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The events at a number of the local chapters have been made available to members of the ATD Eastern PA chapter. The list below contains some of the upcoming free events. Note: there are fees associated with the various SIG events.

Events at the ATD Greater Philadelphia chapter

Chapter Webinar “Virtual Mentoring in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from the Pandemic”

April 08, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)

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Mentoring conversations about career trajectories and development plans are pivoting to caring check-ins and discussions about how the current crisis is impacting people emotionally as well as professionally.

Knowing this shift in needs is imperative now and might be here to stay for a while, this webinar will showcase the lessons learned during this pandemic and how organizations are supporting now-remote employees through these trying times. You will also learn about real-world examples of organizations that have pivoted existing mentoring programs or created new ones in order to address these growing needs.

Chapter Webinar: “Changing/Pivoting Your L&D Strategy to Meet the Current Environment”

May 6, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)

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Has your organization adapted or pivoted its learning and development strategy due to the pandemic? Many organizations have had to rethink and reevaluate their strategy for delivering learning and organizational development to address business and social challenges.

Join us as we hear from a panel of three learning and development leaders representing different industries. They will discuss their journeys during this unprecedented time and the decisive measures they took and are still taking. They will share tools and resources that helped them create both short and long-term approaches which we can take back and apply as we develop and roll-out strategies for our organizations during this critical period of rapid change and uncertainty.

Events at the ATD Pittsburgh Chapter

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Discovering Your Winning Strategy

Three-part interactive workshop offered via Zoom

With growing demands to come up with a winning DEI strategy, T&D professionals need time to think, reflect, gather and vet resources, and collaborate with their learning community on real solutions for their particular organizational context.

Using an action learning approach, this workshop will give T&D professionals an opportunity to build their own context-specific plans to enhance their organization’s DEI by:

  • understanding the existing inequities in the workplace by hearing the stories of those who have experienced them
  • reflecting deeply on their role in making a change for the better
  • imagining a better future in their workplace when racism, inequity and bias are eliminated
  • brainstorming potential solutions with colleagues
  • investigating how to implement solutions in their specific context
  • developing concrete plans for implementation
  • gaining a resource book of plans developed during workshop

Three sessions: 6 to 8 p.m. on February 9, March 9, April 13. 

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Workshop Outline

February 9, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.
Part 1: Agree on current state

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”—Desmond Tutu

Kickoff keynote: Marla Bradford, D&I Recruiting Leader at Duquesne University

Icebreaker activity facilitated by Cassandra Cooper, Manager of Diversity Learning, UPMC

Small group discussions and sharing

Panel session, moderated by Dana Whatley Smith,Manager, Learning & Development, Duquesne University


    Kesi Howard, Leadership Coach | Facilitator | Strategist, Structured Strategies, LLC
    Charmelle Jackson, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, The Pittsburgh Foundation
    Kheir Mugwaneza, Senior Project Manager, Immigrant Inclusion and Health Programs, Allegheny Health Network
    Monica Ruiz-Caraballo, Executive Director at Casa San José

Closing Activity facilitated by Cassandra Cooper

March 9, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.
Part 2: Imagine a better future

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” —Oprah Winfrey

Session Kickoff keynote: Susan Baida, Director, UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion

Large group discussion, facilitated by Esther Jackson, National Advisor for Chapters at ATD

Small groups discussions to envision futures

Small groups come back together and report out

Large group discussion on closing the gap between current and future, facilitated by Esther Jackson

Session recap/reflection and organize for post-session team work, facilitated by Esther Jackson

April 13, 2021, 6 to 8 p.m.
Part 3: Make commitments to concrete actions

“Have a vision. Be demanding.” —Colin Powell

Session Kickoff keynote: TBA

Large Group reporting out on T&D solutions research

Facilitated discussion of solutions, facilitated by Sonia Layne-Gartside, Certified DEI Trainer and Change Manager

Small Groups form around specific solutions to draft action plans

Return to large group: Teams present plans and expert panel gives feedback.


Jamie Campbell, Asst Dean For Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Smeal College of Business, Penn State
Kesi Howard
Charmelle Jackson
Kheir Mugwaneza
Monica Ruiz-Caraballo

Accountability discussion and wrap-up facilitated by Sonia Layne-Gartside

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