August 2016 Issue
I am often asked how I came to ATD and better yet how I became a board member. A few years ago my organization asked me to start an official training department. While I was comfortable facilitating training using computer labs, creating Storyline trainings and writing standard operating procedures, I was sure there were more out there that I did not even know of.
As all people do when they think there is more out there, I went a googling! I came across ATD Puget Sound (at that time it was ASTD) and joined immediately. Then in my true fashion, I never went to a chapter meeting. I am the strange type of person that needs a task or a commitment in order to show up. Needing to get involved in the chapter, I sent an email to the, then President, Karen Thornton asking her if I could be on the conference committee. After meeting with her, she then asked me to be the co-chair of the conference. From that moment on, I was engaged! After the conference, Karen asked me to join the board as the Director of Communications. The year I stepped in to the Director of Communications we went an entire branding campaign; changing our chapter’s name, colors, domain name, emails, tax filings and the list goes on! I was able to stretch my creativity arms and loved it. Wanting to continue with the chapter, I applied for the President-Elect position and this year am serving in the President role. Even now, as I sit here with a ton of emails to reply to and a laundry list of goals and objectives we as a board want to accomplish this year, I am wondering what role I can serve in next.
Our board members serve our members in a number of different ways from behind the scenes work to emceeing an event. What I have found at ATD Puget Sound is that there is a place for everyone. For those that want to be a guiding force in the chapter by serving as a Director on the board to those able to draft newsletters a couple of hours a month. While the directors try hard to invite people to join, we also need help from you by simply asking how you can get engaged.
Our Leaders in Talent Development event is coming up on August 23rd. This is a great place to explore how ATD can further your career and personal development along. It is also a place where we will have position descriptions for our opening director and board positions. We will be accepting Board Applications for all board positions through September 30th, 2016.
Current board openings include:
If you would like to connect more about the possibility of serving our members or have ideas for the chapter, please reach out. We would love to hear from you.
Get engaged. Explore possibilities. Be happy.
| Join us for the Leaders in Talent Development evening in Seattle |
August 23 @ 6 PM | 1312 East Union Street
23 Aug 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • 1312 East Union Street, 98122
Register Now as there is no door registration at the venue. This event is free for Chapter Members.
Volunteering: Deliberately Developing Yourself
Being a Talent Development professional is one of the most exciting careers. The potential for to make a difference on your team, your organization, or your community—is huge. No matter where you are in your career, the investing in your learning and growth enables you to influence others to do the same.
One of the best opportunities to develop your skills and build your network is to volunteer for a role in your local ATD chapter. Volunteering for ATD Puget Sound provides an opportunity to learn and gain feedback from peers and leaders while providing great learning and networking opportunities for a passionate network of professionals in the Puget Sound.
I’ve been thinking a lot about finding people who want to invest their time and talent on the ATD Board, and I wanted to tap the wisdom of our broader network. To help, I reached out to current and past Board leaders and volunteers to learn about what they gained from their experience, and what advice they would offer those who are interested in volunteering on the board. Here’s some of the great things I learned from them.
Are you ready to volunteer?
Think, research, and take the plunge. “Find a volunteer position that will fit with your passions, your schedule, and your goals. Meet with a board member and ask questions. Once you determine which role would fit you best...take that leap of faith! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!”
Take the plunge and apply. “Just do it. You never know what's around the next corner and how your skills and experiences with other people will impact you in the future.”
Would you like to learn more? Please join us at the “Leaders in Talent Development” Event on August 23rd at 10 Degrees. This is a great time to talk to meet board members, speak to others in the profession, discuss trends, and learn from the leaders on our panel.
Thank you to all of you who took time to respond to the survey. Your insights have been incredibly valuable.
All the best,
|ATDps Workplace Learning Conference: October 12-13 |
Our Legacy as Learning Professionals
With successful June events behind us, July and August have meant focusing on the October Workplace Learning Conference for the ATDps Special Events team.
The conference theme is Our Legacy as Learning Professionals. Our intention is to create a space for all of us to honor what we've historically done well in L&D while exploring ways to move further into the future of learning, all with eye toward our own legacies and role as change agents in the work we do. In addition, the event brings together leading experts in the field of learning and development to share what’s new, provide practical workshops, and offer a variety of active learning opportunities.
We are excited to bring you three leaders in modern learning and talent development as your conference keynotes:
Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer at Degreed and former VP of Learning at LinkedIn.
Anakha Coman, founder of The Awake at Work Institute, bringing mindfulness
We look forward to seeing you at the Mercer Island Community Center on October 12th and 13th. This is a great chance for you to network, learn, and develop new skills. The conference is designed to offer you opportunities to engage and connect with local Puget Sound talent development professionals. The agenda for each day will offer you the following:
It’s going to be a dynamic conference, so register now and secure your spot to spend time with Kelly, Keith, Anakha, the various session facilitators, and your fellow attendees. Check out the longer speaker bios and download the full list of session facilitators here.
What’s your legacy as a learning professional? Follow us on Twitter @ATDps and share your #legacy
Want to support the conference? We have variety of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
| Networking Interest Group Meeting for August |
Are you interested in joining a small group around specific talent development topics and or interests?
For August, we offer you the following opportunity with the Networking Interest Group in Bellevue:
| Membership Inspiration for the Month |
Dear wonderful ATDps Community,
Here we are in August. School is right around the corner. We are now well into the 2nd half of the year. I hope 2016 has been fantastic for you so far! Something I have learned throughout my career and life is how amazingly powerful the right questions can be. I would venture a well timed good question can have the power to change the world...
As fall looms before us, my challenge to you is this: Has the year been turning out like you had expected? What assumptions are you currently making that could use a good question mark behind them?
Wishing you a curious and engaging August!Cheers,
Director of Membership
"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted."
| Member Spotlight for August: Kristen Barton |
Kristen Barton is a Training & Development Specialist in Practice and Leadership Development for Group Health Physicians in Seattle. She joined ATDps in the winter of 2015.
Q: Where are you from, and what brought you to the Puget Sound area?
Q: What do you love most about the Talent Development industry?
Q: Why did you join ATD Puget Sound and in what ways are you involved?
Q: Any fun or interesting facts you would be willing to share?
A: I am learning how to use drawing and graphic recording during my facilitation and training and I'd like to increase my skills in group coaching.
|Calling All Survey Superstars: We Need You! |
Are you survey-savvy? Any chance you would like to get involved in a short-term volunteer opportunity to help the chapter?
If so, please contact me ASAP! We are in the process of developing our 2016 ATDps Annual Survey and I would love to have your help. Feel free to reach out via my email. Thank you!
All the best,
Director of Research
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