President's Monthly Message - September 2020

  • September is a special month to transition into the Fall / autumn season.  Schools are reopening for a new semester and businesses are slowly making their way back to running at full capacity from the COVID aftermath.  Here in Southwest Florida, we do not have a distinct shift in season and refer to our Fall as SummerAll where we go from steamy hot to mildly hot temperatures. Nevertheless, we stay agile as hurricane season does not officially end until November 1st

    In this month’s Talent Development magazine, the cover page displays a cute iguana type lizard clutching to a signpost “Pivot and Adapt” and the subtitle, “Foresight and learning agility should be part of your professional development so you’re ready for what’s to come.  Learning to be agile at learning means you can effectively roll with the changes because you have learned how to learn and adapt. Learning takes mental and emotional energy. Developing agility in learning starts with making it a personal habit of commitment to stay relevant by developing your skills as marketplace needs change. 

    Last month, Dr. Brian Moffitt, owner of The Leadership Forum and adjunct Communication Professor at Keiser University presented on strategies to develop leadership influence through persuasive communication.  Brian emphasized the importance of developing interpersonal skills to influence others verbally and in writing, which are vital skills for talent development practitioners and leaders at all levels in an organization.  Learning agility means you can pivot to your audience / listener needs and use different techniques of persuasion to build credibility, appeal to emotional needs, and inspire action.  If you missed Dr. Moffit’s empowering session, you could listen/watch the recording via this link: 

    This month, Lisa MD Owens and Crystal Kadakia, authors of the book,, “Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM” will be speaking on how to modernize your learning programs with the Learning Cluster Design model using images and stories at the Association for Talent Development Southwest Florida Chapter webinar on Wednesday, September 30th from 12-1 p.m.

    The authors insights will touch on two domains of the ATD Capability Model:  Personal and Professional Capabilities.  Attendees will have a chance to win a free copy of the book.

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I look forward to seeing you online for the September 30th TD Event!

In the meantime, stay well, stay positive, and keep pursuing capability for intentional learning and leading! You can personalize the ATD Capability Model for your needs, as you reflect on your current field of practice for today and tomorrow. Access the model and take your self-assessment:

LauraAnn Migliore, Ph.D.

ATD – Southwest Florida President

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