Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 02, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BSC Student Union, Great Plains Room

    ND ATD Bismarck Mandan

    Using Book Studies for Leadership Development 

    A quick internet search of “leadership books” will result in thousands of titles. The content is out there, how are you using it? Book studies, long used in certain circles for camaraderie and intellectual discussion can be a great tool to develop leadership capacity in yourself and others. As a bonus, these studies require very little prep and reap large rewards. Jess Almlie, Vice President of Learning Experience at Discovery Benefits in Fargo has been using book studies on her team for years with great results and you can too! In this interactive session, Jess will share her own tips and tricks for successful book studies as well as the following:

    • Why book studies work for the modern learner
    • How to facilitate a book study for maximum development
    • What books are best for your own book study initiative

    Jess Almlie, Vice President of Learning Experience
    Discovery Benefits

    Jess Almlie is the Vice President of Learning Experience at Discovery Benefits. In this role, she is instrumental in developing and sharing the vision for effective learning both inside and outside the organization. Past roles include training and development, human resources, and higher education in Fargo-Moorhead as well as the Twin Cities. 

    Jess earned a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Organizational Communication and a master’s in Educational Leadership from NDSU. She volunteers in the Fargo-Moorhead area as the Immediate Past President for the North Dakota Association for Talent Development and is the current Chair of the Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s Business Training Committee.

    In her spare time, Jess writes a weekly blog called “Next Step Leader” ( focused on small, practical steps leaders can take to continue developing their leadership capacity. 

    Jess lives in Moorhead with her two teenage children, entrepreneurial husband, and old hound dog, Lucy. She is obsessed with polka dots, superheroes and sunshine. She also regularly participates in cycling challenges on her Peloton® bike. 

    Meeting location: The Great Plains Room of BSC's Student Union. 

    Details: Networking lunch from 11:30 - 11:55 am.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch or to purchase one from the BSC Mystic Café. Session will begin at noon. 

    • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ramada by Wyndham , 3333 13th Ave S, Fargo


    If rolling out a single course isn’t structured or efficient enough why not try using learning paths? A learning path within your online learning can help a learner progress through and master a particular subject or program. In this session we will discuss the theory behind learning paths, the different types of learning paths, and how to use learning paths to framework your online courses.


    Sabrina Olsen, Manager of Learning and Development GOLDMARK Property Management

    Sabrina is the Manager of learning and development at GOLDMARK property management, where she works with a team organizing, facilitating, and coordinating functional learning and development activities and initiatives for the organization. She has also worked as a Red Cross Intructional Trainer for the past 10 years teaching Community First Aid, CPR and Aquatics Safety courses. In her spare time she loves spending time reading, taking her dog for walks, and spending time with her family at the lake. She is passionate about learning and development and making the world work better together.

    Angela Jallo, Learning and Development Consultant
    GOLDMARK Property Management

    Angela has worked in Learning & Development for 12 years. In her Learning & Development Consultant role she has lead projects on implementing LMS systems and online learning for the organization, new applications for training resources, and software rollouts. In her spare time she spends time reading, time with family, attempting gardening, and taking weekend trips to some far out places.

    • Thursday, June 06, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BSC Student Union, Great Plains Room

    ND ATD Bismarck Mandan

    Increasing Impact and Influence through Body Language

    with Paula Graner

    By understanding effective communication through body language, you can learn to influence others and create an instant connections.  Developing your unique body language will make you look more confident, credible and charismatic. Successful leaders use body language to influence and communicate more effectively in business, leading to greater success. Learning and understanding the styles of body language will help you effectively communicate with others and deepen connections with colleagues, clients and family. 

    Paula Graner, president at GHR Consulting, has served in the talent management and development sector for more than two decades. She travels the region working with organizations ready to have crucial conversations and cultural transformation, and more importantly harassment-free environments. Graner, mother of three, is active in the community. Most recently, she founded the Master Network Chapter in Bismarck.


    Meeting location: The Great Plains Room of BSC's Student Union. 

    Details: Networking lunch from 11:30 - 11:55 am.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch or to purchase one from the BSC Mystic Café. Session will begin at noon. 

    • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Avalon Events Center - 2525 9th Ave S, Fargo, ND
    • 178

    Mentoring relationships are the single most powerful tool we have to develop talent and ourselves. However, mentoring can only create impact and drive results if five essential skills are used by mentors and mentees to optimize learning experiences. Do you know what those skills are? This mini-conference will dive into tools needed for mentoring success and show you how to use them. Join expert facilitator and mentoring pro Jenn Labin, Chief Talent & Diversity Officer at MentorcliQ and author of the book, Mentoring Programs that Work for an interactive afternoon.  

    Do any of these statements describe you? If yes, plan to attend!

    • You are a new or experienced mentor who wants to make the best impact possible and help others develop.
    • You have a mentor (you are a mentee) and you want to get the most out of your mentoring relationship.
    • You would like to have a mentor and you want to get the most out of your mentoring relationship when you do.
    • You coordinate (or help to coordinate) a mentoring program.
    • You help to equip and/or develop others as mentors.
    • You lead others in a coaching or mentoring capacity. 
    • You want to get a mentoring program started.
    • You want to learn more about what it takes to maximize mentoring experiences!

    What to expect:

    • Interactive and engaging workshop focused on critical tools to maximize any mentoring experience (approx 3 hours). 
    • Panel of local of mentors and mentees talking about using the tools in their own mentoring experiences (approx 45 minutes). 
    • Networking social hour (5-6pm).

    Speaker and Facilitator - Jenn Labin

    Jenn Labin, Chief Talent & Diversity Officer at MentorcliQ has over 15 years of experience in talent development, training and design. Previously Jenn was the owner of TERP Associates, acquired by MentorcliQ in 2019. Combining TERP's expertise with MentorcliQ's award-winning mentoring software to expand mentoring content, training and value for customers.

    Jenn is the author of Mentoring Programs That Work, a unique approach to building scalable and sustainable mentoring programs. She is a regular presenter at the ATD International Conference, ATD chapters and MentorCom.

    Jenn has her BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Digital Art, and her MA in Instructional Systems Design. She has earned credentials as a Certified Principal Evaluator (Kirkpatrick Evaluation), DISC-PIAV and Situational Leadership II Facilitator, as well as a certificate in Presentation Design from Duarte Design and Leadership Development.

    Besides mentoring, learning and development, Jenn is passionate about scuba diving, the environment, and spending time with family. Jenn lives near Baltimore, MD with her amazing husband, daughters, and a turtle named Godzilla

    • Thursday, August 01, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BSC Student Union, Great Plains Room

    ND ATD Bismarck Mandan

    Virtual Learning Best Practices (Bismarck) 

    Virtual learning can be interactive and engaging by using best practices, tools and delivery. Learn how to retain participant engagement through virtual learning by identifying effective virtual learning characteristics, selecting the best virtual interactive tools and utilizing virtual learning delivery best practices.

    Mary Schoenborn, Talent Development Partner
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

    Mary has over 20 years of experience in leadership and employee development, as well as consulting and sales experience. Mary has worked in the hospitality, healthcare, higher education, technology, finance and insurance industries. She is currently a Talent Development Partner at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and their two children.

    Meeting location: The Great Plains Room of BSC's Student Union. 

    Details: Networking lunch from 11:30 - 11:55 am.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch or to purchase one from the BSC Mystic Café. Session will begin at noon. 

Past events

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Virtual Learning Best Practices (Fargo)
Thursday, April 04, 2019 Leadership Development: Lessons Learned (Bismarck)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Train the Trainer: Learn how to help your SMEs teach others more effectively (Fargo)
Thursday, March 07, 2019 Managing Up Through One-on-Ones (Bismarck)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Agile Performance Improvement (Fargo)
Thursday, February 07, 2019 Effective Instructional Design (Bismarck)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Effective Objectives (Fargo)
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Video Production: Cheap and Easy!
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 State of the Chapter & Year-End Celebration (Fargo)
Thursday, December 06, 2018 End of Year Celebration
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 High Impact Mentoring That Works (Fargo)
Thursday, November 01, 2018 Knowledge Cafe
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Do we really need to train on this new software? How to insert training and development into project rollouts. (Fargo)
Thursday, October 04, 2018 Peer Coaching
Thursday, September 06, 2018 Effective Distance Training
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Knowledge Cafe (Fargo)
Thursday, August 02, 2018 Writing Impactful Learning Objectives Webcast
Monday, July 02, 2018 Bismarck Mandan Summer Holiday - No Meeting
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Project Management for the Non-Project Manager (FARGO)
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Bystander Training for the Workplace
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Flipping and Blending: Increasing Training Effectiveness (FARGO)
Thursday, May 03, 2018 Tools for Coaching Senior Leaders and Execs
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Panel Discussion: Using Assessments to target Learning (FARGO)
Thursday, April 05, 2018 Preventing Sexual Harassment through Training
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Communication Styles for Trainers (FARGO)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 University of Mary's Lumen Vitae Center Tour (Bismarck)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 ROPES - How to Structure Any Class (FARGO)
Thursday, February 01, 2018 How U2 Cracked the Code of Team Culture Webcast (Bismarck)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Storytelling for Trainers (Fargo)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Service Learning Experiences in Leadership Training (Fargo)
Thursday, December 07, 2017 Merry Mixer (Bismarck)
Monday, November 20, 2017 NDSC Safety Campus Tour (Bismarck)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 NDATD Fargo Mini Conference: Engaging Learners Online
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Instructional Design Tools and Processes (Fargo)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Badging and Gamification for Workplace Learning (Fargo)
Thursday, September 07, 2017 Mindfulness (Bismarck)
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 ** Topic Change ** Knowledge Cafe
Friday, August 04, 2017 NISC and Its Cooperative Culture
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Scaffolding Theory and Training Design
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Consensus Building for a More Civil Society
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 'Appy Hour: A Networking and Learning Event
Thursday, May 04, 2017 I don't want to grow up!
Thursday, April 06, 2017 Powerful Partnerships from a Strengths Perspective
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Influencing Others: Getting Results when You Don’t have Direct Authority (April 4th All-Day Seminar)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Helping Teams Move to the Next Level
Thursday, March 02, 2017 The Implications Wheel
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (Located in Fargo) Retaining Information: Tips and Techniques to Help People Remember What they Learn
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Train the Trainers for Non-Trainers
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (Located in Fargo) LMS: Best Practices and Perspectives
Thursday, January 05, 2017 Hidden Trainers
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (Located in Fargo) Unconventional Workplace Learning
Thursday, December 01, 2016 1st Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (Located in Fargo) Using Technology to Enhance the Learning Experience
Thursday, November 03, 2016 What Type of Leader Are You?
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Cultivating Courage (Located in Fargo; Special 1/2 Day Session)
Thursday, October 06, 2016 The Power of ATD Membership
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (Located in Fargo) Facilitating Interactive and Engaging Online Meetings
Thursday, September 08, 2016 BMATD Road Show: Bobcat Company’s Successful Navigation through Transformational Change
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 (Located in Fargo) Take This Job and Love it!
Thursday, August 04, 2016 Fun & Games! Team Builders for the Workplace
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (Fargo Group Event) Ideas into Action presented by Mary Beth Burns
Thursday, June 02, 2016 Roadshow! Interactive Learning Tools at BSC's Nat'l Energy Center of Excellence
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (Fargo Group Event) Leading from Any Seat - Presented by Jess Almlie
Thursday, May 05, 2016 Adobe Captivate: A Look at the Basics - Scott Agnew
Thursday, April 07, 2016 (Bismarck-Mandan Event) Succession Planning 101 - Arnie Strebe
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 Transforming Workplace Relationships With REAL Communication presented by Jodee Bock (All Day Event sponsored by FM-ATD and FMHRA)
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (Fargo Event) Teambuilding With Games: A Networking and Learning Event
Thursday, March 03, 2016 (Bismarck-Mandan) Now There are 5! A Look at Millennials and Gen Z - Robin Thorstenson
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (Fargo Group Event)Transition/Change Management in Organizations: Leading and Navigating Change in Organizations - Michael Harwood
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (Bismarck Group Event) 16 Super Productivity Apps for 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (Fargo Group Event) Assessment Workshop: Aligning Objectives, Content and Evaluations presented by Lindsie Schoenack
Thursday, January 07, 2016 (Bismarck Group Event) Virtues and Talent: The Need in Recruitment and Development - Karel Sovak
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (Fargo Group Event) Growing Leaders from the Inside - Jeanne Masseth
Thursday, December 03, 2015 (Bismarck Group Event) Blend it Up! Successful Hybrid Learning - Katie Ehlis
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Fargo Group Event) Cognitive Collaboration presented by Angie Edenborg
Thursday, November 05, 2015 (Bismarck Group Event) Strengths: The Secret to Team Success
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (Fargo Group Event) Special 1/2 day program event: Developing Training and Measurement Strategies to Align with Business Goals
Thursday, October 01, 2015 (Bismarck Group Event) Sparking Mentorship: Ignite your best, shine for others
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 (Fargo Group Event) Blend it Up! Successful Hybrid Learning - Katie Ehlis
Thursday, August 20, 2015 (CANCELED) Annual Golf Social - Golf Addictions
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 What do you see? Communicating with those that just don't see it. - Lois Greisen
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Learner-Generated Training Videos: Making it Happen - Presented by Amy Jokinen
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Gapology presented by Brian Brockhoff and Mark Thienes (All Day Event)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Things are heating up at The Boiler Room!! - Networking Event
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Gamification
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Inspirational Leadership: Leading with Joy
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 The Hidden Art of Effective Communication: Leading, Motivating & Connecting Through Meta-Programs
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Intro to Project Management
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Implementing a mentoring program within your workplace
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Strut Your Stuff at Peacock Alley (Inaugural Bismarck-Mandan GIG)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Military Leadership Lessons for Corporate America - Mark J. Lindquist
Thursday, August 21, 2014 You Won't Be Osbad at Osgood: Improve Your Golf Game
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 July - No Program! Happy Summer!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Good Medicine - Servant Leadership
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Getting Started with Storyline Workshop with Tom Kuhlmann
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Workshops with Tom Kuhlmann - 2 Day Combo Price
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 PowerPoint for E-Learning Workshop with Tom Kuhlmann
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 The Emotionally Intelligent Workplace
Thursday, March 20, 2014 March Program - Networking Event
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Assessment and Evaluation
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Understanding the Difference Between the Ability to Multitask and the Preference to Multitask
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Creating Your Personal Strategic Plan
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Coaching… the ball is in your court!
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Game On! Networking Event
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Networking 101 - Meeting People Isn't Fatal
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Real Colors Workshop
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Share the Love of Training
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Love ’Em or Lose ’Em ®

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