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ATD SWFL Monthly Newsletter
December 2016   
It's Time to Celebrate!

Join us for happy hour at Cantina 109 in the Gulf Coast Town Center to celebrate the work done by talent development professionals this year.

This is a FREE event. Cash bar with appetizers provided by the ATD SWFL board. Please RSVP so we know who to expect.


Learning Event

Tools, Tips, & Tricks by Dr. Geri McArdle

This month I discovered a section in the TD magazine that I had neglected to notice before—Intelligence.  The Intelligence section is exactly what a trainer needs to “tune up”. Included in the article is a job seekers’ tool and a quick way to convert classroom-based course work to online based work. 


Karl McDonnell, CEO of Strayer Education and author of PathBoost article on page 11 of the October 2016 TD Magazine, made note that talent acquisition, retention, and productivity are the three things that are concerns of companies today. To address these concerns, Strayer Education built an online platform for hiring managers to improve their recruitment strategies called Pathboost.

When a job seeker applies to a company that uses PathBoost system, the candidate will click on the “PathBoost” button on the company’s career page and will be invited to build a virtual resume.  

After creating a virtual resume, the candidate watches a series of interactive documentary-style videos to learn more about the company. These videos can range anywhere from where the company fits in the diverse industries as well as the core job skills and behaviors necessary for the position. In addition to watching the video presentations, the candidate will be asked a series of questions to answer. 

Once the candidate completes the question-responses process, the candidate information is sent to a hiring manager for an evaluation of the compatibility the candidate has with the company for a hiring decision. By using a PathBoost, the company can provide a deeper-level of understanding the company’s identity to the candidate. It allows for the connection to the industry at large, and the hard and soft skills needed for job success with the company. 

There is a chance for your next career seeking venture, you might just be introduced to the PathBoost program.


Click here to continue reading more tips and tricks, including a model entitled DECREE.

Message from the President

Christine DavlinSeasons Greetings!

Time really does fly. Here we are at the end of another year, a big year for many. While many feel the excitement of the holidays, some reflect, and others are stressed out.  As I wrap up three years as president of this chapter, I find myself experiencing a combination of all three!

I am truly excited for 2017; personally, professionally and as a proud member of our chapter. Our board had a successful strategic planning meeting for 2017. I am very pleased with the ongoing commitment, and the new additions bringing a fresh perspective for the year ahead. All our 2017 board members and positions are listed in the newsletter.

We look forward to our December social gathering; where we will celebrate what we do – Employee Learning – and take time to visit with colleagues (we never seem to have time at our meetings to network!). And in addition to meeting new friends, of course we will simply celebrate the season! We hope you will join us on December 7thVisit our website for more information:

I would like to personally extend my gratitude to the board for their commitment to this chapter; their professionalism and energy have served us well. We have accomplished many great things over the last several years and have much to be proud of. Thank you.

On behalf of the entire board, we wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year!

Warm regards,

Christine Davlin

PS: Next year I will return to the role of programming, please let me know if you are interested in presenting OR have ideas for topics, this is about you the member!

2017 SWFL Chapter Board of Directors

2017 is fast approaching and the Southwest Florida ATD Chapter is fortunate to have a dynamic new Board of Directors ready to lead the way.  The Chapter will definitely benefit from the enthusiasm and energy this group of professionals brings to the table. 

But offering to serve as a board member will offer exciting benefits to the board members also. During their term of service, board members can expect to be rewarded with these perks:

  • Opportunity to closely network with other training professionals
  • Elevated standing in the organization and the talent development profession
  • Expand and strengthen team building and project management skills
  • Practice brainstorming and problem solving
  • Gain experience in budgeting and financial control
  • Engage in coaching skills helping other board members succeed

Both the Chapter and the board members themselves should see some great opportunities for growth and enrichment. Any Chapter member who is interested in serving as a board member is highly encouraged to work with existing board members to learn about the roles in preparation to join the board.

Here’s the list of the 2017 Southwest Florida ATD Leadership Team.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

  • Lorna Kibbey – President
  • Rebecca Ruding – President Elect
  • Christine Davlin –  VP Programs/Past President
  • Erin Burnheimer – VP of Membership
  • Dr. Melissa Rizzuto – VP of Technology
  • Kathy Choquette – Treasurer
  • Liz Linares – Secretary
  • Dr. Bill Moskal – Director at Large/ Programs
  • Vern Schellenger – Director at Large/Treasurer backup
  • Teresa Hiatt  - Director at Large P.R./Communications
  • Vicki Lowden - Director at Large/ Communications/Programs
CPLP Update by Rebecca Ruding

Rebecca RudingLooking for a way to quickly prove your value when applying for new positions? Consider the Certification of Performance and Learning Professional (CPLP).

With only 1,484 certifications worldwide, the CPLP promotes your Talent Development expertise and experience in the field, instantly bringing credibility to your personal brand. Interested in learning more? Join us at our monthly study group even if you're just interested in learning more about CPLP.

Contact Rebecca Ruding for more information.

2016 Testing Schedule | New Learning System | Preparing for the CPLP



CPLP Study Group: Email Rebecca Ruding for details at

Special Interest Group Update: Independent Training and Speaking Professionals

Our ATD Special Interest Group (SIG) for independents is going strong – and getting stronger. In SW Florida, this SIG is known as Seriously Independent Gurus. This is a great forum for discussing your ideas, issues, and thoughts on how to do business as an independent here in SW Florida. If you would enjoy discussing a wide array of topics with a wide array of professionals, please join us. All who attend agree that we very much enjoy the richness of our discussions and appreciate the support provided to one another.

We meet monthly with our next meeting being on Wednesday, December 14, 8:00 a.m., at Panera Bread Gulf Coast Town Center. There is no cost for attending other than what you choose to spend on breakfast! All are welcome. This month we will share stories of business success in 2016 and discuss our goals and hopes for 2017.

Questions? Please contact Lorna Kibbey at

This SIG (Special Interest Group) is for training and speaking professionals who are independents. Click here to learn more about the Special Interest Group.

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We send monthly job opening emails to SWFL Chapter members. If you are interested in receiving these emails and are not yet a member of our chapter, please consider joining. More information can be found on the Membership page of our web site and you may also contact Erin Burnheimer, VP Membership at

If your organization is looking for new talent, please consider sharing your job openings with us so we can include them in our monthly job opening emails. Please send relevant information to Melissa Rizzuto, VP Technology at

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