Is it Kind? Is it True? Is it Necessary?

Joanna Sharp
Training & Development Specialist, Fremont Bank

Shola asked us to consider these three age-old questions as we look at how we’re working. The conversation that followed was insightful and challenging, and offered ways to work towards a kinder and more inclusive workplace and world.

In exploring these three questions Shola generously shared his deeply personal experiences, learnings, and teachings. Highlights for me included the story of the buffalo and the cow, and how we can choose our response to stimulus.

Shola’s father told him to be the buffalo, not the cow – when the storm rolls in, the cow turns and tries to outrun the storm, to get ahead of it, which never works. The buffalo turns towards the storm and pushes through, knowing that it will be difficult and uncomfortable, but also that it will be in the storm for a less time. In these very challenging times be the buffalo – face into the fray and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. (more…)

Reimagining Remote Training with Learning in the Flow of Work

Joanna Sharp
Training & Development Specialist, Fremont Bank

How many applications did you use today to do your job?  5?  10?  More than you can count?  How does the number of applications you use impact you?  These were the questions that kicked off the our Monthly Chapter Program on Wednesday October 21 – Reimagining Remote Training with Learning in the Flow of Work.

The digital worker is feeling technostress, with individuals using on average 14+ applications. Companies have increased IT spend on applications to bring about efficiencies, but more often than not individuals are not receiving enough training to make the most of those efficiencies – an average technology has a 15% adoption rate in the first year. Compounding this is the current situation of increased remote working, and classroom training no longer being an option. So how can companies support associates by providing learning where they are, when they need it? (more…)

Learning while doing – how to make lemonade out of lemons

Joanna Sharp
Training & Development Specialist, Fremont Bank

I had the pleasure of attending the Chapter’s semi-annual Instructional Design Workshop, run by Kris Schaeffer, this month. In prior years, it’s been held in a face-to-face environment, but as with all other events since March, this was not possible. Instead, the group met on Zoom for three 3.5 hour mornings on alternate days early in October. The benefit of this was we got to experience what we’re now having to do in our work, create new VILT classes or transform classroom sessions into virtual sessions.

The Training Plan provided the structure for the three days, with plenty of time for practice, questions, and knowledge-sharing. Some of the most fun parts of the training were the ice breakers and recap sessions; playing Jeopardy at the start of the day to recap knowledge learned and getting us back into the session following a break by discussing questions such as ‘what’s a great meal you’ve had recently’ and ‘what show have you binged lately?’. (more…)

Looking at my own Biases

Finan Hagos
, Training Specialist
Provident Credit Union

I had the opportunity to attend a virtual event on the topic of “Exploring Diversity and Inclusion”. Lisa Fairchild, a Life Coach, Public Speaker and Workshop Facilitator uses ‘Faces’ from Points of You® tools and methodologies to explore how we view ourselves and others. We were asked to share one word that came to mind when we think of the word Inclusion and my word was “openess” because we should be open to the differences in others. The exercises that we did followed Points of You® methodologies of Pause, Expand, Focus and Doing. My highlights of each methodology include:

Pause: Points of You® always start with Pause to music. While we were listening to a song, I had to ask myself “how do I feel physically? “What are my thoughts and emotions?” At first, this was a little uncomfortable because of the silence but it made me realize after a moment that it allowed me to focus on the present and relax my mind. (more…)

The Talent Development Community Can’t Be Silent


Like you, I’m sickened, angry and indignant at the senseless acts of inhumanity that so persistently plague our culture. I would also like to acknowledge that I’m sickened, angry and indignant at myself for taking this long to say something to our community.

I have the feeling that I’m not alone. Many of you agree with the cause and acknowledge everything about Black Lives Matter and yet feel like silent agreement is all you feel comfortable doing. Taking a vocal stance is scary, you never know who may attack you for trying, for saying something, for saying something poorly… but what has saying nothing gotten us?

Let’s be better. Let’s show support for what we KNOW is right and actively work against the things that we know are wrong. Please reach out to me at if you have an idea regarding how we can use the ATD Golden Gate Chapter community to create better awareness and change. (more…)

Defining the “new normal”

Joanna Sharp
Training & Development Specialist, Fremont Bank

When we think of networking it normally involves meeting rooms, handshakes, and in-person conversation, something that we won’t be doing for a while. Fortunately, technology is allowing us to network while physically distancing. Hosted by Kalenga Pembamoto, South Bay Group Team Leader, ATD Golden Gate held a structured networking event for participants to meet and discuss the topic ‘redesigning your future normal’.

After introductions and setup, we were split into breakout rooms to discuss two questions: “what’s on our minds at the moment?” and “what support or advice would we like from the group?”. The discussions were lively and engaging, and offered great advice. Some examples include: (more…)