Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Career Management SIG

  • October 08, 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Montgomery County Community College, Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Room 218, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422


  • Non-Members may attend 2 SIG meetings at no cost. If they wish to attend a third meeting they must either pay the $30 registration fee or join ASTD PHL Chapter

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"This Time I Mean It: How to create meaningful experiences that ignite engagement and learning" Steve Van Valin

Program Description:

In the landmark book The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, they share a vivid discovery that should impact every development professional’s approach to their craft. Their research, led through the Harvard Business School, is considered the most in depth study ever conducted on the actual events that take place in a person’s work life that engage or disengage them from performing at a high level. They discovered that making progress in meaningful work was the number one driver of positive perceptions, emotions, and motivation at work. When then these aspects were elevated by events at work, a person’s performance had higher output in creativity, productivity, commitment, and collegiality. All four of these highly coveted performance dimensions serve as a strategic competitive advantage.

As training and development professionals we are able to leverage this discovery and put it to work in two specific ways that are game changers in our field:

  1. Create development experience that specifically boost the meaning of work by galvanizing teams, building relationships among peers, and by allowing leaders to have a platform to align and clarify the purpose and vision of their collective effort.
  2. Create development experiences that acknowledge and highlight the factors within the business that connect people to a higher sense of meaning. These are unique to each organization and highly leverage able for savvy TD professionals.

Key Take-a-ways:

  1. Learn the psychological mega-trend behind the meaning movement in business and why this is too important to ignore
  2. Identify and leverage the 11 key amplifiers of meaning at work as a designers and facilitators
  3. Discover your own personal connection to meaning as development professional and how to communicate that to inspire others

Topic highlights:

  1. Why meaning matters as a powerful engagement tool
  2. The personal and individual nature of meaning, and the universal impact upon performance
  3. Building a game plan to incorporate meaning into the design and delivery of your development curriculum

About the Speaker:

Steve Van Valin is the CEO of Culturology and has enjoyed a 25-year career developing winning culture and brand strategies for such companies as QVC, Lincoln Financial Group, Shire Pharmaceuticals, The Philadelphia Phillies, Goodwill Industries, and the U.S. Department of Justice. As the leader of QVC’s culture and brand development strategy for over 14 years, Steve specialized in shaping a highly engaged workforce and innovation processes that helped propel the company’s double-digit growth (now exceeding $9 billion in annual sales).  


Stephen is currently completing a book on the subject of meaning at work. It is intended to be a definitive guide for leaders in their quest to elevate meaning and engagement. Stephen is passionate for teaching the discoveries to others with the greater goal of elevating the value of meaning at work.  


ASTD member and presenter
Vistage International qualified speaker
NSA member
Senn-Delaney Leadership certified presenter and master coach
MBTI certified presenter webinar presenter

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