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Upcoming events

    • 24 Apr 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger 41 Seyon Street Waltham, MA
    The Steve Jobs Way: A Case Study for Training Professionals

    Join us on April 24th for a full day training event co-sponsored by ASTD Greater Boston Chapter and Manager Mechanics.

    As a special benefit to ASTD Greater Boston Chapter members, the price of this one day class is offered at approximately 40% less than its standard retail price! 

    Greater Boston ASTD member price is $395.
    Non-members can still enjoy the workshop at a discounted rate of $475 and, as a bonus; we will automatically enroll you as a chapter member for this year!!

    Love him or hate him, you must admit that Steve Jobs was a challenging and brilliant leader and an innovative genius.  So what can training professionals learn from the strengths and weaknesses of a computer industry trailblazer? The answer is an enormous amount!

    This full day training event, based on the bestselling book The Steve Jobs Way by Jay Elliot, covers how you can enhance your training using the same business philosophies, principles, and techniques that Steve Jobs used to make Apple the company it is today.
    Various Steve Jobs’ techniques were used to create this class, so we can demonstrate to you how his principles can be used to:
    • Enhance the look-and-feel of your training materials using his product design concepts
    • Market your training classes to internal employees and external clients
    • Use technology to maximize class effectiveness
    • Think holistically and outside-the-box when developing new training programs

    Don’t miss out on this great ASTD Greater Boston Chapter member benefit. Remember, if you are not a member yet, take advantage of this great opportunity and become a member as a bonus!!

    Cancellations – We require a minimum of 48 hours notice for a refund.






    • 13 May 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger 41 Seyon Street Waltham, MA

    May 13, 2014
    GBASTD Member Spotlight Event

    From “Right Now” to “Wow!”:  The Evolution of Instructional Design at PAREXEL
    Great learning is built on great design.  Great design takes talent and the right amount of time.  But what’s an Instructional Design team to do when you know you could really “Wow” your learners – but your business is saying “We want it Right Now!”? 

    Two years ago, PAREXEL’s Learning Content Design and Development team started a WOW transformation that aimed not only to utilize the highly creative and experienced skill set of the team, but also set out to help their internal clients appreciate the time and effort that they would need to invest to make it WOW! 

    Two members of that team, Melissa Milani (Associate Director of L&D) and Tom Costello (Manager of L&D) will tell the team’s story, what they started with, how they evolved and overcame challenges and what they are doing to continue to meet the demands of their clients – ultimately moving from “Right Now” to “Wow!”

    Tom brings over 15 years of Learning and Development experience working in the financial services and clinical research industries. He is currently managing a team of instructional designers for PAREXEL International. Prior to working at PAREXEL Tom held a leadership position in Learning and Development at MFS Investment Management.
    Tom’s main focus is to identify the very best learning solutions for his clients.  He does this by spending the correct amount of time upfront to uncover the key areas hindering performance. Tom is then able to apply this information to building a strong design which creates an in context, role and scenario based solution which fully addresses the business needs.
    Tom has B.A. from Suffolk University and a M.Ed. from UMASS Boston.

    Melissa has a total of 20 years experiences working in learning.  Her career started in academia where she taught as part of a communication faculty.  In 2000 she moved to the corporate world, working in the medical device industry and insurance.  She’s spent the last 10 years of her career with PAREXEL where she has served as a training consultant who traveled and worked with managers and employees across the globe. She went on to serve as an L&D manager who built a standard management and professional development curriculum for PAREXEL.  Now Melissa is the Associate Director for PAREXEL’s Instructional Design team – which includes 4 managers and 16 designers across 4 countries (US / Argentina / UK / Germany).  The best part of her job is working with a great team of people who bring a lot of enthusiasm and drive to the work they are doing!
    When she’s not work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy and 8 year old daughter Geneva in their home in Nashua, NH. 
    Melissa earned her B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and her M.A. from North Dakota State University.





Past events

08 Apr 2014 April 8, 2014 Build Your Content Once, Use it Again and Again and Again
11 Mar 2014 March 11, 2014 Learning Technology Panel Discussion
11 Feb 2014 February 11, 2014 Meeting
14 Jan 2014 January 14, 2014 Meeting
10 Dec 2013 December 10, 2013 Meeting
12 Nov 2013 November 12, 2013 Meeting
08 Oct 2013 October 8, 2013 Meeting
10 Sep 2013 September 10, 2013 Meeting
20 Aug 2013 A Summer Evening of Networking with GBASTD
04 Jun 2013 June 11, 2013 Meeting
14 May 2013 May 14, 2013 Meeting
12 Mar 2013 March 12, 2013 Meeting
12 Feb 2013 Accelerating Change and Continuous Improvement: Leading the Way
08 Jan 2013 January 2013 Meeting: The 2013 Super Bowl of Networking Event
11 Dec 2012 December 2012 Meeting: Context and Problem-Based Learning
13 Nov 2012 November 2012 Meeting: Mentoring Circles
09 Oct 2012 October 2012 Meeting: Pin Drop Principle & Creating More Engaging e-Learning
11 Sep 2012 September 2012 Meeting: Tips & Tools for Back to School
12 Jul 2012 National Certificate Program - Blended Learning
26 Jun 2012 June 2012 Meeting: Social Event at Turner Hill Country Club
15 May 2012 May 2012 Meeting: The Strategic Value of Learning in the Global War for Talent
20 Apr 2012 New England Area ASTD Conference
20 Mar 2012 CANCELLED March 2012 Meeting: Member Sharing Night
22 Feb 2012 Project Management for Trainers ASTD Certificate Program
21 Feb 2012 February 2012 Meeting: Emotional Intelligence for Decision Making & Designing eLearning Storyboards
17 Jan 2012 January 2012 Meeting: Superpowers of Learning & State of the Industry
13 Dec 2011 eLearning Hands-on Workshop
15 Nov 2011 November 2011 Meeting: A Speed Networking Extravaganza
14 Nov 2011 Multimedia for Instructional Designers Certificate Program (2 Day)
26 Oct 2011 Training Certificate Program (3 Day)
18 Oct 2011 October Meeting: Developing a Mobile Learning Strategy
20 Sep 2011 September Meeting: Humor in Training and Presentations
28 Jun 2011 Multi-chapter Networking Event
17 May 2011 May Meeting: LMS System Panel
28 Apr 2011 ASTD New England Regional Conference Sponsored by Citrix Online's GoToTraining
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