Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

A SIG is a smaller group within our chapter whose members have a shared interest in a specific topic related to talent development. Driven by group member interests, SIGs are a great way to network and get ideas and information about something that matters to you.

The following SIGs meet regularly and are open to new members or visitors any time. Refer to the events calendar on the ATD Central Iowa web site for upcoming dates, times, locations and topics.

The purpose of the Leadership SIG is to explore new possibilities, share best practices, and build relationships in order to develop your leadership ability and develop leadership capacity in others. The Drake University MSLD program is a sponsoring partner for this SIG.

The Leadership SIG meets the third Friday of each month from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Meetings are held virtually via a Zoom meeting link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87974286838?pwd=YjhJVTlzY2RZc0ZnTG1iTVkyOUluUT09) The SIG is hosted by Aaron Barber (Sammons Financial Group, abarber@sfgmembers.com ) and Cyndi Avery (Grinnell Mutual, cyndi.avery@grinnellmutual.com). If you have any questions, comments or ideas for the SIG, please connect with one of them.


The Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) engages the talent development community in collaborative discussion and workshops to solve problems, spark ideas, and expand their knowledge and skills around e-learning and the use of technology to support talent development.

The Technology SIG currently meets virtually the first Friday of each month from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m, with networking activities from 8-8:30 and the main program from 8:30-9:30. The SIG is hosted by Adam Rich (Athene USA, arich@athene.com), Melissa Nichols (Aureon, Melissa.Nichols@aureon.com) and Don Tollefson (Ruan, dtollefs@ruan.com). If you have any questions, comments or ideas for the SIG, let us know!

CPTD Study Group SIG

This group is not currently meeting. If you are interested in starting a CPTD study group to prepare for certification and test date please reach out to the VP of Community Relations commrelations@atdoiwa.org. Members are expected to keep up with the study plan and come to the meetings prepared to discuss the assigned topic. 

Do you have a different special interest?

If you want to help start a SIG that would be meaningful to you, complete our SIG Request form and email it to commrelations@atdiowa.org.

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