• 12/09/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Kavita Gupta, ATD-LA President2020 - What a year it has been! Ups and downs, highs and lows, uncertainty and unrest and the list goes on … but we all survived the challenge! We are stronger today than we were nine months ago, and I am truly grateful to you for your continued support of the chapter. Whether you are a host for our virtual or in-person meetings, a corporate group member or individual member, a new member, or friend of the chapter, muchas gracias, grazie, vielen dank, dhanyavad! And to the chapter leadership team, volunteers and our office administrators, my deepest gratitude for the gift of your time. For those of you that missed our meeting last week, here are a few highlights….  

    Thank You 2020 Hosts and Corporate Members!

    Alliant University, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Antioch University, Child Care Resource Center, City of Los Angeles World Airports, Goldman Melcher & Co., Grifols, Integrity Management & Consulting Group, LLC, ISPI SoCal, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, L.A. Care Health Plan, Logix Federal Credit Union, USC Rossier School of Education and Wimer Associates

    And Congratulations 2020 Award Winners!

    Danielle JenkinsDanielle BainesPresident’s Award - Given at the discretion of the President of ATD-LA to recognize high performance and extraordinary efforts.    

    • Dr. Danielle Jenkins, Founder, Integrity Management & Consulting Group, LLC
    • Danielle Baines, Senior Training Administrator, DocMagic, Inc.

    Kenneth Nowack

    Torch Award - Given by the Board of Directors to non-board members for outstanding contributions to the Chapter over the span of many years at the time of the award determination.

    • Kenneth Nowack, President & Chief Research Officer, Envisia Learning, Inc.

    Esther Ramirios-MathewsSpecial Interest Group Leader Award -  Given by the Board of Directors for outstanding contributions to the Chapter during the past year to someone who is not a board member at the time of the award determination. 

    • Esther Ramirios-Mathews, Founder, Adult Education & Workforce Learning Group, LLC

    Stay safe and stay healthy during the holiday season, all the very best to you and your families, and see you in the new year!

  • 11/25/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    $50 off your first year of New Individual Membership

    That's our lowest price of the year!

    Offer valid from November 25 to December 4

    Use promo code BFRIDAY2020

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  • 11/02/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Kavita GuptaPlease join me in congratulating and welcoming our 2021 chapter leadership! We look forward to serving our members and friends of the chapter by providing high quality programs and job and networking opportunities. Join us at the December 3 Chapter Meeting at 6:30pm to meet your 2021 chapter leaders and office administrators, and be sure to check out our preliminary Spring 2021 schedule of programs!

  • 10/01/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    This month I am pleased to recognize the collaborative efforts of our leadership team and office administrators to present the ATD-LA 2020 State of the Chapter and Achievements:


    • Developed a Finance & Expense policy for board members
    • Created a budget to actual YTD projection analysis
    • Released the Mira Gold Fund after 25 years and will award two $500 grants annually for new board member professional development from 2020-2024
    • Reduced bank fees 50% by migrating to a more cost-efficient merchant services platform


    • Updated 2015 bylaws and 12 position descriptions
    • Developed an onboarding orientation program for new board members and volunteers


    • Started monthly new member welcome and recognition in weekly e-newsletter
    • Gained over 65 new members but overall membership declined by 10% as a result of the pandemic
    • Offered 4 membership specials including a Valentine’s Day, Summer New Member Special, Fall Member Renewal Special and a Fall ATD Member Week in partnership with ATD Global
    • Awarded 2 ATD Global online certificate programs to chapter leaders Anupa Naik and Katrina Reiniers-Jackson


    • Reduced operational costs adding $3,000 to financial reserves
    • Reduced Constant Contact list by over 70% percent reducing annual fees by 50%
    • Migrated from Go-to-Meetings to Zoom platform reducing costs by 68%


    • Started a monthly president’s message for members in the e-weekly newsletter
    • Offered 40+ orientations, chapter meetings, networking mixers including one in partnership with SoCal chapters, webinars, workshops and communities of practice meetings
    • Moved to virtual programming using the Zoom platform versus in-person meetings for the first time in ATD-LA’s 75-year history as a result of the pandemic


    • Gained 25% followers on ATD-LA’s LinkedIn platform with a total of 589 followers
    • Actively posted over 45 events and announcements on ATD-LA’s LinkedIn platform
    • Averaged 700 web visits/month and 31k impressions on the ATD-LA website
    • Website visitors include professionals from business development, HR, education, community and social services and program management
    • Developed a social media policy for chapter leaders and volunteers
    • Updated website and removed outdated information


    • Held 3rd and 4th leadership strategic planning meetings attended by board members and office administrators in winter and fall
    • Increased leadership involvement by adding 5 new chapter leader positions and 12 volunteers
  • 09/04/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    You will be voting for an ATD-LA Board Member who will begin a two-year term in January.

    In accordance with the chapter bylaws, this form includes the names of available positions which will begin a new term. Each active member will have one ballot per election period.

    The ATD-LA Board is a very diverse group and values the thoughts and skills of everyone. Our volunteers and board give their time pro bono (not paid). We coordinate the tasks for several learning programs, chapter meetings and membership related projects.

    Directions: Please vote for each position listed by choosing the name indicated for the position.

    All ballot forms must be submitted by or before the deadline: September 25, 2020, 5 p.m.

    Click here for the ballot form.

  • 09/04/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    September 14–18 is ATD’s Member Week, a seven-day savings event that will deliver exclusive deals!

    During this week, ATD-LA will offer 10 percent off of a one-year individual membership. 

    ATD will also offer 10 percent off a one-year power membership, in addition to the current $30 discount.

    There is no better time to become an ATD-LA Member or an ATD Power Member!

  • 09/01/2020 9:15 AM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Leading experts in their fields! Topics include:

    • Brain Exchange and New Year Networking Mixer
    • Change your Mind Create New Results
    • How to Use Level 3 and Level 4 Evaluations Effectively
    • And more

    Learn from senior L&D professionals from world class companies like Amazon and Facebook. Stay tuned for more details!

  • 08/10/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Is your ATD-LA membership coming up for renewal?

    Take advantage of this special offer!

    If your renewal date falls between the months of August and December, your next year’s membership will include three free bonus months – 15 months for the price of 12!

    To redeem this offer, please contact the office.

    Renew now! This offer ends October 31.

  • 08/05/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Per the terms of the chapter bylaws, we call for your self-nomination to join the Board of Directors.

    You will be nominating an ATD-LA Board Member for a two year term that begins in January. Ballots will be distributed in September.

    The ATD-LA Board is a very diverse group and values the thoughts and skills of everyone. Our volunteers and board give their time pro bono (not paid). We coordinate the tasks for several learning programs, chapter meetings and membership related projects.

    Directions: You can nominate yourself or another person for as many positions as you wish by using this form.

    Positions with terms beginning in 2021

    • President Elect
    • Treasurer
    • Director of Workshops & Webinars
    • Member-at-Large
    • Secretary
    • Director of Marketing & Communications
    • Director of Membership

    Visit for position descriptions.

    All Nomination Forms must be submitted by or before the deadline: August 21, 2020, 5 p.m.

    Click Here for the form.

  • 08/05/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Kavita Gupta ATD-LA President1995 seems like a long time ago. Yes, it was in 1995 that a memorial fund was established by Ken Nowack, now Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning, Inc. and members of the ATD-LA chapter in honor of a very special person, Mira Gold, former late wife of Ken and ATD-LA member. I am honored to share that after 25 years, new ATD-LA board members will receive a generous grant that will allow them to undertake a professional development program thanks to the Mira Gold Memorial Fund established by Ken Nowack and members of the chapter back in 1995. Here is what Ken wanted to share.

    Mira began her long volunteer involvement with ATD-LA as co-chair of the Career Development Special Division with Amy (Clement) Lichty in the late 1970s. She was a seasoned learning and development consultant and specialist in the career management field, working as a career consultant for Northrop before starting a career skills center and program at the Los Angeles Times. Her career as a consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison was cut short with a brief battle with cancer at the age of 40.

    Mira met her husband Ken Nowack while they were both working at the University of California, Davis, before moving to Los Angeles to work as an HR consultant for Flying Tigers Airline that was acquired by FedEx.  She was born in Harrisburg, PA and Mira did her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by graduate studies at Indiana University where she obtained her master’s degree in College Student Personnel. Mira and Ken were married for 14 years and lived in the San Fernando Valley.  She was a talented trainer, consultant, and career development professional that modeled empathy, compassion, and support to those she touched in her delivery of career services. 

    We are truly grateful to Ken Nowack and his family for their generous gift to ATD-LA in support of Mira’s devotion to professional and career development. Special thanks also go to our CFO Anna Halbur, OD Chapter Leader Scott Wimer, and 2012 Past President Sean Bloch for their help and input in facilitating the release of the Mira Gold Memorial Fund for the benefit of chapter board members. If you or your organization would like to make a gift to ATD-LA, please contact Anna Halbur at

ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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