Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
I hope our members have had a great holiday and are keeping warm these first few days of 2014. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as your new President, while also sharing some of the exciting plans ahead for our Chapter this year.
I am a Learning and Development Manager at Sleepy's, responsible for their e-learning programs and the employee development curriculum. My background also includes course design, facilitation, coaching, and performance management. It’s with a learning mindset that I initially joined the ASTD, hoping to share best practices and while staying current in our field.
I’ve always appreciated the learning community, and its willingness to collaborate, discuss, and help others excel. In that spirit, your fellow Board Members are kick-starting 2014 with lots of great ideas, and we hope to make this an exciting and rewarding year for networking and professional growth with our Long Island Chapter.
Our new board is already hard at work planning workshops for the first few months of the year, securing dynamic guest speakers on current topics related to instructional design, facilitation, leadership, coaching, technology and more. We will seek to continue our monthly meetings in a wide variety of topics that will be of most interest, while also improving our membership participation. If you haven’t done so already, check out our first workshop of the year on Social Learning by our own David Kelly.
Committee Members Wanted
Our board discussed the opportunity for volunteers to help with thoughts on various programs. Many of you have great ideas to help make our Chapter even more engaging and rewarding. The more folks engage in our planning dialogue (virtual or in-person), the more we all benefit. Feel free to participate as little or as much as you’d like, no pressure! If interested, please contact us here. We will be happy to welcome you on board.
We’re on the lookout for new speakers for our 2014 events. Is someone in town working with your organization on a training project? Invite them to share their experience! Implemented a new Talent Management System recently? We’d love to hear about your experience. Know someone who has introduced mobile or social learning to their organization? We want to know how it promoted engagement and helped get results.
Whether it’s coaching, employee engagement, recognition programs, project management, culture change…there’s lots to learn about, and as learning professionals we should seize the opportunity to grow and bring best practices back to our organization. Please contact us if you are, or know, someone interested in speaking with us this year. We will make every effort to accommodate them.
Feedback is going to be important for us as we move forward. We want to hear from you on what would benefit our Chapter. We’re already planning a survey to gauge interest in topics. We also want to explore reasons you have joined our membership, so that we can make sure we exceed expectations, while also providing helpful resources between chapter events. As always feel free to contact our board at any time with insights you have that would help improve your membership experience.
I want to thank you all in advance for your continued support. Special thanks to our Past President, Linda Berke, who has done such a terrific job in years past. Thanks also goes to the new and existing Board Members who’ve hopped on for this year.
I know we’re going to do great things in 2014, and I’m excited to be a part of it.
All the best,