Learning and Development Chat and Chew Hour

What is Chat and Chew?

Chat and Chew is a series of informative webinars offered by Learning and Development during the lunch time hour 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EDT). Our goal is to offer a variety of topics to include leadership development, resume writing, communication…the sky is the limit! Additionally, this is a great opportunity to build your network.

Upcoming Webinars

Session 1: May 12, 2021 – Successful Leaders: Dorothy Fire Cloud, J.D., Terry E. Brown and Fred Armstrong; register via WebEx.

If you’re interested in finding out what it takes to move up in the National Park Service, log on, grab your lunch, bring your questions, sit back, and be prepared to feed your mind with three successful leaders.

Presenters are Dorothy Fire Cloud, J.D., Native American Affairs Liaison, Office of Native American Affairs; Terry E. Brown, Program Management Assistant, Directorate of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers; Fred Armstrong, Superintendent, Pipe Spring National Monument.

Session 2: June 15, 2021 – Tips on Resume Writing and USA Jobs – Kathryn Troutman, author of the Federal Resume Guidebook; register via Webex.

Ready to update your resume? Join this session to chat with Kathryn Troutman, author of the award-winning Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th edition.

Kathryn wrote the FIRST-ever book on Federal Resume Writing in 1996. The book and Ms. Troutman STILL provide the best, most current information on successful Federal Resume Writing for USAJOBS, Human Resources, and Managers who want to hire the BEST qualified candidates! Spend one hour asking your burning questions about your federal resume writing challenge. She can answer your questions efficiently and with energy! Get inspired to go back to the drawing board and work on your federal resume.

Session 3: July 13, 2021 – Programs within Learning and Development (Part 1); register via WebEx.

Are you interested in learning about the programs that are available in L&D? This Chat and Chew is for you. During this session, participants sit down with several Training Managers for an inside look into current and future projects within their program(s) to include:

  • Aspiring Leader Development Program
  • New Superintendent’s Academy
  • Supervisor Essential
  • Supervisory Skills Workshop
  • The GOAL Program
  • Federal Executive Institute (FEI)
  • Kennedy Fellowship Program
  • Albright-Wirth Grant Program

Session 4: August 10, 2021 – Successful Women in the NPS; register via WebEx.

Meet two successful women Pam Smith, the first African American women to hold the position of United States Park Police (USPP), Chief and Joy Kinard, Superintendent of Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site.

These two inspirational women positively impacted the culture of every team they led, and they are considered trailblazers because of their resiliency around a great deal of adversity on their way to their current role. Come listen as these phenomenal leaders share their strategies for career success and come prepared to ask questions.

Session 5: September 15, 2021 – Toastmasters; register via WebEx.

Are you need of improving your public speaking skills? This Chat and Chew is for you. Join Renee Logan, President and Sherrie Miller, VP of Membership of Interior Toastmasters Club 2157. Learn how Toastmasters can help you improve your:

  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Confidence and Self Awareness
  • Advantage in the Workplace


Have questions? Please reach out to Brigitte Keels.

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