April 2019
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Challenging the Learning Status Quo

Monday, April 1, 2019

Trayonna Floyd


Trayonna Floyd

Performance Management Manager


BAE Systems

Arlington, Virginia


Bachelor's degree in sociology (Wake Forest University); master's degree in human resource development (George Washington University)

Favorite Quote
"Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can. There will always come a time when you will be grateful that you did." —Sarah Caldwell

Prior to joining BAE Systems, Trayonna Floyd was an organizational development and effectiveness associate at George WashingtonUniversity, where she specialized in L&D, performance management, and executive onboarding. In her current role, she leverages that expertise to transform how BAE Systems' U.S.-based employees experience performance management.

How can L&D professionals drive innovation?

As learning and talent management professionals, every day we have the opportunity to drive innovation through this simple method. Experimenting is one of the best ways to reinforce learning around growth mindset, process improvement, and change.


At the core of experimenting is reflection, which is the heart of learning. By introducing experimenting, we challenge and encourage learners to take risks, be creative problem solvers, and apply lessons learned from their experience.

How do you see L&D in the defense industry changing over the next few years?

People are accustomed to using mobile applications every day. With the rise of artificial intelligence, it can be expected that this will impact the demand for learning on the go and continue to prompt a transition of learning to a cloud-based environment.

In response to this growing trend, we experimented with—and successfully developed—a mobile learning tool for our employees around performance management and recognition. This tool will enable our organization to create the feedback culture that we desire, while also honoring our compliance standards. Experimenting gave us the confidence and the assurance we needed to try something different.

Can you talk about the work you do for your church?

As vice president of a mental health and wellness ministry at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, I have the unique opportunity to use my background as a coach, facilitator, and trainer to support the growth and learning needs of our congregation. My service in ministry includes training church leadership and parishioners, facilitating workshops on topics like self-care and discovering purpose, and also providing life and executive coaching sessions for those interested.

Where do you see your career in five to 10 years?

In the next five years, I can see myself becoming a talent manager or a global leadership program lead, roles that align with my skills and passion. In the next 10 years, I would like to explore work that focuses on building leadership skills in women and girls specifically.

One of my dreams is to open a global leaders institute for women and girls that will prepare them to be the dynamic leaders that they are destined to be by focusing on topics like mindful leadership, purpose, risk taking, self-care and well-being, and salary negotiation.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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