It’s been an eventful August for ATDCFL!
Five new members joined this month! A big welcome to:
During the month of August, we continued to host engaging opportunities for professional growth and development.
Our JobHunterz and eLearning SIGs (Super Interesting Groups) continued this month. Alex Salas hosted the last session of our TechSpace eLearning SIG, which focused on HTML5 responsive tools. Rosa Espinal and Elizabeth Castaneda hosted the fourth session of our JobHunterz SIG. This session focused on the strategic use of social media for career seekers.
A variety of webinars were offered this month for our members. Jo Cook hosted “Intro to Virtual Learning Activities”, where participants learned about interactive elements that are important to incorporate in the virtual environment. Adrian La Sala hosted “Embracing the Digital Workspace”. During this session, attendees learned about creating a digital communication framework using a variety of tools. Keith Keating hosted “Preparing Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow: Evolution of L&D”. During this session, attendees learned about the skills expected of the future workforce and how to ensure their organizations evolve to meet this need. Keith also hosted the first session of his two-part series “Design Thinking: From Theory to Application”. This session focused on the theory of Design Thinking and ensured participants left with a foundational understanding of it. Lastly, Jimbo Clark hosted “Hack Your Box For a Sustainable Life”, an interactive session where attendees uncovered stress-free strategies for getting what you really want.
Our new event, “Casual Connections & Coffee”, allows members to connect and get to know each other in a virtual environment. We look forward to seeing everyone in September for another month of opportunities to learn and grow!
On September 10th, Keith Keating will host “Design Thinking: From Theory to Application (Part 2: Application Use Case)”. In the second part of Keith’s series, we will learn about what the successful application of Design Thinking looks like through his 2018 case study.
On September 17th, we will learn about “ID Fundamentals to Driving Innovation” with Myra Roldan.
On September 22nd, we are joined by Tiffany Vojnovski, who will teach us about “The Learner Experience Boost: Quick Wins to Use Today”. During this workshop, we will learn how to create an effective learning experience, while maintaining an accessible and fun atmosphere.
On September 24th, we will learn about “Building a Smarter Learning Ecosystem” from JD Dillon. In this session, JD will discuss how to take a holistic approach to L&D within our organizations to improve overall growth and performance.
We are looking for Volunheroes! It takes true passion and dedication to make this chapter as awesome as it is. We are able to achieve excellence thanks to our Volunheroes! Click “apply now” to become one today!
Would "July" to know what we've been up to?
Three new members joined this month! A big welcome to:
During the month of July, we kept busy hosting webinars and events to provide you with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow!
Our SIGs, which began in June, continued this month. Rosa Espinal hosted “Job Hunterz: Stand Out! Best Practices for Updating Your Resume”, the second session of our Job Hunterz SIG. This session focused on how to optimize your resume and ensured attendees left feeling confident that they would stand out amongst other applicants. The third session, “Job Hunterz: Interviewing in a COVID World”, was also held this month and focused on best interviewing practices in the virtual environment. Zizo Aku hosted our “ATD Certification SIG”, during which changes in the new ATD Competency Model were discussed.
In terms of webinars, there was something for everyone in the ATDCFL community. Valary Oleinik hosted “MacGyver Your Training and Create Raving Fans”, in which participants learned ways to develop creative problem-solving skills. Pat Michaels hosted “The Art and Science of Crafting Killer Facilitator Guides”. Attendees of this webinar learned how to create effective facilitation guides, for both virtual and in-person trainings. Lastly, Suzan Hochstetler hosted “Master Your Next Job Interview”, where participants learned how to apply results of the TetraMap instrument to highlight skills and adaptability during job interviews.
We look forward to seeing you at our events and SIGs in August! Remember, all webinars can be viewed by clicking “Digital Encounters” under the “Members Only” drop-down on our homepage.
It’s been a jam-packed June!!
Eight new members joined this month! A big welcome to:
Lou Marie Soto
You’ve picked an amazing time to be a member of ATDCFL! With so much going on, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network, learn, and be part of the conversation!
In June, we kicked off our SIG’s. No, these are not Special Interest Groups. At ATDCFL, we put our own twist on these Super Interesting Groups, which are our informal online meetings focusing on different areas of interest, such as Techspace (eLearning) and Job Hunterz (career support). There are even more SIG’s to come! This is a great way to have purposeful networking events and learn something new at the same time.
In addition to all our SIG’s, we were jam packed full of webinars in June. First, we started with Roger Grannis’ “Selling to the Seller” where we learned the principles on how salespeople are best engaged and motivated to learn, which improves product training. Then our very own Zizo Aku and Rosa Espinal led the “ATDCFL Networking Event” to explore ways to stay connected, transition careers and use ATD resources to upskill ourselves. Our “Financial Literacy 101” event with Cherly Blakeney and Calen Potter-Valmond educated us on the rules of money and how to grow, protect and save our money. Finally, Jason Raimondi hosted, “Hospitality Anew: Reopening L&D Strategies” where he offered insight on welcoming back staff into a new mindset of service to guests. All great stuff! In case you didn’t know, our digital encounters are available on our member website in case you missed it or want to check it out again. Once logged in, go to Members Only, then Digital Encounters. Webinars are sorted by first name of presenter. Watch or re-watch all the great events we’ve had.
May we interest you in some great digital encounters??
We are starting to adjust to a new normal. Although we aren’t yet able to have face-to-face events, we are ramping up with our digital encounters to meet your needs!
Our May webinar, “From Teammate to Manager” with Patty Oji was a fantastic workshop, exploring staff relationships and improving participants’ understanding of horizontal violence. In case you didn’t know, our digital encounters are available on our member website in case you missed it or want to check it out again. Once logged in, go to Members Only, then Digital Encounters. Webinars are sorted by first name of presenter. Watch or re-watch all the great events we’ve had.
In case you missed it…We want your opinion! To make your membership work for you, we ask, “what do you want to see available as a digital activity in the chapter?” Let your voice be heard by submitting this short 1-question survey: https://forms.gle/WmodsCVjr3dEeRuT8
April distance brings May persistence…for moving ahead!
Four new members joined this month! A big welcome to:
As we quarantined through April, we continued to connect with our members. This may not be in the form of a face-to-face connection (for now), but our digital encounters are just as amazing.
Our April webinar, “Storytelling with Data” with Zsolt Olah was a huge success, helping participants explore why storytelling with data works, what data is best for stories, problem solving with data and data visualization. In case you didn’t know, our digital encounters are available on our website in case you missed it or want to check it out again.
We want your opinion! In this day and age of Covid-19, we want to make sure your membership is working for you, so we ask, “what do you want to see available as a digital activity in the chapter?” Let your voice be heard by submitting this short 1-question survey: https://forms.gle/WmodsCVjr3dEeRuT8
We are “March”ing on…
March has been a month unlike any other. We started the month with the best-laid plans but quickly learned that our plans were going to change. Many of us planned to attend LSCON, only to learn it had been canceled. We also had to change the way we set up meetings, gatherings and even our day-to-day work. We are in the midst of a “new normal.” This new normal will include more virtual learning events, more interactive digital interfaces, and more creative webinars. As L&D professionals, we will not let this moment define us, but we will continue to seek innovative alternatives that achieve the same (or better) result because that’s what we do!
With that being said, in March, we had an amazing experience with our Debbie Richards’ digital encounter on “Immersive AR/VR” where we learned about the devices and technologies out there for the best VR/AR experiences, as well as learning best practices for applying these technologies. We will continue with some more great webinars in April!
Roses are red, Violets are blue
February was filled with awesome events
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Twelve new members joined this month! A big welcome to:
Even though February is the shortest month of the year, the Chapter still managed to grow membership in the double digits. We had a fantastic month with amazing events as 20 folks joined us to Think In and Out of the Box with Jimbo Clark. We announced the Weekend in Learning and Development or WILD conference happening again in August and this year we have none other than Sardek Love doing his Facilitating with IMPACT workshop as well as a special keynote from Niels Floor, creator of the Learning Experience Design concept. Much more exciting things are coming and we also shined at the ATD National level by being recognized for our efforts in Employee Learning Week 2019.
2020 is starting strong, as January was another fantastic month of learning at ATDCFL.
First, Niels Floor led a Q&A digital encounter about LXD, or Learning Experience Design. This informative webinar explained the differences between Instructional Design and LXD and how it can easily be applied. We also explored the Pillars of Positive Psychology with Kendra Davies at the HappEness & Employee Well-Being event, shifting our thinking to a growth mindset.
ATD has released the brand-new Talent Development Capability Model, a framework which helps practitioners understand what they need to KNOW and DO to develop themselves personally and professionally, as well as their organizations. The model consists of 7 capabilities, including Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Decision-Making, Collaboration and Leadership, Cultural Awareness and Inclusion, Project Management, Compliance and Ethical Behavior and Lifelong Learning. Within each capability are knowledge and skill statements that support the growth goals in each area. ATD’s website also has a self-assessment tool so users can learn where their strengths and deficits lie, so they can improve their skills accordingly. The new Capability Model replaces the ATD Competency Model and is new for this year.
Eleven new members joined this month! A big welcome to:
Board Meeting Minutes (January)
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On February 7th, check out: Organizational Conflict Management with Dr. Diana Herrera: A digital learning encounter on how to resolve workplace conflict and create a healthy culture.
Also on February 21st, don’t miss Think In & Out of the Box with Jimbo Clark: A networking event, challenging the boundaries of your thinking to improve your creative decision- making abilities.
In addition, February 24th through 26th is Training Magazine’s 43rd Annual Training 2020 Conference & Expo, a great way to build skills in content areas like train-the-trainer, behavior analytics, digital learning, emerging technologies and more!
Happy New Year! 2019 was an amazing year and December had so much going on. From our live webinars to our amazing Facilitator Showdown of ’19 to our informative Off-the-Cuff episodes, ATDCFL is where it’s at!
We led off the month with the Employee Learning Week (ELW) celebrations. First, the Training Clinic led a highly interactive digital encounter (webinar) entitled, “No More Boring Lectures for You” which showed us how to produce highly engaging alternatives to lectures, increasing learning retention. Next, Ashley Chiasson led a “Digital Portfolios for Learning Professionals” digital encounter that shared tips on the importance of building a digital portfolio. Finally, Aaron King joined us for the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!” webinar, where we learned how to quickly and efficiently create learner-centric content. On December 11th, our members enjoyed the Holiday Xtra and Facilitator Showdown 2019. There was a fierce battle between seasoned experts Brian Kingsbury, Rosa Espinal, and UCF student Luke Horger, but ultimately Brian won first prize. Congrats to all participants for sharing their passion for our profession.
Brian Kingsbury (left) and Alex Salas (right)
Congratulations to Elizabeth Szigetti for being our ATDCFL Member of the Year for 2019! Elizabeth was our most engaged member attending 11 events and helping us as a volunhero in several instances. Elizabeth was awarded a 2-day Training 2020 pre-con certificate workshop.
ATDCFL Board Meeting Minutes (December)
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