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  • 05/22/2012 12:25 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)


    As attendees broke into small groups, they were asked to work together to come up with a networking activity that they would like to see us use at a future chapter meeting. The winning team, as decided by participant applause, would be awarded a free chapter meeting – at which they would facilitate the activity for meeting attendees.

    Ideas that the teams came up with included

    • ASTD Bingo, where people would complete Bingo cards by answering questions related to training
    • Screen Rotation, in which questions would be displayed on the screen and teams would discuss the questions to form an team response
    • Business Card Swap, when participants would be paired up to introduce them selves, giving the other person their card. After 5 minutes the pairs would break up and reassemble, but this time the participants would introduce themselves as the person on the card they had received, not as themselves, and once again give ‘their’ card to their partner. Following 5 rounds, people would volunteer to introduce themselves (as the person on the card they now hold). Will the real person recognize him or herself based on this introduction?
    • 35, in which participants write an observation or question on to a 3X5 card. Participants are given a set period of time to exchange cards as many times as they can. Being sure they do not have their own cards, participants are broken into pairs and given a set time to award a total of 7 point to the two cards they hold. No half points are allowed. The pairs break apart and reassemble, again awarding a total of 7 points to the two cards they hold. After 5 rounds, the points awarded to each card are totaled to find the winners.

    Congratulations to Melisa Winham, Cyrene Christian, and Noreen McNew who won a free chapter meeting for their 35 networking activity. Join us at the September meeting when they will facilitate the activity for the chapter.

    ASTD Competency Model

    Following the networking activity, we had a brief discussion of the foundational skills in ASTD’s competency model, reflecting on those skills we draw upon so often that they become second nature.

    Collaboration=YES, Group Think=NO

    The majority of the meeting was devoted to a Rapid Robin where attendees moved between three outstanding sessions. We explored de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, lateral thinking tools like random word and concept triangles, and considered what it looks like inside a red pen or a blue pen company. A huge thank you to Bill Bellows, Tim Higgins, and Cade Wilson for facilitating these informative sessions!

    So what exactly do you think of when you hear the word taxi, and what could that possibly have to do with bathtubs? Don’t know? Then you missed out on some real learning fun. What a meeting!

    See you in June!

  • 03/15/2012 10:14 AM | Deleted user

    Dr. Suzanne E. Szabo, Mount Pleasant, passed away on March 1, 2012, at Washington Hospital Center after a prolonged illness.

    Born to Joseph and Mary Szabo (both deceased) of Anderson, South Carolina, she was an applied sociologist who headed a consulting firm, Organizational Research and Consulting. Her clients included the IRS, Ernst & Young, and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Educated at the University of Maryland University College (BA), Boston University (M. Ed.), and North Carolina State University (Ph.D.), she served in leadership positions with the American Society for Training and Development (national, Los Angeles, and DC chapters), and as president of Historic Mt. Pleasant. Known by all as a vivacious, beautiful, and caring person, she is survived only by her life partner, Dr. Joseph Robert White.

    Suzanne created the original strategic plan that hasn't really been updated since. Also in 1993 we partnered with the Hawaii chapter to create the 1st international conference before National did and gained a huge profit for our chapter.

    In lieu of flowers, Dr. White asks donations to be made in Suzanne's name to one of the following charities that she supported: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Camps and Ghettos Encyclopedia Project; the Kennedy Center; the Smithsonian Institution; or Historic Mt. Pleasant.

  • 02/16/2012 7:34 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    Look what fabulous workshop programming we are planning for the rest of the year! As soon as dates are confirmed, they'll be posted on the calendar and you'll be notified in the weekly blast.

    • Video editing for trainers
    • Designing word press sites
    • Captivate Level 2
    • ISD
    • Train the Trainer (Fridays)
    • Web-based facilitation webinar
    • Facilitation Skills or OD Facilitation Skills
    • Leadership Day
    • Graphic Facilitation
  • 10/27/2011 5:45 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    2011 has been a great year for the chapter and the future only looks brighter. It will be my honor to serve as the 2012 ASTD-LA Chapter President. What makes me so optimistic about our future is the community of leaders who are volunteering their valuable time to continue the tradition of our great chapter.  It is with great pleasure that I announce the new 2012 ASTD-LA Board of Directors to you.


    Sean Bloch




    Sue Sorenson




    Christina Garvey



    Directors of Learning

    Armin Pajand


    Daphne Williams



    Director of Chapter Meetings

    Jo Lynn  Feinstein



    Directors of Communication

    Noreen McNew


    Karel Kreshek



    Director of Technology

    Jeff O’Dell



    Directors of Special Divisions

    G. Fred Stevens


    Mauricio Guiterrez



    Director of Membership

    Paula Markgraf-Katz



    Director of Community Service

    Kimberly James

    Please join me in welcoming these amazing leaders.


    Terrence Wing, 2012 ASTD-LA President

  • 08/25/2011 3:12 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    We are looking for training and development practitioners who would be willing to visit Claremont for an upcoming panel presentation for our graduate students who are studying this area.

    Panelists will be asked to give an overview of their experience working in the field of Training and Development, issues they have faced and lessons they have learned. Then, we will open the floor up for questions from the graduate students. I expect there will be 40-50 graduate students in attendance and food will be provided.
    • The first panel would focus on making strategic decisions about what training to offer in an organization as well as on the practice of delivering training and is scheduled for 4pm, Tuesday September 6.
    • The second panel would feature L&D practitioners who have been in the field and can speak to a career about training. She’d like a mix, instructional designers, trainers, managers, evaluators, you name it and is scheduled for 11:30am, Thursday November 3.
    Please contact me if you are interested.

    Becky Reichard
  • 08/11/2011 6:36 PM | Anonymous
    ASTDLA is currently accepting interest from members to join the chapter's Board of Directors. For more information contact

  • 04/23/2011 4:28 PM | Anonymous
    As trainers we focus on our instructional design and training activities but how often do we think about the use and power of our voice?

    Join us for an interactive session where you will learn about the 4 types of vocal qualities and how to apply them; relaxation exercises to free the voice; and techniques which quickly elevate presentation performance levels and effectiveness. 

    Our speaker, Nina Irani, President of UniqueSpeak Consulting has served as the speech and communication coach to Fortune 500 executives, politicians and public figures in the entertainment industry. Nina specializes in integrating cutting edge neurological findings with classic communication techniques to create a hybrid methodology for high performance presentation.

    Click here for more information.
  • 04/23/2011 4:24 PM | Anonymous
    After over 20 years of amazing service, Jane Holcomb has chosen to retire from her role as chair of the External Trainers/Consultants Special Division.

    Janie Honeycutt will chair the Externals special division starting in July.

    We will be honoring Jane for her dedication to ASTD-LA and the training profession at the May Chapter meeting on May 19th.
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