March President's Letter

Fri, March 29, 2013 10:00 AM | Grace Judson
Greetings, and happy Spring to you all!

In all the years I've lived in San Diego, I have to say I can't remember a Spring this perfect - cool temperatures, a little overcase, so it's not too hot to be outside in the garden or to take a hike and admire the spring wildflowers.

I hope you're enjoying the spring, and I also hope you've been enjoying the programs and other events that your ASTD San Diego chapter has been putting on. For me it's seemed as if each Chapter meeting has been better than the last.

And I'm glad to say that we have a number of exciting events upcoming. Just below is a list of what's happening in April and May - as well as a preview of our plans for the annual Conference, Your Turn to Learn, which is tentatively scheduled for late September.

And below that you'll see a link to a survey being conducted by one of our educational partners, UCSD Extension. I hope you'll take a moment to click through and respond.

I hope the first quarter of 2013 was good to you, and that you're enjoying the Spring season - and that you're enjoying what your ASTD Chapter is doing for you. As always, please let any Board member know if you have any suggestions or questions for us.

Upcoming Events

April 11th 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.

April 18 - 19: Coaching Certificate Program

Presented by ASTD National, this two-day Coaching Certificate program helps you help others develop, take action, and make better decisions. Please remember to use our Chapter code CH8024 when you register on National's website so we get proper credit for your attendance! Click here to learn more and register.

April 24th Chapter Meeting: Building a Magnetic Culture

Bestselling author Kevin Sheridan discusses how to draw talented employees to your organization, and then how to keep them there by creating a magnetic environment that engages their interest and involvement. Click here to learn more and register.

June 12th: Joint Event with SHRM

I am very excited about this joint event with SHRM. Held at SeaWorld, this will be an opportunity for our consultants, service providers, and other vendors to meet in person with employees of local organizations to discuss specific issues they're having and offer substantive advice. This is a huge opportunity for both vendors and internal employees to meet and get to know each other in a non-sales-y environment where real value can be exchanged. STAY TUNED. An email announcement will be arriving shortly!

Annual Your Turn to Learn Conference: Collaborate, Integrate, Engage!

We have our theme and we're recruiting committee members and starting to select Keynote Speakers and Breakout topics! I met with the Co-Chairs, Jane Gredvig and Teresa Hanley, last week, and we are all sincerely excited about this conference.

STAY TUNED for more information about the date, request for speakers, and vendor/sponsor opportunities.

Help UCSD Extension: Take their survey

UCSD Extension is collaborating on a Global Executive MBA program, designed for young executives and talents from all industries interested in receiving a global perspective on business practices and processes. Involving five schools in five countries, the program will include travel to each of the countries.

To help us better serve the communiy, please answer a few questions. Click here to take the survey.

Volunteer of the Month: Amy Osback

Amy Osback joined the Programs team in early 2013. She's currently Registration Manager, overseeing a committee of volunteers who assist with registration at our monthly Chapter meetings. 

One of the many things we appreciate about Amy is that she consistently looks for ways to do things more effectively and efficiently.

With her strong work ethic and attention to detail, Amy is a huge asset to our Programs team and is a joy to work with. Next time you see her, thank her for her work!

Photo Contest!

We're conducting a photo contest to select an image representative of San Diego for our ASTD-SD website banner.

All photographs submitted must be your work. No payment is involved, but you'll be credited as the photographer.

Interested? Stay tuned. The web page with all the details will be up soon!
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