Previous Events

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  • 21 Jul 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many organizations elect to suspend their member events throughout the summer. This week, ATD of Greater Boston decided to test the notion that people are unavailable or less interested in meeting. To our pleasant surprise, we disproved the assumption and drew a full house of 45 attendees to participate in our ”Mixed Media in Training” learning event presented by James Ringrose, CEO and Chief Storyteller of Real Cool TV Productions. Video is becoming a major component in learning programs and James provided some research-based insights to explain why. In addition to different learning styles/preferences, personality type and generational difference are greatly impacting how we learn. Attention spans are shrinking, younger generations want rapid access to information and the pace of change is ever increasing. As learning professionals, we must consider a vast selection of medium to create and deliver desired performance. Video provides us with yet another arrow in our quiver.

    James’ presentation (PDF):

  • 19 Jun 2014 6:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Like many of us, Melissa Milani and Tom Costello of PAREXEL lived in a world of reaction and response to their training “customers”. Until, they designed and implemented their “WOW” learning strategy. “WOW” is focused “outside-in, the clients’ first choice every time, the team feeling valued, challenged, producing their best work, AND designing learning that develops the right behaviors for the right people at the right time. Our second largest audience this year listened as Melissa and Tom brought us through the planning of their strategy, the metrics they developed, the obstacles they overcame and the change management practices they learned as they turned their Learning & Development ship in a new direction of pro-activity flawless execution. It is always a special treat at GBASTD, when we hear from others just like ourselves and learn from their successful blueprints. Thank you PAREXEL, for sharing your journey to WOW!

  • 08 Apr 2014 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Our April learning event showcased former CIO and president of local IT Leadership training company, Manager Mechanics LLC, Eric Bloom. A crowd of nearly 50 of our GBASTD members listened to Eric’s unique story and practice of “re-using intellectual property”. Eric shared his time-tested techniques for building off content you’ve developed for one purpose (i.e. a training class) to then create a webinar, eLearning module, podcast and perhaps a blog article. It became clear in Eric’s presentation that there is gold in the content we create and we should learn how to re-mine it before totally recreating it. Thank you Mr. Bloom for sharing a secret in maximizing value in the materials we create.
  • 11 Mar 2014 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Greater Boston ASTD Learning Event held March 11th at SG&H in Waltham broke attendance records with over 70 people in attendance!! Our meeting space was expanded to the double room and still, every seat was filled!
    Moderator Mark Simon led panel members, Edward Bell, Roger Shepard and Ted Henning in a discussion titled “Using Technology to Enhance Learning” where they described skills needed for training development success, experience with current tools, process, programs and overall technology trends being seen in today's learning environments.
    The engaged audience fed the conversation with questions and specific interests which the panel fielded with expert advice and perspective.
    The “panel discussion” format is one the chapter will certainly utilize again in the future!
  • 11 Feb 2014 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The word “Coach” creates different images and definitions for each of us. We think about how we’ve been coached and the instances where we’ve coached others. Many of us are engaged in coaching activities regularly in our learning and development roles.

    In our February GBASTD learning event, Stephanie Mello, VP of Client Engagement at The Employee Engagement Group, presented the coaching success of Herb Brooks, Head Coach of the gold medal winning 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team. Brooks was depicted in the Disney film “Miracle” and Stephanie shared clips from the movie that demonstrated his unique and sometimes unconventional approach to coaching his team.

    The more than thirty members in attendance joined in discussions around effective coaching techniques, how we might employ some of Brooks’ methods, and where we would clearly avoid his tactics. The session was titled “Team Innovation” and we certainly explored innovative views and actions to coaching a team to success.

  • 14 Jan 2014 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our January Learning Event was a great opportunity for networking and socializing, formal recognition of those who helped the chapter become enormously successful.

    We heard from GBASTD member, Mary McWalter, as she shared her “Ten Tips to Increase Your Chances of Passing the CPLP – (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance)”. Attendees learned from Mary’s experience passing the CPLP. She will give an overview of the CPLP program and its components, and will also share tips for passing the CPLP exam and work product submission.
    Currently a Technical Trainer at Boston Private Bank (since 2011) where she designs and develops technical and operational training including both instructor-led, e-learning, video tutorials and webinars.

    She earned her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) from the ASTD Certification Institute in 2013. She has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and a Master of Science in Human Resources Counseling from Northeastern University, Boston.

    CPLP Presentation

    Sanofi Employee Learning Week 2013 Presentation

    January 2014 Pre Program Presentation

  • 10 Dec 2013 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2014 Board of Directors GBASTD:

    Nancy Giard, 2013 President, ASTD Greater Boston presented the 2014 Board of Directors to the membership and received approval as follows:

    Karen Potischman, President

    Dan Collier, VP Programs

    Patrice Hollinger, VP Communications

    Brenda Wornum Moore, VP Membership

    Tom Martin, VP Social Media

    Kathy Galvin, VP Technology

    Bill Schoenberg, VP Finance

    Nancy Giard, Past President

    Just How Did Nuance Communications Win a 2013 ASTD BEST Award?

    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

    Also joining us was Phil Konecki of YMCA Training, Inc. – YMCA of Greater Boston. Phil gave us 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.

  • 12 Nov 2013 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keynote Presenter: Bernd Boettger | Chief Learning Specialist - Engineering | Enterprise Learning FM Global

    As we all know, more learning content is moving online, mobile, and virtual. In addition to those trends we have challenged ourselves to create 21st century classrooms that provide engaging and connected learning environments as well as leverage state-of-the-art technology. One key component of this classroom is the interactive whiteboard – in our case SMARTboard – something that many of our new employees have already experienced at universities.

    Take a tour of the SimZone:
    After the Keynote presentation by Bernd Boettger attendees had the opportunity to experience the SimZone, FM Global’s 12,000 sq. ft. hands-on learning facility where they could simulate a wide range of property hazards and scenarios. The SimZone is used to supplement other learning methods and is a great place to focus on skill and behavior change rather than pure knowledge transfer.

    Bernd Boettger is the Chief Learning Specialist for Engineering at FM Global. Bernd is responsible for the technical accuarcy of learning content and he works on continously evolving training methods in order to create and maintain a true 21st century learning environment. Bernd joined FM Global in 1995 and held a number of positions in engineering and management before joining Enterprise Learning in 2010. Bernd holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany and a B.Eng. (hons) in engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

  • 08 Oct 2013 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presenter: Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D, Training Leader, Boston Scientific

    Over the last decade research has demonstrated that a strong onboarding program leads to positive outcomes for new employees, such as higher job satisfaction, better job performance, greater organizational commitment, reduced stress, and lower intent to quit.
    As we are paying more and more attention to engagement, onboarding has become a key element in building an engaged employee population from the day one. Why does onboarding end up on the bottom of our “to do” list? It is because it requires consistent approach, constant updating and lots of work.
    It took Boston Scientific over a year to build an effective Global Onboarding Program. Easy to use and engaging with social approach, the program gives BSC an opportunity to ensure that their employees have a positive experience within the first 120 days. That allows them to: assimilate to BSC faster, become engaged sooner, increase speed-to-productivity and reinforce
     their decision to having joined BSC.
    During her presentation, Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D with Boston Scientific shared with yus the power of onboarding, best practices, and global challenges that you may encounter when designing, developing or implementing an onboarding program in your organization.


  • 20 Sep 2013 7:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s that time again and we want you to be ready to hit the ground running by sharing some of the tips and tools that we’ve picked up over the past year. We enlisted a few of our GBASTD Board of Director members to share  perspective and insights from their participation at this year’s ASTD National conference. Click here to view their presentation.

    Presenters included:
    Nancy Giard, President
    Patrice Hollinger, VP Communications
    Tom Martin, VP Social Media

    One of our long-time ASTD Greater Boston Chapter members, Mark Simon of HiMark Solutions, was also one of our presenters.  Mark summarized events and discoveries at ASTD’s Tech Knowledge Conference in San Jose this past February. There was a great deal of buzz about mobile learning (AKA mLearning), which is on the radar for many people no matter what business you are in.  Mark shared some valuable insight into the intriguing areas that surround this new learning medium.  

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