September 2014 


Christine Davlin


Do you realize it is September, less than 3 months from the holiday season?  Fall begins on the 23rd, although we don't feel it like our neighbors to the north! 

September has three birth flowers; forget-me-nots, asters, and morning glory, all of which represent love and passion. The birthstone is sapphire; known for its clarity of thought, intuition and peacefulness. It is said that sapphires reduce anxiety and procrastination, and bring you luck.

I view September as a transitional month. I realize that our first "cool front" doesn't arrive until October and I look forward to that.  But I think September is a great time for all of us to regroup. Most are affected by our population growth during season, so this is a great time to prepare.  I like that the sapphire stands for clarity and intuition, sometimes we need to clear the cobwebs and rethink our personal goals or future business plans.

After the tragedy that took place 13 years ago in our county, it is a good time to reflect on what we are grateful for and remember how we all came together. This month we are hosting a learning event with the local chapter of SHRM, HRMA of SWFL.  Whether you are connecting for the first time or reconnecting, I hope you will join us for some networking with this group of human resource professionals, and learn from John Maketa's presention!



Warm regards,

Christine Davlin     

President Southwest Florida Chapter of ATD

Newsletter Contents
August Networking Event Recap
Employment Opportunities
Software for T&D Professionals
September Chapter Learning Event
ATD Competency Model
2014 Meeting Dates
August Networking Event Recap

We are in the development business; our own and those we inspire.  Networking is a key opportunity to  test and develop a wide range of skills necessary to influence and show value. 




Forbes highlights 7 key reasons why networking events can be 

Professional Development Bootcamp.



1. Peer Learning- the power of observation

2. You have to always be ready- engaging conversation requires you to       be quick on your feet

3. Take good notes- that's when retention happens

4. Ask non-traditonal questions- it forces people to think deeper

5. Putting your personal brand to the test- how will others remember           you?

6. Continuing the conversation- reconnect with new colleagues after the        event

7. Follow up, Follow up, Follow up- holding yourself accountable


Click here to read Forbes' full article 



Check out these other ATD networking insights: 


Internal Networking 


Networthing vs. Networking

Tips for Networking Success

Networking is the Goal; Social Media is the Tool 


Thank you to everyone who participated in our event at Cheddar's.  

Employment Opportunities
 Naples- Talent Development Manager
Ability to effectively influence others without having formal authority. Proven ability to lead by example and foster mentoring relationships. Outstanding verbal, written, multi-tasking, and presentation skills. Ability to create momentum and foster organizational change. Prefer qualifications in human resources, training and development for business studies. 

Cape Coral- Talent Development Manager 
Manage and evolve Training/Development Program, TGM Mentoring Program and implement/monitor additional programs that develop and support the talent of the company.  Participate with senior management in developing strategy and goals at a company level, and developing key performance indicators for the Human Resources department

 Fort Myers- Learning Manager
The role is responsible for implementing and facilitating learning solutions that are strategically aligned to organizational goals and objectives. The Learning Manager actively supports the transfer of learning throughout the organization.   In addition, the Learning Manager assists the Instructional Designer with development and design of organizational learning solutions.

Software for T&D Professionals


Great Circle Learning provides software tools that add-in to Microsoft Office to automate the development of facilitator guides, participant guides and handouts that support instructor-led training.

  • LeaderGuide Pro™ Plus
  • LeaderGuide Pro™ Elements
  • george! for PowerPoint

These tools significantly reduce development time and produce consistent, icon-driven documents that enhance delivery of instructor-led training.


Benefits for the T&D professional:

  • Leverage existing PowerPoint, Keynote, images, and Word files
  • Build consistent, easy-to-follow, guidebooks and handouts
  • Create reusable custom collections with unique logos, styles, and graphics
  • Content is produced in Word so it is easy to share, edit, maintain, and re-purpose
  • Visually attractive materials delight facilitators, students, and clients
  • Dramatically reduce development time
GCL LeaderGuide




You can try the software for free and then decide whether a one month or annual subscription makes sense for you. The software is available for both the PC and the Mac. Click Here for More Information.



Continued Learning with ATD


Teaching your Leaders Positive & Effective Behaviors for 
Employee Engagment
Tuesday, September 9

Thursday, September 11

Monday, September 22

Leveraging Neuroscience to Improve Critical Thinking
Monday, September 29

Free article in this month's issue:

                  Boost Basic Job Skills Training


(must be a national member to view)

To learn about more National ATD membership benefits Click Here
Charlie CarpenterThank you for reading and enjoying this month's newsletter.  Attend one of our Monthly Learning Events to network, learn, and grow professionally.  I look forward to seeing you at this month's event.



Charlie Carpenter
ATD SWFL - VP of Communications & Technology 

   September Chapter 
Learning Event  



Closes 9/5/2014!!!!


Trends in Executive Development: Next Generation Leadership Crisis & 7 Critical Competencies You Can't Ignore

with John Maketa of 

Pearson TalentLens



In this presentation, John will discuss the leadership development trends used by highly successful organizations according to research from the 2014 Trends in Executive Development Report produced by Pearson TalentLens and EDA.  


Participants will learn:

  • The top development priorities across organizations
  • Major competency gaps of next generation leaders
  • Which activities are most likely to accelerate development
  • How their organization compares to other top companies

Attendees will also receive 

  • a free copy of the 2014 Trends in Executive Development Report ($135 value) 
  • a copy of the best-selling book Now You're Thinking!

 Join us won't you?

September 17

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  




Lexington Country Club
Willowcrest Way, Fort Myers

Registration Cost:




ATD Competency Model
Want to Learn about the New ATD Competency Model and prepare for CPLP Certification?

Certified Professional in

Learning and Performance

Discussion Forums have been created on our website to learn and share your experiences with the 10 Areas of Expertise and the 6 Foundational Competencies that make up the ATD Competency Model.

Talent Development Profession Areas of Expertise are:

Foundational Competencies are:

Click on any of the links to learn about and discuss the components of the ATD Competency Model.  This is what Training & Development Professionals need to know. 

2014 Chapter 
Meeting Dates


October 1- 

Chapter Board Meeting

8am- Calistoga


October 15- 

Learning Event


November 12- 

Master Event


Let the challenge begin


December 10- 

Employee Learning Week Celebration


Quick Links 

Join Our Mailing List!

Follow Us on Twitter
Harry Chapin Food Bank
Our Chapter donates to the Harry Chapin Food Bank at every Monthly Meeting.  We can't do it without You! 
The mission of Harry Chapin Food Bank is "to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination." 


Every dollar donated allows the Food Bank to distribute $6 worth of food!