Member Spotlight

Every month the Metro DC ATD chapter turns the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their professional field and ATD. These members exemplify the mission of ATD. If you would like to nominate a member for the spotlight, please contact the VP of Membership at vp_membership@dcatd.org.

 

Claudia Escribano 

August 2016 

 

Senior Instructional Designer

(leadership development focus)

C2 Technologies, Inc.

 

This month's Metro DC Chapter Spotlight Member is Claudia Escribano, Senior Instructional Designer at C2 Technologies, Inc. Claudia is an engaged and engaging member of the Metro DC Chapter and a co-lead of the dynamically active Leadership Development Community of Practice. 

Q: What motivated you to join the Metro DC ATD Chapter?

I kept getting the email blasts about the various chapter and SIG events. I always wanted to go, especially to the leadership development SIG events, which were near to my office. I would have the best intentions of going to the events and then I’d always end up feeling too busy or too tired to go. So, when ATD began advertising for a new leader for the leadership development SIG, I decided to volunteer. By the time I’d made that bold decision, they’d already found someone willing to be the leader—Neal Henderson, but he was happy to have a partner. Together, we brought the SIG back to life and began its transformation to a CoP. Needless to say, I’ve rarely missed a Leadership Development CoP/SIG meeting since then, and I’ve made it to some other Chapter events as well.

Q. How many months/ years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field?

About 32 years! 

Q. Name at least one ATD event you have attended within this year? In what ways did this learning experience impact your professional life?

Of course, as the LD CoP co-lead, I go to all of our CoP events, which I always enjoy because of all the great people who come out. In March, we went to OPM’s Innovation Lab for an introduction to Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design. It was very inspiring, and I immediately signed up for OPM’s 3-day Fundamentals of Human-Centered Design workshop. I really think that the HCD principles can help improve learning products and solve performance problems. In April, the LD CoP continued its exploration of Human-Centered Design with a session on Design Thinking for Leadership Development. I have incorporated these principles into my work and am learning all I can to become an expert in this area.

Q. ATD Metro DC offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioner’s in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field?

Well, of course, I have to say the Leadership Development Community of Practice. What used to be a SIG, led by two people has grown into a real community of people who are passionate about developing leadership skills in themselves and others. Instead of Neal and I planning over dinner at La Madeleine, we now have a full planning board of talented professionals who are creating interesting experiences in our meetings (like the Tiny TED Talks), expanding our online presence, curating leadership content, and inspiring interesting discussions. We keep experimenting and looking for opportunities to try new things to do even more with our community. In February, we partnered with the Chapter to bring together a panel of leaders to discuss the current state of leadership development. We are also looking for ways to contribute meaningfully to the world around us. Last fall, we hosted a fundraiser for a local high school organization that runs an annual international youth leadership summit. We are exploring ways to partner further with this group to support the work of these young leaders. We’ve had an exciting year this year, and I’m looking forward to what we’ll be able to accomplish going forward. In July, our Board is getting together at Unbridled Learning Solutions for some team-building activities with horses to inspire our planning for the upcoming year.

The CoP has been a great opportunity for me to experiment with new ideas and learn from others.

Q.  Tell us about your greatest accomplishment in the Talent and Development profession.

At C2 Technologies, Inc., I have been fortunate to work on several flagship leadership development programs. However, the one I’m still proudest of is a year-long “Leading in an Manufacturing Environment” program that I did for Rockwell Collins, which won a Bersin Learning Leaders award for Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management. The program was designed to transform managers' leadership approach from a metrics/reporting focus to a people-centered approach, accomplished with a blend of training, support, collaboration, assignments, surveys, and mentoring—all brought together in a SharePoint hub.

Q.  What is your favorite quote and why?

This may be cheating, but I actually have two.  If I’m not allowed to have two, I’ll go with the first one.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

-Ecclesiastes 9:10

Because it reminds me of the importance of focus and putting in the effort to achieve my goals. To me, it’s not as much about stress and striving as about loving what I do, being in the moment, and putting my whole heart into everything I do.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

Because it reminds me that the results I get and the world I create are ultimately up to me. It helps me to avoid falling into the passive blame game.

 

Rebecca Lemke 

June 2016 

 

Rebecca E. Lemke

Instructional Designer II

Serco, Inc. 

 

The Metro DC Chapter is excited to announce our inaugural CPLP scholarship winner, Rebecca Lemke.  Rebecca received a scholarship to cover the cost of the CPLP exam and ATD learning system.  As a professional in Instructional Design, Rebecca has gained a wealth of experience using a variety of media, including instructor-led, web-based (including responsive design and Moodle), webinars, and self-study, to develop training. 
 

Q: What motivated you to join the Metro DC ATD Chapter?

A: After working in my first job in the Talent and development field for 9 months, I felt the need to learn more about my field and network with other people in my field as I was working in an organization where there was no professional development and we each worked on separate projects with little interaction.

Q. How many months/ years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field?

A: I have worked as an Instructional Systems Designer for 9 years and 9 months. Prior to that, I “unofficially” developed and delivered training material for team members on several internal systems and procedures for several years.

Q. Name at least one ATD event you have attended within this year. In what ways did this learning experience impact your professional life?

A: I attended the Spring CPLP Study Group for 10 weeks from February 3 – May 5. This learning experience impacted my professional life in three ways.  First, receiving my CPLP credential has been on my Professional Development Plan at Serco, Inc. for over a year. Being a part of the study group was a way to commit to and take the first steps to getting the credential. Secondly, it will make me more marketable in my current position as sometimes my company bids on contracts that request that the ISD have a CPLP credential. Thirdly, it has expanded my knowledge base into areas that I have had limited exposure to in the past. 

Q. ATD Metro DC offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioners in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field!

A: There are several opportunities that I personally used to grow in the Talent and Development field. My first DC ASTD Chapter event was a 2-day conference that DC ASTD hosted in August/September 2007 in Tysons Corner. It was a great opportunity for me to learn from so many well-known people in the field and to network with others in the field who live and work in the DMV area. I also got involved as a volunteer, served on the board for a year as Director of Membership 2008/2009 but had to resign due to a very heavy workload. Also, I attended several of the monthly chapter events, community of practice meetings, webinars, and professional development classes offered through the chapter, etc. Ultimately, I would simply say get involved in the chapter, take advantage of all the programs offered of interest to you and become a part of a community of practice are the best opportunities to grow in the Talent and Development field. 

Q. Tell us about your greatest accomplishment in the Talent and Development profession.

A: I have a lot of courses I designed and developed that I am very proud of.  One of my most favorite was when I was co-designer on a three-day ILT for FEMA on Multi-hazard Mitigation Planning for Higher Education including a half-day immersive exercise. This course’s pilot was covered by a local newspaper and was the first time I developed an immersive table-top exercise.

Also, I would have to say I am most proud of my ability to exceed client expectations on a regular basis through collaboration with SMEs, PMs and Instructional Design team (voice talent, graphic artist, and programmer) for multiple clients when designing and developing learning solutions.

Q. What is your favorite quote and why?

A: My favorite quote is by William W. Purkey:

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth.” 

To me it means to live your life fully every day without worrying what others think. I performed ballet, jazz, and modern dance for 17 years so it always makes me smile.

 

Mel Schnapper

April 2016

 


Mel Schnapper

Chief Metrics Guru

Mel Schnapper Associates

 

Mel Schnapper, Ph.D, also known as the Chief Metrics Guru, is a dedicated member of the Metro DC ATD Chapter. He has shared his expertise with our members as a presenter on one of our recent webinars.  

Q: What motivated you to join the Metro DC ATD Chapter?

A: As a native Washingtonian, who lived in Chicago for some 20 years and in the last 20 years being somewhat nomadic, working in 26 countries (and still counting! and more about what I did in those countries at: www.schnapper.com , I finally decided to “settle down” in DC and rebuild my social and professional communities and rejoining ATD was a must step. Part of my motivation is self-promotion as a presenter at various SIGs and COPs with a focus on how to measure, manage and improve performance metrics. The methodology is described in my recent book Value-Based Metrics for Improving Results. My methodology builds upon Kirkpatrick and Mager to encompass the total OD/training contribution to improved organizational performance. More about the book at (http://www.jrosspub.com/value-based-metrics-for-improving-results.htm). For a free Word version, just email me at: mel@schnapper.com.

Q. How many months/ years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field?

A: 50+ years beginning with creating a Yoruba language and culture training program for newly arrived and veteran Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) in Nigeria (1965-1967) while I was a PCV also. Yeah, I’m 73 with no plans to slow down or retire. My history is equally divided between my US-based corporate life of employment (Director of OD/training at Quaker Oats Company, G.D. Searle, Chicago Board Options Exchange) all Chicago-based and employment/consulting in the international development sector for the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) , US Agency for International Development (USAID) , etc.

Q. Name at least one ATD event you have attended within this year. In what ways did this learning experience impact your professional life?

A: Thanks to Charlotte McKenzie and Regine Greer with the Virtual Programs portfolio, who supported my presentation for a January webinar on: “The 3Ms of Performance: Performance Starts with Metrics!” I realized that I really had to update my virtual presentations with attractive graphics, audience “check-ins”, formulating questions for quick surveys, etc. I’ll be attending more workshops on virtual presentations and learning more about the newest software.

Q. ATD Metro DC offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioners in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field!

A: I’m a mentor in Metro DC ATD’s Mentoring program, which gives me an opportunity to share the 50+ years of success and failures so others can benefit. I will be sure that my mentees know who Bob Mager (writing behavioral training objectives) and Donald Kirkpatrick (four levels of training evaluation and sometimes five) are!

Q. Tell us about your greatest accomplishment in the Talent and Development profession.

A: During my two years at the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE) , I worked with the president and vice presidents to create their first five year strategic plan with mission, vision, core values, goals and , most importantly, SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-framed) OBJECTIVES that created transparency, accountability and supported their individual and collective leadership roles. Thanks to the president’s unwavering support, my two-year effort was successful, even though there was much resistance to this formal performance management and reward system that was based on actual performance metrics. It made me realize that to be successful, OD/training programs need to have top-level, unwavering and public executive support.

Q. What is your favorite quote and why?

A: Oscar Wilde- “Anything worth doing is worth over-doing!” I like it ‘cause it extols the virtues of excellence.    


Rasa Edwards

March 2016

 


Rasa Edwards

Leadership Development Specialist

The Foreign Service Institute 

Rasa Edwards is a Leadership Development Specialist currently working at the Foreign Service Institute. Rasa began her career in training and development by designing and facilitating interactive learning modules for the Peace Corps. Rasa agreed to share with us her reasons for joining the ATD Metro DC chapter and how she has benefited both professionally and personally from participating as a chapter member.

Q: What motivated you to join the ATD Metro DC chapter?

A. I was motivated to join ATD Metro DC because I wanted to connect with a local community. Prior to joining the ATD Metro DC chapter, I was an ATD National member. I have benefited tremendously from both memberships. However, the local chapter has allowed me to be able to both contribute my knowledge and skills and grow with other learning and development professionals.

Q. What ATD Chapter program has proven to be most successful to your professional growth in the Talent and Development field?

A. The CPLP group study program had a significant impact on my personal career development. The CPLP helped me to transition from a primarily Instructional Design and Training role into a Leadership Development Specialist position. The certification is very cutting edge and competitive, with great content that adds credibility to one’s current role in the Talent and Development industry. An additional highlight is the connectivity I had with other people inside from the ATD community with whom I stayed in touch through the conferences, certification trainings and other learning events.

Q. How do you stay in tune with the ATD Metro DC chapter events?

A. Participation. While my time is limited due to my new role as a Leadership Development Specialist. I seek out programs and other opportunities that will allow me to contribute my talents as a way of giving back to our community. Particularly, I have facilitated a CPLP study group and served as a panelist for those interested to begin their CPLP certification process. I was very excited to energize the audience and inform others about the great journey they were about to experience.

Q. ATD Metro DC offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioners in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field?

A. I feel all members should try to attend as many networking events as possible. Secondly, join a community to discover your focus. My experience was centered on the CPLP group study. Conversely, while studying the Areas of Expertise (AOE’s), I found interest in the Coaching competency and began connecting with others who were knowledgeable of this topic. Lastly, get involved as much as you can and be open to sharing and continuous learning. Think of your participation in the chapter as one of the many ways you can accomplish your professional goals.



Andrea Raggambi

February 2016



Andrea Raggambi

Chief Success Designer
PerforMore.biz

Director of Education
The National Association of Home Builders

Andrea Raggambi is the Chief Success Designer at PerforMore.biz and Director of Education at the National Association of Home Builders. Our trailblazing spotlight member of the month has devoted 13 successful years, specializing in training and education development, strategic planning, instructional systems design, facilitation and most recently, professional coaching. Andrea’s love for the Talent and Development field has evolved from developing her first nurse training curriculum for the National Council for Adoption to working with the ATD Metro DC Chapter to develop our wonderful Mentoring Program.

Q: What motivated you to join the ATD Metro DC chapter?

A. I have worked in associations for most of my professional career. Therefore, I knew the great value of joining the Metro DC Chapter to support my needs for professional growth and connection to others in our field.

Q. How many years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field? What are your favorite areas of the Talent and Development field?

A. I started my career in the talent development field 13 years ago to support a grant program training nurses and became super passionate about helping others to grow and develop their professional talents. Over the course of my experience in this field, I find my favorite area of expertise is in consulting. As an internal consultant for the National Association of Home Builders, I was given a wide degree of creativity to design programs that help people to progress and move forward towards meeting their personal and professional goals.

Q. In what ways have ATD events impacted your professional life?

A. I find the networking events and webinars have the most impact on my personal and professional development. The networking events allow me to share and connect with others about the topic of interest. After each networking event, I leave with new insights and shared expertise on how to incorporate new ideas into current and future projects.

Also, the webinars are very beneficial. As a member I appreciate the thought and time put into developing well organized and accessible learning programs.

Q. You worked on the ATD Metro DC Chapter’s Mentor Program. Please share your experience as a volunteer for this wonderful program.

A. Bernadette Costello asked me to participate with her as a volunteer to develop the Metro DC Chapter Mentor Program on a team with two others. I was amazed by the Metro DC Chapter’s interest in developing a well-organized and structured program. As a result of our time and effort in designing the Mentor program, we were rewarded by our participant’s appreciation of the program’s timely support and feedback on their professional growth.

Q. Any last thoughts you would like to share with the ATD DC Metro Chapter audience?

A. I love the variety of resources and opportunities the Metro DC Chapter offers our members. Although balancing time for these opportunities can be a challenge, I look forward to staying engaged and will make time to participate and volunteer on future projects.



Bernadette Costello

January 2016



ATD Metro DC Chapter 
2016 President-Elect.

Q. How many years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field?

A. Almost 25...yikes that makes me sound old!

Q: What motivated you to want to be the Metro DC ATD chapter president for 2017?

A. The people on the past two Boards have been role models for me to act on my desire to want to make DC ATD overall THE Chapter in the Association for innovative programming and effective business practices. Over the last two years we have provided programming that is relevant and added structure to our processes. We are not done...I knew the incoming Board would have meaningful work to continue and I wanted to be a part of that experience.

Q. There are many popular trends in the talent and development field. What trends would you suggest the chapter focus on in 2016 to maintain our relevance in the T&D community?

A. This is a hard question. Our membership is very diverse and the talent development field covers a lot of ground. I believe the Chapter Board should focus on implementing the Community of Practice Programming Model for our programming efforts as it aligns with the ATD Competency Model.

Q. What are you most looking forward to this year from the Chapter?

A. In my role as President-Elect, I will be working on the strategic goal of developing a dashboard of metrics and measurement instruments. The dashboard of metrics will help to assess our ability to successfully meet the needs of our membership and the community of learners that participate in our programs. I am also looking forward to learning and understanding the business side of the Chapter in preparation as next year’s President.

Q. ATD Metro DC offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioners in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field?

A. The Mentoring Program without a doubt. I wish more people would have taken advantage of the program this year. The group that participated in the new model was very small...we really needed more mentors!!! We had to turn willing mentees away. The Mentoring Program team tried a lot of new things and worked very hard to make it worthwhile...not only in content, but also in creating long-term connections. The feedback from those participating, both mentees AND mentors indicates that we have been able to do that.

Q. As a chapter member yourself, how have you personally benefited from your membership?

A. The Chapter was a real lifeline for me about 3 years ago. It helped me reconnect to a vibrant community of people who share my professional interests. Most importantly it helped me find a community of people who care passionately about the industry and each other. It has been a real privilege to work with the people in the Professional Development portfolio and the Board.

Q. What is your favorite quote and why?

A. Service is the rent you pay for your life here on earth. It reminds me that what is most worthwhile is not what I get, but what I give back that is most important.

 


Christina Eanes

December 2015



ATD Metro DC Chapter 
2015 President.

Senior Partner 
MindSpring Metro DC.


Q. How many years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field?

A. I feel like I’ve been in the field since birth because my father was an educator! Professionally, it’s been about 20 years.

Q.  Please share the name and purpose of your company.

A. MindSpring Metro DC – we are a professional development firm specializing in metacognition, which is essentially awareness of one’s thinking. One can't change their behavior without first changing their mindset and we interweave this in all of our programs from time management to leading others.

Q: What motivated you to become the ATD Metro DC chapter president for 2015?

A. As talent development professionals we are often the only folks in our organizations that speak our language. I found my tribe in DC ATD and decided I wanted to participate in a big way.

Q. There are many popular trends in the talent and development field. What trends would you suggest the ATD chapter focus on in 2016 to maintain our relevance in the T&D community?

A. A big one for me is succession planning – there are going to be a lot of retirements over the next few years as the Baby Boomers decide to move into the next phase of their lives. This means that it will be up to us to ensure that all the levels below are ready for what will be expected of them. There is a lot wrapped up in this preparation: from vital experiences they must have to mentoring to training to matching the right folks with the right positions.

Q. Name at least one ATD Metro DC event you have attended within this year? What knowledge did you gain after attending the ATD Metro DC event?

A. As president, I attended as many as I possibly could and learned a lot in the process. Between the CoP meetings, dinner meetings, webinars, and workshops, I definitely feel that I was professionally developed this year. A recent one that I enjoyed immensely was Diane Elkins’ presentation on ways to spice up our PowerPoints to promote more learning.

Q. ATD Metro DC offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioner’s in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field?

A. This is another tough question. If I had to choose, I would say our “renovated” mentoring program. It accelerates the learning through one-on-one and group mentoring.

Q. Please explain the purpose of your book "Quit [Bleeping] Around: 77 Secrets to Superachieving.”   Name three takeaways from your book that you find beneficial to talent and development practitioners.

A. Thank you for asking. I wrote the book for the everyday superachiever… those individuals that achieve more than most and often find themselves being asked to slow down, to quit moving so far ahead. Three of the takeaways include:

-How to remove obstacles to superachieving, including yourself.

-Overcoming the outshine syndrome to free yourself for superachieving.

-Building resilience and courage because superachieving isn’t easy.

I’m very proud of the book and hope it helps others unleash their inner superachiever as the world needs more of us to show up fully.

Q.  Please share one memorable moment as the president of ATD Metro DC and how the memorable experience impacted your professional growth in the Talent and Development field.

A. Another tough one as I have so many and I’ve learned so much. I would have to choose the moment I realized that as a group of volunteers, we are running a nonprofit organization. And we're not just running it – it is thriving with amazing programs and innovative projects discussed on a regular basis. I had (and continue to have) a moment of awe that people are dedicating this much time and energy to making this a great organization… and all because they want to give back and help make this world a little better than they found it.



Leighton Haynes

November 2015



Learning and Development Coach
The Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Metro DC ATD Member since 2014.

Q. What motivated you to join the Metro DC ATD chapter?

A.  I was motivated to join the Metro DC chapter because I wanted to create a knowledge base and learn more about the Talent and Development field. Additionally, I wanted to socialize with kindred spirits of people interested in the learning and development field and make new connections.

Q.  How many years of experience do you have in the Talent and Development field?

A.  I started my career in the marketing field, however I felt a need to move into instructional design. I have 10 years of experience as a freelancer inside of the instructional design field and I currently work as a Learning Coach at the Ritz Carlton hotel.

Q.  Name at least one Metro DC ATD event you have attended within this year? In what ways did this learning experience impact your professional life?

A.  I was determined to attend at least 10 DC ATD events this year. My personal reason is based on the benefits of learning about what is going inside of the Learning and Development field. In these meetings, I look for clarity, connection and creativity in what I am learning and how to include these value adds to my work. I would like to highlight the “Mindfulness Workshop”, which was absolutely great. In this workshop the instructor challenged us to become “mindful leaders.” Further discussion was based on how we show up as leaders, through our presentation, communication, engagement and customer service to others. This workshop really motivated me to think about leadership differently, and I apply what I learned as Learning Coach at work.

The second highlight of this year was the Cinco De Mayo event. This was a great networking event with beautiful weather, great food, and a sense of connection to people you can relate to both inside and out of work.

Q.  Metro DC ATD offers many opportunities to connect, share and learn from other practitioner’s in the Talent and Development field. Please share a program that you feel is most beneficial to members who are looking to grow inside of the Talent and Development field?

A.  I think the mentoring program is essential if you are looking to create a sound career path within this industry. I participated in this year’s mentoring program and it was very well designed. I felt like I was a part of a community and my mentor was my traveling buddy. My mentor is Tom Kado and he was very instrumental in helping me to create a career path. Also, our mentor/mentee relationship was more of a mutual friendship. Tom and I had a very easy going conversation about where I am and where I want to go in my career. Our mentor/mentee relationship is based on trust and this has helped me to get past both my fear and anxiety of taking more advantageous steps in my career.

 

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