"Hot Topic" Round Table Discussions

  • 13 Nov 2017
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


  • (Free once per year if member has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past 12 months.)

Registration is closed

Monday, November 13th, 2017


Perennially Popular

“Hot Topic” Round Table Discussions

Join us for an interactive forum to learn about trends in workplace learning and performance, as well as to share best practices:

Influencing   - Steve Gardiner

 Join Steve Gardiner in a fast-paced look at the art of Influencing Up, Down and Sideways.  Discover the tips of: Preaching in the Rain, Peddling Pancakes Door to Door. Shooting for the Moon, Star Wars Strategies, and A Card from Hallmark.

Bio: Steve Gardiner is President of Gardiner Associates, which specializes in conflict resolution, building collaborative relationships, and “rapid coaching,” among other leadership skills. Steve is former Head of Learning and Development at International Paper and Purdue Pharma.

Good Intentions Don’t Make Good Assessments - Donna Horrigan

There’s no shortage of assessments designed to grow self-awareness and ultimately improve performance. And while well-intentioned, these same assessments may also be limiting your capacity to learn, grow and develop.  Join our interactive session  to learn about Lumina Spark’s approach and how it might help you in your personal and professional development.  Bring your smart phone to experience Lumina Splash App in real time.

Bio: Donna Horrigan is Vice President of Client Solutions for Lumina Learning, a talent development company that uses research-based, next-generation psychometrics. Prior to joining Lumina this year, Donna managed client services for Fortune 1000 clients in the Northeast for other talent development companies.

 Team Coaching Techniques - Gavin Pommernelle

Are your team development activities feeling stale or ineffective? Have you considered team coaching and understand the difference between team coaching and team building? Gavin Pommernelle will discuss a few of the  techniques he has used successfully in coaching teams, followed by a group sharing of methodologies they have found to be effective.  Areas to be explored include emotional awareness of other team members, the setting of clear expectations amongst team members, and the use of conflict resolution techniques to deflect conflict. 

Bio: Gavin Pommernelle is an executive coach with extensive global leadership experience. Notable accomplishments include facilitating a leadership team that added 70% business value through coaching, personal performance and team dynamics; and increasing employee engagement scores by more than 15 index points through leadership coaching and talent strategies. 

 “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” - Julienne B. Ryan

Learn about the power of story-telling for leaders! Julienne Ryan will take you through an interactive storytelling exercise guaranteed to have you thinking, smiling, and communicating.  You will leave with valuable insights about personal and intellectual strengths that you can use in your professional life and techniques you can share in your organization.

Bio: Founder of J. Ryan Partners, Julienne Ryan is a story connector, speaker, trainer and coach.  She utilizes stories and humor as learning tools and works with individuals and teams to develop their unique talents and strengths. Her methods allow clients to see themselves in new ways so they can become more productive, improve communications, and enhance knowledge transfer and collaboration.

Virtual Reality, Learning and xAPI - Hugh Seaton

Join Hugh Seaton as he takes a soup-to-nuts approach to Virtual Reality in Learning. We’ll review VR’s virtues, how it can be used, and what is going on in the marketplace today. In addition, a new analytics standard, Experience API, is gaining in popularity, and we’ll explore what that means for L & D professionals. And of course, we’ll have VR experiences ready for attendees.

Bio: Hugh Seaton is a board member of ATD SCC and CEO of Aquinas, a next-generation learning software platform that provides learning reinforcement solutions. Hugh is organizer of the NYVRExpo and multiple NYC & CT VR and xAPI meet-ups, as well as a frequent speaker on eLearning topics. Hugh has been an adjunct professor at NYU & Sacred Heart University, advertising & marketing executive, and technology enthusiast.



In conjunction with their sponsorship for this event, accel5 is offering all ATD SCC members and friends a free trial use of their site through December 2017.  

EBSCO Corporate Solutions’ Accel5 is a micro-learning solution that helps employees develop soft skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, innovation, and more. Content can be consumed in minutes—ideal for busy professionals from millennials to seasoned executives.    Click on www.accel-5.com/atd-southern-ct/aic4j84rhfhp39sf and sign up for your free account to gain access to articles, videos, and book summaries of best practices from globally recognized, business authors, coaches and executives such as Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Dr. Mark Goulston, Lisa Bodell, Judith Glaser and more.


Date:  Monday, November 13th, 2017

Time: 5:45 PM Networking/Registration; 6:15 PM Program

5:45 to 6:15 PM "Heavy" Hors d'oeuvres, Pasta Station, Cash Bar followed by Program

          Early-Bird Registrations through Friday, November 10th:  $35 Chapter Members; $50 Non-members;   $25 In-Transition; $20 Students

After Friday, midnight, November 10th, for Regular Registrations and Walk-ins:  $45 Member; $65 Non-member; $35 In-Transition;  $20 Students

No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.

Bring a Corporate Practitioner Guest!!!

Members are welcome to bring one free guest per event, an internal Corporate HR practitioner only, if the guest has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past year. Member can register his/her guest by selecting:  MEMBER’s Internal Corporate Practitioner Guest -SPECIAL OFFER  (Free once per year if member has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past 12 months.)

Reservation Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017

No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.

Meeting Location: Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

The Norwalk Inn will provide special diet accommodations upon request or advise the chapter administrator.





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