Special Interest Groups

Your membership in ATD Austin includes our vital, growing Special Interest Groups. Each one is hosted by an experienced professional 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.

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

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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:

Catherine Jewell


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


Group Process Facilitation SIG

Meets 1st Tuesday

Based on the core competencies identified by the International Association of Facilitators, this 4-part pilot Special Interest Group will leverage participant's facilitation wisdom and that of SIG moderator Lynda Baker to highlight a different set of tools and techniques at each session.

Meet new and experienced facilitators and get inspiration and ideas for your next facilitation challenge. Whether you are facilitating once-in-a-while or a once-a-week meeting, a half day workshop or a full day retreat - this special series will increase your facilitation knowledge, address facilitation challenges and develop skills to be a competent group process facilitator! 

Participants will become familiar with facilitator core competencies as defined by the International Association of Facilitators, identify best practices and explore how colleagues are using facilitation tools and techniques. 


TIME:  6:30 - 8:30 PM

LOCATION: GSD&M, 828 West Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78703 (just east of Lamar Blvd.), Alpha Room, 2nd Floor

About your Host:

Lynda Baker, president and founder of MeetingSolution, is a leader in the field of group process consultation and values-based meeting facilitation. She has served on the board of directors of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), as a past president of the Austin chapter of the Association for Talent Development and on the regional board of the Southwest Facilitators Network. 

Our new ATD Austin SIG held the 2nd month of each quarter on 4th Tuesdays! 

Session leaders are local CPLPs who have a range of work responsibilities. Each CPLP SIG host will select a talent discussion topic relevant to their interests. 

In this session we're discussing knowledge management, an essential element for drawing upon the expertise of people within an organization and sharing skills across an enterprise. We’ll look at knowledge management at a professional services firm with more than 40 offices worldwide and contrast this with knowledge management requirements in a small office providing elearning services. 

Attendees should come prepared to discuss their strategies for managing knowledge – either on a personal level or on a business level.

About Your Hosts:

Linda Warren is the Director of Learning at Thornton Tomasetti, a structural engineering firm with more than 40 offices worldwide. She supports talent development through planning, designing and developing learning programs and other organizational development activities. One of Linda’s current projects is development of a knowledge management strategy for Thornton Tomasetti.

Linda has a master’s degree in instructional technology, has the CPLP credential, is a former ATD Austin president, and is currently the ATD National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) for Texas.

Mary Word

Mary Elizabeth Word has worked in the multimedia/eLearning field since 1995, with companies as diverse as Cortex Communications, SCCI, and MicroAssist. This area has allowed her to merge her degrees in Fine Arts and Computer Science into a field which requires both the technical background of a programmer and the design eye of an artist. She has worked on projects ranging from technical training with detailed software simulations as a government contractor, to extended secondary school projects for major textbook publishers, to eLearning courses which run on a variety of platforms, including mobile.

Prior to entering the multimedia field, she gained technical and design expertise with IBM, Texaco, and James Avery Craftsman. 

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