By Deborah Hood, ISPI Texas

CornucopiaIt may not be hard to believe that that holiday season has arrived…a quick trip to the grocery store serves as a quick reminder that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner as one attempts to navigate through entire grocery aisles devoted to holiday foods and goods. As we begin planning for Thanksgiving weekend–whether it is preparing the turkey, getting ready for the football games, or planning for Black Friday shopping–it is good to take the time to reflect on what the meaning of Thanksgiving is all about: a time to gather together and be thankful for what we have.

A popular symbol of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia, or “horn of plenty,” usually depicted as overflowing with fruits and vegetables. The cornucopia embodies the abundance that led to the first gathering in Plymouth centuries ago. Those first gatherers were thankful for the bounty of the harvest. Today, as we reflect on that first gathering, we can be thankful of the bounty in our own lives. It is a time to be thankful.

At ISPI Texas, we are thankful for the bounty of learning and professional growth. October marked our first webinar with guest speaker Lisa Toenniges, CEO, Innovative Learning Group, who shared her thoughts on infusing human performance technology (HPT) into the instructional design process. The November webinar featured Tim Brock, CEO, Institute 4 Worthy Performance, who spoke about how to become an HPT “backyard researcher.” In December, Jack Phillips, chairman, ROI Institute, will add to our bounty of learning with his webinar on December 10. Jack’s focus will be HPT benefits for clients, learning leaders, and organizations as a whole from the consultant’s perspective. The opportunity for practitioners to gather together to learn from experts in the field and share best practices is something to be very thankful for.

We are also thankful for our new members who share in our passion for all things HPT and have helped us create a network across the state of Texas. Last, we are thankful for our founding members who have worked as a team to launch this new chapter of ISPI for the state of Texas. The overflowing of ideas and knowledge has created our own “horn of plenty” to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays from ISPI Texas!

DeborahHoodAbout the Author
Deborah Hood is a learning and development leader at Jack In The Box Inc. and is based in San Antonio, Texas. She also serves as VP, publications, for ISPI Texas. She has an MS in human resource development and BA in anthropology from Texas A&M University and is currently completing a PhD in education at Capella University. She can be reached at

Contact info for ISPI Texas: Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter: @ispitx