American Society of Training and Development
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November Chapter Meeting 

"Virtual Learning: Insight from NLA ATD Panel of Trainers" 
Facilitated by: Beth Maddox, Catalin Hrisafi,
and Tulin Melancon


Come and hear about various tools/applications available for virtual learning.  As well as, tips and tricks from local NLA ATD Trainers and Educators.  We will also cover key insights that make virtual learning more fun, interactive, and effective!
  Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites
2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City

Date:  Monday, November 10th

Time:  11:30am - 1:00pm
Cost: Members/Guests - $15 

(Must RSVP to Beth to be guaranteed a great lunch.  No shows will be billed.)

For ReservationsPlease e-mail Beth at by Noon on Friday, November 7th.

You can also prepay for your lunch
with the link below!


    October Chapter Meeting

Enhance Your Training Using Social Media

Facilitated by: Amy Kinnaird

If you're asking your audience to turn off their cell phones, STOP! You can dramatically increase you participants engagement by letting them use their cell phones and social media. Amy will share lots of ideas for using social media before, during and after your training sessions.

Amy Kinnaird
UnCommon Sense Marketing

 Amy is a marketing strategist, speaker and corporate trainer, and is probably best known locally as the "Social Media Evangelist." Over the past 6 years she has trained business owners how to use social media for marketing their businesses. She has over 35 years experience in marketing and software, and help clients build marketing strategies through Client VIP days and outsourced marketing activities. Her background includes 15 years as a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative with IBM.

Amy is currently serving as the President of the local ASTD North Louisiana chapter.

September Chapter Meeting

Giving Feedback
Facilitated by: AJ Brundrett
Come hear AJ share how to give positive and creative feedback and discuss how to  handle resistance to feedback.  You'll also want to participate in a roundtable discussion with your peers regarding feedback.  
A native of Shreveport, AJ Brundrett has spent the last three years as Human Resources Manager for Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana. Prior to Goodwill, the past 17 years I served in various management capacities for Casinos and Hospitality industries.  Areas ranged from Food & Beverage, Casino Marketing, Hotels, Consulting and Talent Acquisition.

Her work passion is training and development with an emphasis on employee engagement and leader development. AJ is also currently serving on the NLA ATD Board as the President-Elect. 

  Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites
2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City

Date:  Monday, September 8th

Time:  11:30am - 1:00pm

Cost: Members/Guests - $15 

(Must RSVP to Beth to be guaranteed a great lunch.  No shows will be billed.)

For ReservationsPlease e-mail Beth at by Noon on Friday, September 8th.

OR, Click below to prepay for your lunch!


August Chapter Meeting
Conflict Resolution Discussion
Facilitated by: Bill Wolfe 


Bill Wolfe, SPHR

Director of Human Resource Management, LSU Shreveport

US Army Veteran (24yr Active Duty)


Following graduation from West Point, Bill Wolfe served on active duty for 24 years in a variety of command and staff positions worldwide.  His final assignment was as the Professor of Military Science and Chair of the Department of Military Science in Baton Rouge.  Immediately following retirement, he served as an Instructor in the LSU Office of Government Programs before accepting a job as the General Manager of Shaw Alloy Piping Products in Shreveport.  Mr. Wolfe moved from there to become the Operations Manager of Chem-Air, Inc. in Shreveport.  In 2008, he joined the staff at LSUS as Assistant Director of HR Management and now serves as the Director. 
July Chapter Meeting
Mid-Year Planning Session

Presenters: NWLA ATD Board Members


Come network, share ideas and learn more about the NWLA ATD Chapter and where we are headed in the coming months. Below is a brief agenda.


Meeting Agenda:

  • ASTD to ATD Chapter Transition
  • Mid-year Program Planning
  • Chapter Awards Discussion
  • Networking Opportunities 
June Chapter Meeting
  "Leading the Lazy: Getting the Most
from Today's Workforce"
Facilitated by: John Grubbs, MBA, CSTM, RPIH



John Grubbs, MBA, CSTM, RPIH, is the principal consultant and owner of GCI, a high impact training and consulting firm in Texas. Specializations include executive coaching, sales training, human resource consulting, safety consulting, behavior-based safety implementation and leadership training for supervisors, managers and executives.

Clients include healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, oil & gas, education and service organizations.  John has over 20 years of leadership experience, published several popular books and numerous articles for national publications. As an executive coach, he works with leaders at all levels to improve the performance of many well-known companies internationally. He holds degrees in Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Technology and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on organizational leadership. John is an affiliate member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.

He is a Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Senior Technology Manager. John is a dynamic and energetic speaker as well as a popular trainer and business coach. Current memberships include the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives.  



May Chapter Meeting
"Building the Best You!"
       Facilitated by: Carl Qualls       
  Is it really possible to be happy, healthy, and prosperous?  Can you really expect to have solid family relationships, peace of mind and a feeling of security?  Is there hope for a better tomorrow?  The answer is a resounding "YES!"
This workshop will tell you how you can take control of your destiny.  Your future is not determined by other people or circumstances.  In fact, regardless of your circumstances there is one undeniable freedom; the freedom to choose your attitude toward those circumstances.
You can take charge of your life by climbing the stairway to success.  It is possible to make radical changes in your life by taking small, consistent action steps.  You will discover that you have everything already necessary to make your life better.  You will leave with an action plan to take your life where you want it to go.

Carl Qualls was recently honored to become a Ziglar Certified trainer in the first class to graduate from the course offered at Ziglar’s corporate office and is proud to carry on the legacy of Zig Ziglar.

Carl has lived in the Shreveport-Bossier City area all his life.  He began mowing yards at the age of 10, started his first job at 15 and by 17 was store manager at a local auto parts store.  He is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  During his adult life, he has worked on an assembly line, as a Quality Analyst, managed parts and service departments in car dealerships, cleaned bathrooms and windows, and started and run four businesses.  He is currently the owner of Quality Imaging Sales and Service, LLC, a medical imaging equipment dealer, and Quality Training, which provides inspiration and motivation by encouraging excellence in tomorrow's leaders, today.    


April Chapter Meeting  

Presentation Openers

We Can All Use!


Facilitated by: Jaime Pylant


This is one program you don’t want to miss! We will spend the entire time participating in activities that you can put to use in your own training sessions. Jaime Pylant is going to demo and teach a series of Openers that are applicable for lots of different scenarios.


Some of the topics include: soft/hard openers; openers vs. ice-breakers; closers.  Jaime will also demo and use "Poll Everywhere", a free on-line tool for trainers!



Jaime Pylant is a former trainer and consultant for the Bob Pike Group and is co-author of SCORE! For the Classroom and SCORE! For Successful Webinars!  He is currently the Education Manager at PioneerRx, a pharmaceutical software company based in Shreveport, LA.  Jaime believes there is not such thing as boring content, only boring presentations!


  March Chapter Meeting
Book Review:
"Five Dysfunctions of a Team"
by: Patrick Lencioni
Read the book and join us for an interactive meeting. Or just come and listen to our reviews
and enjoy lunch with us.


February Chapter Meeting:

Project Management Essentials for Trainers

By: Jason Jolley

Client Partner - FranklinCovey

Are you often put in charge of projects but have no formal project management training? Today's trainers (and knowledge workers in general) have quietly slipped into the role of the unofficial project manager. 

 In this presentation, we will concentrate on the initial planning phase of projects that lays the groundwork for success. We will discuss topics such as indentifying stakeholders, establishing clear and measurable outcomes and creating a scope statement.

About our Speaker:

Jason Jolley is the first Arkansas-based rep for FranklinCovey and is in his 4th year.  Jason currently resides in Cabot and has lived in the Central Arkansas area for 20 years. Jason travels throughout the Arkansas and Northern Louisiana area introducing FranklinCovey content to companies and organizations via presentations and meetings.

 Jason earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (1991) from Elmhurst College in Illinois.  Since then he has been an Assistant Store Manager with Wal-Mart, an Account Rep with Frito Lay and an Account Sales Manager with PepsiCo.

 Jason enjoys spending time with his family (wife Tammy, daughter Rebecca (14) and son Jackson (10)).  His wife is a substitute teacher and the kids are involved in music, dance, and scouts.

 Jason is an avid trumpet player and plays in the Little Rock area. His family is active in their church and he is an Adult Sunday School teacher and a member of his church orchestra.



December Holiday Luncheon

Monday, December 9th
11:30am - 1:00pm

Join us for our final meeting of the year. Bring a guest! How about your spouse or someone interested in joining our fun group.

Location: Zocolo

436 Ashley Ridge Blvd, Shreveport, LA 71106

October Chapter Meeting:

The Importance of Follow Up to Your Training

Catalin Hrisafi, M.Ed, MBA

Director of Training and Education

LifeShare Blood Centers

Join us as Catalin involves the whole group in activities and discussions aimed at assessing training effectiveness and following up with trainees to ensure learning was meaningful and consistently applied.

He will share with the group about the leadership training he leads at LifeShare and then engage everyone in an activity based on the competencies of the four-level training evaluation model.

About the speaker:

Catalin is presently responsible for the training and development of a staff of over 450. He leads monthly leadership development classes, writes policies, reconfigured the New Employee Orientation package, designed a thorough system for CDL driver training, created and conducts train-the-trainer programs, manages the company training software and the Learning Management System.

Prior to this he spent many years in international business, including feasibility studies of foreign markets, marketing research, international joint venture creation, and government policies implementation.

He worked for 12 years with various school system in the US, and enjoyed mentoring at-risk youth  and coaching educators for improving classroom instruction delivery skills and maximizing student performance.

Catalin has also written grants and proposals for the private and non-profits sectors which resulted in increased financial contributions.



Upcoming events

Award Nomination Forms

Please download these forms and submit your favorite company or individual for our annual training awards!

NEO (New Employee Orientation) Award Form

Professional Trainer of the Year

Training Support Award


Please visit!

We'd love to have you visit us on the second Monday of each month. You will enjoy the lunch, a great lineup of speakers, and a pretty cool cast of members, if you must know!

Bookmark this page so you can see who is coming each month. See you there.

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