Gillespie Nimble Creator Michelle L. Wescott Earns the CPLP® Credential from the ATD Certification Institute

Gillespie Associates is pleased to announce that Michelle L. Wescott, CPLP has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® credential from ATD CI (the Association for Talent Development Certification Institute). Earning the CPLP certification means Wescott possesses the knowledge and skills to be a top performer in the talent development field.

Wescott is currently the Director of Learning Products at Gillespie Associates and is the lead curriculum developer of the new Gillespie Nimble, a comprehensive, packaged training program. Gillespie Nimble recently launched its first program, New Manager Jump Series, to train first-time managers. Wescott applies the rigorous standards of ATD and the CPLP certification to this multi-faceted training program, leading participants through:

  • Three modules over a 9-month learning period
  • Cohort engagement, with web-based interaction between fellow first-time managers and Wescott, who serves as the group facilitator
  • Spaced learning, where the learner receives problem-solving scenarios outside of the course to extend the learning and practice skills acquired

Becoming a CPLP provides credibility by recognizing that an individual has an overall understanding of the ten Areas of Expertise for Talent Development as defined by the ATD Competency Model™, and can apply this knowledge in the workplace. To earn the CPLP certification, Wescott acquired industry-related experience and successfully passed a knowledge examination and skills application examination.

“The CPLP certification process is rigorous and challenging. Employing CPLP credential holders brings respect to an organization’s talent development function and helps to ensure successful learning programs and organizational impact,” said Jennifer Naughton, ATD CI’s Senior Director of Competencies and Credentialing.

More information about the CPLP program may be found at Additional questions should be directed to:

About ATD and the ATD Certification Institute
ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to talent development professionals. ATD started in 1944 when the organization held its first annual conference. To support members’ ongoing development in the field, ATD formed the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) to take the lead in setting professional industry standards and certifying talent development professionals.

About Gillespie Associates 
For 27 years, Gillespie Associates ( has researched, analyzed, discussed, and pondered the unique ways in which adults build knowledge and skills, providing product and custom training in organizational development and workplace learning. Gillespie has worked with a broad client base, from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofit organizations, enabling them to reach their goals. Their team of executives, instructional designers, and IT specialists brings immense experience, award-winning talent, and a defined sense of customer service to each project, working to tailor learning strategies, methods, and content to your organization's unique needs.