Webvent Academy

Bringing Professionals Together

Starting and Supporting a Certification Study Group

Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Kevin Rufty, APTD, Learning & Development Manager, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill; Hani Ramadan, CPTD, Consultant, Meirc; Noël Zykowski, CPTD, Manager, Global Training & Education, WorkForce Software; Lisa Grimes, CPTD, Senior Consultant, Thomson Reuters; and Debbi Spranza, CPTD, CLO, Rocky Mountain Cannabis Consulting

Over the years, CPTD and APTD credential holders have consistently told us that being part of a study group was one of the most valuable actions they took to prepare for their certification exams. However, not everyone is able to find a study group that is convenient for them. Join us to hear some tips from individuals who started their own study groups or who supported an ATD chapter study group.
During this webinar you will learn about:

  • Different types of study groups previously formed
  • What is needed to support a study group
  • How to recruit members and speakers for a study group
  • How to delegate and share responsibility for management of a study group
  • Lessons learned by study group leaders

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Kevin Rufty, APTD
Kevin Rufty, APTD

Learning & Development Manager, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Kevin Rufty is a Learning and Development thought leader, currently residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kevin serves as the Learning and Development Manager at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. Kevin is passionate about the intersection of Learning and Development and the hospitality industry, which is where he has spent the majority of his career. Prior to joining the Learning and Development field, he gained extensive restaurant operations knowledge through various Operations Management Roles.

In Kevin's current role, he is responsible for identifying training needs; designing, developing, implementing, and refining training systems, programs, and content for all levels of the organization; leading the New Restaurant Opening program and teams; ensuring the success of Managers In Training; authoring e-learning courses; and seeking innovative solutions to increase knowledge retention and impact. Kevin earned his Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) certification in 2017 and his Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) certification in 2019. Kevin is a member of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and actively contributes to organizations such as the National Restaurant Association and the Association for Talent Development.

In his spare time, you can find Kevin applying accelerated learning techniques to his golf game and enjoying time with his fiance and two cats.

Hani Ramadan, CPTD

Consultant, Meirc

Noël Zykowski, CPTD
Noël Zykowski, CPTD

Manager, Global Training & Education, WorkForce Software

Noel Zykowski, CPTD, is the Manager, Global Training & Education for WorkForceSoftware. In this role she has the opportunity to work with partners, customers and business leaders to create dynamic learning opportunities. Prior to joining WorkForceSoftware, Noel was a training consultant for Thomson Reuters.

Noel is the VP Finance for the ATD Chapter in Ann Arbor. She holds the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) credential.

Lisa Grimes, CPTD

Senior Consultant, Thomson Reuters

Debbi Spranza, CPTD
Debbi Spranza, CPTD

CLO, Rocky Mountain Cannabis Consulting

Debbi has over 15 years developing and supporting adult learning theory in highly regulated corporate industries. Currently as the Chief Learning Officer for a small women-owned training organization, her experience includes talent development with mentoring, coaching, onboarding programs, succession planning, and knowledge management. Because of her love and experience with data, she uses her passion for learning to transfer knowledge to diverse learners.

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