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Join us at Lodge Des Peres on 10/13/2016! If you're a team member, team leader, or team trainer, this fun and interactive conference will give you takeaways that you can apply immediately. Download the Program:

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00am Continental Breakfast - Bring a new children's book donation for
9:00-9:15am Welcome: ATD St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors & Communications Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor Presentation


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Keynote Presentation

Interact and Engage! Led by Kassy LaBorie & Tom Stone

Whether it's an online team meeting, a webinar, or virtual training, engagement is on everyone's mind. Will it be worth the time to attend, or will it be an opportunity to check email? Interaction is the key to engagement, and using a platform’s features is the key to interaction. However, the features alone do not engage participants. Authors Kassy LaBorie and Tom Stone will lead us on a lively learning experience based on their book Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars (ATD Press, 2015). You will be able to apply what you learn immediately in your own team interactions in online meetings, webinars, and virtual classrooms.

As Director of Virtual Training Services for Dale Carnegie Training, Kassy LaBorie leads a consultancy that partners with organizations to help them develop successful online training strategies. At Dale Carnegie Training, Kassy also served as the Product Design Architect responsible for developing their Live Online Training experience. Prior to this, she was a Master Trainer for InSync Training, a Microsoft software trainer at ExecuTrain, and a Senior Trainer at WebEx where she helped create the WebEx University. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, she has presented at Training Magazine events, CLO Symposiums, The Virtual Learning Show, and ATD TechKnowledge and ICE conferences.

Tom Stone is Director, Technology Based Learning at Dale Carnegie Training. He sets the product roadmap and strategy for their Live Online and other digital offerings, and also leads the new uses of technology in their traditional in-person ILT programs. Tom has been in the Learning and Development field for fifteen years, previously serving in a variety of roles including Senior Research Analyst at Taleo, and before that, Senior Instructional Designer, Manager of Instructional Design, and Product Design Architect at Element K. Tom is a popular industry speaker, writer, and evangelist, and has spoken at over 100 regional, national, and international conferences. 

10:30-10:50am Break and Vendor Fair


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Member-Led Morning Breakout Sessions: Choose Your Learning Path!

Navigating Your Career 
Track A (Oak Room): Led by Cindy Brendel, Managing Principal at Brendel Leadership Solutions, LLC, this session will focus on developing yourself and your direct reports in our fast-paced, changing workplaces. Learn how to develop yourself and your career through a six-step Career Planning model, tools, and resources.

Growing Future Talent
Track B (Maple Room): Led by Lisa Whealon, Chief People Officer at GL group Inc., this session will teach you: 1) How to explain and sell the value and ROI of a leadership development program to the Executive Team; 2) How to develop content and build skills reflective of your culture and the competencies that successful leaders within your culture demonstrate; and 3) How to measure success upon program completion.
Mindset, Mission, and Metacognition: A Lifelong Learning Framework
Track C, Part 1 (Dogwood Room, 10:50-11:10am): Led by Dr. Kelly L. Jones, Marketing Training Manager at Nestle Purina, and Jody Lumsden, Lead OD Digital Instructional Designer at Nestle Purina, this session will explore the "who, what, when, where, why, and how" of lifelong learning in the digital age. You will take away strategies and resources that will help you critically reflect on your professional development journey and design your own informal curriculum. 

Close the Talent Gap
Track C, Part 2 (Dogwood Room, 11:10am-12:00pm): Vicki Swisher, Senior Talent Development Consultant with the IMPACT Group, will share strategies aligned with the 70/20/10 model of learning to help high potentials and rising leaders benefit from a structured development program that includes hands-on learning, one-one-one coaching, manager and senior leader support, and cohort learning sessions.

 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch and Vendor Fair
 1:00-1:50 pm ATD St. Louis Chapter 70th Anniversary Team Activity - Facilitated by Sweetology
 1:50-2:00 pm Break

 2:00-3:30 pm

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Concurrent Afternoon Workshops: Choose Your Learning Path!

Tune Up Your Presentation Skills Workshop led by Rob Portnoy, Ph.D., CPLP
rack A, Maple Room)

In this workshop, you will learn a memorable and compelling system for tuning up your presentation skills so that when you talk, people will pay attention and remember what you tell them. Dr. Rob Portnoy is President of the Executive Communications Training Company, Inc. He is dedicated to helping people talk their best when it matters most. He offers professional training and coaching for anyone who would like to overcome their fear of speaking and deliver compelling and dynamic presentations. Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams Workshop led by Sharon Wingron, CPLP   
Track B (Dogwood Room)

While most organizations require their people to work together and may even use the word "team," few are able to truly capitalize on this strategic advantage of functional and cohesive teams.  This session will explore what it takes to be a productive, high-performing team and introduce a proven solution for how to get there. Sharon Wingron is President and Leadership Consultant at Develop PEOPLE (dba Wings of Success LLC). Her expertise is centered on how people’s minds work, how people work together, and how people affect a company’s bottom line. 

 3:30-3:40 pm Break
 3:40-4:00 pm

ATDSTL Board of Directors: 70th Anniversary Team Activity
Conference Awards and Closing


Conference Sponsors

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 Platinum Sponsor

  Communications Partner

 Silver Sponsors




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