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New Member Interview: Alicia Light

01 Apr 2019 7:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

by Trish Hamill, VP Marketing, Internal Communications

This month, I'm interviewing one of our newest members, Alicia Light, about her experiences to date in RTA ATD.

Alicia Light

Alicia, I first met you at our January Open House, and I believe you joined the chapter a short time after that. I recall your energy and enthusiasm, which is one of the reasons I wanted to interview you.

First off, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I relocated to North Carolina from Florida with my husband and pup. I have been working as the Instructional Design Technologist at the Center for Family and Community Engagement housed within NC State University since 2017. Prior to that, I was an Instructional Designer at TBC Corporation in 2016. I had started working on my Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Florida Atlantic University at TBC and completed last year. I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida.

Right out of college, I started working with families and people in need while serving in AmeriCorps. In AmeriCorps, I found my love for training. I facilitated and developed an educational training program that dispelled homeless stereotypes across Palm Beach County to adults and youth.

My passion lies in all things education and I thoroughly enjoy creating and leveraging engaging content and activities in order to facilitate higher learning in people. I have worked with various software programs and technology in order to create on-demand trainings, live trainings, and blended trainings. I love using out of the box thinking and problem solving skills in order to promote trainings that excite and engage adult learners.

What drew you to RTA ATD and why did you decide to join?

I decided to join because I had been apart of ATD at the national level in Florida and really enjoyed it. I wanted to get connected to Instructional Designers at a local level here. I missed having a solid group of people to connect with about nerdy e-learning things.

Describe your most memorable moment in the Chapter.

The most memorable moment for me was the feeling of belonging with a group after a short amount of time and the group's excitement about training during the January open house. I knew from that first open house I had found a really great group of people that would embrace my excitement for training and match it. I hadn't even bought a membership yet, but signed up for a committee.

What are you looking forward to over the course of your first year?

I look forward to getting connected to others and continuing to grow within the Instructional Design world. I think professional development is so important in an ever changing field.

What is one thing you want to learn or do as a member?

The one thing I want to do is continue growing within e-learning development. I love developing in Articulate 360 and want to take my designs and courses to the next level, what ever that may look like.

What would you tell someone who is considering joining the chapter?

If someone is considering joining the chapter, I would say DO IT! Without a doubt, do it.

I totally agree with that, Alicia.

Thank you for taking the time for this interview and sharing your thoughts about talent development and the chapter with the rest of us.

Look out for Alicia at our SIGs and monthly meetings and say hello! 

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