President's Letters

  • Sun, October 05, 2014 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all of us in the training and development community! More and more job openings are coming to my attention as our field is steadily growing and becoming a key component of every thriving organization. We are sharing job openings at all of our events and we have a Job Bank on our site for our corporate members to post job listings for free. We have an arrangement with too – to help get the word out. ATD National also has a national job bank to help our community. If you know of an opening, please bring it to our attention so we can pass the word. We are all working together to drive the importance of talent development!

    - Our October and November line up includes a number of networking events, some special chapter meetings and more National Certificate programs.

    - We have added a Fireside chat this month with Dr. Anne Litwin on October 16th to discuss gender issues in the workplace. Thanks to Union Bank for sharing Dr. Litwin with our ATD community.

    - Talent Development begins with excellence in programming. Our flagship program in November is our Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Awards. We will be unveiling our 2014 PEAK Winner at our chapter meeting lunch on November 19th. Our finalists will share best practices of their key T&D programs. You’ll gain insight into creating your own programs of excellence. This annual event is not to be missed!

    Join the fun this fall to connect with your local community!

    Nancy McMonigal
    2014 Chapter President

    Thursday October 9, 2014 – Human Performance Alliance Happy Hour
    TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm 5:30-7:30pm 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.

    Wednesday October 15, Chapter Meeting: Diversity Panel - Bolstering Innovation and Creativity through Diversity
    TIME: 7:30am-9:30am at the Hilton Bayfront, San Diego
    A panel discussion focusing on the topic of Bolstering Innovation and Creativity through Diversity will be moderated by Dr. Stephen Jones. Panelists include, Dennis Kennedy from the National Diversity Council, Lee Wills-Irvine from Qualcom, Tana Slomowitz from GloCo Leadership Consultancy, Regina Petty from Fisher & Phillips, LLP, Mervin Roxas from Easter Seals Dixon Center, Claude Koehl from Intercultural Service and Dr. Bernardo Ferdman from Alliant International Univ. Presented by the San Diego Collaboration, a Mega-Community of 13 HR Associations.  Membership in any affiliated HR or training organization in San Diego allows you to register at the affiliate rate.

    Thursday October 16, 2014 – Fireside Chat with Dr. Anne Litwin: Women’s Dynamics in the Workplace: Understanding How Women Work Together and How to Lead Them
    TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm 5:30-7:30pm at the Hyatt in La Jolla – Michael’s Lounge
    Join author Dr. Anne Litwin for a discussion on gender issues in the workplace.  Anne provides insights on how to leverage diversity for business success with both men and women.  She is a consultant, coach, veteran trainer, and author of New Rules for Woman.

    October 20-21, 2014 – Coaching Certificate Program from National ATD
    Help others develop, take action, and make better decisions. Improve your clients' ability to set goals and achieve satisfying results by helping them identify and take advantage of their natural strengths. Participants will learn a model that outlines a coaching process they can use with individuals, teams, or an entire organization, and will practice foundational coaching competencies through role plays, group exercises, and case studies.
    Remember to use the San Diego Chapter code: CH8024

    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
    Successful learning and performance initiatives deserve to be highlighted and shared in order to promote innovation and excellence within our organizations.  Each year we review and honor applicants that exemplify Performance Excellence and Applied Knowledge
    Prepare to be WOWed at this special event to spotlight excellence in learning and development from local San Diego colleagues.  We will also announce the winner of the 2014 PEAK award.


    - 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!

    - 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!

    - 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!

  • 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
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