Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 89

    How to Turn Toxic Conflict into Collaborative Gold

    Conflict is a necessary part of innovation, agility, and collaboration. Associated with a negative connotation as something to be avoided, at its core, conflict is about passionate collaboration toward the best possible outcome.  What makes conflict complicated is our psychology, emotions, and needs.  A prerequisite to successfully leading others is our ability to lead ourselves, which starts with the agility to understand our feelings and the responsibility to meet our needs.  During this session, we will cover:

    1. How our unmet needs for safety, security, and belonging can trigger feelings that drive unproductive conflict or peace-faking behaviors.
    2. Identity core needs, emotional triggers, and behaviors that challenge our ability to work towards the best possible results. 
    3. A framework for leading with empathy and compassion to mitigate unproductive emotions and conflict and foster psychological safety. 
    4. Explore the dynamic and unrelenting interplay between our needs and feelings and how to integrate emotionally intelligent leadership into teams and organizations.  


    Massimo Backus 

    Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant

    Massimo is an executive coach and leadership development consultant who helps organizations transform their culture through the transformation of the leaders themselves.  Previously he was the head of global leadership development for a billion-dollar professional service firm.  He's the host of The Leadership Mind podcast, which spotlights leaders' stories of growth and transformation and how they let go of the beliefs that hold them back.  He will publish his forthcoming book on self-compassionate leadership in the Fall of 2023.  The book presents six core strategies to practice self-compassion and forever change the way you lead. 

    • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 99

    Order-Taker No More! Becoming a Trusted Business Advisor

    The term, "order taker" makes many of us shudder. The world we live in is too complex to reduce our work down to a simple transaction that often fails to solve organizational problems. Without the desired solution, the learning experience we deliver becomes a "nice to have," effectively wasting time and resources of all those involved and dinging our credibility in the process. We long to create transformational experiences that truly make an impact. We know this is possible. We can envision it happening, yet we continue to be called upon to fill orders.  How do we get out of this cycle? The answer is in becoming a trusted business advisor. Someone who works with stakeholders as an equal, solving problems and infusing Learning & Development (L&D) into organizational strategy. Earned through influence, as opposed through a job description, any L&D professional can play this role, if they know how. 


    Jess Almlie 

    Owner and Chief Consultant

    Learning Business Advisor Consulting

    Jess Almlie is a learning strategist with over 5 years of experience across multiple industries. She began her work in facilitation, design, and leadership roles and most recently, served as VP of learning experience in the benefits division of WEX. Jess holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership, a B.A. in Organizational Communication, and a certificate in Improving Human Performance from ATD. She volunteers her time as a tutor for adult English language learners and as an ATD National Advisor for Chapters. Jess is also a member of the Talent Development Think Tank, a group of worldwide talent development thought leaders.

Past events

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 Professional Development Session | Marketing your L&D Programs
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Spring Mini Conference - Leading Effective Change and Driving Execution & Accountability
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 Enabling Business Success Using the Business Initiative Questionnaire and Timeless Learning, Measurement, and Change Management Principles
Thursday, March 09, 2023 Connect and Learn (Fargo - In Person)
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 Connect and Learn (Bismarck - In Person)
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Start Creating Inclusion Experiences Instead of More DEI Programming!
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Professional Development Session | Stress to Success
Thursday, December 29, 2022 Connect and Learn (Fargo - In Person)
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Connect and Learn (Bismarck - In Person)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Professional Development Session | Creating a Digitally-Integrated Culture in Hybrid Teams
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Professional Development Session | Driving Career Development
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Professional Development Session | Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Professional Development Session | Building a Workplace People Love
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Connect and Learn (Fargo - In Person)
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Connect and Learn (Bismarck - In Person)
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Professional Development Session | Are You Really a Good Listener? Take this 8-Point Check Up to Find Out!
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Professional Development Session | Building Resilience: Developing Mental Toughness and Becoming a More Resilient Professional
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Connecting in a Disconnected World
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Professional Development Session | Developing and Delivering Exceptional Webinars
Tuesday, March 08, 2022 Connect and Learn (Fargo - In Person)
Monday, February 28, 2022 Connect and Learn (Bismarck Area - In Person)
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 Professional Development Session | Building Belonging in the Workplace
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Professional Development Session | Creating a Culture of Evidence
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 Professional Development Session | Power Up Your Development: Leveraging ATD Membership
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Professional Development Session | Becoming a Better T & D Business Partner: The Power of Leveraging Situational Mindsets
Thursday, October 21, 2021 Leveraging the Magic of Animated Video
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Professional Development Session | Learn How to Build Agile Teams Where Relationships Thrive
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Professional Development Session | Why Training is Boring
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Professional Development Session | Meeting Your Needs for the Future of Work – ATD Talent Development Capability Model – Part II
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Professional Development Session | Unleash Your Potential with the ATD Talent Development Capability Model – Your Blueprint for Success - Part I
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Professional Development Session | Optimizing Your Organization for Talent
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Professional Development Session | The Power of Storytelling
Friday, March 19, 2021 Networking and Nuggets | What if Training Isn't the Answer
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Professional Development Session | What if Training Isn't the Answer
Friday, February 19, 2021 Networking and Nuggets | The What, Why, and How of Inclusive Culture
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Professional Development Session | The What, Why, and How of Inclusive Culture
Friday, January 22, 2021 Networking and Nuggets | Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Professional Development Session | Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design
Friday, December 18, 2020 Networking and Nuggets | Trainer's Intuition: What is it, and how do I develop it? (Virtual)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Professional Development Session | Trainer's Intuition: What is it, and how do I develop it? (Virtual)
Friday, November 20, 2020 Networking and Nuggets | Building Bravery through Leadership Development Programs (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Professional Development Session | Building Bravery through Leadership Development Programs (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Say Things Better: Make Your Communication Connect (Virtual Mini-Conference)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Networking and Nuggets | Coaching for Results (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Professional Development Session | Coaching for Results: Positive, long-lasting, meaningful change in leader behaviors (Virtual)
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Networking and Nuggets | Words and Frames
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Professional Development Session | Words and Frames
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Weathering Growth: A Business Continuity Blueprint for Your People
Thursday, May 07, 2020 Battling the Forgetting Curve: How to Make Learning Stick
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Virtual Roundtable: Best Practices for Remote Training
Thursday, March 05, 2020 Learning Through Experiences: Structured On The Job Training (Bismarck)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Learning Myths (Fargo)
Thursday, February 06, 2020 Webinar Best Practices: Keeping Your Audience Engaged
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Creating Visual, Digital Learning Content (Fargo)
Thursday, January 02, 2020 New Year's Resolution Knowledge Cafe
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Year End Celebration and State of the Chapter (Fargo)
Thursday, December 05, 2019 Year End Celebration and State of the Chapter (Bismarck)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Filling Your Bucket: For Trainers, Facilitators, Mentors and Coaches (Fargo)
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Using Personality Assessments for Personal and Professional Development (Bismarck)
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Onboarding Effectiveness - Mini-Conference (Bismarck)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Using Metrics to Tell Your Training Story (Fargo)
Thursday, September 05, 2019 From the Annual Review to a Culture of Coaching (Bismarck)
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Body Language: It Could be Impacting Your Ability to Communicate(Fargo)
Thursday, August 01, 2019 Virtual Learning Best Practices (Bismarck)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Maximizing Mentoring Experiences - Mini-Conference (Fargo)
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Increasing Impact and Influence Through Body Language (Bismarck)
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Step by Step Learning: Online Learning Paths (Fargo)
Thursday, May 02, 2019 Using Book Studies for Leadership Development (Bismarck)
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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