July 2016 Issue
Summer is officially upon us, but that does not mean the learning stops. There is excitement within the Talent Development Industry and we at ATD Puget Sound are excited to be on this journey with you. The month of June was busy at ATD Puget Sound. We had two Professional Development events with over 80 attendees, plus our amazing chapter meeting on Designing Effective Learning Exams. In the rush of summer, I want to point out some upcoming events to mark on your calendar:
Get engaged. Explore possibilities. Be happy.
|What an Exciting June for Special Events! |
We Delivered the Onboarding Hackathon, and Learn-a-palooza events.
|Thank you to all who were able to join us for our special events in June. |
Onboarding Hackathon ran on Friday, June 10, providing an event where over 30 talent development professionals shared and worked on ways to make employee onboarding better. Both Darren Nerland, Learning Strategist, and Stacey Gardner, Learning and Development Senior Specialist, from Microsoft facilitated the session. Materials from the session can be found here.
Learn-a-palooza 2.0 ran on Friday, June 24, engaging a group of 60+ learning development and talent management professionals on emerging learning trends and practices. The event helped each of the attendees end their week on a great note and kick-off the first weekend of summer.
Thank you to all the presenters and experts in our community who helped to make this event a success. ATD Puget Sound Members can find the materials from the event here on the ATDps website. Additional information and resources from the session SMEs is below:
Stay tuned for more information and updates on ATDps Events.
| Chapter Meeting | July 19, 2016, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM | @ Mercer Island Community Center |
How to ensure training sticks: The manager’s role in the transfer of learning
About this Chapter Meeting:
| Interest Group Meeting for July |
It must be summer vacation, because we only have one this month!
Are you interested in joining a small group around various talent development interests?
| Membership Inspiration for the Month |
Happy July fellow ATDps Members! I don't know about you, but it feels to me like things just keep changing faster and faster these days. I was listening to the radio and learned of a book published back in the 70s called 'Future Shock' in which change is progressing so quickly that people start going insane. Ever feel like that?
A defense for me has been reflecting on my context, what I can control, and what I cannot. I encourage you to think of the parable of the brick layers (paraphrased):
Be well and have a wonderful summer!
Director of Membership
|Member Spotlight for July|
Our Member Spotlight for July is Brent Kobayashi, Training Manager at DaVita.
Where are you from, and what brought you to the Puget Sound area?
After my wife completed medical school in Vancouver, we ventured to San Diego and then Chicago as she completed her residency/fellowship. I continued as a training manager for Four Seasons Hotels. We then moved to Austin for the next 10 years as my wife began practicing as a neonatologist. At first, I was a stay-at-home dad raising our two kids and part-time consultant and eventually started working for EZCORP, an international pawn shop company based in Austin, TX. We missed our family, as well as the Pacific Northwest, so when an opportunity became available for my wife in Tacoma, we jumped at the chance and moved to Gig Harbor, WA.
What do you love most about the Talent Development industry?
Why did you join ATD Puget Sound, and in what ways are you involved?
Being involved in ATDps has been extremely beneficial both professionally and personally. In addition to increasing my talent development knowledge and building a strong professional network, I have been able to create some incredible life-long relationships. If you have a specific need, keep asking and you are likely to find it – if not, go ahead and create it. I truly believe the more you get involved as a member, the more you get back.
Any fun or interesting facts you would be willing to share?
What is a career or development goal you are working on?
|Coming Soon, The ATD Puget Sound Annual Survey!|
| Last year we adjusted the timing of our annual survey to collect feedback in the fall instead of the spring. This change allowed the Board to be more responsive to your feedback as the results were used to plan a strategy and set goals during the January Board Retreat. |
Our Board is committed to making decisions that have a clear benefit to current and future members. To ensure we have a vital organization with rich developmental opportunities that are valued by our members, it’s important for use to be in tune with your challenges and your needs. The annual survey gives us a chance to delve more deeply and plan accordingly.
Be on the lookout for the ATDps Annual Survey to launch in early September.
PS: If you are survey-savvy, and you want to get involved? Please send me a mail at email@example.com, I would love to chat with you!
All the best,
Director of Research
| Chapter Volunteer Opportunities |
| One of the best ways to get to get to know other ATD Puget Sound Chapter members is to volunteer! |
One of the best ways to get to get to know other ATD Puget Sound Chapter members is to volunteer. Everything we do and accomplish is done with the talented members in our chapter; this is a safe place to grow your skills.
With that in mind, we currently have the following volunteer positions:
Details for each of these roles can be found on our ATD Puget Sound website.
All the best,
Janet Williams Hepler
| October's Workplace Learning Conference|
What will your legacy as a learning professional be?
|We're getting very excited for our October Workplace Learning Conference where we will explore the role of L&D professionals as change agents and legacy makers. Our keynotes are all confirmed and we think our members will derive a lot of value from hearing/learning from these industry leaders: |
Guarantee your spot and register today. Full conference program to be published later in July.
|Call for Pro Dev Presenters & Event Contributors: Want to learn more or get involved in planning the 2017 Professional Development events? Or, want to share your skills and knowledge with our members through a Pro Dev workshop? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help shape the future of learning and the future of the ATD Puget Sound chapter. Learn on!|
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