and getting to know other members is critical to our Chapter's success,
so every month, ATD NOLA spotlights a member or a group of members to
"interview." This month, Erika Hamm, our VP of Membership, interviewed
Tina Ossenkopp- one of our past Leadership Krewe members and an all
around wonderful person.
Where are you
from? TO:Originally, Akron, Ohio.
How long have you been a member of ATD
NOLA? TO: I joined the Chapter in May of 2016.
In what industry do you work and what is your
role? TO: I work in the hospitality industry, specifically restaurants. I
am the Talent Innovation Specialist.
Who impacted or influenced you the most in your career? How and/or
why? TO: Darleen Lenyo and Tim Slade are the two people that have
had the biggest impact on my current career. Darleen gave me an
opportunity back in 2016 to try something new and creative. While
furloughed during COVID-19, I realized my love of developing eLearning
content and finding creative ways to introduce training. Tim Slade
(without knowing it) is my mentor. I'm honored to know him and am glad I
have him as a resource, when needed.
What is your proudest professional
moment? TO: I have a few proud moments which I believe were instrumental to my
love of this role. While building my first eLearning course, I used
tools that I had no experience with and I taught myself to use them.
Those tools were Storyline, Audacity, and Camtasia. I edited footage
from a three-camera video shoot. I built a training course for an HRIS
system in 40 hours that contained videos, voice over, and interactions
utilized by the learner. I took my current employers existing
positional new hire content and turning it into interactive and engaging
What is your next goal in the T & D
profession? TO: I want to continue to grow in my current role, find new and
innovative ways to bring training to the team, and ultimately, lead my
own eLearning team.
Enough about the business stuff. Which local restaurant is your
favorite? TO: This is a hard question to answer. I have a
lot of favorite restaurants for various reasons: cuisine, atmosphere,
cocktails, and memories. If you are "forcing" me to pick, then it would
be Mr. B's! It's the restaurant my fiance took me to on our first
If you could travel anywhere, where would you
go? TO: France! It's a standing joke at a previous employer. "Tina, what
if you were in France?" Seriously, I would love to go to Europe. I
want to visit places that are rich in history and culture.