ATD North Alabama upcoming events

Developing Talent Within our Organizations (17 Jul 2018)

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:30:00 GMT

 Speaker: Gary Huckaby

Gary C. Huckaby, Jr., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized author, consultant and professional speaker.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Mississippi, his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama.  As a founding partner and President of Huckaby Consulting Group, Inc., he has been the recipient of the “National Durrance Award” given to the most outstanding academic advisor, the “Delta Leadership Award”, the Small Business Administration “Excellence in Consulting” Award—Mississippi, 1995, Junior Achievement “Instructor of the Year”— 2001 for the State of Alabama and the “Commanders Leadership Award” from Redstone Arsenal 2007.  He currently is an Executive in Residence at Athens State University.

He maintains a busy schedule consulting and speaking to a wide variety of corporations ranging from small family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and abroad. 


Dr. Huckaby provides keynote speeches, leadership training, executive coaching and HR related consulting to companies all across the country.  He also works with both amateur and professional athletes in a variety of sports including, several division one football programs including the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University (LSU), along with NASCAR, USTA, PGA and the NFL. 


He has published numerous articles in both professional journals and trade magazines and authored two books, “Lead Like a Lizard” and “Build a Bridge and Get Over It.”  He has shared the stage with names such as Zig Ziglar, Ken Blanchard, First Lady Barbara Bush, Katie Couric, Dave Ramsey, Joe Montana and Senator Trent Lott.


In the past twenty years he has built an impressive resume’ including, teaching at both the elementary and collegiate level, owning a construction company, hosting a daily talk radio show, and taking an interim role as President of an international manufacturing company. He actively trains young emergent leaders in a variety of settings including schools, summer camps, and university programs.


His hobbies include golf, hunting, and fishing, coaching softball, welding, scuba diving, house boating, carpentry and flying.  Gary and his wife Stacey have two daughters and reside in Huntsville, Alabama.


Developing Talent Within our Organizations  

Research shows the best companies are more urgent about leadership development; they also spend more time on it—and more money, too. In a survey done by the Hay Group, respondents from the "Best Companies for Leadership" were more likely to say that they invest in the development of even their mid- and low-performing employees. And when asked about time spent developing leaders, once again, the Best Companies for Leadership report investing more time than peer organizations in developing future leaders. From the offices of Training and Development we can drive Talent Management more from within than by recruitment by investing in our leaders earlier.   This seminar looks at the role we play as Training leaders in influencing the leadership talent within the company and how we influence the environment in which our leaders drive performance, the leadership development training offered, and our own personal temperament and personality to drive the changes needed to spread this across all business units and leaders.


After this session, participants will be able to:


1.  Treat Talent Management as a more integrated organizational strategy by identifying and investing in mid-level talent earlier through assessment use, assignment of challenging projects, executive coaching and mentoring.


2.  Drive business environments which enable our current leaders to drive performance through engaging and enabling employees. 


3.  Determine what obstacles may block the implementation of an integrated Talent Management approach and assess whether our own behavior is conducive to engaging all departments, business leaders and processes to achieve desired outcomes.    


Digital Learning (09 Aug 2018)

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT



Speaker: Matthew Daniel        


Matthew Daniel is a high-energy, no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is learning technologist with nearly 15 years of consulting with some of the largest and most innovative companies across the country, including Capital One, Nike, Cigna Healthcare, Microsoft, and Allstate.  While he’s implemented LMSs, LCMSs, Social Learning Platforms, and Curation Tools– his biggest success comes not in the implementation of the system, but in helping learning professionals figure out how to take their existing skills and experience and adapt to the digital age.

Matthew believes in building incredible learning experiences, not just events – that all begins with good instructional design, but it has to be wrapped in incredible user experience design. Prior to implementing learning systems, Matthew was an instructional designer who built large-scale new hire and upskill programs  for organizations like Homeland Security, the DoD, Honeywell, Valero, and ExxonMobil.

Today, Matthew works with learning software companies on product design,  consults on learning transformation, and inspires learning professionals to adopt new technologies, and create amazing experiences to transform the lives of our learners.



It feels like every year, vendors are pushing you to another modality or technology – mobile learning, micro-learning, curation, adaptive learning - all of it can feel overwhelming, if not impossible. It’s hard to stay on top of the skill sets we need as learning professionals. During this session, we’re going to cover the groundwork of how fundamental instructional design concepts (Bloom’s, Gagne, Kirkpatrick) can be applied to digital learning and how you can stay on top of the skills you need for the future. Here’s what you can expect to do as a result of this session:

Developing Your Leadership Point of View (21 Aug 2018)

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:30:00 GMT


Speaker: John Bentley, Workforce Development Specialist



After receiving shocking feedback that his leadership style was similar to opening a shook coke can, John began a journey to understand what caused him to spew all over people. The discoveries he made were not easy to accept but he possessed the desire to learn and willingness to overcome limiting beliefs that caused him to destroy trust and derail high performance.

Less than four years later while serving in the Air Force, John was awarded the prestigious Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award from the Air Education and Training Command.  Recognizing how the encouragement and support of others played an integral part in this achievement, John became a self-proclaimed student of self-leadership. He is living proof that you can learn to lead yourself so you earn the right to lead others.

John retired from the Air Force after a distinguished 21-year career. During this time, he developed and led several high performing teams across five continents.  His last assignment was facilitating leadership, management and communication skills to the Department of Defense and allied nation senior enlisted leaders.

For the past 15 years, John has worked with the U.S Army leading workforce development teams and creating leadership programs to improve individual, team and organizational performance. He is the contributing author along with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield and Stephen Covey to the book ‘Speaking of Success’. John has written several articles including ‘Team Innovation: A Necessity for Today’s Business Environment’ published ATD.

Session Description:

Wherever you want to lead - in your organization, your community, or your family - you have to have clear beliefs about how to motivate and engage yourself and others. To do so, requires you to understand your attitudes, your values, and what drives you - especially your behavior. Because your behavior over time influences your relationships with others, it is important they understand where you are coming from, what they can expect from you, and what you expect from them in return. Incorporating these into an authentic leadership point of view will enable you to communicate better and establish greater trust with those you work and live with

During this interactive thought-provoking session you will:

  • Determine the outcome of a having a clear, teachable leadership point of view.
  • Examine the personal benefits of clarifying your leadership point of view.
  • Identify and practice the steps for developing your leadership point of view.

Managing the Training Function (18 Sep 2018)

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Speaker: Joe Stuart



Mr. Stuart completed a career in the US Air Force serving as a weapons, missiles and explosives specialist, as well as the last five years as an educator.  His last two military assignments were as the Director of the Student Operations Division at the USAF Senior NCO Academy and as the Chief Enlisted Manager at the Academic Instructor School, teaching Air Force members “how to teach” at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.  After retiring from the Air Force and working as a college administrator for a semester, he joined the Academic Instructor School staff in a civil service position as the Associate Dean of Education, then as Chairman of the Evaluation Department.  While at the Academic Instructor School, he was selected to be the first civilian educator and Director of Curriculum at the USAF Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field FL.  After the events of 9/11/2001, the United States Special Operations Command created a new organization, the Joint Special Operations University.  Mr. Stuart was named Dean at the newly created University where he served until he retired from civil service to join the Booz Allen Hamilton company in Huntsville as the Learning Team lead.  He recently completed 2 years at LG Electronics as the Senior Manager of the LG Training Center where he was named People Manager of the Year.  He has led the Objective Simulation Framework Modeling and Simulation Training Team at nLogic/Team Teledyne for the last 4 years.  He has completed 8 college degrees including an A.A. in Instructional Technology, an M.S. in Adult Education. an Ed.S. in Education Administration and a Ph.D. in Education Supervision.  He has been a member of ASTD since 1988 and was the co-founder of the Montgomery Chapter in 1991.  He is a member of both ATD National and the North Alabama Chapter.  He recently completed 2 years as the Program Chair of the North Alabama Chapter and is currently serving the chapter as the Director at Large.  In addition to his full time corporate management position, he manages two small business, STEEDS (Stuart Training Education and Employee Development System) offering pro bono talent development and organizational support ( and JoeDirt LLC, his occasional tractor work business (





Presentation Outline:

  1. The purpose of your training function is to train.
  2. Staffing your training function to meet the mission.
  3. Adding value to the organization’s mission.
  4. Marketing training to increase throughput.
  5. Reporting success to perpetuate training.




Personality, Poise, & Prejudice: The Science of Predicting Potential-- SHRM CP credits (13 Nov 2018)

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:30:00 GMT

 Kim Ruyle is President of Inventive Talent Consulting, a Florida-based firm that provides strategic talent management and organizational development consulting for leading global organizations.  He is an Associate in Korn Ferry’s Global Network.  Kim has thirty years of experience in human resources, organizational development, and general management.  Kim has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences, published dozens of articles and book chapters, served on numerous expert panels and editorial boards, and authored or co-authored five books on talent management and leadership development.  Kim’s academic credentials include three master’s degrees and a PhD and an Executive Certificate in Applied NeuroLeadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute and Pepperdine University.  Kim’s book, Lessons from a CEO’s Journal, was published in 2014, and his latest book on neuroscience applications in talent management is being published in 2018 


The ability to make accurate predictions about talent is a key skill for HR professionals.  Who should we hire?  Promote?  Who needs aggressive development?  Who will derail?  But people are complex – they will always delight us or disappoint us.  This session explores the science of predicting potential, the neuroscience of personality, methods to mitigate implicit bias, and insights that will enhance your selection, development, and retention of high potential talent.  




 1) Identify research-based predictors of leadership potential;

 2) Explain the role of personality in potential and methods for assessing;

 3) Describe methods for mitigating implicit bias in talent selection