Workplace Learning and Performance Institute

The Situation

For many years one of the primary programs offered by the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (CCASTD), was the Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI). This program consisted of a series of seven one-day workshops and was designed to enhance the skills of individuals new to the field of learning and development. Over time, HRDI feedback from participants and instructors was that the content and some of the methodologies were outdated and not current with developments in the industry. Additionally, the national ASTD organization had just released a new model of workplace learning and performance competencies and had begun a national certification program. It became clear that HRDI needed a major redesign of the curriculum.


Lee Johnsen of Partners in Development, serving as a co-director of HRDI, and another volunteer co-director, took on the task of leading a major redesign and development of the curriculum. Working with a series of volunteer committees and task forces over nine months, they engaged over 60 volunteer professionals and college interns in a total redesign and development of a new series of one-day courses built around the new national competency model. The total number of hours invested in this project was estimated to be 2500-3000. Their deliverables included participant guides, facilitator guides, and facilitator’s audio visual media that both enhance participants’ learning and the delivery capabilities of the facilitators.


The new Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI) was launched, feedback from participants and facilitators has been stellar. The Chicagoland ASTD Chapter received national recognition for this initiative. Marketability of the program in the Chicagoland area increased and enrollments in the Institute have remained strong. We are very proud of this program for our association chapter, and Lee Johnsen’s contributions made this happen.

Micki Lewis, Past President
Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

Project Details

ClientAssociation for Talent Development - Chicago