Our Events


Our informative and interactive events are designed to enhance your professional development. 

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Upcoming events

    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • 19 Jan 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Virtual


    Sign up for our inaugural cohort!

    Having a support system during your preparation to sit for the CPTD exam can be extremely beneficial for your success. Our Chapter is partnering with several other New England chapters to offer a virtual study group to support candidates of the CPTD exam.

    This study group is ideal if you are considering the February – April ATD Certification Institute testing window or anyone preparing for the exam during 2022. This virtual study group will focus on preparation for the Knowledge Exam.

    Session Information

    Fall Cohort Study Group Dates

    Weekly for 12 weeks: October 27 through January 19, 2022

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (No November 24 session).

    Session 1 - October 27

    Session 2 - November 3

    Session 3 - November 10

    Session 4 - November 17

    Session 5 - December 1

    Session 6 - December 8

    Session 7 - December 15

    Session 8 - December 22

    Session 9 - December 29

    Session 10 - January 5, 2022 

    Session 11 - January 12, 2022

    Session 12 - January 19, 2022

    Who Can Attend?

    ATD national and local chapter members preparing for the CPTD exam.

    Registrant Information

    There is a cost of $75 per member.

    Participants much purchase CPTD study materials on their own. The Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoK) is available at TD.org for $195 National member/$295 non-member. Please use our chapter code, CH1076 at checkout.

    Registered participants will be sent the virtual meeting logon information in advance of the session.

    Value of Certification

    Based upon the ATD Capability Model, CPTD is an esteemed credential provided to talent development professionals who successfully complete the requirement. The preparation is an intense process that takes several months and has many benefits:

    • Build and validate skills
    • Differentiate you in a competitive market
    • Broaden your career opportunities
    • Join an elite professional community

    The CPTD exam is grounded in the ATD Talent Development Capability Model and covers a subset of knowledge and skills and focuses on the application of knowledge and decision making.

    The CPTD is a professional certification for Talent Development professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional's knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.

    Successful CPTDs report that the process of studying and getting their CPTD designation was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowed them to both learn and give back to the profession, and made a positive impact on their careers.

    For more information, please contact Shelia Adkins at sheila.adkins@swimtothesky.com or Wendi Braun, CPTD at Programs@tdcentralmass.org.

    • 26 Jan 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting


    January 26, 2022

    7:00 - 8:00 pm

    Virtual Event

    Introducing Bolster Leadership: A Fresh Approach to Leadership Development

    Presented by:

    Lisa Wocken

    Co-Founder, Bolster Leadership

    How do we build relevant capabilities for the future of work? 

    How might we scale a personal touch and sense of belonging when we can't gather in person? 

    How do we upgrade our in-person offerings to stave off the “this could’ve been a virtual meeting” comment? 

    How do we develop people without expecting them to just spend more time online?

    As learning and leadership development practitioners, we often ask ourselves, should this be in-person, virtual, or digital - but there is actually a fourth flexible option. The Bolster Leadership Capabilities Through Cards System® is:

    • Slow/low/no-tech
    • Individual and/or group oriented
    • Introspective and dialogue-based
    • Focused on peer, shared, and decentralized leadership 
    • Beautifully-designed and packaged
     Participants can expect to learn more about:
    • 4 industry problems-to-solve to build better humans for a brighter future
    • 6 capabilities essential to the future of work
    • 3 different types of products people can use to build each capability

    Prepare to think differently about how you could develop yourself and your organization! 


    Location: Online Zoom Meeting

    The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

    Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Participant Registration: $15

    Preferred Registration: Day before event 

    No refunds are granted within 48 hours of event.

    Speaker bio:

    Lisa Wocken, PhD, co-founded Bolster Leadership, which provides scientifically-based, artistically beautiful, slow/low/no-tech products to build capabilities for the future of work. Prior to starting Bolster Leadership, she held numerous roles in learning and leadership development at companies such as Cargill and Target. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota and her research focuses are organizational leadership, appreciative inquiry, and effective conversations in the workplace.

    • 16 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting


    February 16, 2022

    7:00 - 8:00 pm

    Virtual Event

    Is Becoming A Talent Development

    Entrepreneur for You?

    Explore what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in the talent development field. Learn about the importance of mindset, funding, insurance, business mission/purpose, and what goes into a business plan basics. Hear from seasoned talent development entrepreneurs about what it takes to start and to stay relevant long term. Each of the panelists belongs to an organization that is in a different stage of the organizational life cycle: start up, established, and mature. Compare the risks and benefits to decide if this is right for you. If you already started your business, you will get insights to enable you to stay ahead in a competitive market.



    Kevin Gardiner

    Chief Operating Officer, BeRemote LLC


    Ellen Byrne

    Co-Founder, Her New Standard


    George Dumigan

    VP of Sales and Marketing, New Haven Consulting Group

    Moderated by:

    Ross Tartell, Ph.D.

    Principal, Ross Tartell, Ph.D. Consulting


    Location: Online Zoom Meeting

    The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

    Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Participant Registration: $15

    Preferred Registration: Day before event 

    No refunds are granted within 48 hours of event.

    Speaker Bio: 

    Kevin Gardiner is currently the COO of BeRemote, LLC, which helps some of the world’s largest companies optimize their remote and hybrid workforce. Kevin has nearly 2 decades of experience working with companies to improve their operational efficiencies, while also improving both the employee and the customer experience. He has worked in various Management and Senior Management positions at early-stage start-ups, multi-million dollar and multi-billion-dollar companies. Kevin is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at UConn, and has been a Student Mentor and Judge for UConn’s Innovation Quest Program since 2018.

    Ellen Keithline Byrne, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience as an executive coach, leader, and consultant. She is the co-founder of Her New Standard: The Playbook for Women Leaders, a business that accelerates women in leadership. Ellen has worked in Fortune 500 companies, smaller companies and a global non-profit. She holds a doctorate in Organizational Development & Change, an ICF certification, and a Masters-in-Counseling from Fairfield University. Ellen has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Mindful.org.

    George Dumigan is principal of New Haven Consulting Group, Inc (NHCG, Inc.). He has been a professional business coach for the past twenty years.  In this capacity, George has been successful in coaching several hundred professional executives through the process of making tough business decisions, developing quality business teams, and improving the business environment. In addition to being a professional coach and entrepreneur, George has an extensive background in business consulting, professional training, and sales with NHCG, Inc.

    Ross Tartell changes the trajectory of people’s lives. He uses his professional experience as an executive coach and Talent Management professional to help people become more successful in their work and improve their personal lives.

    He is Principal of Ross Tartell, Ph.D. Consulting and teaches at Columbia University. Previously he was at GE Capital, and Pfizer. He has an M.B.A, and Ph.D. Ross is a two-time past President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter and is a member of the editorial boards for Training magazine and the OD Review.

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