President's Letters

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  • Mon, March 30, 2020 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Wow! As I am starting to write this letter, I can’t help but think of what a different world we are living in compared to just 30 days ago. I sincerely hope all of you are well. I realized getting through this will be challenging for each and every one of us in our own way. 

    As you have seen, the requirements for social distancing has caused us to cancel many of the events we had scheduled over the next several weeks. However, it also has caused us to consider what we can do instead. That is what I would like to address this month.

    Starting next week, March 31, we will be hosting an ATD Professional VIRTUAL Mixer from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. We will be sharing how COVID-19 has changed our lives and discussing how ATD San Diego can help. I hope you will consider joining us. So grab your computer, webcam, headset and favorite beverage and Zoom on in. Details can be found on the website, along with registration and login information.

    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. Because of the uncertainty of the situation, the program team is already putting in place the changes needed to offer this program virtually. This includes changes to the application, which will require a video submission in addition to the written application. We certainly hope and expect that our mentor/protégé pairs will eventually be able to meet in person, but for now, we need to keep our distance. More information will be available on our website shortly. Applications are due May 16. 

    We are also looking at other events and resources we can provide during this time, so stay tuned to our social media channels and our website. Please feel free to reach out with any ideas. Better yet, join us on Tuesday!

    Take care!

    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President
  • Tue, March 17, 2020 9:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear members, friends and guests,

    As the effort to control the spread of COVID-19 continues to evolve, so has our responsibility to adhere to those requirements and guidelines. In less than a week, we have experienced several decisions to limit the gathering of people to stop the spread of this virus. As a result, the ATD San Diego board of directors have made the following decisions to keep up with these requirements and keep our members and guests safe. 

    We have postponed/cancel all March events:

    • OD SIG scheduled for March 20
    • Workshop scheduled for March 25
    • ATD Professional Mixer in La Jolla in March
    • ATD Professional Mixer in Carlsbad in April

    We will continue to monitor the situation and make further decisions if necessary.

    Thank you for your understanding. Be safe and take the precautions necessary to protect yourself and those around you.

    Regards,

    MJ

    Chapter President
  • Sat, December 14, 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    As we get close to wrapping up another year, I want to thank all of our volunteers who make this chapter possible. Especially our board of directors, many who are completing their two-year term.

    ·        Annette Weinstein – Past President

    ·        Bridget Randall – Programs Director (President-elect in 2020)

    ·        Chelsea Logan – Programs Director

    ·        Christine Pascual – Technology Director

    ·        Norma Hernandez – Secretary (CFO in 2020)

    ·        Mario Reina – CFO

    ·        Sharon Lo – Marketing Director

    We are still looking to fill a few board positions for 2020/2021. If you have been volunteering and looking for a leadership opportunity, please let me know. 

    Sometimes it can be confusing and frustrating to know what paths and milestones you can take to develop your L&D career. Careers develop differently, some by design and some by circumstance. As we wrap up this calendar year, join us as we welcome our panel of L&D professionals who will provide their insights into developing an L&D career. Our panelists represent a mix of expertise and differing develop paths. We will also provide additional information on resources from our chapter as well as the larger ATD organization and you will have the opportunity to talk with our panelists during the event. Our event is taking place Wednesday, December 4. I hope to see you there.

    I wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday!

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

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President

  • Sat, November 02, 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Let me begin by announcing our newly elected 2020 board of directors!

    • Bridget Randall – President-elect

    • Mary Jane Riccardi – President

    • Annette Weinstein – Past President

    • Norma Hernandez – CFO

    • Sharon Lo – Marketing Director

    • Gwen Franco – Programs Director

    • Tom Velasquez – Technology Director

    Working with the board currently are Jo Ann Peterson and Cicek Svensson, in the role of Membership Director and Programs Director respectively. Both Jo and Cicek are gaining knowledge and experience volunteering with our chapter. The board will have the opportunity to vote them into these board positions within the next few months. We are still without a Secretary for 2020. If you have been volunteering and looking for a new opportunity, please let me know. Secretary is a great position to get more involved with the chapter. 

    I am thrilled to be able to announce the restart of our OD Special Interest Group. A big thank you to Michelle Banuelos for leading this effort. Please join us on November 15 for a fun interactive session on how we can use improv to improve our leadership. Look for more info and registration on our website.

    On Saturday, October 26, we held our annual board transition meeting. The top topics for the day included a review of the budgeting process so we can get started preparing the budget for 2020, and planning our 2020 programs and events. There is still a lot of work to do, but you will soon see event dates on our calendar.

    Our final chapter meeting for the year will take place Wednesday, December 4 during ATD Employee Learning Week. We will focus on the topic of developing your career in the L&D industry. You will hear from a panel of L&D practitioners and have the opportunity to submit questions for the panel via a link in your registration confirmation email. We are working on the final details, so keep an eye on the website and social media for the details. 

    As we have done in past years, our monthly HPA events will skip November and December, and begin again in January.

    Have a great November and Thanksgiving. I hope to see you in December.

    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, October 04, 2019 10:21 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 the next year events, it is truly an exciting time. I love the opportunity to hear new ideas that will make us a chapter of which all learning professionals want to be a part. Our election for new board members ends this week. If you have not already done so, please take a moment (and yes, just a moment in time) to cast your ballot. This is an important part of our bylaws and we encourage all members to participate. 

    The annual board transition meeting will be held on Saturday, October 26. Here we will review our past year accomplishments and opportunities for improvement. This will lead to our planning for 2020. 

    Our next chapter meeting will take place Wednesday, October 23 at UCSD Extension. The topic is “How to Create an Innovative Culture in Your Team.” Please join our speaker Michael Vargas from Ziksana Consulting as he facilitates this highly interactive session. Sounds like a fun and insightful couple hours to me!

    Our HPA events for October are on Thursday, October 17 in North County and Thursday, October 24 in La Jolla. It is a great opportunity to talk to other members and visitors in a stress free casual environment.

    More events are being discussed for the remainder of the year. Details will become available as they are finalized and confirmed.

    Have a great October 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, September 03, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Wow! Summer just flew by… it is amazing how quickly the passage of time can feel. As we roll into the fall months and heading toward 2020 (can you believe it), we have several events taking place I would like to highlight.

    First, is our next workshop on September 23rd from 1:00 – 4:30 PM. Dr. Maureen Orey will be facilitating "Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Leverage Existing Resources for Rapid Instructional Design.” What a great topic! I know I am always looking for ways NOT to start from scratch. This should be a very meaningful and useful afternoon. You can find more details and registration information on our website.

    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 can find information on each candidate on our website. Elections will run from September 3 through October 4. Members will need to login in order to vote.

    Our chapter meeting programs team is currently working on a great new event that will take place in early November. We are planning our first, and hopefully not last, hackathon. This idea is a result of feedback we received during our February chapter meeting. This is a great opportunity to help a group in our community in a fun, exciting day. More to come soon, so keep an eye on the website and our social media sites.

    Our HPA’s are a great opportunity to learn more about ATD and the value of membership. Please pass the word along to your friends and colleagues. We hold our HPA events in Carlsbad and La Jolla each month. Be sure to register so we know you are coming.

    September 9 through the 13th is ATD Member Week. Throughout this week, you will be able to save 10% on your ATD San Diego membership. 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!

    Have a great September and I hope to see you at an upcoming event.

    Best Regards,

     
    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President
  • Fri, August 02, 2019 10:31 AM | 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. We also invited members to join the board at the July board meeting and had ten members join us. Thank you to all that attended. We very much appreciate your input and ideas. 

    I am happy to say we have had several members show interest in some of the board positions opening up in 2020. Applications will be taken through August 9. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2020 are:

    • President-elect
    • Secretary
    • CFO
    • Program Co-directors
    • Technology 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.

    Our programs teams are working on events for the remainder of the year. We need your input for our September workshop, so take 30 seconds to vote for your topic of interest on our LinkedIn post.

    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 02, 2019 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    I hope summer is off to a great start for everyone. It is my favorite time of year. I love the long days, being able to sit outside when I get home from work and enjoy the warmth of the day vs. the chill of the air conditioning.

    This month I want to talk 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. I have held several positions now, my first being a volunteer at chapter events, then programs director. Scary… yes! I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I said yes. That commitment has led to so much learning and continued leadership opportunities. 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 2020 as well as new volunteers who can step up and help were needed. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2020 are:

    • President-elect
    • Secretary
    • CFO
    • Program Co-directors
    • Technology 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.

    The board of directors meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Our next in person board meeting will be held in July and we would like to invite our members to join us. More details can be found on our website. Registration is required by July 5.

    I mentioned last month, that we were planning a learning and development career discussion chapter meeting. After discussing this at the June board meeting, we have decided to postpone until later this year or early next year.

    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
  • Sun, June 09, 2019 11:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    As we enter into the summer months and rain becomes a distant memory, I thought this would be a good time to overview what we have in store for you this summer.

    As of the time you receive this letter, our new website should be up and running. I cannot say enough about all of the effort that went into this project. Please take some time to review the sight. We are looking for your feedback and suggestions. You can contact Christine, our Technology Director at technology@tdsandiego.org with your comments.

    The 20th anniversary of our award winning Mentor/Protégé program kicked off with the matching event on May 18. Pairs will be meeting throughout the summer into the fall moving their goals forward. Good luck to everyone. I hope you have a great experience.

    Our June chapter meeting will be held on June 13 at Alliant University, “Branding Yourself with Social Media.” I love the topic! This should be a great session for all of us.

    Your board of directors meet on the second Tuesday of each month, virtually and in-person (we meet in person once a quarter). Our next in person board meeting will be held in July and we would like to invite our members to join us. More details will be forthcoming, but you can hold the date of July 9 from 6:00 – 8:00PM. The location and agenda will be published on our website towards the end of June. Most likely we will ask for registration so we can accurately account for dinner.

    In August we are planning a learning and development career discussion chapter meeting. We are in the process of planning and the date has not yet been set, but more details should be available within the next month. Also in August we will be starting our election of our 2020 board members.

    And last but certainly not least, we will have both our La Jolla and North County HPA events.

    I hope to see you at our June chapter meeting. 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, May 02, 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    We have an exciting May coming up. We have several events taking place and I hope you are able to take advantage of at least one of these great learning opportunities. The May chapter meeting is taking place on May 2, our next workshop takes place on May 21, and the Mentor/Protégé program starts up with a new group on May 18. The application deadline is Friday, May 3.

    I want to provide an update from the February chapter meeting where we received some great feedback from our members and guests. We received feedback on issues we need to address as well as ideas we can consider moving forward. By far, the greatest opportunity for improvement is in welcoming new members. Quite honestly, this did not come as a big surprise. We have been without a Membership Director for quite some time. We are working on forming a membership committee to help fill this gap. We also received several ideas including partnering with local colleges, ideas for creative collaboration, a new onboarding process, a new website, using our skills to give back to other non-profits, and holding workshops where members can share experiences. Although we may not be able to take action on every idea, we are making progress on a few: new member orientation, partnering with local colleges and a new website. Thank you to those who provided feedback on social media regarding the update of our website. We hope to launch in May.

    Looking forward, we will be starting our search for new board members in the next few months. We are in need of several volunteers to take on numerous roles. These include Membership Director, Co-Programs Directors, Technology Director, CFO, Secretary, and President-Elect. As you can see, we have several roles to fill. Please consider these leadership opportunities. I know it can sound overwhelming, scary and time consuming. It doesn’t need to be if we have a full board and work together. It can actually be rewarding, fun and meaningful to your career development. Feel free to reach out to any of our board members or myself for additional information.

    I hope to see you at our May chapter meeting. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


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