• Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:34 AM | Deleted user

    Each month brings exciting programs and our attendance is increasing, plus we are forming more Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Our chapter is consistently growing and evolving in positive ways! You already know about our popular Facilitators Exchange SIG, and now we have more! We are developing an e-Learning SIG as well as a Mentoring SIG. If you have experience in either of these fields and would like to volunteer for these SIGs please email us at: programs@atdrmc.org. We'll be sending further information on our SIGs through our website, newsletters, and social media outlets.


    ATD RMC also has a terrific partnership with the International Coach Federation's local chapter. Since coaching is closely related to the learning and development world, it is only natural that both of our organizations form a strong partnership focused on bringing you educational programs. If you are a chapter member of ATD RMC, you may register to attend an ICF event at a discounted price. Any ICF Colorado members can attend our events at a discounted price as well. It's a win-win partnership, so visit the ICF website and attend an event!


    Our VP of Professional Development, Rachel Drysdale, works hard to bring you engaging programs every month with topics to suit all members. Our upcoming May event will be an interactive panel session on "The Science of Learning" moderated by our Past President, Becky Magnotta. In June, we have a program on e-Learning with e-Learning guru, Thomas Toth.


    Last year, if you missed our mega networking event with the International Coach Federation-Colorado (ICF-Colorado) and the National Speakers Association (NSA), you'll have to be sure to join us at this event when we announce the date in the coming weeks.


    Remember to check out our virtual programs too! Our March virtual event had more than 20 attendees and was a huge hit, so make sure you attend our interactive June 10th webinar on "Virtual Program Game Changers: Technology Trends in Learning & Development" with Amy Franko from Impact Instruction Group.


    Check our website and social media outlets for our many exciting events and we look forward to seeing you there!


    Follow us on Twitter.


    Like us on Facebook.


    Join us on LinkedIn.


    Very Truly Yours,



    Michele Padilla, M.A.

    2015 ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter President

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:33 AM | Deleted user

    Not since the Baby Boomer Generation has society seen such a large population within one generation, but the Millennials deliver in this area. They also have innovative ideas and are excited to leave their mark in society and bring positive changes to our work place. I think that the usage of social media for our companies is one exciting and enriching shift we have seen within the last 8-10 years.


    The Association for Talent Development is an organization that embraces change and is consistently current, if not avant-garde in many facets, and your chapter should reflect this as well. However, our dedication to social media isn't where it should be as a chapter of ATD. We have a Facebook and LinkedIn page, a Twitter account, and we are working on revamping our YouTube channel.


    One of my commitments and goals this year is to organically increase our social media presence. Our Twitter account, @atdrmc, has 538 followers while our Facebook page has 92 likes, and our LinkedIn page has more than 520 members. It's our job to post and Tweet exciting content a lot more often, but that's only half the battle. We need YOU! We need your thoughts, your questions, your pictures, your excitement from our programs and events to post too! We will be utilizing our social media channels more this year, so please join us on those platforms.


    Going forward, we will introduce live Tweeting during our monthly programs. We'll be reminding you of our Twitter handle and giving you special hashtags to use during the event. If you are a Twitter novice, it's a great way to learn how to use Twitter and to get exposure for you or your company. Plus, Twitter is an excellent way to read cutting edge training news too.


    As our chapter members evolve, this chapter is committed to evolving too. I look forward to seeing more of you on social media!


    So, 


    Follow us on Twitter.


    Like us on Facebook.


    Join us on LinkedIn.


    Don't forget to join our monthly webinars too! They are free to RMC members and only $10 for non-members. This month we have "The Webinar Guru" Corena Bahr on April 1st from 12pm-1pm MT. Ms. Bahr will motivate you to "Think Outside the Virtual Training Box: Best Practices for Engagement."


    Join us on April 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm for "Coaching Skills for Managers & Leaders" with Adam Reynolds.


    As I close my President's Message this month, I want to thank you for consistently attending our events, for bringing your colleagues, and rejoining our amazing chapter each year. We wouldn't have a chapter if it weren't for such wonderful members! Keep giving us your feedback--we're listening. You, our members, have a voice and help steer this journey.


    Very Truly Yours,



    Michele Padilla, M.A.

    2015 ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter President

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 8:31 AM | Deleted user

    It's hard to believe that we are already in the 2nd month of 2015! The year is off and running, and so is ATD RMC! After a wonderful and inspiring Board retreat in January, the Board members spent a Saturday brainstorming and working hard to create achievable goals in 2015. Our overarching goal for 2015 is Building a Legacy. Building a legacy is something that is near and dear to my heart, professionally and personally.


    Last year, under the tutelage of our current Past President, Becky Magnotta, we saw many positive and exciting changes in our chapter. One of the best changes we saw is the legacy that Becky left behind. We improved all around as a chapter and brought you award winning programs as well as being honored nationally as Chapter of the Month in September. Additionally, we gained and retained chapter members and we are financially healthy!


    All of these accomplishments came from hard working and passionate board members, but there was one person who held us all accountable and whose excitement and determination was contagious, and that was Becky Magnotta. She was motivating, determined, and inspiring, and ultimately took the Rocky Mountain Chapter to new heights.


    As I embark on my term as President, I recognize that I have big shoes to fill and I look forward to carrying the torch. Thank you Becky, and board members, for all your dedication. I think it's also important to say thank you to all of our sponsors and members for continuing to join us for events and supporting the chapter as a whole.


    Over the holidays, as I prepared to take the reins in 2015, I was reflecting on this past year and I began thinking, "What do I want to leave behind? What will my legacy be to this amazing chapter?" These questions, and the reflection of the past two years of my service on the Board brought me to the 2015 goal of Building Our Legacy. Everybody has a legacy, so what's yours? How do you want to be remembered? As a hard

    worker? A team leader? A successful entrepreneur? A risk taker?


    As your 2015 President, we will continue to grow our membership and finances, and continue to apply for awards in all facets of our chapter. In fact, we are already submitting an application for the Chapter Excellence Award in the category of "Advancing the profession through the Certified Professional in Learning Performance (CPLP) credential."


    In 2014, our board member, Yvonne Bogard, tirelessly devoted her time and energy to the CPLP program and had success in not only achieving her own CPLP credential, but organizing virtual study groups for both Colorado and Wyoming chapters. Now, Yvonne is actively involved in a pilot program to develop a robust chapter CPLP program.


    As I close this President's Message, I think of every Saturday Night Live monologue I have ever watched. Each guest host says at the end of their monologue, "We have a great show for you tonight!" So, why reinvent the wheel? "We have a great year ahead of us!" Stay tuned for educational and exciting programs, continued success, more awards, and most importantly leaving a legacy of passion, success, action, and betterment in 2015!


    Very Truly Yours,



    Michele Padilla, M.A.

    2015 ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter President

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 4:33 PM | Deleted user

    Welcome to 2015! As your Rocky Mountain Chapter Presidents team, we are excited to have you be part of the legacy we are building for learning professionals in Colorado.

     

    Our chapter is strong. 2014 was an award-winning year:

    • 100% CORE compliant
    • Super Star Chapter (over 50% of you are also members of ATD international)
    • Two Share our Success awards (For Drink and Draw and The Past and Future Leaders Quorum)
    • Chapter of the month in September 2014 - a first time for our chapter
    • First chapter to complete our brand/name change to ATD from ASTD

     We ended with an increase in all of our key metrics:

    • 216 members
    • Net Revenue of ~$3,000
    • A member retention rate of 56%

    Watch for our annual report, which will include more details. We plan to complete this in the next few weeks.

     

    We are financially set to bring you great programs in 2015, and help us start gearing up for the ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE), which is returning to Denver in 2016! We'll share more information about this great opportunity for our learning community as we receive the details. For now, plan on volunteering - the benefit is that for every day you volunteer, you receive a free day of admission.  

     

    While 2014 was a successful story, the richness of this story is you; our members who join us. You are at meetings, webinars, and LinkedIn ATD RMC Rocky Mountain Chapter. You create the ATD RMC buzz. You make our community of learners vibrant.

     

    Now - here's what we need from you:

    1. Please join the community. Block out the second Tuesday of every month for great presentations and networking.
    2. Volunteer! You'll get the most out of your ATD RMC membership by engaging directly, plus it can help you build needed skills for learning professional mastery. Email Sue Fody at volunteer@atdrmc.org to learn about our volunteer opportunities.
    1. Talk to us. If you see ways to improve our community - voice it. You can discuss with your ATD RMC officers at our meetings, or email us at president@atdrmc.org .
    2. Thank our sponsors - Regis University and Gene Tognacci, for supporting our chapter. If you would like to be an ATD RMC sponsor, email Tara Powers at sponsorships@atdrmc.org .
    3. Use our ChIP code (Chapter Incentive Program) CH6046 when you purchase books, or attend an ATD conference. We made $1,700 from ChIP in 2014!

    Thank you for your on-going support. We look forward to meeting you virtually or at our 2015 meetings!

     

    Your ATD RMC Presidents - 

    Michele Padilla - 2015 President

    Becky Magnotta - Past President

    Robin Doss - President Elect
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:30 PM | Deleted user
       

    Thank you!

     

    When I sat here nearly a year ago, I pondered what the year would be, and what challenges our chapter would have. I only knew that "community" and engagement at board meetings and member events was what we needed to work towards. I never could have imagined we'd achieve our goals and have such a memorable year.

     

    We received two "Save our Success" awards (plus we've submitted for a third one), and were recognized for chapter of the month in September. This alone would have been a stellar year - but on top of this we worked through the complexities of a name/brand change. In fact, we appear to be the first chapter to have completed the name/brand change that is due in six months!

     

    We had 9 well-attended educational meetings, and two networking/meet/mingle events. We connected to our past with our "Past and Future Leaders Quorum". We started two Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - Student and Young Professional, and the re-launch of Facilitator's Exchange, plus the start of the Learning Leaders and watch for an E-Learning SIG coming in 2017. We increased membership by 15%, and our bank account is healthy - $24,342.10 - enough to cover expenses for a year, and also set us up for a great 2015.

     

    I'm pleased with where we are. Success like this only occurs with the hard work and commitment of many people. I send a heartfelt thank you to our fabulous members, volunteers, and board.

     

    Members - you are the lifeblood of our chapter. Your questions, suggestions and engagement made this year a joy. For all I've met personally, thank you for your time, your support and your engagement.

     

    Volunteers - you were there at each meeting greeting our members, helping them get information that they needed, and doing what ever it took. We cannot express enough how much we appreciate you, your time and your effort. I fervently hope we made the experience positive and beneficial for you.

     

    Board - You were there and from our first strategic meeting, you were game to try new things, and you kept the energy going all year. I know it wasn't always easy, but your support, friendship and dedication made this a year of growth and achievement for our chapter, and for me personally. Thank you.

     

    We end this year well, and as I turn the reins over to Michele Padilla, your 2015 President, I know that you are in good hands; the best for the Rocky Mountain Chapter is yet to come. I look forward to providing her and all of you support as your Past President in 2015.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.

  • Monday, October 27, 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change."
    - Tom Peters

    Every October ATD National has an All Leaders' Conference (ALC), which is a convention for board members to share ideas to improve our chapters. This year Robin Doss (2014 VP Professional Development and 2015 President Elect), Yvonne Bogard (2014 VP Technology and 2015 VP Virtual Programs) and I attended this two-day conference in Washington, DC in early October.

    We focused on topics at ALC to make ATD-RMC vibrant and meaningful for you, and to learn how to ensure your chapter is managed well. In 2015, you will see many of the great ideas we collected at ALC be put into practice. Our chapter was specifically recognized at ALC for how quickly we implemented the change in our name and brand. In addition, we were recognized for the
    September Chapter of the Month, and for our two "Share Our Strengths" submissions.

    An additional bonus at ALC was the time we spent meeting and collaborating with board members from the Pike's Peak (Colorado Springs) and Northern Rockies (Ft. Collins) chapters. We will see benefits from these conversations as we better support each other and collaborate in 2015.

    An exciting ALC announcement is that Sandi Ruther (ATD-RMC Chapter President in 2011) will be our National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) in 2015. Sandi has been a great supporter for many of us, and her role as liaison between National and your chapter will also help us improve in 2015 and beyond.

    Back in Colorado, nearly 30 of you joined us on October 2nd with guest speaker Ken Phillips in a live event about how to create effective surveys to capture Level 3 (behavioral) improvements from your training. With this event and his two webinars, we have tools to make our training events more impactful and measurable data to share with decision makers.

    Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $27,906.58 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members.

    I'm excited about the strength of our 2015 board which includes Michele Padilla as President, and newly elected Robin Doss as President Elect. I'll provide details about the rest of your 2015 board in our year-end report. Board members are just one way to be a chapter volunteer. The main benefit of volunteering is to gain or build skills, and to network in your professional community. Contact me (president@atdrmc.org ) or Sue Fody (volunteer@atdrmc.org ) and let us know how we can help you.

    We hope you will join us for our final two events this year. On November 20th, Nathan Lindsey returns to the Regis South Campus to help us delve into dynamic human interaction within the workplace. Finally, we'll wrap up the year with our Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 11th. Please save the date for an evening of fun, networking and celebration to thank you for being part of the ATD-RMC award-winning year.

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at president@atdrmc.org.

    Thank you,

    Becky Magnotta
    2014 ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter President

    "Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change."   

    - Tom Peters

     

    Every October ATD National has an All Leaders' Conference (ALC), which is a convention for board members to share ideas to improve our chapters. This year Robin Doss (2014 VP Professional Development and 2015 President Elect), Yvonne Bogard (2014 VP Technology and 2015 VP Virtual Programs) and I attended this two-day conference in Washington, DC in early October.

     

    We focused on topics at ALC to make ATD-RMC vibrant and meaningful for you, and to learn how to ensure your chapter is managed well. In 2015, you will see many of the great ideas we collected at ALC be put into practice. Our chapter was specifically recognized at ALC for how quickly we implemented the change in our name and brand. In addition, we were recognized for the

    September Chapter of the Month, and for our two "Share Our Strengths" submissions.   

     

    An additional bonus at ALC was the time we spent meeting and collaborating with board members from the Pike's Peak (Colorado Springs) and Northern Rockies (Ft. Collins) chapters. We will see benefits from these conversations as we better support each other and collaborate in 2015.

     

    An exciting ALC announcement is that Sandi Ruther (ATD-RMC Chapter President in 2011) will be our National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) in 2015. Sandi has been a great supporter for many of us, and her role as liaison between National and your chapter will also help us improve in 2015 and beyond.

     

    Back in Colorado, nearly 30 of you joined us on October 2nd with guest speaker Ken Phillips in a live event about how to create effective surveys to capture Level 3 (behavioral) improvements from your training. With this event and his two webinars, we have tools to make our training events more impactful and measurable data to share with decision makers.

     

    Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $27,906.58 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members.

     

    I'm excited about the strength of our 2015 board which includes Michele Padilla as President, and newly elected Robin Doss as President Elect. I'll provide details about the rest of your 2015 board in our year-end report. Board members are just one way to be a chapter volunteer. The main benefit of volunteering is to gain or build skills, and to network in your professional community. Contact me (president@atdrmc.org ) or Sue Fody (volunteer@atdrmc.org ) and let us know how we can help you.

     

    We hope you will join us for our final two events this year. On November 20th, Nathan Lindsey returns to the Regis South Campus to help us delve into dynamic human interaction within the workplace. Finally, we'll wrap up the year with our Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 11th. Please save the date for an evening of fun, networking and celebration to thank you for being part of the ATD-RMC award-winning year.

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at president@atdrmc.org.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.

    "Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change."   

    - Tom Peters

     

    Every October ATD National has an All Leaders' Conference (ALC), which is a convention for board members to share ideas to improve our chapters. This year Robin Doss (2014 VP Professional Development and 2015 President Elect), Yvonne Bogard (2014 VP Technology and 2015 VP Virtual Programs) and I attended this two-day conference in Washington, DC in early October.

     

    We focused on topics at ALC to make ATD-RMC vibrant and meaningful for you, and to learn how to ensure your chapter is managed well. In 2015, you will see many of the great ideas we collected at ALC be put into practice. Our chapter was specifically recognized at ALC for how quickly we implemented the change in our name and brand. In addition, we were recognized for the

    September Chapter of the Month, and for our two "Share Our Strengths" submissions.   

     

    An additional bonus at ALC was the time we spent meeting and collaborating with board members from the Pike's Peak (Colorado Springs) and Northern Rockies (Ft. Collins) chapters. We will see benefits from these conversations as we better support each other and collaborate in 2015.

     

    An exciting ALC announcement is that Sandi Ruther (ATD-RMC Chapter President in 2011) will be our National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) in 2015. Sandi has been a great supporter for many of us, and her role as liaison between National and your chapter will also help us improve in 2015 and beyond.

     

    Back in Colorado, nearly 30 of you joined us on October 2nd with guest speaker Ken Phillips in a live event about how to create effective surveys to capture Level 3 (behavioral) improvements from your training. With this event and his two webinars, we have tools to make our training events more impactful and measurable data to share with decision makers.

     

    Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $27,906.58 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members.

     

    I'm excited about the strength of our 2015 board which includes Michele Padilla as President, and newly elected Robin Doss as President Elect. I'll provide details about the rest of your 2015 board in our year-end report. Board members are just one way to be a chapter volunteer. The main benefit of volunteering is to gain or build skills, and to network in your professional community. Contact me (president@atdrmc.org ) or Sue Fody (volunteer@atdrmc.org ) and let us know how we can help you.

     

    We hope you will join us for our final two events this year. On November 20th, Nathan Lindsey returns to the Regis South Campus to help us delve into dynamic human interaction within the workplace. Finally, we'll wrap up the year with our Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 11th. Please save the date for an evening of fun, networking and celebration to thank you for being part of the ATD-RMC award-winning year.

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at president@atdrmc.org.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.

    "Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change."   

    - Tom Peters

     

    Every October ATD National has an All Leaders' Conference (ALC), which is a convention for board members to share ideas to improve our chapters. This year Robin Doss (2014 VP Professional Development and 2015 President Elect), Yvonne Bogard (2014 VP Technology and 2015 VP Virtual Programs) and I attended this two-day conference in Washington, DC in early October.

     

    We focused on topics at ALC to make ATD-RMC vibrant and meaningful for you, and to learn how to ensure your chapter is managed well. In 2015, you will see many of the great ideas we collected at ALC be put into practice. Our chapter was specifically recognized at ALC for how quickly we implemented the change in our name and brand. In addition, we were recognized for the

    September Chapter of the Month, and for our two "Share Our Strengths" submissions.   

     

    An additional bonus at ALC was the time we spent meeting and collaborating with board members from the Pike's Peak (Colorado Springs) and Northern Rockies (Ft. Collins) chapters. We will see benefits from these conversations as we better support each other and collaborate in 2015.

     

    An exciting ALC announcement is that Sandi Ruther (ATD-RMC Chapter President in 2011) will be our National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) in 2015. Sandi has been a great supporter for many of us, and her role as liaison between National and your chapter will also help us improve in 2015 and beyond.

     

    Back in Colorado, nearly 30 of you joined us on October 2nd with guest speaker Ken Phillips in a live event about how to create effective surveys to capture Level 3 (behavioral) improvements from your training. With this event and his two webinars, we have tools to make our training events more impactful and measurable data to share with decision makers.

     

    Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $27,906.58 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members.

     

    I'm excited about the strength of our 2015 board which includes Michele Padilla as President, and newly elected Robin Doss as President Elect. I'll provide details about the rest of your 2015 board in our year-end report. Board members are just one way to be a chapter volunteer. The main benefit of volunteering is to gain or build skills, and to network in your professional community. Contact me (president@atdrmc.org ) or Sue Fody (volunteer@atdrmc.org ) and let us know how we can help you.

     

    We hope you will join us for our final two events this year. On November 20th, Nathan Lindsey returns to the Regis South Campus to help us delve into dynamic human interaction within the workplace. Finally, we'll wrap up the year with our Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 11th. Please save the date for an evening of fun, networking and celebration to thank you for being part of the ATD-RMC award-winning year.

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at president@atdrmc.org.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come and celebrate with us! September is turning out to be a great month. For starts, your chapter has been selected as the September Chapter of the month.

     

    This is an achievement we should all be proud of. We received this prestigious award (there are 120 chapters in the U.S.) because of meeting our chapter operating requirements (CORE), and our innovative programs, specifically "Drink and Draw" and our "Past and Future Leaders Quorum". If you missed these, stay tuned...I have a feeling they will return in 2015.

     

    This is the first time that our chapter has received this recognition. Many thanks to our volunteers, members and board for making our chapter vibrant.

     

    Last week, 30 of you joined us with guest speaker Carol Clark from Game on Learning. She showed us why and how we should use gamification, and how we can leverage experiential learning we are already doing.

     

    Ken Phillips held a webinar earlier this month on Level 2 assessments, and he'll be in Denver October 2nd for a live event on Level 3, and then wrap up with a follow-up webinar on Level 1. Feedback from the first webinar has been very good, and we hope to see you on October 2nd to learn more. Make your training more impactful and be able to measure and share the results.

     

    The Facilitator's Exchange, an ATD-RMC Special Interest Group (SIG) kicked off with a lively discussion of how to increase engagement in both live and virtual learning. If you facilitate, please join us for the second meeting of

    Facilitator's Exchange on Thursday, October 16th.

     

    Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $28,079.72 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members.

     

    The best way to get the most out of your chapter is to jump in and get involved. Volunteering is a way to grow in your profession and leadership. We have great opportunities available - especially in the area of marketing, programming, and membership. Please contact me or Sue Fody for more information at volunteer@atdrmc.org .

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at president@atdrmc.org.

    Thank you,

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.


  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:19 PM | Deleted user

    To quote Bob Dylan, "Oh the times, they are a-changin'!"

     

    Change is in the air. The end of August brings the beginning of a school year, which reminds us of change, and new beginnings. It doesn't matter whether you're helping children get ready for a new year, or you are going back to school yourself, or you simply remember what it was like.

     

    Not only is it a season of change, but also change is all around us. Change is accelerating in many areas - including our profession. The move from Training and Development to Talent Development is indicative. There are many kinds of Learning Professional roles in Talent Development - Facilitator, Coach, Trainer, Instructional Designer and/or Developer, Administrator, Manager. For all these roles, the mastery of your craft is an exciting journey, filled with many questions. How do you continue to grow and add value for your constituents? How do we develop others? How do we help find a solution for problems? Do we have the skill sets to guide and support when the solution is not training? How do we continue to be part of the solution? Where do you want to go next?

     

    This may be exciting, terrifying or both. Take a minute and reflect where you are. What is your next step in the development of your talent? Are you ready to present and guide solutions? How are you viewing the changes in front of you? Something as simple as our point of view can make a difference in how we cope or embrace the change that is coming at us.

     

    Our chapter has lots of resources to help you prepare for the future. Our next few meetings offer some exciting tools - Carol Clark and gamification in September, and Ken Phillips will provide two webinars and a live event to help you better assess the efficacy of your training.

     

    There are also webinars, ATD National programs, the Denver Chamber of Commerce and our many partnerships. Take a look at the "events" tab on our website www.atdrmc.org. The Facilitator's Exchange, an ATD-RMC Special Interest Group (SIG) is re-launching on Thursday, August 28th. We hope to see you there.

     

    Finally, do not forget the wealth of support you have in this chapter. You are a phone call/email away from somebody who can give you ideas for how you can continue to grow as a Learning Professional.

     

    Speaking of change, we continue to re-brand our chapter. By now you've seen our new web site. At future meetings you'll continue to see the new face of ATD-RMC. Many thanks to Yvonne Bogard and Ted Penberthy for their leadership on this front.

     

    Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $27,074 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members, up 1 from July.

     

    Thank you for your continued support and contribution to our community. Your participation, thoughts and energy keep us strong and help us thrive. I encourage you to make the most of your membership by joining us at meetings, and volunteering. Volunteering expands your skills/knowledge, and helps you get and stay connected to the Denver learning community.

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at rmagnotta@atdrmc.org.

     

    Thank you,

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:18 PM | Deleted user

    To quote George Gershwin, "Summertime -- and the livin' is easy!"

     

    Since many of our members are on vacation, the chapter has taken a short respite with no meetings held during the month of July.

     

    During this time your board has kept busy with two activities. The first is the re-naming and re-branding of our chapter, and the second is learning more about your Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce membership.

     

    As far as the re-branding, Yvonne Bogard is fabulously managing this project. The list of things to change is extensive. Required activities range from communicating, formatting newsletters and the website, registration, changing by-laws, names on bank accounts and contracts, and much more. While we have a full year to complete this effort, our goal is to complete our name change by the end of summer. With Yvonne's leadership, I'm confident we will be successful.

     

    Last week, Yvonne, Sue Fody and I attended an orientation of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce to make sure we understood and could tell you about the great benefits available to you for being a member. Please take a minute to go to www.atdrmc.org and click on the Denver Chamber Link. Benefits that you can take advantage include:

    • Leadership Training including Dale Carnegie at greatly reduced prices
    • Resources to help grow your business through the Denver Small Business Development Center
    • Great networking events
    • Training and volunteering activities
    • Programs to get discounts from Office Depot and others.

    Our Denver Metro Chamber membership has benefits for everybody - whether you are in a corporate, non-profit entity, or your own business. Please see which resources can help you, and let us know what you think.

     

    Your chapter is thriving. As of the writing of this newsletter, we have $25,358 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 217 members, down from June, but up for the year.

     

    We hope to see many of you at the August 21st networking event at The Living Room on Broadway. We are partnering with the National Speakers Forum and the International Coaching Federation. This is a great opportunity to network with speaking, coaching and learning professionals.

     

    We will start up in September with Carol Clark covering the hot topic of gamification, and in October Ken Phillips talking about evaluating your training.

     

    Thank you for your continued support and contribution to our community. Your participation, thoughts and energy keep us strong and help us thrive. I encourage you to make the most of your membership by joining us at meetings, and volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills and knowledge, and helps you get and stay connected to the Denver learning community.

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at rmagnotta@atdrmc.org.

     

    Thank you,

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    School may be out, but the Learning goes on!

     

    We are nearly half way through 2014. It's a great time to assess where you are to your goals and your development as learning professionals. Whether through our monthly meetings, newsletters, blogs, books - there are lots of resources at your finger tips.

     

    Speaking of resources, I encourage you to become part of the MOOC (Massive Open On-line Courses) movement. These courses are FREE and you can find topics from "Inspiring Leadership and Emotional Intelligence" to "Organizational Analysis" and much more. The courses are taught by professors at major universities such as Stanford, Virginia Tech, Case Western Reserve and Brown. The largest vendor is www.coursera.org. Check it out and let me know what you think.

     

    Your chapter is healthy and growing. As of the writing of this newsletter, we have $24,712 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 226 members. Welcome to our 17 new members.

     

    I hope to see many of you at our next meeting on June 19th at the Regis South Campus Timothy LaMacchio's topic is "Collaborating with Frontline Managers to Improve Business Results". Anybody who develops, designs or delivers training to frontline managers needs to join us. Details are on our site.

     

    As I mentioned last month, we've decided to not have an event in July because of summer vacations. On August 21st we will partner with the National Speakers Forum and the International Coaching Federation for a fun networking event at The Living Room on Broadway. This is a great opportunity to network with speaking, coaching and learning professionals.

     

    We will start up in September with Carol Clark covering the hot topic of gamification, and Ken Phillips talking about evaluating your training.

     

    Thank you for your continued support and contribution to our community. Your participation, thoughts and energy keep us strong and help us thrive. I encourage you to make the most of your membership by joining us at meetings, and volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills and knowledge, and helps you get and stay connected to the Denver learning community.

     

    We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at  

    president@atdrmc.org.


    Thank you,

    Becky Magnotta

    2014 ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter President

     


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