President's Letters

  • Mon, September 01, 2014 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September is upon us - the perfect time of year to direct our renewed energy from our summer escapes! We all need time away for a fresh eye, fresh perspective and fresh energy to focus on our remaining 2014 goals and our 2015 plans.

    Have we accomplished our goals thus far in the year? What is still on our list and in development? Our San Diego T&D community can help. We have a lot of great professional development opportunities, along with our Chapter Program on Sept 23rd on Employee Engagement. The other major fall program is our Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge awards. We are proud to highlight and share best practices about excellence in training programs from a variety of San Diego’s companies.

    We hope participation in our programs can help you accomplish your 2014 goals and provide ideas for your 2015 plans.

    Nancy McMonigal
    2014 Chapter President

  • Fri, August 01, 2014 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August is already upon us and it’s often called the “dog days of summer”. In San Diego, our warmest months are Sept and Oct but this year we have already had a lot of warm weather! We hope you are staying cool and enjoying dogs at a BBQ or at a Padres game! Looking towards the fall, we are planning a number of great activities, programs, and workshops. Here are some highlights:

    ASTD Name Change to ATD

    ASTD is changing its name to the Association for Talent Development (ATD). As a local chapter of ASTD, we are too! Our programming, networking and services will not change – just our name and branding.

    ASTD has been the chosen acronym for our association since 1943. The American Society of Training Directors was established by 15 men in the Petrolium industry during WWII. In 1964, they changed the “Training Directors” part to “Training and Development”. Did you know that the San Diego chapter was one of the first local chapters established in 1947? We will be transitioning to the new name of ATD, as the Association for Talent Development, to champion a new era of how learning is established within organizations. Watch for a separate President’s letter to come this month that will unveil our new colors and discuss the transition. Please see the home page of our website with the announcement and some slides.

    We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events and you can connect with your fellow members. We can also be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and the website.

    Nancy McMonigal

    2014 Chapter President

  • Mon, July 21, 2014 8:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to July and to holiday weekend! To honor our mission of focusing on our own personal and professional development, we are planning a light summer activity list to allow for some down time. Not all development comes from workshops and meetings! We hope you can enjoy some time off to enjoy family, vacations, and all the great things that summer has to offer. We’ll all be ready to share some fresh ideas at our September chapter meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you soon and don’t forget to connect with us through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and the website.

    Chapter Leadership – Is it for you?
    It is not too soon to start considering next year. With the change of the ASTD name to ATD (ie: talent development) – we are elevating our T&D work and impact higher up in our organizations. The training and development roles are becoming true talent development at the strategic level. This creates a great opportunity for you to be involved on a larger level. ATD’s San Diego chapter will have several board positions open in 2015 for members looking to use and enhance their leadership experience and skills. Board members build a strong network of colleagues and lasting friendships. Opportunities to showcase your talents are nearly unlimited on the board. Whether your gifts are technical, organizational, or creative, serving on the board provides a great opportunity to demonstrate and develop your leadership skills for the betterment of our Chapter and your professional career. Don’t underestimate the power of a “board member” title on your resume.

    Check out our website for more information and an application. There are a lot of great reasons to volunteer for the board – I hope you find one to fit your goals!

    Nancy McMonigal
    2014 Chapter President

  • Sun, July 20, 2014 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s hard to believe we are entering June and the official start of summer. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we express our concern and support for any of you that experienced a loss during our May fires. Reach out to us if there is any support we can provide.

    What’s in a name?
    Most of you have heard that the organization name is changing to the Association for Talent Development (ATD). The new name was announced at our Annual conference on May 9th by our president, Tony Bingham. The motivation behind the new name, new branding, and new logo is to elevate our world of T&D to the strategic level within an organization. The most successful companies are developing people as a top line priority – integrated into their business strategy. We all know that people/talent development is one of the most important roles for a company. We are more then trainers – our role has a direct effect on overall business outcomes. The T&D function is now being referred to as Talent Development within multiple Fortune 500 companies and the Chief Talent Officer is becoming the new name for the HR Director (check out this new trend on LinkedIn). The ASTD Mission and Values stay the same – to drive performance improvement through developing knowledge and skills which ultimately creates a better world. For more information, join our chapter conversation on Linkedin view the ATD National website:

    The ASTD chapters have 1 year to implement the new change so we are establishing a special committee to help with our own change management. This is a great opportunity to gain first hand experience with implementing our brand change. Contact me to get involved!

    For a productive way to kick-off your summer, we hope to see you at our upcoming June events.
  • Sat, July 19, 2014 6:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy May! It’s a great month for us to remember our goals of 2014. There’s a lot of the year remaining to make a difference with our planning and our programs. ASTD International Conference and Expo (ICE) is being held in Washington DC, May 4-7th. We are learning about global training trends and gaining best-practice knowledge from a variety of companies and consultants. Learning from our fellow professionals is a great tool to help us with our day to day work decisions. Our San Diego Chapter Team will bring back highlights to share!

    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in May and June and sharing best practices.

    ASTD San Diego Mentor-Protégé Program– Applications accepted through May 12th.

    This is an award-winner program to help both mentors and proteges with skill development and relationship building. Download a flyer and apply for both mentor and protégé positions. This is a great way to learn about our ASTD San Diego community. I was a protégé and the experience has helped me through the years!


    Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Nominations are now open!

    If you have a training program, that show learning results, we want to hear from you. Nominate your program, or your client’s program for a PEAK Award. Nominations are being accepted through August 1st. Start early and reach out for any help or questions. Click here for all the PEAK information.


    Thursday May 8, 2014 – Human Performance Alliance Happy Hour

    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. 5:30-7:30pm at the Hyatt in La Jolla. Click here to learn more and register.


    Tuesday May 20, 2014 – Chapter Happy Hour Mixer

    On May 20th from 4-7pm, our chapter will be hosting a chapter BBQ to kick off summer! Join us at Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant for a relaxed evening of good food and great converstation with your fellow training and development professionals.

    Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 – Happy Hour Networking with Author Beverly Kaye

    SAVE THE DATE! Join us for a very special happy hour networking with author Beverly Kaye. Beverly is the author of the popular book Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em – Getting Good People To Stay and she is the CEO of Career Systems International. Beverly will be joining us for an informal networking to meet with our San Diego learning community. Details to be posted on our website soon.

    Wednesday June 25, 2014 – Solutions Marketplace with SHRM and San Diego Sister Organizations

    SAVE THE DATE! We will be having our 2nd annual vendor marketplace to pin point learning solution providers and discuss specific needs with the San Diego community consultants through one on one meetings. The event will be at the San Diego Air and Space Museum from 4-7pm. Sign up will be available soon!


    We continue to strive to bring you as many beneficial opportunities as we can. A few items of note:

    -        Did you know that using our chapter ChIP code of CH8024 - each time you purchase from ASTD National - helps support our chapter? You’ve probably seen the ChIP code listed on the website but you might not know that National will send a percentage of your sale back to our chapter. Each dollar that comes back to us helps provide local programs! Last year we raised almost $1000 from ChIP code revenue. Thank you for your support!

    -        We have a meeting reciprocity rate to attend any of the ASTD LA and ASTD Orange County events for the member price. All 3 of our chapters are helping each other to reach across Southern California to share resources and provide various opportunities to learn!

    Enjoy the pleasures of May and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hard working mothers in our community! We look forward to seeing you soon,

    Nancy McMonigal

    2014 Chapter President

  • Thu, April 10, 2014 8:36 AM | Grace Judson

    Spring has definitely sprung and also delivered a few days of summer in San Diego! One way to celebrate Spring is to learn and network with your fellow ASTD members at one of our upcoming meetings.

    APRIL 15-17, 2014

    Join us next week for a very special workshop with Adobe – teaching us about eLearning techniques with Captivate. Allen Partridge is a Sr. Product Evangelist from Adobe. He will be conducting the workshop on Tuesday, April 15th in San Diego and April 17th in LA. Allen will also be our Chapter Meeting guest speaker on Wednesday, April 16th discussing Trends in eLearning. We have a busy week planned for Allen! Click here to learn more and register.

    MAY 19-20, 2014

    On May 19th and 20th, we have another special workshop planned with Jim Smith Jr. If anyone attended our Chapter Meeting last September – you were able to see Jim in action. He motivates us as training professionals to excel at our presentation, facilitation, and communication skills – in business and in life. He’s offering a 2-day bootcamp for San Diego and special early-bird rates. I’m planning on attending and hope to see you there too. The first night of the workshop – we have a Chapter BBQ planned with Jim so all of our members can network together and meet Jim. It’s at Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley.

    Click here to learn more and register for our May events.

    We continue to strive to bring you as many opportunities as we can find that are of benefit to our ASTD community. A few items of note:

    We are offering a meeting reciprocity rate to attend any of the ASTD LA and ASTD Orange County events for the member price. All 3 of our chapters are helping each other to reach across Southern California to share resources and provide various opportunities to learn!

    ASTD National International Conference (ICE): We have a Chapter Team Discount to attend the conference! That means we have 5 San Diego members registered to attend and anyone who wants to attend can get the discounted rate of $300 off registration! On the website – register for the conference and use the “Conference Team Rate”.

    I hope this April finds you inspired with your learning. We look forward to seeing you soon,

    Nancy McMonigal

    2014 Chapter President

  • Thu, February 27, 2014 8:32 AM | Grace Judson

    I hope you are starting off the year well and are looking forward to expanding your horizons with many learning opportunities in 2014!

    Our chapter has had a very busy 2014 so far, with an engaging workshop in January with Eric Kaufman and Gregg Fasbinder. They created an open-space technology, Genius Forum workshop for our meeting that explored Crafting Cultures That Engage and Empower! We are grateful for sharing their expertise!

    We also honored a few of our outstanding volunteers for 2013:

    Volunteer of the Year:

    - Melanie Proshchenko

    - Amy Osback

    Rookies of the Year:

    - Bryan Lubic

    - Carollyn Rock

    President’s Choice Award:

    - Constantine Bautista

    This month began with the Training Magazine Conference at the Convention Center. We were so pleased to see everyone that came by our ASTD booth to say hi and share your stories. Last week we partnered with National ASTD for a Telling Ain’t Training workshop – many ASTD members from all over the country. We are excited that we will be partnering with National ASTD for a number of programs in 2014!

    Interested in Volunteering

    We have volunteer opportunities to suit you! Whatever time you have to give, and whatever your volunteer objectives may be – we have something that will be just right for you, from our PEAK, Membership and Technology committees to our Events. To get involved, email me and we’ll talk about what’s available.

    Volunteer of the Month – January:

    Angela Martin

    Angela Martin is new to ASTD and completely blew our socks off! Angela took the lead to organize our Training Magazine Conference booth. It was truly a pleasure to work with her. Angela is moving to Orange County for work and to begin her masters program. We are so sad to loose her but know she’ll be in good hands with ASTD in Orange County.

    Please join me in a big “thank you!” to Angela, our January Volunteer of the Month!

    Need Expert 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.


  • Tue, February 25, 2014 10:23 AM | Carollyn Rock

    Welcome to a new year from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) San Diego! I’m excited to introduce you to our 2014 Board of Directors and to our upcoming programs and events. Our chapter is centered on providing professional development opportunities and building our ASTD membership community. Because we all work together to help each other, we have a really great thing here in San Diego (and I don’t just mean the weather)!! We can show you how to connect to your community and the worldwide ASTD family. Our theme for this year is Commitment to Excellence!

    Please join me, and our 2014 Board of Directors, at our upcoming events.

    I encourage you to get involved to help shape your ASTD community and commit to being excellent!

    See you very soon, 

    Nancy McMonigal



    San Diego Collaboration Event –

    From Compliance to Opportunity

    Feb 28, 2014

    1-5pm, Del Mar Hilton

    Join ASTD and all the fellow Training/HR orgs this Friday for our 2nd Annual Collaboration Event - From Compliance to Opportunity. Learn about new information and application of the laws.

    February 28th, 2014, 1-5pm, San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

    Register on the ASTD SD site:

    Richard Simmons will open the session to help us navigate the various labor matters facing us in 2014.

    - Breakout Session #1 -

    1. Compensation & Benefits Association – SD: Exempt in California – Auditing Your Classifications

    2. San Diego Society for Human Resource Management: Whistleblowers – Roles, Rights & Responsibilities

    Breakout Session #2 -

    1. San Diego Employers Association: Greater Liability for Harassment and Discrimination?  Do What I Say AND What I Do

    2. ASTD / OD Network / Association of Strategic Planning: Change is Hard – Senior Teams Leading the Way

    Register on the ASTD SD site


    Plans for 2014:

    Liz Aitcheson and Jacqueline Sirota are in the process for putting our calendar into place for 2014. Plans are shaping up and we’ll begin to announce the details soon:

    • March Roundtable Chapter Meeting to explore Excellence in Instructional Design of your Training Programs
    • April Technology Focus a spotlight on eLearning Trends                            
    • May Chapter BBQ – to kick off the summer
    • June Collaboration Event – 2nd Annual Marketplace Mixer
    • September 22-24, ASTD National Training Certificate Program
    • October Collaboration Event w/SHRM on Leadership Diversity
    • November Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Awards
    • November 13-14 ASTD National Project Management Certification Program
    • December Holiday Party


    Everyone hears the plea for volunteers in a non-profit organization. What makes us different? We are a community committed to helping each other. I could go on and on about the benefits that ASTD has provided me (leadership opportunities, networking, friends, focused work direction, etc.) but I’d rather show you how ASTD can help you!

    Become a member that is involved! Contact me about opportunities.


    Visit our website to learn more about ASTD San Diego membership (a true bargain) and ASTD National membership (a treasure trove of industry information).  

  • Mon, January 20, 2014 10:25 AM | Grace Judson
    The job description for the Training & Professional Development Specialist at Customer Service Advantage (CSA) states:

    Join a growing consulting firm as the person responsible for shifting the paradigm and helping others develop new skills. Customer Service Advantage, Inc. needs your help to blossom. This position pays between $17-20/hr to start and is part-time. This position includes travel. This position could become full-time based on the success of the candidate.

    This position is needed for providing classroom training and facilitation focusing on professional development topics and customer service. This person will also be expected to successfully facilitate Kaizen-driven business process improvement events with client organizations. Other duties will include, developing training, administrative work, research, developing evaluations and surveys for program effectiveness and facilitating focus groups. Call center familiarity is preferred. Government experience is a must. Office hours will be divided between office location and candidates own home office. Office hours/location/schedule will change during the course of employment.

    Minimum three years of training experience independently teaching group training classes is preferred. Requires well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people of varying background and cultures by adapting style and tactics to fit the audience. Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups, over the telephone, and communicating via email. Individual must be flexible, work well under pressure, be an active problem-solver, and possess a positive attitude.

    Interested candidates should send resume, references, and letter of interest to
  • Wed, December 18, 2013 10:00 AM | Grace Judson

    Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

    I was sorry to miss the closing Chapter meeting of 2013 (I was out of town) - I hear it was an interesting, exciting, and entertaining event. It's always fun and informative to meet our San Diego authors, and if you were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed the experience.

    We are in full-on planning mode (yes, even in the midst of the holidays!) for 2014, and we have some very exciting events on the horizon. I mentioned in last month's President's Letter that we'll be focusing on technology (which I know will interest many of you), as well as looking at how ASTD National's Communities of Practice can inform the topics we choose to emphasize and seeking new ways to engage our audience - which, of course, means you

    And like many people at this time of year, we're looking back at what we accomplished throughout 2013. It's been a year to build foundations within our own organization and developing relationships with "sister" professional organizations throughout San Diego. We anticipate that those relationships will help us help you develop your own networks of professional colleagues and friends, reaching out across multiple organizations and related industries to learn, grow, and become more successful.

    Here's to a great 2013 that was, and here's looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

    Grace Judson
    2013 Chapter President

    Volunteer of the Month - November
    Cindy Nevarez

    Cindy Nevarez is one of those volunteers who just keeps showing up and doing what's needed.  She's been a consistent support to our Programs Co-Directors, and went above-and-beyond in her help with the November Chapter fundraiser event for Wounded Warriors. And she's also been a big help to the Mentor/Protege committee.

    Please join me in a big "thank you!" to Cindy Nevarez, our November Volunteer of the Month!

    Volunteer of the Month - December
    Kevin Mayfield

    Kevin Mayfield is a past Board member who has remained active in his support of Chapter activities.  He was a key player on this year's Mentor-Protege program committee, and did a fantastic job of leading the Graduation Ceremonies at our December Chapter meeting.

    Please join me in thanking Kevin Mayfield for all his work on behalf of the Chapter!

    Upcoming Events
    January 9th ... February 13th - 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 for the January meeting, and click here to learn more and register for February.

    January 28th Chapter Meeting:  Crafting a Culture that Engages and Empowers - an experiential forum

    Using the Genius Forum Platform (based on Open Space Technology) we will explore how to create cultures of engagement. Picture yourself participating in the most innovative, transformative, crowd-sourced event for groups!

    Click here to learn more and register for this exciting event.

    Wounded Warriors Fundraiser Update

    Did you attend the November Chapter Fundraiser event for the Wounded Warriors?

    It was a great evening at the San Diego Air & Space museum, with moving and inspirational speakers and a lot of wonderful items donated for the silent auction.

    Carol Sheckler and Liz Aitcheson, our Programs Co-Directors, have asked that we offer a special thanks to the volunteers who put in a lot of time and energy making sure the event ran smoothly.

    Mary Mogk (who did an amazing job collecting donated items!)
    Jacquie Fine Urielle (a take-charge organizer who kept things straight in the midst of chaos)
    Cindy Nevarez (a backbone of the Programs team and our November Volunteer of the Month)

    With their efforts and the generosity of our donors and auction bidders, we raised a total of approximately $2,700.  Thank you all!

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