ATD Troops to Trainers

Thursday, April 9, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Lisa Spinelli, Content Manager, ATD; Patrick Malone, Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University; Nelson Santiago, Regional Manager, ATD Global, ATD Education; and Michael Bentley, Senior Management Consultant, Whitney, Bradley and Brown

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As a soldier, you’ve done quite a bit of training. You have led training, and been in training, more times than you can count. Did you know you can use those training skills and know-how to pursue a financially viable and rewarding career in the field of training and talent development after you separate?

Talent development is a fast growing career field that attracts, motivates and informs employees in an organization. In this half-day event, you will:

  • Learn about the field of training and talent development as well as the various roles that make up the profession.
  • Learn more about ATD, our courses and certifications.
  • Hear from veterans on their transition from military service to training and talent development.
  • Gain personal branding, resume, interview, transferrable skills and job search tips to help you land your first job in the field.


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Lisa Spinelli
Lisa Spinelli

Content Manager, ATD

Lisa Spinelli is the Career Development Content Manager and Job Bank administrator at ATD. Prior to joining ATD, she worked as a content strategist, editor and journalist for over 14 years. She has managed teams, websites, and social media accounts as well as reported and edited articles for places like America's Blood Centers, ID.me, Red Herring, the Boston Phoenix and Patch. Some of her works have been published with Fast Company, Huffington Post, Mental Floss, Northern Virginia Magazine, Houston Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press, to name a few. With her diverse and inside knowledge of content development and creation along with content acquisition, management and marketing, Lisa brings a fresh unique perspective to the role. She resides in Northern Virginia with her three divas and Air Force veteran husband. Follow her on Twitter @atdcareerdev.

Patrick Malone
Patrick Malone

Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Professor Malone is the director of Key Executive Leadership Programs in the School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy, at American University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and organizational dynamics in state and federal agencies, professional associations, and universities, including the Fulbright Scholars Program and the Visiting Scholars program at Yale. He has extensive experience working with federal sector leaders both domestically and internationally. His research and teaching interests include public service motivation, adult learning theory, leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior. He is one of few researchers in the country certified to score the Subject/Object qualitative research methodology developed at Harvard University.

Dr. Malone is a retired Navy Captain, having spent 22 years in the Medical Service Corps. While in the Navy, he served in a number of senior leadership and policy roles, including as a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Academic Director; and Dean of Academics for Navy Medicine. His most recent publications include “Thinking Up,” “Selfies in the Workplace: Narcissists and the Public Manager,” “Go Ahead, Laugh—Why Humor Makes for a Better Workplace,” and “VulnerABILITY—Can Managers Benefit from Extreme Exposure?” His TED Talk, “Thinking About Time,” is available at http://tedxtalks.ted.com and his co-edited book, The Handbook of Federal Leadership and Administration, was published in November 2016.

Nelson Santiago
Nelson Santiago

Regional Manager, ATD Global, ATD Education

Nelson R. Santiago is a talent and leadership development leader with more than 20 years of experience working with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering training solutions designed to enhance organizations’ business and strategic plans. Nelson is passionate about creating an interactive and authentic learning environment that supports development and employee engagement. Currently, Nelson is an internal ATD Faciliator. Prior to this role, Nelson served at several government agencies, including North Carolina Municipalities, the U.S. Coast Guard, the State of North Carolina Human Resources, and the Abu Dhabi government. Nelson has worked with multiple organizations in over 35 countries; designing and delivering programs in leadership and management development, team building, compliance, communications, customer service, change management, performance management, and many other topics. His work has always been focused on meeting the strategic needs of the organization. Nelson’s outstanding strengths include leadership, communication, facilitation, coaching, and emotional intelligence. Nelson currently holds certifications as ATD Master Trainer, DDI Certified Facilitator, and Gallup’s Certified Strengths Coach.

Michael Bentley
Michael Bentley

Senior Management Consultant, Whitney, Bradley and Brown

Michael transitioned from the United States Army in 2016 after 25 years of service to our country. He is a Senior Management Consultant at Whitney, Bradley and Brown (WBB) with a focus in leadership development, employee development, conflict resolution and change management. Michael is passionate about leadership development and developing high performing teams across organizations. He has over 25 years of experience in designing, implementing, delivering, and leading a broad range of award-winning leadership development programs for all levels of leaders that address human capital capabilities and competencies that support current and future organizational business strategies. He has designed and facilitated over 400 leadership and conflict workshops ranging from half-day to 5-day sessions. Most recently, Michael was the Director for Strategic Workforce Planning and Leadership Development at one of the largest Healthcare Systems in Northern Virginia. In this role Michael designed, delivered, implemented and facilitated a Leadership Development program for 1,100 clinical and non-clinical leaders. His employee to leader program was credited with helping to reduce the vacancy rate by 20% and increasing internal fills for leaders by 27% in under five months in a targeted population. Michael takes great pride in continuing his support for the military by volunteering as veteran mentor at Veterati.