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July President's Letter

Fri, July 26, 2013 9:24 AM | Grace Judson

Greetings, and I hope you're enjoying the summertime! 

Although we were "dark" in July, with no Chapter meeting, there's still a lot going on at your ASTD San Diego Chapter.  

First: the PEAK Awards application deadline is approaching fast.
August 15th is right around the corner.  We have a team of volunteers ready to help you put your application together, or if you know someone who should apply our volunteers will connect with that person and help them.  Click here to read more, or email Bryan Lubic ( for more information or to suggest a nomination.

2014 Board Selection
The big summertime effort for your Chapter Board of Directors team is always focused on selecting Board members for the upcoming year - because in just a few more weeks, you'll all be voting on the people we're talking with, interviewing, and nominating for your Chapter leadership.

You know, of course, that our Chapter is run almost exclusively by volunteers - and you're probably all too familiar with my repeated request for your volunteer help!

But if you've ever appreciated anything that we've done as a Chapter (and I assume you do appreciate at least some of what we do, or you wouldn't be reading this), please always remember that it's brought to you through the work of our volunteers, from the person who spends time each month helping at the Chapter meeting registration table or at an HPA event to the Committee Chairs for our conference, PEAK Awards, and Mentor-Protege program, and of course our Board members.

As the Chapter president, I have a bird's-eye view of all the different areas in the Chapter where work is going on and things are happening.  And it's always humbling to me to see how many people put their time, effort, and energy into making our Chapter a success.

So, a big thank you from me personally to all our volunteers.  I encourage you to thank the volunteers you meet as you participate in Chapter events.  And volunteers, please let your Committee Chairs and Directors know if you're interested in supporting the Chapter as a Director! 

And of course I also encourage you to volunteer, if you're not already.  It really is the best way to get the most out of your Chapter membership.  

In other interesting news ...
This week I attended the second monthly meeting of a coalition of San Diego-area professional organizations.  Leadership from the local chapters of ASTD (that would be us!), SHRM, NCPA, SDHRRoundTable, the SDCoachesAliance, ODNet, and many more are all gathering to discuss how we can collaborate and support each other's efforts.  

There will be more joint events next year as well as more support of each organization's individual events so that topics started by one group can be picked up and expanded on by other groups.  We are very excited by the direction this is taking, and again - big thanks to the volunteers from other organizations for their hard , especially Natasha Sandrock, SD-SHRM President-Elect, who is leading the effort.

YTTL 2013
And of course this collaborative work is right in line with the theme for our 2013 Your Turn to Learn Conference:  Collaborate, Integrate, Engage!  Registration is OPEN at the early-bird rate.  Read more and register here.

See you in August!

Grace Judson
2013 Chapter President


Volunteer of the Month:  Carollyn Rock

Carollyn began her volunteer journey on our Programs Committee; you may have met her at the Chapter meeting registration table, or as part of the team at last month's Ultimate HR Marketplace.

When she heard we needed help with Technology, she jumped right in.  Our website, event, and membership management tools aren't always the most intuitive (what complex system is?), and she's been terrific at digging in, learning, and just quietly getting things done.

We appreciate Carollyn's responsive help so much that we've talked her into applying for Technology Director on the 2014 Board of Directors - so we'll all be seeing more of her and continuing t orely on her.  

In the meantime, please join me in thanking Carollyn for her expertise and willingness!

Upcoming Events:

August 8:  the Human Performance Alliance

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.

August 20:  the Bottom Line on ROI (a one-day workshop)

Led by Patti Phillips, PhD, from The ROI Institute, this one-day workshop will teach you what you've always wanted to know about calculating Return on Investment (ROI) on hard-to-measure programs.

The ROI Institute is the thought leader on measuring ROI and the best ways to present the resulting statistics.  

This is NOT limited to training and development programs.  The process evaluates many levels of organizational performance metrics and seeks to connect human performance with organizational performance.

Click here to learn more and registe

August 21 - Chapter Meeting:  L&D Measurement - What's New?

Jeffrey Berk, COO of Knowledge Advisors, gives us a look at emerging measurement practices.  You'll hear about the latest trends and challenges and glean insight into your current and future learning analytics strategies.  (Attend the ROI Workshop and then join us for this meeting for different perspectives on what you've learned!) 

Click here
to learn more and register.

September 24:  Your Turn to Learn Annual Conference

Collaborate, Integrate, Engage!

A stellar lineup of speakers, a growing list of interesting and helpful vendors, and an opportunity to network with peers ... yes, it's the annual Your Turn to Learn conference.

Registration is OPEN for attendees:  click here to see the schedule and sign up.

We are welcoming inquiries from SPONSORS and VENDORS.  Email me directly (, or click here to see the program and download the sponsor/vendor flyer.

We are also seeking RAFFLE DONATIONS.  If you or your organization would like to donate an item for our Raffle (you and/or your organization will be credited, of course), please email me (


Suggestion Box

What would you like us to do more of, or do differently?  How can we improve as a chapter?

When you renew your membership, you'll be asked to fill out a survey.  But we don't want to limit your ability to make suggestions to just once a year.

So if you have ideas for us, recommendations for speakers, suggestions for events - please email any of the Board members, or drop me a note directly:

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