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  • Sunday, February 04, 2018 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jean Eckhoff

    President, ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter

    Happy February! This month we celebrate our great presidents - how their leadership permanently shaped our country. Though I know that we honor Washington for being our country’s founder and Lincoln for freeing the slaves, I never really thought much about their leadership beyond that...until last night when I went to see the movie, Darkest Hour, which depicts Winston Churchill’s struggle as Prime Minister during Hitler’s capture of European countries and imminent invasion of the United Kingdom.

    As the story of Churchill unfolded, I began to understand that, though he is considered one of the greatest leaders of the world, at the time of his leadership, he was thoroughly unpopular and actually considered rather unstable. In fact, one of the Parliament members said that ‘Churchill comes up with 100 ideas and 94 of them are crazy.’ As Churchill was brought more and more news reports of Hitler’s victories, he was also being urged by the Parliament to consider peace talks with Mussolini and Hitler - in order to avoid the destruction of Britain. Churchill’s stance throughout the movie was one of hard-headedness or stubbornness - he absolutely refused to capitulate to Hitler by even considering peace talks. Churchill’s views were absolutely unpopular and almost led to his removal from office. But, in the end, his radical idea i.e. his absolute faith in fighting to the end led to the United Kingdom retaining its independence from the Nazi regime.

    As I continued to ponder this story, I started thinking of  Washington and Lincoln, Roosevelt and Truman and realized that they, too, faced the same challenge as Churchill. Their ideas were considered radical, crazy, unpopular; what they wanted to do would lead to the worst end imaginable. But... all of them believed that what they were doing was the right thing to do at the time. They stood firm in their beliefs (even against popular opinion) and maintained their leadership stance - and became honored as the greatest leaders in our history.

    I believe their stories can inspire our stories; their message can shape our message; and their passion for leadership can energize our own leadership skills. I encourage you to take heart, stand firm in your beliefs as you lead your own teams, and know that sometimes, it takes a bit of history for people to see your own leadership greatness.

  • Monday, January 01, 2018 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s New Year’s Day again! I am always excited for this day to come because, to me, it’s a day full of possibilities, hopes and dreams. I think about all the exciting things that could happen and what this next year will bring….and wonder how my life, my career, my relationships and even my own character will change by the end of the year. On this day, I always pick one thing I want to improve by December 31st and make that my focus for the year. It could be something as simple as eating at least one salad a day or improving my credit score or learning a new skill set at work. By focusing on just one small thing throughout the year, I have been amazed at how much I have achieved in both my personal and professional life. As Jim Rohn said, "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.’"

    Now as President of the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter, I think about all the wonderful possibilities for our Chapter and realize that I actually have something I want to focus on for our Chapter this year - and that is you! I want to collaborate with you and our board members to bring you even more value to those engage with the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter. Whether you decide to attend a Chapter meeting, a webinar, join us for networking, look for resources, follow us on social media, or simply introduce a colleague to our Chapter. We want to provide resources that will be valuable in either your personal or career growth so that, at the end of 2018, you can say, "Yes, I achieved that!" 

    Jean Eckhoff

    President, ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter


  • Friday, December 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Holidays from your ATD Rocky Mountain Board!

    It has been my pleasure to serve as your ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter President this year. The Chapter has been very active with new initiatives and successful programs. Many of you volunteered your time and energy to make this Chapter successful. 

    I have enjoyed meeting new members and connecting with current members at the many programs and networking events we had this year. Here's a brief summary of what we have been busy doing this year. We had four events this year for new members and potential member, rebooted the Facilitator's Exchange Special Interest Group, increased the CPLP Study Group to three cohorts, expanded our Sponsorships, launched The Executive Advisory Council, established a Consultant Referral Service, and initiated a Student group, reduced operating costs and improved operational efficiencies. When you see a Board member next time, please let them know how much you appreciate all of their time and efforts. We have an awesome Board of Directors!!!

    I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. See you all next year.

    Yvonne Bogard

    2017 Chapter President

    'Twas the end of year, the Annual CARE* Report would soon be due

    Not a Board member was worried, but somehow time flew

    The Board members prepared with cheer and a perk

    All would be well with a little skill and team-work

    The reports were drafted and written with care

    In hopes the Annual Report would be ready to share

    * More about CARE (Chapter Affiliation Requirements)

    Reminder: All Active ATD national Members Will Have Added national Benefits in 2018!

    Starting in 2018, all active ATD national members (chapter membership is separate/in addition to national membership) will have access to additional benefits. Professional members will have access to premium content across 14 topics (an increase from the four Communities of Practice limit today) and Professional Plus members will have access to one self-paced, online course. There will also be adjustments in member dues for next year. We hope you will consider renewing your membership now to lock in your 2017 membership rates for an additional one to three years. Check out www.td.org/2018 for more information. 

    Have you seen the new ATD national Members Only: 10-Minute Case Studies?

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

    We have much to be thankful for. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Chapter President this year. We have had a wonderful year of programs and events with many new presenters. It has been a pleasure meeting you all at our events and getting to know you better. Thank you all who have volunteered to help make the chapter a success this year. We couldn't have done it without all of your smiles, energy, and commitment.

    The Chapter's Board is robust and very engaged serving you and our community. Our incoming Chapter President is Jean Eckhoff who has served as President Elect this year, and VP Programming in 2016. I am very pleased to be handing off the presidency in 2018 to Jean's very capable hands. Jean is interviewing for additional board positions. If you are interested, please email presidents@atdrmc.org and let us know.

    We have a great speaker this month, Dr. Casey Mulqueen, discussing how agility can make a substantial difference in our workplaces.  In December we have our annual holiday event but as a luncheon so you can fit it in with December's busy schedule. Its always fun and a great success to end our year together.  I hope to see you all there.

    Yvonne Bogard

    2017 Chapter President

  • 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

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