Special Interest Groups - 2017 Schedule - New Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM!

Your membership in ATD Austin includes two vital, growing Special Interest Groups. Each one is hosted by an experienced trainer who provides the best in programming for your continued development. Come and enjoy these small group gatherings to deepen your skills and network with fellow ATD members.

Each meeting is listed on our Events Calendar. We request your reservation so that we can plan for handouts and materials, even for the free events. Mark your calendar with 2017 dates. Join us!

Career Transition
Meets 2nd Wednesday, Jan - Nov

The Career Transitions SIG is designed for training 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. Meetings are free and open to the public.

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


TIME:  6:00 - 7:30 PM
LOCATION:  New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd #100 Austin, TX 78752

  • January 10, 2017
  • February 7, 2017
  • March 14, 2017
  • April 11, 2017
  • May 9, 2017
  • June 13, 2017
  • August 8, 2017
  • September 12, 2017
  • October 10, 2017
  • November 14, 2017

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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. 

To volunteer or to learn more, contact:

Learning Technologies

Meets 4th Tuesday, even months

The Learning Technologies SIG presents the latest developments in blended and technical learning, instructional design, eLearning and educational technology. Meetings are free for members and $10 for non-members. 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!

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


TIME:  6:00 - 7:30 PM

LOCATION: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd #100 Austin, TX 78752

About your Host:

Heather Poggi-Mannis has been in the training industry for over seventeen years.  Prior to coming to Microassist, she provided instructor-led training to IT departments – system administration, network administration, programming languages, data bases and information security training.  Her clients were primarily the military and federal government.  

Since coming to Microassist, she has had the opportunity to work with a more diverse community including public health care and public law enforcement.  She also continues to expand her knowledge and understanding of information security and Section 508 accessibility and how they apply to the technologies we all use every day. 

For volunteer or learn more, contact:

Heather Poggi-Mannis

Design and Delivery Forum

Meets 4thTuesday, odd months

The Design and Delivery Forum assists trainers in our community to develop the competencies of Instructional Design and Delivery. Meetings are free for members and $10 for non-members. The Forum structure allows for all participants to contribute to the discussion. Please be sure to bring your ideas and best practices.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Needs Assessment
  • SME Development
  • Ice Breakers
  • Gamification
  • Learning technology trends
  • Preventing scope creep
  • Trainer presentation skills
  • ILT - Instructor-led Training
  • VILT - Virtual Instructor-led Training
  • Meetings: 

    TIME:  6:00 - 7:30 PM

    LOCATION: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd #100 Austin, TX 78752

    • January 24, 2017
    • March 28, 2017
    • May 23, 2017
    • September 26, 2017
    • November 28, 2017


About your Host:

Leah Carrubba brings her experience as an instructional designer with 10+ years in both design and delivery. 

Leah holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and has years of staff development experience as both a General Manager and hybrid designer/trainer. She has developed and delivered ILT, VILT and ELT courses. 

Leah is currently a Global Sales Training developer, Sr. Advisor with Dell, Inc.

To volunteer or learn more, contact:
Leah Carrubba


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