Managing Consultant, she still gets to work with great organizations to help build individual and organizational capabilities.

Each year, the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASTD holds a large conference with national speakers to provide Atlanta learning professionals with the opportunity to network, gain new skills, and meet thought leaders without the expense of travel to national conferences. This year’s event, scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2013, is focused on Learning and Development as a Value Creator. In addition to 12 smaller sessions, the chapter has brought in Dr. Jack Phillips and Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick to speak.




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Consultant Appreciation Month at TrainingPros

June 2013 was Consultant Appreciation Month at TrainingPros. Every year TrainingPros sets aside one month to provide extra service to their consultants in appreciation for the fabulous work they do. As a capstone event for Consultant Appreciation Month, TrainingPros has invited Megan Powell and Dustin Bolton to join us on the radio.