ICCHE’s fall meeting was held on September 26, 2014 in partnership with the University of St. Francis. USF hosted the workshop, “Training & Education in Academia and Industry,” to honor the late Dr. Joy Thompson, former president of ICCHE and founder of the M.S. in Training & Development program. A group of 40–ICCHE members, together with students, faculty, and alumni of the Training & Development, and industry representatives–participated in the Joliet event. Ten additional ICCHE members took advantage of the simultaneous webcast of the keynote panel discussion.
USF faculty member and Joy’s former supervisor, Dr. Lyle Hicks, remembers her. “She was a leader. We miss her, and she left her influence on every single person who came to know her.”
The keynote event was a panel discussion, moderated by Past President Terry Borg, which brought together representatives from academia and industry to consider how each domain uses educational technology and serves adult learners.
(L – R) Panelists Jody Smrekar, Senior Manager, HR, Global Technology, UTi Worldwide, inc.;
Joe Livigni, Sales Manager, Capsim Management Simulations, Inc.;
Joseph Ferrallo, Visiting Professor, University of St. Francis & President, Client Contact Center Solutions;
Amy Murphy, Director, Corporate Community Services, Joliet Junior College;
Moderator Terry Borg, ICCHE Past President and Director, External & Global Programs, Northern Illinois University
Following the panel, the audience was able to reconfigure itself to participate in any of four roundtable discussions on marketing, e-learning, new program ideas, or recognizing the learner as a customer. Lively discussion filled the room.
The final presentation before lunch and networking was given by a legendary name at USF, retired basketball coach and current leadership consultant Pat Sullivan. He used the mnemonic ATTITUDE to walk the group through the hallmarks of a good leader. He concluded by encouraging the group to take what they had learned over the course of the morning back to their institutions, reminding all that “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter.”