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Upcoming events

    • October 13, 2015
    • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)

    On October 13th, Jennifer Snyder, Manager of Corporate Learning and Development, at MicroPort Orthopedics in Memphis will share her extensive experience with Learning Management Systems (LMSs): The Pains and Pluses.

    The current and future wave for most of us with extensive training for our employees and customers is an LMS or software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of training programs (e.g., e-learning, facilitator led, blended, etc.). In this interactive meeting, Snyder will guide participants through the tunnels of LMSs and help you see an LMS in a whole new way.


    Jennifer Snyder“I can train dogs; I can train horses; but people learn.” This has been Jennifer Snyder’s mantra since she moved into her role as Manager, Learning & Development for MicroPort Orthopedics in Arlington, TN in 2013. With over a decade in the learning industry, Jennifer’s passion for learning is fueled by seeing the passion ignited in others.

    A Memphis transplant since 1996, she cut her teeth in learning at a training company in Memphis. The professional development opportunities there, including support for her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, sparked the flame. She is fascinated with the shift in learning because of new technologies. Most recently, she presented “Scavenging for Engagement: Mobile Uses in Learning” at the 4th Annual Life Science Engagement and Innovations in Learning Technologies Conference in March 2015.

    Her focus for 2015 was to build a sound learning strategy for her company – a 60-year-old company that hadn’t had a corporate learning department before her arrival. “I have a clean slate to build a learning program from the ground up,” Jennifer said.

    In 2013, she implemented an LMS for a medical device manufacturer, then implemented it again within four months, when MicroPort Scientific purchased a branch of the company. She recalls, “It was a lot to do in a very short amount of time, but I learned some valuable lessons along the way.” Jennifer even wrote a blog post about her experience, “9 Lessons Learned from Standing Up an LMS (Twice).”

    She named MicroPort’s Learning Management System “MPwrU” or “Empower You.” “The whole reason our department is there is to empower the employees to improve their skills, their careers, and ultimately their lives.” She said if she can improve the life of just one employee, she knows she has then made a difference.

    Jennifer blogs about learning occasionally at her site, equusnyder.com. She is always seeking feedback and would like to connect with other Memphis learning professionals on LinkedIn.

    • November 10, 2015
    • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)

    Broaden Your Perception!

    Leadership, whether it be for an individual or for a group, is extremely difficult to define.  While there might be many articles on what it takes to be a great leader, none really define it in a way that can be replicated because it is so fluent, changing constantly based on environment and people involved.  You will also see the leadership lessons/opportunities that arise in our daily lives. This presentation will broaden one's perception of what leadership is, awaken the understanding of one's own ability to lead and hopefully inspire participants to achieve their leadership potential.

    About the Presenter

    Bob Bennett served as Chief Learning Officer and VP of HR at FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company with over 150,000 employees in more than 220 countries. His leadership roles in engineering, operations and HR helped create a clear road-map for achieving business success through human capital management. In addition to leading FedEx’s Leadership Institute, Bennett integrated all aspects of HR including performance management, talent management, strategic workforce planning, employee climate/engagement, and communications. FedEx’s consistent ranking as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” and the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces was a direct result of his leadership. Bob regularly speaks at global conferences and is the author of the book Leadership Is…(dot, dot, dot). He is an active Board Member of The Salvation Army and Ketch and serves as adviser to prominent training networks.

    • December 08, 2015
    • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)

    The workplace is changing. It is more collaborative, diverse, and demanding with seemingly constant change. While we spend more and more on leadership development, studies indicate that our employees’ confidence in their leaders has been stagnant. Human dynamics problems (or symptoms?) such as lack of engagement, retention issues, silo mentalities, customer experience shortfalls, and culture issues remain. What’s missing? How can we have a greater impact? How can we turn more managers into leaders?

    This interactive session with live actors will challenge you to think differently about how you develop your leaders. A highlight of the presentation will be a “real-life” interactive case study. The case study will interactively explore how we typically approach managers, discover new methods of interacting with them, and expose a four-step process for improving our development efforts.

    Along the way, discover a key leadership skill that you could personally improve to have a greater impact.

    You will walk away with the following learning objectives:

    • Learn how to speak their language and identify what’s going on under the surface.
    • Understand a process to achieve greater impact in your leadership development efforts.
    • Explore how to use the process in your own workplace.
    • Identify a change you can make to improve one of your own leadership skills.

    Earlier this year, Mark delivered this session to SHRM Nashville and it was very well received. We are pleased and excited to bring it to ATD Memphis!

    About the Presenter

    Mark Kenny
    Founder, Hippo Solutions

    Mark Kenny, Founder, Hippo SolutionsMark is a professional speaker, consultant, and trainer with a passion to develop leaders experientially. After working for 20 years in publishing, healthcare, manufacturing, software, and consulting, Mark “reinvented” himself. He founded Hippo Solutions to help leaders reinvent themselves in today’s changing workplace to solve prevalent human dynamics issues. He has served a variety of clients including Deloitte, Mars, HCA, Nissan, and Vanderbilt with Hippo’s unique actor-based approach. Mark is an avid (and admittedly aging) basketball player, an aviation enthusiast who earned his pilot’s license, and he enjoys his team at home with his wife and four kids.

    • January 12, 2016
    • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)

    How does YOUR organization resolve conflict?

    Because conflict is inevitable and a fact of life in the workplace, organizations need effective Conflict Management Systems that are corporation specific to address their distinct needs. Further, by resolving conflict successfully, many problems can be resolved successfully. Additionally, organizations gain the following benefits: a peaceful resolution of conflicts, increases understanding, increased group cohesion, improved self-knowledge, a higher quality, more professional work environment and opportunities for individual and organizational growth / improvements. Corporations need an effective Conflict Management System. I will provide a glimpse into a program that I have developed that will assist professionals in preventing, identifying and resolving conflict at every level of their organization.

    About the Presenter

    Mediation allows parties to resolve issues themselves, thus empowering them to make their own decisions rather than relinquish that power to the court. I became a mediator because I know that mediation is an effective way to resolve conflicts among parties.

    Karen PhillipsKaren Phillips, MACR,LBSW

    Family & General Civil Mediator

    Karen holds a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution. She has worked as a recruiter with Bethel's School of Conflict Resolution and currently works with Phillips Mediation Services. In private practice, she is a family and general civil mediator specially trained in domestic violence issues. She is also a school social worker and parenting trainer.

    • February 09, 2016
    • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)

    The Visual Cortex is the area of the brain we use to process visual information. We can communicate an action or perceived affordance on a computer screen by applying simple visual techniques. The term, “less is more” is the key by allowing learners to use their imagination and experiences to complete the image or graphic and in turn results in higher retention.

    Whether developing a PowerPoint presentation, a job-aid or an elearning course, as instructional designers we want our designs to be visually appealing and relevant. How much time do you spend hunting for images or that just right graphic? What if a few strokes of a pen or the arrangement of a few simple shapes could convey the same message more effectively? Having an understanding of the basic principles of visual communication you’ll be able to replace words with pictures.

    We’ll discuss the visual cortex and how we use it every day to communicate. We’ll look at examples of perceived affordances, and how making subtle changes to your graphics can be a powerful companion to the instruction. We’ll also look at techniques for creating on-demand graphics following basic visual communication principles.

    About the Presenter

    Kevin Thorn
    Chief NuggetHead and Owner, NuggetHead Studioz

    Kevin ThornKevin is an award-winning eLearning designer with over 30 years’ experience in the training industry, with the last decade in eLearning. After retiring from the Army as a trainer, Kevin earned a Technology Management degree in pursuit of an IT career. When his interest in technology mashed with his passion for training, he found a new career in eLearning. Kevin’s experience in instructional design, storyboarding, eLearning development, LMS implementation, illustration, graphic design, storytelling, cartooning, and comics provides an awareness and knowledge to successfully work any eLearning project from cradle to grave.

    • February 24, 2016
    • February 26, 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)
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    Need to brush up on your Articulate Storyline skills? Or learn them from scratch?

    This highly interactive three-day workshop will prepare you to develop high quality elearning. A custom workshop is defined as teaching and training concepts specific to the participant's environment, workflows and business needs to include but not limited to —

    • preparing a storyboard for development
    • project asset management
    • good naming conventions practices
    • visual design principles
    • interaction design
    • conditional navigation

    and more.

    Note: A basic understanding of instructional design practices is assumed.

    What should I bring? You should bring your laptop with a working version of Articulate Storyline 2.

    What if I don't have Storyline? You can download a free 30-day trial version from articulate.com

    What are the workshop hours? Each workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch.

    Will you feed me? Yes! We're not like most workshops where you get a map of nearby restaurants as part of your packet. We want you to get the most from this training, so we're providing a hot lunch each day of training.


    Day 1

    This day is an introduction to Articulate Storyline and the basic structure of how Scenes, Slides, and Layers play a key role in elearning development. Simple and easy practice exercises to demonstrate concepts and build confidence.

    • The User Interface and the basic structure of Scenes, Slides, and Layers
    • Leveraging object states and triggers
    • Interactive Objects
    • Importing PowerPoint and other Storyline projects
    • Introduction to media: screen recording, video, and audio
    • Introduction to quizzing, publishing, and reporting

    Day 2

    An introduction to elearning storyboards. The day is designed to explore and experiment with various storyboarding techniques and preparing a Storyline project for development. Participants will create a storyboard and prepare a .story file for development in Day 2.

    • Overview: What is a Storyboard?
    • How to prepare a storyboard for development
    • Design Thinking and User Experience Design fundamentals
    • Storyboard techniques as it applies to Articulate Storyline
    • Audio transcript storyboards
    • What is a theme and why should it matter?
    • Templates are not Master Slides. What's the difference?
    • Setting up, saving, and sharing a Storyline Player Template
    • Designing a branded custom color palette

    Day 3

    An introduction to Articulate Storyline's conditional programming with triggers and variables. The day is designed to explore and experiment with user interaction design customizing experiences leveraging triggers, and the common use of variables.

    • Interaction design basics
    • Custom freeform interactions pros and cons
    • Designing and storyboarding a custom interaction
    • Conditional triggering leveraging Object States and Layers
    • Introduction to Variable Programming
    • Conditional navigation and branching
    • Conditional and remedial feedback
    • Interacting with media: audio and video


    Kevin Thorn
    Chief NuggetHead and Owner, NuggetHead Studioz

    Kevin ThornKevin is an award-winning eLearning designer with over 30 years’ experience in the training industry, with the last decade in eLearning. After retiring from the Army as a trainer, Kevin earned a Technology Management degree in pursuit of an IT career. When his interest in technology mashed with his passion for training, he found a new career in eLearning. Kevin’s experience in instructional design, storyboarding, eLearning development, LMS implementation, illustration, graphic design, storytelling, cartooning, and comics provides an awareness and knowledge to successfully work any eLearning project from cradle to grave.

Past events

September 14, 2015 Using Social Media for Learning / Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint - featuring Jane Bozarth
August 20, 2015 Master Mind and Networking Event: Do the KIND Thing
August 11, 2015 Establishing Meaningful Goals in Leadership Development: The VA Coach/Mentor Model
July 14, 2015 Dave Kaiser - President of H2H Dynamics
June 09, 2015 What are T-shaped People and Why Should We Hire or Develop Them?”
May 06, 2015 E-Learning Round Table Discussion and Dinner
May 04, 2015 Adobe Captivate Workshop featuring Joe Ganci
April 14, 2015 How Do Sales Professionals Like to Be Trained?
March 19, 2015 Professional Development Master Mind Group - The Power of Habit
March 10, 2015 Bill Burtch - Coaching
February 10, 2015 So You Want to Be a Consultant? - The Life of a Consultant: Glamor, Panic, and Everything in Between
January 13, 2015 Be Your Own Training Video and e-Learning Voice Over Artist
December 05, 2014 ASTD Memphis Holiday Social at L'E COLE Cullinaire
November 11, 2014 I Don't Have Enough of It... Ed Colvin
October 21, 2014 Join with SHRM: “Our Job Isn’t Over” – What Would Dr. King Think of Memphis Now?
October 14, 2014 Sensitivity Training in the Workplace: Dalia Tejada
September 09, 2014 Keys to Success: Ann Turner, PhD, FASAE, CAE
August 12, 2014 The Science of Boosting Performance, Retention and Engagement: Joe Gruttadauria
July 17, 2014 Professional Development Master Mind Group - Focus
July 08, 2014 Developing a Performance Strategy: Jimmy Brown, Ph.D.
June 10, 2014 Securing a Seat at the Table: Madan Birla (re-scheduled from February)
May 13, 2014 Increasing Learner Retention through the Use of Mnemonics: James B. Lewis, Jr., M.D.
April 22, 2014 Guided Tour: ServiceMaster
April 08, 2014 Developing Learning for a Global Audience: Gretchen Stroud
March 11, 2014 Leadership Through Followership: Evan Nelson
January 14, 2014 Building a Culture That Delivers a Branded Customer Experience: Don Hutson
December 10, 2013 ASTDMemphis December Holiday Social
November 15, 2013 MidSouth ALPS
November 14, 2013 ALPS Networking Social - RSVP
October 01, 2013 Joint SHRM/ASTD Event: Forgiveness in the Workplace: A Three Step System to Emotional Balance and Good Health
September 19, 2013 Master Mind Group - Decisive:
September 10, 2013 Chuck Jones, Education Program Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs - "Training Games for 100, Alex!""
August 29, 2013 Networking - Coffee Tasting
August 13, 2013 Mr. Kim Barnett, Director of Workforce Development and Manager of the Industrial Readiness Training Program (IRT) at Southwest TN Community College - "Addressing The Skills Gap in the Manufacturing Industry"
July 09, 2013 Debbie Adams, Manager of Enterprise Learning Services for International Paper - "Millennials in the Workplace"
June 11, 2013 Jacqueline Dutsch, Program Manager Hilton Worldwide University - "CPLP Certification, Are You Ready?"
May 14, 2013 Tracy Morrison, Senior Director of Operations at Orgwide Services - "eLearning Solutions: Tools and Best Practices"
April 09, 2013 Trey Martindale, PhD, Associate Professor & Director, IDT Studio, The University of Memphis - "Instructional Design Resources you can Use Now"
March 28, 2013 CTI - Professional Development Event
March 12, 2013 Sonja Mustiful, President, Essence of Coaching, LLC - “Coaching Tomorrow’s Leaders for Today’s Business Landscape”
February 12, 2013 Jimmy Brown, Beacon Associates, Inc. - “Journey Management: Unleashing the Strategic Power of Change”
January 08, 2013 Dave Kaiser, CTI - Relating Training Interventions in the Aviation Industry to Your World
December 11, 2012 ASTDMemphis December Holiday Social
December 07, 2012 Employee Learning Week (ELW)
November 13, 2012 Have You Asked? - Joy Johnson, Dir. HR Consulting, Hilton Worldwide
October 30, 2012 Master Mind Group
October 16, 2012 Joint SHRM/ASTD Meeting - HOW, NOT IF, TO NAVIGATE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS, - Bridget DiCello
September 11, 2012 Delivering Memorable Learning with Bob Brooks
August 22, 2012 Networking/Professional Development Event - Cooking Class
August 14, 2012 Becky Atkeinson, FedEx - So What’s Next For You?
July 31, 2012 Master Mind Group
July 10, 2012 Jon Veazey - Coaching Tools for Trainers
June 12, 2012 Kimo Kippen, CLO, Hilton Worldwide
May 31, 2012 Free tour of Hilton Worldwide's Learning Organization
May 08, 2012 Lt. Colonel Patricia Burnett: Everyday A Learning Experience - Measuring and Evaluating Training
April 10, 2012 John Bachmann: How to Teach Innovative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving.
April 05, 2012 Master Mind Group - Book: Walk Out Walk On
March 13, 2012 Richard Sites from Allen Interactions
February 18, 2012 Tiger Basketball @ FedEx Forum
February 14, 2012 Personal Branding
January 10, 2012 Need Help with Your New Year's Training Resolutions?
December 13, 2011 Holiday Social
December 09, 2011 Employee Learning Week
November 08, 2011 "The Death of the Single Learning Event...Its' About Time!"
October 20, 2011 Master mind Group - Change Anything
October 11, 2011 ASTD/SHRM Joint Breakfast featuring Jon Veazey
September 16, 2011 Tour of the FedEx World Hub
September 13, 2011 Teaching Tales by Jerry Collins, President and CEO of MLGW
August 09, 2011 Creating a Learning Organization for a Global Company, New Realities and Business Challenges
August 04, 2011 George Aldrich's Retirement Celebration
July 12, 2011 How to Get Ahead in Training - Delivering Results with Business Partnerships
June 07, 2011 The Art of Storyboarding
May 23, 2011 CPLP Study Group - Delivering Training Part 2
December 14, 2010 December Social and Bucks Auction
December 10, 2010 Employee Learning Week (ELW)
June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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