Creative Problem Solving for TD Professionals

Event Date/Time

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    8:30 am - 11:30 am


800 NE Oregon St
United States

Intended Audience

  • Learning professionals seeking to re-charge their creative energy
  • Training team members who seek to address strategic problems
  • Any individual who will benefit from learning and applying strategic thinking and innovation skills in their role


Are you looking for new ways to solve problems and issues in your organization? Are you frustrated by mandates to “Think outside the box” that fail to provide the space, resources, and support to discover your original ideas? In this workshop, you’ll work through a set of core tools and apply them to a real-world business challenge.

For TD to serve as a strategic partner, it’s necessary to think beyond obvious solutions. Businesses easily get stuck thinking “We’ve always done it this way.” We tend to think of innovation as a magical property or some inspired idea. Or that only certain individuals have the gift, and thereby get to innovate for the rest of us. However, innovation rarely happens by accident.

During this workshop, D.J. Netz will offer alternatives (traditional and unorthodox), best practices, and frameworks for developing fresh approaches to solving pernicious problems and addressing unmet needs. Along the way, he’ll share his experiences with collaboration, getting buy-in, and generating useful and unusual ideas in the first place.


At the end of this session, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Interact with a robust set of strategic and innovative thinking tools
  • Explore methods for driving innovative thinking within their organizations
  • Create innovative solutions to pressing challenges
  • Identify actions to stretch their personal creativity


Please bring a real-world problem, dilemma, bottleneck, initiative, or any process where you find yourself stuck and have exhausted all the usual ways to fix it.


D.J. Netz, Senior Instructional Designer
GP Strategies
Portland, Oregon

D.J. Netz is a senior instructional designer for GP Strategies. For thirty years, D.J. has conducted needs analysis and consultation for mid-size and large organizations, crafting solutions that balance technology with scalability. Along the way, he has developed innovative and popular courses for critical thinking, leadership, and sales training in classroom and online environments.

He is a two-time Brandon Hall award winner and has served organizations such as General Electric, Gulfstream, Comcast, Sony PlayStation, Facebook, SAP, and Intel. He teaches courses on corporate training at Portland State University, and he is the past president of the ATD-Cascadia Chapter. D.J. has a Master’s degree in adult education, and he has been certified in Six Sigma problem solving by the American Society for Quality.

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Program Details

  • Check in at 8:00 am.
  • Workshop is in Room i1B.
  • View transportation options.
  • Limited to 50 participants.

Registration Details

  • Online registration available until noon on September 18. Registration available at the door at higher price.
  • Registration is available for our partner organizations.
  • To receive a refund, a written request must be received in the Chapter office at least one week before the event.
  • No refunds or credits for future events given after that time.
  • Prices go up at the door.
  • Have a full stamp card? To redeem your stamp card, please use the Contact the Chapter email form to request an online registration code.
  • If you have multiple registrations, we can handle that for you in one transaction. Contact the office at 503-579-1552 or

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CPLP Recertification Credit

CPLPs earn one recertification point/credit for each physical hour of continuing education within one’s current role/job or involving a new experience or content. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any required paperwork. Visit the CPLP webpage for complete information.

The Chapter estimates 3 recertification hours for this workshop.

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HRCI and SHRM Recertification Credit

This program may be eligible for self-certification for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any required paperwork. Visit the HRCI recertification webpage or the SHRM recertification webpage for more information.

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Alignment with ATD's Competency Model
Areas of Expertise
Areas in BOLD will be addressed in this presentation.

  1. Performance Improvement
  2. Instructional Design
  3. Training Delivery
  4. Learning Technologies
  5. Evaluating Learning Impact
  6. Managing Learning Programs
  7. Integrated Talent Management
  8. Coaching
  9. Knowledge Management
  10. Change Management


800 NE Oregon St, Portland, Oregon, 97232, United States