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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

    • June 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual - Zoom link provided upon registration

    You’ve heard about gamification, maybe you’ve even gamified a learning program, now you have the opportunity to join us for a webinar title, “Gamification for Talent Development: Deconstructing the Psychology of Games to Entice, Engage, and Encourage Learners.” On June 15th, Monica Cornetti from Sententia Gamification will share with us how we can enhance our learning programs by applying Motivational Design and Techniques. During this Webinar, you will learn:

    • How to Enliven your programs using the psychology and mechanics of games
    • How you can Entice learners by replacing dry, boring lectures with elements of “fun”
    • How you can use gamification to help your learners Engage in learning program
    • How gamification makes your training “stickable" to Encourage them to apply learning to the real world

    This webinar will be a preview for the July 28th in-person gamification certification hosted by Jonathan Peters. During this webinar, we will be raffling off a free entry to the in-person certification to attendees, so you won't want to miss this!

    Monica Cornetti works with individuals and organizations who want to learn how to think differently to achieve uncommon results. A gamification speaker and designer, Monica was rated #1 among the “Gamification Gurus Power 100” by RISE in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; and was also recognized as a Top 3 Finalist in the “Gamification Guru of the Year Award” by the World Gamification Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.  

    Monica is the Founder and President of Sententia Inc, Founder and Gamemaster of GamiCon (the annual international conference for the gamification of learning), and the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activities Guide: Put Gamification to Work for You, and co-author of Deliberate Fun: A Purposeful Application of Game Mechanics to Learning Experiences.  She is a graduate of Seton Hill with a BA in psychology, and The University of Houston-Victoria where she earned a Masters Degree in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

    Monica is hired for her skill as a gamification speaker and strategist, and is considered at the top of her field in gamification design for corporate training and adult education. When she is not busy changing learning with gamification, Monica can be found “researching” gameplay with her grandchildren.

    Click here to read more about the Certification Program and registration

    • June 22, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The College Club - Seattle, 11 E. Allison Street, Seattle, 98102
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    Join us in this stunning venue for an afternoon of connecting and reconnecting with members of ATD Puget Sound (ATDps), Pacific Northwest Organization Development Network (PNODN), and the International Coaching Federation Washington State (ICF WA). This event will bring us together to grow our understanding and appreciation of each other’s work, and what might be possible for us to achieve together. 

    We will network, mix, and mingle, enjoy yummy light appetizers, and hear brief presentations from each organization. A cash bar will be available.

    Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to meet with members of three human-centered organizations in the Seattle area, right on the water

    Tickets are limited and will be on sale until June 20, 2023. Tickets include event entry and light appetizers. 

    • July 28, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The College Club, 11 E Allison St, Seattle, WA 98102
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    This program is like no virtual conference or Zoom workshop you’ve attended. The Sententia Gamification Certification is a complete immersion experience that leaves you creatively inspired and technically masterful. Plus, this is the ONLY Gamification Certification that earns you  recertification* credits for your CPLP!

    This hands-on certification takes you through the 5-step, trademarked, and proven process of gamifying your organizational quest. The goal is to increase learning and engagement through key concepts found in game design and behavioral psychology. Adding game mechanics to training, gamification not only increases interest, but it also increases engagement and creates behavioral change by making learning and development "fun."

    Gamification is not just about rewarding points and badges, but rather understanding and influencing the human behaviors which companies want to encourage among their employees and customers.

    Is now a good time to put an end to dry, boring learning? Get ready to play full out during our Gamification adventure!


    In this 8-hour certification program, you will use a L&D case study as you overlay the 5-step Game the System™ model for gamification learning design, gather data, and participate in problem-solving and assessment exercises


    At the end of this Certification program, participants will be able to:

        •    Understand how key concepts found in behavioral psychology and game design can increase learning and engagement

        •    Have a five-part process for gamifying a learning program

        •    Demonstrate a return on investment for your gamified learning program

    Takeaways for Participants

    1.    Game the System™ “game board” of the 30 necessary steps for creating successfully gamified learning programs

    2.    All handouts and ancillary tools used during the certification

    3.    Analysis and feedback of a proposal for gamifying a case study or real program

    4.    Sententia Level 1 Surveyor digital badge

    5.    6 CPLP recertification credits for ATD members.

    Intended Audience

    This program is for L&D and HR professionals interested in using gamification to improve their learning and training programs.


    Jonathan Peters, PhD, is the Chief Motivation Officer at Sententia. He has spent over a decade studying the science and art of motivation and persuasion. As a speaker, he has helped audiences fromMelbourne, Australia to Augusta, Maine more effectively communicate with their customers and team-members. With Sententia, he applies his knowledge and experience to make learning more enticing, engaging, and encouraging through gamification.

    Jonathan is the co-author of Deliberate Fun: A Purposeful Application of Game Mechanics to Learning Experiences, author of several titles, and ghostwriter of 62 books. But he is best known as a bourbon connoisseur.


    Additional Details 

    Registration opens at 8 am; program begins at 9 am.  Program ends at 4 with an optional happy hour from 4 - 5 pm.

    Registration deadline is Friday, July 21st.  Early bird pricing is available until June 16th.

    Lunch will be provided in the form of sandwiches, family style salads.  Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day.

    Information about the College Club can be found here.

    ATD Capability Model focus:  Learning Sciences, Instructional Design, Training Delivery & Facilitation.

Past events

March 01, 2023 Under the Hood at Pariveda Solutions – Unique Approach to Employee Development
September 11, 2022 ATDps offers a 14 week CPTD Study Group
August 30, 2022 The Certification Exam Experience: A discussion with a panel of Certified Professionals in Talent Development (CPTD)
May 26, 2022 Elevating the People Side of Work
March 20, 2022 ATDps offers a 13 week CPTD Study Group
February 09, 2022 Project Management Essentials
September 29, 2021 ATDps Summer School: Learning Simulations
September 16, 2021 ATDps Summer School: UX Basics: The User-Centered Design Process
August 25, 2021 ATDps Summer School: AI & Learning
July 07, 2021 ATDps Summer School: Learning Cluster Design
June 23, 2021 The Facets of Diversity: Frame It Before We Fix It
June 17, 2021 ATDps Summer School: Fierce Conversations
April 22, 2021 ATDps Coffee Conversations - Organizational Cultures with Author Jamie Jacobs
April 08, 2021 Core Strengths - Results Through Relationship Intelligence
March 17, 2021 ATD Puget Sound Trivia Spectacular - St. Patty's Day Edition!
February 16, 2021 ATDps Coffee Conversations with Author Kassy LaBorie
September 24, 2020 ATD Puget Sound Trivia Spectacular
September 09, 2020 Whatfix: Learning in the Flow of Work (A sponsored program)
December 04, 2019 Winter Extravaganza - The Business of Learning
November 05, 2019 FULL - Registration is Closed! Under the Hood at Getty Images
July 25, 2019 Summer Networking Extravaganza
April 25, 2019 Under the Hood at Tableau - SOLD OUT!


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