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Ask an APTD!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Susan Kaiden, APTD, Senior Project Manager, ATD; Rob Hoitt, Sr. Learning & Development Consultant, Leidos; Heather Tilton, Learning & Engagement Facilitator, 2U; and Heather Reed, Instructional Designer, Press Ganey Associates

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The industry’s newest credential, Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD), was designed and developed by the Certification Institute team to meet the needs expressed by professionals like you. You asked, we delivered—and these learners succeeded! The APTD is designed for talent development professionals with at least 3 years of experience whose primary responsibilities are in instructional design, training delivery, or learning technology. 

Want to know what the exam was like? How many hours it took to prepare? Study tips? What each credential holder would have done differently? Or, are you curious to find out what compelled each of these APTDs to invest their time and energy into the credential?

Join us, and ask an APTD!

If you’re new to the TD field or an informal trainer looking to pursue growth opportunities in the field, then the APTD could be for you.

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Susan Kaiden, APTD
Susan Kaiden, APTD

Senior Project Manager, ATD

Sue Kaiden is the Project Manager, Credentialing for the Association for Talent Development Certification Institute (CI). In this role, Sue manages the preparation products used by candidates for the CPLP and APTD credentials. Prior to joining the CI team, Sue was the Manager of the Career Development community at ATD where she managed content and services related to career development, including ATD's job bank.

Before coming to ATD, Sue held executive and consulting roles in the healthcare, IT, and nonprofit sectors and founded a career coaching firm, CareerEdge. In addition, she started a job search support program for unemployed and underemployed people in the Philadelphia area which she ran for 11 years. Through this program and her coaching practice, Sue helped hundreds of people find meaningful work. Sue is the author of Keeping Your Career on Track (TD at Work) and the editor of Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing a Job You'll Love, a book written with 16 top-notch career coaches, published in October 2016. Sue holds an MBA from Cornell University, a BS from Miami University (Ohio), and is a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner.

Rob Hoitt
Rob Hoitt

Sr. Learning & Development Consultant, Leidos

Rob Hoitt is a Learning Consultant with a Fortune 500 corporation specializing in federal services. A true “accidental trainer,” came into learning and development after a decade working in the television broadcast industry, having worked at independent and network television stations. Through this rich experience, Rob has spent nearly 15 years in the learning and development industry specializing in leadership development and technical training. In addition to becoming one of the first people to attain the Associate Professional of Talent Development, Rob has a Certificate in Instructional Design and Delivery from American Military University, and is a Certified Facilitator from Development Dimensions International.

When he is not working with developing talent, he volunteers with developing the youth of his community, having spent the last 39 years affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Having earned the Eagle Scout award in 1987, Rob stayed with the organization after becoming an adult and for the last eight years has served with the BSA’s Venturing program, which teaches valuable life skills to the young men and women who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Rob’s Scouting recognitions include the Venturing Leadership Award, the District Award of Merit, and the International Scouters Award. In 2016 Rob was awarded the Call To Service Award from President Barack Obama in honor of his lifetime of volunteer service. Despite this, what he’ll tell you he’s the most proud of is his son Eugene, who earned his Eagle Scout in 2013, and is currently working on a degree in education himself.

Heather Tilton
Heather Tilton

Learning & Engagement Facilitator, 2U

As a learning and engagement facilitator at 2U, Heather is passionate about inspiring others to take control of their professional and personal development to be the best version of themselves. She is a forward-thinking and energetic trainer who is talented at developing and delivering effective, cutting-edge learning solutions to individual contributors, leaders, and teams. Heather is dedicated to delivering quality training that positively impacts the business' workplace performance.

Coming from a background in corporate training, Heather specializes in leadership development skills. As part of the first APTD cohort, Heather is continuously challenging herself to advance her understanding of the field and learn new and innovative techniques to use in and out of instructor-led and virtual classrooms.

Heather Reed
Heather Reed

Instructional Designer, Press Ganey Associates

Heather Reed is an instructional designer with Press Ganey Associates, a leading provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics, and strategic advisory solutions for healthcare organizations across the continuum of care.

Heather is responsible for designing education to help learners improve patient experience, employee engagement, patient safety, and quality in the healthcare setting. Her primary focus is on developing instructor-led training; she also designs e-learning and written educational materials. Heather delivers training as well, teaching clients about Press Ganey’s online data analysis tools and offering specific strategies for using data to improve the patient experience. Heather obtained a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2003. In addition to obtaining a Associate Professional in Talent Development Certification in 2017, Heather is working to achieve Certified Instructional Technologist certification, which is based on the Mager-Pipe Criterion Referenced Instruction model. 

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