it starts with you

One thing we love about ATD International Conference & EXPO are all the connections we make both old and new. We are showcasing a few of our past attendees so you can start recognizing a few faces and names at ATD21. 

Becky Magnotta

CEO, Homestead Coaching

Denver, Colorado

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m from Denver, Colorado, and my values are building community through joy and curiosity.  This threads through my personal and work life. 

I love spending time with my husband, Steve, and friends and family, and meeting new people and learning their stories. I enjoy eclectic reading, travel, good food and wine, and being in the mountains of Colorado, a new city to explore, or a beach. 

Through my company, Homestead Coaching, I bring joy and curiosity to my work of building community. My niche is senior leaders and their teams. I believe building great leaders creates great places to work. I use positive intelligence since being aware of how our thinking gets in our way affects how effective we are.

I’ve been an entrepreneur for almost two years after careers with DISH Network and Chevron.  My career has spanned accounting, finance, marketing, and sales training. I also was responsible for leadership development and talent development at DISH. 

Currently, I’m the chair of the 2021 program advisory committee and director of communications for the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Colorado Chapter. I’m a past president of the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter and organized volunteers the last time the conference was in Denver.

What is your day-to-day routine?

As an entrepreneur, it varies from coaching clients to discussing issues with executives and how I can support them through coaching and development. I also spend time on business development and am constantly looking at how to continue to master my craft. 

What inspires you in learning and development?

I’m inspired by knowing that if I help individuals be stronger leaders, they can create a great place to work that will help people thrive. I was bit by this bug about 13 years ago when I started facilitating leadership development, and I have loved every step of the way.

What has been your biggest challenge in the last year? How did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was learning how to run my own business. Since my corporate experience is extensive, I had a lot of deep background to work from, which helped. If anything, the pandemic caused me to focus on what matters most and learn the craft of running a business.

How many times have you attended ATD International Conference & EXPO?  

I’ve attended six: Denver, Dallas, Florida, Denver, Atlanta, and Washington, DC

What was your first impression of the event?

My first event was in Denver, where I was a volunteer—a fabulous way to attend the conference. I was amazed at the sheer size and depth and the amount of learning that was available. I was thrilled by the people I was meeting, and the deep friendships that continue to this day.

What’s brought you back so often? 

I come back for the learning and community. I know I will walk away with some excellent nuggets. I also look forward to seeing many friends—probably this year more than ever. This conference has something for everybody. If you are further in your career, you can find resources to continue on the path of mastery. Also, I am proud of the fact that through ATD, we are building people who are starting their talent development career.

What was your most memorable or favorite part of ATD International Conference & EXPO? 

There are so many! Instead of picking one, I’d say it was the incredible lineup of keynote speakers. Because of this event I’ve seen Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Seth Godin, Brené Brown, Marcus Buckingham, and so many more.

What did you learn at ATD21 and how did you apply it on the job? 

I’ve attended several of the preconference sessions. The most memorable was the session on integrated talent management, which I used extensively when I was responsible for talent development and when I’ve consulted with companies on their talent development strategies.

Will you be attending ATD21 in-person or virtually and why?

I am planning to attend in-person because I will be COVID-19 vaccinated, and I want to feel the energy of being with my tribe. I’ve been to conferences in Salt Lake City and the Salt Palace is an incredible venue. I’m excited to be able to attend the conference.