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.