Chapter Blog

  • Sun, July 20, 2014 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s hard to believe we are entering June and the official start of summer. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we express our concern and support for any of you that experienced a loss during our May fires. Reach out to us if there is any support we can provide.

    What’s in a name?
    Most of you have heard that the organization name is changing to the Association for Talent Development (ATD). The new name was announced at our Annual conference on May 9th by our president, Tony Bingham. The motivation behind the new name, new branding, and new logo is to elevate our world of T&D to the strategic level within an organization. The most successful companies are developing people as a top line priority – integrated into their business strategy. We all know that people/talent development is one of the most important roles for a company. We are more then trainers – our role has a direct effect on overall business outcomes. The T&D function is now being referred to as Talent Development within multiple Fortune 500 companies and the Chief Talent Officer is becoming the new name for the HR Director (check out this new trend on LinkedIn). The ASTD Mission and Values stay the same – to drive performance improvement through developing knowledge and skills which ultimately creates a better world. For more information, join our chapter conversation on Linkedin view the ATD National website:

    The ASTD chapters have 1 year to implement the new change so we are establishing a special committee to help with our own change management. This is a great opportunity to gain first hand experience with implementing our brand change. Contact me to get involved!

    For a productive way to kick-off your summer, we hope to see you at our upcoming June events.
  • Sat, July 19, 2014 6:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy May! It’s a great month for us to remember our goals of 2014. There’s a lot of the year remaining to make a difference with our planning and our programs. ASTD International Conference and Expo (ICE) is being held in Washington DC, May 4-7th. We are learning about global training trends and gaining best-practice knowledge from a variety of companies and consultants. Learning from our fellow professionals is a great tool to help us with our day to day work decisions. Our San Diego Chapter Team will bring back highlights to share!

    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in May and June and sharing best practices.

    ASTD San Diego Mentor-Protégé Program– Applications accepted through May 12th.

    This is an award-winner program to help both mentors and proteges with skill development and relationship building. Download a flyer and apply for both mentor and protégé positions. This is a great way to learn about our ASTD San Diego community. I was a protégé and the experience has helped me through the years!


    Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Nominations are now open!

    If you have a training program, that show learning results, we want to hear from you. Nominate your program, or your client’s program for a PEAK Award. Nominations are being accepted through August 1st. Start early and reach out for any help or questions. Click here for all the PEAK information.


    Thursday May 8, 2014 – Human Performance Alliance Happy Hour

    Peer Support - Networking - Motivation - Commitment - Focus - Results

    Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of meaningful conversation, networking and masterminding. This event is for anyone with an interest in networking, workplace learning and improving human performance. 5:30-7:30pm at the Hyatt in La Jolla. Click here to learn more and register.


    Tuesday May 20, 2014 – Chapter Happy Hour Mixer

    On May 20th from 4-7pm, our chapter will be hosting a chapter BBQ to kick off summer! Join us at Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant for a relaxed evening of good food and great converstation with your fellow training and development professionals.

    Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 – Happy Hour Networking with Author Beverly Kaye

    SAVE THE DATE! Join us for a very special happy hour networking with author Beverly Kaye. Beverly is the author of the popular book Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em – Getting Good People To Stay and she is the CEO of Career Systems International. Beverly will be joining us for an informal networking to meet with our San Diego learning community. Details to be posted on our website soon.

    Wednesday June 25, 2014 – Solutions Marketplace with SHRM and San Diego Sister Organizations

    SAVE THE DATE! We will be having our 2nd annual vendor marketplace to pin point learning solution providers and discuss specific needs with the San Diego community consultants through one on one meetings. The event will be at the San Diego Air and Space Museum from 4-7pm. Sign up will be available soon!


    We continue to strive to bring you as many beneficial opportunities as we can. A few items of note:

    -        Did you know that using our chapter ChIP code of CH8024 - each time you purchase from ASTD National - helps support our chapter? You’ve probably seen the ChIP code listed on the website but you might not know that National will send a percentage of your sale back to our chapter. Each dollar that comes back to us helps provide local programs! Last year we raised almost $1000 from ChIP code revenue. Thank you for your support!

    -        We have a meeting reciprocity rate to attend any of the ASTD LA and ASTD Orange County events for the member price. All 3 of our chapters are helping each other to reach across Southern California to share resources and provide various opportunities to learn!

    Enjoy the pleasures of May and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hard working mothers in our community! We look forward to seeing you soon,

    Nancy McMonigal

    2014 Chapter President

  • Thu, April 10, 2014 8:36 AM | Grace Judson

    Spring has definitely sprung and also delivered a few days of summer in San Diego! One way to celebrate Spring is to learn and network with your fellow ASTD members at one of our upcoming meetings.

    APRIL 15-17, 2014

    Join us next week for a very special workshop with Adobe – teaching us about eLearning techniques with Captivate. Allen Partridge is a Sr. Product Evangelist from Adobe. He will be conducting the workshop on Tuesday, April 15th in San Diego and April 17th in LA. Allen will also be our Chapter Meeting guest speaker on Wednesday, April 16th discussing Trends in eLearning. We have a busy week planned for Allen! Click here to learn more and register.

    MAY 19-20, 2014

    On May 19th and 20th, we have another special workshop planned with Jim Smith Jr. If anyone attended our Chapter Meeting last September – you were able to see Jim in action. He motivates us as training professionals to excel at our presentation, facilitation, and communication skills – in business and in life. He’s offering a 2-day bootcamp for San Diego and special early-bird rates. I’m planning on attending and hope to see you there too. The first night of the workshop – we have a Chapter BBQ planned with Jim so all of our members can network together and meet Jim. It’s at Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley.

    Click here to learn more and register for our May events.

    We continue to strive to bring you as many opportunities as we can find that are of benefit to our ASTD community. A few items of note:

    We are offering a meeting reciprocity rate to attend any of the ASTD LA and ASTD Orange County events for the member price. All 3 of our chapters are helping each other to reach across Southern California to share resources and provide various opportunities to learn!

    ASTD National International Conference (ICE): We have a Chapter Team Discount to attend the conference! That means we have 5 San Diego members registered to attend and anyone who wants to attend can get the discounted rate of $300 off registration! On the website – register for the conference and use the “Conference Team Rate”.

    I hope this April finds you inspired with your learning. We look forward to seeing you soon,

    Nancy McMonigal

    2014 Chapter President

  • Thu, February 27, 2014 8:32 AM | Grace Judson

    I hope you are starting off the year well and are looking forward to expanding your horizons with many learning opportunities in 2014!

    Our chapter has had a very busy 2014 so far, with an engaging workshop in January with Eric Kaufman and Gregg Fasbinder. They created an open-space technology, Genius Forum workshop for our meeting that explored Crafting Cultures That Engage and Empower! We are grateful for sharing their expertise!

    We also honored a few of our outstanding volunteers for 2013:

    Volunteer of the Year:

    - Melanie Proshchenko

    - Amy Osback

    Rookies of the Year:

    - Bryan Lubic

    - Carollyn Rock

    President’s Choice Award:

    - Constantine Bautista

    This month began with the Training Magazine Conference at the Convention Center. We were so pleased to see everyone that came by our ASTD booth to say hi and share your stories. Last week we partnered with National ASTD for a Telling Ain’t Training workshop – many ASTD members from all over the country. We are excited that we will be partnering with National ASTD for a number of programs in 2014!

    Interested in Volunteering

    We have volunteer opportunities to suit you! Whatever time you have to give, and whatever your volunteer objectives may be – we have something that will be just right for you, from our PEAK, Membership and Technology committees to our Events. To get involved, email me and we’ll talk about what’s available.

    Volunteer of the Month – January:

    Angela Martin

    Angela Martin is new to ASTD and completely blew our socks off! Angela took the lead to organize our Training Magazine Conference booth. It was truly a pleasure to work with her. Angela is moving to Orange County for work and to begin her masters program. We are so sad to loose her but know she’ll be in good hands with ASTD in Orange County.

    Please join me in a big “thank you!” to Angela, our January Volunteer of the Month!

    Need Expert Help?

    Advertise a job opening on our website and also market your services. The ASTD San Diego Resource Directory can help you find a consultant or vendor for your Training and Development project. Email me for information.


  • Tue, February 25, 2014 10:23 AM | Carollyn Rock

    Welcome to a new year from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) San Diego! I’m excited to introduce you to our 2014 Board of Directors and to our upcoming programs and events. Our chapter is centered on providing professional development opportunities and building our ASTD membership community. Because we all work together to help each other, we have a really great thing here in San Diego (and I don’t just mean the weather)!! We can show you how to connect to your community and the worldwide ASTD family. Our theme for this year is Commitment to Excellence!

    Please join me, and our 2014 Board of Directors, at our upcoming events.

    I encourage you to get involved to help shape your ASTD community and commit to being excellent!

    See you very soon, 

    Nancy McMonigal



    San Diego Collaboration Event –

    From Compliance to Opportunity

    Feb 28, 2014

    1-5pm, Del Mar Hilton

    Join ASTD and all the fellow Training/HR orgs this Friday for our 2nd Annual Collaboration Event - From Compliance to Opportunity. Learn about new information and application of the laws.

    February 28th, 2014, 1-5pm, San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

    Register on the ASTD SD site:

    Richard Simmons will open the session to help us navigate the various labor matters facing us in 2014.

    - Breakout Session #1 -

    1. Compensation & Benefits Association – SD: Exempt in California – Auditing Your Classifications

    2. San Diego Society for Human Resource Management: Whistleblowers – Roles, Rights & Responsibilities

    Breakout Session #2 -

    1. San Diego Employers Association: Greater Liability for Harassment and Discrimination?  Do What I Say AND What I Do

    2. ASTD / OD Network / Association of Strategic Planning: Change is Hard – Senior Teams Leading the Way

    Register on the ASTD SD site


    Plans for 2014:

    Liz Aitcheson and Jacqueline Sirota are in the process for putting our calendar into place for 2014. Plans are shaping up and we’ll begin to announce the details soon:

    • March Roundtable Chapter Meeting to explore Excellence in Instructional Design of your Training Programs
    • April Technology Focus a spotlight on eLearning Trends                            
    • May Chapter BBQ – to kick off the summer
    • June Collaboration Event – 2nd Annual Marketplace Mixer
    • September 22-24, ASTD National Training Certificate Program
    • October Collaboration Event w/SHRM on Leadership Diversity
    • November Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Awards
    • November 13-14 ASTD National Project Management Certification Program
    • December Holiday Party


    Everyone hears the plea for volunteers in a non-profit organization. What makes us different? We are a community committed to helping each other. I could go on and on about the benefits that ASTD has provided me (leadership opportunities, networking, friends, focused work direction, etc.) but I’d rather show you how ASTD can help you!

    Become a member that is involved! Contact me about opportunities.


    Visit our website to learn more about ASTD San Diego membership (a true bargain) and ASTD National membership (a treasure trove of industry information).  

  • Mon, January 20, 2014 10:25 AM | Grace Judson
    The job description for the Training & Professional Development Specialist at Customer Service Advantage (CSA) states:

    Join a growing consulting firm as the person responsible for shifting the paradigm and helping others develop new skills. Customer Service Advantage, Inc. needs your help to blossom. This position pays between $17-20/hr to start and is part-time. This position includes travel. This position could become full-time based on the success of the candidate.

    This position is needed for providing classroom training and facilitation focusing on professional development topics and customer service. This person will also be expected to successfully facilitate Kaizen-driven business process improvement events with client organizations. Other duties will include, developing training, administrative work, research, developing evaluations and surveys for program effectiveness and facilitating focus groups. Call center familiarity is preferred. Government experience is a must. Office hours will be divided between office location and candidates own home office. Office hours/location/schedule will change during the course of employment.

    Minimum three years of training experience independently teaching group training classes is preferred. Requires well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people of varying background and cultures by adapting style and tactics to fit the audience. Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups, over the telephone, and communicating via email. Individual must be flexible, work well under pressure, be an active problem-solver, and possess a positive attitude.

    Interested candidates should send resume, references, and letter of interest to
  • Wed, December 18, 2013 10:00 AM | Grace Judson

    Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

    I was sorry to miss the closing Chapter meeting of 2013 (I was out of town) - I hear it was an interesting, exciting, and entertaining event. It's always fun and informative to meet our San Diego authors, and if you were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed the experience.

    We are in full-on planning mode (yes, even in the midst of the holidays!) for 2014, and we have some very exciting events on the horizon. I mentioned in last month's President's Letter that we'll be focusing on technology (which I know will interest many of you), as well as looking at how ASTD National's Communities of Practice can inform the topics we choose to emphasize and seeking new ways to engage our audience - which, of course, means you

    And like many people at this time of year, we're looking back at what we accomplished throughout 2013. It's been a year to build foundations within our own organization and developing relationships with "sister" professional organizations throughout San Diego. We anticipate that those relationships will help us help you develop your own networks of professional colleagues and friends, reaching out across multiple organizations and related industries to learn, grow, and become more successful.

    Here's to a great 2013 that was, and here's looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

    Grace Judson
    2013 Chapter President

    Volunteer of the Month - November
    Cindy Nevarez

    Cindy Nevarez is one of those volunteers who just keeps showing up and doing what's needed.  She's been a consistent support to our Programs Co-Directors, and went above-and-beyond in her help with the November Chapter fundraiser event for Wounded Warriors. And she's also been a big help to the Mentor/Protege committee.

    Please join me in a big "thank you!" to Cindy Nevarez, our November Volunteer of the Month!

    Volunteer of the Month - December
    Kevin Mayfield

    Kevin Mayfield is a past Board member who has remained active in his support of Chapter activities.  He was a key player on this year's Mentor-Protege program committee, and did a fantastic job of leading the Graduation Ceremonies at our December Chapter meeting.

    Please join me in thanking Kevin Mayfield for all his work on behalf of the Chapter!

    Upcoming Events
    January 9th ... February 13th - Human Performance Alliance mastermind

    Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of conversation, networking, and masterminding.  Click here to learn more and register for the January meeting, and click here to learn more and register for February.

    January 28th Chapter Meeting:  Crafting a Culture that Engages and Empowers - an experiential forum

    Using the Genius Forum Platform (based on Open Space Technology) we will explore how to create cultures of engagement. Picture yourself participating in the most innovative, transformative, crowd-sourced event for groups!

    Click here to learn more and register for this exciting event.

    Wounded Warriors Fundraiser Update

    Did you attend the November Chapter Fundraiser event for the Wounded Warriors?

    It was a great evening at the San Diego Air & Space museum, with moving and inspirational speakers and a lot of wonderful items donated for the silent auction.

    Carol Sheckler and Liz Aitcheson, our Programs Co-Directors, have asked that we offer a special thanks to the volunteers who put in a lot of time and energy making sure the event ran smoothly.

    Mary Mogk (who did an amazing job collecting donated items!)
    Jacquie Fine Urielle (a take-charge organizer who kept things straight in the midst of chaos)
    Cindy Nevarez (a backbone of the Programs team and our November Volunteer of the Month)

    With their efforts and the generosity of our donors and auction bidders, we raised a total of approximately $2,700.  Thank you all!

  • Thu, November 21, 2013 10:33 AM | Grace Judson

    Greetings, and happy Thanksgiving to you all! 

    On Monday, I chaired my very last ASTD-SD Board meeting as President.  (We don't meet in December.) It's bittersweet in so many ways to be coming to the end of my term!

    At that meeting, I thanked everyone who has been part of my Board of Directors for this year. I want to thank them all again here. It's been an interesting year for all of us, with a number of wonderful success stories as well as some inevitable bumps in the road. Of course it's obvious that without their support, we wouldn't have had the successes, nor been able to navigate the bumps. 

    And in many situations they went above and beyond, dedicating their time, energy, and effort to our volunteer organization.

    So - big, big thanks to the 2013 Board of Directors!

    Nancy McMonigal - President-Elect
    Constantine Bautista - CFO (retiring)
    Mary Jane Riccardi - Secretary
    Gaby Alvarez - Professional Development (retiring)
    Carol Sheckler - Programs (retiring)
    Liz Aitcheson - Programs
    Gregg Fasbinder - Membership (retiring)

    The year may be coming to an end, but our planning process is gathering momentum. Nancy (incoming President) facilitated our Board Transition meeting a few weeks ago and did a fabulous job. I found myself taking notes on all the things I might have done but didn't, and I suspect I'll be doing that throughout 2014 ... as I sit back and enjoy being Past President!

    So stay tuned for what's coming! 2014 will include more joint activities with our sister organizations throughout the county, fewer "lunch and a speaker" events, and more panels, round-tables, and other opportunities for real hands-on experiential learning.  

    I can't wait!

    Grace Judson
    2013 Chapter President


    Volunteers of the Month: PEAK Award Judges

    Kathy Box, Sarai McMahon, and Marianne Hamilton

    Judging the submissions for our annual PEAK (Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge) is never an easy task. The applications are always top-notch (of course), and selecting the winner is a rigorous and exacting process

    As always, our judges step up and take on the responsibility with dedication and aplomb.

    So big thanks to them, our Volunteers of the Month!


    Upcoming Events

    December 11th Chapter Meeting: Let's Celebrate a Year of Learning!

    We're packing a lot into our December meeting! First,you'll have a chance to acknowledge the achievements of this year's participants in our award-winning Mentor-Protege program - and then you'll have a chance to meet and talk with some of our San Diego community's Local Authors:  David Berke, Jeff Toister, Denise Lee Yohn, and Tom Leech will all be there.

    Click here to learn more and register.

    December 12th ... January 9th Human Performance Alliance Mastermind

    Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of conversation, networking, and masterminding. Click here to learn more and register for the December meeting, and click here to learn more and register for January.


    Focus for 2014:
    technology, communities of practice, and engagement

    As mentioned above, we have some intriguing plans unfolding for 2014.

    Nancy McMonigal, 2014 Chapter President, is looking to ASTD National's Communities of Practice to help guide our topic selections and panel discussions.

    And our Events Directors, Liz Aitcheson and Jacqueline Sirota, are already making plans for more technology workshops in the upcoming year.

    All these plans are designed for all of us in the San Diego Learning & Development community to expand our professional development and our networking.

    This means we need you - your full engagement. We rely on volunteers for everything we do - event planning and execution, our website, financial management, assisting our members, communicating our value to the San Diego community - anything you can think of, we need your help with.

    Are you ready to get involved in 2014?  We're ready to work with you to accomplish great things together!

  • Thu, November 07, 2013 10:09 AM | Grace Judson
    The job description for the Training Coordinator at Rady Children's Hospital states:

    This position conducts needs analysis and facilitates training of technology and computer applications throughout the hospital in order to ensure that organizational technology training needs are addressed. Provides design, development of training materials. If software certified, maintains certification/proficiency in appropriate technology(s)/application(s); includes basic-level of skills in planning and analysis. This position works closely with other Trainers, Instructional Designer/CBT Developer, CIS, IS, and staff in corresponding departments and clinics. Collaborates with others to ensure that mechanisms are in place to maintain effective technology training based on identified needs and priorities. The IS Training Coordinator position is responsible for the support and implementation of IS projects within the department and the organization. Assigned projects range in scope from facilitation of on-going programs to specific, targeted program review plan logistics of events, to create and/or edit correspondence, establish, maintain, and revise record keeping/filing systems, be available for on-site events/programs, support staff with program registration, offers ideas to enhance programs.

    For the full job description and contact information, click here.
  • Tue, October 29, 2013 11:41 AM | Grace Judson

    It's been a busy month for ASTD San Diego!

    First, I want to offer a big round of applause and congratulations to our PEAK (Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge) award finalists, Mission Federal Credit Union and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

    I talked with some of the judges, and I know it was a tough decision between the two! And CONGRATULATIONS to Mission Federal Credit Union, the 2013 PEAK Winners.  

    You can read more about both of their initiatives at our PEAK Awards page.

    Second, another big round of applause and congratulations for our newly-elected 2014 Board members. Please join me in welcoming Carollyn Rock (Technology), Bryan Lubic (Marketing), Jacqueline Sirota (Programs), and Dawn Schultz (CFO) to the ASTD San Diego Board of Directors.  (And please join me in a sad farewell to our retiring Board members Carol Sheckler (Programs), Gabriela Alvarez (Professional Development), Gregg Fasbinder (Membership), and Constantine Bautista (CFO).)

    We're nearly at the end of the year ... and we have some fabulous events still to come. Our annual Fundraiser is on November 20th this year, and will be at the San Diego Air & Space Museum - see below (or click here) for more details.  And our December event will be a Local Authors Round Table, at which you'll be able to meet San Diego authors and participate in round-table discussions with them about their books' topics. Click here for details and to register (authors will be added as we obtain their commitment to attend).

    Last - but far from least - we have two exciting additions to our ASTD San Diego website.

    The first is our new Resources Library, where you'll find information about past Chapter meetings, including links to resources provided by the speakers and the opportunity to share insights and hold conversations about the meeting topics. 

    And secondly, for those who are Members, you'll see two new fields in your Member Profile:  "Ask me about" and "I'm interested in learning more about."  These fields give you the chance to make your areas of interest or specialty known to fellow Members, and also tell your fellow Members what you might be doing research on or be interested in knowing more about.  I encourage you to visit your Profile and update those fields - and do make sure that you set the permissions so that other Members can see what you've entered.  (Need help? Just email me!)

    With that, I'll wish you a happy Hallowe'en! Enjoy! and I hope to see you at the November fundraiser.

    Grace Judson
    2013 Chapter President

    Volunteer of the Month: Bryan Lubic

    The PEAK Awards are an important, signature event for ASTD San Diego, honoring the best of the best of our local organizations' Learning & Development initiatives.

    It's important that we have a committee and a committee chair who have the commitment to make this event the success it deserves to be, and Bryan Lubic, as the 2013 PEAK Committee Chair this year, did exactly that.  Thank you, Bryan!

    Upcoming Events

    November 14th: Human Performance Alliance Mastermind
    Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of conversation, networking, and masterminding.  Click here to learn more and register.

    November 20th Chapter Meeting: Fundraiser for Wounded Warriors
    Our annual Fundraiser benefits over 350 military heroes through the Career Development Services of the Wounded Warriors Battalion West.

    Even if you can't attend, please consider donating an item or service to the silent auction - or sponsoring a military hero to attend the event.

    Click here to learn more and register, donate, or sponsor a military hero.

    December 11th Chapter Meeting: Local Authors Round Table
    Come meet local authors, hear their ideas, and engage in discussions with them about their work.  And we'll also be celebrating this year's Mentors and Proteges - it's graduation time for the program! Click here to learn more and register.

    December 12th: Human Peformance Alliance Mastermind
    Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of conversation, networking, and masterminding.  Click here to learn more and register.


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