2016 has been a great year so far for ATD-RMC. Thank you for being a huge part of the chapter’s success!
Chapter membership has grown by nearly 20% to 225 members and we’ve been seeing lots of new faces at our monthly meetings; what a great network! More and more members are also getting involved with volunteering. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for everything you do. ATD-RMC wouldn’t be what it is without you! Volunteering is a great way to get to know other members better, deepen your connections, and expand your learning and development network. Contact Sue Fody at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.
2016 has been yet another award winning year for our chapter! We have already been recognized for one Share Our Success award for the wonderful CPLP virtual study group created and launched by president-elect, Yvonne Bogard. We also won a Chapter Excellence Award for Excellence in Advancing the Profession through CPLP for the same program. And we recently found out that the Rocky Mountain Chapter will be named as the August 2016 Chapter of the Month! This is a huge honor that chapters are only eligible for once every 24 months; the Rocky Mountain Chapter won this award two years ago in September of 2014.
This year, we were granted the Chapter of the Month award for a fabulous Share Our Success that 2014 president Becky Magnotta submitted in late 2015. This was for a best practice she instituted during her presidency around bringing an outside accountant to the VP of Finance role – which is normally so difficult to fill by those of us in Talent Development! The practice has made chapter finances that much easier, and it has expanded our membership to include professionals who wouldn’t otherwise necessarily become a part of the chapter. We’re thrilled to have Megan Flori in that role now, and to have had Sid Basu in that role 2014-2015. Thank you for instituting such a great practice, Becky!
These awards are great recognition for the chapter, and encourage us to keep striving for success. Another benefit is that they bring financial rewards, as well. This is wonderful because it allows us to expand our programming and offer more member benefits. We added two extra free events this year so far in addition to our regular programming schedule; the ICE Networking Happy Hour and the Get to Know Your Chapter Picnic. Another member benefit that comes from these awards is that we will be providing a CPLP scholarship for the next CPLP cohort. Details about this added benefit can be found on our website: http://www.atdrmc.org/CPLP_Scholarship.
In the world of programming, we have a lot of exciting upcoming events. We hope to see you for our annual August professional networking event with the International Coaching Federation and the National Speaker Association on August 23 at the Lakewood Country Club. Then the fall will kick off our fall leadership series, with three sessions in September, October, and November dedicated to leadership and leadership development. For more information on those, and other upcoming virtual programming in addition to our monthly programming, visit our upcoming events calendar: http://www.atdrmc.org/Upcoming-Events.
Here's to a great rest of 2016, ATD-RMC members! We hope to see you at an event soon.
This month I have the pleasure of writing to celebrate wild success! First of all, I would like to congratulate our ICE Volunteer Coordinating Committee on an excellent job in recruiting, organizing, and managing the 250+ volunteers at this year's international conference and expo. The committee was headed up by Rocky Mountain Chapter's Past President, Becky Magnotta, and was bolstered by the dedication of committee members from all three Colorado chapters. RMC's very own Sue Fody and Tara Powers also served on the committee. Wonderful work, committee, and wonderful work to all of you who volunteered and helped to make this year's ICE a smashing success! Thank you for all of your hard work!
The conference brought more exciting news for our chapter: ATD-RMC won a national ATD Chapter Excellence Award for advancing the profession through CPLP! We at ATD-RMC are honored to be the recipients of this prestigious national award, which also won the chapter $1,000 in funding. ATD-RMC President-Elect and CPLP, Yvonne Bogard, partnered with the Piedmont Chapter in North Carolina to create the sustainable CPLP Virtual Study Group model. The first cohort was launched in June of 2015. The CPLP Virtual Study Group is free to all ATD-RMC members and other hosting chapter members interested in studying to gain professional CPLP certification in the field of talent development.
President-Elect Bogard said, "ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter determined there was a need for a virtual CPLP Study Group so we set out to develop a robust and sustainable model. We partnered with other chapters which has been the key in creating a sustainable model for a CPLP virtual study group. This was a great success with 11 of the 12 participants completing the cohort. Then in spring 2016 for the second cohort, we expanded further to include West Virginia Chapter.
When asked to explain more about the sustainability model, Bogard said, "We set this cohort up for other chapters to co-host with us to help lead the study group sessions. This was a win-win for all chapters involved, as co-hosting chapter members are able to participate in the study group free of charge, and co-hosting chapters share in revenues generated by non-member participants. As word has spread about our model, other chapters have reached out to us to pay the fee for their members, so that they can provide the opportunity to participate in the study group for free to their members without having to dedicate the resources to run their own study group.
We are now preparing for the third cohort for summer 2016 and we have invited many other chapters to partner with us to bring awareness to their community about this virtual study group opportunity where a local CPLP study group not be available for their members and community-at-large."
And have the CPLP Virtual Study Group Cohorts been successful? "Yes," said Bogard, "We have had many successes as those in the various cohorts report back that they have passed the CPLP Knowledge Exam and work product and are now official CPLPs. More recent cohorts report back that they have passed the Knowledge Exam and are now preparing for the new Skills Application Exam (SAE), which will be offered for the first time in August 2016. The SAE has replaced the work product. This change from the work product to the SAE allows for scalability as ATD becomes more and more global. We have had inquiries from Kenya as well."
Wow! Congratulations to Yvonne Bogard, to the new CPLP's, and to the Rocky Mountain Chapter members for being pioneers in advancing the profession through CPLP. Are you curious about the CPLP and whether it's right for you? Or perhaps you would like to find out about joining the next CPLP Virtual Study Group cohort? For more information, contact email@example.com or visit http://www.atdrmc.org/CPLP-Study-Group.
I look forward to celebrating more ATD-RMC success with you in the months to come.
Robin Doss, ATD-RMC President
For anyone going to the 2016 ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE) here in Denver, May 22-25!!
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the International Conference and Exposition (ICE) here in Denver, May 22-25, 2016. A lot of planning and preparation has gone into making this year's convention a success.
Please stop by the Colorado ATD Chapter's booth located below the Blue Bear Cafe and across from the registration area and receive Colorado Chapter ribbon for your badge for all members. For those who stop by, the Colorado ATD Chapters will draw lucky winners for the following prizes throughout the conference:
We will also have candy and brochures to hand out at the booth. The Rocky Mountain Chapter brochure contains a special discount code that you may use when your register and receive 50% off of June and July chapter events.
If you haven't heard already, Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting a complimentary Colorado Chapter Happy Hour on Monday, May 23 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Edge Bar & Grill, 1111 14th St., Denver. Only three blocks from the Convention Center. Click HERE for additional information and to register. Space is limited. Map to EDGE Bar and Grill in the Four Seasons Hotel.
If you want a sneak peek at one of the sessions, Click HERE to register to attend a FREE Innovation Preview Webinar today, May 17th from Noon - 1:00 PM.
I will be floating around helping out throughout the conference. If you see me, grab me and say hi.
During the conference, if you purchase anything at the bookstore or sign up for future certification workshops, as a reminder, use our chapter's ChIP Code when paying: CH6046. Our chapter earns money back that is used to improve our chapter.
Thank you for your continued support of ATD and I look forward to seeing you there.
Rocky Mountain Chapter President
Within the next few days, you’ll be seeing an invitation to join ATD-RMC’s Social Learning Program hit your inbox. We’ve been talking about the Social Learning Program quite a bit, but you still may be wondering what it is and how you can take full advantage of it.
To answer those questions, I sat down with Stephanie Lang, ATD-RMC’s Social Learning Program Director, to get the scoop:
Robin Doss: What is the Social Learning Program?
Stephanie Lang: Social Learning is a cross between traditional classroom learning and social networking and the Social Learning Program is an online space where people can create and participate in Learning & Development related engagements. The program is in partnership with Randy Emelo and River Software. You may remember Randy from his “Modern Mentoring” presentation at the February chapter meeting.
RD: Who has access to the Social Learning Program?
SL: All ATD-RMC active members will have access to the Social Learning Program. New members should receive invitations within a week of joining.
RD: How do ATD-RMC members get access to and information about the Social Learning Program?
SL: We will be creating logins for all ATD-RMC members and every member will be invited to join the ATD-RMC Social Learning Program. To get more information about the program and how to use it, visit the Social Learning Program page on the ATD-RMC website.
RD: How do you think the Social Learning Program will benefit ATD-RMC members?
SL: The program will benefit members in many ways. From my experience, the program allows access to the entire knowledge base of the ATD-RMC membership. For example, I recently interviewed for a L&D role and the recruiter asked me a question about facilitation I wasn’t 100% sure of the answer to. I later posted the question in the facilitation engagement, where two people with facilitation expertise helped me understand how I should have responded.
You can create engagements for any learning area you’re interested in. Maybe the chapter meeting is on assessment this month, but you’re focused on e-learning right now; you can still engage with your talent development community to always be learning about your focus areas.
Additionally, I know a lot of our members travel a lot for work and aren’t always able to make it to our events. The Social Learning Program will allow you to stay connected with the community anytime, anywhere.
RD: What types of learning engagements are possible?
SL: Any Learning & Development or Talent Development type of engagement is possible. To give you an idea, we currently have Facilitation Skills Sharpening, Social Learning Leaders engagements and more. Additionally, if you have a topic that you’re interested in, you have the ability to create an engagement and invite those you’d like to learn from to connect with you.
RD: What’s one thing you think everyone should know about social learning?
SL: The one thing people should know about social learning is that it’s fluid. The other day I was watching 30 Rock and the character Tracy Jordan was talking with his mentee, Kenneth Parcell. Kenneth offers some mentoring to Tracy, who normally plays the mentor, and Tracy says “Wow. The manatee has become the mento. Wow”. Excited, I turned to my friend and said “This is the social learning program in action!” In social learning, you can have multiple roles: you can be a learner, an advisor, or both.
So there you have it, members. Be on the lookout for your Social Learning Program invitation and join in on ATD-RMC team mento/manatee!
ATD-RMC’s Social Learning Program Director, Stephanie Lang, is a Learning & Development professional who resides in Denver, Colorado. She currently designs customer service and sales training for Nissan North America, conducts on-the-job restaurant hospitality training, and facilitates Leadership training for the Junior League of Denver.
Do you ever wonder how to maximize your ATD membership? Being part of this thriving talent development community offers a lot of perks and ways to get involved. How do we engage thee? Let us count the ways…
9 Ways to Get Engaged with ATD in 2016
1. Come to a Chapter Event – We have incredible programming that is designed around member requests and ATD Competency Model. We strive to offer a wide array of programs to meet all of your learning needs. We also offer some great networking opportunities throughout the year to help you connect with other learning professionals. Check out our calendar of events to see what’s coming up.
2. Volunteer – Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to get really engaged with ATD at the local and national level. You will form deeper relationships with fellow members and volunteers and even have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills with other ATD volunteers from all over the country. Volunteering helps you learn new skills and expand upon those you already have. Visit our Volunteer page for more information about how you can get involved.
3. Study for your CPLP with our Virtual Study Group – Are you ready to get your Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification from ATD? Join the joint ATD-RMC and ATD Piedmont Chapter Virtual Study group to help you prepare and get support to succeed in achieving this rigorous certification. There is a spring and fall session each year. Get more information on the CPLP and the CPLP Study Group here.
4. Come to a Membership Event – Over the course of the year we will be hosting periodic member events where prospective members, new members, and longtime members can come to connect in a smaller setting with other members, the board, and volunteers to learn more about our chapter, our members, and opportunities to get involved. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Attend a Virtual Program – Virtual programs are a great way to engage in professional development right from your desk! Join us for our lunchtime virtual programs on various engaging topics that complement our monthly programming. Virtual programs are free to members and present a great way to engage with the chapter. For more information on virtual programs, visit our Virtual Programs page.
6. Get Involved with the Social Learning Program – We are launching a social learning platform that will give all members access to join an ATD-RMC social learning network where members can create a profile of professional development interests and connect with other members and member groups around common learning interests. We are piloting it now with a small group and will be launching it to the membership in the next couple of months. Look for your invitation or contact email@example.com for more information.
7. Check Us Out on Social Media – Follow ATD-RMC on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for updates on programming, developments in the field, and to connect with your fellow ATD-RMC members. We’d love to hear from you on social media, too!
8. ICE With ATD-RMC – ATD’s International Conference & Expo will be in Denver May 22-25. Join us for a pre-conference networking event in May to connect with other Denver-area ATD members and learn more about what to expect at the conference. Drop by the local chapter table at the conference to chat with local chapter leaders, learn more about ATD-RMC, and score some swag and attend local networking events during the conference. Connect with ATD-RMC after the conference at chapter events and on the social learning platform to share takeaways with your fellow members.
9. Participate in Chapter Event Surveys, the Annual Survey or Contact the Board – ATD-RMC is an organization by the members for the members, so we want to hear from you! The more feedback you give us, the more we know how to meet the needs of the members. Please consider participating in program surveys after you attend chapter events, lending your voice to the membership survey in August, or reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts or opinions.
10. Become a Power Member to Get the Most from ATD – Power Members are members who are both local and national members. These members get the benefit of attending the wide array of ATD virtual and in-person courses, certification programs, and conferences at a greatly discounted rate. There are also informative monthly periodicals, whitepapers, research, and job postings only available to Power Members. Visit ATD’s Power Member webpage for more information on the benefits of local + national membership.
“One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” – Gordon Hinckle
One of my first exposures to ATD occurred while I was in the D.C. area for a business trip. “You’ll get a kick out of this organization,” my colleague told me while dragging me to a chapter event after a long day. He was right. The stories and experiences I heard during the networking hour made me want to join my local chapter; the speaker made me want to volunteer.
The speaker began by acknowledging that we all know that volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community. “But that’s not what I’m going to focus on tonight,” she said. Instead, our speaker addressed what is less often talked about: the benefits volunteers reap from volunteering. She inspired us to see what we could help to create in our community, how much our community could benefit from our contributions, and what we could learn from doing it. One reason I volunteer for ATD-RMC is so I can get the most out of my membership. And I have! These are the ways I’ve noticed you can benefit from volunteering with ATD-RMC:
You get to connect meaningfully with your community. As a result of my volunteer work with ATD-RMC, I have met friends, colleagues, advisors, mentees, clients, and vendors who could help me or help my connections. Volunteering with ATD gives you more consistent relationship building opportunities, so you really get to know people, ask questions, share ideas, learn each other’s strengths, and become resources for each other going forward. Volunteering introduces you to the greater ATD international community and provides the opportunity to attend leadership conferences. Additionally, staying up to date on the industry is much easier when you’re connected to so many people and ideas. There are benefits galore to plugging into your professional community by volunteering for ATD.
In lending your experience, you will build your experience. Our membership represents a wealth of experience. We all have excellent practices, strategies, and ideas to share. In sharing my own experience with ATD-RMC, I have gained even more experience. I’ve had potential employers point to my volunteer experience and say that it positively influenced their consideration of my candidacy. Now, I’m never one to encourage volunteering to bolster the resume alone because that doesn’t create the same valuable impact or learning; but you can’t deny that through giving of your efforts, you gain more experience and credibility.
By volunteering your skills, you will develop new skills. When I came to ATD-RMC I knew I had skills in facilitation and instructional design to contribute; as I volunteered, I discovered just how much I could do with those skills and how they were relatable to so much more. Through my involvement with ATD I’ve gained skills in learning event planning, resourcing speakers, leadership, program management, and strategy. Since joining, I’ve grown tremendously in my career and confidence to step into more leadership positions and take on greater responsibility in my work with the wider array of skills I have to offer. If you want to learn how to do something new, volunteering can offer a wonderful learning opportunity.
In his book, Engaging the Head Heart and Hands of a Volunteer, Orlando ATD chapter volunteer leader Barry Altland writes, “Volunteers get to give and give to get.” You will get these benefits from any type of volunteer work, so I encourage volunteering for an organization you’re passionate about. With that said, I know we’re all quite passionate about ATD-RMC! In volunteering for your local ATD chapter, you get the opportunity to work with a talented team to serve your professional community, which builds the chapter’s reach and resources to help you get more out of your professional community. Thank you to all of our volunteers who serve the growth of each other and the richness of our collective experience with ATD-RMC.
At Our Service,
2016 President, ATD-RMC
Are you interested in giving back to yourself by giving your time and talents to your chapter? Visit our Volunteer Page or contact our fabulous VP of Volunteers, Sue Fody, at email@example.com to find the most rewarding way to get involved.
Welcome to 2016 with your Rocky Mountain Chapter of ATD. I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of president – it’s going to be a great year! We have a lot of exciting programming and opportunities this year to continue our forward momentum that has been building over the past years. In 2016 as we plan for all of our big events, programs, and initiatives, our focus is on engagement, growth, and fun.
The big event this year is the ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE), which will be held in Denver May 22-25. ICE attracts talent development practitioners from all over the world, including some of the biggest thought leaders in the field, so it will be chock full of learning and networking opportunities. We’re so fortunate to be hosting it here in Denver, with our past president, Becky Magnotta, at the helm coordinating the volunteer effort. If you registered to be in the volunteer pool for the conference – an incredible opportunity to serve and connect – be on the lookout for your invitation to register for your time slot. You are not on the official volunteer roster until this happens and positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our ICE Volunteer Page for more information.
ICE sets ATD-RMC up to attract many new members to our chapter. This is a great opportunity for our membership to connect with many additional talent development professionals in our area. As such, we are putting a focus on engagement this year in order to provide ever-expanding ways for new and current members to plug in and get involved. How are we doing that? You may have noticed that we have been making improvements and kick starting new initiatives lately, such as a CPLP Virtual Study Group, an improved mobile website experience, a social learning platform, more Special Interest Groups, and additional virtual programming, to name a few. As we continue to grow the chapter offerings, it opens up more opportunities for our members to step into volunteer and leadership positions to add to their networks, experience, and professional development; and it helps increase the chapter’s offerings to our members. Win, win, win! Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting involved in 2016.
As part of our focus on expanding engagement and creating even more opportunities to grow, connect, and learn, we are piloting a social learning platform from River Software. All ATD-RMC members will be given access to this learning version of a social networking site. Users create a profile that outlines their experience and learning interests, and then suggestions are made so that members can form groups with other members who have shared learning interests, form mentoring relationships, and stay connected outside of the monthly chapter meetings. Members can ask questions, share and curate content, share work products, and request feedback. It’s a really exciting opportunity for ATD-RMC members to connect and learn anytime, whether in town or traveling for work. Members should be on the lookout for their login and access information starting after Randy Emelo’s Modern Mentoring chapter program on February 9th.
And that’s just the beginning. We have an enlightening program of professional development opportunities slated for 2016, as well as many opportunities and ways to connect in and grow our networks. ATD-RMC is an exciting place to be in 2016 and we look forward to engaging, growing, and having fun with you.
All the Best in 2016,
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