November President's Letter

Sun, December 14, 2014 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Author:  Nancy McMonigal


We are very excited about this time of year - it's a celebration and time to reflect for everyone. In our work life, we are finishing up our 2014 projects that will match up to our goals (often rushing to complete by 2014). Personally, we are thinking about the holidays and saying "how did this happen - it's already November!” At ATD San Diego, this month we are celebrating our Performance Excellence Awards, the graduation of 14 pairs from our Mentor - Protégé program, and preparing our 2015 Board of Directors’ transition.

If you are new to our chapter or have been a long-time supporter, most of you are aware that the PEAK Awards and our Mentor-Protégé Program really set our chapter and community apart from other ATD chapters across the nation. We all have worked hard to shape these programs to bring value to our members. Driving value and relevance for our professional development is our core mission in San Diego.

  • We hope you will join in on the fun at the PEAK Awards meeting and think about how you can bring visibility to your organization by applying in 2015!
  • Watch for notifications on joining the 2015 Mentor-Protégé program in the next few months.

As we wind down 2014, I hope you are able to connect with your ATD San Diego community. We all learn from each other and building relationships with this special community has been one of the most rewarding aspects for me as an ATD member and the honor as an ATD Board member.

Enjoy the season!

Nancy McMonigal
2014 Chapter President

Thursday November 13, 2014 – Human Performance Alliance Happy Hour

TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Hyatt in La Jolla – Michael’s Lounge

Peer Support - Networking - Motivation - Commitment - Focus - Results

Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of meaningful conversation, networking and masterminding. This event is for anyone with an interest in networking, workplace learning and improving human performance.


November 13-14, 2014 – Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate-San Diego Chapter Hosted Program!

Plan, organize, and control your workplace learning and performance projects. Monitor the costs these projects incur, while you establish a project scope, create schedules, manage resources, and celebrate accomplishments.


In this workshop, developed in partnership with Russell Martin & Associates, participants will learn how to better manage the critical project management role that helps us deliver learning and performance solutions in a way that supports business goals. The workshop provides concrete steps to improve project management skills and a method that is repeatable yet flexible.

PMI Certifications: Russell Martin & Associates is a Registered Education Provider through PMI. Through this program, you can receive up to 14 PDUs (professional development units) toward the Project Management Professional Certification. Check with the Project Management Institute for their requirements.

Remember to use the San Diego Chapter code: CH8024


Wednesday, November 19 PEAK Awards (Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge) Best Practices Presentations

TIME: 11:30am-1:30pm at the Handlery Hotel

Come learn from the best of the best Learning and Development practitioners in San Diego! What could you discover? Get a front row seat to the finalists’ enlightening presentations on the problem they identified, their strategic interventions and the results. We have four finalists presenting this year including:

·                     Illumina

·                     Rady Children's Hospital

·                     San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

·                     Toister Performance Solutions

 We will also announce the winner of the 2014 PEAK award.


Wednesday, December 10 Five Hidden Obstacles to Hidden Performance

TIME: 11:00am-1:00pm at the Handlery Hotel – SAVE THE DATE!

A primary goal for any trainer is helping employees deliver their best performance.

Unfortunately, many employees and teams continue to fall short of their potential even after receiving extensive training and coaching.

One of the first steps in any performance improvement endeavor is to identify the root causes of poor performance. New research reveals that some of these obstacles are hidden, unusual, or even counter intuitive. Join Jeff Toister for this entertaining and informative presentation to help you learn about and develop practical solutions to help employees improve performance.




- We are looking for your program success stories and possible locations for an upcoming chapter meeting. If you weren’t able to nominate a program for the PEAK Awards, you can still share your success with us. Let us know if you have a program to share and/or you have a location for a chapter event. We want to spotlight our chapter members!


- Here are a few upcoming programs that we want to share:


Don’t Get Caught Unaware and Unprepared for the changes in AB 1825 – all sexual harassment trainers will now be including prevention of “abusive conduct”. Join Civility Partners and Shorago Training Services for an informative webinar on Dec 4th to walk you through the new changes. To learn more and register:



Coaches’ Café from the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance. Offering unique opportunities for members to connect, brainstorm, and support each other in a small group setting. They’re offering lively in-person and virtual coaching cafes on different topics, so there’s something for everyone! For more information:



- As a local San Diego ATD member, you can attend any ATD LA and ATD Orange County event for the local member price! All 3 of the local ATD chapters are helping each other to reach across Southern California to share resources and provide various opportunities to learn!


- Our chapter raises money each time you use our chapter ChIP code of CH8024 when you purchase from ATD National. Whether it’s a book, a class, or a conference - you are helping to support the San Diego chapter with the ChIP code of CH8024. National will send a percentage of your sale back to our chapter - last year we raised almost $1000 from ChIP code revenue. Thank you for your continued support!


Our ATD Sponsors
Thanks to all the sponsors that have supported us throughout the year! We couldn’t be as effective without your additional support. Our current sponsors include:

First Step Communications – Providing a multi-channel resource center providing world-class offshore cohesive Customer Contact, BPO, Marketing, Advertising & Trade solutions to financial services and the communciations industries.

Ferrari Productions – Your one stop source for video production and still photography. From photography, web videos and TV commercials to corporate videos and training, Ferrari Productions can move your audience.

MotivAction - Through employee engagement, recognition and training we help our clients do more, buy more, sell more and learn more. And that adds up to more results.

Training Funding Source – They can help your company or client like to be paid up to $5,200 per employee for training through the State of CA.

Vector612 -
Local, full-service learning technology solutions provider. From strategy to content to platform, we specialize in online and social learning.



Volunteer of the Month For September is Rebecca Everett!

Rebecca Everett has been an active member or our chapter for years. She has played a number of behind the scenes roles as well as a chapter leader roles as Membership Director and our current PEAK Awards Chair. Rebecca focuses on all aspects of Talent Development to support quality programs and events for our membership. She is leading our PEAK Awards committee this year and has provided countless hours over the past several months to bring value to the applicants, our 4 finalists and the attendees of the awards program. Rebecca’s positive attitude is contagious and drives the people around her to also strive for excellence. Please help me thank and congratulate Rebecca as our Volunteer of the Month for September!


Advance through volunteering!

Advancing professional development is one of our chapter goals. A great way to drive your own development is through volunteering with the ATD chapter. Contact us to learn more about opportunities with out chapter. If you have been an active volunteer for 6+ months, at any time as a member, we are looking for a few more volunteer leaders for our 2015 Board of Directors. Contact me to learn more.


Need Help?

Advertise a job opening on our website and also market your services. The ASTD San Diego Resource Directory can help you find a consultant or vendor for your Training and Development project. Email me for information.




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