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  • 12 Jun 2021 8:37 PM | Benjamin Shiramizu (Administrator)

    The Greater Las Vegas Chapter has been nominated for Chapter of the Month and recognized for hosting a virtual UnConference.  The success of the UnConference was shared through the Sharing our Success program.
    What makes the Greater Las Vegas Chapter unique and exceptional? 

    1. We are a fairly small chapter (approximately 80 members) - but the members we have are very actively engaged.
    1. We have a diverse range of members (from vendors and small business owners to corporate talent development professionals and specialists).
    1. We realize that our chapter members are eager for take-aways, best practice sharing and the TD community of (human) resources. Educational events are great, but connecting with peers can be just as, if not more likely to drive member engagement.  This is why chapter events such as our UnConference tend to be very successful.
    Looking to the Future
    We came to realize that having a bigger chapter wouldn't necessarily make us a better chapter. As a result, we decided to focus on actively engaging the members that we have. We plan to continue with this into 2022. Our goal is to have programming that is in touch with our members' needs and their reason for joining. In doing so, we believe we will continue to see the upward trend of meeting attendance that we experienced in 2021. We know that this engagement MAY lead to more members, but it isn't our main focus.
    To help ensure that we are in touch with member needs, we are using our chapter member results from the Talent Development Capability Assessment as the basis for event topics for the year. We will continue to do so into the future.


  • 12 Jun 2021 8:19 PM | Benjamin Shiramizu (Administrator)

    The Greater Las Vegas Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) was recognized for its submission to the ATD “Sharing Our Success” (SOS) program. The national SOS program identifies best practices among local ATD chapters and uses them as models for other chapters.

    Leslie Scarpace, Chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee said, "This recognition honors the Greater Las Vegas Chapter's best practice that demonstrates its commitment to managing a successful organization as well as advancing the talent development profession at the local level. We are honored to recognize the chapter with ATD's SOS recognition."

    On Febuary 19th 2021, the Greater Las Vegas Chapter conducted a virtual "UnConference." The concept of an unconference is that it is participant-driven, so any discussion of the topics is acceptable - but, rather than being led by one expert presenter, it is led by the participants. The foundation of an unconference is that "the sum of the expertise in the room is greater than the sum of the expertise of the people on the stage" (Dave Winer). As a result, an unconference drives best practice sharing and leads to discussion of the experts in the room.

    To host our unconference, we divided into three virtual break-out rooms based on each of the Talent Development Capability areas. We had a board member stay in each room to host, but not lead the discussion. We did provide some discussion questions to get the ball rolling (but only if needed) and then let the participants freely discuss. Participants were encouraged to enter and leave breakout rooms at their discretion.

    For example, in the Professional Capability room we asked: Many organizations are finding that their learners are looking for curated content that they can "pull" themselves. Have you experienced this shift? If so, what systems have you used to give this to your clients?

    At the end, everyone came back to the main session and shared a few of their key takeaways.

    This is one of our most interactive, engaging, and well-received events this year.


  • 27 Jan 2020 1:52 PM | Karen Betz (Administrator)

    UPDATE 4/7/2020: 

    Thank you for planning to be a part of the ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition. After many weeks of carefully monitoring COVID-19 developments, including guidance from public health authorities and our partners in Denver, Colorado, it has become clear that ATD 2020, which had been scheduled for May 17-20, 2020, must be cancelled. A message from ATD’s CEO, Tony Bingham is available for review, and we recommend reading several new frequently asked questions (FAQs).

     

    The ATD 2020 ICE agenda is out, registration is open and it looks like an amazing event! Dates are May 17-20 in Denver CO. Would you like to join our chapter team and take advantage of the lowest registration fee for members? If so, post a comment below including how many from your organization are interested in attending.  Once we have at least 5 confirmed we can secure our registration as a team bringing the per member registration fee down to $1,325

    More details on this years event can be found here.

  • 31 Jul 2019 3:11 PM | Karen Betz (Administrator)

    We need you! This year our Chapter has three volunteer board positions open for election. Join us as we develop and deliver dynamic programming to support the Las Vegas community of training practitioners and leaders! Board positions open for election are: V.P. of Finance, V.P. of Membership and V.P. of Programming & Professional development. Board Leaders are elected to two-year terms.

    To apply for a 2020–2021 Board position, please fill out the application by Wednesday, September 18th, 2019. To serve as an elected Board Member, you must be a member in good standing of both the ATD Las Vegas Chapter and ATD National for the elected year. Full details and application are here. Please feel free to contact a current board member with any questions.


  • 07 Mar 2019 3:57 PM | Sue Beyer

    Congratulations on your chapter meeting the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) for 2018! This means your chapter successfully met all 18 required CARE elements and is recognized for 100 percent achievement of CARE. Based on your reported joint membership percentage, your chapter is also recognized as a Chapter Membership SUPER STAR with joint membership above 50 percent.

    I’d like to personally acknowledge and thank you and the chapter leadership team for your accomplishments and for going above and beyond the CARE requirement.

    ATD recognizes that the value you provide to your members through well run chapter programs, services, and exceptional operations is the result of the individual time, resources, innovation, thought, and dedication you and your team contribute.

    Thank you for your time and for partnering with ATD to provide and sustain a vibrant community serving our members and the entire talent development profession. I look forward to continuing to engage with you and the chapter!

    Tony Bingham, President & CEO 

  • 28 Feb 2019 9:30 PM | Britne Jenke (Administrator)

    Tonight we celebrated the work of our chapter members in 2018 at our annual Tribute to Learning Awards.


    The ATD Greater Las Vegas Chapter's annual Tribute to Learning Awards recognizes organizations for their creativity, innovation and futuristic approaches to learning. Each year we look for the best learning leaders in southern Nevada.

    The awards are based on an area of expertise on the ATD Competency Model. Each nomination included the following information in their submission, in relation to how well it related to the Area of Expertise:

    • How was this area of expertise incorporated into your submission?
    • How was the area of expertise executed?
    • What was the business impact?
    • What did you learn from this experience?

    Please congratulate our winners on their hard work!


    Instructional Design - Janek Performance Group

    Instructional Design concentrates on the ability to design and develop informal and formal learning solutions using a variety of methods.

    The Instructional Design award submission outlined an extensive, collaborative needs analysis process to establish competencies, learning outcomes and delivery approach.  The learning was developed incorporating a variety of methods, allowing the solution to be deployed on a large scale.  Evaluation of the project was tied directly to design, as well as the business impact.

    Change Management - Janek Performance Group

    The Change Management Area of Expertise involves applying a systematic process to shift individuals, teams, and organizations from current state to desired state. 

    The Change Management award winner applied diagnostic tools to determine the desired cultural shift.  First establishing sponsorship by senior management supported the change intervention.  Evaluation tools were used at various intervals to determine impact and sustainability.  Performance Improvement - Levi Strauss & Co.

    The Performance Improvement Area of Expertise emphasizes an organization's ability to apply a systematic process for analyzing human performance gaps and for closing them.

    This year’s award winner for Performance Improvement demonstrated an analysis process to gather data and identify root causes.  As solutions were implemented and more opportunities were uncovered, they were immediately addressed.  Through building and sustaining relationships, the organizational goals of this initiative were achieved.  

    Training Delivery - Cydcor

    The Training Delivery Area of Expertise focuses on the ability to deliver effective training sessions through the understanding of instructional design theory & methods, use of presentation techniques & tools for determining learning preferences, and incorporation of individual learning styles and cultural differences.

    The winner of the Training Delivery award demonstrated using a variety of learning methods aligned with the learners’ needs, managing the learning environment, application of learning reinforcement and ensuring the outcomes of the learning met the objectives of the initiative.   
  • 01 Jul 2018 12:00 PM | Britne Jenke (Administrator)


    The Greater Las Vegas Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, was named an ATD Chapter of the Month (COM) for July 2018. The COM is national recognition for ATD local chapters that have demonstrated strength, growth, and innovation in managing their chapter.

    Lisa Goodpaster, chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee (which awards the Chapter of the Month) said:

    This prestigious award recognizes ATD Greater Las Vegas for demonstrating positive and unique approaches that provide value to their members and professionals in the community, including professional development, networking, and leading information within the talent development industry. Greater Las Vegas is a leader in providing opportunities to their members and other ATD chapter leaders to share best practices and encouraging leaders to learn and grow from each other. We are honored to recognize the chapter with ATD’s Chapter of the Month award.

    Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO, says:

    This award recognizes your chapter for its many accomplishments, including Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) achievement, Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission acceptance, and overall chapter strength, growth, and innovation. 

    Since the program’s inception in 2003, ATD chapter leaders have benefited from the shared knowledge and ongoing learning that the SOS program provides. The Chapter of the Month award is this program’s highest honor. 

    Please convey my congratulations to everyone in your chapter who contributed to this success. I encourage you to continue to work collaboratively on the excellent projects and programs that benefit ATD members, chapters, and ultimately, the talent development profession. 

    Best wishes for continued success. 

    Read more on the ATD website!

  • 20 Jun 2018 12:00 PM | Britne Jenke (Administrator)

    Once again (and for the third time this year!) the Greater Las Vegas Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) was recognized in June 2018 for our submission to the ATD “Sharing Our Success” (SOS) program. The national SOS program identifies best practices among local ATD chapters and uses them as models for other chapters.

    After the chapter experienced a few program flops, chapter leaders created a process to vet potential speakers with the goal of creating more value for the membership. The board put out a call to chapter members assessing the talent within the chapter and outlining the chapter’s desired topics. The board also developed some programs that did not require a speaker and allowed chapter members to interact and learn from each other, such as “Bring Your Own Energizers” and “Bring Us Your Training and Development Problems.” The chapter instituted a policy of meeting with the upcoming speakers beforehand via WebEx to ensure the program is on target and meets member expectations. Because of this effort, overall attendance, communication, membership, and engagement increased.

    Lisa Goodpaster, Chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee said, 

    "This recognition honors the Greater Las Vegas Chapter’s best practice that demonstrates its commitment to managing a successful organization as well as advancing the talent development profession at the local level. We are honored to recognize the chapter with ATD's SOS recognition."

    View our submission on the ATD Chapter Leader Community

  • 23 May 2018 12:00 PM | Britne Jenke (Administrator)

    We did it again! The Greater Las Vegas Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) was recognized in May 2018 for our submission to the ATD “Sharing Our Success” (SOS) program. The national SOS program identifies best practices among local ATD chapters and uses them as models for other chapters.

    In an effort to organize the chapter and run it like a business, the Greater Las Vegas chapter wanted to identify all of our CARE responsibilities and break them down by board member role. At the beginning of 2017 we looked at the CARE and Power Member requirements and came up with daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly tasks for each board member role. The chapter developed a Roles and Responsibilities document for each chapter leader position in order to monitor, measure and analyze monthly to determine CARE compliance. We implemented this by reviewing job descriptions on the Chapter Leader Community, customizing them for the chapter, adding foundational CARE and joint activities, and then highlighting the CARE items in orange so they stand out on the document and can be reviewed at each monthly board meeting. (Want to see a board meeting in action? Join us in July!)

    As far as outcomes, the chapter achieved 100% CARE and Super Star recognition. In addition, we achieved the Power Membership Award (2nd place-small chapter with 68%).

    Lisa Goodpaster, Chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee said, 

    "This recognition honors the Greater Las Vegas Chapter’s best practice that demonstrates its commitment to managing a successful organization as well as advancing the talent development profession at the local level. We are honored to recognize the chapter with ATD's SOS recognition."

    View our submission on the ATD Chapter Leader Community

  • 19 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | Britne Jenke (Administrator)

    Our very own ATD Greater Las Vegas Chapter President Sue Beyer was recently featured on the cover of Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine!

    Sue was recognized as part of the "WBEs Who Rock!" contest, which honors Women Business Entrepreneurs (WBEs) who have excelled both in business as well as their communities.

    From the article:

    In 2016, corporations spent about $359.3 billion on corporate training initiatives worldwide, with an average of 39 percent of the money going to external (outsourced) suppliers, training industry estimates say. Sue Beyer and Gloria Carter-Hicks are part of that group of external suppliers providing performance improvement and professional development services to corporations.

    For two years, Beyer served as the Women's Business Enterprise Council-West Regional Nevada Forum Chair. Currently, she is president of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the largest professional membership organization dedicated to people who develop talent in organizations. In her role, she oversees a board of six and 80 members; this year, she is focused on growing the membership to 100.

    Read the full article on www.SueBeyer.com.

    Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine is published bi-monthly by Enterprise Publishing Inc. and serves as a nationwide forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies concerned with minority and women business enterprise development.

    MBE magazine examines affirmative action and procurement programs in the public and private sectors, and provides in-depth coverage of crucial issues affecting the growth and survival of minority- and woman-owned businesses. Each issue also features the success story of a prominent minority or female entrepreneur whose life and accomplishments may serve as a role model for others.

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