By Scott Weersing and Gary DePaul

As professionals, we frequently search for ways to improve our knowledge, skills, and networks. One cost-effective way is by participating in virtual and local chapter events. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for workshops, chapters offer cost-effective events from an hour to an all-day workshop that give you access to experts. You can find chapter programming listed in Collaborations.

Hampton Roads, a Virginia-based chapter, exemplifies strong programming–giving members and guests immediate access to experts for a minimal guest fee of $5 and free for their chapter members.

Scott Weersing is the director of programs and shares with us upcoming events.


The Hampton Roads ISPI Chapter continues to grow its membership and community outreach to achieve the ISPI mission through the Society’s Guiding Principles. This year, we implemented a redesigned website,

We updated the website to include:

  • A calendar of upcoming sessions
  • A blog to recap previous sessions
  • Past program materials
  • Resources for people to learn about human performance technology (HPT) and ISPI

We are looking forward to the following presenters in 2013 and 2014:

Performance Partnering–Proactive and Reactive Performance Consulting
Dick Handshaw
November 14, 2013

Best Practices in Organizational Decision Making
Bill Bender
December 12, 2013

Stakeholder Management Is CRAP: How to Handle Conflict
Keith Spranger
January 23, 2014 Program

Program agenda
6:45 – 7:00 p.m.: Light refreshments
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Program

You can find the locations on the website.

Hampton Roads Board of Directors

  • Kelly Cross, President
  • Mark Bowers, President-Elect
  • Chris Lewis, Treasurer/Secretary

Chapter membership fee is $25 per year; $15 per year for students.

Mission Statement
To develop and promote the awareness and application of human performance technology in the Hampton Roads area.

Chapter Objectives

  • To provide a forum for the advancement of human performance technology among our members and those they wish to serve through mentoring, networking, education, and the development of a community of practice.
  • To promote and enhance corporate and public perception of the value of performance improvement technology and performance improvement technologists.
  • To promote our objectives through meetings, speaking engagements, and workshops for the business community at large, and through any public relations opportunities that become available.