ATD RMC Update on COVID-19
Dear ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter Members and Colleagues.
The situation regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to evolve, we want to assure you that the health and safety of our members, our families, our partners, and our communities is our highest priority. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by this outbreak and our thoughts are with you.
ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter Events
With that being said, we are moving all scheduled events for March and April to a virtual environment. If you registered for one of our upcoming events, we will automatically move you to the virtual event and will provide you with webinar/virtual log in information 24 hours in advance of the event.
For our summer events, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with updates. If necessary, we will provide programming in a virtual environment. For in-person events, we will continue to follow the guidance set forth by local, state, and federal health officials.
2020 ATD International Conference & EXPO
Many of you have reached out to the board regarding the status of ATD 2020. As of the time of this message, ATD has not cancelled the conference. As additional information becomes available, ATD National will post updates in the conference FAQ and communicate directly with those who have registered for the conference as attendees and volunteers.
We realize that many of you may need to move your training to a virtual environment. The board opened a Slack channel today where you can ask questions and provide best practices regarding virtual training – we are a community of talent development experts and can help each other out. Just click here to join in our virtual_events Slack channel. You can also send me your email address and I can add you to the channel.
As the situation changes, we will update you. Stay healthy and safe. I hope to see you at an event soon.
ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter
The COVID-19 virus (novel coronavirus) has become a global concern over the last few weeks. We are aware that some employers and organizations are cancelling conferences, face-to-face meetings, and limiting travel.
At this time, ATD RMC is continuing to plan face-to-face meetings . We will take necessary precautions based on local recommendations where a meeting is taking place. Should conditions change, we will make decisions based on the best interest of our members.
We will work closely with speakers to recommend against engaging in activities that involve physical contact—such as shaking hands—out of an abundance of caution and to respect individuals’ personal preferences.
We will continue to monitor the latest information available from global public health authorities and will provide updates as soon as possible.
For more information, please visit the CDC's website.
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.
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!"
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.
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?
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com and share your thoughts.
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.
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