Training & Human Resources Networking Council

This council is for employees responsible for creating and implementing training programs at a wholesale-distributor or manufacturing firm. In addition to training, this council addresses other HR issues facing ASA members, including recruitment, hiring and retention of employees.

Upcoming Events

Preparing for 2020: Managing the New Workforce

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9 am—3 pm
Chicago Marriot O'Hare
8535 W Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL 60631
Registration Fee: $200
Program registration will open October 2017.
Room Rate: $125
For reservation please call (800)-228-9290 and reference ASA.

Managing good talent has never been easy, but the rapid pace of change is going to make this even more challenging. Is your organization ready for it? Consider a few changes that employers of the future will have to deal with: 1) Five highly diverse generations working in organizations side-by-side with vastly different values, beliefs, and technology skill sets; 2) Growing international business with needs for cross cultural communication and business etiquette; 3) A new e-economy bringing with it a vastly different way of doing business; 4) The need to build innovation into the culture to develop a competitive advantage; and 5) Building a sustainable and green workplace will be essential to attracting the future workforce. Many of these trends can already be seen, and others are newly emerging. But all will have a dramatic impact on the manager of the future. Learn what these new trends will mean for your company, and what you can do now to prepare for them.

About Kathryne “Kathy” A. Newton, PhD
Dr. Kathy Newton is the principal of K. Newton & Associates, offering training and consulting services to distribution and manufacturing organizations.

Dr. Newton currently serves as a Professor of Supply Chain Management Technology (formerly Industrial Distribution), as well as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

She is also the Coordinator and speaker for the University of Innovative Distribution, the premier executive education program in the distribution industry held annually in Indianapolis, IN. (

Dr. Newton’s teaching, research, and publication interests are in human resource development, strategic planning, distributor profitability, distributor channel management, and quality control. She frequently works with distributors, manufacturers and trade associations nationwide.

Prior to her appointment at Purdue University, she spent eight years teaching for Texas A&M University’s Industrial Distribution Program as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Newton has a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development, an MBA and a BS in Industrial Distribution, each from Texas A&M University.

WEBINAR: Meet the 2018 Workforce–2 Parts

Part 1
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
11:30 am—12:30 pm CDT

Part 2
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11:30 am—12:30 pm CDT

Today's complex, dynamic, global business environment demands that organizations develop innovative talent strategies that yield bottom-line results. Organizations are turning to creative approaches to meet the needs of customers and stakeholders, manage change, prioritize work, and build collaboration. In turn, leaders want and need top talent: engaged, skilled, and connected employees who can anticipate market needs, resolve problems, and deliver results. But how can an organization build capable and effective processes that tap into employee passion and deliver tangible business results? To address the issue The Learning Cafe is pleased to propose a webinar series 'Workforce 5.0 How to Connect, Communicate, and Coach the Five Generation Workforce" Join Diane Thielfoldt as she presents this two part webinar series with the ASA Training and Human Resource Peer Networking Councils.

Register for Part 1

Register for Part 2

Diane Thielfoldt is the co-founder of the Learning Café which specializes in solving issues related to the four-generation workforce. She has learned from the age-diverse workforce by engaging in primary research, analyzing secondary research, capturing trends, teaching in organizations and observing workplace behavior - to build a strong knowledge base of the four generations' commonalities and differences. She has helped organizations in many industries create strategies to manage their four-generation workforces and bridge the generation gap at work.

Past Events

WEBINAR: So You Want to Use an Employee Engagement Survey to Drive Productivity…

September 26, 2017
10:00am – 11:00am Central

Presenters:  Doug Dillon, Director of Professional Development, ASA Education Foundation

One of the levers available to business leaders in order to drive organizational performance is enhancing the satisfaction of their employees. Not only will this increase productivity, it will also reduce involuntary turnover and make it easier to attract top talent. Several distributors and manufacturers in the PHCP, HVAC-R and Industrial Pipe industry are using them with solid success. But how do you create, deploy, and create meaningful action plans as a result? PARTICULARLY with multiple branch sites spread across a wide geography?

WEBINAR: Is It Time To Re-Think Your Onboarding Process?

February 21, 2017
10:00am – 11:00am Central

Presenters:  Doug Dillon & Amber Auge, ASA Education Foundation

If you’re like most companies in the industry, you have an “on-boarding” process that you use when new people start. After a while, that process can get stale. And, since it is so difficult to find good talent these days, you really want to be on top of your game. After the candidate says “yes!” to your organization, you shift into employee retention mode from Day 1. And they are keeping score. An employee will make-up their mind whether they’re staying with a new job within the FIRST WEEK!

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