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Special Events

ATD Puget Sound provides a number of special events every year, from hosting our ever popular "Under the Hood" series at local businesses to our major events that bring together large cross-sections of our community. 

Events are posted to our website and are open to both members and non members.

If you have questions about special events, reach out to the Manager of Special Events or the Director of Programs.


Upcoming events

    • February 09, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom - Access will be provided upon registration

    Are you tasked with managing projects, but aren’t a formal project manager? Do you run projects that are three months or less in duration and have a small project team? Project Management Essentials can help you run projects more efficiently and effectively so you deliver on time with less stress!

    In this highly interactive, three-hour, virtual course, you’ll learn the basics of running small projects well, using tools you’re already familiar with. This course focuses on the concept of just enough project management - you won’t have to learn complicated new processes or software to run projects better!

    By the end of this program, you should be able to:

    • Describe the characteristics of a small project
    • Create a plan for a small project, including a small project definition document, task list, and schedule
    • Manage and control the project, including monitoring project progress and managing project communication and key relationships
    • Close out a small project

    To get the most out of this course, bring a project you’re working on, or need to kick off. You’ll apply what you learn to your actual projects and be able to use what you learn immediately on the job.

    Additional Details - 

    ATD Puget Sound Chapter Programs have been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for continuing education credits towards professional development hours for recertification of the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credentials.

    Our refund policy can be viewed here.

    Eric Girard is a highly experienced and accomplished learning and development professional who specializes in management and employee development. He has over 30 years of experience helping improve the performance of managers and employees. His specific focus is on new managers and helping them transition successfully to their new role and make their teams as effective as possible while also maintaining high engagement. He’s known for his high-energy, engaging facilitation style.

    Eric has designed, developed and delivered leadership, management, and employee training for Nutanix, Apple, Applied Materials, Symantec, and Veritas. He founded Girard Training Solutions in 2007 and has designed and delivered training for dozens of clients globally in high tech, academia, advertising, healthcare, and education. He has successfully delivered training and improved performance in London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangalore, and Cork, Ireland, as well as all over the United States.

    His volunteer roles include being an advocate and community builder for the Puget Sound chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). He has been a member of ATD since 1992.

    Eric is a certified Articulate Storyline Developer, DiSC Facilitator, Thomas PPA Analyst, Crucial Conversations Facilitator, Crucial Accountability Facilitator, Influencer Facilitator, and Extraordinary Leader Facilitator. He holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication Training from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication (Emphasis in Training and Development) from California State University, Sacramento.

    A passionate, lifelong learner, he is an Open Water Scuba Instructor and is pursuing the Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating. When he’s not designing or delivering training, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and twin 13-year-old daughters.



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


Email:  contact.us@atdpugetsound.org

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