President's Letter - April Update

Sun, April 19, 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hi ATD San Diego!

Our response to the COVID situation is evolving quickly. Since we are still two weeks away from May and the monthly President’s Letter, I thought I would break the usual cadence and provide an April update.

We now have virtual mixers scheduled every other Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00. We will continue with these until we are able to meet again in person. It is a great way to ask questions, find resources and assistance, but most important stay connected. Please join us! Registration is available on our website.

We are continuing to add virtual chapter events on our calendar.

April 22

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Connecting Gamification with Talent Development: Learn Some New Tricks From A Case Study

April 29

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Build Your Resilience! Six Strategies to Help You Stay Afloat Through Crisis


The 21st year of our Mentor/Protégé program is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, May 30 with the critically important matching event. We know how important this program is for so many of our members to help them in their L&D careers. Applications are due May 16. Details are here on the website.

We are working to keep our website up-to-date with new programs and resources. Currently, we have information available for virtual programs available through ATD National. Our neighbor to the north, ATD Los Angeles has graciously invited our members to join some of their programs over the next couple of months. I recommend checking the website weekly and following our social media channels to see these and other new additions to the programs and resources we have available to our members and guests.

I am very happy to announce our partnership with Alliant University. In addition to providing ATD San Diego a place to hold our meetings, our members are eligible for a 10% tuition reduction when newly enrolled to Alliant as a full-time student. You will be hearing more from Alliant in the coming months.

As many of you may know, the ATD International Conference in Denver was canceled. Although this is very disappointing, a new Virtual Conference is now scheduled for June 1 – 5 for a very reasonable cost of $395 for ATD National members. Although the agenda is still a work in progress, you may want to check it out at

We are finding we are in need of a few volunteers. Please think about how you could use your skills and talents in our chapter.

Partnership Volunteer

Help manage marketing of partner/affiliate events on the website, social media, and email channels.

Graphic Designer

Help create digital materials, such as the "ATD San Diego at a Glance" one-pager, to promote the value of working with the chapter as a potential speaker or sponsor.

Membership Volunteer

Help with strategies and activities to attract and retain members.


Welcome new members and visitors at events, then connect after the event to encourage attendance at a future events.

I am so proud of the work the Board and other volunteers are doing to make the changes needed to keep pace with the situation. I can’t thank you enough.

It’s great to hear more and more discussion on how and when to open the economy. I think it could still take several months before we can get back to meeting in person. We will adjust as the situation warrants.

Take care and stay healthy!

Mary Jane Riccardi

Chapter President
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