Despite the Great Blizzard of 2013 a terrific group of folks found their way to One Financial Center in Boston for a great evening of learning & networking at our February Monthly Meeting. Special thanks to our sponsor for the evening, Opus Digital Inc., and in particular to Dan DeVellis for the meticulous work done in meeting all of our audio visual needs for the event.
From the get-go, the location and the remarkable view of the city from just outside our meeting room provided a great backdrop for a very special evening. After a brief welcome and introduction by Karen Potischman, our 2013 VP Programs & Events, Nancy Giard, GBASTD President stepped up to the microphone and gave a special thank you to our 2012 Volunteers and Board Members, for their fine contributions over the past year to the success of the Greater Boston Chapter of ASTD.
Jamie Millard, ASTD National Advisor and Executive Partner at Lexington Leadership and Owner, Lexington Leadership was our first presenter of the evening with his discussion on “The ASTD Competency Model™. In a very engaging and open dialog with the audience, Jamie provided an overview of the model with particular emphasis on the opportunities available for the learning professional in utilizing it as a guide for personal and organizational growth. Additional forums for increased learning about The ASTD Competency Model™ include an upcoming webinar in March being hosted by ASTD National, and the 2013 ASTD New England Conference taking place on April 25th & 26th. Please see www.massastd for more information. View Jamie's presentation!
Our Keynote presentation “Accelerating Change and Continuous Improvement: Leading the Way” was presented by Ray Gagnon, of Gagnon & Associates. With Change Management now highlighted as one of the new ASTD core competencies, Ray gave the audience an overview of how Jack Welch’s ground breaking work in solid change management principles or “Work-Outs” was and can be used with success in process improvement and organizational change. He provided a specific client example of a targeted change project undertaken, the problems solved and the specific results achieved. Ray’s commitment not to overstay his allotted time was challenged by a very active Q&A session which culminated with a recognition by all that as a competency of the the future success for learning professionals, Change Management is definitely one not to be taken lightly. View Ray's presentation!