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2021 April Chapter Meeting: Design Thinking and Talent Development

  • 20 Apr 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Online


  • Free to members.
  • Non-Members must pay $10 to attend.

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ATD Dallas April Chapter Meeting

Design Thinking and Talent Development

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 PM (CST)

Design Thinking allows us, as talent development professionals, to be catalysts for creativity. It is one of today’s most impactful concepts and using it in our daily work can make us invaluable to our organizations. In our April chapter meeting, we are bringing together a panel of nationally recognized experts in Design Thinking who will share their approach and lessons learned while providing you real-world techniques for applying Design Thinking in your environment.  

The panelists will emphasize the importance of being human-centered and customer-focused when applying this methodology.  

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Explanation of how design thinking provides a human-centered focus towards building the right impactful solution
  • Explore examples of how design thinking can be applied to talent development within organizations
  • Devise a strategy for leveraging design thinking into your next learning or people & culture effort


5:30 – 5:45 Welcome, Networking, and Introductions

5:45 – 6:45 Presentation and Panel Discussion

6:45 – 7:00 Wrap-Up

About the panel:

Nicole Dessain
is the Founder and Chief Employee Experience Designer at talent.imperative inc, an employee experience design consultancy, and the Co-Founder of DisruptHR Chicago.

Over the course of her 19-year Human Resources career, Nicole has worked with companies like Accenture, Cisco, Comcast, Mercedes-Benz, BASF, UNIQLO and Walgreens.

After she discovered design thinking while collaborating on a client project, Nicole became a student of the method and got certified by IDEO U and LUMA Institute. She is a SESP Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change Program which explores how design thinking might be applied to innovation in organizational effectiveness. Nicole has been a guest lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management and at DePaul University’s Master’s in Human Resources program.

Nicole's creative superpower is "connecting the dots" which she applies to her passion for bringing design thinking to the world of Human Resources through the HR.Hackathon Alliance.

Nicole has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, HR Magazine, Training Industry Magazine, Workforce Magazine, and Talent Management Magazine. She has presented to live and virtual audiences at SourceCon, DisruptHR, SHRM, ERE, TLNT, SIOP, and ISPI.  

Nicole runs her own podcast, “Talent Tales”, where she features leaders who have pioneered design thinking in the field of Human Resources. She is currently conducting research for her first book which will focus on applying design thinking in the field of Human Resources.

Michael Hruska is a technologist and design thinking (DT) practitioner with experiences spanning across standards, emerging technologies, learning, and science. He is a former researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mike provides technology, business model and innovation solutions to Fortune 500, government and startups. He researches, strategizes, designs, and makes advanced technology solutions and products. His team has built award-winning products and delivered solutions that support millions of users and billions of hits of daily web traffic.

Michael’s experience spans the continuum between advanced research on adaptive learning ecosystems and emerging technology solution/product design in a variety of industries. He is the pioneer of Design Thinking processes and tools for learning ecosystem design and xAPI system instrumentation.

Michael is a member of the e-Learning Guild, the Association for Training and Development (ATD), the Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT), and the National Defense and Industrial Association (NDIA) and regularly presents at industry events internationally.

Kristy Card’s “Why" is to affect positive change in the world by influencing leaders and organizations to challenge the status quo and disrupt the "norm,” while teaching and encouraging others to do the same. She has previously served as a talent/leadership and organizational development leader, senior trainer and facilitator, speaker, senior instructional designer and Innovation Catalyst. Now, Founder of The Transformation Group, Kristy leverages her vast experience with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and the United States military, to bring unique and dynamic solutions to talent and organizational development, education, and leadership practices. A proud Texas Aggie and mother of three fantastic young women, Kristy has led hundreds of initiatives as an independent consultant, including training and facilitation, coaching, speaking, and innovation, influencing organizational improvements over 25 years' time. Her efforts have ranged broadly in scope and audience, reaching thousands globally, including all levels of leadership in corporations, education, associations, the U.S. Military, and more. Kristy is regularly requested as a return-speaker and -trainer, and has masterfully developed and delivered programs in leadership development, innovation and design thinking, team-building, presentation skills and story-telling, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, coaching, diversity, mindfulness, and motivation. Her professional, fun-with-a-purpose attitude, and approachable demeanor creates a unique learning and coaching environment, allowing others the freedom to really stretch themselves for positive and lasting change.


Online: Meeting invite sent after you register.


Questions? If you have any questions please contact the ATD Dallas office at 972-233-9107 ex224 or email info@tddallas.org.



14070 Proton Rd. - Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75244

Email: info@tddallas.org

Phone: 972-233-9107 ex. 224

Fax: 972-490-4219

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