May 2015 - President's Message

Monday, May 18, 2015 8:34 AM | Deleted user

Dear Members, 

Over the last three years that I have served on the board, I have had the pleasure of watching our membership grow, our leadership evolve, and our programs have become more exciting and well attended.  I believe that each year our programming becomes more robust and exciting! Every month this year, we’ve had excellent attendance at our events and I want to personally thank you for attending! 

In the coming weeks, Rachel Drysdale, our current Vice President of Programs will be stepping away from her role to have her first baby. Rachel has quite an exciting endeavor ahead of her and we will miss her ingenuity, positive attitude, and dedication. Although we are sad to see Rachel leave, we wish her and her husband the best, and congratulate them on their baby! 

Knowing that Rachel would be leaving us this year, she has worked tirelessly with two wonderful volunteers to build our bench strength on the board. Paula Brown and Barb Shaw have learned the logistics of programming and the dedication required to create a fresh and successful program calendar. 

In June, Barb Shaw will become the new Vice President of Programs. Please welcome her to the board at our next program and look for her bio on our web page. 

Regarding our upcoming programs, we have an e-Learning Open House followed by a talk with Thomas Toth who is known as an e-Learning guru. In August, back by popular demand, we have our 2nd Mix & Mingle event with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and National Speakers Association (NSA). Check our web site for more details.

Have you noticed some positive changes in our web site? Our Twitter feed, @atdrmc is now linked to our web site and the layout is more robust and easier to read. Our Vice President of Technology, Nathan Glover is working behind the scenes to make our web site consistently better and more efficient. If you heard the term, “mobilegeddon” a few weeks ago, you may know that Google changed an algorithm thus making mobile friendly web sites that are searched for on a mobile device populate at the top of the search list. In comparison, web sites that are not optimized for mobile devices will appear lower in the search lists. Nathan was already working on programming to optimize our ATD-RMC web site on mobile devices. He’s always a step ahead of us and we thank Nathan for his initiative and forward-thinking. In fact, Nathan will be submitting a Share Our Success (SOS) story to ATD for chapter recognition of his initiative behind the scenes. 

Lastly, we have several board members who attended this year’s International Conference & Exposition in Orlando. We are looking forward to hearing about their experiences and their key learning points, plus how ATD-RMC can implement new ideas. 

Very Truly Yours, 

Michele Padilla, M.A.

2015 President

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