USDLA 2017 National Conference
United States Distance Learning Association

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.

The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view. The moderate size makes it possible for attendees to actively participate. Please contact Kimberly Airasian at 617.399.1770 or for more information.

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN



Emotional Intelligence and the EQi 2.0 Instrument
ChAPT – Chicago Chapter of the Association for Psychological Type
5/2, 7

Pat Lurvey and Gail Valentine present an overview of the EQi 2.0 Instrument. They will cover the 5 composite areas and their subscales. We will discuss some tips on giving feedback and areas where the instrument can be used. This is an overview of the instrument and its uses, not a feedback session.

If you wish to take the EQi 2.0 Instrument and have it interpreted, please contact Gail or Pat outside the meeting.



CODIC Learning and Practice Symposium: Knowledge Management
5/6, 9

Details available soon.



Improv for OD Professionals
Dinner 5:30 | Program 6:30

Using improv to develop the people skills of consultants and clients.

A common misconception is that improv is about being funny. Attend enough improv performances and you realize this is most certainly NOT true. Improv is not about being funny; improv is about being present in the moment with the other actors. “Being present” is the gift that improv offers OD Professionals. In this program, participants will practice active listening, authenticity, and consensus building through a series of improv exercises. Although this will be a highly interactive session, introverts and extroverts alike will get to learn in a safe environment how to use improv to develop their people skills and those of their clients.

Presenter: Greg Werstler is the Director of Creative Sales for CSz Business Chicago, the producer of ComedySportz, Chicago’s longest running all-ages improv show. Greg has been working in theater administration and event production for more than 20 years. In addition to being an emcee and facilitator, Greg is currently enrolled in the MSMOB program at Benedictine University.



Networking Dinner – Brain-Aware Learning and Facilitation: Insights and Strategies to Optimize Learning
5/16, 6

Join our panel of experts for this lively exchange of perspectives and practical ideas to maximize learning and widen your repertoire of facilitation strategies. Panelists and co-authors, Catherine Marienau and Kathleen Taylor will sign copies of their book (available for purchase at the time of registration). This event also serves as a preview for the full day workshop Using Brain-Aware Approaches for Optimal Learning the following day led by Drs. Marienau and Taylor that dives more deeply into how to apply empirical brain research to your talent development projects.


Full-day Workshop – Using Brain-Aware Approaches for Optimal Learning
5/17, 8:30-4

In this day-long interactive workshop, stories and analogies will illuminate how the adult brain learns without getting mired in unnecessary details of brain architecture. By understanding why and under what conditions the brain shies away from learning and resists new behaviors, you will discover new approaches for learning and growth. You will also explore ways to stimulate adults’ brains to be curious, to seek new learning and new ways of doing things. This workshop emphasizes brain-aware approaches that incorporate research on the embodied, analogical brain. Through a variety of activities, you will share and build on your current best practices, and you will explore new and expanded approaches to add to your repertoires for fostering optimal learning.



Applied Improvisation: A set of tools, skills, and mindsets to enhance leadership development and educate change agents
5/25, 6

The Corporate University Professional Development Network (PDN) is excited to announce our May program, Applied Improvisation: A set of tools, skills, and mindsets to enhance leadership development and educate change agents. You will have the opportunity to experience a variety of improvisational exercises and their debriefs.
This will be an ‘on-your-feet’ session where you will discover how to use applied improvisation to enhance leadership development and change management in your organization or for your clients. This program will be led by Jackie Gnepp of Humanly Possible®.



Linking In for OD Professionals
6/8, Dinner 5:30 | Program 6:30

Use LinkedIn® professional networking services to grow your professional brand and attract your ideal customers and clients.

During this interactive session, Howard Fox will provide a high-level introduction to his 5-Step System to create a professionally-branded LinkedIn Profile,



Learning and Networking Event: Innovations and Applications in Learning and Development
6/13, 5:30

Join learning professionals from across the Chicagoland area for an evening of networking, idea and resource sharing with the DePaul University School for New Learning.

Evening Highlights:

  • Professional Networking with appetizers and refreshments
  • Showcase of graduating MAEA students’ innovative learning and development endeavors in business, non-profit, higher education, and community-based organizations
  • Opportunity Fair with learning and development organizations
  • Information on SNL’s Master of Arts in Educating Adults and other degree programs
  • ATDChi Membership, certification and mentoring Information
  • Innovations in learning and talent development panel discussion



ODN/C Annual Meeting & Celebration
Dinner 5:30 | Program 6:30