Learning & Development is the quintessential SIG for those new to training or experienced trainers looking to expand their knowledge. It focuses on a variety of topics and sessions tend to be interactive. Past topics include: Fundamentals of Instructional Design, Games Trainers Play, Employee Engagement, Securing Audience Buy-In and so many more. This is a great way to Share, Learn and Grow as you connect with other training professionals!
SIG Contacts: Ana Nemer, Linda Gasaway, and Julie Mitchell
The Dallas Chapter of ATD would like to acknowledge Mary Anne (Wihbey) Davis, host of the Lunch & Learn Special Interest Group for her two decade contribution to our organization.
Twenty years ago, Mary Anne created the Lunch & Learn Special Interest Group (SIG). Envisioned as an informal learning community for training professionals to collaboratively develop their basic training skills. The monthly programming continues to fulfill its original mission: Share, Learn and Grow!
The Lunch & Learn SIG is the quintessential for both new to training and experienced trainers looking to expand their knowledge. It focuses on a variety of topics and sessions tend to be interactive. Past topics include: Fundamentals of Instructional Design, Games Trainers Play, Employee Engagement, Securing Audience Buy-In and so many more.
SIG Team Lead, Kelly McLean, recently interview Mary Anne to learn more about the Lunch & Learn SIGs history.
Once I joined ATD, I felt it was important to contribute and get involved. I’ll never forget the Executive Director saying, “You can work with a gentleman on his SIG group”. Well, I never met him as he moved away immediately after I signed up. I didn’t know where to begin. Then a long time ATD member, Eileen (Spotts) Cosby, moved to Dallas. We connected at her first chapter meeting and together we planned the SIG group based on some of her experiences in another chapter. We created a curriculum and promoted it within the organization. We laid the foundation for a Training Basics Skill Building SIG where members could truly, “Share, Learn and Grow.”
Q: To what do you credit the SIG’s two decade long success?
Q: How important is Dallas ATD volunteerism to you?
Q: What do you love about the training profession?
People who are hungry to learn. I get as much energy from training an experienced high performing sales professional who comes to a training with an open mind as I do from a front line supervisor who barely speaks English. My tag line has always been, “Moving Individuals to Action” and people who enter with an open mind always get something from our training. Knowing I make a difference in people’s lives, their business, how they treat others at home or in the workplace is truly what keeps me going.
Q: What advice would you give to someone starting their career in Training & Development?