Wake Forest University hosts Piedmont ASTD



Members of the Piedmont Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development were welcomed to Wake Forest University on October 10th for a “Road Show” hosted by the Professional Development Center.  Every two months a Piedmont-area business or organization is selected by the local ASTD chapter to host a “Road Show” in which they explain their training, professional development, and organizational development practices.  Previous hosts include Volvo, Convatec, and Polo Ralph Lauren.  The Professional Development Center was invited to host by Jennifer Rogers, President Elect for Piedmont ASTD and Training & Communications Specialist for Finance Systems at Wake Forest University.

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The evening began with a reception as ASTD members and potential members mingled over refreshments in Reynolda 301, the PDC’s main classroom space. After Jennifer reviewed the exciting upcoming Piedmont ASTD events, John Champlin, Manager of Recruitment and Organizational Development, offered a brief history and background of Wake Forest University.  He then went on to explain the CORE program that was launched by the PDC in 2011.  In doing so, he described the origin of the idea, the competencies, the certifications, and what lessons have been learned since the launch.  Attendees were most interested in the variety of classes that are offered and the facilitators that are used.

Lastly, the group walked over to the new home of the Wake Forest University School of Business, Farrell Hall.  After a short tour of the facility, the attendees settled into a classroom to learn about how the future leaders of training and development are being taught.  They were impressed with the technology offered within the Farrell Hall classrooms and the collaborative work space.

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By attending this event, participants were given the opportunity to learn about how different organizations across all industries train and develop their employees.  Likewise, by hosting, the Professional Development Center was able to gain insight into development methods that other individuals are using. Both Professional Development staff and the attendees left the event with ideas on how to better serve their organization.  Many thanks to Jennifer Rogers and the Piedmont Chapter of ASTD for inviting the PDC to host!

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