President's Letters

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  • Sun, May 22, 2022 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is our Chapter Update for May from our President.  Click on the graphic to view the video.


  • Sun, April 24, 2022 8:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Change is in the Air

    As the saying goes, the one thing that's constant is change. Business environments are still in flux as organizations make new policies and implement return to office work initiatives. Is that directly impacting you? Are you being asked to create the initiatives? If so, our chapter meeting may be exactly what you need. 

    Trainers as Agents of Change 

    Be the Change. Learn how to increase the effectiveness of change projects by becoming a change agent. During this session, that requires no additional cost above membership, Alan Landers will discuss:

    • Change interventions and  the training to connect it with

    • How to gather data to plan change interventions

    • The Mindset of a change agent.

    • Steps to improve the results of change interventions.


    Register to join the conversation on Wednesday April 20th, 5:30pm. online.

    Are you Younger in Your Career?

    The So-Cal Young Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG) is designed for talent development professionals age 35 and younger. This is a great way to connect with peers from our San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles chapters. Register 

    for the next event that's happening online April 21, 6:00-8:00pm.


    Welcome New Members 

    Robin Moorezaid

    Alexander Macksoud

    Wanted: Volunteers!

    Volunteers make up the heart of our chapter. Our Board of Directors volunteer their time to plan chapter events and programs. We invite you to join us. Your creative ideas may lead to our next chapter offering. We're looking for help with: planning events, updating our website, editing videos, creating social media posts, and reviewing our monthly financial reports. If you'd like to volunteer some time, please complete our short form and we'll get you started. 

    ATD National has opportunities coming our way next year. Have I piqued your interest? I can't reveal what's coming yet, but in order to prepare, we need to secure a committee and a committee chair. Take advantage of the opportunity to lead a team, expand your local and international network, and deepen your professional connections. 

    For more info, please fill out the volunteer form

    Learn more about ATD Membership

    On Wednesday April 6th at 4 p.m. you can join members and non-members alike for our next Discover the Benefits of Membership session. There you'll learn about how to make the most of an ATD San Diego membership. This guided conversation is a place to ask questions and create your own path for leadership and professional development. You'll also learn about the many opportunities to connect with professional colleagues in our local area. Register for this free session today.

    Register on our website for our in person Mixers during the last week of the month.

    Thank you for your membership. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.

    All my Best, 

     

    Bridget Randall 

  • Wed, March 09, 2022 8:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD San Diego, 

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 

    It’s almost my favorite time of the year, Daylight Savings Time! This month we adjust our clocks and lose an hour of sleep, to gain more glorious hours of sunshine. With the additional sunlight I find myself staying away from home longer and longer whenever possible. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy calling San Diego home. Our San Diego ATD chapter is another. 

    Technology Special Interest Group Re-launch

    This month we re-launched our Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) and learned about leveraging the capabilities of PowerPoint to create storyboards. Bringing this idea to reality was a direct result of two long-standing members, John Morley and Kevin Storm Jorgensenexchanging ideas at our January chapter meeting. Thank you both. I hope their boldness to step out inspires you. Our chapter is made up of diverse talent professionals and we welcome your ideas and participation. Watch for the next opportunity to participate in this SIG in May. 

    Chapter Meeting March 16th 

    Are you interested in adding more technology tools to your toolkit? Miro is a fantastic online collaboration tool. If you haven’t tried it yet, or if you want to share how you use it to get work done, then join our former Marketing Director Sharon Lo as she hosts our chapter meeting, Reimagining Virtual Collaboration: Using Miro in the L&D Space, this month on Wednesday March 16th, at 5:30 p.m. 

    Welcome New Members 

    Every person who calls ATD San Diego their chapter adds to the richness of our community. I want to take a moment to recognize our six newest members, who joined our chapter in 2022. Please give them a warm welcome and connect with them on LinkedIn. Why not make plans to meet in person at one of our next events? 

    Holly Amaya

    Ivan Castro

    Juan Collazo

    Charles Martin

    Marie Martin

    Erin Passons

    Are you an ATD San Diego chapter member? We want to boast about you! Complete this form (link form) and we’ll spotlight your talent on our social media platforms. Why? Because we want to highlight how brilliantly our chapter shines. 

    The Great Resignation

    The great resignation is a topic that directly touches our industry and it is not something that is going away soon. Research from groups like Forrester agree that this trend didn’t start with the global pandemic. The global talent marketplace has seen a steady decline in the average employee tenure for more than a decade. What are the reasons behind this? One of the top 3 reasons is the lack of career development from an individual’s employer. How are you paving your career path? Make the most of your membership and leverage our programming to boost your career development this year. We intentionally create our events to provide you with tools and networking connections to move your career forward. Most of our events provide continuing education credit for the ATD National Certified Professional in Talent Development and Associate Professional in Talent Development certificates.

    Helping Hands Available to Support Your Work 

    Do you have a project that could use a second set of hands to help complete? Does your organization have a learning and development need that you could use additional ideas on? If so, then consider submitting a proposal for the San Diego State University Learning Design Technology program’s student project. Don't delay, proposals are due at the end of this week. This may be just the solution that you need to bring fresh ideas to the projects that you support.  

    ATD International Conference and Expo

    The ATD International Conference and Expo is taking place both virtually and in-person in Orlando, Florida May 15-18th. There is a discount available if 5 or more members from our chapter attend. Please email office@tdsandiego.org if you plan to attend. 

    Connect with One Another In-person

    Our 3 regional Professional Mixers are taking place in Central, North County and SouthBay locations the last week of the month. Register now and enjoy some time getting to know talent development colleagues in your neighborhood. 

    Cheers to Daylight Saving Time!

    All my best, 

    Bridget

    Events: 

    10th Discover the Benefits of Membership 12:00 p.m. 

    15th Get Good with Articulate Storyline 5:30 p.m.

    16th Miro 5:30 p.m.

    23rd Mixer 5:30 p.m. 

    23rd Mixer 5:30 p.m. 

    24th Mixer 5:30 p.m.



  • Wed, July 07, 2021 6:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s here! The time has come for our chapter to resume in person events. The State of California changed the mask and social distancing requirements last month and we are excited to see you! Like most businesses and organizations in our region we are closely tracking all requirements and restrictions to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. With that in mind we will continue to offer virtual events for the remainder of the calendar year. Our virtual programming will be coupled with in person events. 

    This month we will host our first in person mixer at Gravity Heights in Sorrento Valley on Thursday, July 29th. Come join us at this venue that boasts lots of outdoor space. I plan to be there and would love to see your smiling faces. Please register online so that we can plan for the size of our group. 

    Other programming this month includes: 

    Join Us!

    DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF ATD SD MEMBERSHIP

    Thursday, July 7 | 12:00-12:45pm

    Our midday virtual lunch and learn on the first Wednesday of the month. This event is designed to help you understand the value of an ATD San Diego membership. 

     

    DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: STRENGTHENING YOUR WORKPLACE

    Thursday, July 14 | 5:30-7:00pm 

    San Diego local Alex Montoya, who always proves to inspire, will lead a conversation on Diversity and Inclusion virtually.

    Join Us!


  • Sun, June 20, 2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD San Diego, 

    This month marks the start of summer and we're so glad that you’re a part of our chapter during this ever changing time! 

    Every year our national organization hosts a conference to keep us connected and stay at the top of our game professionally. This year the event is in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 29 - September 3. With the transition back to in person events in the United States, this event is designed for both in person and virtual attendance. Would you like to receive a discounted registration? Reduced rates are available if 5 or more members from our chapter attend. To cash in on the discount, email office@tdsandiego.org so that everyone can reap the reward! Many lasting friendships have been established at past conferences, not to mention the valuable content from industry leaders. You won’t want to miss it.  

    This year our board of directors' top priority is you and the value of your membership. For many of our members, the most valuable components of their membership are professional growth and networking. Growth most often happens with practice. How can you grow professionally and grow your network through ATD San Diego? By getting involved. Many of you reading this email have given your time and talent to develop our chapter into the powerful group that we are today. To stay strong, stretch, and grow we need help from every member. Our chapter will reflect your interests and meet your professional goals when we have your input and participation. As we reemerge out of the state-wide quarantine, we are excited to explore new programming ideas, and I am asking for your help to make those ideas a reality. Here is a brief list of areas where we can use your help:

    • Finance Director - assist with reports, collecting data, reviewing chapter financial information
    • Technology Director - assist with website updates, edit videos, create podcasts
    • Marketing Director - create social media posts, create graphics, host new social media platforms
    • Membership Director - do you want to mentor or be mentored? We need volunteers on both sides for our newly developing membership program
    • Local Conference - we want to host one! We’re looking for a committee to put together this event. 

    Don’t hesitate to step up and try something new or share your expertise with us. We know you are amazing, and we want our chapter to benefit from your teachable spirit or rockstar status, whatever the case may be. 

    Our Volunteer Opportunities are listed on our website, but feel free to reach out to one of our directors or me directly on LinkedIn to start a conversation about how you can join us. Volunteering is a great way to share your skills and talents and a great way to develop new ones. 

    How can you connect with us this month?

    1. Wednesday June 9th at 5:30 p.m. we’ll host our chapter meeting Emotional Intelligence, Interesting, but What’s the Business Value?
      

    2. Virtual Mixer on Thursday the 17th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sit back with a beverage from home, introduce yourself, mingle and make new friends. Register to receive the link. 

    Remember to follow us on LinkedIn for reminders of upcoming events. Please note that if you are a member of the San Diego ATD LinkedIn group, it has been closed. Stay connected with us here. I encourage you to keep your membership up to date. It’s your ticket to attend most of our events throughout the year for free. Our chapter meetings, Professional mixers and more are available at no cost above your annual membership dues and we think that’s a great value. 

    Cheers to seeing you soon. 

    All my Best, 


  • Mon, May 03, 2021 8:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Hi ATD San Diego, 

    It's May and we have lots of exciting things to talk about. 

    Last month we recognized National Volunteer Week. Why? Because our chapter only exists because of volunteers. I want to personally thank each and every one of you who volunteers your time and talent to make our chapter great.  

    If you’re not currently involved, and you have a few hours available during the month, please check the Volunteer Opportunities posted on our website. Volunteering is a great way to share your skills and talents and a great way to new ones. If you don’t see something that fits your interests, please ping me on LinkedIn, if you’d like to chat about an idea that you have on how you would like to support our chapter. 

    So what are we up to these days? Well one collaboration that we are really excited about is the newly formed Young Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG). Our chapter has partnered with the Orange County and Los Angeles chapters to connect talent development professionals who are 35 years old and under. Last week they gathered for their second virtual event and plan to calendar another in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to connect with them. 

    Speaking of events, on August 29th, the annual ATD International Conference & Exposition hosted by ATD National starts in Salt Lake City. Are you planning to attend? There are options to attend both in person and online. If you plan to register for either option, please email office@tdsandiego.org before submitting your payment. Why? Because if 5 or more members from our chapter register we will receive a discounted registration cost. This is always a robust program and a highlight of the year for talent development professionals. 

    How can you connect us this month? This week the membership committee will host a lunch and learn “Discover the Benefits of Membership” at noon on Wednesday May 5th. This is a casual way to learn more about ATD San Diego and how to maximize your membership benefits. Did you know that one of the benefits of your membership is attendance at most events for free? That’s right, you can attend most chapter meetings, Professional mixers and more at no cost above your annual membership dues. We think that’s a great value. 

    On Wednesday the 12th we’ll host our chapter meeting where we will discuss Building Trust in Remote Teams. Join us to hear from positive psychology expert doctor Tina Hallis on how to optimize connection, cooperation and collaboration. 

    If you enjoy meeting other members in a relaxed and highly interactive way, register for our next Virtual Mixer on Thursday the 20th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sit back with a beverage from home, introduce yourself, mingle and make new friends. 

    Remember to follow us on LinkedIn for reminders of upcoming events. Please note that if you are a member of the San Diego ATD LinkedIn group we will be sunsetting that group soon. So make sure you're connected with us here.

    I look forward to connecting with you. 

    All my Best, 

     


  • Mon, April 05, 2021 7:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Spring ATD San Diego, 

    We’ve made it through the first quarter of 2021, can you believe it? As they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I hope you’ve been having fun enjoying our programming so far this year. What’s coming up next? 

    One of our main focuses this year as a board is getting you involved in our chapter. We love meeting you at our virtual events and when you ping us on LinkedIn. Thanks to everyone who has joined us for an event this year or connected with us on LinkedIn

    Have you wondered how you can learn about who we are as a chapter and develop new skills? Well, I’d like to highlight two ways to do just that. First, Melissa Esten and the membership committee have put together a session called “Discover the Benefits of Membership” that launches at noon on Wednesday April 7th. This is an informal interactive time set aside for you to learn more about ATD San Diego, our purpose, and mission. Join us this Wednesday to learn how to maximize your membership or why becoming a member may be a good fit for you. 

    Next, we need your help to keep our chapter running strong. ATD San Diego is 100% volunteer led. As volunteers we give a portion of our time to develop our professional skills while strengthening and growing our talent development network. Currently our Finance Director is looking for help with several responsibilities. If you want to develop your skills in reporting, creating visuals to show data trends, track our income, or reach out to members to renew please reach out to me directly. There are six other volunteer opportunities to partner with our board directors to share your talent and develop your skills. Check our Volunteer Opportunities on our website often, as it is updated regularly. 

    How can you connect this month? Join us for our virtual Professional Mixer the third Thursday of the month at 6:00p.m. Bring your own beverage or snack, introduce yourself, mingle and make new friends. On the 14th, we’re hosting a session on Performance Consulting and our Zoom Like a Boss session moved to the 28th of this month.  

    Here’s looking forward to seeing you soon. 

    All my Best, 


  • Tue, March 02, 2021 7:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD San Diego, 

    Happy almost spring! This month we transition into the season of spring and mark one year of doing life in the midst of the global pandemic. While our country and communities around the globe are working to distribute vaccines in hopes of herd immunity, as a chapter we are moving forward with programming to keep us connected and develop professionally.  

    This month we will meet virtually to discuss How to Navigate Your Career Path, network at our monthly Professional Mixer, and learn how to Zoom Like A Boss when presenting virtually. 

    Did you know that COVID 19 has not stopped ATD National from offering certificate programs? With online learning the new reality, you don’t need to wait for a certificate course to come to San Diego. To keep you aware of the robust list of upcoming classes, we’ve linked them on our website home page under Featured Announcements.

    Are you looking to enhance your skill set in 2021? Then check our volunteer opportunities. ATD San Diego is a collective of learning and development practitioners who volunteer to make our chapter great. We are adding a new area on our webpage where you can find a list of opportunities to partner with a board member to keep our chapter running smoothly. Many of our members contribute a small portion of their “free” time which adds to the richness and diversity of our team while developing new professional skills. We welcome your contributions. 

    Follow our LinkedIn account to be sure to stay up to date with all that is happening. 

    I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. 

    All my Best,


  • Tue, February 02, 2021 8:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD San Diego, 

    2021 kicked off on a high note! Our first chapter meeting was full of interaction including new members, first time visitors, and long-standing volunteers. It was a fun night with great energy. 

    We were delighted with the positive response to our Charting New Territory 2021 graphical layout of events for 2021. Our Program Directors, David  and Sylvia, really appreciated hearing your ideas about what you would like to see for future events. Check our website regularly for new opportunities to connect with one another. 

    Our Professional Mixer was equally fun. If you missed it, or want to do it again, be sure to mark your calendars for our next Professional Mixer on Thursday February 18th at 6:00p.m.

    Are strong relationships important to you? Our RQ: Results Through Relationship Intelligence session focuses on developing and sustaining relationships in the workplace. Register today to secure your spot. The Strengths Deployment Inventory 2.0 is included, so be sure to complete it before the session on Wednesday February 10th at 5:30p.m.

    If you’re looking to increase employee engagement while working remotely, then check out our webinar on Thursday February 25th, Building a Coaching Culture.  

    As a board we are encouraged by your responses to our call for volunteers. If you recently completed our volunteer form, expect to be contacted by me or another board member very soon. We welcome everyone’s contributions to the chapter. ATD San Diego is our chapter collectively, so why not join us and contribute to making our chapter great? We welcome your thoughts, ideas, and contributions. Watch for a new area on our website where we'll post volunteer opportunities. 

    Cheers to continuing the fun, networking, and professional growth in 2021. 

    All my best,

  • 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 meour chapter, and board of directors on LinkedIn. 

    Cheers to a great year ahead,

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