Chapter Blog

  • Thu, July 14, 2016 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    Summer is here!  Hopefully you are all taking a little bit of time for yourselves to enjoy our beautiful city.

    I decided it was a good time to recognize those of you that continue to help keep our chapter strong by donating your time and office space.  I wish I could list them all - but special thanks to Groovy Like a Movie, Vistage, and PIRCH for the use of their locations for our events, and to Jack-In-The-Box for the use of their facilities for our monthly Board of Directors meetings.  Also a big "Thank you" to Troy Gorostiza for sharing your expertise on LMS trends at our Technology SIG event.

    Also I wanted to let you know that two of our board members attended the ATD International Conference and Exposition last month in Colorado.  You may hear this event referred to as ICE, and it draws vendors, presenters, and attendees from over 80 countries.  They all come together to share and learn about the latest Talent Development trends.  There is more about next year’s event here, and I seriously encourage you consider making the trip.  It will be very worth it.

    Finally an early notice of the wonderful collaborative event we have coming up in September.  San Diego SHRM and ATD San Diego are partnering to present a Workplace Strategies Conference. More information is coming soon on our website. You won’t want to miss it!

    See you at the next event!

    Annette Weinstein

    President, TD San Diego

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    JUNE 19

    Learn how to use neuroscience to improve your instructional design and learning outcomes:

    Brain Matters Workshop

    with Margie Meacham


    Knowing how the brain receives, encodes, and retrieves information is critical when designing learning programs.

    And now advancements in neuroscience are showing instructional designers how to make material more learnable and easier to digest and use.

    In an info-packed one-day workshop Margie Meacham, "the Brain Lady", will explain:

    ·       The recent trends in neuroscience.

    ·       How the brain receives information.

    ·       How you can apply this information to Instructional Design.

    And participants will learn how to apply what they have just learned, with guidance from Margie.

    Breakfast and Lunch is included!  And...

    All Participants will receive a copy of "Brain Matters: How to Help Anyone Learn Anything Using Neuroscience."

    Don't miss out on this terrific opportunity to learn and network with other professionals!

    Seating is limited and will sell out!

    Click here now to assure your spot!

    **(Please Note: All participants must have some level of instructional design experience.)**

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    JULY 28-29



    ATD National Training Course offered in San Diego: 

    Consulting Skills Certificate


    Build your credibility as a knowledgeable, client-focused consultant.

    Achieving success as a business partner in your organization requires strong consulting skills and relationship building. Through ATD’s practical 5-D Consulting model, learn effective internal consulting skills that will enable you to help your clients achieve their desired outcomes, establish goals, and manage expectations. Guide clients through an instructional design or organizational development project: help them overcome obstacles and resistance, and build your credibility to influence decision-making.

    • ·       Discover a model, techniques, and tools that you can use to consult with your clients and move from “order taker” to true business partner.
    • ·       Apply strategies for success, including working across organizational boundaries, providing feedback to senior leaders, and gaining buy-in.

    ·       Evaluate your skills and identify your developmental needs as a consultant.

    Learn more and register here - and be sure to use our chapter ChIP code of CH8024 whenever buying products from ATD National.

       

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     JULY 28


    Human Performance Alliance (HPA) 

    Networking Event

    Thursday, July 28 - please join us in casual networking with other talent development professionals at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in La Jolla.


    Click here for more details.

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    Performance Excellence * Applied Knowledge


    See how your talent development programs stack up against some our region's best.  Compete for the coveted PEAK Award.

    Click here for details on how.


  • Fri, June 10, 2016 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ATD San Diego!

    A chapter event at an appliance store? I never would have thought that we would have an event at an appliance store and an even bigger surprise to me is that it was one of my favorite events! Our May chapter event was at PIRCH, an amazing store in UTC. Mark Tomaszewicz guides the training and development of all new employees. He shared how they are creating a joyful corporate culture that directly ties to their learning and employee engagement. A big thank you to Mark Tomaszewicz and Jill Birse for providing us with a wonderful venue. Did you know that if you were a chapter member, you could have attended this event for free?

    There are several benefits to being a chapter member.

    Special Interest Groups:  Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide members the opportunity to connect with other learning professionals around certain interests and activities. SIGs allow members to explore the hot topics of our profession in more depth. 

    Communications: Stay on top of what’s happening with ATD through social media, the website and email.

    Free Chapter Events: Covers a variety of topics to help you with your professional development. Our next event is on Thursday, June 23; Using Social Media to Enhance Learning.

    Free Networking Events: Every month we have a Human Performance Alliance (HPA) event to give you an opportunity to network with your colleagues. Our next event is on Thursday, June 30 in La Jolla.

    Workshops – At a discounted rate: You can attend workshops on a wide variety of topics. Coaching, e-learning, and instructional design are some of the many topics you’ll find.

    Please visit our website to learn more about the chapter benefits and to sign up.

    The ATD San Diego PEAK Awards committee is busy this month generating interest in the prestigious Performance Excellence in Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Award. Performance awards promote innovation and excellence within the San Diego Talent and Development community by highlighting outstanding learning and performance initiatives. Many of us join ATD San Diego to share best practices and learn from others and the PEAK performance awards program is a terrific opportunity to do just that. This could be your year to be recognized or to recognize one of your client’s programs. Click here to apply: We would love to hear about your best practices!

    Are you interested in being on the board of directors? We have several positions that will be open in January. Elections are coming soon. Being on the board gives you opportunities to use and enhance your leadership experience and skills. Board members build a strong network of colleagues, and a circle of lasting friendships. Open positions include: Marketing, Programs, and Secretary. If you’re interested, please email me at president@tdsandiego.org. Feel free to reach out to any of the current board members to ask them about their positions.

    See you at the next event!


    Annette Weinstein 


  • Sun, May 08, 2016 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Hello ATD San Diego,

    I am so happy to be your new ATD President! Being on the board has been an exciting and rewarding opportunity. Often times you’ll hear our board members say, “ATD is the gift that keeps on giving.” I must say that I agree. I have benefited greatly from being a board member. It’s a wonderful opportunity for professional development and networking. If you are considering joining our board of directors, the way to start is by volunteering. If you’re interested in what volunteer positions are available, please contact Enrique Martinez at volunteer@tdsandiego.org.

    Last month we had an amazing chapter event called Leadership Development Strategies. There was a panel of seasoned leadership development practitioners discussing the techniques and tools that brought them success. I want to thank the panelists for their time and for sharing. They made it a wonderful event.

    May offers up two local events. This week you can join the Learning Technology SIG on Wednesday (May 4) tolearn how to choose and how to use a Learning Management System (LMS). The speaker will be Troy Gorostiza, the founder of Knowledge Stream.

    We'd also love to see you on May 26 at our May Chapter Meeting at the San Diego PIRCH showroom. To meet the challenge of teaching and cultivating a common mind-set throughout a rapidly growing and nationally-dispersed organization, PIRCH created a “University of Joy”, where Ambassador of Joy, Mark Tomaszewicz guides the training and development of all new employees. Mark will discuss how he and PIRCH are deploying this amazing employee-customer experience campaign, and how talent development is part and a parcel of creating a joyful corporate culture.

    Lastly I'd like to remind everyone that the ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE) is being held in Denver, May 22-25. You can gain new contacts, fresh ideas on how to apply current and future trends to your own job, and an invigorated passion for talent development. Mention our CHIP code CH8024 and our chapter will get a portion of the revenue from the event.

    See you at the next event!

    Annette Weinstein


  • Sun, April 10, 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Hello ATD San Diego,

    Spring has sprung and we have some great programs lined up for you!

    Don’t get me wrong; Winter was great. Last month we had an amazing chapter event.  At our “PEAK Awards Roundtable” attendees were given the opportunity to pick the brains and hear about "best practices" from some of the strongest learning leaders in San Diego. Thanks to all of the volunteers and attendees who helped to make the event a huge success!

    This month's chapter meeting is “Leadership Development Strategies”.   Attendees will hear a panel of seasoned leadership development practitioners discuss the techniques and tools that have brought them success, and the lessons they’ve learned from working in organizations of varying types and sizes.  Don't miss this unique learning and networking event.

    I also want to take this opportunity to mention to each of you our chapter's award winning Mentor - Protégé Program.   Open to current San Diego chapter members, a creative "speed dating" process takes place where volunteer mentors are paired with interested protégés who then work together in a six-month semi-structured program.  BOTH mentor and protégé participants share what they learned about themselves and each other while they expanded their professional network.  The best part is it’s free!  And it is one of the most beneficial experiences we offer our chapter members.

    Lastly, several months ago I reported that our President Elect, Annette Weinstein, would be starting her term on July 1, 2016.   However, due to a recent personal health event, I am ending my term a few months early. Effective immediately, Annette Weinstein is taking over the role of President of our San Diego ATD chapter.   We are so fortunate to have Annette now at the helm!   Please help me welcome her to her new role. 


    It has truly been a pleasure to serve on the board, and I thank you all for the opportunity!  I hope to see you at future chapter meetings.

    Kind regards,


    Carollyn Rock


  • Sun, March 27, 2016 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    Hello!  This year is off to a great start! 

    We've have had a couple of wonderful monthly chapter events so far, and the months ahead have some interesting and informative topics. 

    We have added a Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (SIG) and will continue to offer our monthly Human Performance Alliance (HPA) networking events every month - these are now on the last Thursday of each month.

    More updates for 2016 - we have a new board member! Please join me in congratulating Elaine Hester as our Technology Director! We’re so glad to have you Elaine!

    Every year we have a PEAK Awards program (Performance Excellence & Applied Knowledge Awards). On March 17th, we will be having a round table workshop to hear from the past finalists and winners about how they put their recognized programs together. It’s a fun, best practices format. Please join us for this informative event!

    Finally, I want to thank all of our volunteers. Some of you may not know this, but our organization is all volunteers except for our Executive Assistant. We wouldn’t have a chapter without our amazing volunteers. Please consider volunteering. You’ll meet some wonderful people and increase your professional development.

    See you at the next meeting on March 17!


  • Sun, January 03, 2016 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    Chapter members, affiliates, and friends,

    As we transition to a new year, it feels appropriate to acknowledge those members that have done much to keep our chapter alive and well.

    Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to the following board members who have shared their time, talent and wonderful selves with the chapter. Although they are officially rolling off the board, we are looking forward to staying in touch at future chapter meetings and events!

    Melanie Proshchenko’s contributions included overseeing the PEAK awards, the Mentor Program and the Special Interest Groups (SIG’s).

    Dawn Schultz’s contributions included keeping the chapter’s finances in order and advising us on how our decisions could impact our financial health.

    Jacqueline Sirota’s contributions included orchestrating our technology workshops and ensuring quality presenters and venues.


    Volunteer Awards - Our chapter couldn’t function without the steady stream of amazing volunteers. This year we are honoring the following individuals:

    Comeback Volunteer, 2015: Goes to Jeff Toister. Jeff did a tremendous job organizing and managing our 2015 Mentor program. I had the pleasure of attending the graduation event and was impressed by all the positive things the participants had to say. Thanks to Jeff and his team!

    Rookies of the Year, 2015: We had two very special rookies to honor: Lainey Walker served as our Registration Coordinator/lead for all of the programs. Yvette Durazo was a big part of the HPA Networking meetings. Our sincere appreciation to both of you!

    President’s Choice, 2015: I particularly want to thank Enrique Martinez for his willingness to do whatever we have asked of him. He is currently working with our Membership committee as the volunteer coordinator. You will see him welcoming new members and visitors alike, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and has a chance to explore how they can get the most out of our meetings and membership,

    Volunteer of the Year, 2015: I am so pleased to honor Jacquie Uriell with this award. She has been involved in the Mentor program for several years now. While she expertly handles the logistics and always ensures everyone is well fed, she has a real passion for volunteering with the Mentor committee. In a casual conversation with Jacquie, she explained why the Mentor Program was so important to her. This is one place where she witnesses the selflessness of both mentors and protégés, giving of themselves to help each other without any expectation of repayment. I know that her contributions have been appreciated by all those involved in the Mentor program, and we thank her!


    Finally, we love to acknowledge our Volunteers of the Month. We were a little behind in our announcements, so here is a quick shout-out of gratitude to the following Volunteers of the Month for 2015:

    • July: Rebecca Everett – she headed up the PEAK awards committee and kept us on track.

    • August: Elaine Hester – she jumped onto the Technology committee and began working with Annette Weinstein, then Director.

    • September: Laurie Donnelly – she started volunteering at the registration desk but quickly found her niche with Dawn Shultz learning about the CFO position.

    • October: Amy Osback – she graciously hosted the PEAK awards at Jack in the Box.

    • November: Monica Braun – she headed up the Mentor program recruitment and continued to help whenever needed.

    • December: Mark Warmbrandt – he’s done an excellent job pulling the Learning Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) together. Stay tuned for more on this SIG in the new year!


    Don't miss the great events we have coming up; details and registration links are provided below.

    The San Diego Board members and I look forward to connecting with you in the new year.

    See you very soon,

    Carollyn Rock


  • Sun, November 22, 2015 6:21 PM | Anonymous

    As we approach the fourth quarter of 2015 I'd like to tell you about the great programs ATD San Diego has for closing out the year.

    On September 16 we collaborate with our San Diego partner organizations in a full-day Workplace Strategies Conference where attendees will be exploring the latest in talent development topics, policies, trends and happenings. Don't miss this incredible learning and networking opportunity.

    Video has become a global training and development staple, and on September 29 ATD San Diego offers an opportunity to learn about all that goes into planing and implementing the production of training videos, and/or on Oct 06 a chance to actually participate in the making of a training video. These two programs are sure to be tremendous learning opportunities.

    Also bridging September and October is eLearning Guild's DevLearn 2015 "Innovation in the Making" Conference. The conference runs from Sept. 30 to Oct 02 and ATD San Diego members receive a 20% discount! This world class conference draws thought leaders from all over and is a terrific opportunity to experience the leading edge of eLearning.

    And speaking of eLearning - on October 22 - 23 ATD National is conducting an E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate course in San Diego. This is a unique opportunity to really expand your instructional design and virtual training skills, and be sure to use our ChIP code CH8024 when you sign up!

    Later that same day ATD San Diego will have our annual PEAK Awards event, where we honor local organizations who exemplify Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge in their learning, training and development initiatives. This is one of our most popular events due to the "best practices" content and exceptional networking. Be sure to register early for this one as it routinely sells out.

    Lastly (for now) I'd like to remind everyone about our monthly Human Performance Alliance Networking events, occurring the second Thursday of every month. Unwind at the end of the day while you meet and make friends with other talent development professionals.

    See you very soon,

    Carollyn Rock

  • Wed, September 16, 2015 11:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As we approach the fourth quarter of 2015 I'd like to tell you about the great programs ATD San Diego has for closing out the year.  

    On September 16 we collaborate with our San Diego partner organizations in a full-day Workplace Strategies Conference where attendees will be exploring the latest in talent development topics, policies, trends and happenings.  Don't miss this incredible learning and networking opportunity.  

    Video has become a global training and development staple, and on September 29 ATD San Diego offers an opportunity to learn about all that goes into planing and implementing the production of training videos, and/or on Oct 06 a chance to actually participate in the making of a training video.  These two programs are sure to be tremendous learning opportunities.

    Also bridging September and October is eLearning Guild's DevLearn 2015 "Innovation in the Making" Conference.  The conference runs from Sept. 30 to Oct 02 and ATD San Diego members receive a 20% discount!  This world class conference draws thought leaders from all over and is a terrific opportunity to experience the leading edge of eLearning. 

    And speaking of eLearning - on October 22 - 23 ATD National is conducting an E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate course in San Diego.  This is a unique opportunity to really expand your instructional design and virtual training skills, and be sure to use our ChIP code CH8024 when you sign up! 

    Later that same day ATD San Diego will have our annual PEAK Awards event, where we honor local organizations who exemplify Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge in their learning, training and development initiatives.  This is one of our most popular events due to the "best  practices" content and exceptional networking.  Be sure to register early for this one as it routinely sells out.

    Lastly (for now) I'd like to remind everyone about our monthly Human Performance Alliance Networking events, occurring the second Thursday of every month.  Unwind at the end of the day while you meet and make friends with other talent development professionals.

    See you very soon,

    Carollyn Rock


  • Wed, September 16, 2015 11:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is the time of year when the chapter is bustling with activity!

    Two items that continue to sustain the chapter are the Board Elections and the Mid-Year Board “retreat.”  

    We are currently vetting members of the chapter who are interested in joining the board (learn about being a board member here).  By the end of September we will provide a slate of nominees for your review and give you the opportunity to cast your votes! 

    Our second priority, our mid-year board “retreat”, is designed to contribute to the continuing health of our chapter.  We will review the progress we’ve made towards the goals we started out with this year; determine the calendar of events for next year based on the results of a survey both members and non-members took; discuss our marketing strategies and processes; and create a strategy to onboard our new board members so they hit the ground running when they take their places in 2016.

    In addition, below I'd like to highlight several upcoming events we feel are especially valuable for our members.  And as always, the San Diego Board members and I look forward to connecting with you at these upcoming events and throughout the year.

    See you very soon,

    Carollyn Rock


  • Tue, July 14, 2015 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This month we are bursting with news! There are several items I’m excited to share with you:

    Live streaming

    If you attended our June event, Innovation in Leadership Development - Great Leadership Programs, you may have noticed that we were live-streaming this special program. As part of our Partnership with Groovy Like a Movie, they are live-streaming selected events for us. This means that if you can’t physically be here, you can still sign-up and view the event simultaneously. Additionally, anyone that has registered for the event (either in person or virtually) will have access to the recorded event. 

    Stay tuned for more information on the next event we will be streaming.

    Attendee survey

    Each year we ask that our audience take 3 minutes to quickly participate in our survey. We will use your input as we establish next year’s calendar of events. Please take a moment to let us know what continues to be of value to you, what you’d like to see more of, and any other topics that are relevant in your TD careers.  Take the survey now.

    Become a Board Member

    Ever wondered what it would take to get involved at the board level of our chapter? Here are some great reasons to consider putting your hat in the ring:

    • Apply and enhance leadership skills
    • Opportunities to showcase your talents
    • Build a strong network of colleagues
    • Gain new skills
    • Build connections with other association members
    • Participate in building a strong association
    • Suggest and implement new ideas
    • Help direct the future of ATD

    We will be posting the board member application and instructions shortly, so please consider how you can make a real contribution to the continued health and success of our chapter.

    Training Video Production

    In September and October, Groovy Like a Movie (GLAM) is hosting two Training Video Production learning events entitled: "Practical and Tactical Approach to Training Video Production". These are beginner classes for individuals who are new to video production.  You can attend one session or the other, or both; there are no pre-requisites.  Click here to learn more.

    The San Diego Board members and I look forward to connecting with you at our upcoming events and throughout the year.

    See you very soon,

    Carollyn Rock



 


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