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Your membership in ATD Austin includes our vital, growing communities of practice. Each Community of Practice is hosted by an experienced professional focused on supporting your continued development and building a network of like-minded people. 

Come and enjoy small group discussions to deepen your skills and network with fellow ATD Austin members. CoPs are currently held virtually, so join us right from your own desk! Meeting links are sent after event registration is complete.

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The Career Transitions CoP is designed for talent development professionals who are seeking a new opportunity, or anyone interested in joining the training profession. You’ll learn new strategies for your job search, get job openings, and network with others. 

Some of the topics covered:

  • Behavioral Interviewing
  • Telling Your Career Stories
  • Getting Noticed by Recruiters
  • Hot Learning and Development Careers
  • Crossing over into Organizational Development

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About your Host:

Catherine JewellCatherine Jewell is the Career Passion Coach and author of the book New Resume New Career, the only book of resumes just for career changers. 

Through her coaching and workshops, she has helped hundreds of business professionals find their Career Passions, create new business ventures, or find new jobs. She writes resumes, provides career testing, and helps with all phases of job seeking.

Catherine's corporate work includes contract training in the areas of Leadership, Communication and Presentation Skills for some of Austin's largest technology companies. 

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Learning Technologies

The Learning Technologies CoP presents the latest developments in blended and technical learning, instructional design, eLearning and educational technology. Our meetings are small and formatted so that you can ask questions of our host presenter to deepen your understanding of the learning industry. You'll leave with information you can put to work!

Meetings are free for members and $10 for non-members.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Employee Onboarding
  • Training Transfer to Job Skills
  • Technology & Change Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Hot eLearning Platforms
  • Distance Learning

About your Host:

 Tiffany Rhodes  serves as the liaison for the organization featuring the latest in virtual ideologies across industries. Her experience and broad knowledge give her the ability to reach out to a wide range of constitutes and industry leaders through out the United States. She brings 20 years of experience in leading innovative teaching and learning for academia and corporate settings. As a leader in the community she promotes STEM program to underrepresented youths in the community through the Boys and Girls Club and Community Engagement Events.

Tiffany Rhodes

Instructional Design 

The Instructional Designers are often called on to be experts in adult learning, e-learning design, virtual training design, as well as needs assessment, evaluation, and microlearning. This CoP offers talent development professionals insights into each of areas!

Some of the topics covered

  • ID models and processes like ADDIE and SAM
  • Needs assessment techniques
  • Evaluating learning impact
  • Principals of adult learning
  • Working with SMEs on ID projects
  • Developing instructional content

About Your Host:

After being in the L&D industry for nearly a decade (wearing many hats…as we all tend to do), Nicki found her passion in instructional design (ID).

Nicki has had the opportunity to gain ID experience in the traditional landscape of higher education, the process-oriented corporate world, and the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of tech startups!

Nicki has a master's degree specializing in Training and Development. With her educational background and professional experience combined, she takes a systematic approach to help stakeholders achieve their goals regarding L&D.

Whether she is developing curriculum paths, creating training programs, or designing learning products—Nicki is always focused on creating transformative and behavior-based experiences. The opportunity to make someone’s life better (or at least easier) by helping them improve their skills or enhance their scope of knowledge is both rewarding and gratifying.

Training Delivery and Facilitation

Training delivery and facilitation are means by which talent development professionals help individuals improve performance at work by learning new skills and knowledge. The Training Delivery and Facilitation CoP offers trainers insight into understanding the learner’s needs, creating the right environment for learning, building rapport with participants, and using the appropriate delivery options and media to make learning engaging, effective, relevant, and applicable.

Some of the topics covered

  • Facilitating virtual learning
  • Facilitating in-person learning
  • Creating learner participation
  • Facilitating inclusive and collaborative decision making
  • Delivering and receiving facilitation feedback
  • Creating positive learning environments

About Your Host:

Matthew is a Master Trainer and has a passion for developing himself and others.  He has obtained his Prosci Change Practitioner certification and ATD Master Trainer designation, and has been in the coaching and facilitating industry for over six years. 

Although he grew up in Michigan, Matthew loves calling Texas home. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and his two children Kayla and Micah. 

He also enjoys college sports, good food and great music. Those who know him know they can always count on him for a good laugh, a kind word, and his willingness to keep the learner’s needs the highest priority.

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Event Registration and Cancellation Policy: ATD Austin has implemented Event Registration and Cancellation Policy for its paid events. Event registration fees should be paid online by credit/debit card at the time of registration. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact All cancellations are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact ATD Austin.

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