We are so excited that our talent development colleagues at Foxwoods offered to host this event!! As we all know, those of us involved in the world of talent development are successful behind the scenes. We are the "non-revenue generators" that support the human capital in an organization and help to move it in the right direction. It's time to celebrate our successes!!
Join us on December 14th for some holiday networking fun! We are fortunate to have two guest speakers local to the area, Scott Gorman and Leo Butler, and we will be enjoying some delicious food and drink. We'll talk about the future and you'll have the opportunity to sign up for chapter/national membership for 2018.
About our speakers.......
Steve’s 28 years in business and education have uniquely prepared him to be one of the most trusted, results oriented learning and development advisors and facilitators in the Northeast. The richness of Steve’s professional experience and formal education have served to inform his engaging, outcome-oriented learning experiences that are focused on leveraging the strengths of individuals and the collective potential of teams. Throughout his various roles in business development, education, and workforce solutions, Steve has had hundreds of consultative engagements with individuals and organizations focused on turning out learning solutions with high impact, enduring outcomes. Over the course of his career, Steve has honed his learning, content design, and facilitation skills in unique roles and varied contexts.
For one of the largest custodian banks in the world, Steve led the training initiative behind the roll-out of a cutting-edge computer based equity trading system. As part of Dun & Bradstreet’s Government team, Steve designed and delivered training programs on the provenance, analysis, and research techniques related to D&B’s global data assets in support of the work of federal government intelligence agencies. As a workforce solutions consultant, Steve facilitated instructional design discovery sessions for a global industrial manufacturer wanting to provide eLearning options related to the installation, operation, and maintenance of a proprietary power plant technology. As a learning and development consultant and Insights practitioner, Steve worked with an early stage biotechnology firm to align a newly adopted communication model with the organization’s leadership competencies. Steve then worked closely with internal facilitators to enhance Insights Discovery delivery methods that set the stage for a successful company-wide personal effectiveness program. In 2004, Steve started a 7 year hiatus from the corporate world, earning a Masters in Educational Psychology; after which he became a school counselor at a large public high school. This experience deepened Steve’s knowledge of applied psychological theory, and a passion for working to the strengths of individuals’ personalities and learning styles. As well, Steve refined his coaching and group facilitation skills working with thousands of students, parents, teachers, and administrators in a variety group settings.
The depth and breadth of Steve’s experience, formal education, and applied skills as a coach and facilitator make him a versatile, agile learning and development partner. Steve quickly grasps the “big picture,” and the importance of developing and delivering learning programs that are enjoyable for participants that lead to lasting, impactful, action-oriented outcomes.
Based in Connecticut, Steve and his wife have a 6 year old son, a baby girl, two dogs, and chickens. Steve enjoys coaching his son’s soccer and hockey teams, and spending as much time as he can with family, friends, and in the outdoors.
As the Director of Diversity at Norwich Free Academy (NFA), Leo Butler forms relationships with both students and the community because “building a school is about building relationships.” Although he was born, raised and still lives in Providence, RI, Butler knows every street and neighborhood in Norwich. He loves NFA because the opportunities for students are limitless and because everyone has the opportunity to become a better person. He began his career at NFA as a history teacher, and moved into his current position as Director, honored in 2008 by the Cape Verdean American Gala Scholarship Fund in Rhode Island for his service to Cape Verdean students.
He offers wise words when asked what diversity looks like at NFA-“You have to look at the diversity in terms of socio-economics. We have a diversity of lifestyles, philosophies. It’s a whole different game now. When you talk about diversity, we at our school, we understand all the types of diversity. We don’t just talk about different languages and students from other cultures. It goes beyond that.”