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  • Tue, October 30, 2018 12:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego,


    As the holidays are fast approaching, we are also building forward momentum with chapter meetings, workshops and other events. We had a great turnout for our October chapter meeting at Alliant International University (a big thank you to Alliant for hosting us). I want to thank our speaker Jeff Toister for an informative, interactive and fun session. I want to give a big shout out to our Co-programs Director, Chelsea Logan and her team for making it such a success. Our next chapter meeting will be in December during Employee Learning Week, December 3 – 7.

    Bridget Randall, our other Co-programs Director, has been working on planning a workshop for November 14, “Thereby Hangs a Tale: Creating Compelling Stories.” We all tell stories, through our conversations with our clients and customers, facilitating our learning programs, and in developing eLearning solutions. Story telling is a key skill we can all develop. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can create your own impactful stories.


    As we gain momentum in providing more programs to our members, our Programs Directors are looking for a few members who could be part of a pool of events volunteers. Not everyone will be needed for every event. By having several volunteers willing and able, we can best plan and know we have the resources needed to execute a great event. You can contact me directly, or feel free to reach out to Chelsea programs@tdsandiego.org and Bridget workshops@tdsandiego.org directly.

    We have been fortunate to find meeting space by partnering with some of the local universities, like Alliant. We would also like to know if there are any members who work at companies who would be willing to host an occasional event. This is a great opportunity to share what you do with the chapter and expose more people you work with to ATD. Typically, we are looking for a central location, free parking, enough room for 30 – 40 people, and both formal and informal venues could be considered based on the event. You can contact me with any ideas/interest. 

    Our call for leaders to join our board of directors for 2019 is coming to an end on November 2. If you have been considering joining us, now is the time to complete and submit your application. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, or any of our current board members. Click here for a list of our current chapter leader contact information.


    I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,


    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President


  • Sun, September 30, 2018 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hi ATD San Diego,


    As we get closer to the end of the year, I am happy to say that our programs team has been hard at work scheduling programs for this year and getting started on ideas for 2019. I hope to see you at our October 23 chapter meeting at Alliant International University. Alliant is a new partner for us and we hope you enjoy the location as well as our guest speaker, Jeff Toister. Be sure to check out our website for more information and to register for this great event. A possible workshop for November is being worked on as well. Stay tuned!

    I mentioned last month that our annual campaign to identify board members for 2019 would be kicking off soon and I am happy to say we are making progress. The announcement is on the front page of our website along with links to the job descriptions and application. Critical roles for next year are:

    •  President-elect
    •  Membership Director
    •  Co-programs Director
    •  Marketing Director
    Please seriously consider the contribution you can make to our Chapter and to your own professional development by becoming a board member. Requirements are detailed on the website. Applications will be taken through November 2nd.


    I want to give a big thanks to those who responded to my volunteer requests last month. I am happy to say we could be seeing a north county HPA soon!

    Thank you all for your support!

    Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President

  • Thu, September 06, 2018 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego,

    Wow!!! What an incredibly hot August! It’s nice to see the hot summer weather get back to being more normal for San Diego. One thing the hot weather did do, is get me an air conditioner for my office. I guess there was some good that came from the seemingly endless 90+ degree days.

    Looking towards the fall, I have a couple updates and a few requests. Let’s start with the updates. First, the board completed our first task of updating our vision/mission/values. You will find these on our website as the first listing in the About menu. These statements will help guide us in the leadership of this chapter. Whatever your role is in ATD I hope you will be able to connect to these and know that as a leadership team, we will do our best to fulfill the expectations that have been set.

    Next, I would like to welcome Chelsea Logan to the board as Programs Co-Director, working with Bridget Randall. They are both in the process of identifying a couple programs for the remainder of the year. I hope to get these on the calendar within the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience. I know we have been lacking events and working hard to turn that around.

    Now for the requests. As an organization that is run primarily by volunteers, from time-to-time we need to reach out for help. It is important for us to identify our volunteer needs and be clear when reaching out. Here are three immediate needs:

    1. North County HPA – our central HPA led by John Alexander is a great success. In August we had 20 people attend. This is a great way for people to get together informally to discuss the topic of the hour. However, we know it can be difficult for north county residents to attend a meeting in La Jolla on a regular basis. So, we are looking for a volunteer to pilot a meeting in the north county. If it works out, it could also become a monthly event. Responsibilities would include selecting a venue, greeting attendees, purchasing food, and managing logistics. If interested or would like more details, please reach out to me at president@tdsandiego.org.
    2. Social Media Volunteer – for the past few months Bridget, our Co-Programs director, has been posting chapter information on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. We are looking for someone who could take over that responsibility. Content would mostly be program announcements, and other chapter events and needed communications. If you are fans of both social media platforms and could help out, please reach out to me at president@tdsandiego.org.
    3. Board Positions – within the next couple months we will be launching our annual board member elections. If you have served a minimum of six months in a volunteer capacity you are eligible to apply for all positions except President-elect, which requires having served in a Director or Committee Chair position within the last three years. More info along with open positions will be posted on our website soon. Please consider a leadership role with ATD San Diego. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills and engage with your fellow members.

    Thank you all for your support and please give these volunteer opportunities some thought. I am happy to meet with you to talk it through, no commitments.

    Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.


    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


  • Fri, August 03, 2018 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego,

    I hope everyone is enjoying the summer here in San Diego or wherever life has taken you. It’s hard for me to believe that it has been 18 years since I left Massachusetts to relocate to San Diego. Sometimes it seems like yesterday. Time goes by so quickly!

    This month I want to update you on the strategic planning session the Board held in July. I am happy to report that in less than two hours, we were able to agree on a vision and mission statement, and we made good progress on a set of chapter values. Once finalized, our chapter website will be updated and programs and workshops that align with our mission and values will be identified and scheduled.

    In addition to this work, we need the input of our members to help us provide the best possible programs. We have updated our annual member survey and encourage all to participate. The survey will be open through August 24.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T8YYQK2

    I also had the opportunity to sit in on the first group meeting of the Mentor-Protégé Program. It was great to hear the protégés’ goals and how much progress is being made already. This is a great program! I have been a mentor many times and have always learned so much from my protégés and others in the group. Hopefully the same is true with them. 

    As we head into August, I am looking forward to working with our programs directors to get chapter meetings and workshops on our calendar.

    I have had so many chapter members offer their support to me as President. Thanks to all! I know I am part of an extraordinary group.

    Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.


    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


  • Wed, July 11, 2018 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hi ATD San Diego,

    As I sit here writing this letter it is still hard to believe that I am now Chapter President. I am so excited about taking the great work Annette and her Board of Directors have done and continuing to move the chapter forward. I know with the help of our member volunteers, we will be able to continue to grow our chapter and provide our members with professional development and networking opportunities.

    I want to take this opportunity to bring you up-to-date on the approach the Board and I will be taking to move us forward. At our regularly scheduled board meeting in July, we will be holding a strategic planning session. From this work, I hope to be able to publish a clear direction for our chapter and its members which we can use to target actions and events that will make a difference. The first action we will take is to start planning chapter meetings and workshops through the remainder of the year and into 2019. I will provide updates starting with my August letter.

    I want to thank you all for putting your faith in me and allowing me to be your chapter leader, and a special thanks to Annette for all she has done and her dedication to our chapter. I look forward to seeing you at our future chapter events. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


  • Mon, June 18, 2018 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    Thank you to all of the volunteers for ATD 2018, what a successful conference!  I truly appreciate all who helped and a special thanks to the Volunteer Coordinators, Rebecca Everett and Nancy McMonigal. They worked really hard overseeing the volunteers, so grateful to have hard working volunteers.  Our board of directors also deserves special mention.  They were instrumental in helping with the volunteers and our booth. 

    The president election is ending on June 22.  Click here for more information and to vote.  

    Speaking of elections, this is my final president's letter.  Mary Jane Riccardi will be our new San Diego Chapter President.  I know the chapter will be in good hands with Mary Jane at the helm.   I want to thank everyone for all of their help and support during my presidency.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the board. 

    Warm Regards,

    Annette Weinstein
    Chapter President


  • Mon, June 18, 2018 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    ATD 2018 is here! I hope to see you at the conference. You may see me at the volunteer room, the ATD San Diego booth, or sitting next to you at one of the wonderful keynotes.

    If you've been thinking about joining our chapter and haven't taken the time to do so, you can get $20 off your membership for the year just for stopping by the ATD San Diego booth. What a deal! We are also raffling off 2 free memberships. Just drop off a business card for a chance to win.

    Eduardo Bryant wowed us with his presentation at our last chapter meeting. We loved it so much that he's doing a 2 day workshop this month. ATD San Diego chapter members get a great discounted rate!

    Warm Regards,

    Annette Weinstein

    Chapter President


  • Thu, April 12, 2018 7:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    Please join me in welcoming two new board members. Norma Hernandez will be our Secretary and Bridget Randall will be a Co Programs Director. We're so happy to have them. They will both be a great asset to the board and the chapter!

    Eduardo Bryant wowed us with his presentation last month at our chapter meeting. It was a very interactive presentation on how to be electrifying in from of an audience. Check out our Facebook page for more.

    We are currently looking for a volunteer to assist with sending emails to our chapter. The content will be provided to you. We'll train you how to do it and you'll gain a new skill! It just takes a couple of hours a month. We also need someone to do social media posts and graphics to advertise on our homepage. Learn new skills for your resume! Email me if you're interested at president@tdsandiego.org.

    See you at the next event!

    Annette Weinstein

    Chapter President


  • Mon, March 12, 2018 12:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    Have you ever wanted to be a speaker at one of our events or know someone that would like to?  If so, we would love to hear from you.  Click here to learn more. 

    I want to take this opportunity to mention to each of you our chapters Mentor Protege Program.  Open to current San Diego chapter members, a creative "speed dating" process takes place where volunteer mentors are paired with interested proteges who then work together in a six month semi-structured program.  BOTH mentor and protege participants share what they learned about themselves and each other while they expand their professional network.  It's one of the most beneficial experiences we offer our chapter members. Click here to learn more about the program or to sign up.   


    See you at the next event!

    Annette Weinstein

    Chapter President 


  • Thu, February 08, 2018 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    What a wonderful start to the year! We had a fabulous January chapter event.There was some great networking and it was a lot of fun. My favorite part of the evening was when some of our amazing volunteers were recognized.

    ATD 2018 is right around the corner. Did you know that for every day that you volunteer at that event, you get a free day at the conference? If you’re interested, email ATD2018volunteers@tdsandiego.org.

    See you at the next event!

    Annette Weinstein

    Chapter President


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