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  • Sunday, October 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Its fall and time to reset the clocks. Let's see now, on November 5th, do we fall back one hour? Or is it falling forward? I'm reminded of John Maxwell's book titled, "Failing Forward." John talks about the benefits of making mistakes. He has many more quotes and resources in his blog at http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/category/failing-forward

    "Embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you're not failing, you're probably not really moving forward."

    Failing forward is a powerful message. If you haven't discovered this approach, you may want to spend some time with the concept and perhaps read John's book. 

    Do you have a story about failing forward that you'd like to share. We have a Talent Musings blog that you can use to share your story. See https://www.atdrmc.org/Talent-Musings.

    When you fail, not if you fail, use the opportunity to reflect and create a new dimension of yourself that puts the learning into a way of approaching the situation with an outcome that you are willing to work through. Life is an ongoing adventure!

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    2017 Chapter President

  • Friday, September 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hurricane Harvey
    My heart goes out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast. I can't imagine what they must be going through, in some cases, being wet and with only the clothes they have on. Let's pull together in this time of need to help in any way we can and help make a difference. I encourage those who can to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts to join us at http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/ or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555. 

    Upcoming Events
    On another note, you won't want to miss this month's two terrific events. We look forward to meeting you first-timers, guests, new members, and our wonderful members and volunteers. 

    First, we have our annual joint networking event on Wednesday, September 6, with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) of Colorado. You will enjoy the lovely setting at the Lakewood Country Club. This is sure to be a fun event. Come ready to network or just come to meet and chat with us. As an added bonus, we have head-shots by Thomas Toth, who is offering his services at a much reduced cost. 

    Second, we have a lunch-time meeting with Ryan Osmond presenting on Thursday, September 28 titled, "Moved by the Message: Increasing Employee Engagement Using Story." Using stories helps learners develop critical thinking skills and deeper cognition in addition to extending memory.

    2018 Planning
    Jean Eckhoff, President Elect, is ramping up for her 2018 Board of Directors. Would you like to nominate yourself for a volunteer board role? Check out the open opportunities at Volunteer Opportunities. Our new Director of Volunteer Engagement, Jeannie Clinkenbeard, will be happy to help you navigate your path. You may contact Jeannie at  volunteer@atdrmc.org

    Programming & Membership
    Our 2018 VP of Programming, Ivelise Zambrano-Herrera, who earned her CPLP certification this year, is busy getting our programs planned for next year. If you haven't had a chance to complete our annual member survey, please do asap. Eric Savickas, VP of Membership has worked hard on this year's Member Survey in order to hear what you want and need from your membership. The survey will take you approximately 10 minutes or less to complete and consists of five parts:
    • Demographic Information
    • Member Satisfaction
    • Programming Preferences
    • Chapter Communications
    • Final Thoughts

    For your convenience, here's a link to the Member Survey. Thanks for your input and feedback!

    We really would like to hear from you about what you need as a member of ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter and how we may continue to serve you and our community better.


    Congratulations to Joanne Peterson, one of our many wonderful, loyal and committed volunteers. She won the complimentary Essentials course offered by ATD (Chapter recognition award). We utilized this complimentary opportunity as a thank you in a drawing for all of our active volunteers. She qualified to be entered into the drawing by volunteering for a least three events May through August.

    Last, but certainly not least, a BIG "Thank You" to all of our fabulous member volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without you. We appreciate your time and efforts to help make Rocky Mountain Chapter a success. 

    I hope to see you soon at one of our events. If you would ever like to chat, please don't hesitate to contact me at president@atdrmc.org.

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    2017 Chapter President

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How are you using mobile technology? What is the science behind effective retrieval for long-term retention?  ATD highlighted a video (free to national ATD members) last month in which speaker, Shahin Sobhani, discusses using mobile technology to reinforce learning and boosting retention, engagement, and on-the-job performance. In general, we forget 90 percent of what we learned within a week. How can we maximize our return-on-investment? Shahin explores the anatomy of a Learning Reinforcement Plan (LRP). That was a new term to me but something I want to learn more about.

    I would like to hear from you about your ideas for long-term retention strategies. What tools, techniques, and tips do you use that you would be willing to share? I invite you to email me at president@atdrmc.org and share your thoughts.

  • Saturday, July 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer is in full swing as we are trying to stay cool. Speaking of cool, we have a new CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance), Ivelise Zambrano-Herrera. Congratulations to Ivelise for earning the prestigious CPLP certification through ATD last month! Without missing a beat, Ivelise has joined the chapter's Board as co-VP Programming. She is replacing Jean Eckhoff, who is our new President Elect. Jean will be in a dual role as Ivelise is onboarding for the next couple of months. Congratulations to you both on your new roles!

    The next cohort of the CPLP virtual study group kicks off in July. This will be our third cohort for 2017. Our VP CPLP Study Groups, Shannon Wzientek, CPLP is leading the way as this Special Interest Group (SIG) continues to grow. Rocky Mountain Chapter is being noticed as other chapters send their interested participants our way. We even have international participants!

    Did you know that Rocky Mountain Chapter offers a CPLP Scholarship each year for eligible chapter members? This scholarship is for an active chapter member who is pursuing the CPLP certification. For more information, see https://www.atdrmc.org/CPLP_Scholarship/. 

    The Facilitator's Exchange SIG has their next meeting this month. See the chapter's Events page for details.

    The Executive Advisory Council launched in April with an informal meet-and-greet event. In June, we had the first council meeting of the year to discuss how we might move forward to meet the needs of the Denver metro area's talent development needs for professional development. Look for more information on this initiative in the coming months.

    We are planning a picnic for our July event. This is sure to be fun and a great opportunity for networking. I hope to see you at this event.

    I look forward to chatting with each of you at one of our many upcoming events. Stay connected and get plugged in.

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    2017 Chapter President

  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I attended the ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE) in Atlanta, Georgia last month. It was a fabulous time of learning and networking. The Expo was phenomenal too with over "400 world-class training vendors." Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO gave an update on the future of learning and a big topic is micro-learning. He spoke about how two to five minutes learning segments that are relevant and timely is what the millennials will expect. 

    Rocky Mountain Chapter had enough members who had registered using the ChIP Code of CH6046 to attend ICE that we were able to pull a "Chapter Team" (five or more) together. In turn, ATD national provided each of the seven attendees a refund due to them for the discounted registration as a "Chapter Team" attendee. That's a win-win for all of us since the chapter earns a small percentage for each conference registrant.  

    Great news! ICE will be in San Diego next year, May 6-9, 2018 so you'll want to put that on your calendar. The "2018 Super-Early Bird Rate (Save $75!) ends June 30, 2017.  If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to Rebecca Everett at atd2018volunteers@tdsandiego.org to get on her email list. For each day you volunteer, you get a free/complimentary day to attend ICE. You can also volunteer for a certificate program but those days are separate from the conference. I was able to attend ICE this year by volunteering two days and receiving two days free. What a deal!

    Big news! Denver will host ICE again in 2020, May 17-20. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our chapter to lead the volunteer recruitment and scheduling efforts for ICE in 2020. It's a lot of hard work and we will need a lot of help. Again, volunteering is a great way to be able to attend this prestigious international conference and expo for free registration. 

    For a brief chapter update, I would  like to announce that we have a new President Elect this year who will serve as our chapter President in 2018. Jean Eckhoff, our fabulous VP Programming, has been voted in by our members for this role. She will serve in a dual role for the remainder of the year while she onboards our new VP Programming, Ivelise Zambrano-Herrera. Ivelise just earned her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification in May. Please send a note of congratulations to Jean and Ivelise at programs@atdrmc.org. See our Chapter Leadership page for more about Jean and Ivelise. We are so happy to have this dynamic duo in key roles as we move forward.

    I hope to see you at the June event. We have a wonderful networking bash planned for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the ART Hotel again. It promises to be a great success. Bring your business cards and be ready to make new connections. See you there.

    Best regards,

    photo of Yvonne

    Yvonne Bogard

    Chapter President

  • Monday, May 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's May already and time to get into our summer-loving spirit. Rocky Mountain Chapter has a lot fun and exciting things going on. We continue to have a great year of programs with fun and learning with our graphic recording event in January. In February we focused on learning circles and how they can be the informal learning paths to share tacit knowledge. In March, we learned about energy intelligence and how to develop a sustainable productive career path based on our strengths. In April, we had an awesome elearning technology roundup that left us swirling with great ideas and elearning trends. This month, we will learn about conscious hiring. We also have some networking events coming up too this summer that promise to be a lot of fun. Come join us and meet new people. Get your game on...

    Here's a brief list of some of the things Rocky Mountain Chapter has been up to. 

    • Met our new members at a New Member Meet-and-Greet - great turnout in an informal setting to just get to know our new members. We plan to have more of these this year so we can meet you and see how the chapter can serve your professional needs. Contact Eric Savickas, VP Membership at membership@atdrmc.org
    • Completed one cohort already for the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) virtual study group and the second cohort is in progress now to finish up in time for the July testing window. This group has gone global with participants from Ireland and India. Shannon Wzientek is our VP CPLP Study Groups, contact her at cplp.study@atdrmc.org.
    • Transitioned to a new VP Finance, Lisa Vallad, CPLP, CPA - we are so grateful for Lisa with her grace and expertise to help keep us on track with our budget.
    • Rebooted the Facilitator's Exchange special interest group (SIG) which was well attended with a flurry of exciting ideas. Contact the co-chairs at fac-exchange@atdrmc.org.
    • Created an Executive Advisory Council - with great enthusiasm from the Denver metro community. We are expecting great things to develop for the chapter as an outcome of this advisory group. The first council meeting is this month. Nate SIngsen is our VP Community Relations, contact him at community.engagement@atdrmc.org.
    • VP Sponsorships, Shawn Evans, is batting it out of the park this year generating revenue for the chapter to enhance our program offerings and support the Executive Advisory Council efforts. Shawn's contact info is sponsorships@atdrmc.org.
    • And much, much more...
    The ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE) in Atlanta promises to be as exciting as ever. 
    Chapter Team Discount Registration Opportunity!

    Have you registered or are you planning to register for the ATD International Conference & Expo (ICE) in Atlanta on May 21-24, 2017??? Online registration ends May 12th. How would you like to receive the lowest discounted ICE registration fee?! Please contact info@atdrmc.org by Monday, May 1, 2017,  if you are interested in joining the ATD RMC chapter team and receiving this discounted rate for ATD 2017 ICE!

    Thank you to all of our volunteers who help make things happen for the chapter/you. We could not do all that we do without there dedication and support. They continuously tell us how much they enjoy getting involved and putting themselves in situations in which they are stretched and grow professionally. They are getting the return on investment for themselves. It's a win-win!

    I encourage you to make the most of your membership by joining us at events and getting involved at whatever level of commitment you are interested in. Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills and knowledge, and helps you get and stay connected to the Denver metro talent development community.

    Yvonne Bogard, President

  • Saturday, April 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don’t miss out. We have a lot of things going on at ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter. Come join us and be a part of what we are up to.

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    2017 Chapter President


    • If you missed our March chapter event with Josh Dykstra, you really missed a great presentation. He presented on how strengths inventories, as great as they are to help us focus on what we are good at, they miss the mark on helping us learn what “energizes” us. We were all wowed with this new insight and how we can apply next steps in our own lives. We are so grateful to have this opportunity for a nationally renowned author and speaker share his time and talents with us. To learn more about Josh, see http://joshallan.com/.
    • For our April chapter event with Thomas Toth, eLearning guru and national keynote speaker, Thomas has graciously offered to let you select the topic he will present to us. Check out the event and vote at https://www.atdrmc.org/event-2498312. Thomas is the winner of ELearning! Magazine's Learning Champion Award 2016.
    • Watch for our many other upcoming events and our summer Networking Bash in June!

    New Member Meet-and-Greet

    If you are a new chapter member within the last year or so, please join us on Tuesday, April 11 from 5:30-700 PM in the Highlands area to give us an opportunity to meet-and-greet you. We would like to get to know you and how the chapter can meet your needs and interests. Additionally, we’ll provide you with the New Member Orientation Handbook for your reference. Please register online so that we will know how many will be joining us. We can’t wait to meet you (again)!

    Special Interest Groups (SIG)

    • The revitalized Facilitator’s Exchange launches Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30-6:30 PM. Bring your wild ideas, inquisitive mind, questions and ponderable. If you are interested, please contact the co-leaders at fac-exchange@atdrmc.org.
    • The CPLP Virtual Study Group – Summer Cohort - starts on Tuesday, April 11 for 12 weeks. There is a free information session you can attend to see if this SIG is a good fit for you if you are planning on pursuing the esteemed Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification. The chapter provides an annual CPLP Scholarship to help eligible members with the cost towards their certification. Contact Shannon Wzientek, VP CPLP Study Groups, at cplp.study@atdrmc.org for more information.


    ATD Rocky Mountain Chapters has been recognized by ATD national for meeting 100% of the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) for 2016 and as a Chapter Membership SuperStar with joint membership (Power Members) above 45%.

    See the congratulations letter from Tony Bingham, ATD's president and CEO.

    Get Involved

    Would you like to get involved more with the chapter? We’d love to have you join our team of volunteers. Contact VP Volunteer Engagement, Sue Fody at volunteer@atdrmc.org.

    I hope to see you at one of our April events.



  • Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    Do you know what ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter’s vision, mission, and value is for you?

    Our Vision

    We have aligned our chapter’s vision with ATD national's vision, "Create a world that works better."

    Our Mission

    To serve the Denver metro area professionals with cutting-edge talent development programs, events, and networking opportunities so that this community may deliver a strategic value to their stakeholders.

    Our Value

    We are a thriving community that engages, inspires, and connects our professional members through strategic partnerships to promote best practices within the talent development industry.


    Our newest initiative launches this month, the Executive Advisory Council. The charter of the Council is to provide our chapter with strategic guidance about issues facing the Denver-area talent development community. This Council is tasked with pursuing the best interests of the Denver metro area talent development community by seeking to identify issues and make recommendations for cross-organizational solutions. This Council presents those issues and recommendations to the Chapter’s Board, while building value for organizations and practitioners alike.

    Would you like to actively join us on this journey? See http://www.atdrmc.org/Executive-Advisory-Council for more information.

    Get Involved

    I encourage each of you to engage with your local chapter. I hope to chat with you and I look forward to seeing you at a future event. I invite you to share the incredible things you are working on for your personal and professional goals this year. Let me know if you would like to be featured as a Chapter Member on our Home page.

    Connect with us on Social Media

    Tweet us at @atdrmc, start a conversation on LinkedIn and/or Facebook, or send me an email at president@atdrmc.org.

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    2017 Chapter President

  • Monday, February 06, 2017 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 2017 Presidents Message  Yvonne Bogard

    February is national American Heart Month, and of course all things red with Valentine’s Day coming up. In order to satisfy your love for learning Rocky Mountain Chapter is focusing on how we can meet your heart needs by developing learning circles. 

    Our speaker for the February 28th chapter meeting, Joel Lamoreaux of Pikes Peak Chapter, will talk about Learning Circles and the science behind them. “With great intentions, we build complex programs that we believe drive deeper knowledge and behavioral change, but sometimes big efforts lead to small results.” Further, he will provide us with a process and templates to for ways to implement Learning Circles in your workplace.

    Ruth M. Allender publishes another TD Magazine article

    If you are a national ATD member, in your TD Magazine for this month, Ruth M. Allender, a Rocky Mountain Chapter member has her article published titled, “Take a Me-First Approach to Compliance Training.” This article is also available on the ATD Store at https://www.td.org/Store, and Training blog at https://www.td.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2017/02/Take-a-Me-First-Approach-to-Compliance-Training.

    On that same note, would you like to publish an article telling our membership something that you are working on in your work place? For as little as $75, you can publish a brief article in the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter’s monthly newsletter. If interested, please contact Shawn Evans, VP Sponsorships, at sponsorships@atdrmc.org.

    We would love to hear what you are enjoying most about ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter. You can Tweet us at @atdrmc, start a conversation on LinkedIn and/or Facebook, or send me an email at president@atdrmc.org

    I would love to hear from you or talk with you about your ideas and suggestions for keeping ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter your "go to" place for building your network and supporting your professional development goals.

    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP

    2017 Chapter President

  • Friday, January 20, 2017 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter Members,

    I am pleased to serve as your Rocky Mountain Chapter president for 2017. The chapter had a strong year in 2016 under Robin Doss' leadership. As we move forward in this year, we have strong leadership with returning and new Board members who have a lot of fresh ideas. We want to collaborate with you to make 2017 a chapter success that meets your needs. Our vision is to help create a world that works better. Rocky Mountain Chapter is an award-winning community of leaders in talent development that engages, inspires, and connects with our professional members and engages with our volunteers to promote best practices in our industry.

    We have started our first of three Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) virtual study group cohorts for 2017. This CPLP study group continues to grow nationally and internationally. Something new for 2017 is a renewed focus on Community Relations. This new chapter initiative is kicking off first quarter and will focus on determining the strategic needs of the Denver-area talent development community, which of course, is you. Nate Singsen, VP of Community Relations will lead this initiative to provide the chapter with guidance on effective measures to address those needs. The chapter's leadership team has several returning Board members to help keep our momentum going and growing from last year. We have four new Board members joining the chapter's leadership in team for Programming (Jean Eckhoff), Sponsorships (Shawn Evans), Technology (Ginger Nichols) and Membership (Eric Savickas). We would like to challenge you in 2017 to engage more with your chapter and talent development community. We need you and would like to connect with you and help you connect with others. Stephanie Lang, VP of Communications and Social Media can help with that. 

    Our Past President, Robin Doss, delivered her baby on New Year's Day! What a way to kick-off the new year. Before she delivered her baby, she "delivered" the chapter's annual report for our membership. Rocky Mountain Chapter received awards and recognition under her leadership with the help from our VP of Finance, Megan Flori, CPA who provides strong financial management support. For highlights see the link on the chapter's home page. We are grateful to Michele Padilla, our former Past President, to step in and support the chapter during first quarter while Robin is busy with her bundle of joy.

    The Board welcomes you to a new and exciting 2017. Come be a part of the new ways the chapter is engaging our Denver metro community. To get involved, contact Sue Fody, VP of Volunteer Engagement. 


    Yvonne Bogard, CPLP  
    2017 ATD-RMC President 

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