February President's Message

Fri, February 22, 2013 8:25 AM | Grace Judson

Hello! from your ASTD San Diego chapter.

With the holidays well behind us, the end of February is a great time to take stock of how your year has started out.  New Year’s resolutions have probably gone off their post-champagne fizz – I know I’m ready to be more realistic about what’s actually going to happen this year than I was on January 1st.

We’re staying very focused on offering solid programs and events for our members and the San Diego Training & Development community as a whole.  In fact, I think I’m getting a bit of a reputation on our Board as a wet blanket, always asking questions about whether ideas are truly going to add value – and are truly achievable within the scope of available resources.  The result, though, is that we have a great lineup of speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities.

Speaking of which, the hands-on portion of the Articulate Storyline workshop is sold out.  The one-day introduction is still open, though, so click through the check it out – and if you’re interested in the hands-on piece, be sure to put yourself on the waiting list.

Our Human Performance Alliance networking events have been a lot of fun, welcoming members of many other organizations in San Diego – SHRM, NHRA, NCPA, ISPI – a whole bowlful of alphabet soup.  It’s a good way to meet people in the wider HR and T&D community in San Diego, while enjoying an evening of nibbles and good conversation with your fellow professionals.

The March Chapter meeting is being held at Rady Children’s Hospital.  You’ll remember that they were our PEAK Awards Winners last year, and they’ve graciously agreed to host our program on learning and neuroscience called Your Brain on Learning.

Finally, big thanks to those of you who emailed me after my President’s Letter last month to join the ranks of our volunteers.  I’m very happy with the way our various Committees are coming together – and of course we always have room for more people who’d like to get involved.  As I said last month, just drop me an email (grace@svahaconcepts.com) and we’ll see what opportunities we can offer that match your personal and professional goals.

Speaking of volunteers, I’m delighted to acknowledge our January 2013 Volunteer of the Month, Liz Aitcheson.  Liz has been active in the chapter for some time now; she’s run the North County Meet & Mingle and HPA events for several years, and she’s participated as both a protégé and a mentor in our award-winning Mentor-Protégé program.  Please join me in thanking Liz for all her help!

I hope to see you at an upcoming Chapter event, and as always, if you have any questions or suggestions about our Chapter, you’re welcome to reach out to any of our Board members.  We’re here to support you!

Grace Judson

ASTD-SD 2013 Chapter President

Quick reminder:  I sent out an email earlier this month with a link to a survey being conducted for doctoral research.  If you ever did anything like this during your student days, you know how important it is to get as much input as possible.  The survey is still open for anyone who hasn’t yet taken it: 


Discounts for Members

Are you a member of the San Diego ASTD Chapter?  If so – here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

Stop Winging It:  Realistic Project Management and Project Team Triage

ASTD Orange County is offering member rates to ASTD San Diego members at their February 27th Learning Event and February 28th workshop, led by international speaker and author Lou Russell, an acknowledged expert in leadership, project management, and individual learning.

As my colleague on the ASTD-OC Board wrote to me, “Lou is awesome, and if anyone has experienced her programs I’m sure they would agree and would want to see her again.”

To learn more, click through on the links above – they’ll take you to the program descriptions on the ASTD-OC website.

It’s worth putting yourself on the ASTD-OC email list, by the way. They offer members’ rates for all their programs to us as a “sister” chapter.  If you scroll down on their home page (www.astdoc.org), you’ll see the sign-up button on the bottom right side of the screen.

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