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Lunch and Learn with Nick van Dam - September 16th

SAVE the DATE!  


Posted 7/27/2020 

Join us September 16th for our next ATD Pittsburgh Virtual Lunch & Learn, where Nick van Dam will share his perspectives on Building People Capabilities During Times of Turbulence.

The defining attributes of the 21st century economy and the fourth industrial revolution are innovation, technology, globalization and rapid pace of change. Therefore, an organization’s capacity to enhance the capabilities of its workforce and create a culture of continuous learning is increasingly vital to remaining competitive. These trends make an effective learning and Leadership development (L&D) function more critical than ever. L&D efforts

need to be closely aligned with the business strategy and support learning at the speed of business. Effective Learning and leadership development programs are built on evidence-based practices for adult learning

Dr. van Dam has over 30 years of business experience as a former partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR Executive, and Client Advisor at McKinsey and Deloitte as well as a Business Unit Director at Siemens. He has served more than 100 clients from around the world as an advisor.  Nick is Chief Learning Officer at IE University (Spain), Chief IE Center for Learning Innovation, serves on the University Executive Board and is a Professor in Corporate Learning and Leadership Development. Additionally, he is a Professor at Nyenrode Business Universiteit,(The Netherlands), and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works with candidates in the Executive Doctoral Program for Chief Learning Officers. He is affiliated with McKinsey and Aberkyn as an external Senior Advisor.

Nick is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential. He is inspired by insights from positive and development psychology, philosophy and the neurosciences. He is an internationally recognized thought leader, adviser, researcher, author, and facilitator on corporate learning and leadership development. He has (co-) authored over 25 books and numerous articles.


JULY Virtual Event

Take advantage of your membership and join us for a great lunch and learn event and some networking! 

Interact & Engage: Activities for Engaging Virtual Training with - 

Kassy LaBorie

Posted 6/17/2020

Join us to learn how to increase engagement in your virtual events!

We’re all spending more time virtually this year, including our ATD Pittsburgh chapter events.  In our recent member survey, you said you’d like to see us combine programming and networking.  In our July 15 ‘Lunch & Learn’ event, from 12 noon – 1:15 pm, we’re doing just that!

We are thrilled to have Kassy LaBorie join us to lead a session titled ‘Interact & Engage:  Activities for Engaging Virtual Training’.  During this session, you will learn what you can do to be successful in the virtual environment and avoid having everyone ask for a recording or a copy of the slides five minutes into your next virtual event. You’ll analyze the activities demonstrated and brainstorm where the techniques could be applied to your virtual training programs. You’ll explore the specific challenges of managing the technology, and brainstorm solutions to the engagement problems you are likely to experience with your live online attendees when technical problems arise.

Since 2008, Kassy has participated in over 100 industry conferences as a speaker, expert panelist, and workshop trainer, as well as a popular author on the topic.  She will share her expertise with us in a highly interactive and engaging session.

We will also have dedicated time to network with each other in breakout groups and include a few prize drawings.  This will serve as our summer networking event since in-person gatherings are still limited.  You won’t want to miss this session!  Hope to see you there.

The session is free for ATD Pittsburgh members and $10 for non-members.  All are welcome! 

Registered participants will receive the Zoom link a day in advance of the session.

If you have questions, please email

Register Here:

June Virtual Event:

"Creating a Coaching Culture"

Hope you can join Us!


Posted 5/28/2020

We are happy to announce that our friends at the ICF (International Coach Federation) have invited our Chapter to their next virtual event;

“Creating a Coaching Culture for Your Organization”.

Wednesday, June 17,  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Many organizations are embedding coaching in their leadership development offerings. Join this session to learn the options for creating a coaching culture. We are using the Talent Development Capability Model to guide our programming.  This program falls under the domain of “Developing Professional Capability”.  

The speakers are:

  Dr. Erroline Williams, PCC

   Jane Rahenkamp, PCC

Please click the following link for more information regarding this event:

If you are a local member of ATD Pittsburgh, there is no fee for you for this event, courtesy of ICF.

TO REGISTER send an email to and let her know you would like to join the event.  She will confirm your registration and send the link a couple of days in advance.  

If you have any questions for ATD Pittsburgh please email

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Our Programming Journey - Step Two! 

Posted 5/10/2020

Friends,  as we look to line up programming for the rest of this year and into next, we value your input.  We want to offer the topics and formats that will best support you as a talent development professional.  

Thank you to everyone who joined us for "step one", which was our webinar with National ATD regarding the new Capability Model, certifications and professional development. 

We now invite everyone to take the free self-assessment of your capabilities (you will have to create a free account on in order to save it if you do not already have an account.) against the new Talent Development Capability Model from National ATD found at this link.

Once you have taken the assessment please go to our survey link. Taking the survey will help us make programming decisions by telling us what topics are most important to you and what programming formats are best.

Note: Everyone who answers will be entered into a drawing for free registration to a future ATD Pittsburgh event of their choice.

Even if you are not able to take the ATD Capability Model self assessment at this time, please share your programming priorities through the following brief survey.

Link for the programming survey:  ATD Pittsburgh programming survey

Thank you for your input by May 14th.  

If you have questions or issues please write to:

Thank you very much for your assistance! Stay Safe! 

ATD Pittsburgh Board of Directors

Let’s Grow Together (alone)!

A Message from the VP of Programming

Posted 4/8/2020

Hope everyone is well in the midst of the storm we are all facing!  In the last member Newsbits newsletter we shared that our programming goal this year is to provide professional development for the training and development professional using the ATD Capability Model, our vision and mission statement and budget as a guideline.

We can’t get together in person, but we invite you to get together virtually.  We are going to kick off the month of May with a webinar hosted by National ATD for our local ATD Chapter on the Capability Model. This is a great opportunity to learn what this is exactly and how it will help with our own development. We will also hear about changes to the ATD certifications and processes to achieve them.

In this webcast we will cover the following:

+  New ATD Capability Model -- what prompted the update, what are the key features and biggest differences from the former model?

+  Self-assessment -- how to take the self-assessment and how to interpret the results.

+  Professional development -- ATD resources for filling competency gaps.

+  Certification -- what ATD certifications are available? How does one achieve and maintain them?

** Time will be provided throughout for questions.

If you have questions, please email

We hope you will join us!


Liz Gryger

VP of Programming

ATD Pittsburgh

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Talent Development!

Presentation at Point Park University for Peruvian Delegation. "Building Capacity to Improve Peru's Workforce Development"

Posted 12/12/19

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) was honored to present at a mini-conference hosted by Point Park University for a visiting Peruvian Delegation.

While visiting the U.S., the delegation sought to learn more about:

  • The U.S. technical education model,
  • Innovative methods in teaching and adapting curricula to the labor market's needs, and
  • How the private sector, government, and communities promote small businesses.

ATD President, Vince Kwisnek, engaged the group with a presentation on "Training Development for Professionals".

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Point Park University representatives, the presenters at the conference and meeting the Peruvian Delegation. We would also like to thank Vincenne Revilla Beltran of Point Park University for thinking of us. 

Click below for more information on the event from Point Park University:

ATD Pittsburgh Member of the Year 2019:

Dana Whatley-Smith!

Posted 12/8/19

CONGRATULATIONS to Dana Whatley-Smith of Duquesne University for being recognized as a member in good standing who has been active with assisting our chapter with the Learning Leaders Forum this past year. Dana received her award at the Holiday Networking Event on December 3rd at Southern Tier Brewery on the North Shore. Shown below are Vince Kwisnek, ATD Pittsburgh Chapter President, Dana Whatley-Smith-Duquesne University and Kathleen Himler, ATD Board Director of Recognition - Dale Carnegie. 

Last Chapter Get Together of 2019 - Holiday Networking Event!

Posted 12/8/2019

Thank you to ATD Pittsburgh Board Director, Carlye Henderson for her effort with putting together and orchestrating our Holiday Networking Event! We would like to also thank everyone who came out and congratulations to all the lucky raffle winners!  

The biggest winner of all was Kelli Daley from ABM Industries who walked away with the Dale Carnegie Course voucher which is a $2K value for an incredible development course! Kelli is shown below holding her prize with the big blue ribbon!  

Also shown below are winners Eric Keiser and Felicia Igwe with President, Vince Kwisnek. There is also a little picture of Vince and Laurel J. Shaw, Communications VP for ATD Pittsburgh. 


Learning Leaders Forum: Strategy! 

Posted on 11/22/19

On November 22, ATD Members participated in a Learning Leaders Forum:Last-Strat - The Last Strategic Plan You'll Ever Need! Tim Figley, Strategic Planning Facilitator with the The Transformation Lab, presented information about strategic planning and facilitated a great conversation!

Also, the Chapter thanks Scott Couchenour, Tim's business partner, for providing additional support and insights!


ATD Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting 11/6/2019

Posted 11/8/2019

A big thank you to everyone who came out for our meeting at Gaetano's on Wednesday night. Our guest speaker, Jack Carroll, gave us a wonderful perspective on leadership training from the battlefields of the Civil War. To learn more about Jack Carroll please visit his website:

We had some new and returning members and guests join us for some good food, networking and a recap of what our group has been up to this past year. 

Please click here to see pictures from the event.  2019 ATD Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting Photos.pdf  Included are pictures of the prize winners and a slightly blurry picture of the blue/green teal colored clothes wearing people! 

If you were not able to join us for this event we have our Holiday Networking Event slated for December 3rd at Southern Tier Brewing on the North Shore. You can click the link under Upcoming Events to the right on this page to get more details. 

Jack Carroll presenting "Battle Ready Leadership"

Congratulations to Denise Ann Galloni and Vince Kwisnek!

Posted 10/22/19

Denise and Vince represented the Pittsburgh Chapter at ATD's Leadership Conference (ALC).  Their presentation, "Retain, Increase, and Grow!" was well attended and provided an engaging conversation with other ATD Chapter Leaders!


An Evening with Bill Lucas, LUMA Institute! 

Posted 10/15/19

Thank you to Bill Lucas for helping the program's participants better understand how all of us can leverage a variety of simple tools to help us innovate more frequently and more often!

ATD Pittsburgh was very fortunate to have Point Park University host the event.  Thank you to Dr. Vincenne Revilla-Beltran for working with the Chapter to make this opportunity possible! 

For more information on this event, please click the link below to see Point Park University's write up on their website:


After the program, Bill Lucas (4th from left) continued the conversation with the participants. 

Great Turnout for Networking Night at Bar Louie! 

Posted 8/2/19

Thank you to everyone who came out for the evening on July 30th. It was great to see you and we hope you can make for the next networking event in the fall. A big thanks goes to Carlye Henderson, our Director of Networking, as well as Vince Kwisnek, Laurel Shaw and Bekah Coley for assisting. 


Dale Carnegie Developing Leadership Potential Course

Posted 7/9/19

Our friends at Dale Carnegie invited our Chapter members to participate in a managerial leadership course during the month of June. Two of our Chapter members, Latara Jones and Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran, were able to attend the course. Below is an excerpt of comments by Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran on her experience.

“…….I learned a lot about developing leadership potential in others and experienced personal and professional growth as a result of the well-organized content, engaging exercises, readings, structured conversations and self-reflections. I highly recommend this leadership program!  I always wanted to participate in a Dale Carnegie program, and this exceeded my expectations!”

Pictured above: Latara Jones-ATD Pittsburgh Director of Public Relations, Tina Graziotto-Dale Carnegie Master Trainer and Executive Coach, ATD Member Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran.

Award Winner!

Posted 5/14/19

Congratulations to ATD Pittsburgh Member and Board Member Denise Galloni on winning the Pittsburgh Business Choice award for Corporate Training!

Denise Galloni

Our Visit with Tech Elevator

Posted 4/12/19

The newest bootcamp in the ‘burgh, Tech elevator, is located on 901 Pennsylvania Ave. in the House of Metal which is an old warehouse converted into office space. The inside of the building is impressive and has a modern industrial vibe. When we arrived, many of the students were still in the classroom working past the end of the school day on their projects.

We met with the director, Justin Driscoll, to learn more about Tech Elevator, the opportunities and the challenges the students and instructors have in a bootcamp setting.

The tone of the evening was informal and allowed for a great deal of discussion.  Our thanks to Justin Driscoll, Janie Snavely for setting up the session and everyone who took time out of their evening to join us.

(Below is a photo of some of those in attendance. Mr. Justin Driscoll is toward the back behind the table).

WOW! What a great turnout!

Posted 3/20/19

Thank you to everyone who showed up for the networking event at The Yard – Market Square on March 19th. Our newest chapter member and mentoring program candidate, Jennifer Kennedy, was there as well as our friends from Crown Castle. We also had quite a few new folks and some we were happy to see join us once again. If you missed this opportunity, our next networking event will be held during the summer and once we shore up the details, we will let you know.

On April 11th please plan to join us for a visit to Tech Elevator where we will meet with the site director and discuss their training techniques as well as get a tour of their facility. Look under Upcoming Events or go here to register for this opportunity:

Our Visit to Duquesne University

Posted 3/20/18

On March 12th the Pittsburgh ATD Board of Directors met at Duquesne University for a financial review of the 2018 books. Duquesne University Professor Valerie T. Williams’ graduate students did a thorough review of our financial documentation and presented their findings to the Board.

As part of the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE), which we have to maintain as a local ATD chapter, an annual financial review must occur.

We greatly appreciate their time, effort and recommendations for future bookkeeping endeavors.


Posted 3/8/2019

National ATD has awarded our local chapter for meeting the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) for 2018! This means our chapter successfully met all 18 required CARE elements and is recognized for 100 percent achievement of CARE. Our chapter is also recognized as a Membership SUPER STAR with joint membership above 50 percent. Joint membership means belonging to our local chapter and the national chapter.  

Check out our new badges we received for CARE compliance and our Membership Super Star status on the right-hand side of this page!  

Come and join us on March 19th for our Spring Networking Event where we will also be celebrating our new Pittsburgh ATD awards. Please click Events or Upcoming Events on this page for more information. 

Creating Cultures that Engage Millennials and Generation Z 

Posted 3/8/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended this event on February 20th! Also, a big thank you to Monica LeSageSenior Trainer for Dale Carnegie of Pittsburgh, for her wonderful presentation and for driving through bad weather to get to the event.

The information presented in the Dale Carnegie program was very informative, and we very much appreciate the time and effort that went into it.

We also appreciate Kathleen Himler of Dale Carnegie, Matt Howell  - our VP of Programming and our wonderful Pittsburgh ATD member Janie Snavely for her assistance with the program. 

International Coaching Federation Event

Making Teams Smarter: Collective Intelligence, Teams, and Coaching

Posted on 3/2/19

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 the International Coaching Federation is holding the program Collective Intelligence, Teams, and Coaching. For complete information, please click on the following link:

Annual Holiday Networking Event!

Posted on 12/19/18

On December 18, the Pittsburgh Chapter held its annual Holiday Networking Event!  A good time was had by all, and Southern Tier Brewing provided a great atmosphere and some very tasty food!

Also, congratulations to Kathleen Himler who earned our Chapter's Member of the Year recognition.  Congratulations to Laurel Shaw who earned our Chapter's Board Member of the Year.  Both have done great things to help our Chapter throughout the year!


Employee Learning Week Proclamation!

Posted on 12/2/18

In recognition of ATD Employee Learning Week, Allegheny County has written a Proclamation!

Recognition for ATD Pittsburgh "Stars"!

Posted on 11/15/18

ATD Pittsburgh members Latara Jones and Denise Ann Galloni pose for a photo at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Media Awards! Latara was nominated for Best Community Program for her television program Winning Images. Denise was nominated for Best Series as well as Best Talk Show for her television program Empowering Women.

Congratulations on your nominations!

Time Management Tips & Tricks

Posted on 11/12/18

Our Chapter had the good fortune of having Dale Gold and Kristina Kramer (see photo below) provide their program Time Management Tips & Tricks.  Those in attendance gained some fresh perspectives in regards to managing their time in face of a number of competing activities and distractions..

2018 ATD Chapter Leader Conference

Posted on 10/15/18

A big "thank you!" to Matt Howell and Vince Kwisnek for representing our Chapter at the 2018 ATD Chapter Leader Conference.  The yearly, two-day event enables chapter leaders from across the U.S. to collaborate and participate in various educational sessions.

         Matt and Vince meet with other chapter leaders from Pennsylvania and Maryland

Presentation at WestPACS Meeting

Posted on 10/8/18

The Pittsburgh Chapter thanks the Western Pennsylvania Career Services Association (WestPACS) group for the opportunity to present at their most recent meeting!  Thank you for your hospitality and interest in ATD Pittsburgh.

2018 Annual Chapter Meeting

Posted on 9/24/18

The Annual Chapter Meeting was held on September 13.  Thank you to all of those who attended as well as the Board Members that presented!

2018 Annual Report

Posted on 9/14/18

As part of our Annual Chapter Meeting, the Board Members provided the Annual Report to the attendees.  To review the 2018 Annual Report, please open the attached presentation document: 2018_Annual_Report.

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ICE 2018 – Knowledge Sharing

Posted on 7/16/18

Valerie Patrick attended ICE 2018, and she wanted to share her experience! Please see the attached presentation document: Key_to_TD--ATD_pgh--2018-07-12.

ATD Pgh. Book Club's Next Book!

Posted on 7/15/18

The ATD Pgh. Book Club is set for the next book! Here is all the info you need to participate.

Selected Book – More Lies About Learning: Leading Executives Separate Truth From Fiction
          – By Larry Israelite

Book Club Member Status – We will send email reminders and webex invitations to our current book club member list. To join, just email Vince Kwisnek (

Purchase Options – ATD National members at the "Professional" level should be able to acquire (as a .pdf) at no additional cost.

If you do not have this membership status, you can still purchase the book through the ATD book store and use the ChIP Code: CH3019. By doing so, our Pittsburgh chapter receives a percentage of the purchase price as a refund. Such money is utilized to offset costs to help keep the pricing of events low. Amazon is also an option.

Event Summary: Summer in the City Networking Event!

Posted on 7/15/18

The evening of Thursday, July 12 proved to be a great evening to meet and network with fellow ATD Pittsburgh members! A number of chapter members attended, and proceeds from the event will be donated to the Best of the Batch Foundation, which former Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch and his family run.

Best of the Batch Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families in southwestern Pennsylvania’s distressed communities by building character, self-esteem, and appreciation for education.


Chapter President, Vince Kwisnek, speaking to the attendees
of the Summer in the City Networking Event!

Event Summary: Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots

Posted on 6/15/18

On June 15, ATD Members participated in this year’s first Learning Leaders Forum: "Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots." Kathleen Himler, Area Manager and Corporate Trainer with Dale Carnegie, presented information and facilitated a great conversation!

If you would like to speak with Kathleen Himler about this topic, feel free to contact her via email:


                Kathleen Himler                               Kathleen and a few of the participants

Event Summary: How to Give Feedback the Right Way!

Posted on 5/19/18

On May 15th ATD Members and guests attended "How to Give Feedback the Right Way!" Alexander Schwall, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Rhabit Analytics, spoke to the group for an hour about providing feedback to employees in a manner that benefits both managers and their direct reports.


ATD Pittsburgh Member Spotlight

Posted on 4/3/18

Congratulations to Kathleen Himler for being recognized in ATD Pittsburgh's Member Spotlight! (

Event Summary: ATD Pittsburgh Book Club

Posted on 3/31/18

The Book Club members met on April 29th to discuss the book The Art and Science of Training, by Elaine Biech.  The conversation covered topics such as:  visuals, evaluations, asking questions, active vs. passive learning, dealing with short attention spans, and involving managers in the process.


Event Summary: IQ Escape

Posted on 3/8/18

Thank you to those who participated in our IQ Escape event. The group had lots of fun, and successfully completed the mission by saving Christmas for all children!

Thank you to IQ Escape for providing a fantastic evening of puzzles and problem-solving fun!Th

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