The ATD Hawkeye Chapter supports the learning community throughout Eastern Iowa by providing educational resources, networking opportunities, and other support to professionals in our field.
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ATD Hawkeye Chapter Member Spotlight
Name: Sandy Collins
Position and Employer: Director of HR at Exceptional Persons, Inc. In Waterloo, IA
How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? I have been working at EPI for almost a year.
How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? I have been a ATD Hawkeye Chapter member for a year.
What is a typical workday like for you? I don't have a typical workday as my days are designed to be there for our employees. Some days I am working on leadership training with a manager or training on a how improve communication between coworkers. Of course, there is a piece of my job that focuses on Federal and State regulations and other not so exciting things, but the piece I love the best in the interactions opportunities I have with the employees of EPI.
What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter? What I love best about ATD Hawkeye Chapter is the monthly networking opportunities and training programs. Each month the VP of Programs brings to us presentations that have helped me grow personally and professionally.
Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it. I have always struggled with identifying company cultures in a word. During interviews many candidates would ask me: "Explain your company culture." It was always very hard to define. I could explain it but not as articulately as having a true name for it. When I attended the Annual ATD conference in 2019, we were presented with the Connection Culture concept. It turned the light bulb on for me.
What piece of advice related to talent and development has made a significant impact on you and your work? People need to be continuous learners. When you attend a training, figure out how you are going to apply the key concepts into your daily or weekly life. How you apply these concept should be applied in both your personal and professional life. That is how you truly live and breath it.
What is your favorite part of the learning and development field? I oversee the Training and Development department at EPI. I also co-lead EPI's professional development for our leadership team.
What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals? My greatest strength is that I am innovative. I love to strategize and work with people. I am working on being comfortable in front of a group of people. (Strange I know. ) I have such anxiety leading up to a presentation and would like to build more confidence.
Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why? John Maxwell has a leadership book that has supported me in every step of my leadership journey.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time? I love to spend Saturday afternoon at a thrift shop looking at all the antique stuff that has been collected. I also like to find that broken down item, or items that I can reinvent into something new and unique. I love to play sports with my kids, play cards with my friends, paint and most of all hang out with my family.