ATDBR Membership Meeting: Taste of the Industry

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saltgrass Steakhouse: 2450 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70808


  • Members that joined during the Fall membership drive.

 Program Details


The talent development industry and role of the TD professionals are changing. The rapid rate of technological advancement is keeping all industries in a constant state of change management, and this industry is no different. As a result, organizations are, on average, spending more on training and learning for their employees, and more of that training is moving toward self-paced online training programs. Using ATD’s State of the Industry report, the definitive annual review of L&D metrics, subject matter experts from ATD National will provide insights into the industry and discuss how Power Membership can keep your career growing. 

In this data-rich webcast, you will learn about:

  1. statistics on industry training hours, content types, and organizational spending
  2. major trends and changes
  3. what you can do to keep up with the rapid rate of change
  4. resources at ATD to keep you current and develop your career.

After the brief webcast, you will have the opportunity to get your questions answered and hear from three local members, Elizabeth Beckham, Matt Copeland, and Mechelle Robertson, who will share how they have successfully expanded their careers and leveraged resources by taking advantage of their ATD membership. 

 Speaker Details
Samantha Herman is the Senior Project Manager for Chapter Services,  where she provides support and resources to ATD Chapters. Prior to joining ATD, Samantha served as the Senior Leadership Development Consultant for Sigma Delta Tau where she assisted in chapter growth and development of the organization’s 106 chapters. Samantha has worked in the non-profit sector for over five years and has a Bachelor’s Degree from The George Washington University.

Maria Ho is the manager of ATD research services. She serves as ATD's senior research program strategist and designer and provides oversight and direction for all of ATD's internal and external, industry specific, and market research services. Prior to joining ATD, Maria was a public policy researcher, data analyst, and writer at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.   

Elizabeth Beckham is a safety training manager at Turner Industries Group, LCC.  She is a past President and board member with ATD Baton Rouge and currently serves as the National Chapter Advisor for chapters in Arkansas, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Mississippi, New Orleans, North Alabama, North Louisiana, and Northwest Arkansas.

Matt Copeland is an Organizational Development Specialist who brings 15 years of experience, focusing on team development interventions, dynamic program facilitation, and leadership development initiatives.  Matt holds several professional credentials including ATD Master Performance Consultant, Certificate Professional Behavioral Anions, Franklin Covey's Project Management Essentials and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  

Mechelle Roberthon is a Senior Learning Partner for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health Systems.  Mechelle's background includes training delivery, performance management, managing learning programs, instructional design, and knowledge management.  She is a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Powerpoint 2016 and holds a Master's of Science in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement.   is an active ATD Baton Rouge board member currently serving as the President-Elect for the ATDBR chapter.  Prior to this role, she served as the first VP of SIGs/GIGs building partnerships and collaborations in across the Lafayette and Acadiana area.

 Competency Alignment

ATD Competency Model

ATD Baton Rouge strives to align our programming to the ATD Competency Model. This month's program aligns with   the Performance Improvement area of expertise. Click the image to view the competency model.                                   

Meeting Schedule
 Check-in Begins
  11:30 AM
 Announcements Begin
  11:45 AM
 Program Begins
  12:00 PM

Pre-registration required.  No walk-ins.
 Cancellation Policy

As soon as you complete the registration process, you will be guaranteed a seat at this event.  The completed registration process initiates an invoice from your ATD Baton Rouge Chapter to you that may be paid online, by mail, or on the day of the event.

Event Cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to an event may be eligible to receive a full refund.  Cancellations will be accepted via e-mail and should be sent to the VP of Hospitality at  All refund requests must made by the member or credit card holder.  Refunds will be credited back to the original method of payment within 30 days from the date the payment was received.  Requests for cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

ATD Baton Rouge Chapter

Your ATD Baton Rouge Chapter may have to pay for your meal and other fees if you register and then cannot attend.  Please help us protect your chapter’s finances.  You can submit cancellations at least 48 hours before the event; otherwise, we will have to invoice you to cover these costs.  If that should happen, we will be happy to accept your registration for future events as soon as you have settled your outstanding balance.

What happens if I register and then cannot attend an event?

If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event, you will not be charged.  If you’ve already made payment, we will be happy to issue you a refund.  If you cannot cancel before 48 hours, please feel free to send someone else in your place.  Kindly send an email to so we can have materials prepared for that individual.  Our goal is to make sure that person feels as welcomed as possible.  :)

How do I cancel my registration?

To cancel, please send an email to our VP of Hospitality at

Thank you for adhering to this policy.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Pre-registration required.  No walk-ins.

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