Meet Our June Speaker + Preview of Our BIG August Program

Monday, May 30, 2022 6:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We've got BIG plans for our August 3 program!

Dr. Britt Andreatta will present Wired to Resist: The Neuroscience of Change to our Colorado ATD chapters.

The first 40 to register will receive her book for free, and it will be the focus of a book club that follows a few weeks after the event. You'll have the option to pick up your book at our June and July in-person events.

This is a virtual event, so everyone who wants to join will be able to!

Learn more and register here.

Meet Mike Kester, facilitator for our June 1 event on Creating Cohesive and Engaged Teams.

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Mike, how did you become focused on leadership development?

My interest in leadership development started in college when I was lucky enough to be part of a unique multi-year leadership development program. My interest grew as a professional when I was a participant in some outstanding leader development programs when I was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

I didn't envision a career in this space, though, until years later when I was the co-president of The Regis Company. We built very high-end custom business simulations and my work increasingly focused on leader development, often in partnership with well-known brands in our space (Center for Creative Leadership, Duke Corporate Education, etc.).


Are there any misconceptions about leadership development that you frequently encounter?

There are many misconceptions and mistakes I see in the leadership development space.

First, most organizations think they need to find, or create, the right leadership model, standard, or set of competencies to reflect their unique culture. But creating an exceptional team environment is about a few basic, very human things–too much content, new language, and new models kill learning and growth. From a small non-profit, to a global Fortune 100 company, to a technology innovator, to the military, cohesive teams feel psychologically safe, have great communication norms, and are aligned to a broader sense of purpose.

Second, teaching prescribed approaches to leadership generally stifles growth. Meaningful growth in things that are hard to do only happens when people generate their own insights, which is messy. Leadership development should embrace the mess and build in a lot of space for people to reflect, explore, and discover.


Are you willing to share a fun fact about yourself?

The company I founded is named for an analogy to mountain climbing, but I'm afraid of heights.


Register here to join us in Broomfield for this interactive session led by Mike Kester on June 1.


Below are some of the chapter events we currently have scheduled. You can register for all of them through our events calendar.

Creating Cohesive and Engaged Teams 

Wednesday, June 1 | 5:00-6:30 PM | Broomfield Community Center

The best teams—teams that attract and retain the best talent, and way outperform others—feel psychologically safe, have great communication norms, and are aligned to a broader sense of purpose. Unfortunately, these teams are the exception. This means most managers, who are leading in the most challenging environment ever, have never even been part of a great team environment themselves. This is terrifying.

In this interactive event, learn how you can break the cycle of bad bosses, help your people live more human and fulfilled lives through their work, and make them far more effective, creative, and innovative at the same time. Facilitated by Michael Kester.

Book Club: Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

Two virtual meetings:
Thursday, June 9 and Thursday, June 23 | 4:30-5:30 PM

We will read and discuss Dr. Brown's latest book Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience.  

Speaking of book clubs... Which talent development books do you tend to recommend to colleagues? Share your favorites and see others' recommendations on this LinkedIn discussion thread.

Networking at Night

Wednesday, July 6 | 5:00-6:30 PM | ViewHouse Centennial 

Join us for a summer happy hour networking event on a beautiful patio! Meet fellow ATD members and make new professional connections!

Wired to Resist: The Neuroscience of Change

Wednesday, August 3 | 5:00-6:30 PM | Virtual

In this program, Dr. Britt Andreatta will share the latest discoveries about the brain, and how to harness human biology to reduce resistance to change and change fatigue. Author of Wired to Resist, she will provide key principles that maximizes the brain’s capacity to learn and embrace change. Leave this interactive session with new strategies for thriving through change and helping others do the same.

The first 40 people to register will receive her book for free! A few weeks after the program, we'll host a book club that focuses on her book, Wired to Resist.

CPTD/APTD Fall Study Group Info Session

Tuesday, August 23 | 5:30-7:30 PM | Virtual

This free information session will give you an overview of the virtual study group and what you can expect. This study group is designed for talent development professionals who are pursuing the CPTD (formerly CPLP) or APTD designation.

Watch our events calendar and follow us on social media to learn about additional events and programs as they're posted!

Interested in volunteering with the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter?

Volunteering with the chapter is an effective and fun way to deepen relationships with other chapter members and contribute to your professional community.

Contact Katie if you're interested.

Your ATDRMC membership includes access to events offered by our partner chapters!

We are partnering with the Pikes Peak and Northern Rockies chapters to offer you access to even more events as part of your ATDRMC membership! 

Go to the Special Offers page (accessible to members only) for the discount code that gives you free access to these additional events.

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