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ATD of the Bluegrass

Established in 2015 as part of the ATD Kentuckiana Chapter, the ATD of the Bluegrass Geographical Interest Group (GIG) serves the training and development community in the greater Lexington and Frankfort area. Monthly meetings provide a structured way to share ideas and best practices for Training and Talent Development. With members in dozens of different positions and organizations in the area, the ATD of the Bluegrass GIG offers a wide variety of expertise and networking opportunities. 

If you are interested in events related to the ATD of the Bluegrass GIG, click here to register for the ATD Kentuckiana Chapter. During the registration process, check the “ATD of the Bluegrass GIG” box in the Special Interest Group section.

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We publish information about upcoming events and information of interest on the ATD of the Bluegrass group page on LinkedIn. Click here to visit and join our LinkedIn group!

GIG Leadership Team

 Chairperson  Ellen Fernandez
 Membership/Communication  Darby Starnes
 Programming  
 Website/Communication  Ed Demeritt
 LinkedIn Group page Administrator  Jennifer Chien
 ATD Kentuckiana Chapter Liaison
 Roger Buskill
 At-Large Member Jon Foley

Volunteers Welcome

Member engagement is a key to the strength of both the ATD of the Bluegrass GIG. We welcome and encourage volunteer involvement in a number of ways--serving on the GIG Leadership Team, partnering with a Committee, or leveraging your talents for unique needs identified throughout the year. If you wish to share your time and talents to assist the GIG, please contact GIG Chairperson Ellen Fernandez at bluegrass@atdky.org.

Upcoming ATD of the Bluegrass GIG Events

November 12, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

4 Key Strategies to Navigate Organizational Development as Employees Return to Work

Session Details

As companies start to look toward the future where workers are returning to the office in varying forms, managers will need to prepare for the complex changes that will have to be negotiated. This will include everything from flexible work situations, new learning platforms -- including virtual, socially distant, and remote employee considerations -- to the new rules that keep employees safe, such as mask wearing and social distancing.

There are four key strategies Organizational development professionals need to embrace. Being prepared with the right strategies in place before workers return to the new workplace normal will help ensure that your company and your employees will be safe and productive.

About Our Speaker


Darby Starnes leads a strategy and content team for TriNet. Darby plays a lead role in change management projects; managing the adoption, execution and implementation of the company's customer-facing programs. These programs are designed to give TriNet clients the best practices and resources they need to aid in their navigation at the ever-changing HR landscape.

Darby has over 20 years of experience covering all aspects of human capital/human resources, starting out as HR manager within a small business. She holds a BA from Bellarmine University and an MBA from University of Phoenix as well as several industry certifications including Diversity, CPTD, CCMP, ACC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSSGB, and CDVC.

Free for both members and non-members.

11:45 a.m.: Community Connection

12:00 p.m.: Program begins

Click here to register on the ATD Kentuckiana Chapter events page.

Call for Presenters

Have a topic you wish to present or an idea for a future workshop? Please contact GIG Chairperson Ellen Fernandez at bluegrass@atdky.org..

Past ATD of the Bluegrass Events

Date  Event Speaker 
 October 2020 Wicked Learning Experience Design - Preparing Students for a VUCA World Dr. Bill Brantley
 September 2020  Managing Change During Tumultuous Times Susan Rogers
 August 2020 Networking Event N/A
 May 2017 Integrity of Online Learning Dr. Salah Shakir, Xproctor
 April 2017Communication for Different Types: One Size Does Not Fit All Tommy Lanham
 March 2017 Learning Doesn't Happen Until Behavior Changes Doug Seminick, Seminick and Associates
 February 2017 B.Y.O.L.: Storyline 2 Basics Frankie Wolf, OpenText
 January 2017  Social/Networking Gathering  N/A
 December 2016  No meeting scheduled  N/A
 November 10, 2016  The Modern Learner  Elena Coarse, Scrimmage
 October 13, 2016  LinkedIn for the Training Professional
 View Recording
 Bob Woods, PeopleLinx
 September 8, 2016  Presentation Skills for Influencing Others  Leah Brown, Crescendo Strategies
 August 11, 2016  Kentucky Educational Television Resources for the Workplaces  Amanda Dawahare and Sarah Wilkins, KET
 July 14, 2016  How to Power Your Point Without PowerPoint  Daniel Matthews, Continue 2 Improve
 June 9, 2016  Creating an Evidence-Based Coaching Culture
 View Recording
 Whitney Martin, ProActive Consulting
 Dr. Hope Zoeller, Helping Other People
 Excel
 May 11, 2016  Managing (and Surviving) Change
 View Recording
 Patsy Carruthers, University of Kentucky
 April 14, 2016  Valuing Diversity in Talent Development
 View Recording
 Dr.  Erin Mires, ECM Consulting
 March 10, 2016  Creative Facilitation: Keeping Presentations Alive… without Coffee!  Miranda Hines, Bluegrass Community and
 Technical College
 February 2016  No meeting scheduled  
 January 2016  Annual board meeting - no meeting scheduled  
 December 10, 2015  Augmented Reality  Paige Brooks-Jeffers, Professional
 Development and Innovations
 November 12, 2015  How to Create and Conduct High Impact Interactive Exercise  Dr. Jimmy Nelson, Norton Healthcare
 October 8, 2015  The Discipline of Change Management  Susan Rogers, Change Management
 Consultant
 September 2016  ATD Kentuckiana Day of Learning - no meeting scheduled  
 August 15, 2015  Social/Networking Gathering  
 July 9, 2015  Using Agile Methodology to Create eLearning  Frankie Wolf, HP Inc.
 June 11, 2015  Training Millenials  Cara Silleto, Crescendo Strategies
 May 14, 2015  Panel Discussion: Choosing an LMS  

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