President's Letters

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  • Tue, January 12, 2021 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year ATD San Diego!

    I am thrilled to volunteer alongside an incredibly talented group of professionals who will serve as your 2021 Board of Directors. Please help me in welcoming:

    • Melanie Chin  – Marketing Director
    • Melissa Esten – Membership Director
    • Sylvia Melena – Programs Co-Director
    • David Berke – Programs Co-Director
    • Karen Radzinski - Secretary
    • Gwen Franco – President-elect
    • Mary Jane Riccardi – Past President
    • Norma Hernandez – Chief Financial Officer
    • Tom Velasquez – Technology Director

    One of our top priorities is to continue providing safe programming as we navigate the global pandemic. Last year you proved that even though we couldn’t meet in person, you still wanted to connect. We promise to offer opportunities for you to continue to connect with your learning and development peers and develop your skills. Watch our website for the new infographic “Charting New Territory” guiding you along our year of programming. We’ll continue to watch the updates on the pandemic and wait to host in-person gatherings until it is safe to do so.  

    Join us on Wednesday January 20th for our virtual Kick-off event. I’ll share a chapter update and we’ll provide time for you to engage with one another. We will host a virtual Professional Mixer on Thursday January 28th - be sure to register for one or both. 

    We know that you all bring creativity and talent to our chapter. I encourage you to consider sharing your strengths with our community. You are why we exist. The more we get to know each other, the more our chapter reflects you and is able to meet your “why” for being a member. Connect with us so we can learn more about you and add your fingerprints to our chapter. 

    I can’t wait to see you at an upcoming event. Please connect with me, our chapter, and board of directors on LinkedIn. 

    Cheers to a great year ahead,

  • Mon, November 30, 2020 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego

    As 2020 winds down, I couldn’t help but think of my time as president of this magnificent chapter. It is very true… this chapter is great because of its members, volunteers, and guests. I have had the opportunity to work with so many of you over the past couple years and every encounter has added to my experience as a chapter leader.

    So, what has been accomplished? This is a perfect time to reflect back:

    • Re-establishment of our vision, mission, values
    • Website redesign
    • Email notifications of open positions
    • Sponsors and partnerships
    • Chapter membership availability on the ATD Store
    • Increased LinkedIn social media presence
    • Increased use of our YouTube channel
    • 20th and 21st anniversary of our Mentor/Protégé Program
    • Great chapter meetings, workshops and other programs
    • OK... there are too many to list them all here!

    Right before I finished writing this letter, I received an email from ATD National. We were named ATD’s December 2020 Chapter of the Month. How exciting!!!

    All this gets done through the work of our volunteers. Our marketing Director, Sharon Lo, is completing her responsibilities as a board member this year. Sharon and her team have worked diligently establishing our different levels of sponsorships and enhancing our social media presence. Sharon, thank you for all you have done in this role for ATD San Diego.

    The new board will be meeting this month to determine the budget and do some strategic planning for next year, but 2020 is not over yet. Keep an eye on our events calendar.

    • You will find an opportunity to obtain OD and training material at no cost. Retired OD and training professional, Mary Kay Lahey, will be donating all her materials to our members and guests. On December 5, 9:00 – 12:00 you will be able to visit her home and take what you want. First come, first served. Registration is required, so be sure to do that before 6:00 PM on Friday, December 4.
    • You will also find our ATD Virtual Mixer on December 15.

    ATD is offering one virtual certificate program in December:

    December 7 – 11 is Employee Learning Week. This week is an opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to talent development. During the week, remind employees about all of the learning and talent development opportunities they can access. It is also a great opportunity to think about how you can enhance learning and development for your customers going into 2021. Keep an eye out for our LinkedIn messages during the week.

    It has been a privilege and an honor to be president of this chapter.  You'll hear from your new 2021 president, Bridget Randall starting in January.  The chapter is definitely in good hands.

    I hope you all have a great holiday.  Please stay safe and healthy.

    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, November 02, 2020 7:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Welcome to November ATD San Diego!

    Let me begin by announcing our continuing and newly elected board of directors for 2021:


    The new board will be meeting this month to start planning and budgeting for 2021. With such great members in these critical leadership positions, I know we will have a great year.

    As 2020 starts to wind down, please consider one of the following learning options.

    ATD San Diego’s upcoming events for November include:

    Webinar – Action Based Change – Overcoming Resistance

    Nov. 5

    3:00 – 4:00 PM

    Webinar – Solutions for Three Top Review-Succession Challenges

    Nov. 10

    10:00 – 11:00 AM

    Webinar – Gamification for Talent Development: Deconstructing the Psychology of Games to Entice, Engage, and Encourage Learners Nov. 13
    10:00 - 11:00 AM
    ATD Professional Virtual Mixer
    Nov. 17
     6:00 - 7:00 PM

    Affiliate Event – The Courage to Go Together: Three Questions to Change How You Work, Live and Lead

    Nov. 18

    6:00 – 7:30 PM

     

    ATD is offering one virtual certificate program in November:

    • Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate: November 16 – 17 

    As we get closer to the end of the year, and what a year it has been, I want to thank all of our members, guests, volunteers, board members and ATD support staff. In March, everything we did got turned upside down, but we hardly skipped a beat. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Hopefully going into 2021 we will be able to meet together again and enjoy each other’s company and insights. Virtual has been great, but a little balance would make things even better.

    Have a great Thanksgiving. Please stay safe and healthy.

    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, September 30, 2020 8:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Fall is always a busy time for the ATD San Diego board. With elections in progress and preparing for next year’s events, it is truly a busy but exciting time. Please take this time during our elections to make your choice for our 2021 ATD San Diego leadership team. Voting is open through October 2nd. This is an import part of our bylaws and we encourage all members to participate.

    After elections you will receive an email asking for your input for our chapter. Annually, we solicit your response for what you are looking for from your ATD San Diego membership. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us. We use your suggestions to develop our programs for next year!

    As you consider your October activity, please consider one or more of these options from ATD and DISCcert Inc.

    ATD San Diego’s upcoming events for October include:

    Webinar – Are You Developing Your High Potentials Fast Enough

    Oct. 6

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Coffee & Conversation – Frontiers & Careers in the Talent Development Field

    Oct. 16

    10:00 – 11:00 AM

    ATD Southern California Chapters Virtual Networking Event

    Oct. 17

    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Webinar – Lunch & Learn:  Engaging Learners with a Simple Online Simulation Game

    Oct. 28

    12:00 – 1:00 PM

    ATD is offering two virtual certificate programs in October:

    • ATD Master Trainer Program: October 13 – 16 
    • ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer Program: October 26 – 29 

    This month I am happy to share with our members the opportunity to become DISC Certified at a significant discount. DISCcert Inc. wants to help you get officially DISC Certified!  Become the DISC Expert that knows how to facilitate and inspire real communication success. In this five live weekly online program, you'll learn and practice using DISC tools and strategies for immediate results. ATD San Diego members who register by Thursday, October 15th for the October Live Online DISC Certification Program, can register for only $995 (savings of $2500).  Click here to register with promo code “OCTOBERDISCPROMO”

    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, August 30, 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Wow! Summer just flew by… COVID and all. As we roll into the fall months and heading toward 2021, we have several events taking place I would like to highlight.

    Our upcoming events for September include:

    Webinar – Give your Brain a Boost by Improving your Brain Fitness!

    Sept. 2

    9:00 – 10:00 AM

    Virtual – Lunch & Learn: Storyline in Less Time

    Sept. 14

    12:00 – 1:00 PM

    Mixer – Celebrating Membership (members only event)

    Sept. 17

    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Webinar – How to Create a 360 Feedback Assessment

    Sept. 29

    3:00 – 4:00 PM

    ATD is offering two virtual certificate programs in September:

    • ATD Master Performance Consultant Program: September 8 – 11 
    • Consulting Skills Certificate: September 10 – 11 

    Also in September, we will be launching the election process for new board members. A huge thank you to all who expressed interest in our open positions. You will be able to find information on each candidate on our website as we get closer to the opening of the election. Voting will run from September 11 through October 2. Members will need to login in order to vote. Voting is an important part of how we run our business, so please take a few minutes to cast your vote for our new leaders for 2021.

    September 14th through the 18th is ATD Member Week. Throughout this week, you will be able to save 10% on your both ATD national and San Diego memberships. ATD national members will have access to daily, exclusive sales on the most popular ATD products and services. Additionally, ATD Professional and Professional Plus memberships will be available at 10 percent off standard rates. Discounts will be automatically applied at checkout. Don’t miss this opportunity! We will also be holding a members only event with some great give-a-ways. Keep an eye on the events calendar for updates.

    Have a wonderful September and I hope to see you 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

  • Tue, July 28, 2020 9:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Last month I talked about the importance of chapter leadership and encouraged all of our volunteers to consider a leadership role in the chapter. This is an exciting opportunity to continue to develop and demonstrate your leadership skills. I encourage you to apply or speak to any of the current board members to learn more about these opportunities. Applications will be taken through August 7. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2021 are:

    • President-elect
    • Secretary
    • Program Co-directors
    • Marketing Director
    • Membership Director

    If you are interested in a board position but have not volunteered, please speak to any of the current board members so we can help you put a plan together. Job descriptions and the application are available on our website under Get Involved/Lead the Chapter.

    We have several opportunities for you to focus on your continued development. Our programs teams are working on events for the remainder of this year and into next year. Our upcoming events for August include:

    Webinar – Through the Looking Glass: A Conversation about Bias, Perception and Social Change

    July 29

    3:00 – 4:00 PM

    Sponsor Event – Future Focus: Careers in Digital Marketing

    July 30

    4:00 PM

    Webinar – From Ideas to Actions: Ten Strategies to Increase Belonging, Inclusion and Equity

    August 5

    3:00 – 4:00 PM

    Virtual – Going Beyond Adult Learning Theory

    August 11

    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Sponsor Event – Future Focus: Careers in IT Management

    August 13

    4:00 PM

    ATD Professional Virtual Mixer

    August 20

    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Sponsor Event – Future Focus: Careers in Healthcare Technology and Analytics

    August 27

    4:00 PM

    Coffee & Conversation – ATD Capability Model

    August 28

    9:00 – 10:00 AM

    ATD is offering several certificate programs in August:

    • Training Certificate: August 4 – 6
    • Training Design and Delivery Certificate: August 17 – 21
    • ATD Expert Coach Program: August 24 – 27
    Our partner, Alliant International University, is offering a 33-unit Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology degree on their four campuses, including Online, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Fresno. This improved program can be completed in one year, with two courses taken each 8-week term. Our on-ground, hybrid, and online formats allow working students to attend school while maintaining their work commitments. Through hands-on training our students are prepared for a variety of careers and are adept not only at influencing positive change and creating a more innovative, inclusive and healthy workplace but also at developing leaders, managing and motivating talent, and inspiring teams in organizations. Alliant is proud to partner with the ATD San Diego Chapter. Members of ATD San Diego are eligible for preferred pricing which includes a 10% tuition savings plus Application Fee Waiver. Alliant is accepting applications for Fall 2020. ATD San Diego members can apply via this Link. For more information or to schedule an Alliant information session for your organization, please contact 

    lnaderi@alliant.edu.

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

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President

  • Tue, June 30, 2020 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    It’s hard to believe we are going into the second half of the year. I hope you are all doing well and have been able to adjust to the world we live in at the moment. This is the time of year when we review our budget vs. actual income and spending. The Board will be reviewing this in July and making any needed adjustments. It is also the time we start planning the next year, and that starts with the nomination and election of new board of directors positions.

    I have talked before about the importance of chapter leadership, including our board of directors and our volunteers. Our chapter is successful because of our volunteers. All of our chapter events, website, social media posts, partnerships, sponsorships, etc. get done through our volunteers. Volunteering can be rewarding and a great opportunity to add to your already great resume. If you are interested in marketing, helping new members, learning website design, leading a special interest group, looking for sponsors, finding speakers or facilitators, (I could good go on and on, but you get the point) consider volunteering or even a board position.

    ATD San Diego membership does not only mean learning at a chapter event, but also through the roles necessary to running the business. And yes, we run this chapter as a business and thus do all the things that a small business does; set goals, file taxes, maintain insurance, create a budget, and keep a P&L and balance sheet, to name a few.

    Starting in July, we will begin the process of finding board members for 2021 as well as new volunteers who can step up and help were needed. There are several positions we were unable to fill this year, so these are still open. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2021 are:

            President-elect

            Secretary

            Program Co-director

            Marketing Director

            Membership Director

    If you are interested in a board position but have not volunteered, please speak to any of the current board members so we can help you put a plan together. Job descriptions and the application are available on our website under Get Involved/Lead the Chapter. Watch out for our new video series starting mid-July accessible on our YouTube channel.

    I hope you will consider the various opportunities available. 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, May 08, 2020 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    I hope this letter finds you well. In this month’s letter, I would like to focus on the several very exciting programs we have coming up in May and continuing into the summer.

    Virtual mixers are scheduled every other week on Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00. We will continue with these at least through June. It is a great way to ask questions, find resources and assistance, but most important stay connected. Please join us! Registration is available on our website.

    We are continuing to add virtual chapter, partner and ATD national events on our calendar. Looks like there could be something for everyone.

    May 6

    June 3

    July 8

    TBD

    5:30 – 7:00 PM

    Virtual Discussion – Learning Through Crisis

    • Part I: The Beginning: Workplace Emergency Response to Crisis
    • Part II: Culture in the Times of Crisis
    • Part III: A Sage Forum to Share
    • Part IV: The Aftermath

    May 11

    12:00 – 1:00 PM

    Webinar – Lunch & Learn: Classroom to Virtual: Bringing Social to Distance

    May 14

    9:00 – 10:30 AM

    Sponsor Event: CSML Virtual Conference Keynote – Fundamental Leadership Qualities in Times of Uncertainty

    May 22

    9:00 – 10:00

    Coffee & Conversation: Value of ATD Membership

    May 26 – June 30

    2:30 – 4:30 PM

    ATD Project Management for Learning Processionals Certificate

    May 27 – June 12

    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    ATD Master Instructional Designer Program

    May 28 – June 25

    7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    ATD Articulate Storyline Certificate

    May 28 – July 9

    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    ATD Instructional Design Certificate

    May 28 – July 2

    1:00 – 3:00 PM

    ATD Consulting Skills Certificate


    The 21st year of our Mentor/Protégé program is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, May 30 with the critically important matching event. We know how important this program is for so many of our members to help them in their L&D careers. Applications are due May 16. Details are here on the website.

    This is a great time to join our chapter. Through June 30, new members can join ATD San Diego at a 20% discount off regular pricing. This includes all of our membership options: individual, corporate, teacher, student, senior and military. If your membership is due for renewal in this same timeframe, we welcome you to renew at the discounted price. 

    To take advantage of this discount, join or renew your membership and enter the promo code ATDNEW20 during checkout. You may also join or renew through the national website td.org. It is a great time to become a Power Member. We hope this helps in your efforts to network and to continue your learning journey.

    As our chapter adjusts to providing you new and relevant virtual learning and networking opportunities we are finding we are in need of more volunteers. For example our Technology Director Tom is looking for someone to post graphics, registration and hyperlinks for events and send email confirmations to registrants. Please think about how you could use your skills and talents in our chapter. You can show your interest by going to tdsandiego.org/volunteer.

    I think it could still take several months before we can get back to meeting in person. We will adjust as the situation warrants.

    Take care and stay healthy!

    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President

  • Sun, April 19, 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Our response to the COVID situation is evolving quickly. Since we are still two weeks away from May and the monthly President’s Letter, I thought I would break the usual cadence and provide an April update.

    We now have virtual mixers scheduled every other Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00. We will continue with these until we are able to meet again in person. It is a great way to ask questions, find resources and assistance, but most important stay connected. Please join us! Registration is available on our website.

    We are continuing to add virtual chapter events on our calendar.

    April 22

    5:30 – 7:00 PM

    Connecting Gamification with Talent Development: Learn Some New Tricks From A Case Study

    April 29

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Build Your Resilience! Six Strategies to Help You Stay Afloat Through Crisis

     

    The 21st year of our Mentor/Protégé program is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, May 30 with the critically important matching event. We know how important this program is for so many of our members to help them in their L&D careers. Applications are due May 16. Details are here on the website.

    We are working to keep our website up-to-date with new programs and resources. Currently, we have information available for virtual programs available through ATD National. Our neighbor to the north, ATD Los Angeles has graciously invited our members to join some of their programs over the next couple of months. I recommend checking the website weekly and following our social media channels to see these and other new additions to the programs and resources we have available to our members and guests.

    I am very happy to announce our partnership with Alliant University. In addition to providing ATD San Diego a place to hold our meetings, our members are eligible for a 10% tuition reduction when newly enrolled to Alliant as a full-time student. You will be hearing more from Alliant in the coming months.

    As many of you may know, the ATD International Conference in Denver was canceled. Although this is very disappointing, a new Virtual Conference is now scheduled for June 1 – 5 for a very reasonable cost of $395 for ATD National members. Although the agenda is still a work in progress, you may want to check it out at td.org.

    We are finding we are in need of a few volunteers. Please think about how you could use your skills and talents in our chapter.

    Partnership Volunteer

    Help manage marketing of partner/affiliate events on the website, social media, and email channels.

    Graphic Designer

    Help create digital materials, such as the "ATD San Diego at a Glance" one-pager, to promote the value of working with the chapter as a potential speaker or sponsor.

    Membership Volunteer

    Help with strategies and activities to attract and retain members.

    Connector

    Welcome new members and visitors at events, then connect after the event to encourage attendance at a future events.

    I am so proud of the work the Board and other volunteers are doing to make the changes needed to keep pace with the situation. I can’t thank you enough.

    It’s great to hear more and more discussion on how and when to open the economy. I think it could still take several months before we can get back to meeting in person. We will adjust as the situation warrants.

    Take care and stay healthy!

    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President
  • Sat, April 11, 2020 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings ATD San Diego Members,

    We wanted to pass on an update from ATD National regarding all in-person education courses.  See the update and link below:

    April 7, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.

    ATD has been closely monitoring public health advisories and guidance on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. You are very important to ATD and our talent development community. We want to do everything we can to support you.

    ATD is canceling our in-person Education course deliveries through July 31, 2020. If you are registered for a course during this time, a representative from our team will be contacting you soon to help transfer your registration to an online course or reschedule for an in-person course later in the year.

    Thank you for your understanding and for all you do to empower others to create a world that works better.

    https://www.td.org/education-coronavirus-covid-19-update

    Thank you,

    ATD San Diego

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