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ASTD Chapter Newsletter
January 2013 Issue
President's Message

In the December 2012 issue of T+D Magazine, Chris Pirie, chairman of the ASTD Board of Directors and general manager of training and readiness at Microsoft, states that right now is the best time to be a stakeholder in the world of learning and development. Why? Technology trends such as the proliferation of affordable, connected devices and the development of cloud computing, as well as there being a natural way to interact with these devices makes the learning and development world dynamic.

The classroom of the future is here.

We have all seen it, whether we have chosen to be active participants or not. My two year old thinks that all screens are touch screens and has known how to swipe through pictures and videos for nearly a year. At my baby boomer parents’ home during the holidays I realized their PC is gathering dust upstairs with their laptop and Kindle getting constant workouts downstairs. The kids walking home from school in my neighborhood are no longer lugging around huge backpacks filled with textbooks. Instead, they have small binders and many have an iPad that is provided by their school.

What does this mean for us as workplace learning professionals? To me it is simple. Whether an early adopter of technology or not.  Whether an independent consultant or senior learning manager of a corporation.  No matter the industry in which you work.  We need to inspire and be inspired. Pirie says, “The only way to really deliver on this promise of technology is to ask ourselves why we are still doing the same things the same way.”

I am proud to continue on the Board of Directors of ASTD Puget Sound Chapter, this year in the role of president.   I hope to inspire and be inspired by you, the members, and the workplace learning professionals in my community.

Stay connected. Keep learning. Be inspired.

Karen Thornton – ASTD Puget Sound Chapter President

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

We are ramping up for a great year of chapter meetings. Kelly Kirkland, Director of Programs, and the program committee are taking the first month of the New Year to plan. There will be no chapter meeting this month.

Look for information about the February 19 chapter meeting at the 2100 Building.             2100 – 24th Avenue S, Seattle, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Interested in volunteering on the program or registration committees?  Would you like to complete an application to be a presenter at a chapter meeting? Send an e-mail to programs@astdps.org.

ASTDps Board of Directors 2013

2013 Board of Directors

Jeane Daley, Director of Finance
Nicole Forward, Director of Communications
Jackie Hallstrom, Secretary
Stephen “Magic” Johnson, Director of Technology
Kelly Kirkland, Director of Programs
Amanda Klein, Director of Membership Services
Rob McGowan, Director of Research and Learning Sciences
Darren Nerland, Past President
Lisa Roy, Director of Professional Development
Karen Thornton, President
Jeff Tillett, Director of Interest Groups

Special Workshop Event
Start the new year off right: Special Workshop Event, Tuesday, Feb. 26th
Courageous Collaboration: Live Learning Laboratory


To improve morale, increase employee satisfaction, drive innovation and enhance employee engagement, we need tools to create culture change.
  But facilitating organization change is hard and requires courageous collaboration!

Click here to find out more about this exciting one-day workshop featuring Pat Hughes.

National ASTD Member Survey

National ASTD Member Survey

Please take a minute to answer a brief satisfaction survey about the level of engagement of chapter-only members vs. joint chapter and national members. The survey will be open January 1, 2013 – February 15, 2013.  
 
Survey Link

To thank you for participating in the survey, ASTD is offering you a free Infoline download: Using Public Resources to Enhance Learning.

ASTD will be compiling the overall data to analyze national trends and benchmarks regarding joint member engagement versus chapter-only member engagement. Thank you for your continued commitment to and support of ASTD and the learning and development profession.

Member Spotlight
 
Member Spotlight on Stacie Stutz
by Kathy Englert


Are you a regular reader of the ASTDps monthly newsletter? Do you visit the ASTDps web site? These valuable communication tools exist because of the work of many, many people – and one of them is this month’s profiled member – Stacie Stutz. When Stacie saw the chapter’s posting this year for a volunteer Technical Support Specialist, she felt her background was perfect for the job and jumped at the opportunity to get more involved. While Stacie has been a member of ASTD (nationally and locally) for a few years, she had not yet found a volunteer opportunity that matched her skill set. Now she has! She spends close to eight hours a month helping with a variety of web site tasks - formatting the monthly newsletter, cleaning up HTML code, optimizing photos for posting on the web, and more. Stacie has loved getting more involved. When asked what she finds most beneficial about the chapter, she said, “The people, the networking, and the learning!” Her work has impressed those around her. According to Magic Johnson, our chapter’s VP of Technology and the sponsor of Stacie’s volunteer position, “Stacie is an excellent example of how to make a big impact as an ASTDps volunteer. Her efforts are much appreciated and are making a real difference for our chapter.”


Stacie has worked as a Training Development Specialist for the past five years, working at both Volt Workforce Solutions and Emeritus Senior Living. While at Emeritus, she managed the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) for almost 30,000 employees. In addition, she designed company manuals and presentation materials and helped develop a successful company-wide orientation program. One of her favorite roles while at Emeritus was the planning of their very own ASTD Employee Learning Week. For this effort, the company received the 2011 Champion of Learning Award. Stacie is currently working as a graphic designer for the Kirkland Arts Center, helping them with the marketing of their retail store that features unique items from local artists. She is also designing the advertising and marketing materials for the center’s visual art classes, exhibits, and summer camp.


Stacie’s goal moving forward is to use her graphic design skills and training background to advance her career in e-learning. As a lifelong learner, she discovered the benefits of online learning while working on a multimedia design degree (which she will complete in early 2013). She also completed a two-day e-learning instructional design course taught by Michael Allen’s company (through ASTD) where she discovered endless possibilities for the profession.


Stacie is a native of Seattle and currently lives in Bellevue with her husband and Golden Retriever. They miss their two daughters who are away at school. Their older daughter will begin medical school next year and their younger daughter is finishing a degree in Global Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. When Stacie isn’t working on her many professional projects, you can find her walking with her beloved dog or baking in the kitchen. Her dream when she retires? Opening a small bakery in some yet-to-be-decided beautiful location. Until she hangs up her professional coat and starts baking bread for customers, we at ASTDps can rest assured that our web site is in good hands. Thanks Stacie!
2013 Networking Event

Join ASTD for a networking event on the fourth Thursday of each month! We meet at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub located at 111 Central Way - Kirkland, WA 98033 (425) 822-8940.

Each month we will discuss a new topic:

January 24: Games - How have you used games in your training?
February 28: Group Dynamics - How do you create positive group dynamics?
March 28: Vendors - Which vendors do you use and for what purpose?
April 25: Multimedia - How are you bringing multimedia into your training?
May 23: Self-Directed Learning - What types of self-directed learning have you used and with what outcomes?

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some intriguing positions for members who are interested in using their strengths, gaining new skills, and meeting new people.  Check them out yourself or forward these descriptions to someone you know who may be a fit.

Registration Team Member
Be one of the first smiling faces people see in the morning!  Help welcome and check attendees in to the monthly chapter meetings.  Responsibilities include set-up at about 7:15 am and put-away after 9:30am.  There are two or three evening meetings a year as well.  Contact Judi Jones at jjones1@msn.com to express your interest.

Ambassador:  New Member Outreach
We are looking for a few personable folks to welcome new members to our Chapter.   The New Member Ambassador is responsible for actively promoting one-to-one relationships between experienced ASTDps members and new ASTDps members for the purpose of improving on-boarding, member engagement, and member retention.  Mentors contact new members and connect them with the ASTDps resources, people, and information that will make their membership a richer experience.  Estimated commitment is 2-3 hours per month for a period of one year. If you’d like to meet new people and be one of the first faces (or voices) to greet new members, consider becoming a Mentor.  For more information please contact Shelby Satko at shelbysatko@gmail.com.

If these opportunities don’t speak to you, but you are interested in becoming more involved in your ASTD chapter, please contact your mentor or Director of Membership Services Amanda Klein at memservices@astdps.org.

 
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