President's Letters

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  • Tue, September 03, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Wow! Summer just flew by… it is amazing how quickly the passage of time can feel. As we roll into the fall months and heading toward 2020 (can you believe it), we have several events taking place I would like to highlight.

    First, is our next workshop on September 23rd from 1:00 – 4:30 PM. Dr. Maureen Orey will be facilitating "Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Leverage Existing Resources for Rapid Instructional Design.” What a great topic! I know I am always looking for ways NOT to start from scratch. This should be a very meaningful and useful afternoon. You can find more details and registration information on our website.

    Also in September, we will be launching the election process for new board members. A huge thank you to all who expressed interest in our open positions. You can find information on each candidate on our website. Elections will run from September 3 through October 4. Members will need to login in order to vote.

    Our chapter meeting programs team is currently working on a great new event that will take place in early November. We are planning our first, and hopefully not last, hackathon. This idea is a result of feedback we received during our February chapter meeting. This is a great opportunity to help a group in our community in a fun, exciting day. More to come soon, so keep an eye on the website and our social media sites.

    Our HPA’s are a great opportunity to learn more about ATD and the value of membership. Please pass the word along to your friends and colleagues. We hold our HPA events in Carlsbad and La Jolla each month. Be sure to register so we know you are coming.

    September 9 through the 13th is ATD Member Week. Throughout this week, you will be able to save 10% on your ATD San Diego membership. ATD national members will have access to daily, exclusive sales on the most popular ATD products and services. Additionally, ATD Professional and Professional Plus memberships will be available at 10 percent off standard rates. Discounts will be automatically applied at checkout. Don’t miss this opportunity!

    Have a great September and I hope to see you at an upcoming event.

    Best Regards,

     
    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President
  • Fri, August 02, 2019 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Last month I talked about the importance of chapter leadership and encouraged all of our volunteers to consider a leadership role in the chapter. We also invited members to join the board at the July board meeting and had ten members join us. Thank you to all that attended. We very much appreciate your input and ideas. 

    I am happy to say we have had several members show interest in some of the board positions opening up in 2020. Applications will be taken through August 9. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2020 are:

    • President-elect
    • Secretary
    • CFO
    • Program Co-directors
    • Technology Director
    • Membership Director

    If you are interested in a board position but have not volunteered, please speak to any of the current board members so we can help you put a plan together. Job descriptions and the application are available on our website under Get Involved/Lead the Chapter.

    Our programs teams are working on events for the remainder of the year. We need your input for our September workshop, so take 30 seconds to vote for your topic of interest on our LinkedIn post.

    Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President
  • Tue, July 02, 2019 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    I hope summer is off to a great start for everyone. It is my favorite time of year. I love the long days, being able to sit outside when I get home from work and enjoy the warmth of the day vs. the chill of the air conditioning.

    This month I want to talk about the importance of chapter leadership, including our board of directors and our volunteers. Our chapter is successful because of our volunteers. All of our chapter events, website, social media posts, partnerships, sponsorships, etc. get done through our volunteers. I have held several positions now, my first being a volunteer at chapter events, then programs director. Scary… yes! I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I said yes. That commitment has led to so much learning and continued leadership opportunities. Volunteering can be rewarding and a great opportunity to add to your already great resume. If you are interested in marketing, helping new members, learning website design, leading a special interest group, looking for sponsors, finding speakers or facilitators, (I could good go on and on, but you get the point) consider volunteering or even a board position.

    ATD San Diego membership does not only mean learning at a chapter event, but also through the roles necessary to running the business. And yes, we run this chapter as a business and thus do all the things that a small business does; set goals, file taxes, maintain insurance, create a budget, and keep a P&L and balance sheet, to name a few.

    Starting in July, we will begin the process of finding board members for 2020 as well as new volunteers who can step up and help were needed. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2020 are:

    • President-elect
    • Secretary
    • CFO
    • Program Co-directors
    • Technology Director
    • Membership Director

    If you are interested in a board position but have not volunteered, please speak to any of the current board members so we can help you put a plan together. Job descriptions and the application are available on our website under Get Involved/Lead the Chapter.

    The board of directors meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Our next in person board meeting will be held in July and we would like to invite our members to join us. More details can be found on our website. Registration is required by July 5.

    I mentioned last month, that we were planning a learning and development career discussion chapter meeting. After discussing this at the June board meeting, we have decided to postpone until later this year or early next year.

    I hope you will consider the various opportunities available. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

     
    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President
  • Sun, June 09, 2019 11:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    As we enter into the summer months and rain becomes a distant memory, I thought this would be a good time to overview what we have in store for you this summer.

    As of the time you receive this letter, our new website should be up and running. I cannot say enough about all of the effort that went into this project. Please take some time to review the sight. We are looking for your feedback and suggestions. You can contact Christine, our Technology Director at technology@tdsandiego.org with your comments.

    The 20th anniversary of our award winning Mentor/Protégé program kicked off with the matching event on May 18. Pairs will be meeting throughout the summer into the fall moving their goals forward. Good luck to everyone. I hope you have a great experience.

    Our June chapter meeting will be held on June 13 at Alliant University, “Branding Yourself with Social Media.” I love the topic! This should be a great session for all of us.

    Your board of directors meet on the second Tuesday of each month, virtually and in-person (we meet in person once a quarter). Our next in person board meeting will be held in July and we would like to invite our members to join us. More details will be forthcoming, but you can hold the date of July 9 from 6:00 – 8:00PM. The location and agenda will be published on our website towards the end of June. Most likely we will ask for registration so we can accurately account for dinner.

    In August we are planning a learning and development career discussion chapter meeting. We are in the process of planning and the date has not yet been set, but more details should be available within the next month. Also in August we will be starting our election of our 2020 board members.

    And last but certainly not least, we will have both our La Jolla and North County HPA events.

    I hope to see you at our June chapter meeting. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President
  • Thu, May 02, 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    We have an exciting May coming up. We have several events taking place and I hope you are able to take advantage of at least one of these great learning opportunities. The May chapter meeting is taking place on May 2, our next workshop takes place on May 21, and the Mentor/Protégé program starts up with a new group on May 18. The application deadline is Friday, May 3.

    I want to provide an update from the February chapter meeting where we received some great feedback from our members and guests. We received feedback on issues we need to address as well as ideas we can consider moving forward. By far, the greatest opportunity for improvement is in welcoming new members. Quite honestly, this did not come as a big surprise. We have been without a Membership Director for quite some time. We are working on forming a membership committee to help fill this gap. We also received several ideas including partnering with local colleges, ideas for creative collaboration, a new onboarding process, a new website, using our skills to give back to other non-profits, and holding workshops where members can share experiences. Although we may not be able to take action on every idea, we are making progress on a few: new member orientation, partnering with local colleges and a new website. Thank you to those who provided feedback on social media regarding the update of our website. We hope to launch in May.

    Looking forward, we will be starting our search for new board members in the next few months. We are in need of several volunteers to take on numerous roles. These include Membership Director, Co-Programs Directors, Technology Director, CFO, Secretary, and President-Elect. As you can see, we have several roles to fill. Please consider these leadership opportunities. I know it can sound overwhelming, scary and time consuming. It doesn’t need to be if we have a full board and work together. It can actually be rewarding, fun and meaningful to your career development. Feel free to reach out to any of our board members or myself for additional information.

    I hope to see you at our May chapter meeting. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


  • Tue, April 02, 2019 7:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    Happy spring everyone! This month I have a few items to highlight including our April chapter meeting, chapter projects and a study group opportunity.

    You don’t have to work in L&D very long to realize the importance that technology has had and will continue to have in our world. I know many of you work with all types of technology to deliver learning for the advancement of human performance for your employers or your own businesses.

    I hope to see you at our April chapter meeting where we will learn what three fellow chapter members are doing with technology, and gain insights, tips and best practices. This “mini conference” will provide you the opportunity to discuss some of the hottest topics like eLearning, emerging technologies, games and simulations, mobile and social learning, platform and tools, technology strategies for leaders, and virtual classrooms. We will also have the opportunity to meet vendors who offer learning technologies and tools to help you achieve your goals.

    Be sure to register for this much anticipated event. It will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 2:30 – 5:30 at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library. If you are available to assist in set-up, breakdown or registration, please let Chelsea know at programs@tdsandiego.org.

    You received an email last week regarding our project to link ATD National membership with the chapter. This process will help streamline our membership application process. If you are a Power Member, this change will make renewal much easier.

    Are you considering or currently working on obtaining your CPLP certification? If you are, let me know. One of our members, Gwen Franco, is preparing for the exam and is interested in pulling together a study group. Please let me know if you are interested. You can email me at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Also coming soon, is a new website design. Our Technology Director Christine and her team are working diligently on this project which should be ready to test shortly.

    I hope to see you at our April event. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.


    Best Regards,

    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


  • Mon, March 04, 2019 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    First, I want to give a huge shout out to everyone who attended our February chapter meeting. We had over 50 registrations and quite a few guests. As I write this letter, next to me I have several posters full of Post-its with your input. My next step is to summarize. There is a lot, so it will take a bit of time, but time well spent. At the March and April board meetings, the Board of Directors will discuss on which ideas we are able to take action.

    Spring is right around the corner and we have so many great programs in store. In addition to our monthly HPA happy hours, Chelsea and Bridget have been hard at work organizing our upcoming workshops and chapter meetings. Here’s just a taste of a few, so check out our website for details for these as well as locally held ATD certificate programs. It is a great time to be a member of ATD San Diego! And if you are not already a Power Member, you may want to consider adding ATD to your chapter membership.

    March 21
    Coaching to Strengths Workshop

    Research shows us that building cultures that lean into strengths rather than weaknesses foster teams that are collaborative, communicative and more enjoyable to be a part of. If you want to learn more about your strengths and how to leverage them, or you’d like to begin the journey of fostering a strengths-focused culture, this 2-part workshop is for you!

    April 13
    Chapter Meeting - Mini Conference: Technology Showcase

    As a member of ATD San Diego, you have the opportunity to participate in highly interactive monthly chapter events that will explore current learning theories, models, and training technology. Share insights and experiences with colleagues while you learn from professionals throughout the nation as well as from our local community of training and development experts.

    May 21
    Team Effectiveness – the “IT” Factor Workshop

    In this hands-on, participant-centered workshop, you will be exposed to multiple team frameworks, leading practices, and consulting skills so that you can effectively influence and support the team’s performance!

    I hope to see you at an upcoming event soon. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,

     
    Mary Jane Riccardi
    Chapter President


  • Sun, February 03, 2019 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego!

    I hope everyone is having a great start to 2019. At ATD San Diego, we are working diligently to get our next six months planned and up on our website. Check it out!

    We had a great start to the year with our January kick-off event. This event had two purposes; to celebrate our members and volunteers and to provide an update on business from 2018 and plans for 2019. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to do what we do. A BIG thank you to the following volunteers:

    • Chapter Meetings: Beverly Barr and Tom Valeasquez
    • HPA: John Alexander and Karen Radzinski
    • Mentor/Protégé Program: Genaro Torres and Monica Miller
    • ATD International Conference: Rebecca Everett and Nancy McMonigal
    • Marketing: Markala Comfort
    • OD Special Interest Group: Alan Landers and Kevin Mayfield

    Special recognition went to Rebecca and Nancy as Volunteers of the Year for their Herculean efforts in coordinating and leading our ATD International Conference volunteers. The President’s Choice award went to Markala for sharing her marketing and social media expertise with us.

    I provided details of our February chapter meeting last month. I am so excited about this event. Please join us on February 20th. You will learn about Human-Centered Design, how it can be used, and engage in the use of a Human-Centered Design tool intended specifically to focus on ATD’s “end user”, our members. More details can be found on our website.

    I have another call out for volunteers. Our Director of Technology, Christine Pascual is looking for help with our website. Here are some examples of the work that needs to be done.

    • Post President's monthly blog on website
    • Post upcoming events and update if needed
    • Work with other Board of Directors to keep website content current
    • Review Google Analytics and provide suggestions to improve website
    • Download all past SurveyMonkey survey results and move them to Google Drive

    If you have expertise or an interest in web support, please reach out to Christine directly at technology@tdsandiego.org.

    I hope to see you soon at our February events. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.


    Best Regards,


    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year ATD San Diego!

    I hope everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to 2019. Can you believe it! And 2020 will be here in a wink of an eye.

    First, I would like to introduce your Board of Directors for 2019:

    • Mary Jane Riccardi - President
    • Annette Weinstein – Past President
    • Mario Reina – CFO
    • Norma Hernandez – Secretary
    • Bridget Randall – Co-programs Director
    • Chelsea Logan – Co-programs Director
    • Christine Pascual – Technology Director
    • Sharon Lo – Marketing Director

    Our newest member for 2019 is Sharon Lo. Sharon is the Corporate Digital Learning Manager at Welk Resorts, where she leads the digital learning strategy of the organization. Day-to-day, Sharon designs and develops blended learning solutions on topics including new hire, compliance, product, software, and management training. Her passion is to integrate instructional design, graphic design, UI/UX, technology, and neuroscience to create a fluid and immersive learning experience. Sharon holds a double BS and BA degrees in neurobiology and psychology from the University of Washington. Please join me in welcoming Sharon to our Board.

    Our Board of Directors held a 2019 planning meeting a few weeks ago and I am pleased to report that we have made great progress in planning our events for 2019. We will be sharing our plans at our Kick-off event on January 15. I hope many of you will be able to join us for a look back at 2018, our plans for 2019, and celebrating with our many members and volunteers.

    Our February chapter meeting will help us ensure we provide meaningful and relevant events for our members. You will learn about Human-Centered Design, how it can be used, and engage in the use of a Human-Centered Design tool intended specifically to focus on ATD’s “end user”, our members. Through this process, you will share your interests and needs with ATD San Diego leadership, which will be used to help direct future events in 2019 and beyond, AND you will leave with a tool you can use within your organizations to put people at the center of what you do. Details are being finalized and the event will be on our calendar shortly.

    Our OD SIG (special interest group) had their last meeting in October. We are looking for an OD professional who would be willing to lead this effort and build off the great work of Alan Landers who started this group. Also, if you have an interest or passion in any area of talent development and would like to consider starting a new SIG, please let us know.

    I hope to see you at our January event. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.


    Best Regards,


    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President

  • Tue, December 04, 2018 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi ATD San Diego,

    It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of 2018. I will have been in the role of chapter president for six months by the end of the year. The chapter has a great board of directors who are dedicated to providing leadership to our chapter and its members. Our December chapter meeting will feature ATD San Diego member and past president, Catherine Mattice. The topic of sexual harassment prevention is a very important topic for organizations and we as talent development professionals are often tasked with providing the necessary training to our organizations. Catherine is an expert in her field, providing programs on harassment and bullying. I hope to see you there.

    In 2019 we will be holding our first chapter meeting in January. We will review the state of the chapter, our plans for 2019, and celebrate our members and volunteers. Details are currently being worked out and will be announced on our website and via social media shortly.

    On December 8, the board will be participating in a 2019 planning and budgeting event. One idea we had for 2019 is to highlight a few members via video who have had success utilizing their ATD San Diego membership. This could be in the form of key partnerships, new jobs, idea generation, etc. If you are interested in sharing your story please let me know so we can plan the details.

    Also, going into 2019, we have the opportunity to connect our systems with the ATD National store so members can easily join both ATD as well as our chapter at the same time. Many chapters have already completed this process and have had great success in new members joining their chapter. To accomplish this, we need to have addresses in our system. This is not something we have required in the past. I am asking everyone to review your profile on our website and add/update not only your address, but also any other fields. Especially phone numbers and email addresses that may have changed over time.

    I hope to see you soon at the December chapter meeting. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at president@tdsandiego.org.

    Best Regards,


    Mary Jane Riccardi

    Chapter President


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