Tuesday, December 10, 2013 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
41 Seyon Street
A Dialogue with Cristin Crain of Nuance Communications
A 2013 ASTD BEST Award Winner
Just How Did Nuance Communications Win a 2013 ASTD BEST Award?
Come hear their turnaround story.......
Nuance has grown from having no formalized corporate education and a zero budget to a full-service corporate university staffed by seven. Learn how they overcame the same pressure we all face ... communicating the results of learning to corporate executives.
How did they establish and implement Best Practices in L&D during this journey?
1. Using technology and online learning to minimize training costs ...
100% of their training budget goes to online learning!
2. Ensuring that training is cost effective and aligned with corporate goals
3. Capturing the metrics that executives care most about
4. Building executive support for L&D
Cristin Crain is currently a Technical Program Manager at Nuance Communications where she has been since 2009. She was an initial founder of the Engineering Excellence program and currently focuses on the management of the popular speaker programs highlighting internal expertise as well as external thought leadership in an effort to increase collaboration and innovation across the company. These programs have significantly increased the engagement levels of technology across Nuance by breaking down knowledge silos and providing opportunities for visibility across the organization.
Also joining us will be Phil Konecki of YMCA Training, Inc. – YMCA of Greater Boston. Phil will be giving a brief presentation on the fine work being done through his organization in:
1. Helping unemployed individuals get back to work through office skills
2. Promoting a talent pool of skilled, diverse professionals representing all of
greater Boston’s communities
3. Supporting candidates through mentoring, resume writing, interview
practice, internships, and job placement assistance.
As Business Development Manager at YMCA Training Inc., Phil works intensively with people in job transition. His aim is to help them become the best informed and best prepared job seekers in the marketplace. Phil focuses on helping each candidate identify the unique strengths and passions they can’t wait to offer their next employer.
Developing ways for professional people to become part of this process is at the heart of what he does. Some of the opportunities he’s developed for interested volunteers include focus groups to drive curriculum changes and updates; a program in which industry experts help trainees rework their resumes and develop their interview skills; and a mentoring program for trainees beginning their internship experience.
Phil’s commitment is to creating a collaborative, mutually beneficial experience between trainees and expert volunteers.
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Engage in “Employee Learning Week” at your Organization, Dec 2-6, 2013
Join Greater Boston ASTD in Recognizing Employee Learning Week
“Employee Learning Week” is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results. Employee Learning Week takes place in December each year, but learning is a year-round event!
Greater Boston ASTD invites you to showcase the value of workplace learning in your organization or group by engaging in Employee Learning Week. Participating organizations will be recognized as a “Leader in Learning” in our December newsletter distributed to Boston-area learning and organizational development professionals and will be eligible to be recognized formally by the Boston chapter.
To submit your organization’s ELW activities, send your name, organization name and activities to Volunteers@massastd.org.
Download materials and read more about this campaign on the National ASTD Website.
Greater Boston Chapter of ASTD Recognized with 2012 Membership Star
Greater Boston ASTD was recognized for sharing the ideas and success it has had with driving membership engagement and Chapter leadership succession through volunteerism. The goal of the Volunteerism Program was to recruit and organize volunteers to accomplish key processes and activities to energize the chapter and increase member engagement. Through social media, meetings, our website and newsletters we put out a call for volunteers to form committees and accomplish key initiatives for the chapter. Our Learning and Development colleagues stepped forward in such force that we soon created a “Volunteer Coordinator” position dedicated to oversight of the Volunteerism Program. Click here to learn more.
Want to get some visibility and help ASTD? Have you thought about getting involved with ASTD, but were unsure how to go about it? We have opportunities for you to make a big contribution in just 2-4 hours. To let you know how much we'd appreciate your help, if you give us a little of your time, we'll give you some of ours. Yep! We will compensate your fees for the next chapter meeting you attend if you help us deliver on these great initiatives. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Greater Boston ASTD.
Boston ASTD Achieves 100% CORE Requirements
Greater Boston Chapter achieved 100 percent CORE for 2011 and 2012 by successfully meeting all 18 requirements of ASTD.
The chapter was also recognized as a Chapter Membership STAR with joint local & national membership between 35-50 percent.
Hiring? Job Seeker? We Can Help
Are you seeking to fill a training and development role within your organization? You've found the online home for Greater Boston's training and development professionals. The most effective place to find the most qualified candidate for your position is within ASTD's membership. To help you fill that role we offer an opportunity for you to post your position on our Job Board as well as an opportunity to participate in our monthly Job Fair Program.