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Professional Development Day 2024 is officially in the books. Thanks to everyone who attended and check back again later this year for information about PDD 2025!

Thank you to our GOLD SPONSOR!



Megan Torrance

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, helping organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting.

Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning, offering professional development programs in instructional design, learning technologies, racial equity and Agile methods.

At TorranceLearning, Megan has brought several products to market – Eleventure® (an off-the-shelf curriculum of business skills topics), LLAMA® (an adaptation of Agile methods for the instructional design context), and® (the statement builder for xAPI learning products) – as well as founded the xAPI Learning Cohort (a 12-week learning experience offered twice a year with recent enrollment topping 850 worldwide), the ID Ways of Working professional development curriculum and CREW (Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace).

Megan is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers (2019), The Quick Guide to LLAMA (2012), and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA® for ISD Project Management (2014) and Making Sense of xAPI (2017). She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. TorranceLearning is on the 2018 list of Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. In 2019, the Learning Guild named Megan as a Guild Master for her contributions to professional development in the workplace L&D industry.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication and an MBA, and an eCornell Facilitator in the Women's Executive Leadership curriculum, Megan lives and works near Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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Sessions At a Glance

Augmenting Learning & Performance with AI

Thom Powell, Value People, and Gerard Krupke, BSB Design

Culture and Learning: The Catalyst For Employee and Customer Engagement

Katherine Phillips-Parrish, Phillips Learning Design

Feed the Beast: How to Win on Social Media with Engaging Kick*ss Content

Joshua Scheinblum, Five Seasons Media

From the Public School to the Private Sector: Teacher to Corporate Trainer

Alan Feirer, Group Dynamic

A Higher Education Perspective on Collaborating with Subject Matter Experts

Dr. Long Hi and Hiro Iino, Iowa State University

How to Make Development Assessments a Better Investment

Dick Hannasch, Aware and Willing, LLC, and Roxy Galkin, ChildServe

The Key to Increasing Learning Performance - Psychological Safety

Molly Mackey, LEAdeRNship Institute

L&D Consulting in a Vending Machine World

Denise Kyle-Needs and Jacey Beukelman, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Level Up Your Organization's Measurement and Evaluation Culture

Jon Pederson, Principal

Leveraging Coaching When Working with Subject Matter Experts

Jacque Hollingshead and Katelyn Proctor, Mary Greeley Medical Center

Making Learning Stick Why Training Can Fall Short and What To Do About It

Dr. Teresa Peterson, Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc.

Power Up with Power Apps

Mary Roth and Elizabeth Kinsey, Principal

Redefining Your TD Role From Functional Expert to Strategic Leader

Carlos Rojas, 2.0, and Gina Brown, Magnify Innovation and Leadership

Skills Revolution The Skills Driven Future of Talent Development

Joey Spivey, Wellabe

Things We Don't Know We Don't Know Managing Skills and Talent Development

Dr. Jeffrey Kappan and Stephen Smith, Baton Global

Roundtable Sessions

Convince Your Boss Materials

Are you interested in attending ATD Central Iowa's Professional Development Day, but don't know how to approach your boss with the development opportunity? Here are some attachments ready for you to review and fill out to assist you in proposing this wonderful development opportunity!


Convince Your Boss: Use the documents below to help discuss this development opportunity.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Each year for Professional Development Day, we select one non-profit to spotlight for the event. This year, we're spotlighting Pi515, a non-profit that supports and empowers students to foster a life-long interest in STEM. You'll learn a little bit more about Pi515 at Professional Development Day in February. 

Mission: We challenge, inspire, and teach technology skills to students with potential - empowering refugee and underserved youth to achieve success, garner influence, and gain stability in their families and communities.

Vision: Our vision is to ensure students succeed with opportunities. We’re building a community to empower underserved youth with skills for the future.

Learn more about the organization here.















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