Creative Problem Solving for T&D Professionals, May 22, 2020

Event Date/Time

  • Creative Problem Solving for T&D Professionals
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    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 T&D 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.


During this workshop, 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

About the Speaker:

D.J. Netz
Senior Instructional Designer / Current Secretary-Treasurer and Past President
GP Strategies

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.

Check In Details

  • Workshop is in Room 1A.
  • Check in at 8 am.
  • Limited to 50 participants.

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Additional Information

  • Public parking is available in the Lloyd Center area and in the lot just behind the building for a fee. View transportation options.
  • Online registration is available until noon on May 21st. Registration available at the door if space allows.
  • Discounted registration is available for our partner organizations (ICF, NSA, ODN, SHRM only).
  • Prices go up after the early bird date and at the door.
  • Multiple registrations? Contact the office at 503-579-1552 or
  • Full stamp card? Email and request a code to redeem online.
  • Need a refund? Send an email to by the early bird deadline. No refunds or credits for future events given after that time. Substitutions allowed at any time (with price adjustment for nonmembers).

ATD Competency Model

This program aligns with the following components:

  • Performance Improvement
  • Instructional Design
  • Training Delivery
  • Learning Technologies
  • Evaluating Learning Impact
  • Managing Learning Programs
  • Integrated Talent Management
  • Coaching
  • Knowledge Management
  • Change Management

Recertification Credits

CPLP (estimated 3 hours)
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 paperwork required by National ATD. Visit the CPLP Website for complete information.

This program may be eligible for self-certification for HRCI and SHRM recertifications credits. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any paperwork required by either HRCI and SHRM. Visit either site at HRCI website or SHRM website for more information.

Details Price Qty
Early Bird Rate - Partner Organizationsshow details + $49.00 (USD)  
Early Bird Rate - NonMembershow details + $69.00 (USD)  
Regular Rate - Partner Organizationsshow details + $59.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
Friday, May 8, 2020
Regular Rate - NonMembershow details + $79.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
Friday, May 8, 2020
Comp (ATD office use only)show details + $0.00 (USD)  


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