ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter Events

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, September 30, 2018
    • Online

    TD Professionals Online Book Club

    Signups for the TD Professionals Online Book Club close on September 30th.  You can learn more and sign up for the book club here: . 

    The book club is free to L&D Professionals. 

    Our chapter is partnering with more than 40 ATD Chapters to create this online book club for L&D professionals around the country. The group will connect virtually through an online forum to discuss books related to L&D, training, organizational development and much more. The program is completely free so feel free to pass the opportunity on to friends and colleagues.

    The book club will give participants the opportunity to:

    • Read interesting books related to Talent and Development
    • Connect with other TD professionals around the country to grow their professional network and learn from their peers
    • Participate entirely online so the program can work with people's busy schedules
    • Hold themselves accountable to reading by being part of a cohort

    The book club will be moderated by Zach Rubin, Co-Founder and CEO of Professional Book Club Guru. PBC Guru manages virtual professional book clubs for companies and will be hosting the group for the chapter. You can learn more about PBC Guru at and email Zach Rubin at with any questions about the book club.

    October - December Book

    Mindset by Carol DweckMindset:
    The New Psychology of Success
    by Carol S. Dweck

    If you plan to purchase your book at, please consider purchasing through this link. Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the Chapter. 

    Register today!

    • Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hacienda Colorado 4100 E Mexico Avenue, Denver, CO

    Instructional Design: Exploring Tensions and Metaphors

    Presently instructional design is at a crossroads. Old models can't keep up with the choices young people have for learning and communicating. Our efforts to control and repress these out-of-school tools and practices only make learning more frustrating and irrelevant. CU Denver Professor, Brent G. Wilson talks about design learning experiences - but can you even design someone's experience? Brent explores some metaphors Instructional Design uses instruction - process, product, environment, experience. These metaphors reflect ongoing tensions between straight-ahead objective designs versus more nuance and complex views of learning and workplace practices. Join us for an engaging discussion on changes in the work of Instruction Designs in practice! ATD members and event attendees will be successful as they think critically about their work and its impact on clients, colleagues, and the organization. The presentation invites participants to think, reflect, and learn more about these issues.

    During this session, you will:

    • See Instructional Session as an emerging field still in development - with a history of change and prospects for the same.
    • Appreciate some key tensions we encounter in practice and suggestions for managing these tensions. 
    • Reflect on ways that practitioners have knowledge beyond the models and theories taught in Instructional Design programs.


    Brent G. Wilson

    Brent G. Wilson

    Professor, Information and Learning Technologies

    University of Colorado Denver

    Brent is professor of information and learning technologies at CU Denver where he has trained a generation of ed-tech and e-learning professionals. Brent began studying instructional strategies in the 1970s , moving quickly to cognitive learning processes. In the 1980s he learned how instruction fits in the bigger picture of supporting job performance. In the 1990s after leading a move toward constructivism, he began asking questions about ultimate ends and foundations of instructional design. He current advocates a practice-centered approach to learning design, with more attention to the learning experience and social/values impacts of our work.


    Light appetizers and drink ticket.


    Hacienda Colorado

    • Monday, October 08, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Comcast West Division Office 9401 E. Panorama Drive, Centennial, CO 80112
    • 24

    2019 Chapter Programming Brainstorming Session

    This event is designed to bring current chapter members and EAC members together to brainstorm topics for our 2019 chapter meetings. We will have a strong focus on identifying a wide variety of ideas that align with the ATD competency model. Additionally we will be looking to you for suggestions on speakers or practitioners who can sit on panels. If you'd like to help shape the vision of our programming please attend this meeting!

    The chapter programming is based upon the ATD Competency Model, please familiarize yourself with the model prior to attending. 


    Free to current members. But seats are limited, please reserve your spot today. 


    A light lunch will be served.


    Guest parking is available near the front door.

    Special Information:

    Please check in at the front desk, your point of contact is Onna O'Meara.


    Comcast West Division Office

    • Monday, October 22, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110
    • 35

    ATD RMC Learning Technologies Special Interest Group


    FAIL JAM 2018!

    What is a Fail Jam?

    The ATD RMC Learning Technologies SIG is bringing one of the most popular sessions from ATD TechKnowledge to metro-Denver. As ATD explains it, "Come share your biggest 'fail' related to technology and learning, what you learned from it, and how it influenced your next projects. This session gives you the opportunity to learn from other attendees and share your own acquired wisdom. This session shows that sometimes the best payoff comes from a failed attempt."

    This evening is an opportunity to share what we learned from our mistakes OR tap into the brain power of the other participants for ideas about potential solutions. 


    You! This is an interactive group session where we will all have an opportunity to share our experiences. Would you like to be a featured speaker at the event? Contact the Learning Technologies SIG Director for more information.

    Cost to Attend:

    • All Inclusive Members - $0
    • All others - $10


    Cookies and coffee


    Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110


    On street parking available

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Bar Louie 8000 E Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    • 48

    The Future of Assessments - Growing Self-Awareness in a World of Information Overload

    We live in a world where things are constantly competing for our attention—from our priorities at work, to family commitments at home, to the very devices in our pockets. At the same time, personal and leadership development seems more important than ever. In this event, our lively panel of experts will discuss where the future of assessments is going, and how we can continue to use them to help build self-awareness and expand effectiveness at work.


    • 5:00 to 5:30 pm - Networking
    • 5:30 to 6:30 pm - Program
    • 6:30 to 7:00 pm - Networking

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn about assessment trends for the future.
    • Explore ways to use assessments more effectively in an organization.
    • Expand your understanding of how work as a Talent Development Professional is evolving. 

    ATD Competency Model - Areas of Expertise this Session Supports:

    • Managing learning programs
    • Evaluating learning impact


    Josh Allan Dykstra

    Lead Panelist
    Josh Allan Dykstra

    Josh Allan Dykstra is a recognized thought leader on the future of work and company culture, and is generally obsessed with designing organizations and workplaces to be energy-based and life-giving (instead of fear-based and life-sucking). His articles and ideas have been featured by Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. He’s worked with some of the most iconic brands in the world (Apple, Sony, CHANEL, Genentech, Microsoft, etc.) and holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s also a classically-trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist with 2.5 albums on iTunes & Spotify and the author of an incendiary book about the future of work called Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing An Organization That Doesn’t Suck, which is available on Amazon and Audible. He lives with his family in beautiful Denver, Colorado.


    Drink ticket and light appetizers.


    Bar Louie 
    Free parking in the plaza lot. 

    • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    • Friday, November 30, 2018
    • MicroTek Denver

    ATD National
    ATD Training Certificate

    Gain a practical, how-to overview of the entire training function. Through modeling of the best practices and latest techniques in training delivery, discover the 4Ps of training: Purpose & Assessment, Planning & Preparation, Presentation & Facilitation, and Performance & Evaluation. New trainers will gain a strong foundation in critical training skills and seasoned trainers will be introduced to new approaches for delivering powerful training.

    To learn more about this ATD National in-person training click here

    Thank you for using the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter's ChIP code, CH6046, when registering. 

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