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Welcome to ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities!

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. 

This is the local chapter of ATD serving those in the Fort Worth/Mid-Cities areas. Our mission is to foster the professional growth of our members and the growth of the training and development profession.

2020 Board Nominations

Fort Worth /Mid-Cities Chapter Position


Past President

Gary Sidoti


Jonathan Silk

President Elect


VP Programs

John Wright

VP Membership

Jeremy Jameson 

VP Hospitality

Jessica Buhl 

VP Communications

Kristina Rogers

VP Finance

Cindy Alderman

VP Technology

Lorie Brown

VP Special Projects

Susan Wines

VP Records


VP Marketing

Samuel Apata

Director of Student Relations

Rochelle Harris

Voting and Installation of the new board will be held at the December meeting.

If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, please reach out to Gary Sidoti or Jonathan Silk.

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Joint membership offers talent development professionals a unique opportunity to connect with local, national, and international professionals. 

Chapter Incentive Program (ChIP) CH7039

When you use our chapter’s ChIP code (CH7039) when making an online purchase at the ATD Store, a portion of the revenue goes back to our chapter!

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 Member Spotlight

  • 18 Nov 2019 9:56 PM | Lorie Brown (Administrator)

    My purpose in my career is to help others to expand their vision of what is possible so that they may reach their fullest potential. I have been blessed to do this across industries, with diverse subject matter, and multi-generational individuals. My career has allowed me to teach algebra at the University of Kansas, enable manufacturing as a software engineer at National Semiconductor, develop quality systems and train consultants at Ernst & Young, teach math, computer science and business to teenagers, and most recently to prepare employees of a Fortune 500 energy company to embrace progress in the form of a major technology upgrade.

    Last year as I prepared to return to my corporate career, leaving the public-school classroom, I found ATD. Because I live midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, I chose to join both ATD Dallas and ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities. I met fantastic people in both organizations and had the opportunity to co-chair Southwest Learning Summit (SWLS), the ATD Dallas conference for learning professionals. At ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities, I attended every chapter meeting and special interest group (SIG) meeting that was offered from the time I joined in January through October and was never disappointed. The speakers at this group are among the absolute best of any professional organization in the metroplex. While every speaker this year has been fabulous and has given me learning that I could apply immediately, some of my favorite meetings this year have been the following:

    • 100+ Free e-Learning Tools by Deanna Fischer
    • Employee Engagement, the Southwest Way by Colette Williamson
    • Jump Start Your Microlearning Program by Adam Costakes and Dan Hirt
    • Tap into your Strengths to Make an Impact by Brandy Schade
    • LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® by Jonathan Silk
    • Summer Pasta Workshop Collaboration at Sur La Table
    • The Use of Simulation in Education by Chief Jim Davis

    As a continuous learner, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year at ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities!

    At ATD Fort Worth / Mid-Cities the programs are insightful, the food is delicious, and the people are friendly. I pledge to contribute personally to continue to make ATD Fort Worth / Mid-Cities the capstone of career search and fulfillment.

    Lara Azcona

    eMail: Lara.J.Azcona@gmail.com

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/laraazcona/

  • 06 Oct 2019 9:01 PM | Lorie Brown (Administrator)

    I spent most of my career in the fashion industry and it has taken me across the country…twice. From Dallas/Fort Worth, to Seattle, to Florida, to New York City, to San Francisco and finally back to Dallas/Fort Worth. I love the experiences I have had and the people I have met. Throughout my career, training, coaching and mentoring has been a big part of every roll. Whether it was mentoring a junior level technical designer, being a Subject Matter Expert, or creating and facilitating training programs for company-wide initiatives. And most recently, I have started my next adventure at Pier 1 Imports as a Training Partner.

    I joined the national ATD organization in 2016 when I was in Northern California and was impressed with the articles, books and webinars available. After I moved back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I attended an ATD Conference in March of 2018 in Dallas. I met the most welcoming and fun group of people from the ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities Chapter. I registered for the April meeting and joined that same night. The meal was fantastic, and members were incredibly friendly. The chapter presentations have been fun and sometimes hilarious.

    If you are thinking about joining ATD but you’re not sure, feel free to reach out to me or any of the volunteers or board members. I HIGHLY recommend joining a local chapter not only to enrich your professional development but to also meet some great people in the industry.

    Lorie Brown LinkedIn

  • 15 Aug 2019 3:00 PM | Lorie Brown (Administrator)

    Joining the Fort Worth/Mid-Cities Chapter of the Association for Talent Development has been the most exciting career development I’ve done thus far. My journey into the Learning and Development started with training new hires and enjoyed watching their growth from novice to expert in their position. Attending the chapter meetings has fed my thirst for knowledge on how to help adults retain information by giving them meaningful chucks of information that allows them to process the information and provide activities to reinforce what they learned. The chapter has covered a plethora of topics and e-learning SIG’s that has been beneficial to me like; Jumpstart your Microlearning Program, Emotional Intelligence, Employee Engagement the Southwest Way, Owning your Skills of Influence and more. It has taught me how to look at this industry as a whole so I can better server new trainees I come into contact with. This year I’ve had the privilege of joining an amazing board of directors as the VP of Communications that are always looking for better ways to serve the members of Fort Worth/Mid-Cities chapter. I’ve learned so much about leadership from all of them as well as the members and guest speakers that attend the meetings. The Board members are friendly and very welcoming to everyone and if you want to volunteer, they’re more than happy to have you on the team.

  • 15 Jul 2019 12:37 PM | Lorie Brown (Administrator)

    Joining the Mid-Cities chapter of the Association for Talent Development has been the smartest thing I’ve done in a long time. My role at Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is to inform our more than 18,000 ranching family members about the news of their association, and to provide information they can use to be better stewards of the land and livestock they own and manage.

    We provide this instructional information via our monthly magazine and websites.

    I became curious about how adults learn and retain new knowledge, hoping to find a better way of writing for our members.

    This led to a Google search on the topic and there they were – td.org and adtfortworth.org. An entire world of neuroscience, techniques, technologies, methods and research results was there for the “webinaring.”

    I started out at ATD Mid-Cities Chapter being the traditional back-table guest – first one out to the parking lot at the end of the meeting. The Mid-Cities Chapter members are a welcoming bunch and I continue to be impressed with their depth of knowledge, warm professionalism and willingness to share information. If potential members are reading this, please be assured that the Mid-Cities Chapter welcomes you, even if you are not in a traditional talent development role.

    The lessons I’ve learned at chapter meetings are being worked into how we write for our print and digital publications. My colleague in our Events and Education department and I will provide a “Presenter’s Academy” for recent university graduates who are well-trained in natural resources and livestock management science but may struggle with presentation skills to adults who don’t want a university-style lecture.

    Thanks to Tara Clackler, our chapter vice president of programs, my LinkedIn profile is becoming more developed and opening another world of contacts with more information to share about learning and development. Thanks to Brandy Schade, who recently presented on Gallup Strengths Finder, I now know why developing others is such a great joy for me – it’s No. 1 on my strengths list.

    In less than a year, I’ve gone from that back-table guest to one of Chapter President Gary Sidoti’s volunteer team, out front greeting members and welcoming visitors with fellow volunteer Lisa Grace.

    If you’d like to learn more about beef cattle production and natural resources management, feel free to ask. I can direct you to a great website for beef recipes. If you want to learn about how adults learn, our chapter meets the first Thursday of the month. I assure you that you are very welcome.

    My Background:

    I'm from Kentucky and will likely retire back there.

    I graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, minors in Sociology and Agriculture.

    I did not grow up on a farm – don’t ride horses.

    Connect with Ellen on LinkedIn

Want to volunteer? Email the chapter President Gary Sidoti


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