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October 23-29, 2010 - Susan will be participating in the 2010 AAACE Conference.

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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 Times?

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 honor.

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 initiatives.

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 Development
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

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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

Jim Kirkpatrick

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 business.

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 “corporate jury”.

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,

$45.00 for Members - $55.00 for Non-Members
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 – 12:15 PM
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.

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 Board Members.

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 to register for this timely and relevant conference.

Panel members include:

Illinois Central College
            Patrice Hess, Director of Organizational Learning

Professional Development Institute
              Ellen George, Associate Dean of Corporate and Community Education

OSF St. Francis Medical Center
             Lois Bentler-Lampe, Director of Professional Development

Methodist College of Nursing
            Dr. Eli Collins-Brown, Director of Instructional Technology

Methodist Medical Center of Illinois
           Martha Diebold, Director, Organizational Development Human Resources Services

Morton Industries LLC
           Dale Nannen, Training Coordinator

The Iona Group
          John Feser, Principal

AAIM Employers' Association
          Marvis Meyers, 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 generated.

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 questions.