In the Spotlight



This month, our spotlight is on Gib Sawtelle III.

Gib Sawtelle is the founding president of the Brazos Valley chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and now serves as the current Vice President for Membership.  Gib is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Training Professional (CTP), and has completed the State of Texas requirements needed to serve as a court-appointed mediator.  Working primarily with public-sector organizations, Gib has more than 30 years of experience in workplace training, facilitation, strategic planning, and management consulting.  He specializes in providing a variety of customized solutions to help organizations develop better human resource management skills, improve leadership competencies, and to chart strategic direction.  Gib received his Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University.  He has managed training operations for the U.S. Army, a Business Week “Top 100” small business, and served as Texas A&M University’s senior training and organizational development consultant.  Currently, he directs human resources operations for the Division of Information Technology at Texas A&M University. 






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  • 10 Feb 2017 10:01 AM | Deleted user

    Here's a sampling of our planned topics for 2017. Please check back for registration to open for monthly events!

    • Needs assessment
    • Helping employees manage and fulfill their dreams
    • Performance management
    • Competency-based employee development
    • Using webinars as training platforms
  • 25 Jan 2017 9:43 AM | Deleted user

    Our Speaker for February 9 is Ms. Lacey Lively, Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator, City of College Station. She will be presenting Get the Most out of Social Media from noon until 1:00 pm at the Philips Event Center. This topic aligns with the ATD Foundational Competency, Technology Literacy, and with the Area of Expertise in Learning Technologies.   

  • 30 Dec 2016 7:37 PM | Deleted user

    Happy New Year!

    During 2017, our monthly professional development programs will be held at the Phillips Event Center, with the first event scheduled for Thursday, January 12th.  The venue will provide a professional setting for our programs and include a lunch with a salad (or dessert), entrée, vegetable, starch, rolls and beverage.  We hope the new central location, which offers complementary parking, will appeal to a wide variety of organizations throughout the Brazos Valley.

     The cost of the program will be $15 for BV-ATD Members with advance registration and $20 for Non-Members and Non-RSVPs.  The registration deadline will be three business days before the event.    We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks at our semi-annual joint meeting with BV-SHRM.  The program, Talent Management Practices of Best-in-Class Companies, will be presented by Lynn Billing, Senior Vice President of Spherion Staffing Services.

     Teresa McGinnis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Past-President, Brazos Valley Association for Talent Development

    Senior Human Resources Generalist, City of Bryan


    979-209-5059 (Fax)


  • 10 Jun 2016 2:44 PM | Deleted user

    Members in Attendance at the June 9 BV-ATD Meeting were eligible for the Be Our Guest" campaign and the ATD Free Course Raffle. Two members received Starbucks gift certificates for bringing a guest. One POWER member won the free ATD course raffle and will receive one free course (cost $595 to $1795). The next free ATD course raffle will be during the October, 2016 meeting. 

    A POWER member is someone who holds membership with The Association for Talent Development at both the national level (ATD) and our local chapter (BV-ATD). Find more information about POWER membership , or contact a Board Member. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 10 Jun 2016 11:56 AM | Deleted user

    This month, the Brazos Valley Chapter members, and guests, were treated to an interactive seminar about gamification. Monica Cornetti provided paper manipulatives to help attendees gain oversight about game mechanisms and game components required for gamification implementation in employee professional development.

  • 22 Apr 2016 8:44 PM | Deleted user

    LIVE WEBINAR:  Adaptive Learning - Unleashing the Holy Grail of Deep Learning Measurement (Presented by Skilitics)

    May 18th at 12:00-1:00 p.m. (CST)

    Click here to REGISTER 

    The holy grail of corporate training is achieving detailed and credible learning measurement, coupled with an engaging and highly effective learning experience. In order to achieve this, you need to revisit your approach to creating content. Adaptive learning uses sound instructional design principles, coupled with emerging technological innovations, to achieve a new level of training sophistication. Adaptive learning is a methodology that intelligently adapts the learning experience to each individual learner, based on the learner's actions, decisions, abilities, and even other external factors. The result is more engaging, effective, and efficient training and reduced cost through a decrease in time for training for the organization. More important, the dynamic branching nature highlights the critical differences between learners, achieving deep data and enabling truly informed business decision making. This session will explain true adaptive learning and how to leverage this methodology to optimize your training engagement, effectiveness, and deep learning measurement within your organization. The speaker will discuss two advanced case studies that utilize adaptive learning in healthcare and finance. He will also discuss the emerging role of the learning architect and the importance this role will have in the future. This is a session for anyone with an interest in the future of learning design.

    Application on the Job:
    Apply the principles of adaptive learning to create highly effective and cognitively engaging training content. 
    Understand the key to achieving deep learning data and the shortcomings in shallow measurement techniques to ensure common pitfalls are avoided. 
    Discover true adaptive learning, including why it is a crucial component in the next generation of training. 
    Communicate the abilities of better training design to business stakeholders.


     Bull, Glenn

    Originally from New Zealand, Glenn Bull is the founder and CEO of Skilitics, the creators of the world’s first enterprise training development platform designed for integrated learning measurement. The Skilitics platform is fast gaining attention globally for its disruptive and innovative approach to training design and measurement. Glenn is the visionary behind this cloud-based solution and spearheads the company’s global strategy. He is also the editor of training comic. He is one of six members of the eLearning Guild Academy’s Advisory Council. Glenn presented concurrent sessions at ATD’s International Conference & Exposition 2015 and TechKnowledge, as well as DevLearn 2014 and 2015, Learning Solutions 2013-2015, mLearnCon 2014, and Training 2015. Glenn was keynote speaker at the Society of Applied Learning Technologies Conference in 2014 and speaks globally on learning innovation and measurement, including IFTDO 2015 in Asia.

  • 15 Apr 2016 8:38 PM | Deleted user

    As CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc. James Benham led his company to become a premier provider of technology solutions with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. 

    Our April 14 luncheon/seminar meeting featured James Benham's down-to-earth, engaging presentation and discussion about talent development at JBKnowledge.

  • 11 Mar 2016 6:48 PM | Deleted user

    This month we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Brazos Valley Chapter of ATD.  Read the letter from the ATD President and CEO, Tony Bingham.

  • 11 Mar 2016 1:30 PM | Deleted user
    For our 25th Anniversary, Amanda Boucher ---ATD Chapter Relations Manager for the Western Area --- flew in from D.C. and presented the State of the Industry Report to members and Guests. Thank-You Amanda!


  • 02 Mar 2016 8:31 AM | Deleted user

    We were a sponsor/exhibitor at the  2016 Teaching with Technology Conference (Wednesday, March 2, 8:00-4:30 & Thursday, March 3, 8:30-2:45). Coordinated by the Instructional Technology Services at Texas A&M University and Sponsored by The Association for Talent Development, Brazos Valley Chapter. 

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