Chapter Events

We have many opportunities for members, students, and guests to hear about emerging trends in the industry, engage in learning activities and discussions, and network with peers throughout the year.


Monthly meetings are held remotely the third Friday of every month, with presentations starting promptly at noon EST.

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Upcoming events

    • 06/16/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Interactive Remote Learning Event
    • 57

    How to be More Effective in Your Instructional Design

      Presenter:  Amber Vanderburg

      Title:  Founder

      Organization:  The Pathwayz Group

       Upskilling your talent is critical within any team today. Training your team effectively impacts

       your competitive advantage, retention efforts, and team performance. Too often,

       instructional design can fall short resulting in disengaged, begrudged, theoretical, outdated training. In this session, you will learn practical action steps, strategies, and approaches that you can apply today to improve the effectiveness of your training. You’ll learn how to adjust your training to the virtual hybrid and in-person dynamic of teams, how to alter activities to be engaging and practical, and how to strategically build in learning design in a proven 5step process for richer learning experience.

    In this session, we’ll move beyond theory into hands- on experience in designing a better

    program. We will share how to create an environment for better learning in the beginning of your

    training through purposeful warm ups and specific questions to address in your preparations. I’ll

    share effective approaches to establish a baseline knowledge and opportunities for individual

    learning and growth. I’ll give insight into a series of progressions and building upon baseline

    knowledge into collaborative learning. I’ll share approaches you can use to lead more powerful

    retrospectives/ debriefs in your sessions for more concrete takeaways and discussions within

    different team dynamics.

    Lastly, I’ll give you a framework to identify specific courses of action and accountability. Great

    training sessions don’t happen by accident - they happen through strategic intentional

    instructional design.  So, if you are ready to build a training program to transform the performance in your

    organization then let’s go!

    During this interactive remote event, participants will:

    1. How to create an environment (virtual and in person) for better learning

    2. How to design activities with a purpose for more application focused learning

    3. How to improve transitions and flow within the design of your sessions

    4. How to make training more engaging

    Speaker Bio:

    Amber Vanderburg is a multi-award-winning international businessperson, keynote speaker, author, and founder of The Pathwayz Group. In 2016, she was the only female, only American, and only blonde Academy elite football coach for the Adidas Gameday Academy and Paris Saint Germain Academy in Bangalore, India. Amber founded an international talent development company, The Pathwayz Group, in 2019 which has led 500,000+ learners in action-focused leadership and team development learning journeys and sessions. In 2022, she published her first business adventure book "Uniquely Better" about building higher team performance.

    Model Domain:

    Build Personal Capability - Communication, Lifelong Learning

    Develop Professional Capability - Instructional Design, Learning Sciences

    Impact Organizational Capability - Consulting and Business Partnership

    Program Time = 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

    Program Cost = Current Chapter Members Free | Guests $10.00 | Students $5.00

    *Registration will close at 5:00pm EST on Thursday 6/15/2023.

    *Registrants will receive an e-mail containing the link and login instructions prior to the event.

    Smoky Mountain Chapter has been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute to offer educational programs that can be used towards initial eligibility and recertification of the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credentials. This program qualifies for a maximum of 1 point.

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