Upcoming events

    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Redstone Federal Credit Union Atrium 220 Wynn Drive, Huntsville



    Speaker: Andrew Jennings


    Andrew is a strategic business consultant and business leadership coach, providing high-impact services that propel your leadership team to embrace uncertainty and change, leveraging it to find new opportunities and grow a Fearless Organization. Drawing on his 20+ years of experience building high performance global sales and marketing organizations, Andrew works with business leaders to bring teams together and develop powerful strategies and tools to drive results faster.

    As a key member of the Transcend team, Andrew brings a wealth of proven methods to create action-oriented Fearless Business Plans and clearly defined go-to-market strategies empowering the business to achieve aggressive, clearly articulated targets. With these plans in place, Andrew works with the leadership team to structure, engage and recognize high performance sales organizations and identify and develop key strategic partnerships to further accelerate growth, while embracing the uncertainty of change and increasing overall productivity.

    Specialties: business development, professional relationship building, negotiation, international business development, international marketing, strategic business planning, leadership coaching, business coaching, high impact consulting




    Learning Objectives from this session:



    1.  Defining what makes a High Performing Employee – What does high performance mean to your organization, and how will you measure if employees are meeting those objectives


    2. High Performing Employees create High Performing Teams – An Organizations success is determined by the level of teamwork they create. How to identify and reward High Performing Employees 


     3.  Developing a culture of excellence - creating a culture rooted in the strengths of the individual, and based on clearly defined values are critical to building high performing organizations

    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 9035 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL 35758


    Speaker Kim Roberts


    Kim Roberts is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the College of Business at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama.  Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama, a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of North Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology from the University of Alabama. 

    Kim has almost 20 years of experience in process engineering, operations management, and project management in the process industry sector.  Her roles included responsibility for safety and environmental compliance, quality control, production, cost control, and people development.  She now teaches operations management and project management in higher education and is certified as a Quality Matters Higher Education Peer Reviewer.  In addition, she serves as a consultant designing, developing, and delivering process technology and management training to businesses.  Her research interests include instructional technology, mobile learning, and process technology.




    This presentation will share lessons learned from the New York Times Bestseller Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle. 


    We’ll explore consequences of digital technology, such as sacrificed conversation for mere connection and loss of empathy.  We’ll also discuss the value of face-to-face conversation and steps we can take to improve our conversation skills.


    This session will explore consequences of digital technology, such as sacrificed conversation for mere connection and loss of empathy.  We’ll also discuss the value of face-to-face conversation and steps we can take to improve our conversation skills.

    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Redstone Federal Credit Union Atrium 220 Wynn Drive
    Registration is closed


    David McElhaney has a diverse background with more than 30 years in business.  He has held positions including General Manager and Vice President of Sales, Sales Operations, Distribution and Health Systems.  He has extensive experience in new market development, sales management and training as well as Recruiting and Placement. 


    David is the Managing Partner for Global Recruiters of Huntsville.


    Recruiting- Global Recruiters of Huntsville offers superior staffing solutions for delivering top talent in Information Technology, Cyber Security, Manufacturing, Engineering, Project Management, Human Resources, Business Development, Sales & Marketing and Food Production Management.  Our extensive background in Recruiting has allowed us to build relationships with client companies locally and across the country.

    David has taught public classes as well as structured classes at The University of Alabama- Birmingham (UAB), University of Alabama- Huntsville (UAH), Athens State University, Calhoun Community College and Virginia College.

    Class Specialties

    LinkedIn Training-  David has been teaching Introduction to LinkedIn classes for over three years and has instructed over 1000 users in the essential tools of Linked In.  He has also authored an Electronic Book (E Book) on the subject.   

    Interviewing Techniques-  David teaches you how to have a successful job interview. 



    1. How to be found on LinkedIn

    2. How to find on LinkedIn

    3. How to network on LinkedIn

    • 15 May 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 220 Wynn Drive Huntsville 35893

     Speaker: Kevin McNulty


    Kevin R. McNulty is an international speaker/trainer, author and coach with a simple goal of helping people improve their personal and professional lives and effectiveness.  Often referred to as “the conversationalist,” Kevin carries out this goal using a rather unique style of speaking and teaching; by facilitating meaningful conversations with the audience…tapping into and drawing out their often-untapped knowledge and wisdom.  More, Kevin uses visual teaching models to help audiences visualize and experience the idea he is teaching.  Kevin is the author of several visual teaching models.

    But, it’s not just “style” . . . Kevin also brings real depth and insight to his programs.  Starting at a very young age, Kevin has spent his life living and working among the many cultures of the United States and the world.  With studious eyes and mind, Kevin has studied how people live, work, and interact with each other in their situations and surroundings.  More, some 30 years ago Kevin also began intensely studying personal and professional development—both formally and informally.  These tandem events are what uniquely positions him to help others learn, grow, change, and succeed. 

    ​​Kevin is also an accomplished professional with a diverse and interesting background . . . including a 20-year Air Force career in human relations education; as a coach and facilitator with the Franklin-Covey Leadership Center; he served in a diplomatic capacity at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel; and for the last 17 years as a full-time speaker, personal development & soft-skills coach/consultant; and he is the founder of Humadyn-Life Skills Institute

    While Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Communications (Leadership and Influence), he believes his real education, insight and hard-learned wisdom comes from his own extra-ordinary life journey and experiences. He’s acquired a broad and unique perspective, in part, having lived, traveled and/or worked in 49 States and 25 countries. 

    Kevin is the author of The Gap Between Two Worlds...Turning Difficult Life Transitions Into Personal Growth Experiences—a book that helps people navigate the challenges of personal change and transition. 


    We’ve all heard about the various ways people learn and methods used to help people learn.  In this session you will learn about visual instructional models and storytelling.  These methodologies combine several teaching approaches and have the effect of helping audiences immerse themselves into concepts and ideas. You will learn:

    • 1.  What are visual instructional models and why they work.
    • 2.  How to use them to enhance your training approach.
    • 3.  How to develop your own model.


    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Best Western Plus 9035 Madison Blvd. Madison, al

    Speaker: Matthew Daniel

    More Information to come  

    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Redstone Federal Credit Union Atrium 220 Wynn Drive Huntsville, AL

     Speaker: Gary Huckaby

    Gary C. Huckaby, Jr., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized author, consultant and professional speaker.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Mississippi, his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama.  As a founding partner and President of Huckaby Consulting Group, Inc., he has been the recipient of the “National Durrance Award” given to the most outstanding academic advisor, the “Delta Leadership Award”, the Small Business Administration “Excellence in Consulting” Award—Mississippi, 1995, Junior Achievement “Instructor of the Year”— 2001 for the State of Alabama and the “Commanders Leadership Award” from Redstone Arsenal 2007.  He currently is an Executive in Residence at Athens State University.

    He maintains a busy schedule consulting and speaking to a wide variety of corporations ranging from small family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and abroad. 

    Dr. Huckaby provides keynote speeches, leadership training, executive coaching and HR related consulting to companies all across the country.  He also works with both amateur and professional athletes in a variety of sports including, several division one football programs including the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University (LSU), along with NASCAR, USTA, PGA and the NFL. 

    He has published numerous articles in both professional journals and trade magazines and authored two books, “Lead Like a Lizard” and “Build a Bridge and Get Over It.”  He has shared the stage with names such as Zig Ziglar, Ken Blanchard, First Lady Barbara Bush, Katie Couric, Dave Ramsey, Joe Montana and Senator Trent Lott.

    In the past twenty years he has built an impressive resume’ including, teaching at both the elementary and collegiate level, owning a construction company, hosting a daily talk radio show, and taking an interim role as President of an international manufacturing company. He actively trains young emergent leaders in a variety of settings including schools, summer camps, and university programs.

    His hobbies include golf, hunting, and fishing, coaching softball, welding, scuba diving, house boating, carpentry and flying.  Gary and his wife Stacey have two daughters and reside in Huntsville, Alabama.


    Developing Talent Within our Organizations  

    Research shows the best companies are more urgent about leadership development; they also spend more time on it—and more money, too. In a survey done by the Hay Group, respondents from the "Best Companies for Leadership" were more likely to say that they invest in the development of even their mid- and low-performing employees. And when asked about time spent developing leaders, once again, the Best Companies for Leadership report investing more time than peer organizations in developing future leaders. From the offices of Training and Development we can drive Talent Management more from within than by recruitment by investing in our leaders earlier.   This seminar looks at the role we play as Training leaders in influencing the leadership talent within the company and how we influence the environment in which our leaders drive performance, the leadership development training offered, and our own personal temperament and personality to drive the changes needed to spread this across all business units and leaders.


    After this session, participants will be able to:


    Objective 1  Treat Talent Management as a more integrated organizational strategy by identifying and investing in mid-level talent earlier through assessment use, assignment of challenging projects, executive coaching and mentoring.


    Objective 2  Drive business environments which enable our current leaders to drive performance through engaging and enabling employees. 


    Objective 3  Determine what obstacles may block the implementation of an integrated Talent Management approach and assess whether our own behavior is conducive to engaging all departments, business leaders and processes to achieve desired outcomes.    


    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Redstone Federal Credit Union Atrium Huntsville, Al


    Speaker: John Bentley, Workforce Development Specialist



    After receiving shocking feedback that his leadership style was similar to opening a shook coke can, John began a journey to understand what caused him to spew all over people. The discoveries he made were not easy to accept but he possessed the desire to learn and willingness to overcome limiting beliefs that caused him to destroy trust and derail high performance.

    Less than four years later while serving in the Air Force, John was awarded the prestigious Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award from the Air Education and Training Command.  Recognizing how the encouragement and support of others played an integral part in this achievement, John became a self-proclaimed student of self-leadership. He is living proof that you can learn to lead yourself so you earn the right to lead others.

    John retired from the Air Force after a distinguished 21-year career. During this time, he developed and led several high performing teams across five continents.  His last assignment was facilitating leadership, management and communication skills to the Department of Defense and allied nation senior enlisted leaders.

    For the past 15 years, John has worked with the U.S Army leading workforce development teams and creating leadership programs to improve individual, team and organizational performance. He is the contributing author along with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield and Stephen Covey to the book ‘Speaking of Success’. John has written several articles including ‘Team Innovation: A Necessity for Today’s Business Environment’ published ATD.

    Session Description:

    Wherever you want to lead - in your organization, your community, or your family - you have to have clear beliefs about how to motivate and engage yourself and others. To do so, requires you to understand your attitudes, your values, and what drives you - especially your behavior. Because your behavior over time influences your relationships with others, it is important they understand where you are coming from, what they can expect from you, and what you expect from them in return. Incorporating these into an authentic leadership point of view will enable you to communicate better and establish greater trust with those you work and live with

    During this interactive thought-provoking session you will:

    • Determine the outcome of a having a clear, teachable leadership point of view.
    • Examine the personal benefits of clarifying your leadership point of view.
    • Identify and practice the steps for developing your leadership point of view.
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Redstone Federal Credit Union Atrium 220 Wynn Drive

     Kim Ruyle is President of Inventive Talent Consulting, a Florida-based firm that provides strategic talent management and organizational development consulting for leading global organizations.  He is an Associate in Korn Ferry’s Global Network.  Kim has thirty years of experience in human resources, organizational development, and general management.  Kim has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences, published dozens of articles and book chapters, served on numerous expert panels and editorial boards, and authored or co-authored five books on talent management and leadership development.  Kim’s academic credentials include three master’s degrees and a PhD and an Executive Certificate in Applied NeuroLeadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute and Pepperdine University.  Kim’s book, Lessons from a CEO’s Journal, was published in 2014, and his latest book on neuroscience applications in talent management is being published in 2018 


    The ability to make accurate predictions about talent is a key skill for HR professionals.  Who should we hire?  Promote?  Who needs aggressive development?  Who will derail?  But people are complex – they will always delight us or disappoint us.  This session explores the science of predicting potential, the neuroscience of personality, methods to mitigate implicit bias, and insights that will enhance your selection, development, and retention of high potential talent.  




     1) Identify research-based predictors of leadership potential;

     2) Explain the role of personality in potential and methods for assessing;

     3) Describe methods for mitigating implicit bias in talent selection 

Past events

26 Feb 2018 (copy) Learning Technology Evening Event Early Bird Package #2
22 Feb 2018 Learning Technology Evening Event Early Bird Package #1
20 Feb 2018 Where's the Edge of the Box-- SHRM CP credits
16 Jan 2018 Ice Breaker Challenge
05 Dec 2017 Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama/ Attend and Win Drawing-- MUST be present to win
14 Nov 2017 Self Development on Steroids: Write Your Own Roadmap
17 Oct 2017 Why Mentoring Matters
19 Sep 2017 Understanding Organizational Culture
15 Aug 2017 Change Management
08 Aug 2017 Tale of GM Reinventing Labor-Management Relationships/Making action step that will drive motivation.
18 Jul 2017 Coaching: An Essential Tool for Effective Talent Development
20 Jun 2017 Leveraging the Power of Storytelling for Business Success
13 Jun 2017 The Role of Communication in Creating Employee Engagement
16 May 2017 Well-being and the Workforce
18 Apr 2017 7 Principles for Making Relationships Work: At Home and at Work
11 Apr 2017 Employee Engagement and the Multi-Generational Work Force
21 Mar 2017 The Neuroscience of Learning
14 Mar 2017 "Engagement is For Everybody! Understanding the Big Picture of Employee Engagement and Why You should care about it!
21 Feb 2017 Icebreaker Challenge 2017
11 Feb 2017 The Employee Engagement Experience. Early Bird Special #2
13 Dec 2016 Community Event - Charity Fundraiser for The Link of Cullman County
15 Nov 2016 Maximizing Employee Performance: Reaching Beyond Traditional Tools and Leveraging New Trends
18 Oct 2016 Moving Your Career Forward with Talent Development Trends
20 Sep 2016 Unleash the Power of Your Value
13 Sep 2016 Developing Your Personal Brand and Marketing Yourself
16 Aug 2016 A CEO's Perspective of Career Management
19 Jul 2016 Using Models as a Training Technique
21 Jun 2016 Earning your CPLP as Part of a Learning Team.
17 May 2016 Get UNSTUCK: Become a High Performing Leader with Sports Psychologist, Dr. Jim Andrews
19 Apr 2016 Build That High Performing Team with Sports Psychologist, Dr. Mat Park
15 Mar 2016 Leadership...Leading Yourself...Leading and Working With (and for) Others
15 Mar 2016 Take your Career to the Next Level (5 Session Package Deal)
16 Feb 2016 Employee potential is unlocked by utilizing personal development coaching techniques
19 Jan 2016 Sure Fire Techniques that HURT a Training Department. How ROI creates Training Success with Dr. Patti Phillips
17 Nov 2015 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop - How Knowing Your MBTI Makes You a Better Team Member
20 Oct 2015 Emotional Intelligence - Your Leadership Advantage
15 Sep 2015 Uncommon Ways to Grow Your Leadership
18 Aug 2015 How Gamification Increases Employee Learning and Engagement with Dutch Driver
21 Jul 2015 Organizational Development Benefits to the Huntsville City Schools
16 Jun 2015 Curriculum and Instructional Design 101
21 Apr 2015 Networking as a Leadership Skill
31 Mar 2015 Re-Patterning Culture
18 Nov 2014 Trends in Executive Development "CANCELLED"
21 Oct 2014 High Order Thought
16 Sep 2014 YBTC - Panel Discussion
19 Aug 2014 Execute, Evaluate and Sustain Your Plan
15 Jul 2014 Change Management
17 Jun 2014 Organizational Assessment Tools

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