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Executive Panel Discussion Q&A

Breakout Workshop Sessions



Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios

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Date & Location

Friday, October 21, 2016

Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73170

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nathan Mellor, CEO of Strata Leadership and Principal Technologies

Executive Panel Discussion Q&A - "The Future of Talent Development"

  • Jason Eliot, Chief Experience & Talent Officer, Vice President of Human Resources, INTEGRIS
  • Jay Hawkins, Vice President of Human Resources, Chesapeake Energy
  • Richard McPherson, Executive Director, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
  • Jeanette Rice, Executive Vice President, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, American Fidelity           

Breakout Workshop Sessions

  • Boosting Your Impact: Getting a Seat at the “Decision-Making” Table;: Erin Grielick PhD
  • Bust or Boom? Is Attraction Fueling Your Talent Management Strategy?: Elaine Orler
  • Creating Successful Workplace Learning  Environments: Bucky Dodd PhD, Rob Reynolds PhD, Milissa Copeland
  • Exploring Our Ever Changing Frontier: Kyle Killingsworth
  • Integrated Talent Management Systems-Scalable Technology or Expensive Virtual Paperweights?: Keith Meyerson
  • Path to Success-Leadership Behaviors for Today and Tomorrow: Heather Henshall
  • Seven Strategies for Superb Presentations: Donna Rynda
  • The Influence of Media on Workplace Bias: Beverly Glover
  • Using Narrative to Grab Engagement Like Never Before: Jeff Provine

  Registration  - Register here

ATD Central Oklahoma/Tulsa Chapter and OCHRS members

  • Early Bird Rate: $149 (until September 15)
  • Regular Rate: $179 (September 16 - October 13)
  • Late Registration: $199 (October 14 - 21)


  • Early Bird Rate (until September 15): $199 and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ATD's Central Oklahoma Chapter
  • Regular Rate: $199 (without free 1-yr membership to ATD's Central Oklahoma Chapter)
  • Late Registration: $219 (October 14 - 21)

Students and our colleagues affected by recent layoffs

  • $79 (until October 13)
  • Late Registration: $99 (beginning October 14)


Refunds/cancelations given until September 29 if received in writing/email to president@tdokc.org. After September 29 no cancelations given. We apologize for any inconvenience but organizing the conference requires that we commit to various expenses. Your registration is transferable to another person at any time.

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast    
  • 8:30 am - 8:45 am: Welcome
  • 8:45 am - 10:00 am: General Session - Dr. Nathan Mellor
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am: Breakout Session I
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch (Included)
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Breakout Session II
  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Breakout Session III
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Executive Panel Discussion Q&A   

Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios

  • Dr. Nathan Mellor – Keynote, General Session

Dr. Nathan Mellor serves as CEO of Strata Leadership and Principal Technologies, Inc., based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Nathan holds the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Science in Education degrees from Harding University where he was named Student Association President and Graduate Assistant to the President. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, where he was named a Straus Fellow and the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University where he was a Colleagues Grant recipient.

Dr. Mellor has consulted, trained, and lectured throughout America and abroad, a sampling of recent clients include: AAR Corporation, American Airlines, ArcBest Corporation, Bob Moore Auto Group, CoorsTek, Devon Energy, Direct Energy, Kansas Aviation, Kimray Inc., Locke Supply and SandRidge Energy. Dr. Mellor has also worked with numerous nonprofits and governmental agencies including: Alaska Dept. of Legislative Audit, Boulder County Sheriff’s Department, City of Boulder, Mississippi Department of Human Services, Mobile County Probate Court, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, ResCare, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Juvenile Justice Association, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Variety Care, Virginia Department of Social Services, and many others.

In pursuit of education, humanitarian, and religious interests he has studied or taught in Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, and Rwanda.

Dr. Mellor has nearly 15 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Baker College, Pepperdine University, and Oklahoma Christian University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in the Master of Business Administration program.

Leadership programs co-developed by Dr. Mellor, including Peace Through Business Rwanda and Four Star Debate with General Tommy Franks, have been highlighted on CNN Inside Africa, FOX News, and FOX Radio. He is also the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute hosted on the campus of York College and in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library.

Nathan and his wife Christie were married in 1997 and have two daughters. You can read monthly articles by Dr. Mellor in the Character Core Magazine or watch his TEDxOU talk.

Session I

  • Seven Strategies for Superb Presentations: Donna Rynda

Session: What was it about the last BAD presentation that you attended that really turned you “off”?  What was it about the last GREAT presentation that you attended that really turned you “on”? And how did your participants rate your last presentation?  Could it have been even better than it was? This session addresses all those concerns as it introduces seven strategic do’s and don’ts for producing powerful presentations.

Presenter: After working for various organizations as a Human Resources Director and/or Training Manager for more than thirty years, Donna Rynda made a “quantum leap” and developed her own business as a Training Specialist, Leadership Consultant, and Motivational Speaker.  She named her company MAKE IT MATTER!  --- and believes that “no matter what we do, we all want to make it matter”. Donna’s speaking engagements have included keynote addresses, conference presentations, and leadership-development workshops for more than 100 state and national organizations, including previous ATD Conferences. Her popularity as a Keynote Speaker has grown dramatically since she “substituted” for the Mayor of Oklahoma City at a downtown Regional Conference five years ago.

  • Path to Success-Leadership Behaviors for Today and Tomorrow: Heather Henshall

Session: Knowledge, skills and abilities determine how a leader completes their daily tasks and responsibilities. Behaviors determine how a leader influences and leads their team. Leadership behaviors pave the path to success for the leader, their team and the organization.  Leaders drive the new frontiers of an organization. In this interactive session, attendees will learn step-by-step how to develop a leadership behavior model that aligns with their organization today and tomorrow.

Presenter: Heather Henshall, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the Leadership and Management Training Specialist for American Fidelity Assurance Company in Oklahoma City. She has over 13 years of experience in human resources specializing in training and development, company culture and strategic people initiatives. She has served on the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Association for Talent Development in several positions including president in 2011 and currently serves on the Programming Committee for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Heather enjoys sharing her knowledge through speaking engagements with local and statewide organizations like Central Oklahoma Chapter of ATD, local SHRM chapters, Oklahoma State HR Council and others.

  • The Influence of Media on Workplace Bias: Beverly Glover

Session: Through news and entertainment, the influence of media on perceptions of diversity can be astonishing.   In reality, diversity stereotypes and ideologies are both influenced and perpetuated by various forms of media. For example, although journalists and writers are expected to report news in a fair and balanced way, it is virtually impossible to be completely objective given the many backgrounds and experiences involved.  Since we all carry our biases with us to work (consciously or unconsciously), our decisions and our interpersonal relationships in the workplace are affected. Talent development is only one of many places where the results of this implicit bias can show up. This workshop prepares participants to be more alert to media influence on diversity perceptions by exposing many of the themes and techniques that insidiously contaminate our views of people and their capabilities (including ourselves).

Presenter: B.J. Glover, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is passionate about diversity and, for more than 25 years, has leveraged her experience as an HR professional, television news anchor and talk show host, consultant, trainer, facilitator, and conference presenter to address bias wherever she encountered it while training and empowering others to do the same.  This presentation draws on her expertise in multiple areas and exceptional public communication skills.  Not only has she addressed audience sizes up to 2,500 people locally, nationally, and internationally over the years, she also has taught public communication skills to corporate leaders. Having retired in 2015 from Johnson Controls (a $55B Fortune 100 company),  now Ms. Glover is the Founder/Principal of Bj Glover Learning & Consulting, a newly formed boutique consulting firm focused on leadership development for high potentials; diversity and inclusion training and consulting; and psychological performance training for sales professionals through Mental Toughness University.  In addition to her professional certifications, Ms. Glover earned a B.S. degree in Management of Human Resources from Southern Nazarene University and an M.S. degree in HR Development from Villanova University.  She actively continues in her volunteer leadership roles as State Director of Diversity for OKHR and Vice-President/Diversity for OCHRS.  She also is a new member of ATD and COC-ATD. 

Session II

  • Creating Successful Workplace Learning  Environments: Bucky Dodd PhD, Rob Reynolds PhD, Milissa Copeland

Session: The talent development industry consistently finds itself at the center of dynamic change and innovation. To successfully lead these change opportunities, we need effective methods for creating learning environments that support performance, leadership, and organizational growth. This presentation prepares participants to design successful learning environments using the 70:20:10 framework, commonly used method throughout the talent development industry to optimize learning and performance effectiveness. Participants will design 70:20:10 learning environments using an innovative visual collaboration technique for designing learning environments called Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) which was developed at the University of Central Oklahoma.  LEM allows talent development professionals to visualize how a learning environment such as a course, coaching program, or performance support tool will be designed, similar to how an architect would create a blueprint for a building. This session will be an interactive and hands-on opportunity to create learning environment models using the 70:20:10 framework and LEM. Participants will create a learning environment model and have access to resources, tutorials, and examples to support the application of these new skills in their own organization following the session. 

Presenters: Bucky Dodd, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments and Director of the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. In these roles, Dr. Dodd is responsible for leading the strategic advancement of university-wide elearning initiatives and leading the design of blended learning environments. His research focuses on Learning Environment Modeling and developing innovative design strategies for learning environments. Dr. Dodd has consulted with corporate, government, and higher education organizations and has been recognized internationally for his research and learning environment design expertise. Dr. Dodd is an alumni of the Online Learning Consortium Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and Educause Breakthrough Model Academy and serves as a reviewer for the Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Awards. Dr. Dodd maintains an active research and innovation agenda and is a frequent workshop facilitator and conference presenter.

After earning his Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin, Rob Reynolds began his career as a university faculty member teaching languages and literature. He has also served in university administration, as a textbook publishing executive, and as a co-founder of a successful educational technology startup. He has additional experience as a textbook author and has been an active researcher and blogger in the learning technology space since 2003. He is the author of The Future of Learning Content, and currently serves as Chief Product Officer for NextThought, a premium learning solutions company serving Associations, Higher Education, and Teacher Professional Development. Rob continues to serve as a thought leader via conference presentations and through his writing on the NextThought blog.




Milissa Copeland received her BS and M Ed in Adult Education and Development right here from UCO. After graduating she went into the corporate world for 17 years as a HR Trainer/Facilitator and coach. It was during this time Milissa began to develop and write her own course content. This increased her interest in online development and brought her to UCO in 2011 as an Instructional Designer III. Milissa is co-lead of the Design Workshop and has an interest in discovering cool course technology that is engaging and meaningful. Off the clock, Milissa is a mother, plays on two co-ed soccer teams and has two energetic dogs, Sir Winston and Princess Bella, to keep her hands full in her down time.





  • Boosting Your Impact: Getting a Seat at the “Decision-Making” Table;: Erin Grielick PhD

Session: How much more impact could you have if you were offered a “seat at the table” in your organization? Too often, training and development is not fully leveraged in their organizations, seeming to function more as “order takers” than consultants and business partners. We, as trainers and developers, are at our best when we are engaged not only in developing and delivering business solutions, but also involved in defining the challenge and determining the best course of action. This highly engaging workshop describes key areas of knowledge and skills to build your business partner capabilities, and participants will leave with a detailed plan on how to strengthen their partnerships.

Presenter: Erin Greilick is founder of Core Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in executive development, strategic change, and cross-functional team building. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University. Erin is a system-thinker, quickly understanding complex issues, identifying root causes, and bringing smart, practical solutions to organizations. She has a long proven track record of being a trusted advisor, working with executives and senior leaders in both the Private and Public sectors, in industries ranging from Food Service to HealthCare. Erin and her husband are devoted parents to their son and enjoys cooking, eating, and traveling (and takes all opportunities to combine all three of those joys!).

  • Integrated Talent Management Systems-Scalable Technology or Expensive Virtual Paperweights?: Keith Meyerson

Session: The workshop will explore the transition from standalone LMS platforms to fully integrated Talent Management Systems. We will discuss the current state of these systems as well as what it takes for organizations to be successful with their use. Included will be use case examples, industry information from both the client and vendor perspective, and a template that attendees may use to better understand the state of their organization’s processes compared to the features/options within a Talent Management System.

Presenter: Talent, Learning, Leadership & Organizational Development professional with over 15 years’ experience leading performance improvement efforts in the retail and financial sectors. Focus on interventions that address systemic issues that are aligned with organizational strategies. Demonstrated success in all aspects of the Talent Management Pipeline and use of emerging technologies to increase efficiency and transparency across the enterprise. Pioneer in the use of internal social platforms that capture knowledge, increase employee engagement and deliver on L&D's goal of providing true just-in-time learning for all associates. Skilled in organizational development, process improvement, culture change, change management, leadership development, performance management, instructional design, metrics, and the implementation and administration of Talent Management Systems. Certified coach and facilitator of The Table Group's 5 Dysfunction's workshop and assessment tools. Frequent speaker on the use of social media as an emerging learning delivery platform (E2.0, HR Tech, Talent Management Magazine) and as a source for industry article's (CLO Magazine, TM Magazine, CSOD White Papers.)

Session III

  • Using Narrative to Grab Engagement Like Never Before: Jeff Provine

Session: Everyone loves a good story, and the same principles that draw audiences into a well told tale may be used to promote engagement in training. After reviewing the three parts of a story (character, plot, and setting), we will learn to apply them in a variety of methods to keep listeners interested and boost retention.

Presenter: Jeff Provine is a curriculum developer with the Center for Public Management at the University of Oklahoma, where he also instructs the History of Comics seminar in Freshman Programs. In addition to his work with training and education, Provine leads the OU Ghost Tour, a charity walk on campus that tells spooky stories for scholarships. He has written three novels, steampunk Celestial Voyages, young adult multiverse Dawn on the Infinity, and alternate history Hellfire, as well as four collections of Oklahoma folklore: Campus Ghosts of Norman, Haunted Norman, Haunted Guthrie, and Haunted Oklahoma City.


Bust or Boom? Is Attraction Fueling Your Talent Management Strategy?: Elaine Orler

Session: Candidates are at the center of the recruiting experience, yet that isn't always immediately apparent. Does your talent management strategy put the candidate center stage? As competition for talent continues to increase and skills gaps continue to widen, the ability to attract qualified candidates has become a game-changer. If you are looking to fuel your talent management strategy, join industry expert, Elaine Orler, CEO and founder of Talent Function, for an interactive discussion on how game- changing candidate attraction can garner top talent. Orler will provide a real-world view into organizations that are leveraging innovative trends and strategies to change the way they engage top talent, market their employment brand and attract individuals through a positive candidate experience. Take away a deep understanding of current talent acquisition trends to fuel your talent management strategy and best practices for achieving the outcomes your organization desires. Learn how an engaging, intelligent and responsive talent management strategy that puts the candidate first meets candidate and employer expectations and supports recruiting efforts.

Presenter: CEO and founder of Talent Function, Elaine Orler has been developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. Passionate about the candidate experience and its impact on both workforces and employers, Orler is also chairman and co-founder of Talent Board, founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards. One of the talent acquisition industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, Orler has helped global organizations transform their recruiting processes with actionable strategies and technology implementations that optimize talent acquisition for HR professionals, hiring managers, job candidates and the company overall. Orler is always tuned into the latest trends, works with practitioners and serves an analyst to the solution provider community to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered. Often quoted in leading HR and business publications, including Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive and Talent Management, Elaine is well-respected and takes an active role in industry events and associations.

  • Exploring Our Ever Changing Frontier: Kyle Killingsworth

Session: In our ever changing organizations we as L & D Professionals are counted on to lead and manage change interventions. Which includes challenges like retaining good employees, maintaining morale in the face of change, and attaining the performance results a manager expects from his or her work group. This session teaches how to become a change agent, rebuild morale, pass out psychological paychecks, re-recruit good people, take care of "me" issues, ride "close herd" on transition and change, and avoid common pitfalls in times of change.

Presenter: Kyle is a proven strategic human resources consultant with over 25 of years of experience in successfully blending human resources strategies with business opportunity’s allowing a company to leverage their human capital and optimize the organization’s growth and profitability. He has lead Human Resources and Organization Development professionals in providing support in the areas of strategic planning, employee relations, compensation and benefits administration, internal communications, training, executive coaching, recruiting and organizational and leadership development. Kyle is an Adjunct Instructor of the PHR/SPHR Certification Course at OSU/Oklahoma City. He has completed post graduate work at the University of Michigan in Strategic Human Resources Planning and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional by the Society of Human Resources Management. Additionally, he has numerous leadership and professional education course certifications.

 Social Media Contest 

  • Every time you use the hashtag #ATDBOOST along with tdok.org or one of our official conference images on Twitter and/or Instagram between 5/27/2016 and 10/20/2016 you will be entered for a chance to win $100. The winner will be announced at the conference on 10/21/2016. Do not have to be present to win.       
  • Contestants should abide by Twitter and Instagram guidelines, such as posting the exact same post repeatedly can cause you to have your accounts suspended. For our contest we suggest you change the wording of your posts as well as the images. Promote the conference but do not be a nuisance. 
  • There is no LinkedIn or Facebook contest but we also suggest you promote the conference on LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Board Members and conference speakers not eligible.
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