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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter Members,

    Thank you for making 2016 such a success! At our holiday party last week, we had the opportunity to give special thanks to over 40 volunteers who stepped up and made so much possible this year. This included people who have helped with the registration table, helped book and plan events, worked on our newsletter and our website, planned for speakers, run our finances, served on the board, and everything in between. We are a chapter that is run by the members, for the members, and all of your volunteering makes that possible. Thank you!

    We gave out special awards of recognition for "Outstanding Contributions" to past-president, Becky Magnotta, and president-elect, Yvonne Bogard. Becky directed all of the volunteer coordination and operations efforts for the International Conference and Expo (ICE) here in Denver this year - that was over 250 volunteers! She also helped us secure our August 2016 Chapter of the Month win with her innovative approach to finding a fabulous VP of Finance for the chapter. 

    Yvonne not only stepped up and served in various capacities this year - President-Elect, VP of CPLP Study Group, and VP of Technology, not to mention always filling in whenever needed - but she also won the Chapter Excellence Award for her pioneering and leadership in creating a virtual CPLP Study group that is spreading across all the chapters like wildfire and is making it that much more possible for people to get support in studying for their Certified Professional in Learning and Performance certification. We are so fortunate to have her stepping into the president's role in 2017!

    I also want to acknowledge the rest of the 2016 Board of Directors. Megan Flori, VP of Finance; Sue Fody, VP of Volunteers and an active member of the ICE Volunteer Committee; Stephanie Lang, VP of Communications; Michele Padilla, Past President; and Nathan Singsen, VP of Programming. Thank you to all of you for making this year so successful. We're fortunate to have those board members remain on the board (though in some different positions) in 2017, and we'll also be joined by Jean Eckhoff as VP of Programming; Shawn Evans as VP of Sponsorship; and Ginger Nichols as VP of Technology. Nathan will be stepping into the VP of Community Outreach role, and I'll be passing the presidential baton onto Yvonne. 

    It has been a wonderful year in membership: we have increased our membership this year by 20%, and also increased our joint membership to 57%! Those are great increases, and we go into 2017 with a focus on engaging all of our new and continuing members. 2017 will bring some new initiatives - from increased committee involvement opportunities, to a new Executive Advisory Committee key to outreach, to more community partnership, and the list goes on. Yvonne will have plenty of great new movement to share with you in 2017. 

    So it is with a huge thank you that I sign off on my final president's message for 2016. Enjoy your holiday celebrations, ATD-RMC, I look forward to seeing you in 2017.



    Robin Doss

    2016 ATD-RMC President

  • 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

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016 3:43 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear Members,

    The results are in! Thank you to all of you who participated in the annual membership survey. We conduct this annual survey to keep a pulse on membership preferences regarding what you'd like to learn about, how you like to connect, and when you'd like to attend meetings, among other questions. As we say, this is an organization by the members for the members, so we want to make sure we're really meeting the needs of our members. 

    Although we did not get the turnout we'd hoped for, we still had some solid representation with 33 survey respondents. 33 of you were enticed to not only lend your voice, but also to have the chance to win a free registration to an ATD Certificate Course (normally a $1,095 value for ATD National members) or a Starbucks gift card. I'm pleased to announce that Kelly Dawkins won the ATD Certificate registration and Jessica Gagnon won the Starbucks gift cards. Congratulations to Kelly and Jessica! 

    So what did the results say? Instructional Design is the most sought after professional development topic, with 73% of respondents saying they'd like more professional development in this area. Learning Technologies came in second with 64% of respondents interested, and Training Delivery, Evaluating Learning Impact, Performance Improvement and Change Management came in third through sixth respectively with nearly half of the respondents interested in those areas of practice. Nathan Singsen, our fabulous VP of Professional Development, is taking all of this feedback strongly into consideration as he's planning the 2017 calendar. 

    As for timing, there seems to be a higher preference for Thursdays and Tuesdays, with Thursdays sneaking just a little ahead of Tuesdays in the vote (61%). Considering we tended to have higher attendance in the past when we hosted events on Thursdays, we are thinking about moving our regular meetings back to Thursdays. There didn't seem to be a strong preference as to which week of the month the meetings fall on, so we may not make any adjustments there. Most still preferred happy hour-timed meetings (64%), but a good 40% said lunch would work better, so we may try a few lunch meetings in the mix next year to see how that goes for you.

    When asked whether to take a summer month off, 45% had no strong preference, while 24% said yes, and July off would be preferable. There were 21% of respondents saying, "No! We would miss ATD-RMC too much if we took a summer month off!" We hear you, however, based on our interest in providing the membership with the best programming possible with an all-volunteer board, we are looking at taking July off in 2017, just as we have done in previous years. It allows us a month to catch up, plan for the following year, and make sure we have the resources to make every chapter meeting the best meeting possible. 

    We also had nearly half the respondents say they were interested in volunteering. That's great news! We're so grateful to all of our volunteers and everything they do. Sue Fody, our VP of Talent extraordinaire (aka VP of Volunteers), will be following up with those of you who expressed interest.  

    Thank you again to all of you who participated, and thank you to all our members - you make ATD-RMC what it is! Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, or additional information to add to the 2016 annual membership survey: president@atdrmc.org. Happy fall ATD-RMC! We look forward to seeing you at the continuation of our Fall Leadership Series on Tuesday, October 11th! 


    Robin Doss

    ATD-RMC President

  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 1:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear Members,

    I've found myself talking about leadership a lot lately. Recently, during a training one participant asked me, "What are the qualifications a leader needs to drive the bus?" I thought the word choice of "qualifications" was so intriguing. Although we do tend to see commonalities in the qualifications from one leader to the next, I think those of us in talent development can agree that leadership is about characteristics and behaviors more than it is about a specific set of qualifications. Anyone in any role can demonstrate leadership. Further, we know that those characteristics and behaviors can be learned. 

    The wonderful thing about being in leadership for a talent development organization is that we are spoiled with a richness of leaders who lead as members, volunteers, and board members. The biggest lesson I've learned as the president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter this year is that sometimes leadership is also about getting out of the way; it's about creating space for all the leaders around me to step in and step up to share, create, and make amazing things happen. Being a leader is less about doing and more about empowering - and recognizing! I'm so grateful for the leadership of ATD-RMC's volunteers and board members who make our 'by the members, for the members' organization provide such wonderful professional development and networking opportunities around talent development. 

    With that in mind, I just want to remind all of our ATD-RMC members that you are leaders in this organization. Your voices and opinions matter as this organization keeps developing, evolving, and expanding to meet our members' needs. By now, you should have received the annual membership survey and I encourage you to step into leadership by contributing your voice to the survey. What works for you? What doesn't? What do you want more of? Less of? We want to hear it! And, as an added bonus, participation enters you in a drawing to receive a free registration to an ATD Certificate course (a $1000-$1500 value) and a $20 Amazon Gift card. Win-win-win! 

    Finally, as we close out the summer with our fabulous annual networking event with the International Coach Federation and the National Speaker's Association, it's no wonder that leadership is on my mind; this fall we head into the ATD-RMC Fall Leadership Series. Our September, October, and November events will host three different speakers, all dedicated to different aspects of leadership, from building team and business rapport, to performing under pressure, to outcome-based thinking. All three promise to strengthen our leadership skills and our ability to empower others' leadership skills.

    We hope to see you for some or all of the Fall Leadership Series! I also encourage you to acknowledge yourselves for your leadership in ATD-RMC.  We wouldn't be what we are and continue to have award-winning year after award-winning year without you. Let's keep it going for a strong and successful rest of 2016.


    Robin Doss

    ATD-RMC President

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