15th annual Utah ATD Conference!

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All workplace learning, talent development, HR , and coaching professionals are invited to participate in this great conference.
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 October 4, 2018
7:30 AM–4:00 PM
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Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W 3100 S
West Valley City, Utah 84119

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Conference registration includes:

  • Keynote presentations
  • Breakout sessions
  • Access to local and national vendors at the Conference Expo
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Networking opportunities
  • Lots of fun!!!

2018 Conference Pricing

Utah Chapter/Sister Chapter Member  Rate $150 
Public Rate $225
Student Rate $130
SHRM Member Rate  $175
Group (3+) Rate—Per Person $160


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Keynote Speakers

The McMurray Brothers  Pete Blank
Leadership and Fruit Salad  Put Some Disney Show in Your Classroom-Based Learning

Frequently, we encounter teams where personalities and behaviors make achieving success challenging. How we react to those relationships tells us quite a bit about who we are as leaders and coworkers. Skilled leaders have learned how to get to know the uniqueness of each person and how to leverage their traits for maximum success. Like a fruit salad, you want to take each ingredient and put it to good use in an appropriate way. 

As integrators of training we look for ways to understand and embrace our differences. In this session, we’ll talk about how we as learning and development professionals can better understand our own staff and co-workers and how we can help leaders in our organization utilize their human resources effectively. Leadership is like being a chef—you must look broadly at the entire meal, not just the salad.

 The Disney concept of Show is the careful planning of the sights, sounds, and smells that guests will experience in the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts. As a trainer, facilitator, or manager, you should always be looking at your facilities and content through the lens of the Show. Blank, a former manager at Disney University will share ways that you can apply the Show to your training department. Whether you are a training team of one without a permanent classroom, or you work for a large organization with its own corporate university, this session will share ideas that are applicable to training teams of all sizes.

Paul and David each have an extensive background in training and development and are Master Certified Trainers representing five different training companies and their programs, including VitalSmarts, The Culture Works, and Wiley.

Paul has managed and conducted open-enrollment trainings throughout the US and Canada and has taught hundreds of trainers how to be more effective in their training. Paul has worked in many industries as a trainer including: agriculture, aerospace, automobile, drilling, financial services, food services and production, healthcare, higher education, insurance, state and federal governments, manufacturing, mining, natural gas, pharmaceuticals, and telecom.

David is the older half of the McMurray Brothers. He has facilitated over 100 webinars in his career, where he has guided clients through a maze of research information. Because of his skills as a teacher, David has been able to take complex statistical information and distill it down into simple stories for his clients—including NASA, HUD, McCormick and Company, among others—to comprehend and utilize. 

In their consulting and training work, the McMurray Brothers have engaged with employees at all levels, from the board of directors to the front-line staff. While their key training programs are in communications and leadership, they have also presented seminars on customer service, team building, influence and change.


After a stint as a television sportscaster, Pete returned to Disney in 1994. Over the next 13 years, he managed various areas of Disney's theme parks and resorts, where he learned what it takes to run a world-class organization. Pete was blessed to spend a majority of his time working at the Disney University. While there, he led the Traditions program, which is known worldwide as one of the premiere employee orientation programs. He also facilitated college-level courses to thousands of Disney College Interns and was a Segment Learning Manager for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and the Disney Cruise Line.

Today, he works with organizations and associations all across the US, helping them achieve their goals in the areas of leadership, employee engagement, and customer service. Pete is a former President of the Birmingham Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), received the “2016 Learning! Champion Award” from Elearning! Magazine, and earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association.

His first book is Employee Engagement: Lessons from the Mouse House. His next book, Pick Up the Roach! Why Great Leaders Do the Little Things, is due out in 2019.

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7:00 am Registration & Networking Crossroads Hall
7:15 am Breakfast & Vendor Expo  Crossroads & Great Halls
8:15 am Morning Keynote—The McMurray Brothers  Great Hall
9:15 am  Vendor Expo & Networking  Crossroads Hall
9:30 am Breakout Session 1 Breakout Rooms
10:30 am  Vendor Expo & Networking  Crossroads Hall
10:45 am Breakout Session 2  Breakout Rooms
11:45 am Lunch & Vendor Expo  Crossroads Hall
12:15 pm Afternoon Keynote—Pete Blank  Great Hall
1:15 pm Vendor Expo & Networking  Crossroads Hall
1:30 pm  Breakout Session 3  Breakout Rooms
2:30 pm  ATD 75th Anniversary Celebration  Great Hall
2:50 pm Breakout Session 4  Breakout Rooms
3:50 pm Door Prize Drawing (must be present to win)  Great Hall

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Breakout Sessions

Follow a learning track (or mix and match) during our four breakout sessions! Check out the presentation descriptions below the schedule.

 Instructional DesignTraining Delivery Managing Learning Programs & Integrated Talent ManagementVariety Pack Track
Breakout 1
Shannon Herrera & Cynthia Loveland
 Stories That Stick: Storytelling as a Memory Aid
Doug Grose
 Applying Adult Learning Principles to Instructor-Led Training
Jason Sturges 
Rock Your Onboarding: 10 Steps to an Employee-Centered Program
Bruce Bennett
Solving Kirkpatrick's Level 3: How to Measure Training Impact
Breakout 2
Jen Milner
Creating Better Scenarios
Dalan Siler
Consultative Facilitation
Jared Evans
Building Effective Curriculums for Professional Development 
Kate Worlton-Pulham & Jeff Martin
ILT to WBT: A Conversion, Evolution, or Revolution?
Breakout 3
Sarah Hanisko
The Imagineering Method for Brainstorming 
Todd Wente
Jazz Up Your Delivery!
Sara Vandermolen
Pulling It Together: Creating a Successful Training Event
Alex Stewart
The Science of Unleashing the Greatness Within 
Breakout 4
Juli Weber
 Training Design with a Global and Cultural Twist
Nathan Nielsen
Rabbit Holes, Reductions, and ROIs! Oh, My!
Ben Hughes
How L&D Energizes the Talent Management Revolution
Tasha Matsumoto
Artificial Intelligence. Real Knowledge.

Instructional Design

Sarah Hanisko, The Imagineering Method for Brainstorming
Disney's Imagineers are known for their creativity and brainstorming prowess. In this session, you'll see the history of the Disney brainstorming process and practice techniques employed by creators at Disney. This presentation uses information from The Imagineering Way and The Imagineering Workbook.

Shannon Herrera and Cynthia Loveland, Stories That Stick: Storytelling as a Memory Aid
Storytelling is a great way to make complex ideas more relatable. When we create connections through plot, characterization, and conversational sentence structure, we engage thinking, emotions, and imagination. This allows learners to retain more information than the chalk and talk method while tapping into their long-term memory, where learning occurs. This session looks at how we can incorporate aspects of storytelling to help make our eLearning more memorable and relevant to learners.
Jen Milner, Creating Better Scenarios
Scenarios are an effective way to make your training more engaging to learners, but good scenarios take time and skill to develop. In this session, we'll discuss different ways that you can use scenarios in your training with many examples pulled from courses on the commercial use of drones. We'll use Bloom's Taxonomy and action mapping to determine when to use each approach. Then we'll look at the components of effective scenarios and how you can work with SMEs to create them.

Juli Weber, Training Design with a Global and Cultural Twist
Creating connection with every learner in the room is the goal for all trainers. But how do you overcome cultural stumbling blocks? Have you ever said something inadvertently offensive or just insensitive? Or is that just your worst nightmare? Increases in ethnic, religious, cultural, and even age differences are flooding our organization, even if we don't do business outside of our country's borders. Now is the time to be thinking about and implementing global perspectives and awareness into our work. This session will review theories of global dimensions that influence how we think and work based on deep-rooted values. We will also explore some what-not-to-dos in training as well as discuss ideas and ways to increase learner connections by asking questions, raising our own personal awareness, and helping everyone feel more comfortable.
Training Delivery

Doug Grose, Applying Adult Learning Principles to Instructor-Led Training
Wary stakeholders. Tricky learning objectives. Rigid compliance content. While we'd love to deliver meaningful learning experiences based on solid adult learning (or androgogical) principles, we don't often get to apply them, for any number of reasons. But maybe there are more opportunities than we realize . . . 
In this session, we'll identify opportunities to incorporate androgogical principles into our learning experience, but how we get there will be up to us. Want to review a case study? Cover some basics? Try a group activity? Discuss and share ideas? We're adults—we'll figure it out. 

Nathan Nielsen, Rabbit Holes, Reductions, and ROIs! Oh My! 
This presentation provides participants with some simple skills to address some common challenges faced by training facilitators:
  • Address rabbit-hole comments in training and, instead of of ignoring or redirecting these comments, leverage them as a way to help learners internalize the training content
  • Address the constant demand to shorten training while still providing the same level of quality, impact, and value to the business
  • Turn the training ROI question back on the learner as they see how the content can immediately be applied to current business challenges
This presentation will include several short, interactive, and engaging activities. 

Dalan Siler, Consultative Facilitation
This breakout session focuses on the skillful use of questions in order to facilitate organic discussion and allow the class to guide themselves through the training content. Attendees will learn how to lead participants to desired learning outcomes while allowing learners to exercise autonomy over the course of their training.
Todd Wente, Jazz Up Your Delivery!
Are you familiar with jazz music? Scary, exhilarating, challenging, interesting, and unique are words that are sometimes used to describe it—and that's just from the listeners. But jazz music has some lessons for trainers, including an understanding of improvisation, trust, focus, and synergy. This presentation will explore these ideas and provide some tools for integrating the lessons directly into training projects currently in development.
Managing Learning Programs & Integrated Talent Management
Jared Evans, Building Effective Curriculums for Professional Development
When creating training plans, it can be tempting to create a one-size-fits-all training plan to save time and money. But research shows that if your goals are to foster real learning, incite behavioral change, and promote corporate values and culture, training must be thought of as—and planned to be—an enjoyable journey instead of a necessary means to an end.
Benjamin Hughes, How L&D Energizes the Talent Management Revolution
Why should learning and development (L&D) leaders join the integrated talent management (ITM) revolution? Because the way we've worked in the past isn't good enough for the results we need in the future. All HR functions are changing as new technologies enable broader ways of thinking about talent and ensuring that all of our services are truly aligned with business goals. In this highly interactive session, you will gain new ideas from the ATD ITM certificate program, industry studies, and current publications that could change how you view your role as an L&D professional.
Jason Sturges, Rock Your Onboarding: 10 Steps to an Employee-Centered Program
Trouble in onboarding paradise? Either a new employee doesn't make it their first 90 days or a newly promoted employee struggles to find their fit in their new position. no matter what role you have in talent management and development, join this session to ignite your onboarding program and make the most of your resources. Walk away with actionable steps and tools you can take back to and use at your organization. 
Sara Vandermolen, Pulling It Together: Creating a Successful Training Event
You're tasked with pulling together a learning event. Do you feel ready?
In this session, you'll get the inside scoop on what it takes to plan a successful event, including tasks, timelines, strategies, and budgets. You'll walk away with an in-depth understanding of the planning process as well as a variety of templates for your own use.
The Variety Pack Track

Bruce Bennett, Solving Kirkpatrick's Level 3: How to Measure Training Impact
Can you show how your training contributes to success? Proving long-term training impact has been nearly impossible—until now. We will examine the Kirkpatrick model and why most organizations can't get to Level 3. (Kirkpatrick calls Level 3 the missing link between training and results.) Then we'll explore a new model that provides the three questions and simple tools you need to answer in order to measure Level 3.
Tasha Matsumoto, Artificial Intelligence. Real Knowledge.
How can instructional designers leverage social media to provide micro-courses to learners on their favorite apps? Rather than begging for your learners to come to you you, go to where they already are: Facebook, Twitter, even their text messages. This presentation will demonstrate how to implement a comprehensive learning curriculum within chat bots. We'll walk through a use case for Apple Business Chat, where TD Ameritrade offers twelve micro-courses on finance topics (with free trades as an incentive for completion). This presentation is for innovation-driven instructional designers interested in new learning delivery methods.
Alex Stewart, The Science of Unleashing the Greatness Within
Ever noticed how your influence over a new hire or a class member virtually disappears after they leave your classroom? That can't always be helped, but showing them how to tap into a constant stream of internal motivation will help them persevere through the inevitable challenges that come with pursuing meaningful goals and can leave them with a lasting impression that will spur them on to greatness.

Kate Worlton-Pulham and Jeff Martin, ILT to WBT: A Conversion, Evolution, or Revolution?
As a learning and development professional, you've likely had to decide how best to turn existing instructor-led training into web-based training. When, if ever, do you convert ILT directly to WBT, and when do you entirely redesign the learner experience with the most relevant tech strategies? When would you design blended, microlearning, gamified, responsive, adaptive, or parallel solutions? How do you recognize if there are larger organizational initiatives of which the training is a part?
In this session, you'll learn from a frontline ILT-to-WBT playbook how to optimize this learning change. From the most current theories of design thinking, you'll realize how you can engineer for the learners and, thereby, the business's best interests, not only to change platforms and modalities but also to revolutionize business behaviors.

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Conference Sponsor/Exhibitor Pricing

See and be seen as a sponsor or exhibitor at the only Utah ATD conference.
Over the past few years, our conference has been growing. We have seen 140+ attendance, and we expect there to be even more this year. All our sponsors receive high visibility as attendees walk past your booth to get to every session. We also provide ample time for our attendees to visit booths.  There is plenty of advertising through our website, conference app, and presentations leading up to the event. 
Check out what you get when you sign up as a sponsor, and then use the Register button at the bottom of the page to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the conference.   
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