2021: PIVOT

  • Friday, September 17, 2021
  • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • DMACC FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny, IA
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  • This option is only for:
    Student Members of ATD CI
    Non-full time professionals
  • This is registration for neighboring ATD Chapter Members.

Registration is closed

ATD Central Iowa's Annual Professional Development Day

Registration CLOSED

If you have questions please email president@atdiowa.org

Date: September 17, 2021

Time: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Where: DMACC FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny, IA 

Theme: 2021: PIVOT

Attendee Guidelines:

  • Masks, Distancing and Ventilation: We strongly encourage ALL participants and speakers, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear masks when: 
    • Moving through the facility
    • Not eating or drinking
    • Not able to socially distance 
  • The PDD co-leads and committee will be wearing masks. The FFA facilities verified they are well ventilated.
  • Participants are encouraged to utilize the hand sanitizing stations and practice frequent hand washing. 
  • The amount of breaktime between sessions is increased and there are multiple bathroom locations available between the main level and upstairs.
  • Participants are responsible for doing a wellness check before coming to the event. If you are exposed to, or experiencing the indicators below, please refrain from attending:
    • You have tested positive for Covid-19 within the two weeks prior to the event
    • You were exposed to someone that tested positive for Covid-19 within the two weeks prior to the event
    • You are experiencing:
      • Fever
      • Headache
      • Body aches
      • Nausea/vomiting
  • We want to keep everyone safe and offer you a great learning experience. If you choose not to join us, we understand and we look forward to seeing you next time!

Should the CDC or State modify guidelines prohibiting large gatherings of 150 people + or we see restaurants/schools/businesses needing to close we would move forward with cancellation. If we were to cancel PDD:

  • All registrants would receive refunds
  • We will offer the AM virtual Keynote through Zoom for free to all ATD Central Iowa Members
  • Sponsorships would have the option to carry-over to 2022 PDD
  • Speakers would be invited to present virtually during 2022 for education events or possibly carry over to 2022 PDD depending on topic and theme
Key Note Speaker: 

Emily Dickens, J.D.

Chief of Staff, Head of Governments Affairs and Corporate Secretary

We are excited to announce that Emily Dickens, J.D., Chief of Staff, Head of Governments Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM, will keynote ATD Central Iowa's 2021 Professional Development Day (PDD) on Friday, September 17, 2021!

Emily M. Dickens, J.D. is Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As a member of the executive team, she has oversight for implementing the CEO's vision, corporate governance, global outreach, government affairs, and the organization's real property. She serves on the executive board of the North America Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA) and Secretary-General of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).

Emily is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She is a member of the Strategic Education, Inc. HIRE Advisory Board; the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) Board; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Advisory Council; a U.S. Department of Energy Equity in Energy Ambassador and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Want to learn more about Emily Dickens? 

2nd Key Note Speaker: 

Will Keeps

President and CEO of Starts Right Here

We are excited to announce that Will Keeps, President and CEO of Starts Right Here, will be the 2nd keynote at ATD Central Iowa's 2021 Professional Development Day (PDD) on Friday, September 17, 2021!

William Holmes, also known as Will Keeps is the President and CEO of Starts Right Here, a program designed to serve youth in a supportive, empowering environment.

Will moved to Des Moines in his 20’s and began a new life where he wanted to focus on his future and how he wanted to be remembered. He wanted to make a change for others so they don’t have to go through life without feeling cared for, loved, or being in a home where they can feel safe. His legacy started when he started giving back to his community and to youth who are faced with similar situations that he was in. He began mentoring youth on a daily basis as a team member of the ManUp Iowa program for at risk youth. Will found that his true God given abilities were helping others and empowering them to go down a better path…one he wishes he would have had the opportunity to go down when he was younger.

Many leaders around the city and state are becoming familiar with Will and his music, as well as his passion for helping youth and his overall huge heart and amazing spirit.

Want to learn more about Will Keeps? 

    Schedule of the Day 

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    Registration: Exhibition Hall

    Breakfast: Conference Rm A/B                       


    PDD Opening Remarks/Welcome Message from Tony Bingham CEO ATD

    Amy Boyce/Nicci Schmitt

    Main Conference Room


    Keynote Presentation

    Emily Dickens, SHRM

    Main Conference Room





    Concurrent Session 1 - 3 Speakers

    FFA Conference Rooms





    Keynote 2

    Will Keeps

    Main Conference Room




    ATD Programming

    Main Conference Room





    Concurrent Session 2 - 3 Speakers

    FFA Conference Rooms





    Panel Conversation 

    Main Conference Room





    Concurrent Session 3 - 3 Speakers

    FFA Conference Rooms

     3:45 - 4:00




    Final Remarks, Awards, and Adjourn

    Amy Boyce/Nicci Schmitt

    Main Conference Room

    Speaker Information

    Below are the Speaker Topics and Tracks

    Track 1: Integrated Talent Management, Managing Learning Programs, Knowledge Management

    Track 2: Performance Improvement, Change Management, Coaching

    Track 3: Training Delivery, Instructional Design, Learning Technologies, Evaluating Learning Impact




    Immersive Reality Check: Learning Development for Augmented and Virtual Reality                                                                              

    Destery Hildenbrand, Motive.io                                              


    Leveling Up: Take them from Basic to Elite

    Kelsi Bouray, Brown’s Shoe Fit Company


    Workplace Trends 2021:  What’s the New Normal?

    Todd McDonald, ATW Training Solutions


    Corp Comm Collab: Building a Responsive Learner Engagement Strategy

    Joey Spivey and Kathleen Gardiner, SHAZAM


    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship

    Lonnie Dafney, EMC Insurance Companies


    Pivot with Improv

    Joe Van Haecke, Inspire Me Mr V


    It Matters: Mentors, Coaches, and Sponsors

    Melissa Worrel-Johnson

    Carlson Group, LLC


    Why Learn When I Can Google It?

    Molly Mackey, Optimae LifeServices


    Get Your Resilience Rolling

    Dick Hannasch

    Aware and Willing, LLC


    Enabling Change with Grace, Speed, and Value

    Sinikka Waugh, Your Clear Next Step, LLC


    Designing the Future of Work Through Analytics

    Jeff Kappen and Stephen Smith, Baton Global


     Power Through 2021: Stay Engaged, Productive and Purposeful

    Denise Forney, MidAmerican Energy


    Special Events of the Day

    Social Media

    Utilize #ATDPDD2021 on your social media posts. Let's hear how much your learning and see how much fun you're having!

    ATD Central Iowa PDD Non-Profit Spotlight: Starts Right Here

    Starts Right Here Mission Statement: Starts Right Here educates, equips, and empowers young people living in disadvantaged and oppressive circumstances using the arts, entertainment, hip hop, music, programs, and a variety of other methods to break down the barriers of fear, intimidation, and other damaging factors leading to a sense of being disenfranchised, forgotten and rejected.

    The ATD Central Iowa Community Relations Committee wants to give back to the youth in our community. We will be accepting donations for Starts Right Here during the 2021 Professional Development Day.

    Accepted Donations: 

    Local Restaurant Gift Cards 

    • Examples: McDonalds, Burger King, Culver's, Subway, Jimmy Johns, Blaze Pizza, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Hardees, Popeyes

    Single Serve/Individually Wrapped Dinners and Snacks  

    • Examples: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, Chips, Crackers, Granola Bars. Canned Fruit/Applesauce, Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee Meals (Ravioli, Beefaroni, Lasagna, etc), Fruit Snacks, Cookies, Trail Mix/Snack Mix

    Bring a donation and earn a ticket to be entered into our ATD Community Relations raffle!

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

    Gold Sponsor

    Silver Sponsors

    Bronze Sponsors



               Exhibitor Tables        



    Happy Hour Drinks 



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