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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. 

Membership in the ATD Hawkeye Chapter is a convenient way to access general meetings, peer professionals, conferences, professional development events and educational publications locally in your field. Power Membership combines local, ATD Hawkeye Chapter membership, with National ATD membership. Through Power Membership you receive access to ATD’s industry leading content, career-advancing educational programs, and publications from the field’s leading authors and thought leaders.

You may join the ATD Hawkeye Chapter at any time. All you have to do is go to our Application for Membership page and complete the membership registration process.

ATD Hawkeye Chapter Member Spotlight

The POWER of a POWER Membership-Complimenting Benefits!

  • 02 Aug 2020 11:38 AM | Nicole Soer (Administrator)

    Name:  Jen Kovach

    Position and Employer:  Intermediate Trainer, TATA Consultancy Services;  Owner, JLK Training and Consulting

    How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? 2 years at TATA as a trainer and owned my company for 7 years.

    How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 1 Year

    What do you enjoy most about ATD Hawkeye Chapter?  The thing I enjoy most is the opportunity to develop my professional growth through networking and attending meetings and listening to speakers. Being part of a recognized professional organization has really given me tools as a trainer that I can use in my everyday job.

    Name a professional challenge you have experienced, and share how ATD Hawkeye has helped you overcome it.  As someone who is very passionate about adult learning, I sometimes struggle when my colleagues are not and teach in one way only.  By listening to some of the presentations and talking with others, it has helped me to not only develop myself and my styles but to help other see the importance of different learning and teaching styles.  

    What is your favorite part of the learning and development field?  When you have someone in the class and they have that AHA moment, especially with a challenging topic or concept.  It is very rewarding as well when you see past class members come back for advanced training due to high job performance.  Makes you feel like you had a part in their success. 

    Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why?  Personally, I really enjoy fellow ATD member Gail Mote.  I heard her speak years ago and she was one of my influencers to start my own company.  Very inspirational and engaging.  I also really like Rachel Hollis.  A lot of her messages are similar to what I preach during some of my own sessions.

    What are your hobbies or favorite things to do with your time?  I enjoy doing Crossfit, sampling craft beer with my husband, hanging out with my two daughters, and reading.

  • 05 Jul 2020 4:40 PM | Nicole Soer (Administrator)

    Name: Robert Rathje

    Position and Employer: Leadership Development Specialist, UFG Insurance

    How long have you been with your employer and/or in your position? Less than 1 year

    How long have you been a member of ATD Hawkeye Chapter? 2.5 years

    What is a typical workday like for you? Currently, my main focus is on designing, developing, and delivering an end-to-end soft skill development program that aligns with our strategic initiatives and goals. With COVID-19, this blended learning program contains eLearnings, virtual instructor led sessions, and self-directed reinforcement tools/resources that can be leveraged between each of the 5 modules. Additionally, I spend time working with our “Future of Work” and “Enterprise Change Management” teams to help identify performance gaps, define strategy, establish programs and processes, and other projects/tasks as needed.

    What is your favorite part of the learning and development field?  Helping the learner get one step further than they were when they entered the session. Being the person who can help them learn, apply, and practice the skill that will take their game to the next level. I am deeply passionate about helping people develop their capabilities and skills, so they can achieve what they are truly capable of. 

    What are your greatest strengths, and what are your current development goals?  I believe one of my strengths is the ability to take a complex idea/concepts and simplify it in a way someone can learn it. Additionally, my current development goals will be to work towards my APTD and eventually my CPLP. Furthermore, I would like do more research on Performance Improvement, Data & Analytics, and Future Readiness within ATD’s Capability Model. 

    Who is currently one of your favorite speakers or authors, and why?  Trevor Ragan, who is the founder of Train Ugly. I had the chance to meet Trevor at Tedx Cedar Rapids in 2018, where he spoke about overcoming fear. My favorite thing about Trevor is his passion of discovering, understanding and sharing the science of how to become a better learner. In the future, “learning how to learn” effectively is going to be one of the most critical skills a person can have. The rate of change is increasing exponentially within the world around us, which means we must be ready to continuously learn and adapt. Therefore, Trevor shares key information that not only we can use, but can also pass along to our learners in the classroom.

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ATD Hawkeye Chapter
P.O. Box 10847
 Rapids, IA 52410-0847

Phone: 319-244-8482

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