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A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a smaller group of members within our chapter who share a similar interest in a specific topic

The ATD Houston Young Professionals SIG is your place to build your personal network and learn about the Talent Development industry in Houston. Young Professionals, and seasoned TD practitioners, meet to share work experience, discuss industry trends and promote the Talent Development within Houston.

The ATD Houston Technology SIG is a group focused on the development and delivery of eLearning and electronic performance support.  Technology SIG meetings focus on best practices for eLearning development, highlight new authoring tools and technologies like mobile- and micro-learning. 

The ATD Houston Career Transition SIG is designed for people both entering the Talent Development profession and seasoned TD professionals making a career change. In addition to providing great networking opportunities, Career Transition meetings focus on skills for landing that perfect job like enhancing your personal brand, improving interviewing skills and highlighting the traits in demand by recruiters.

The ATD Houston Manufacturing SIG is open to all Talent Development professionals and leaders who support manufacturing teams with topics such as Technical Skills, Operations, IT, Process, Onboarding, Quality, Safety and more!

Geographic Interest Group (GIG)

A Geographic Interest Group (GIG) is a cluster of members within our chapter who reside/work in the same geographic area. It is our goal to expand and create strong GIGs throughout the Houston area!

  • GIG Woodlands
  • GIG Memorial
  • GIG Sugarland

Upcoming events

    • July 17, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 21

    SIG Manufacturing: Building Trust and Safety: Embracing Innovation for Future-Ready Learning

    This is a Zoom meeting. Link will be sent after registration.

    Join us for an engaging discussion on the future of safety with Safety and Learning leaders discussing a case study on Human Organizational Performance (HOP).

    We'll explore how embracing innovative strategies and technologies can enhance safety standards while fostering trust within organizations.

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to stay ahead of emerging safety challenges and shape the future of learning within our community.

    Learn how to leverage insights to drive effective learning campaigns, empowering you and your colleagues with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure a safer workplace through these principles.

    ATD Capability Model – Developing Professional Capability, Impacting Organizational Capability

    To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/

    Speaker: Steven Derbyshire, Director of Health, Safety, and Environment at S&B Engineers and Constructors, LTD

    Steve’s background includes extensive experience in developing and implementing comprehensive HSE programs, conducting risk assessments, and leading incident investigations. He is well-versed in regulatory compliance, audits, and training programs to ensure that organizations are meeting all necessary standards.

    In addition to his technical skills, he excels in building strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels of an organization. He is known for his ability to effectively communicate the importance of safety and influence behavior change to create a safer work environment for all employees.

    He is passionate about creating a culture of safety within organizations and is committed to continuous improvement in HSE practices. His goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of employees and stakeholders by promoting a strong safety culture and reducing risk in the workplace.

    Speaker: Crystal Kelly, Talent Development Manager, S&B Engineers and Constructors, LTD

    Crystal Kelly, is a dedicated Talent Development Professional with over 15 years of experience, brings a unique perspective to the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) industry. Crystal’s expertise in cultivating talent and implementing innovative strategies drives measurable business results, including a recent skills development initiative within S&B.

    With a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Houston - Clear Lake and a Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Training and Management from William Carey University, she is also certified as a SHRM-SCP and an ATD Houston Chapter member.

    • July 18, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Spring Creek Barbeque 19099 I45 North, Shenandoah, TX 77385
    • 37

    GIG Woodlands: Pitch Perfect: Mastering the Art of Selling Your Training Proposal to Stakeholders

    Join us at our Geographic Interest Group (GIG) lunch meeting at The Woodlands area! Order at the counter and join us in the Private Room between 11:30am-12:00pm. Event will start at 12pm. No outside food and drinks allowed.

    We will discuss the essential skills needed to effectively communicate and sell your training ideas to both internal and external stakeholders.

    Through an interactive session with discussion and a practical exercise, you'll gain insights into crafting persuasive proposals that highlight the value and impact of your training initiatives. We will also explore common objections to training proposals and how to overcome them.

    Whether you're aiming to influence decision-makers within your organization or seeking to convince external stakeholders, this workshop will empower you to confidently navigate the process of selling your training proposals with finesse and success.

    ATD Capability Model – Building Personal Capability, Developing Professional Cabability

    To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/


    David Davis, President and Owner of Romar Learning Solutions

    David started his career at the Parke-Davis as a pharmaceutical sales representative in 1983. During his 18-year career with Parke-Davis, he held positions in sales, sales management, human resources, and training and development, including Director of Management and Leadership Development and Director of Sales Training.

    In 1999, David left Parke-Davis to join LearnWare, an e-Learning solution provider. When LearnWare evolved into AcceleraRomar, in January 2002, David transferred to the Romar group, as Managing Director of Consulting. In January 2008, David became President and owner of Romar Learning Solutions, where he now leads a team of talented learning professionals.

    • July 23, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Saltgrass Katy Freeway, 8943 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024
    • 32

    GIG Memorial: Navigating Change With Confidence… A Practical Guide To Understanding Change and Transition

    Join us at our Geographic Interest Group (GIG) lunch meeting at the Memorial area!

    Change is an inevitable part of any organization’s growth and development. Whether it’s a shift in technology, a reorganization, or a new strategic direction, effective change management is crucial for ensuring that transitions are smooth and productive.

    In this session, you will learn how to effectively think about change in a way that disrupts the status quo and walk away with actionable techniques to use immediately.

    The primary objective of this session is to ensure that non-practitioners of Change Management:

    * understand the rationale behind change

    * recognize their role in the process

    * comprehend the difference between change and transition

    * are prepared to support and embrace the new direction.

    Join us at 11:30-12pm at the Private Room and support our venue by ordering lunch and networking with your peers.Talk will start at 12pm.No outside food and drink allowed. https://www.saltgrass.com/location/saltgrass-houston-katy-freeway/

    ATD Capability Model – Building Personal Capability and Developing Professional Cabability

    To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/


    Pamela Fleming, Change Navigators

    Pamela is the Founder & CEO of Change Navigators; a boutique change management consulting firm. With 20 years’ experience executing change in large multi-national organizations, she has also traveled globally speaking about the foundations of transitioning through change and delivering various Change Management Workshops; practitioner and non-practitioner. Pam has deep experience in Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Healthcare. Prior to starting her firm, Pamela was the Associate Vice President of the Transformational Change Office at Memorial Hermann Health System, a 30k employee system, where she was responsible for building their Change Enablement Office and Change CoP.

    Pamela holds a Bachelors, Information Systems, and two Masters, Organizational Development and Public Administration, all from Louisiana State University. She is also a US Army Veteran and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of 25 years.


Past events

June 06, 2024 GIG Memorial: Engagement or Bait?
May 07, 2024 SIG Young Professionals: Your Strengths, Your Power: How to Find Your Leadership Edge
April 25, 2024 GIG Memorial: Personal and Team Branding
April 09, 2024 GIG Woodlands: 10 Tips to Improve Readability in Training Materials
April 04, 2024 SIG Manufacturing: Kickoff / Happy Hour
March 27, 2024 GIG Sugar Land: How to Engage Your Training Team and Build a Team that Implements a Strategy
March 13, 2024 SIG Technology: Accessibility for Online Learning - Improve your Learner's Lives today!
January 30, 2024 SIG - Career Transition: Revolutionizing Resumes: Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT for Career Success
January 25, 2022 The State of Talent Development 2022: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities - GIG Virtual
October 27, 2021 ATD Houston – Degreed presents “How the Workforce Learns”: Lean into How Employees REALLY Learn
September 30, 2021 Developing Your Leaders: How to Select and Conduct Meaningful Leadership Assessments - SIG Virtual
July 29, 2021 How to Transition from Manager to Leader - Virtual GIG
May 25, 2021 Liar Liar: How to tell if someone's not being completely truthful and what to do about it
May 18, 2021 Technical Training in a Zoom World
April 29, 2021 Career Transitions: How to Change Lanes or Advance Forward with Ease
March 25, 2021 SIG Online - The Virtual Communicator
March 16, 2021 SIG Online - Beyond Diversity: Driving employee inclusion & belonging in your workplace
January 26, 2021 GIG Virtual - Let's Talk Talent Development Strategy for 2021: How to get it right, industry trends, and lessons learned
November 16, 2020 SIG Online - Do What Matters Most: Three High-Performance Habits to Prioritize Your Time and Schedule Your Priorities
November 04, 2020 Lunch and Learn - Improving Instructional Video Effectiveness: Insights Into Viewer Habits and Wants
October 15, 2020 SIG Online - Creating Innovative Learning Journeys That Stick!
September 15, 2020 SIG Online - How To Fix Your Dysfunctional Relationship to Work
August 13, 2020 SIG Online - Career Transition: “What does your LinkedIn say about you? Effective Tips for building your Personal Brand”
August 06, 2020 SIG Online: The Ultimate Secret for Managing and Training Employees
July 23, 2020 SIG Webinar: How to Turn Job "Applicant" into a "Job Candidate" Tips for a Powerful and Effective Resume
July 16, 2020 SIG Webinar: The Art of Virtual Interviewing: How to Effectively Interview with Confidence and Presence
May 19, 2020 *****Exclusive ATD Houston Chapter Members Event******* SIG Webinar: 12 Steps to Building and Growing a Successful Talent Development Firm & The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
April 29, 2020 SIG Webinar: Managing Courage through Restoration: A talent leader’s conversation on how to lead with courage to move organizations from recovery to resilience
April 16, 2020 GIG Webinar: Are You Working Yourself Out of a Job? A Quick Guide in Career Development
April 14, 2020 Special Interest Webinar: Tough Times Never Last — Prepared L&D People Do!
March 19, 2020 GIG Energy Corridor: Building Trust and Credibility Through Your Personal Leadership Philosophy
February 20, 2020 GIG Woodlands: What's Happening in Talent Development in 2020?
February 18, 2020 GIG Southeast: What's Happening in Talent Development in 2020?
January 21, 2020 GIG Downtown: What's Happening in Talent Development for 2020?
January 16, 2020 GIG Energy Corridor: What’s Happening in Talent Development for 2020?
December 03, 2019 Certification: The Time is Now! (Employee Learning Week)
November 21, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: PowerPoint: Advanced Animations & Interactions
November 05, 2019 GIG Downtown: To Do or Not to Do: Navigating #MeToo Toward Successful Interactions
October 24, 2019 SIG: Professional Development - "Design Thinking for Learning Leaders" How to Use Creativity and Innovation to Produce Better Learning Results
October 23, 2019 GIG Galleria: Exploring Different Talent Delivery Options
October 22, 2019 GIG Woodlands: The Technology of Celebration: Recognizing Value in a Powerful Way
September 24, 2019 GIG Downtown: Playing to Win: How to Get Your Leaders Involved and Owning Their Leadership to Power Performance
August 22, 2019 GIG Woodlands: Your Training Must Be D.R.A.S.T.I.C!
August 21, 2019 GIG Galleria: To Do or Not to Do: Navigating #MeToo Toward Successful Interactions
August 20, 2019 GIG Southeast: To Do or Not to Do: Navigating #MeToo Toward Successful Interactions
July 18, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: Getting Talent Assessment Right: Connecting Learning Talent Assessments to Integrated Talent Management
July 16, 2019 GIG Downtown: Cultural and Cognitive Diversity for Learning Leaders
June 20, 2019 GIG Woodlands: Cultural and Cognitive Diversity for Learning Leaders
June 19, 2019 GIG Galleria: How Focus Powers Performance
June 18, 2019 GIG Southeast: How Focus Powers Performance
May 23, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: Your Training Must Be D.R.A.S.T.I.C!
May 21, 2019 GIG Downtown: Your Training Must Be D.R.A.S.T.I.C!
May 07, 2019 SIG: Professional Development for Mortgage and Financial Industry Professionals
April 18, 2019 GIG Woodlands: A Coaching Mindset: Tackling Challenging Conversations that Drive Organizational Results
April 17, 2019 GIG Galleria: How to Use Everything DiSC to Help Your Sales Teams to Sell More
April 16, 2019 GIG Southeast: Knowledge Sharing: A Case Study of Excellence in the Digital Age
March 21, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: A Coaching Mindset: Tackling Challenging Conversations that Drive Organizational Results
March 19, 2019 GIG Downtown: Getting into Blockchain
February 21, 2019 GIG Woodlands: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
February 20, 2019 GIG Galleria: Immersive Learning (VR/AR) for the ATD Professional
February 19, 2019 GIG Southeast: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
January 17, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
January 15, 2019 GIG Downtown: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
November 15, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Performance Crushed by Cultural Dysfunction—How the Global Talent Leader can develop a Cultural Wellness!
November 13, 2018 GIG - Downtown: How does Your Organization Frame its ID Process? Understanding Instructional Design and Developing Your Own ID Flow
November 01, 2018 SIG: How to Deliver on Competency Based Talent Management to Multi-Generational Employees
October 18, 2018 GIG Woodlands: Instructional Design Basics: Framing Your Organization's Instructional Design Process
October 17, 2018 GIG Galleria: Enterprise Coaching: Fast Track to Engagement, Performance and Profitability
October 16, 2018 GIG Southeast: Working and Collaborating Virtually In Today's World
September 13, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Jumpstart My LinkedIn Profile
September 11, 2018 GIG Downtown: E-learning on a Shoestring Budget
August 16, 2018 GIG Woodlands: Jumpstart My LinkedIn Profile
August 15, 2018 GIG Galleria: Working and Collaborating Virtually In Today's World
August 14, 2018 GIG Southeast: Instructional Design Basics
July 17, 2018 GIG Downtown: Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance eLearning Training
June 19, 2018 GIG Southeast: Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance eLearning Training
May 17, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance eLearning Training
May 15, 2018 GIG Downtown: When Cultures Collide and Using Values for Transformation
April 19, 2018 GIG Woodlands: Delivering Difficult Messages with Finesse
April 18, 2018 GIG Galleria: The Platinum Rule
April 17, 2018 GIG Southeast: Enterprise Coaching: How to Build a Coaching Culture
March 22, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Driving Retention & Employee Performance
March 20, 2018 GIG Downtown: Digital Transformation via Continuous Learning
February 28, 2018 GIG Galleria: Cyber Safety For Everyone
February 22, 2018 GIG Woodlands:The Platinum Rule
February 20, 2018 GIG Southeast: Delivering Difficult Messages with Finesse
January 30, 2018 GIG Downtown: Learning Trends in 2018
January 25, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Game On: Improved Engagement Through Effective Gamification
October 12, 2017 eLearning SIG: Microsoft HoloLens For Training
October 18, 2016 eLearning SIG: An Introduction to xAPI
May 13, 2016 SIG: eLearning Special Interest Group Kickoff Meeting


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