The Metro DC Chapter of ATD has partnered with Working Out Loud to give you an opportunity to experience the peer coaching program at a reduced cost.

Build your network. Explore new topics. Discover more opportunities. All in one hour a week, together with a small, confidential group.

What is Working Out Loud (WOL)?

Working Out Loud (WOL) is a way to build relationships that help you achieve a goal, develop a skill, or explore a new topic. Instead of networking to get something, you invest in relationships by making contributions over time, including your work and experiences that you make visible. WOL Circles, the peer support groups, help you experience the benefits for yourself.

Why WOL?

When you Work Out Loud, your contributions over time build trust and deepen a sense of relatedness, increasing the chances for cooperation and collaboration. You're more effective because you have access to more people, knowledge, and opportunities that can help you. You feel better too, because your bigger network of meaningful relationships gives you a greater sense of control, competence, and connection. All of that leads to more motivation for individuals, and to more agility, innovation, and collaboration for an organization.

jim vasko, training & development manager

WOL is a program that can set your team on a path of greater collaboration, more diverse relationships, break down organizational silos, and an improved culture of understanding and community.

How Does WOL Work?

WOL Circles are a structured form of peer coaching. Circles meet virtually independently by video for one hour/week for 12 weeks and learn through step-by-step practice over time. By the end, each person has built a bigger, global network, cultivated new skills, and increased their confidence to contribute more.

Why WOL HR and Talent Development Edition?

This program is an opportunity to invest in yourself—and experience a method you can offer to colleagues. WOL increases collaboration, connection, and contributions across the company. It’s often used in talent development, leadership training, onboarding and diversity programs to develop new networks, skills, and mindsets.

laura krsnik, head of global learning, merck kgaa

The future of corporate learning is self-directed & social. WOL is an important part of our learning strategy.

Please note: the Spring program is in progress; check back on an upcoming program starting in September. The following gives you an idea of the program's flow:

Program Timeline

Included in the Program:

  • 12 Circle meetings via video
  • Four live coaching sessions with all participants
  • TD and HR networking events
  • Weekly tips and examples
  • Online Circle Workbook
  • Support from start to finish
  • Certificate of Completion

Key Dates for Checkpoints

  • Kick Off Event: March 2, 2022
  • Checkpoint No. 1: March 30, 2022
  • Checkpoint No. 2: May 4, 2022
  • Reflect and Celebrate: June 15, 2022
  • Multiple Networking Events

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