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Certification 101: Why Should I Get Certified?

Thursday, June 9, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Susan Kaiden, APTD, Senior Project Manager, ATD; Suzanne Wagner, Human Resources Manager, Saint-Gobain; Mechelle Roberthon, VP | Director of Talent Development, Home Bank; Robert Giorgio, VP of Learning & Strategic Growth, Straxo; and Julie Rahaman, Head of Learning & Development Design & Delivery, Jones Lang LaSalle

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If you have been thinking about pursuing the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD®) or the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD®) certification, but can't decide if it’s right for you, join us for an interactive webinar with a panel of current APTD and CPTD credential holders including Suzanne Wagner, CPTD, Julie Rahaman, CPTD, Mechelle Roberthon, CPTD and Rob Giorgio, APTD.

During the webinar, you will find out:

  • Why credential holders pursued certification
  • How they have benefited
  • How they view the difference between the two
  • What they learned during their journey
  • How they would advise undecided candidates

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Susan Kaiden, APTD
Susan Kaiden, APTD

Senior Project Manager, ATD

Sue Kaiden is senior project manager, credentialing for the ATD Certification Institute. In this role, she supports candidates throughout the decision and preparation process and manages recertification for APTD and CPTD credential holders. Prior to joining the CI team, she served as manager of the career development community at ATD where she oversaw content and services related to career development, including ATD's Job Bank.

She 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. Kaiden holds a master of business administration degree from Cornell University and recently achieved the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD).

Suzanne Wagner
Suzanne Wagner

Human Resources Manager, Saint-Gobain

Suzanne is a human resources manager at a global company where she is the HR transformation project management lead whose team is integrating 125 North America acquisitions and legacy businesses onto the standard operational practices and programs. Suzanne is a CPTD® and has a master of science from La Salle University in instructional technology management. She has been a member of ATD since 2009, and is a past leader in the ATD Eastern PA Chapter. Suzanne is also a member of SHRM.

Mechelle Roberthon
Mechelle Roberthon

VP | Director of Talent Development, Home Bank

Mechelle Roberthon is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and is the 2022 past-president of the Association of Talent Development Baton Rouge chapter. Her background includes training delivery, performance improvement, managing learning programs, and interpersonal and business skills. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University. She holds a Masters of Science (MS) in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement.

Robert Giorgio
Robert Giorgio

VP of Learning & Strategic Growth, Straxo

Rob Giorgio is a veteran of the learning and development field with more than 15 years of experience. Rob has held various learning and development positions within various industries including consumer electronics, service and hospitality, retail, and banking. He serves as the Vice President of Learning and Strategic Growth at Straxo, which is headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Julie Rahaman
Julie Rahaman

Head of Learning & Development Design & Delivery, Jones Lang LaSalle

Julie Rahaman is a solution-focused award-winning instructional designer that has led several global leadership and learning programs. An innovative problem solver, she prides herself on her ability to drive results through meaningful collaboration. In 2019, she earned the distinction of becoming a Brandon Hall Award Gold Winner in Best Use of Blended Learning.

Her fifteen years of experience includes the design, development, delivery, and management of learning programs in varied industries including real estate, supply, healthcare, technology, and transportation. A self-described forever learner, Julie earned her Master's Degree in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies from Florida State University and is an ATD Certified Professional in Talent Development.