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    September Monthly Meeting - Changing Culture to Improve Training Effectiveness

    Date: September 25, 2018, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Where: Holiday Inn Valley View

    Registration 11:30 a.m. | Lunch: 11:45 p.m.

    Program Immediately Following Lunch

    HRCI and SHRM approved for General Credits
    $20 / Members and $25 / Non-Members
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    TOPIC:  Changing Culture to Improve Training Effectiveness

    Presented by: Mike Leigh

    OPX Solutions, LLC

    In this presentation, we will examine the common barriers to providing effective training programs.  Using Kirkpatrick’s levels of training evaluation as a model, we will discuss the importance of culture and behavior change in training programs, and how measurement and tracking can be used to improve training effectiveness.

    Learning Objectives

    • The common reasons why we train.
    • Why measure training effectiveness, and how to do it.
    • Kirkpatrick’s Model of Training Evaluation.
    • The importance of measuring training effectiveness to the HR professional and training consultant.
    • Defining organizational culture.
    • How to change and influence employee behavior.
    • How to build an effective training program.



    About Our Speaker

    Mike Leigh is the President of OpX Solutions, LLC, a performance improvement company that specializes in helping organizations pursue operational excellence.  Mike has 25 years of operational leadership and management experience with two organizations known for operational excellence:  US Navy and GE.

    He began his career as an officer in the Navy, specializing in nuclear propulsion and surface warfare. During a 20-year career in both active duty and the reserves, he received numerous awards and qualifications, including certifications as a Navy Nuclear Engineer and a Navy training instructor.  Mike retired from the Navy Reserve as a commander in 2008.

    Following active duty, Mike spent 13 years with General Electric and held various leadership and senior management positions across several GE businesses.  During his last five years with GE, Mike was an internal consultant and helped over 25 GE factories/suppliers and hundreds of work teams become more productive, reduce costs, and improve their bottom line.

    Mike left the corporate world and started OpX Solutions because of his desire to more closely help others achieve success and to be more involved in the Roanoke area. Mike stays active volunteering with several charitable and civic organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, Military Officers Association of America, and St John’s Episcopal Church.  In 2014 he was awarded the Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year, and in 2015 was awarded Facilitator of the Year from Leadership Management International.

    Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.






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