Welcome to Connect 5!

Connect 5 is the exclusive podcast from ATD Central Iowa bringing you the stories, insights and need-to-know information – right from the people who have it – to help you thrive in talent development.

Wherever you live and whatever you do, if you’re in the world of talent development, Connect 5 is here for you. In each episode, we’ll introduce you to someone new who’s got important stories and experiences to share. From training, to entrepreneurship, to leadership, instructional design and just about anything TD-related in-between, Connect 5 is a can’t-miss addition to your development library.

New episodes are released bi-weekly, starting Monday, May 15th!

Access and subscribe to Connect 5 through on your mobile device through Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Or, just click the links below!

Meet the Host!


Adam Rich is currently serving as the 2023 President Elect for ATD Central Iowa, but by day, he's an Organizational Development Manager at Athene, USA, where he helps build and execute strategies to bring high-impact development opportunities to employees across the enterprise. With extensive experience in a variety of talent development roles, including training delivery, instructional design, eLearning development and leadership, Adam invites you to come along with him on a journey to both be entertained by and learn from the incredible stories and insights of our guests. 

Interested in building your skills in editing, communication, marketing or sponsorship outreach? We're looking for volunteers to join our production team! Connect with Adam at preselect@atdiowa.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

Episode List

Season 1, Episode 1 - Sarah Noll Wilson

Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc. is who you call when you're ready to do the hard work of leading yourself and leading others. 

Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc. is on a mission to help leaders build and rebuild teams. Our goal is to empower leaders to understand and honor the beautiful complexity of the humans they serve. We create a safe, honest environment, preparing people to deal with real-world conflict, have more meaningful conversations, and create purposeful relationships. Working with CEOs, HR leaders, and organizations that care deeply about their employees and understand the connection between employee development, employee satisfaction, and organizational success, Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc. specializes in transforming relationships from good to great. 

Through her work as an Executive Coach, an in-demand Keynote Speaker, Researcher, Contributor to Harvard Business Review, and Bestselling Author of "Don't Feed the Elephants", Sarah Noll Wilson helps leaders close the gap between what they intend to do and the actual impact they make. She hosts the podcast "Conversations on Conversations", is certified in Co-Active Coaching, Conversational Intelligence, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. In addition to her work with organizations, Sarah is a passionate advocate for mental health. 

With 15+ years in leadership development, Sarah earned a Master's Degree from Drake University in Leadership Development and a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Theatre Performance and Theatre Education - no wonder clients love the energy she brings to their teams! When she isn't helping people build and rebuild relationships, she enjoys playing games with her husband Nick and cuddling with their fur baby, Sally.  

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Season 1, Episode 2 - Todd McDonald

Todd McDonald founded ATW in 1999 after spending 15 years in various Human Resource and Training roles in industries such as finance, insurance, banking and manufacturing. He also served as Executive Vice President of American Media, Inc., the largest producer of training videos at the time with products in 72 countries and 27 languages.

Todd has authored two books: one on communication between managers and their employees, "I Wish You Would Just..." and the other on time management, "How to Find 100 Extra Minutes a Day."

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Season 1, Episode 3 - Kristin Tague

With over 29 years of experience in HR - 20 of which in the talent development space, Kristin has worked for some amazing companies including Farm Bureau Financial Services, JP Morgan Chase, Principal, American Equity and now Pella Corporation. Her experience started with Executive Development, broadening to a leadership role focusing on a variety of aspects of employee development. With extensive experience building capabilities, from mentorship programs, change management, coaching and designing talent practices, Kristin is passionate about helping us know our people better and ensuring they have the right skills ready for the future.

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