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! If you are interested in nominating another member for the spotlight, contact Lovina Akowuah at Lovina.Akowuah@gmail.com or Meica Hatters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month, we are pleased to feature
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am celebrating 19 years in the field of L&D! I have held various roles in this field as a training strategy leader, facilitator, eLearning & curriculum instructional designer, training coordinator, you name it!
I began my career in the beauty & wellness field in a career as an aesthetic instructor, lead for train the trainer, school director, salon/spa marketing and event coordinator, and human resources and training. In 2009, I returned to school to finish my undergrad in business management. Upon graduation, I moved into a corporate role as a contractor in customer training for Rockwell Automation. Since then, I’ve been leading the IT training for the products and services we offer to our end users (Rockwell Automation employees and contractors) and the IT organizational training and development needs.
My husband and I have been married for 18 years, and have two boys ages 16 and 12. Outside of work, I’m running my kids to and from sports, and enjoy watching them play football, basketball, wrestling, rugby and soccer! I volunteer as a communications board member on a youth club basketball league.
I love red wine!
What attracted you to the field of Talent Development?It’s always been a natural attraction for me. Enabling people to perform their jobs well and organizations to achieve success. This is what gets me out of bed each morning. I am passionate about helping people to achieve their best both personally and professionally. It’s how I’m wired.
How did you first learn about ATD?I learned about ATD from Marilyn Zwissler, whose role I replaced when she retired from Rockwell Automation. She suggested that I join the organization, become involved, and achieve my CPLP certification!
How do you define success?
This definition of success I found on Ted.com resonates with me the most, because it goes beyond the general definition of achieving a defined goal. ‘Success can mean: feeling that tingle of excitement about what you do, sticking with what matters through hard times, living a life you can feel proud of in retrospect.’
Who or what inspires you? Why?I am inspired by possibilities that can be achieved. I am inspired by vision. I am inspired by working with people to achieve those possibilities and vision. This applies to whatever I am working on both personally and professionally. One person that inspires me is Elon Musk. I’m inspired by who he is as a visionary and his innovation.
If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role as you?
I cheated! I took a few online quizzes. My results were: Penelope Cruz, Kerry Washington, and Jennifer Lawrence. The explanation of Jennifer Lawrence pretty much nails it, “You are quite literally "America's Sweetheart." You're goofy, sweet, and genuine and you love life!” I think that describes me pretty well.
What's a question I didn't ask that you wished I had? (and also give your answer)
What inspired you to achieve your CPLP Certification and master’s degree in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change?
I am a life-long learner on the pursuit to gain more knowledge. I don’t like feeling rusty with my knowledge in this field. There’s always something new to learn and L&D continues to evolve, I want to change with it.
I obtained the CPLP certification to stand out as a learning and development professional, to show that I have demonstrated my skills and knowledge on the ATD Competency Model.
In 2016, I attended Colorado State University’s online program to achieve my Masters in Education and Human Resource Studies, Organizational Learning, Performance and Change. I wanted to expand my knowledge of change management and organizational development. This was an excellent program and I highly recommend it. Throughout my learning experience, I was able to immediately apply what I learned to improving my work.