by ATD Detroit Board Members Johnnie Thayer and Laura Vavrek
This month’s Member Spotlight features DIANE FOX, Training Manager at MotorCity Casino Hotel.
Had you met Diane 10 years ago, you would have had the pleasure of meeting a dedicated, passionate and hard-working Adoption Social Worker. Meeting Diane today, you’ll encounter a talented individual who has transitioned to the training field, bringing her expertise and people skills with her.
In May of 2006, Diane saw an ad for a trainer with an adoption background to do work for a special grant. This piqued her interest and soon she had the position as Trainer/Project Specialist at Spaulding for Children. It is through this position that Diane gained her experience and fell in love with the training and development field. During the course of her 7+ years at Spaulding for Children, she served as a representative of the company at local and national events and trainings, utilizing many of the skills from her social work days including conducting needs assessments and public speaking, to market trainings and train small and large groups of people, both in person and with web-based methodologies. She spent a lot of time traveling, providing train the trainer sessions and monitoring the training abilities and progress of the sub-contractors and trainers in her territories.
Diane’s travel took her to many places, including Hawaii, the Island of Guam, and Alaska. One of her most memorable trips included providing a training to 15 people at a small clinic in a rural fishing village in a town called Kotzuke, Alaska which is north of the Arctic Circle. Since there were no roads in or out of the town she had to take a small plane to get there and also learn to sleep when there were 20 hours of daylight. In all, she’s visited 41 states, with a goal to make sure to see the remaining states with her husband.
Diane is currently working at MotorCity Casino Hotel as a training manager. The training department at MotorCity reports to human resources and her department provides trainings in 5 key areas including Compliance, Service, Leadership, Management and Personal Development. The department has grown since Diane arrived almost 2 years ago and Diane was excited to be involved in brining on new staff. She has also contributed to projects such as alcohol awareness compliance where she managed the recertification of 450 associates in 3 months in TIPS® training and she has helped develop and manage a network of trainers who are responsible for certifying new associates in their positions at MotorCity.
In 2013, while working on her MBA at Lawrence Technological University, her advisor suggested joining a professional organization. Through this suggestion, she discovered ATD and we’re so glad she did! ATD has been helpful in continuing to develop her expertise in learning and development, through attendance at the programs and the quality of the material provided. Diane is also pursuing her CPLP with ATD. She passed the 150 question knowledge exam in June 2015 and is eligible to submit her work product portion of the process.
If you’re looking for advice, Diane has some:
- Join a professional organization
- Stay current
ATD Detroit has been invaluable in helping in these areas. We certainly enjoyed talking with Diane to develop this Member Spotlight and we’re sure you will, too! Be sure to find her at the next Chapter meeting!