This past October, five of our board members attended the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC) in Arlington, Virginia. The conference is for chapter leaders, allowing the opportunity to connect with peers, share best practices and gather resources to help effectively lead our ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter. Additionally, all sessions at ALC are peer-led and our president, Yvonne Bogard and VP of CPLP Study Groups, Shannon Wzientek led a session on CPLP virtual study groups.
Here are some highlights of what we learned at ALC and what we’re working on implementing:
- First, consider the experience of a member and make it as impactful as possible. Second, if you have an idea, take action! With these takeaways in mind, we plan to explore ways to further support our CPLP efforts by promoting the Stackable Career Development Framework offered by ATD National and also, by developing a specific way to recognize all of our CPLP members.
- Barry Atland, author of Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer, discussed a six step approach to lead and engage volunteers:
- Demonstrate Leadership Presence (seek)
- Interact with others (touch)
- Determine potential interest in involvement (tune-in)
- Ask open-ended questions to discover intrinsic motivators (flip)
- Explore possibilities with volunteer (listen/learn)
- Invite, introduce, connect and follow up (next steps)
- Based a session hosted by the ATD Nebraska Chapter, we are formalizing the process for marketing, communication, and job posting requests. Our hope is to make the communication process more streamlined so our members receive the information they need, when the need it.
Yvonne Bogard (President), Jean Eckhoff (President Elect), Shannon Wzientek, (VP of CPLP Study Groups), Ginger Nichols (VP of Technology), and Stephanie Lang (VP of Communications)