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Upcoming events

    • 01 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851
     Friday, March 1, 2019 

    8:00AM to 5:00PM


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium

    Four years ago, the IBM Watson sales team was selling a product looking for a market.  Fast forward to today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the newest buzzword in industry and is everywhere.  According to LinkedIn, AI jobs are 12 times more in demand than other jobs. According to Josh Bersin’s “Talent, Technology and HR Predictions for 2019”:

    You’re going to be flooded with new tools and vendors this year…The fastest growing segment of the HR market today is tools and systems for learning. Why? Because everyone’s job is changing before our eyes and we all want to learn as fast as we can. From an HR and L&D standpoint, this means embracing learning experience platforms, virtual reality, design thinking, and agile learning methodologies. AI tools for learning are arriving, so you can soon buy systems that teach in the flow of work.

    The Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD SCC) is sponsoring a full-day symposium designed to provide participants with an in-depth look at how AI is being used today and how it is anticipated to be used in the future.  We have assembled an all-star cast of speakers and facilitators from industry, academia, and consulting to share their insights and experiences with the technology with the goal that participants will leave with a deeper understanding of AI and how they might begin to experiment in deploying it in their own organizations.

    Don’t be left behind.  Come out and explore!  Come out and learn!

    Information-Packed Agenda

    8:00 – 8:30 AM       Registration, Networking, Breakfast

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    8:30 - 9:30 

    AI Primer Session: Everything About AI You Were Afraid to Ask

    Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

    9:30 - 10:30  

    Opening Keynote: 

    Susan Steele – Sr. Vice President, HR; Reinvention Leader, IBM Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence, IBM 

    How AI Will Disrupt (and Improve) Talent Development

    AI is having profound results in enabling learning agility, empowering Talent Development leaders and enhancing the learner experience. IBM, an early adopter in the use of AI across the entire employee lifecycle, is known for transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of Talent Development through the pragmatic and innovative deployment of AI.

    Susan Steele, the HR Reinvention Leader in IBM’s Global Talent and Transformation Center of Competence, will discuss and demonstrate how AI is being used today to disrupt (and improve) Talent Development.

    10:30 – 10:45


    10:45 – 11:30

    Artificial Intelligence In Learning: State of the Industry

    Al Vazquez, Director of Technology, Success Academy

    The learning industry is just beginning to leverage AI. From early use of voice interfaces and chatbots, to recommendation systems to assessments, join Al Vazquez as he presents an overview of where we are, and what to expect in the coming years.

    11:30–12:30 PM

    Applying AI to Your Business and the Future of HR: 

    An Interactive Session moderated by:

    Bryan Mattimore, Co-Founder, Chief Idea Guy, Growth Engine Innovation Agency

    Following the morning's talks, our moderator will guide us as we:

    • Identify conceptual building blocks for understanding AI.
    • Show how these building blocks can be used for individuals' businesses.
    • Ideate as teams to create new potential uses and products.

    This session will be a hands-on way for attendees to discuss and really understand what AI means for HR and Learning & Development.

    After a morning of learning about what AI is, how it is being used, and how learning organizations can leverage AI, we’ll take a minute to think about how it might be used to solve problems attendees find in their work. Led by renowned creativity expert Bryan Mattimore, this session is your chance to apply AI to your own work!



    1:15 – 2:15

    Practical AI - What It Takes to Make AI Work for Your Learning Organization

    Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

    AI holds great promise for learning organizations, in part because it is different from other software. Deeply dependent upon data, Artificial Intelligence implementations have their own challenges that, if understood, are easy to plan for and overcome.

    2:15 – 3:30

    Deep-Dive Sessions

    1.    From Data to AI in Learning

           Prof. Mo Cayer, Univ of New Haven;

          Prof. Armando Rodriguez, Univ of New Haven

    AI and Big Data @ Work (Even for Small Companies)

    • Learn about AI and Big Data in talent learning and development. Hear and see examples of how some organizations use the abundant HR-related and other data they have (or could acquire) about their managers and employees:
    • Including performance information, social and relationship interaction networks, training records, 360 multi-source data, emails/texts, demographics, personality and cognitive tests, project contributions, etc. to make and improve decisions, and design more effective learning experiences.  
    • Get a brief overview with examples of some methods and tools that are being used today such as Predictive Analytics, Regression Analysis, R, Machine Learning, Random Forests, Python, etc. 

    Lastly, leave with suggested next steps to learn more about this rapidly emerging, high-impact approach to HR and Talent Management. 

    2.   Voice Agents for L&D

          Cortney Harding, Founder & CEO, Friends with


    2018 saw significant advances in the area of natural language processing, with key functionality improved to the point where powerful voice interfaces are available to almost anyone. Join Cortney Harding as she explains how her team have used voice to bring a virtual reality experience to life. Among the topics Cortney will cover are:

    • How to write a voice agent script
    • Options for non-developers to create and deploy simple chat & voice agents
    • Challenges for learning professionals
    • Opportunities for the future

    3.   Recommendation Systems in Learning

         Hugh Seaton, CEO Aquinas Learning

    The holy grail for learning systems is the ability to send the right content, at the right time, to learners. This session will explore how that is being done with increasing impact in different systems, including challenges around data collection, privacy, and quality of recommendations. Much like voice and imagery, the technology behind recommendation systems has made great advances in recent years, making this an area to watch.

    4:00 – 4:15 


    4:15 – 5:00   

    Closing Keynote: 

    Getting Worked Up About AI: Reimagining the Role of Humans

    Joe O’Boyle, Principal Director, Accenture’s Talent & Organization

    In brief:

    ·         AI is triggering an urgent call to re-skill workers. But before

    re-skilling, businesses must first get to grips with reconfiguring work.

    ·         Nearly half of business leaders think traditional job descriptions are obsolete.

    ·         We will highlight how leading companies are reimagining work and preparing their people.



    Speakers Biographies


    Hugh Seaton is CEO of Aquinas Learning, a software company that utilizes artificial intelligence to deliver learning on the job via Slack, mobile voice and chat, or simple messages. Hugh is founder of the nationwide Practical AI community, with monthly events in NYC, SF, Toronto, and Boston. An avid technologist, Hugh has also created events around IoT and VR/AR, including the NYVR Expo at Javits Center in NYC.


    Susan Steele, HR Reinvention Leader, IBM Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence 

    Susan Steele advises C-Suite leaders on how to address today’s most pressing talent issues. Known for integrating cognitive technology into the HR domain, Susan has played a key role in reinventing the recruitment, learning and HR functions of many global enterprises.  Her background includes Chief HR Officer, Chief Learning Officer and Chief Talent Acquisition Officer roles at WPP, Deloitte and global law firm, Linklaters.

    Susan’s early career was in P&L leadership roles at investment banks JPMorgan Chase and HSBC and with the NASDAQ/PHLX derivatives exchange.

    Susan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, completed further education at the London Business School and received her Executive Coaching Certification from the UK's Tavistock Institute.  Susan is a frequent commentator on the growing impact of AI, automation, IoT and blockchain on both the Talent function and employee experience.  Susan’s personal comments on the future workplace can be found on Twitter @TalentTalking and on LinkedIn at

    Susan, who lives in New York, serves on the boards of New York HR People & Strategy, Carnegie-Mellon University’s Dietrich College and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

    Al Vazquez is the Director of Software Development at Success Academy Charter Schools.  He is a big-picture technologist: servant-leader executive, solutions architect, product owner, engineer, sys admin, DBA, process analyst, team builder, trainer, and mentor. He has worn numerous hats including CTO, advisor, senior software architect, business process analyst, lead engineer, account manager, deal maker, partner, and co-founder.

    Previously, he was Vice President, Engineering at Benchmark Education Company.  He holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Genesco.

    Bryan Mattimore is Chief Idea Guy of Growth Engine Innovation Agency, an innovation agency he cofounded in 1999. Growth Engine, has managed over two hundred successful innovation projects, generating over $3 billion in new sales for a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients including Kraft, Unilever, Ford, AT&T, BNY Mellon, LVMH, Merck, and Pepsi. Growth Engine also conducts creative problem-solving training, war gaming, and strategic leadership innovation workshops. Bryan is the author of three books on applied creativity and business innovation, as well as the inventor of the creativity training game, Bright Ideas. Bryan’ newest book, 21 Days to a Big Idea, will be published this November by Diversion Books. 

    Mo Cayer is a career-long applied industrial/organizational psychologist. Mo has extensive industry and corporate experience improving organizational and human resource effectiveness. His corporate/consulting career includes:

    • Training Portfolio Leader at the American Management Association (AMA).
    • Head of Organizational & Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical, NA.
    • GE Capital Corp. (the financial services business within General Electric) for six years, Mo was the Leader, Best Practices & Program Development, designing and consulting on a wide variety of Organizational and Leadership Development interventions.
    • R.H. Macy & Co., as its Vice President, Leadership, Organizational Development & Executive Compensation.
    • Development Dimensions Int’l., Consultant for Service Excellence; and KRC Research and Consulting, VP Organizational Research & OD Consulting.
    • JC Penney Co in various Human Resource leadership roles over 10 years.
    • Mo continues consulting to private and public sector organizations, sometimes collaborating with Pivotal Resources, Inc., a global change leadership firm.

    Mo is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Haven, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and Management Department, and teach courses to MBAs, and graduate students in I/O psychology: strategic management, human resource management, HR development, psychological testing in industry, performance management, and talent management among others.

    Mo earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

    Armando Rodriguez is an authority on forensic economics, competition policy and regulation, and an expert on discerning key information from published economic performance rankings by using machine learning algorithms.  Dr. Rodriguez is the founder of the University’s Economics Collective, an online, student-run blogging and teaching space and social network that aims to be a catalyst for creative solutions to today's economic challenges, and the New Haven Economic Performance Laboratory, which publishes the New Haven Economic Performance Index. He created the University of New Haven’s bachelor’s degree program in business analytics and the behavioral economics concentration as part of the University’s B.A. in economics.

    Cortney Harding is the Founder and CEO of the Friends with Holograms, a full-service virtual and augmented reality agency. She has created groundbreaking voice-activated VR experiences for Accenture and is currently advising Coca-Cola on its augmented reality strategy. Other agency clients include Verizon, Unity, and the Air Force. Prior to founding Friends with Holograms, she led business development at VR production company Moth+Flame, working with clients like AT&T, Ram Trucks, and Discovery Communications.

    Joe O’Boyle is a Principal Director in Accenture’s Talent & Organization practice focused on helping clients navigate large-scale enterprise change and transformation.  He helps to lead Accenture’s Workforce Transformation offering in North America helping clients navigate the impacts of AI and digitalization on their workforce.  He conducts research on emerging workforce treads. 

    Over Joe’s 17+ year career, he has focused on strategic, cross-functional transformation programs, specifically at the intersection of Sales Operations, Finance, Customer and Professional Services, Shared Services and Information Technology.   His global client experience includes, but is not limited to, regulated and non-regulated businesses in the High Tech, Humanitarian, Energy and Defense industries.

    Joe studied Management Information Systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He is based out of Accenture’s Boston Office and is an avid student of technology. 


    Location: The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 

    99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851

    Date:  Friday, March 1, 2019

    Time: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

    Continental Breakfast: Assorted muffins and bagels, coffee and tea.

    Lunch:  Deli Buffet - A variety of salads, cold cuts, cheeses, fruit salad, bread etc.

    $79 Chapter Members; $99 Non-members 

    Preferred Registration Deadline no later than

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    There will be a $5 additional administrative charge for walk-ins 

    with no prior online registration and payment.

    No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.


    For more information, contact: 

    John Weidner, ATD SCC President at: or 203-762-0730.

    Friday, March 1, 2019 

    8:00AM to 5:00PM


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk CT
    • 33

    Coaching Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting

    The Business of Coaching: 

            How to Transform from "Soft Touch"   

                             to Game Changing

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 - 9:15 am 

    Presented by:


    Tina Clements, VP, US Team for the

    Retail Performance Company, LLC and

    Keri-Lynne Shaw, HR & Business Coach, formerly  VP, Human Resources, Coty, Inc.

    Please join us for an interactive presentation as we explore:

    ·         How to capture the attention of decision makers.

    ·         How to structure engagements and align with ROI.

    ·         What makes a coach marketable and which mishaps

           turn clients off.

    ·         How are successful engagements evaluated.

    Location: Norwalk Public Library, 2nd floor

    1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk CT

    PARKING: There is a small lot behind the building (first driveway on Mott, on right as you enter from corner of Belden and Mott.) There is also a parking garage across the street and around the corner, across from the Mall, behind the post office. 


    Our group's mission is to share best practices and explore trends and new approaches in the field of coaching within an organizational setting.

    Speaker Bios:

    Tina Clements serves as Vice President, US Team for The Retail Performance Company, LLC (rpc), an international retail consultancy that she helped launch in 2013.  Prior to working at rpc, Tina worked for 10+ years at BMW where she led performance management, professional development and training.  Tina has worked in the learning & development industry since 1996, helping to grow talent at organizations including HBO, Volkswagen, BMW/MINI, IBM and WVIP Radio/Cable Systems. 

    Keri-Lynne Shaw works as an HR and business coach, previously serving as Vice President of Human Resources at Coty Inc, a multinational beauty company.  Prior to joining Coty, Keri-Lynne worked for 10+ years at BMW of North America where she most recently served as Director of Human Resources.

    Tina and Keri-Lynne both completed coach training at iPEC in 2015, a framework that uniquely positions them as business leaders, consultants and talent developers who appreciate the value of coaching, who can translate it into a language that resonates with decision makers and who know how to frame an engagement to produce the bottom line results that businesses are seeking.   

    Please register by Friday, March 1, 2019, to reserve your spot. Don't miss this chance to expand your knowledge, connect with colleagues and discuss important trends in our industry!

     Chapter Members: FREE  

    Note:  Chapter Members must login first for the system to recognize you as a member.  GIG members (formerly Hartford CT Chapter) should register accordingly.

    Non-Members:  $10 (Must register and pay online only.)    

    For questions, contact:

    Ellen Keithline Byrne and Lara Siegel;

    Co-Chairpersons, Coaching CoP 

    These events are sponsored by ATD Southern Connecticut Chapter (ATD SCC) and are open to all interested practitioners.  There is no cost for participation in the Coaching Communities of Practice for members or GIG (formerly Hartford Chapter) of this chapter.

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12 Feb 2019 Webinar: Designing eLearning for Maximum Motivation
14 Jan 2019 Leading from Your Best Self-Develop Executive Poise, Presence, and Influence to Maximize Your Potential
13 Dec 2018 COACHING CoP: Delivering Presentations that Wow and Win!
03 Dec 2018 HOLIDAY NETWORKING PARTY - Celebrate the Holidays with us Italian Style
05 Nov 2018 FROM WORKSHOP TO WORKPLACE: Simple Strategies to Ensure "Training Takes"
15 Oct 2018 Creating a Powerful On-boarding Experience with Brent Robertson, Partner, Fathom
04 Oct 2018 Coaching Secrets: How to be an Exceptional Coach-Coaching CoP
17 Sep 2018 Coaching...the "Go To" Capability in a Digital Era
11 Jun 2018 Locking in the Future of Your Company – Aligning Succession Planning with the Business Strategy
07 Jun 2018 Cutting Edge Approaches to Team Coaching-Effectively Coaching through the Life Cycle of Team Development-Coaching CoP
14 May 2018 Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion Training to Transform Culture: A Praxair Case Study
24 Apr 2018 LEARNING CoP: VR and xAPI in Learning
19 Apr 2018 Strategic Thinking for You and Your Clients-Coaching CoP
16 Apr 2018 Change and Transformation: A LEGO Group Case Study
19 Mar 2018 A Look Ahead: The Now and the Next of Learning and Technology
26 Feb 2018 How HR and Marketing are Re-inventing Talent Management
08 Feb 2018 COACHING CoP: Coaching for REAL Transformation
31 Jan 2018 LEARNING CoP: Navigate Change with Lumina Spark
25 Jan 2018 Taking Agile Beyond IT: Delivering Value to Talent Development
05 Dec 2017 Joint ATD SCC and SOCT SHRM Holiday Networking Social
16 Nov 2017 COACHING CoP: Coaching Distuptors: Are We Ready for the Future?
15 Nov 2017 LEARNING CoP: Design Thinking for Learning and Development
13 Nov 2017 "Hot Topic" Round Table Discussions
16 Oct 2017 Leading Through Times of Change
28 Sep 2017 COACHING CoP: Coaching for Emotional Agility
18 Sep 2017 Amazing Things Can Happen when You Stop Knowing What You Are Talking About
26 Jun 2017 NEW LEARNING CoP: Adaptive Learning: Principles and Application in L&D
19 Jun 2017 Learning in the Age of Immediacy: Five Factors Transforming Training with Guest Speaker: Brandon Carson, Learning Strategist, HOME DEPOT, Director of Learning
15 May 2017 The Power of Visual Leadership
03 May 2017 Creative Ways to Grow your Business
24 Apr 2017 The Evolving Relationship between Learning, Development, Innovation, & Change
27 Mar 2017 The Case for Continuous Learning - Enablers and Mindsets
09 Mar 2017 Coaching CoP: Approaches to Coaching from Beginning to End
13 Feb 2017 A Digital Mind: An Open Dialogue on Personal and Organizational Transformation in a Digital Era
23 Jan 2017 Think You Know 360° Feedback? Think Again!
17 Oct 2016 Going Behind the Curtain: Integrated Talent Management at PepsiCo - Allan Church - SVP Global Talent Assessment & Development, PepsiCo
19 Sep 2016 The Future of Performance Management - A “Fireside Chat” with Deloitte’s Erica Bank
13 Jun 2016 4th Annual Networking Spectacular and ATD SCC's Got Talent Contest!
16 May 2016 A Panel Discussion with CHROs on: Aligning the Talent Strategy with the Business Strategy
18 Apr 2016 Experience the North Pole Like You Never Have Before - Led by Polar Adventurer, Matt McFadyen
21 Mar 2016 "A Case Study: Using Customized Experiential Simulations to Develop Business Acumen at CA Technologies"
25 Jan 2016 Cracking The Millennial Code: 5 Keys to Understanding and Preparing the Next Generation for Leadership - January 25th, 2016
19 Oct 2015 5 Ways to Cultivate Breakthrough Ideas and Solutions - October 19, 2015
21 Sep 2015 Panel Discussion: Leveraging Coaching for Talent Development and Business Impact
24 Jul 2015 Test Event Number Two
08 Jun 2015 Annual ATD SCC's Got Talent
13 Apr 2015 Yes, You Can Simplify Your Organization! How to Identify the Complexity We Create and Do Something about It
23 Mar 2015 The Science and Practice of Mindfulness
23 Feb 2015 A Story of Transformation: Performance Management at AIG
26 Jan 2015 Yes, You Can Simplify Your Organization! How to Identify the Complexity We Create and Do Something about It
21 Jan 2015 Coaching Community of Practice Meeting: Selling Coaching to Organizations
20 Jan 2015 Human Capital Analytics Community of Practice Meeting
28 Oct 2014 Coaching Community of Practice Kick-off
20 Oct 2014 Social, Mobile, and Gamification: More than Just “Check the Box”
22 Sep 2014 Learning and Performance through Peer Coaching
09 Jun 2014 Annual ASTD SCC's Got Talent!
19 May 2014 Annual Learning Leaders Panel: Today's Landscape in Leadership Development - Trends That Matter!
28 Apr 2014 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: the Role of L&D
31 Mar 2014 Mobilize Your Learning: Learning Solutions for a Multi-Device World
24 Feb 2014 Leadership Through Technology: The Fastest Way to Get Things Done
27 Jan 2014 Crack the Code to Building Trust! Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results
09 Dec 2013 Employee Learning Week Celebration: Hot Topic Round Table Discussions
18 Nov 2013 Free Networking Event!
28 Oct 2013 Simulation-Based Training: A Sun Products Case Study
23 Sep 2013 Data-Driven Talent Insight
10 Jun 2013 ASTD SCC's Got Talent! Networking Spectacular
20 May 2013 Annual Learning Leader Panel - Cultural Transformation
22 Apr 2013 Leading the 2020 Workplace: How to Prepare NOW
18 Mar 2013 A Case Study: Bringing Together Informal Learning, Collaboration, and Knowledge Sharing
25 Feb 2013 Boosting Engagement: Helping Leaders Win at Work
28 Jan 2013 Using LinkedIn To Deepen Business Relationships!
03 Dec 2012 Hot Topics Round Table - Employee Learning Week
22 Oct 2012 Panel on Coaching Trends - October 22, 2012
24 Sep 2012 Connecting to a Multigenerational Workforce
18 Jun 2012 June Networking Forum "It's Not Just About YOU"
21 May 2012 Learning Leader Panel
23 Apr 2012 Gaining Your Leadership Edge: How Avon Is Building Strategic Thinking in Their Future Leaders
19 Mar 2012 Leadership Development With Impact! Leverage The Investment to Drive Results
27 Feb 2012 "The Heart of Development: Sustainable Organizational Performance Through Employee Development"
23 Jan 2012 What It Really Takes to Be a Successful Manager
05 Dec 2011 Employee Learning Week - Hot Topics Round Table
24 Oct 2011 The Impact of Culture on the Organization
26 Sep 2011 Employee Retention and Engagement
25 Jul 2011 SIG Online Meeting



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