February Chapter Meeting

  • 02/21/2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Rothchild Catering & Conference Center; 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville


  • ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter Members (includes lunch)
  • Non-members of ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter (includes lunch)
  • Current students of any educational institution (includes lunch)

Registration is closed

Hidden Talent: How to find talent in the most unusual places

Presented By: Cindy Light

President/Owner, Lead Light Consulting

Networking and lunch: 11:30am

Program: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

As employers are experiencing an unprecedented low in unemployment rates, they are having to get creative in retention techniques, revisit the conversation of “engagement” and expand their search for hidden talent.  The phrase “learning agility” has been identified as a key competency for organizational success. 

Finding and rediscovering employees with this secret ingredient has become a game changer. Come join the session as Cindy Light, HR Consultant and Professional Speaker, uses parables, storytelling and fact-based research to unpack the conversation.

Learning objectives for Ms. Light's session include:

1. Understand the difference between skilled, gifted, and talented

2. Discover talent identification resources and techniques 
3. Understand the connection between talent and retention


Cindy earned a thesis-level master’s degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Tennessee, holds SPHR® and SHRM-SPC® designations and is a graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.

Over the years, she has served on several professional boards including Oak Ridge Human Resources Association (ORHRA), Tennessee Valley HR Association (TVHRA), and Association for Talent Development (ATD) Smoky Mountain Chapter. She is the President/Owner of Lead Light Consulting.

Cindy is a career Human Resources professional with an in-depth understanding of complex HR issues, business plan execution and measuring key performance indicators with a no-nonsense approach – these are all hallmarks of the Cindy Light Brand. Additionally, she is a lifelong learner with a passion for education and continuous improvement. She has become a leader of best practices through the study of human performance (HPI) and LEAN business concepts.

Her employment and consulting experience include talent acquisition and retention, workforce HR strategy, policy administration and corporate EEO/OFCCP compliance. Her specialized consulting focuses on interim HR Management services for start-up organizations and emergent vacancies.

Ms. Light has worked for and with companies such as Centrus Energy, Alcoa, US Foodservice and Carlex Glass in the areas of nuclear energy, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and automotive sectors.

A well-known, respected, and influential voice in her profession, Ms. Light is also a college instructor, master trainer, coach, writer, and in-demand presenter. She believes that her life’s mission, powered by her passion for learning, is to help others discover their full potential through living their values and pursuing a career that is true to their talents. With 29 years of employment and consulting experience in key HR business sectors, Cindy is at a point in her career where giving back to the HR and Talent Development communities has become her focus. 


Networking and lunch will be available starting at 11:30am, and the program begins promptly at 12:00pm. Let us know of any dietary restrictions upon check-in at the registration desk.


Cancellation requests/refunds will be honored within 48 hours notice if paid in advance. Payment will be due for no-shows.


Rothchild's | 8807 Kingston Pike | Knoxville, TN

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