October 23-29, 2010 - Susan will be participating in the
2010 AAACE Conference.
59th International Conference
October 26-29, 2010
(Pre-conferences, October 23-26)
Leading and Learning: Meeting Today’s Challenges
Session Title: Will
Adult Learning Survive or Thrive during Recessionary
Presentation Area: Workforce Development
Session Abstract: The
authors investigated the recession's challenges to adult
learning, using an informal, qualitative approach.
Examples drawn from conversations with displaced and
replaced workers, practitioners responsible for employee
training are discussed.
Target Audience: Practitioners as well as academia have felt the impact
of recession and will benefit from the dialogue.
Intended Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn and be able to dialogue
the multiple adult learning scenarios of the displaced
and replaced workers in a failing economy and talk about
the impact on the corporate learning function.. There
will also be discussion on the economic impact on formal
education specifically with respect to state funded
colleges and universities.
Content: This session
is timely for the adult learner, corporate America &
formal education because it illustrates how Adult
Learning fits into the equation of today's economic
environment. This concurrent session is important
because of its timeliness and impact on the Adult
Learner. It illustrates examples of how the adult
learner and educator can navigate through the troubled
waters of economic slow down & possible recovery.
Discussion centers on job training changes,
transformational learning, career ladders and lattices.
Finally the conversation will include those who find
they must transition to a new career and the learning
impact for each strategy.
Format & Technique: Interactive discussion using a PowerPoint presentation
with breakout groups.
Type of Presentation: Concurrent Session (45 minutes)
Additional Presenters: Cathy S Worlow, Agnes E. Conway,
May - June - Susan K
Warren is the recipient of the John Niemi memorial
Scholarship for Travel for 2010. Her proposal was found
meritorious in process and she was awarded its highest
Susan is a Doctorial Candidate majoring in Counseling,
Adult, and Higher Education at Northern Illinois
University in DeKalb. .She is also working on a Cognate
in International Studies John Niemi was her Chair prior
to his passing, and that is why she is highly honored to
receive a scholarship in his name. Dr. Niemi continually
encouraged her to conduct research and become published;
he once said, “Being published is what separates the
girls from the women.” For this reason she intends to
submit a paper for publication on the international
research that she will be conducting. To learn more
about John Niemi click here.
Susan's primary interests are within
the field of adult education specifically, Human
Resource Development (HRD). Her research employee
engagement during the upcoming study-abroad program in
Hungary leaving May 28th and returning in June.
She plans to discover if there has been an impact on
engagement due to the turbulent economic times. The
scholarship will enable her to survey and interview
international scholars, researchers, and practitioners
during the 11th Academy of Human Resource Development
International Conference to defining engagement
characteristics that lead to employees’ discretionary
effort. For the purpose of this study discretionary
effort is optional and goes beyond the
typically-expected performance level— in other words,
effort that displays a 100% contribution to workplace
June 2-4, 2010 - Susan will be
presenting at the 11th International Conference on Human Resource
Development Research and Practice across Europe
Saturday February 27, 2010 - Susan
Warren spoke at the Academy of Human Resource Development on the topic
"Impact of a Down Economy on Adult Learning"
November 1-6, 2009
AAACE 58th International
Conference Cleveland, Ohio
The American Association for
Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated
to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to
human fulfillment and positive social change. We
envision a more humane world made possible by the
diverse practice of our members in helping adults
acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to
lead productive and satisfying lives.
The mission of the American
Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)
is to provide leadership for the field of adult and
continuing education by expanding opportunities for
adult growth and development; unifying adult
educators; fostering the development and
dissemination of theory, research, information, and
best practices; promoting identity and standards for
the profession; and advocating relevant public
policy and social change initiatives.
Session Title: The
Impact on Adult Learning in a Down Economy
Presentation Area: Human Resource
Session Abstract: Presenters will discuss
the impact on Adult Learning internationally
beginning from the perspective lens of a
Midwestern metropolitan area.
Opportunities/challenges will be explored in
this multi-faceted adult learning presentation.
Target Audience: Practitioners and
academia alike will be able to benefit and find
interest in this presentation. Discussion will
center on job training changes, transformational
learning, career ladders and lattices depicting
horizontal movement within larger organizations.
Finally the conversation will include those who
find they must transition to a new career and
the learning impact on each move.
Intended Learning Outcomes: Participants will
learn and be able to dialogue the multiple adult
learning scenarios of the displaced and replaced
workers in a failing economy.
Content: This session is timely for the
adult learner & formal education because it
illustrates how Adult Education fits into the
equation of today’s environment.
Format & Technique: PowerPoint
Presentation including audience participation.
Type of Presentation: Concurrent Session
Additional Presenters: Cathy Worlow
November 17, 2009 - Workforce Board Retreat
at the Workforce Development Center
View the Agenda
View the Flyer
November 23, 2009 -
HOI-Executive Board Planning Session
at the ICC campus in East Peoria, IL
December 3, 2009 - Annual Women
in Business Networking Conference
December 3, 2009, 11:00-4:00
Training On Trial: The Urgent Need to Become a
Strategic Learning Partner
For most learning professionals and organizations,
training is “on trial”, being charged with incurring
expenses in excess of its value to the organization.
This workshop will prepare you for the time when you are
asked, or proactively choose, to effectively demonstrate
the value of training to the bottom line of your
This session will explain why measures like numbers of
courses held and attendees do not equal value in the
eyes of our key business partners. It will bring to
light the key metrics that are important to the business
and how you can support them.
You will learn how through business partnership you can
solidify the importance of the workplace learning
organization to the company, and enjoy a secure position
regardless of economic fluctuations.
This session is based on the content of a new book
called Training on Trial co-authored by Jim Kirkpatrick
and his wife, Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick. Here is your
chance to get a sneak preview of the content prior to
the February 2010 book release.
During this session, you will
Obtain practical methods that will
move you from a “checkmark training organization” to
a strategic business partner.
Use the Kirkpatrick Four Level
Evaluation Model to create a compelling Chain of
EvidenceSM showing the value of training to a
Apply the material to a real training
challenge in a group activity.
HOI-ASTD is co-sponsoring this event with the Central
Illinois Chapter of ASTD. Please mention your HOI-ASTD
Chapter Membership to receive the member rate. Contact:
Diana Hauman, (309) 838-1320, firstname.lastname@example.org
$45.00 for Members - $55.00 for Non-Members
RSVP By: Noon, Monday, November 30
Heartland Community College
CCB, Room 1406-1407
1500 W. Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761
Registration – 11:00 AM
Lunch – 11:30 AM
Installation of new CIC Officers –
Program – 1:00 – 4:00 PM
We are excited to extend you an
invitation to our biggest event of the year, the
HOI-ASTD Employee Learning Showcase. Please click here
for more details about the conference.
EMPLOYEE LEARNING SHOWCASE
December 16, 2009, 8:00-4:00pm
Illinois Central College, East Peoria Campus
The HOI-ASTD Employee Learning Showcase is a dynamic
all-day conference. The day will open with a Panel
Discussion by area learning managers. There will be two
targeted breakout sessions during the remainder of the
morning. Lunch will be served on site. Following lunch,
Bill Mayo will be our Keynote Speaker. There will be one
additional breakout session after Bill Mayo's
presentation with an afternoon wrap by your HOI-ASTD
The conference is being held at Illinois Central College
East Peoria Campus in the Tranquility Dining Room with
sign-in starting at 7:45am. Registration is due on or
before December 9th. The conference fee is $30 for ASTD
chapter members and $40 for all others and includes
lunch. Please contact Amy Pace
register for this timely and relevant conference.
Panel members include:
Illinois Central College
Director of Organizational Learning
Professional Development Institute
Ellen George, Associate Dean of Corporate and Community
OSF St. Francis Medical Center
Bentler-Lampe, Director of Professional Development
Methodist College of Nursing
Collins-Brown, Director of Instructional Technology
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois
Director, Organizational Development Human Resources
Morton Industries LLC
The Iona Group
John Feser, Principal
AAIM Employers' Association
Vice-President of Training and Organization Development
Ray Lahood - 12/21/2009
At the last Downtown Rotary Club Meeting I had
the opportunity to visit with Ray LaHood. He has been a member or
our Club and
addressed the group at the same time last year. Right after his talk
he left for Chicago and met with President Obama. He was vetted to
be the Secretary of Transportation, a post which I am sure you are
aware he accepted. Ray stated his primary reason for accepting was
he can be a piece of and affect history.
Ray began his speech by saying how honored he was to be awarded the
Paul Harris Fellow by our group. He spoke of the success of the
“clunkers for cash” program that took fuel devouring vehicles off
the road replacing them with more fuel efficient transportation. Ray
also stated the effects this program had on the economy. Ray said it
gave a boost to both the automotive industry and financial
institutions taking into account the number of loans that were
The future will continue to have an emphasis on safety. Texting and
the use of cell phones will be prohibited unless the cell is
hands-free. In January we can be anticipating a stronger high speed
rail system. Sorry Peoria, we will need to travel to Normal IL to
board the system. Ray finished with a Q&A session and fielded many