Staying Current: Professional Development for Development Professionals

  • October 30, 2019
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Panera Bread, UTC, 215 N Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
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Staying Current: Professional Development for Development Professionals


There is a saying that the cobbler’s children have no shoes. Do you train others and help them with professional development but do not get the proper development yourself? Are you too busy working in your job and not on your own need to stay current and up on the latest in the industry? Stephen Covey’s 7th habit is “Sharpen the Saw”; when is the last time you sharpened your saw? Join Lori Ann Roth Ph.D., CPLP and Holly Shearer, SPHR as they discuss how to stay up-to-date in this ever changing profession. Learn what is available, what HR managers say are the most important skills, and how you can get the professional development that you need.


 Lori Ann Roth, Ph.D, President of Learning and...Reflective Growth and Holly Shearer, HR Director at King Plastic in North Port, Florida

Lori Roth      Holly Shearer

Presenter Bios: 

Lori Ann Roth, Ph.D.

She has dedicated her education, knowledge, and experience to enhance the personal and professional development of others. Dr. Roth collaborates with HR Directors who would like soft skills training for their employees in leadership, customer service, communication, conflict and stress management, and team building, as well as customized programming for specific needs. Through her coaching and training, she also enjoys helping individuals navigate transitions and learn life lessons, and maintains a busy schedule training and coaching clients across the country, including in Florida, New York, California, and Washington, DC. Dr. Roth received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Michigan State University. She earned her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Human Development. The emphasis of her doctoral studies focused on adult learning and human resources management. For over 35 years, Dr. Roth has worked in organizational development and training at universities, corporations, hi-tech companies, and small businesses. Dr. Roth volunteers for ATD and has presented at the ATD International Conference and Exposition (ICE) for the last ten years on a variety of professional development topics. She is a pilot pioneer, earning her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) in 2006. She is also one of 11 people to have been awarded the CPLP Contributor Award from ATD. Presently, Lori volunteers to moderate an online CPLP study group with esteemed colleagues. This study group has “graduated” many CPLPs since Lori joined in 2017.

She lives with her husband, Angel, and rescue dog, Remmy, in Bradenton, Florida. Her favorite saying is “Be your best you!” Hobbies include: beaching, reading, journaling, and helping others learn.

Holly Shearer, Human Resources Director at King Plastic

She took this position 2 years ago and has been focusing on retention, employee engagement, as well as streamlining processes and procedures.  The HR Director role at King Plastic is a dynamic one where all aspects of HR are touched, including payroll. 

Professionally, Holly has a diverse background ranging from Hospitality, to Healthcare, and Manufacturing.  This range of sectors gives a depth and breadth that helps with problem solving and thinking outside the box.  Holly is focused on streamlining processes and using technology to find effective and efficient ways to help her department grow. 

Holly’s degree is in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She also holds her SPHR and her SHRM-SCP.  She loves HR because of the daily challenges it presents, and her passion shows in her determination to always strive for “win-win” scenarios.

Location: Panera Bread, UTC, 215 N Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Please note, there is a limit of 20 seats for this event!

Cost:  $15 for ATD members and $20 for guests and other non-ATD members

Iced tea and water and cookies will be provided.  Additional food and beverage available for purchase at Panera.


        5:45-6:30 PM - Networking
        6:30 PM - 7:45 PM - Program
        8:00 PM - Adjourn

Please note:

The Suncoast Chapter of the Association for Talent Development offers this Special Interest Group meeting to its members who live or work in the Sarasota area. The cost to attend is $15 for ATD members and $20 for guests and other non-ATD members.  Information on membership to the Suncoast Chapter of ATD will be available at the meeting or can be obtained online at

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