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                                                                               February 2016 Issue
President's Message

Love is a word that is used often but not lightly in my family. I tell my four-year-old daughter that she is made of loveand kindness. Our Membership Team is also made of love and kindness. They love our members. If you talk to one of our Ambassadors, you’ll see their face light up as they talk about a new member. When you talk to Kyle McCurdy, Director of Membership, you will hear him go on about the members in our chapter and how amazing they are. Chances are if you have met him he knows your name and why you joined ATD Puget Sound.

ATD Puget Sound prides itself on being an inclusive, meet you where you are chapter. We do not exclude, we include. As a result we have group of members from newly in the profession to professionals on their way to retirement and everything in between. Our members are more than willing to extend advice, make a connection, listen to a problem, and celebrate the success than any other chapter I have been involved in.

What was it that made you fall in love with our chapter? How did you fall in love with the Talent Development Profession? Connect with us on LinkedIn #ATDPugetSound and share your story.

Have you lost your spark for our chapter or the Talent Development area? I encourage you to get engaged at whatever level interests you. We have social media feeds, chapter meetings, Special Interest Groups, Geographic Interest Groups, and a board willing to connect with you over coffee/email, etc.

Get engaged. Explore possibilities. Be happy.

Kati O'Brien

February Chapter Meeting

Star Talent: Investing in High-Potential Employee Development

February 16, 2016 | 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
@ Mercer Island Community and Events Center

Retaining key talent is an ongoing challenge for many organizations, especially as job markets continue to improve. This interactive session is for anyone looking to specifically develop and retain high-potential employees, whether as an internal learning, organizational development, or human resources practitioner, or as an external consultant. You’ll walk away with tools and information to successfully create and implement a high-potential development program to invest in star talent. Specific topics addressed include: partnering with executives, ideas for program components and structure, communication templates, considerations for identifying high-potential talent, distinguishing a high-performer from a high-potential, and transparency for a program within an organization. You’ll have a great foundation to build on that sets you up for program success! Register for this event here.

After the session, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize information and tools provided to design, develop, and implement a learning program for high-potential employees.
  • Explore how high-potential talent is identified within an organization.
  • Discover strategies to work with executives and other stakeholders when launching and communicating about leadership development/learning initiatives.
  • Create an action plan for next steps.

Lisa Downs, M.S. Ed., CPLP is the owner of DevelopmentWise Consulting in Redmond, WA, specializing in leadership coaching and consulting for technical (STEM) professionals. Lisa's worked as a learning professional for EMC², The Boeing Company, PEMCO Mutual Insurance, T-Mobile USA, and spent 6 years in the accounting industry. While a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Board of Directors, Lisa served as the Chair of the National Advisors for Chapters Committee in 2013-2014. She is also a past Chair of the ATD Chapter Recognition Committee and a past President of the ATD Puget Sound Chapter. She is the author of three books in the ATD Trainer’s WorkShop series: Listening Skills Training, Time Management Training, and Negotiation Skills Training.

Membership Highlight

"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is." 
- Isaac Asimov

I love this time of year. I don't think late winter get's enough credit as we anticipate spring and deal with heavy rain and colder weather. However, every day the days are getting longer and the year is still fresh and new. Let's commit to making it the best year of our lives!

As professionals in the talent and learning space it is our job, and hopefully our passion, to help others learn, develop and grow their talents. My challenge this month is to turn that focus on yourself. What is one thing you could focus on for the next 30 days for your own development?

Read a book, attend a class, volunteer or join up with one of our fantastic ATD Puget Sound Interest Groups. In this day and age your options are literally almost endless.

Pick a skill - make yourself better.


Kyle McCurdy
Director of Membership

CPLP2 Interest Group Meeting

CPLP2 Special Interest Group

February 8, 2016 | 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
@ The 2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Are you a CPLP Credential holder? If so, you are invited to attend the ATD Puget Sound Chapter’s CPLP2 IG. Join a community of current CPLP credential holders and be inspired by seeing the work of high-level peers. CPLP2 members get together monthly to learn from and support each other. We share best practices, discuss industry trends and encourage professional growth. Register here.

If you have any questions, please contact Brenetta Ward at Brenetta.ward@comcast.net. We look forward to welcoming you to our community. Upcoming meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month (except during holiday weeks.)

Informal Learning in the Purpose Economy

Informal Learning in the Purpose Economy Special Interest Group

February 11, 2016 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
@ Construx Software
10900 NE 8th St, Suite 1350 Bellevue, WA 98004

This new ATDps Interest Group intends to form a “center of gravity” for ideas, research, best practices, and prototyping as we strategize a way forward for talent development in what entrepreneur and thought leader Aaron Hurst calls the Purpose Economy. Like the information economy, which has been driven by innovation and economic growth up to now, the emerging Purpose Economy is driven by the power of connecting people to their life purpose. The dynamic, self-organizing nature of the purpose-driven workplace makes informal learning the natural approach/methodology for developing individuals, teams, groups, and organizations as we move into this exciting new future! Register for this event.

Anyone who wants to join us as we explore this uncharted learning & development territory is welcome!

Scott Melanson, PhD is Sr. Instructional Designer at Construx Software in Bellevue. He has been an instructional designer for 8 years; prior to that, he was an English Professor, teaching at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. Scott is a researcher and thought leader, focusing on the social and cognitive contexts of storytelling, visual thinking, and theories of adult learning.

Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network: Project Management Needs an OD Fix

PNODN Meeting: Project Management Needs an OD Fix

February 22, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
@ Mercer Island Community and Event Center

We all know the dismal statistics about the large number of change efforts that fail. Many of these efforts were implemented with traditional project management tools under the “PM triangle” creed of “on time, under budget, and within spec”. But all too often, focusing on schedules and costs – as essential as they are -- causes perverse effects. The real solution lies in taking an OD approach to project management by focusing on people and processes, not things. In this session we’ll explore strategies and tools to build teams that result in meaningful change and successful projects. Register for this event.

Presenter: Mike Katagiri of the Center for Project Excellence is a leading project management expert specializing in complex, large-scale projects. Several of Mike’s projects have won national awards. In recent years, Mike has begun to share his hard-earned PM knowledge and expertise, increasingly infused with OD technology, across the globe with such organizations as Hewlett-Packard, NASA, and the City of Seattle, to name just a few. A recognized thought leader in the PM field, Mike served 2 terms on the International Project Management Institute Board of Directors.

South Puget Sound Interest Group Meeting

ATDps South Puget Sound Interest Group Meeting

March 1, 2016 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
@ Invista Performance Solutions Offices at Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW Building 19, Suite 207, Lakewood, WA 98499

This month's discussion topic is Performance Improvement - Apply a systematic process for analyzing human performance gaps and for closing them. The Sound South Interest Group is provides an opportunity for talent development and learning professionals who live or work the South Puget Sound area to network, learn and share with each other. Register here.

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