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Member Events Meetings

The ATD Puget Sound chapter hosts monthly member events to share talent development best practices, provide networking opportunities with other TD professionals, and support our members as they expand their own learning.

Our member events are free to members, and are hosted around the greater Puget Sound region or virtually in order to best serve our expansive membership base. Please check our event calendar for accurate member events date, time, and location information.

For more information about member events e-mail the Director of Programs.

Interested in being a facilitator? Visit the "Be a Presenter" page.


Upcoming events

    • June 26, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Machine House Brewing, 5840 Airport Way S #121, Seattle, WA (Georgetown)
    • 15

    Improvisation for Leadership with Andrew McMasters

    Andrew McMasters, an exciting and well-respected facilitator and skilled actor is coming to ATDps! Andrew will be leading you through one of his famous Improv for Learning workshops, this time focused on leadership and change management practices. In this highly interactive and collaborative workshop, you'll use improvisational techniques to practice specific leadership skills. You'll learn what works for you and develop an understanding of your unique leadership style. The improvisational work gives you the physical experience of trying each skill and the ability to replicate that in your daily practice. It is a safe place to experiment and create relationships and applications to your own work.

    You will practice interpersonal communications, committing to action, ensuring follow through, as well as understanding how to build an inclusive culture - all skills you can take back and apply directly to your own leadership programs. The session is aimed at those who are experiencing change in their organization, those who want to be a catalyst for change, and those who want to use change to help organizations evolve.

    There is free street parking and ample paid parking at an adjacent lot, as well as bus-line access from downtown. It's only 1 min from the I5 exit. The space will be private for our members and there is both indoor and outdoor space.

    Andrew McMasters is an actor, director and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the arts. He is a founder of Jet City Improv, a non-profit theater that he managed for 25 years, and worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies to provide presentation support and messaging as well as team building and communications trainings. Andrew is dedicated to experiential learning, providing opportunities for self-discovery and driving innovation in our everyday lives.

    • July 17, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual - Zoom Access

     ATDps: July 2019 Virtual Member Meeting

    Instructional Design for a Virtual Space


    Challenge: Make virtual learning experiences just as engaging as an in-person classroom.  Simple? No. Doable? Absolutely! And the bigger challenge is how to design virtual experiences that still impact participants watching the recording later.

    Join this session to learn how to design a live, engaging virtual session --AND-- how to make it live on for learners even as a recording. Possible? YES. Join us to learn how.

    Speaker Bio: Allison St. John

    Allison St. John, co-founder of The Remote Leader Project, facilitates leadership development and change management sessions, both virtually and in-person. She uncovers the root causes of business problems, especially in the midst of organizational or leadership change.

    As a communications and adult learning expert, Allison brings talent development design expertise to every presentation and client engagement. Whether it's a virtual or in-person session, the end result is the same: highly impactful adult learning that converts into implemented action.

    She leads a remote team, facilitates both in-person and virtual leadership courses for Fortune 500 companies, and teaches other remote workers how to master virtual leadership.



    Pre-Registration - Members attend at no charge. There is no walk in availability. Pre-registration is mandatory.

    Pre-Registration - Non-Member $40.00 There is no walk in availability. Pre-registration is mandatory.

    Online Registration Closes One Day Prior To The Member Meeting. At That Time We Are No Longer Able To Accept Pre-Registrations.

    We are not able to issue refunds after the Friday prior to the meeting. Substitutions are encouraged.

    Special Instructions:

    Instructions to attend the virtual meeting will be included in your confirmation email and on the reminder email the day prior to the program. Please save these instructions. Real time assistance is only available using the information in those emails.


    • August 20, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Location: TBA

     ATDps:   August 2019 Seattle Member Program


    Creating Effective Video Content with Little or No Budget


    Are you just getting started using video in your learning and need help figuring out where to begin?  Or are you an experienced producer of video content looking for tips and tricks to give your videos that little extra something?  Either way - or if you’re somewhere in the middle - this interactive session with Amy Lou Abernethy and Bowie DeShazo of AMP Creative is for you!

    Amy Lou and Bowie will explain both why and how to include video in your training, and discuss how technology empowers L&D professionals to make simple videos without a team and without fancy equipment. They’ll illustrate the value of visual storytelling, review the tools needed to create simple videos, and help you develop some basic phone video skills.

    In just 90 minutes you’ll work with other ATD members to script, shoot, edit and deliver a video lesson using only your phone and InShot video editing software.  The session will wrap up with a screening and awards ceremony featuring your work!

    Amy Lou Abernethy

    President and Chief Learning Strategist, AMP Creative

    Amy Lou Abernethy began her career as an educator but was soon drawn into the world of visual storytelling and video production. In addition to co-founding and nurturing AMP Creative, she followed her heart back to the art and science of adult learning a few years ago, getting her masters in learning in digital environments. Standing at the crossroads of learning innovation and cinematic storytelling, Amy Lou collaborates with companies to develop transformative learning experiences and AMP Creative produces those experiences. She looks for opportunities to connect with people through stories, across a variety of mediums, from printed infographics to immersive virtual reality.

    Bowie DeShazo

    Director of Innovation, AMP Creative

    After studying production and new media at Rowan University, Bowie developed his skills as a director, producer, and storyteller. In his current role as Director of Innovation at AMP Creative, he leads emerging technology projects. Bowie works with clients to facilitate the creation of learning ecosystems through many different media, including VR, AR, interactive multimedia, custom app development, interactive signage and immersive video.

    Thank you to our Gold Sponsor



    Pre-Registration - Members attend at no charge (Walk In Rate Members $25)

    Pre-Registration - Non-Member $40.00 (Walk-In Rate $45)

    Online Registration Closes On The Sunday Prior To The Program. At That Time We Are No Longer Able To Accept Pre-Registrations.

    Please note that once the online registration is closed, we encourage and welcome you to attend and pay at the door.

    We are not able to issue refunds after the Friday prior to the program.  Substitutions are encouraged.



ATD Puget Sound Chapter
P.O. Box 46368
Seattle, WA 98146


Email:  contact.us@atdpugetsound.org

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