BLOG EDITOR (2015 - Present)
“Real” job position: Client Services Manager, Sheridan Journal Services
Number of years working in the learning/development realm: 9 years
How did you first get into the learning and development world?
I've had an interesting progression professionally from public school teacher to working with college students and ultimately recognizing my ability to resonate with adult learners. While many of my official roles have been in marketing and operations, I've worked in quite a few small organizations that were growing and allowed me to wear multiple hats. In addition to implementing systems and procedures for greater efficiency and effectiveness, I felt strongly about the importance of how employees were taught to do their jobs, whether as part of initial on-boarding or as part of a major change initiative. I also realized the value of not only teaching people to do the functional and technical aspects of their job, but also focusing on the competencies that would enhance their soft skills in areas of critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, interpersonal savvy and engagement.
Share your favorite Vermont ATD moment.
The Special Interest Group (SIG) on Peer Coaching. It was the second event I attended with a real variety of participants in terms of roles and organizations represented. It was a very interactive conversation with quality facilitation that truly invited questions, advice-seeking and sharing of one's experiences. Although the topic could easily be explored in depth for much longer than our time permitted, I found value in the dialogue that has expanded my definition and thinking about peer coaching.
What’s a favorite quote that helps to give you inspiration and keep you going in this crazy line of work of ours?
“The secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”
- Daniel Pink