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 our VP of Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: Manager of Talent Development
Company: Milwaukee Tool
This month, we are pleased to feature
Tell us a little about yourself.
Born and raised in Wisconsin (West Allis and New Berlin). Graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 2001. Went on to UW-Oshkosh for my undergrad, majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. Right after college I landed a job at GMR Marketing in New Berlin as a Staffing Coordinator and worked my way up to Manager of Talent Development. I worked at GMR for 15 years, with 10 of those years being in Talent Development. I built the Talent Development team from LMS implementation to Design and consulting. Most recently I started a new job at Milwaukee Tool as a Manager of Talent Development. At Milwaukee Tool I’m currently specializing in revamping our onboarding experience, facilitating a variety of courses and consulting with the business on Team Development sessions. I reside in Hales Corners, WI with my husband Tony and 3 daughters, Ella 11, Charlotte 7 and Nora 2. I love gardening, going to the zoo with my family and spending a lot of time outside with my girls during the nice seasons of the year.
What attracted you to the field of Talent Development?
At first, I went to college to get my teaching degree and quickly realized that I didn’t have a passion for teaching children, but really loved teaching and helping people. So, switched my major to Business/Human Resources and really loved all my classes. My favorite part about our field is when you make a big impact on employees after a training session or a team development session and really seeing that light bulb moment.
What prompted you to join SEWI-ATD?
I really needed to expand my network of Talent Development professionals and I’ve heard such great things about SEWI-ATD and really wanted to be part of it.
In what ways have you been involved with the chapter?
I’m currently part of the sponsorship committee. On this committee we are tasked to find companies in the area to help sponsor our ATD group. I’ve really enjoyed being part of this committee because I’m also networking with Talent Development professionals while helping make our chapter successful!
What piece of advice would you offer to people coming into talent development?
Earlier on in my career I learned that it is very important to have really good listening skills, so that you can provide employees with the best support possible when they are learning and developing in their role. Always, make sure to ask open ended questions when consulting with individuals, so you can help them get to the solution they are looking for.
Favorite Blog or Podcast?
I love Brene Brown’s Podcast!