November 2016 President's Message

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:38 PM | Anonymous member

Dear ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter Members,

Wow, 2016 has flown by, and as we keep reflecting, it's been a big year for ATD-RMC. Every October, ATD National offers a leadership conference for chapter leaders to gather in Washington, D.C., learn, share, and develop as leaders of this fabulous organization. ATD-RMC always makes a point of sending as many board members as possible to this conference to continue their professional and leadership development so they can bring it back and continue to grow our chapter. 

This year, your President Elect, Yvonne Bogard, VP of Programming, Nathan Singsen, VP of Communications, Stephanie Lang, and I had the opportunity to attend ATD's chapter leader conference, and we are glad we did! ATD-RMC brought a lot to share, and returned with a lot of learning. Just to share a few highlights:

  • Yvonne Bogard presented a learning session on organizing, implementing, and providing value with a CPLP Study Group for the second year in a row. It's always a popular topic and session!
  • I did a presentation during the general session on the practice that won us Chapter of the Month in August of this year: our process for recruiting a VP of Finance from the finance community and organizations in Denver, which was developed by Past President, Becky Magnotta. It was a hit!
  • As chapter leaders, we came away with some impactful learning and exciting ideas. Nathan Singsen synthesized the learning he had there to come up with the idea to start an Executive Advisory Council here in Denver. The Council would give leaders in local organizations the opportunity to connect, advise ATD-RMC, and impact the professional development we offer to the Rocky Mountain Chapter talent development community based on key trends and needs they're seeing. More to come in 2017!
  • While at the conference, Yvonne Bogard learned more strategies for continuity from one volunteer to the next. As a volunteer-run organization, she saw that we have a need to provide a more robust onboarding and engagement process to support our volunteers and board members by reducing their onboarding time so they can jump in, get started, and start making an impact more quickly.
  • Stephanie Lang loved the Chicagoland chapter's presentation on being "best in class" and is excited to keep working on the development of our chapter and board so we can identify what being "best in class" looks like at ATD-RMC. Stephanie also gained tremendous value from connecting with other talent development professionals. Thanks to the mentoring she received from her fellow chapter leaders, Stephanie returned to Denver with more best practices and tools to try at work as she trains her sales force.
  • I enjoyed the discussion groups with other chapter presidents - I heard a lot of ideas about hosting regional conferences and building chapter engagement and meeting attendance that got me excited to try these ideas at ATD-RMC.

Finally, we all learned more about leadership. We're so grateful for the opportunity to work together with you to keep this great talent development organization thriving. We learn so much from you and from the opportunity to organize this active community of professionals. Here's to continued growth and development for all as we begin to close out a fabulous 2016 and prepare ourselves for a successful 2017. 


Robin Doss

2016 ATD-RMC President

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