ATDChi Winter Conference

“So what do you do?” A common question we’ll all be asked at holiday parties from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. Do you have a persuasive answer that shows off your best capabilities? 

After ATDChi’s Winter Conference you’ll be ready to impress and inform when it comes to tooting your own horn .

Sessions include:

  • Know Thyself: The Art of Meaningful Connection (Erich Kurschat)
  • LinkedIn is a Love Fest: How to Build a Powerful Network of Influential and Talented Friends (Callista Gould)
  • Coaching: Benefits & Tools to Accelerate Progress Toward Your Career Goals (Dan Johnson, CPC, CNTC)
  • People Skills: Learn How to Master Your Value Proposition (Hayward Suggs)
  • The Power of Networking (Rose Pagliari & Kris Felstehausen)

The day long conference will be at Benedictine University in Lisle. You can read more about the sessions and register for the conference at

Feature Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

One Month to Go!!!

A month from today I sit for the Knowledge Exam portion of the CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) certification process.  I’ve been studying like crazy for 3 months now.  (One reason I haven’t posted here on neweelearning in past few weeks.)

I’ve been participating in a virtual study group sponsored by the Piedmont, Rocky Mountain, and West Virginia chapters of ATD.   We meet every Tuesday for 12 weeks using a “teach-back” approach where each of us has the responsibility of reviewing part of the unit covered that week.  It has been instrumental in keeping me close to on-schedule with my studies.  (Notice I said “close”)

Reviewing the material for 10 Areas of Expertise and a unit on Cultural Mindset is quite a task.  The ATD CPLP Learning System is 1056 pages chock full of content.  It really is amazing the breadth of expertise that our field encompasses.  It will certainly be an achievement to earn this certification. (Have to be positive, right!)

A huge thank you to the Chicagoland Chapter of ATD and the CARA Group for sponsoring a scholarship for CPLP candidates to defray the costs involved in the certification process.  I was fortunate enough to be named the winner of said scholarship!

While the Knowledge Exam is a big hurdle, passing it will then allow me to take the second and final exam, the Skills Application Exam, in November.  If all goes well, I’ll be a CPLP sometime around the first of next year.

OK, back to studying!