ATD Nebraska is dedicated to providing professional development 
for their members to improve workplace learning and performance.

 May Program

Leadership Through Gamification:
Helping Learning Feel Like Play 

Presenter: Michael Fryda
People can often struggle to imagine realistic variables out of fear of making mistakes. Games can help people shed their fear. As people become less stressed and more open-minded, they are more likely to challenge inborn misconceptions. That’s exactly what Michael Fryda, 2010 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, is doing in his classroom. He uses the power of gamification to help students engage in critical and lateral thinking. Michael places students in charge of simulated real-world decisions as practice for future choices.

During this session for ATD Nebraska, Michael will highlight how gamification can provide a safe environment that opens up willingness to confront difficult decisions. He will also address common barriers that stall leaders in developing gamification as part of their leadership toolkit.

The question is, “How might gamification add to your skills in developing talent at your organization?”  How could games unlock strategic thinking and challenge how a leader engages?

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Consider examples of how gamification can bring an authentic, real-world learning experience to students about complex topics
  • Identify common barriers that can be overcome to pursue gamification as a leadership strategy
  • Challenge themselves to consider how gamification might help them to develop and support talent in their organization


May 11, 2016

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Networking/Meal

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Program


Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68106

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Welcome New and Renewing Members

Kelly Arnold, Markel FirstComp

Terra Beethe, Bellevue University

Kristie Bell

Jill Borgelt, Farm Credit Services of America

Carol Brush, Farm Credit Services of America

Lynette Campbell, Farm Credit Services of America

Matt Carper, Omaha Home for Boys

Sally Carroll, Farm Credit Services of America

Laura De Boer, Bellevue University

Robert DeFord, First Data Corp.

D.J. DeyErmand, Infogroup

Jack Dillon, Infogroup

Nancy Eagen, Union Pacific Railroad

Christine Egerton, AAA The Auto Club Group

Jeremy Haecker, Creighton University

Jolene Jankowski, Hill Brothers Transportation

Brenda Jennings, Motivate 2 Communicate

Sally Kahre, Pharmaceutical Technologies, Inc.

Andrew Kerschinske, Farm Credit Services of America

Bud Kimball, Oriental Trading

Jennifer Labrie Pereira, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Alex Latty-Bata, Bellevue University

Falon McAlpin, Bellevue University

Leann McGrane, Markel

Tabitha Mountain, AAA The Auto Club Group

Christopher Obermeyer, Farm Credit Services of America

Georgia Scheel, Bellevue University

Kim Seidman, Markel

Patty Smith, Mutual of Omaha

Stephanie Trudell, First Data

Heather Wherry, Lincoln Financial Group

Jennifer Wichern, NMC Group

Matthew Wilber, Pottawattamie County Attorney

Ralph Wojcinski, Bellevue University


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ATD Nebraska achieved 100% CARE (Chapter Affiliation Requirements) by successfully meeting all 18 requirements! Based on reported joint membership percentage, the chapter is also recognized as a Chapter Membership STAR with joint membership between 45‐50%.

The CARE membership goal helps establish that members of the national organization and its chapters are part of the same organization with shared valuable resources and a shared compelling mission that effectively meets members’ professional development needs. To learn more about our CARE requirements, click on the CARE Logo.

Our mission statement is to "enhance members' abilities to train, develop and support clients and organizations and our local global communities." We provide our 300+ members with quality resources, networking opportunities, and education to advanctheir skills as workplace learning and performance professionals.

ATD Nebraska is a local chapter of ATD (Association for Talent Development), which is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals.

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