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A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a smaller group of members within our chapter who share a similar interest in a specific topic

The ATD Houston Young Professionals SIG is your place to build your personal network and learn about the Talent Development industry in Houston. Young Professionals, and seasoned TD practitioners, meet to share work experience, discuss industry trends and promote the Talent Development within Houston.

The ATD Houston Technology SIG is a group focused on the development and delivery of eLearning and electronic performance support.  Technology SIG meetings focus on best practices for eLearning development, highlight new authoring tools and technologies like mobile- and micro-learning. 

The ATD Houston Career Transition SIG is designed for people both entering the Talent Development profession and seasoned TD professionals making a career change. In addition to providing great networking opportunities, Career Transition meetings focus on skills for landing that perfect job like enhancing your personal brand, improving interviewing skills and highlighting the traits in demand by recruiters.

The ATD Houston Manufacturing SIG is open to all Talent Development professionals and leaders who support manufacturing teams with topics such as Technical Skills, Operations, IT, Process, Onboarding, Quality, Safety and more!

Geographic Interest Group (GIG)

A Geographic Interest Group (GIG) is a cluster of members within our chapter who reside/work in the same geographic area. It is our goal to expand and create strong GIGs throughout the Houston area!

  • GIG Woodlands
  • GIG Memorial
  • GIG Sugarland

Upcoming events

    • June 06, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Saltgrass Katy Freeway, 8943 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024
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    GIG Memorial: Engagement or Bait?

    Join us at our Geographic Interest Group (GIG) lunch meeting at the Memorial area!

    We hear a lot about employee engagement these days. What does engagement really look like in the workplace? How is it different from bait? What truly motivates people to work cooperatively?

    This session explores the similarities and differences between engagement and bait. We will analyze our organization’s engagement culture. The session will also share practical strategies to improve employee engagement.

    1. Identify examples of bait in the workplace.
    2. Understand why bait doesn’t work long term or create engagement and loyalty.
    3. Learn practical strategies to improve employee engagement immediately and long term.

    Join us at 11:30-12pm at the Private Room and support our venue by ordering lunch and networking with your peers.Talk will start at 12pm.No outside food and drink allowed. https://www.saltgrass.com/location/saltgrass-houston-katy-freeway/

    ATD Capability Model – Building Personal Capability

    To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/


    Alise Isbell - President Write Wise Communications 

    Alise Isbell is an award-winning communication expert, experienced trainer, facilitator and instructional designer. She empowers clients to transform ideas into clear messages.  She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Business Communication. She published articles on effective communication in Nationwide Business Journals while also winning several IABC Bronze, Silver, Best in Division and Best in Show Quill Awards in Writing and Marketing Communication Strategy.

    Alise was the youngest elected President of ATD Houston in 2009 and is a member of the International Association for Business Communicators and HR Houston and frequently speaks at these organizations’ conferences.  As an independent business owner, Alise provides instructional design services on any topic. She carefully determines the current needs, defines the goals of training and creates materials to bridge the gap. Alise also delivers instructor-led training courses in person or online in five categories: written, spoken, interpersonal communication, train-the-trainer and microlearning.

    Visit Alise's social media 

    • June 13, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Contract Land Staff Office: 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 200 Sugarland, TX 77479
    • 47

    GIG Sugar Land: Business As UNUSUAL: Getting Employees On-Board

    Come join us in in Sugar Land for this ATD Houston Geographic Interest Group (GIG). Click here for directions to the meeting location and parking information. You can bring your lunch and network at 11:30 and the discussion will start at 12pm.

    As Talent Development Professionals, we take on multiple hats to help support our business - one maybe helping to navigate and implement a change: whether it is people, process, systems or all of them.

    Explore how you can increase your confidence and competence to take control to help with an organizational change by looking at how you can help bring employees on-board to adopt the change.

    Bring a specific change example that you would like to explore – get feedback on to help implement at your organization.

    During this workshop, you will understand how to prepare, manage, and reinforce organizational change by:

    a) Understanding perceptions and importance of change management

    b) Identifying the key drivers of organizational change

    c) Determining appropriate action to take help prepare, manage, and reinforce the change

    ATD Capability Model – Impacting Organizational Capability

    To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/


    Dolon Gundoju is the Executive Leadership Development Consultant/Coach and President of DB Coaching & Consulting: EmpowerU. She has worked across- industries in corporate America for over 25 years with Fortune 500 companies. Dolon was involved in various global talent development roles. Her areas of expertise: off-site and board retreat facilitation, coaching, mentoring, change management, team effectiveness, leadership development, and performance management.

    For the past 20 years, she has had the opportunity to coach diverse senior leaders to individual contributors at Fortune 500 companies and small-medium size businesses and organizations. She also worked as a business process consultant at a global IT consulting firm and as Vice-President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at a tech start-up.

    Dolon received her BBA-Finance from University of Texas at Austin and her MA-Business Education from New York University with a minor in Intercultural Communication.

Past events

May 07, 2024 SIG Young Professionals: Your Strengths, Your Power: How to Find Your Leadership Edge
April 25, 2024 GIG Memorial: Personal and Team Branding
April 09, 2024 GIG Woodlands: 10 Tips to Improve Readability in Training Materials
April 04, 2024 SIG Manufacturing: Kickoff / Happy Hour
March 27, 2024 GIG Sugar Land: How to Engage Your Training Team and Build a Team that Implements a Strategy
March 13, 2024 SIG Technology: Accessibility for Online Learning - Improve your Learner's Lives today!
January 30, 2024 SIG - Career Transition: Revolutionizing Resumes: Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT for Career Success
January 25, 2022 The State of Talent Development 2022: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities - GIG Virtual
October 27, 2021 ATD Houston – Degreed presents “How the Workforce Learns”: Lean into How Employees REALLY Learn
September 30, 2021 Developing Your Leaders: How to Select and Conduct Meaningful Leadership Assessments - SIG Virtual
July 29, 2021 How to Transition from Manager to Leader - Virtual GIG
May 25, 2021 Liar Liar: How to tell if someone's not being completely truthful and what to do about it
May 18, 2021 Technical Training in a Zoom World
April 29, 2021 Career Transitions: How to Change Lanes or Advance Forward with Ease
March 25, 2021 SIG Online - The Virtual Communicator
March 16, 2021 SIG Online - Beyond Diversity: Driving employee inclusion & belonging in your workplace
January 26, 2021 GIG Virtual - Let's Talk Talent Development Strategy for 2021: How to get it right, industry trends, and lessons learned
November 16, 2020 SIG Online - Do What Matters Most: Three High-Performance Habits to Prioritize Your Time and Schedule Your Priorities
November 04, 2020 Lunch and Learn - Improving Instructional Video Effectiveness: Insights Into Viewer Habits and Wants
October 15, 2020 SIG Online - Creating Innovative Learning Journeys That Stick!
September 15, 2020 SIG Online - How To Fix Your Dysfunctional Relationship to Work
August 13, 2020 SIG Online - Career Transition: “What does your LinkedIn say about you? Effective Tips for building your Personal Brand”
August 06, 2020 SIG Online: The Ultimate Secret for Managing and Training Employees
July 23, 2020 SIG Webinar: How to Turn Job "Applicant" into a "Job Candidate" Tips for a Powerful and Effective Resume
July 16, 2020 SIG Webinar: The Art of Virtual Interviewing: How to Effectively Interview with Confidence and Presence
May 19, 2020 *****Exclusive ATD Houston Chapter Members Event******* SIG Webinar: 12 Steps to Building and Growing a Successful Talent Development Firm & The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
April 29, 2020 SIG Webinar: Managing Courage through Restoration: A talent leader’s conversation on how to lead with courage to move organizations from recovery to resilience
April 16, 2020 GIG Webinar: Are You Working Yourself Out of a Job? A Quick Guide in Career Development
April 14, 2020 Special Interest Webinar: Tough Times Never Last — Prepared L&D People Do!
March 19, 2020 GIG Energy Corridor: Building Trust and Credibility Through Your Personal Leadership Philosophy
February 20, 2020 GIG Woodlands: What's Happening in Talent Development in 2020?
February 18, 2020 GIG Southeast: What's Happening in Talent Development in 2020?
January 21, 2020 GIG Downtown: What's Happening in Talent Development for 2020?
January 16, 2020 GIG Energy Corridor: What’s Happening in Talent Development for 2020?
December 03, 2019 Certification: The Time is Now! (Employee Learning Week)
November 21, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: PowerPoint: Advanced Animations & Interactions
November 05, 2019 GIG Downtown: To Do or Not to Do: Navigating #MeToo Toward Successful Interactions
October 24, 2019 SIG: Professional Development - "Design Thinking for Learning Leaders" How to Use Creativity and Innovation to Produce Better Learning Results
October 23, 2019 GIG Galleria: Exploring Different Talent Delivery Options
October 22, 2019 GIG Woodlands: The Technology of Celebration: Recognizing Value in a Powerful Way
September 24, 2019 GIG Downtown: Playing to Win: How to Get Your Leaders Involved and Owning Their Leadership to Power Performance
August 22, 2019 GIG Woodlands: Your Training Must Be D.R.A.S.T.I.C!
August 21, 2019 GIG Galleria: To Do or Not to Do: Navigating #MeToo Toward Successful Interactions
August 20, 2019 GIG Southeast: To Do or Not to Do: Navigating #MeToo Toward Successful Interactions
July 18, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: Getting Talent Assessment Right: Connecting Learning Talent Assessments to Integrated Talent Management
July 16, 2019 GIG Downtown: Cultural and Cognitive Diversity for Learning Leaders
June 20, 2019 GIG Woodlands: Cultural and Cognitive Diversity for Learning Leaders
June 19, 2019 GIG Galleria: How Focus Powers Performance
June 18, 2019 GIG Southeast: How Focus Powers Performance
May 23, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: Your Training Must Be D.R.A.S.T.I.C!
May 21, 2019 GIG Downtown: Your Training Must Be D.R.A.S.T.I.C!
May 07, 2019 SIG: Professional Development for Mortgage and Financial Industry Professionals
April 18, 2019 GIG Woodlands: A Coaching Mindset: Tackling Challenging Conversations that Drive Organizational Results
April 17, 2019 GIG Galleria: How to Use Everything DiSC to Help Your Sales Teams to Sell More
April 16, 2019 GIG Southeast: Knowledge Sharing: A Case Study of Excellence in the Digital Age
March 21, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: A Coaching Mindset: Tackling Challenging Conversations that Drive Organizational Results
March 19, 2019 GIG Downtown: Getting into Blockchain
February 21, 2019 GIG Woodlands: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
February 20, 2019 GIG Galleria: Immersive Learning (VR/AR) for the ATD Professional
February 19, 2019 GIG Southeast: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
January 17, 2019 GIG Energy Corridor: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
January 15, 2019 GIG Downtown: Learning and Development Trends for 2019
November 15, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Performance Crushed by Cultural Dysfunction—How the Global Talent Leader can develop a Cultural Wellness!
November 13, 2018 GIG - Downtown: How does Your Organization Frame its ID Process? Understanding Instructional Design and Developing Your Own ID Flow
November 01, 2018 SIG: How to Deliver on Competency Based Talent Management to Multi-Generational Employees
October 18, 2018 GIG Woodlands: Instructional Design Basics: Framing Your Organization's Instructional Design Process
October 17, 2018 GIG Galleria: Enterprise Coaching: Fast Track to Engagement, Performance and Profitability
October 16, 2018 GIG Southeast: Working and Collaborating Virtually In Today's World
September 13, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Jumpstart My LinkedIn Profile
September 11, 2018 GIG Downtown: E-learning on a Shoestring Budget
August 16, 2018 GIG Woodlands: Jumpstart My LinkedIn Profile
August 15, 2018 GIG Galleria: Working and Collaborating Virtually In Today's World
August 14, 2018 GIG Southeast: Instructional Design Basics
July 17, 2018 GIG Downtown: Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance eLearning Training
June 19, 2018 GIG Southeast: Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance eLearning Training
May 17, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance eLearning Training
May 15, 2018 GIG Downtown: When Cultures Collide and Using Values for Transformation
April 19, 2018 GIG Woodlands: Delivering Difficult Messages with Finesse
April 18, 2018 GIG Galleria: The Platinum Rule
April 17, 2018 GIG Southeast: Enterprise Coaching: How to Build a Coaching Culture
March 22, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Driving Retention & Employee Performance
March 20, 2018 GIG Downtown: Digital Transformation via Continuous Learning
February 28, 2018 GIG Galleria: Cyber Safety For Everyone
February 22, 2018 GIG Woodlands:The Platinum Rule
February 20, 2018 GIG Southeast: Delivering Difficult Messages with Finesse
January 30, 2018 GIG Downtown: Learning Trends in 2018
January 25, 2018 GIG Energy Corridor: Game On: Improved Engagement Through Effective Gamification
October 12, 2017 eLearning SIG: Microsoft HoloLens For Training
October 18, 2016 eLearning SIG: An Introduction to xAPI
May 13, 2016 SIG: eLearning Special Interest Group Kickoff Meeting


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