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Why I am a Member: A series of ATDChi member profiles

Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson, Ed D. , is an academic technology analyst with the University of Chicago and an adjunct faculty member for Roosevelt University’s Master of Arts in Training & Development program. An ATDChi member since 2005, he sits on the Board as co-director of university relations. He holds a doctorate in adult and continuing education from National-Louis University, and he is the 2012 recipient of the Dr. Deborah Colky Student Award.

How did you get involved with ATDChi?
I was a student in Roosevelt’s Masters in Training and Development program when Deb Colky talked with us about getting involved and presented the idea of an internship. So I did, and it was a very practical internship working on the redesign of what’s now WLPI. And I got experience in instructional design.

And then years later, in 2012, you were awarded the Deb Colky memorial scholarship as a doctoral student at National Louis. Wow!
Yeah, she was inspirational in many ways. And that’s what I want others to get – what I got—to be active, to meet people, and to see what’s going on, especially in the Chicagoland area.

What is our chapter doing right?
There are always a number of events going on, most with face-to-face networking to meet other people in the field. And we have outreach for students and new learners; we’re in contact with the colleges and schools.

Reggie, now you are serving on the ATDChi Board as co-director of university relations. Why do you volunteer?
University relations is important to me and part of my history of involvement, but again, it’s the face-to-face networking and relationships that keep me an active volunteer.


Jann Iaco

Jann Iaco, CPLP, is an e-learning and training specialist at Crate&Barrel Corporate Headquarters in Northbrook. A member since 2010, she sits on the ATDChi Board as director of CPLP.

How did you first learn about ATDChi?Well, I would say I tripped across it. I was a member of ATD, thanks to Crate and Barrel. One year I couldn’t go to ICE (International Conference and Exhibition), and so I was on the ATD website looking for something local and saw there was a Chicagoland Chapter. I went to a meeting, found out about a CPLP study group, and then also took the Workplace Learning & Performance Institute courses—which included a chapter membership.

What is our chapter doing right?
I just love that every month there is a program or a session that I can attend where I learn more about the field that I work in. To me, that is the biggest gift. That feeds me in a way that the National organization just can’t. This local programming is “live” and I can meet people.

In my work, I got moved into the e-learning field after years of classroom facilitating, like many of us did. I found likeminded people who had the same struggles and interests.

You serve on the ATDChi Board. You joined the Board very quickly as a member. Why do you continue to volunteer?
I get to serve with people who are respected in the field; I enjoy more contact with the local “rock stars” in the field. Also, I get to stretch. Volunteering lets me do things I don’t do normally. It is a challenge, it’s fun, and I get to do something new! 

All profiles adapted from an interview with former ATDChi Board Member Cyndi Maxey

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