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THE 2018 International Society for Performance Improvement's Regional Symposium

October 18-20, 2018

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 

In 2018, ISPI will embark on twelve months of storytelling...The Story of Performance Improvement. The art of understanding, listening, and telling are key elements to compelling and driving change. As consultants, we seek to understand the problems a client faces; as researchers, we try to listen to what the data tells us and compare to trends; and as trainers, we strive to tell a story that is compelling enough to transform the way we engage with and learn from one another. Each story begins with a problem, is filled with action, and ends with real results. ISPI has a story to tell!

More information on a special summer storytelling institute in Washington DC is coming soon!


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  • Wednesday, January 07, 2015 1:03 PM | Shelley Kirkpatrick

    Expect to Win (ETW) is a virtual, multi-week coaching program offered by SmithImpact. The next cohort is starting in mid January. See our chapter's webpage or the ETW website for more information. ISPI Potomac members receive a discount on this valuable program!

  • Friday, October 17, 2014 2:50 PM | Shelley Kirkpatrick
    Lunch-n-Learn Webinar, November 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EST: "Performance-Focused Smile Sheets: A Radical Rethinking of a Dangerous Art Form" by Dr. W. Thalheimer.

    More details are here:

    Register - for FREE - here:

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 8:47 AM | Shelley Kirkpatrick

    October 15, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT -- SMART Goals that WORK! -- Glenn Hughes, Senior Director, Learning and Development, KLA-Tencor Corporation

    Register at

  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 2:21 PM | Shelley Kirkpatrick
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))

    Edward P. Nathan, CPT, PhD, CRP, Manager, Field Talent Development, North East Division, Walmart

    People have an innate ability to learn. We learn from the moment we are born to the day we die, and most learning actually takes place outside of the classroom. Research shows that very frequently, when learners enter a classroom, they turn off their innate ability to learn in order to be taught. This webinar shares successful, proven methodologies--with hands-on exercises for trainers to use to assist learners to take control of their learning.

    After attending this session, participants should be able to:

    • Recognize the differences between training and learning.
    • Identify formal training factors that inhibit learning.
    • Identify factors that can enhance student's innate ability to learn.

    About the facilitator
    Ed NathanEd Nathan is a lifetime member of ISPI and has spent over 30 years in the training and performance improvement field. He has worked in the US and extensively overseas, managing training and performance improvement initiatives across cultures. After 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Ed left Pfizer and is now a Sr. Manager, Field Talent Development for the North East Division of Walmart and on occasion teaches a non-credit certificate seminar on Managing Performance Problems Across Cultures at Ithaca College in New York.

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:54 AM | Shelley Kirkpatrick
    To continue our chapter's mission of supporting networking and career growth of our members, we have created a new website. This new site will make it easier for you to learn about our monthly programs, renew your membership, and access career resources.

    Login using your email address to view your membership status and access members' only content, such as job listings. Please use the forgot password feature, if needed. If you have any problems or questions, please contact me.

    We hope that you will enjoy the new website!
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:58 PM | Shelley Kirkpatrick

    Do you have a learning, insight, or technology tip to share? Proposals are being accepted to present at THE Performance Improvement Conference 2015 taking place at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk, in San Antonio, Texas, April 24-April 29, 2015.

    There are six types of sessions to apply for this year:

    • PechaKucha
    • Performance - Tech Tools & Tips
    • 20-Minute Roundtable
    • 75-Minute Concurrent Session
    • Half-Day Workshop
    • One- or Two-Day Workshop

    The instructions are detailed on the individual submission forms, which are available at Please review the submission requirements and instructions carefully before you begin completing the template.

    If your proposal is accepted, ISPI will:

    • Ask you to accept terms in a Speaker Commitment Letter which includes providing an advanced electronic copy of your handout and presentation for attendees
    • Ask you to contribute a short article to ISPI's online newsletter,
    • Ask you to market your participation to your clients and colleagues
    • Require you to register and pay for the conference; speakers receive a $100 discount
    Please note the submission deadline is this Friday, August 29, 2014. No proposals will be accepted after this date.

    We look forward to receiving your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact ISPI at 301.587.8570301.587.8570 or at

  • Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:26 AM | Shelley Kirkpatrick

    We are pleased to partner with SmithImpact to offer the Expect to Win program to our members at a discounted rate. Enhance your career with this leadership development and coaching program.

  • Friday, August 01, 2014 8:06 AM | Shelley Kirkpatrick

    The Potomac Chapter received the 2014 Chapter of Excellence award at the ISPI conference in Indianapolis in April.  President Sara Tarr (2nd from left) and Past President Jim Rich (far right) were on hand to receive the award.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:59 AM | Shelley Kirkpatrick

    Each July, new board members are elected. The board for the 2014-15 year is:

    • President: Shelley Kirkpatrick
    • Past President: Sara Tarr
    • President-elect and Program Chair: Storm Freeman
    • Vice President of Administration: Gabrielle Vetter-Taaffe
    • Vice President of Finance: Jim Govani
    • Membership and Volunteer Chair: Molly Wankel
    • Social Media Chair: Tomeatha Malone Thompson
    • Archivist: Jeffrey Jorney
    • Webmaster: John Faucher

    Thank you to all members who voted in the elections. We are pleased to have new board members join us this year and who will work closely with our more experienced more members to bring you an exciting calendar of programs. We also send a special thank you to all of our volunteers who contribute to the chapter in many different ways.

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ISPI Potomac Chapter is the current recipient of both the 2016 ISPI Chapter of Excellence and 2016 Chapter of Merit.


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