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Career Development SIG: Reinventing Yourself through Self-Employment

  • 28 Oct 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Dallas Baptist University in Plano: 2805 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 450, Room #116, Plano, TX 75093
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ATD Dallas Career Development SIG

Hosted by: Laurie Barnett and Jed Gifford



Reinventing Yourself through Self-Employment



October 28, 2019 6:30-8:00pm
Facilitator: Laurie Barnett



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be self-employed? How would you start? What obstacles might you have to overcome? Wouldn’t it be helpful to get advice like this from people who started their own business?


Our panel will discuss their own experiences and answer audience questions.


About the panel:


Michele Wiedemer is a freelance customer education content developer. She has extensive experience turning technical and complicated processes and procedures into content that users can understand, whether in text, video or interactive format. She’s passionate about productivity, education, creative problem solving, and using the right tool for the job.


Michele started freelancing in 2006, at first finding projects through Guru.com and later Upwork, and now focuses on creating customer education content for software companies. Before freelancing, she also worked at a big financial services company, a consulting company, a small educational publishing company and an agency that designed eLearning.


Debbie Biggs offers over twenty years of experience providing performance consultant, instructional design, project management, and training assistance to organizations. Debbie is known for her proven ability to effectively interact with team members, ability to take initiative and interact with all levels of management, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, her passion for learning and serving as an advocate for learning’s contribution to success in the marketplace.


Debbie’s day-to-day project management experience includes managing multiple project lifecycles covering a range of project types, primarily in the areas of eLearning, instructor-led training, virtual instructor-led training, and blended curricula for a wide variety of clients.


Ann Lovett Baird has 25 years’ experience as a learning and development consultant. Founder of Lovett Consulting Group, Ann’s firm designs and develops custom learning interventions and helps people write books. Ann’s analytical abilities as a businessperson and writing skills enable her to help clients determine what content and activities will achieve learning goals. Her ability to organize concepts and craft a message enable her to serve clients who she helps write books.


Ann has a business degree in finance and accounting, which has served her well in starting, tracking and maintaining her business.


Brian L. French is the Founder and President of Harmonic Learning, LLC, a talent development company providing leadership development programs, executive coaching services, team-strengthening programs, management consulting, and content creation services. His programs are utilized by organizations to deepen communication, heighten leadership capabilities, and strengthen teamwork in order to create a Harmonic Workplace.


The programs and presentations that Brian provides are educational, entertaining and engaging as participants interact with the content in unique ways that blend discussion, self-reflection, group games and unique kinesthetic activities to create an extremely memorable learning experience.




Where: Dallas Baptist University in Plano

Find directions here.

2805 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 450
Plano, TX 75093

Inside Suite 450 on the 4th floor,

go to the left to Room #116


When: 6:30-8:00 pm on MONDAY, 10/28
We welcome you to arrive early to network prior to the meeting!


All members of ATD Dallas are welcome to attend any SIG any time at no charge. Non-members are welcome to join us for up to 2 complimentary sessions. After that, to provide ongoing chapter support to the SIG, you will need to join ATD Dallas by paying annual dues of $115.


Questions? Contact 972.233.9107 ext. 224 or email info@tddallas.org.



ATD Dallas is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 1 PDC. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification. org.

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