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  • 19 May 2017 9:00 AM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    This year’s theme is Expanding Our Reach from Local to Global

    • How do you stay in tune with the continued globalization of organizations? 
    • How do you keep up with how people learn when so much of it is learned in different ways through the use of technology and outside of classrooms? 
    • How do we keep growing and developing our own professional needs?

    In this session, we will look at how we can bridge the learning gaps across time zones and across different cultures. The ways we approach learning are very different than they were even a decade ago. In order to keep our practices current, we must stay ahead of this technological evolution, and that starts with getting the most out of today’s technology. Learn from top leaders who work through the people gaps, the diversity issues, and the technology to deliver world class learning.

    The popular format of year’s past returns with a new slate of Speed Learning SMEs, keynote speaker, networking, and an afternoon mini-hackathon diving deeper into the theme.

  • 19 Apr 2017 8:30 AM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    The Association for Talent Development is offering a certificate course in Kirkland this April. This course will build your professional knowledge and skills, and expand your network.

    The ATD Training Certificate content is practical and grounded in the real world, not just academic theory. This program focuses on what happens before, during, and after you deliver training, and what to do if training is not the right solution. With input from ATD’s Competency Study, we identified the competencies required by the most successful practitioners. The Training Certificate Program is aligned with the Training Delivery Area of Expertise in the ATD Competency Model.

    Learner feedback indicates high value in the following areas: student engagement, expert facilitation, and applicable tools and techniques.

    Why You Should Attend:

    Learn the basics of adult learning theory and instructional design methodology.

    Gain a foundation in conducting a needs assessment, developing learning objectives, and evaluating the impact of your training initiatives.

    Learn and apply effective training techniques for managing participants, engaging a variety of learning styles, creating an effective positive learning environment, and managing classroom challenges.

    Develop engaging training solutions that are learner-centered.

    What to Expect:

    Pre-Work: Complete a self-assessment and read an industry article titled, "Do's and Don'ts for the New Trainer."

    Homework: You may find it necessary to do some preparation for your skills practice outside of the classroom.

    Supplemental Resources: This program includes tools and templates to help you apply what you learned on the job.

    More info and to register

    Be sure to use the ATDps Chapter Code 8020 when you register!

  • 28 Mar 2017 5:28 PM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    This seven week instructor-led online workshop will help you create your personalized study plan to become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). You’ll begin to prepare for both the CPLP knowledge-based exam and the skills application exam (SAE).

  • 27 Mar 2017 10:00 AM | Ann Baus (Administrator)
    With today's high-stress environment, it has become almost reflexive to try to multitask. Neuroscience research has demonstrated that our brains are not capable of multitasking effectively. Instead, we need to be more mindful and focused—and that is where listening comes in. Active listening helps build more positive relationships, reduces errors, and helps productivity. With tremendous competition for attention, listening requires both will and skill to be effective. Join this interactive webcast to learn some practical ideas to improve your listening skills and help others. You’ll:
    • Learn what the latest research tells us about the capacity of the human brain to absorb information.
    • Assess your own listening skills.
    • Identify your personal listening traps.


  • 13 Mar 2017 10:24 AM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    You're Invited to Join 10,000 of Your Peers and Colleagues From Around the World!

    The ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition is is the largest, most comprehensive industry event out there, providing you with the knowledge, strategies, and solutions you need to effectively train and develop talent at your company.

    Hurry! Rates increase March 31. Save $600 now.  Register Now!  Use our CHiP number 8020 and support your local chapter at the same time!

  • 19 Feb 2017 5:08 PM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    Applying for a BEST Award Has Its Benefits

    Sure, winning an award is great for attracting and retaining talent, showing value for the work that you do, and earning recognition for your achievements, but did you know:

    The application process requires you to look holistically, critically and appreciatively at your work—a tremendous learning opportunity!

    Winners become the industry benchmark for our annual State of the Industry report—even if you don't win, you can use the report to examine areas for improvement.

    Entrants can request feedback from the reviewers—it's like one-on-one peer mentoring!

    Interested in learning more? Join our free webcast on February 27 at 12 p.m. ET to learn 10 tips for the ATD BEST awards application, and have all your questions answered!

    Register for webcast

  • 08 Feb 2017 12:00 PM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    Well documented as a top way to improve performance, coaching continues to be in the spotlight when it comes to effectively developing talent. For organizations, the decision to have its leaders serve in the role of coach depends on a variety of factors, not the least of which are buy-in and support for the approach and the coaching skills of those involved.

    This webcast will focus on three aspects of leaders as coaches: engaging leaders in the coaching process, equipping them with coaching skills, and exciting them about the impact coaching can have on improved individual and team performance, employee engagement, and trust. It will touch on the pros and cons of a leader as coach, as well as explore three key skills that all coaches must do well to be successful. This session includes a case study that documents the success, including impact and ROI of leaders as coaches.

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Identify key points to gain buy-in for a “leader as coach” approach.
    • Consider how best to support leaders with acquiring or improving coaching skills.
    • Create excitement in their organizations for establishing a coaching culture.
  • 30 Jan 2017 7:54 PM | Sally Janis (Administrator)

    Check out what we are up to in the month of February.  Our newsletter is available here.  Find out where our next interest group events will be held and what we'll be sharing at this month's chapter meeting.  We look forward to seeing you this coming month!

  • 27 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    ATDps Members are Invited to deepen their facilitation skills in this FREE 2 hour workshop, facilitated by Sage Ways Consultants Anita Bhasin and Liz Welch.


    About the workshop: “How to Manufacture Heat in the Classroom”


    As facilitators, we often need to bring people to their learning edge. To do this through the lecture/storytelling mode just isn’t enough…. instead we need to focus on experiential learning where we produce ambiguity, uncertainty, and confusion for leaders— not comfort. Creating this heat provides the crucible for learning. This can be very uncomfortable for facilitators who will almost certainly be blamed for the confusion. But for development to occur, “trainers” must learn to stop teaching and step aside.


    The purpose of this session is to provide you with an under-the-covers view of how you can intervene skillfully to raise the heat in the classroom. The method of teaching this session is different from what you might traditionally find in a classroom. The intent is to create the conditions in the room that you might find in your workplace so that you can learn how to intervene skillfully by doing so yourselves while in this session. The process involves taking risks, learning on the edges of your current knowledge and expanding it, and learning by actively doing leadership -  not listening to someone talking about leadership. This approach, called Case-in-Point was pioneered at Harvard and aims to help participants bolster their leadership capacities by having them experience challenges in the "here and now," rather than simply discussing leadership concepts.


    To learn more about who should attend, what you’ll learn, the method used, and your facilitators please visit the REGISTRATION link, where you can also register to participate.


    Space is limited to 24 participants, so grab your spot today!


    Link to registration:



    Link to more information about Case-in-Point:  http://ii.library.jhu.edu/tag/case-in-point/


  • 26 Jan 2017 11:49 AM | Ann Baus (Administrator)

    The 2017 CPLP preparation program schedule and testing schedule are available. Registration for the Knowledge Exam (April to October windows) and for the Skills Application Exam (March to December windows) is now open.

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