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                                                                  September 2016 Issue
President's Message

ATD Puget Sound, we are always trying to improve our game and it is time to release our annual Member Survey Through this survey, we will be able to better quantify our programming, pricing strategies, and membership value.  Armed with these results, we will work to improve resources, education, and programming for years to come.

With a membership of over 350, our 2015 survey was at a response rate of less than 20%.  While statistically this is a good response rate to a survey, we are hoping for a 10% increase in responses.  This is where you come in!

Not only is our data crucial in shaping the most accurate picture of our members’ needs, but it is your voice that will influence the dialogue and improvement of the chapter’s future offerings and structure. The results from the Member Survey will educate and inform the board and administration for many years.  I urge you, through Member Survey participation, to influence the direction of our chapter for years to come.

The more feedback we receive, the better equipped we will be to improve our existing services and develop new ones to meet emerging needs. We believe that the Puget Sound Chapter is on the forefront of Talent Development.  If we are truly professionals that empower professionals to develop knowledge & skills successfully, we must address the strengths and gaps which profoundly impact the Talent Development field and equip you with the skills to do so. With your help, ATD Puget Sound can create an environment that will serve as an example for the talent development industry around the nation.

We realize that we all live busy, hectic lives; however, by completing this 15-minute survey, we can move one step closer to creating an environment that embodies the ATD Foundational Competencies and Areas of Expertise. By completing this survey, each of us is working towards making a difference in our community. So, we — the ATD Puget Sound Chapter Board of Directors — ask each of our members to take the Member Survey by September 23rd and to take a step forward in making our chapter the best in the nation.

Let your voice be heard! 
Click here to respond now.

Get engaged.  Explore possibilities.  Be happy. 

Kati O'Brien
September is here!  Let the learning begin.

Join 200 of your colleagues for the ATD Puget Sound's Workplace Learning Conference "Our Legacy as Learning Professionals" October 12 - 13, 2016!

Register for the Workplace Learning Conference, October 12-13, 2016, here today!

With keynote speakers Kelly Palmer CLO of Degreed, Keith McCandless, Co-Founder of Liberating Structures , and Anakha Coman, Founder of the Awake at Work Institute  Mindfulness Institute, you will have no trouble finding a speaker to engage you!

There is something for everyone at this year's Workplace Learning Conference!
Whether you're a recent grad of an OD program, novice or seasoned L&D practitioner, coach, consultant, or Executive -- we've designed this conference with all of you in mind. 

What to know more?  Check out some of the other great topics and facilitators who will be there just for you!

There will be more than 20 different sessions on Day 1, October 12, that focus a broad range of ATD Competencies.  Day 2 of the Conference is Open Space where we continue to explore and co-create our individual and collective legacies as L&D professionals.

Only once a year, the Workplace Learning Conference, October 12-13, 2016, should not be missed: 
Register here today!

Want to support the conference? We have variety of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. Emailconferencesponsorship@atdpugetsound.org for more information.

Thanks very much to our generous conference sponsors: 
Degreed, Entirenet, Invista, Skillsoft, and SumTotal.

What’s your legacy as a learning professional?
Follow us on Twitter @ATDps and share your #legacy

Come explore, learn, connect, and have fun with us in October. 
Register here today!

Chapter Meeting | September 20, 2016 | 7:30 – 9:30 am
@ Mercer Island Community Center

Best Practice Sharing: Managing Learning Programs
Register here. 

A learning professional is required to provide strategic leadership and vision, develop and implement training programs and measure their success.  Understanding the current and evolving role of learning is critical for the successful learning manager. 

Please join us at this month’s meeting where ATDps chapter member and learning professional, Brian Kadish, facilitates this session to help attendees learn how to:

  • Create a compelling picture of the learning function, how it improves business performance and enables execution of organizational strategy
  • Partner with business leaders to improve performance through learning.
  • Leverage needs assessment methodologies, learning and information systems.
  • Run the learning function like a business by turning strategies into action plans while dealing with real-life business constraints.
September 20, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:30 am @ Mercer Island Community Center:  Register here. 
 Interest Group Meetings for September: 
Connect Today with Local Learning Professionals

Are you interested in joining a small group around specific talent development topics and or interests? 
We have just what you're looking for in
one of our seven ATDps Interest Groups Topics range from CPLP certification, member networking, learning and technology, south sound professionals, or learning in the purpose economy; be sure to review what's on offer this month! Interest group and partner events on our calendar for the month are:

Did you know we have a new networking interest group in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle?  Check out their next event on October 6 from 5-7 p.m., Seattle Networking IG, at the Red Door in Seattle (Fremont).
South Sound Interest Group:  Fall Kick-off Meeting
A Closer Look at the South Sound Interest Group
Join them for their September Fall Kick-off Meeting

South Puget Sound Special Interest Group (SIG) this month is September 20, 2016, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  The Sound South Interest Group is providing 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.

Who Attends: Anyone with a passion for talent and learning development are welcome to attend. We encourage attendees to join the ATD Puget Sound Chapter and participate in chapter events.

Areas of Expertise: In addition to networking and sharing, each meeting focuses on an ATD Area of Expertise and is aligned with the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) Certification Program. Meetings may be eligible for CPLP Recertification Credits.

Facilitation:  The meeting facilitator will be rotated among group members. The facilitator will guide the meeting and coordinate the presentation of the area of expertise. If you are interested in facilitating a monthly meeting, please contact Brent Kobayashi (brentkob@icloud.com) or Marie Tjernlund (marie@nobleedgeconsulting.com).
 Membership Inspiration for the Month

Hello wonderful ATD Puget Sound Community,

My message from membership this month is coming in the form of a book recommendation. I have been dealing with several particularly difficult challenges these past three months and have felt myself grow as a result.

To cap this off I came across a fabulous book by Ryan Holiday called The Obstacle is the Way Holy smokes, I going to read (well listen to) this again and recommend it as a must read.

“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.” -Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way

Whatever obstacle or challenge you are facing right now is a blessing in disguise. You can turn it upside down and make it the way.

Have a fantastic fall.


Kyle McCurdy
Director of Membership
 Member Spotlight this Month: 
Julian Schrenzel
Hello, Julian!

Where are you from, and what brought you to the Puget Sound area?
I was born and raised in the Pacific NW and moved away to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  After graduating, I moved to New York City and performed in film and on stage around the country.  In 2006 I was cast in the musical Guys & Dolls at the State Theater of Georgia, and the beautiful lady cast in the role opposite me turned out to be my lovely wife-to-be!  (What are the chances of that?)  We moved to Seattle again in 2007, and the rest is history.

What do you love most about the Talent Development industry?
I love how our industry benefits from such a broad range of practitioners.  We have professionals from every discipline:  scientists, technologists, artists and philosophers...  All with a passion for making people better at what they do.  I think Talent Development is still very much in its ‘Wild West’ phase.  There is tons to discover and create!

Why did you join ATD Puget Sound, and in what ways are you involved?
I joined ATDps in 2014.  My education and professional background is probably not like most in that I created my career out of my passion for theater improvisation and my love of teaching.  ATDps has given me an opportunity to connect and share with a community that shares a common love of helping people and groups of people be better at, well, doing stuff!

Any fun or interesting facts you would be willing to share?
Here’s an interesting fact I learned at the Applied Improvisation Network annual convention in Oxford, UK this August:  At SAP (the international enterprise software/solutions company), a 1% loss in workforce represents a loss of $60M Euros in revenue, (roughly 80M US dollars).  *Source:  http://www.portlandcomedy.com/applied-improv-blog/2015/6/17/employee-engagement

What is a career or development goal you are working on?
This Summer and Fall, I am focusing on developing additional workshop offerings and also refining current offerings to be more targeted to my clients’ pressing needs.
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