The Value of Certification

Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, President, Signature Presentations; Kristopher Newbauer, CPTD, CHRO/Head of Global People & Talent, Rotary International; and Morgean Hirt, Director of Credentialing, Association for Talent Development

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Pursuing a professional certification is a big decision. It requires time, energy, and commitment to complete, so prospective candidates want to know if the effort is worthwhile. Join us for this interview with Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, and Kristopher Newbauer, CPTD, two well-known members of the talent development community who will share about why they pursued certification, what benefits they have received, and how their certifications have helped their careers.
During the webinar you will learn:

  • What benefits you may derive from achieving a certification
  • How certification can help your career
  • How to decide when you are ready to pursue certification
  • How to make a case to your employer to support your certification
  • How the pandemic has changed the value proposition for certification
  • What certification communicates to others in your profession

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Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD
Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD

President, Signature Presentations

Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, is an experienced international speaker and presentation consultant who works with executives, leaders, and professional athletes as they become more clear, impactful presenters. As the President and Chief Presentation Officer of Signature Presentations, and a former global training executive, Wendy has spoken for more than 150,000 people all over the world about building belonging, confidence, clarity, and powerful presence. She is in her 12th year as a board member of the Research Triangle Area (think Raleigh, NC) Chapter of ATD and is a former member of the ATD International Board of Directors.

Kristopher Newbauer, CPTD
Kristopher Newbauer, CPTD

CHRO/Head of Global People & Talent, Rotary International

Kristopher Newbauer is head of global people and talent at Rotary International, the world's oldest (and one of the largest) humanitarian service club organization. Kristopher is a past president of the International Accreditors Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and continues to serve on its board. He holds a master of education in global human resource development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of human resource management (MHRM). He holds certificates in human resources from Cornell University and DePaul University. Kristopher serves on the adjunct faculty of human resources development, department of educational leadership in the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University. He previously served on the adjunct faculty of the department of education policy, organization, and leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was selected as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Global HR Leaders by the World HRD Congress in February 2018 in Mumbai, India, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) in August 2018, and he was honored by Crain’s as a Notable Leader in Human Resources in 2020.

Morgean Hirt
Morgean Hirt

Director of Credentialing, Association for Talent Development

As director of credentialing for the Association of Talent Development (ATD), Morgean Hirt has more than 25 years of experience in personnel certification and accreditation across a variety of professions. She provides strategic leadership and technical expertise in developing and implementing credentialing programs, focusing on test development, policy and standards development, program audits, strategic planning, and ANSI/ISO 17024 and NCCA accreditation. Believing that standards and certification enhance professionalism and credibility, Hirt has led a number of organizations through establishing industry standards for emerging professions, including clinical research, massage therapy, and mortgage brokering.

Prior to joining ATD, she served as an account executive at MetaCred, a boutique association management firm specializing in managing credentialing programs, and spent 12 years as president and CEO of Certified Fund Raising Executives International Credentialing Board, where she was responsible for establishing international support across six continents for a unified standard of fundraising practice. Hirt is also active with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), having served as a member of the research fundraising committee, education committee, and annual conference program committee as well as a presenter at the ICE Exchange.