Each month, SEWI-ATD turns the spotlight on an active member who has been visible in the chapter by attending events and participating in other ATD functions. We are proud to acknowledge the important work of our members, provide additional career exposure within the Talent Development community, and help you to get to know a colleague just a little bit better!
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Title: Learning Specialist for Educational Services
Company: Children's Wisconsin
This month, we are pleased to feature
Tell us a little about yourself.
I returned to Milwaukee in 2016 to be closer to family after living in Chicago for 16 years. Prior to becoming a Learning Specialist for Children’s Wisconsin, I was a Senior Instructional Designer for the Association for Clinical Pathology. I have a Master’s Degree in Education from Capella University, focusing on Adult Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Letters and Science with a Major in Radio-TV-Film.
At Children’s, I work with team of 3 other Learning Specialists and a LMS Specialist who all have more than 15 years of experience. I like working for a healthcare organization that does so much to improve the health and well-being of children. There is a great deal of variety in my work. I am able to combine my expertise in instructional design, visual media and technology to help employees fulfill their goals in a variety of roles throughout the organization.
I currently live in West Allis, but grew up on the south side of Milwaukee in the Garden District. I am a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Women Leaders Association in addition to ATD. I currently serve as the Secretary of the Alumnae Association Committee for Saint Joan Antida High School.
What attracted you to the field of Talent Development?
Prior to becoming an Instructional Designer, I was a video and multimedia producer for 10 years. I had developed training for many years, but did not realize the importance of what I had learned as best practice. Once I learned more about the science and methodology of engaging adult learners, I was hooked. I like being in a field that continuously evolves and offers opportunities in so many industries.
What prompted you to join SEWI-ATD?
SEWI-ATD gives me opportunities to network and grow as leader in addition to continuing to learn about talent development. I was a long-term member of the Chicago Chapter of ATD.
In what ways have you been involved with the chapter?
I currently serve as a member of the Professional Development Committee since September of 2021. Prior to that, I assisted with some activities focused on member recruitment.
What is about the chapter that you enjoy most?
SEWI-ATD provides opportunity to learn about new approaches and new tools. I am motivated by collaborating with people in various roles supporting talent development and learning what other organizations are up to.
What piece of advice would you offer to people coming into talent development?
Challenge yourself to explore new ways of doing things and help others grow in the process. It is a valuable and rewarding way to advance your career and make new friends.
What do you do for fun?
I love exploring art museums and attending music and theater events. I like photography and travel. I look forward to exploring more of Europe or Ireland sometime in the next couple of years. I like television dramas, not just to pass the time, but at one point, I wanted to be television writer or producer. I also like supporting my nephew Andrew’s sports and school activities. He will be a sophomore at Marquette University High School next year. I also judge Forensics for Brookfield East High School.
Favorite Blog or Podcast?
I don’t really have favorites, but I listen to various self-help authors once in a while. My latest focus has been on mindfulness. The app “Better Sleep” is a great starting point for this. It is similar to “Calm”, but it has more elements that you can mix with different music genres in addition to meditations, exercises and stories. I also read Real Simple and Women’s Health.
If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Not sure who would make sense, but my favorite actress continues to be Jennifer Garner. I love the roles that she chooses a well as her positive attitude, perseverance, her approach to motherhood and physical fitness.