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CONNECT - 2015 ATD Oklahoma State Conference

  • October 29, 2015
  • Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus


  • Discounted registration for any ATD Chapter member. Your local chapter can provide you with the Registration Code you will need for the discount pricing.
  • Discounted registration for any ATD Chapter member. Your local chapter can provide you with the Registration Code you will need for the discount pricing.
  • To qualify for the student discount, the student must be attending a degree-granting college or university full-time (12 hours undergraduate or 9 hours graduate). To obtain the Registration Code needed to secure this discounted rate, e-mail: tulsawlp@yahoo.com

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“Culture - Network - Engage - Technology”


October 29, 2015

Tulsa Technology Center – Owasso Campus

10800 N 140th E Ave, Owasso, OK 74055

The ATD Tulsa and Oklahoma City chapters are proud to present Mr. Bill Fournet as the keynote speaker for the CONNECT! 2015 Oklahoma Statewide Conference. Bill is the acting President and CEO of The Persimmon Group, a management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, The Persimmon Group has been honored most recently with the Families and Work Institute’s 2013 Effective and Flexible Workplace award. In addition, The Persimmon Group is also a 2 time Blue Ribbon award recipient honored by the U.S. Chamber in 2011 and 2014 while also being named in 2013 to the Inc. 500/5000 list for U.S. Fastest Growing Companies.   

Schedule of Events

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. - State Conference Introduction

8:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - "Sustaining an Engaged Culture" - Keynote by Bill Fournet

At the conclusion of Bill's keynote, participants will have key takeaway knowledge on the following learning objectives:

Developing agile, adaptive teams to address today's accepted uncertainty

Fostering collaboration through engagement and empowerment

Understanding how to keep a core culture in an ever-changing environment

    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Break and Vendor Showcase

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 100 Series Breakout Sessions - Choose one of the following:

    Session 101 - "Active Learning Technology: How to Facilitate Experiential Activities for Maximum Impact" presented by Rob Benson and Andrew Engelbrecht, Learning Unlimited

    Through brief lecture, discussion and participation in experiential exercise, conference attendees will learn how to knowledgeably facilitate experience through the 5 phase experiential learning model. They will also learn the techniques of “stealthy facilitation,” or how to co‐facilitate in ways that improve the participants’ learning even more.

    Session 102 - "From Cheerleaders to Vampires: Elements of Employee Engagement" presented by Stacy Tiger and Chrissy Medeck, BOK Financial

    Learn best practices for cultivating an environment of increased team productivity and motivation, regardless of personality or role.  Identify the cheerleaders and vampires within your organization, and discuss the difference between satisfaction and engagement.  Understand the role of both the manager, and the team, for sustained engagement, and how engagement level is directly tied to performance and attendance.  

    Session 103 - "Developing a 'Learning Elite' L&D Strategy" presented by Chris Wright, Ph.D., Reliant and Colin Wright, Love’s Country Stores

    In this interactive session, attendees will hear from L&D experts from Reliant and Love’s about best practice learning, development and performance management strategies, how they utilize Talent Management technology to deliver and track training, manage performance, develop leaders, manage succession and measure the impact of these programs on Love’s business results. 

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Vendor Showcase

    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 200 Series Breakout Sessions - Choose one of the following:

    Session 201"The Trainers’ Cook Book: 12 Recipes for Learning Engagement Success" presented by Marc Ratcliffe, MRWED Training and Assessment

    In this highly interactive session, you will be provided with 12 dynamic techniques that will make you the Master chef of the training room! These techniques can be easily integrated into any learning environment and are targeted at helping the presenter to attract and maintain interest and increase participation. Techniques include activities for individuals, small groups as well as the whole group. There will also be variations provided for those working in an online environment.

    Session 202"The 'Peoplemap' Connection: Understanding Ourselves and Others" presented by Kathy Laster, Ph.D., MBA and Cristina Filippo, Ph.D., M.Ed., Impact Consulting

    The Peoplemap Workshop is an engaging and high impact workshop whereby participants will learn about their own and each other’s personality types and how these styles affect interpersonal relationships.  Participants will be reminded of what their natural in-born strengths are, learn how to establish a personal “map” for getting along with others, know what motivates their type, and gain an understanding of the things that could block their success. 

    Session 203 - "The New Training: CONNECTing the Workforce" presented by Kurt Webber, Unit Corporation

    If you approach training Boomers the same way you train Millennials, think again. If you think Millennials learn best in the classroom, think again. In this workshop, training professionals will get tips and tools on how to update their training philosophy and how that philosophy best fits the needs of the current mix of generations in the workplace. It’s a changing, dramatic shift in the way we need to implement what we do best…educate the workforce. 

    1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Break

    1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - 300 Series Breakout Sessions - Choose one of the following:

    Session 301 - "Mentoring in a Tech Savvy World" presented by Dr. Jacqueline Lang, MBA, MPA, DeVry University

    Connect your employees with technology!!!  Encourage conversations in a mentorship process that will create results and allow your organization to expand communication between generations.

    Session 302 - "The Super Glue of Team Performance" presented by Steve Laswell, Next Level Executive Coaching, LLC

    Everyone knows putting together the best team possible is the key to success.

    What does it take to develop a self-managed team that is highly productive? This session will define leadership development and why it matters, explore how next level leaders connect with others, identify the five behaviors of self-managed teams and describe the benefits of a cohesive team.

    Session 303 - "Simple Project Management – Clear Planning That Connects and Engages Team Members" presented by Alan Vanderburg, The Bama Companies

    Have you ever been caught in the weeds of “Project” at work? In this session, you will learn how to use a step-by-step process called “Project Roadmap” to create clear direction for current and future projects. In this interactive session, you will get a “hands on” use of the IBR (Intention, Behavior, Result) tool which will help you properly scope, effectively deploy, and close a project. 

    2:45 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. - Break

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 400 Series Breakout Sessions - Choose one of the following:

    Session 401 - "101 More Ways to Make Training Active" presented by Larry Straining, CPLP, Larry’s Training, LLC

    As a contributing author to the book of the same name, Larry will guide you through 3 to 5 activities that any level of Talent Development can immediately incorporate into any event. Participants will learn to engage in key activities that support culture, use existing mobile technology for active training and network with other Talent Development professionals to create an action plan. 

    Session 402 - "Inter-cultural Intelligence" presented by Valerie Vaughan and Daniel Johnson, T.D. Williamson

    Inter-cultural Intelligence (ICI) is a combination of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable you to accurately assess inter-cultural situations to interact effectively, and thus successfully manage work and team. With ICI, you will strengthen your team, improve performance, enrich corporate culture, manage customers, and improve communication in multi-cultural environments. 

    Session 403"The Power of Connection" presented by Chris Zervas, Summit Solution Group

    What does unity and connection look like inside (and outside) the workplace? Community is waning in our personal lives and reveals new needs in our corporate lives. We are wired to enjoy its power for positive results in personal and corporate health. Yet how do we create such a workplace? Audiences will discover how community provides health: physically, corporately and fiscally, the cultural tension between independence and inter-dependence and ways to build your connection.

    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  - State Conference Wrap-up

    If you have any questions regarding the 2015 ATD Oklahoma Statewide Conference breakout sessions or presenters, please contact Lorinda Schrammel by phone at (405) 744-2908 or by email.

    Announcing: HRCI recertification credit hours

    The 2015 ATD Oklahoma Statewide Conference has been pre-approved for 5.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours.

    “The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity.  It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.”


    Schedule at a Glance

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