Free to Focus: Focus is Your Superpower in a World of Distraction - Monthly Learning Event

  • 02/22/2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Webinar Link Provided upon Registration


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Most companies have a difficult time prioritizing activities within the organization. This leads to employees feeling overwhelmed and confused as to what is truly important. This can also lead to burnout by working over capacity for indefinite periods of time.

Just being busy does not mean that we are working effectively. Super charge your energy battery and become your own superpower in the age of distraction.

Through automation, elimination and/or delegation, together we will rethink what are our most pressing activities, so you can be free to focus on your greater YES!

This 90-minute virtual session, based on principles from Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits and 5 Choices and Michael Hyatt’s Free to Focus books, will introduce you to time and workload management principles and strategies to help you stay focused on what is truly important. You will also have the opportunity to engage and learn tips from your peers.

You will learn how to:

  • Focus on your highest priorities
  • Eliminate the unimportant
  • Make time for your big rocks
  • Say no positively
  • Consider how you manage your energy

About Cherie Aplin: 

Cherie Aplin is the Sr. Director and Head of Global Leadership Development and part of the Talent Management & Learning department within Human Resources at Edwards Lifesciences. She brings over 20 years of business experience as a Human Resource professional and performance consultant.

Cherie also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club, served on the HR Advisory Board for Cal State Fullerton graduate program, Alumni Association for UCSB, and twice a board member of the Capistrano Coast National Charity League. She has also been a member of the ATD-Orange County Chapter since 2018.

Prior to Edwards, Cherie worked for multiple large corporations in Leadership Development/Talent Management managerial positions. She was an external performance consultant, partnering with several large Fortune 500 firms, including directing a Proficiency Coach Academy for management staff for Bank of America’s Loan Servicing Division. In addition, she was responsible for acquisition technical/retail training during Washington Mutual’ expansion efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

Cherie holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Communications and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. In addition, she is certified in Korn Ferry tools, DDI, Achieved Global, Five Behaviors, and Covey Leadership programs. She is one of the few Master Facilitators for the late Peter Drucker.

For fun, Cherie is an avid traveler, enjoys learning about different cultures, animal lover and staying healthy and fit. Definitely part of the Pickleball craze.

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Early bird -Wednesday, February 8

Regular - Monday, February 20

Cancellation/refund deadline is noon on the Monday before the meeting. No shows will be charged in full.

Earn Professional Professional Development Points

This program is worth 1 Professional Development points.
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ATD Capability Model

Each ATD-OC Learning Event will be aligned to at least one Talent Development  Capability, as identified by ATD National.

This program aligns with:

Domain(s): Building Personal Capability, Developing Professional Capability, Impacting Organizational Capability

Capability(s): Lifelong Learning; Career and Leadership Development, Performance Improvement

Talent development professionals should be able to implement a multilevel, systematic method for gathering, analyzing, and reporting on information about the effectiveness and effort of learning programs.

To find out more about the ATD Capability Model for the Training and Development Profession, visit


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