2014 Regional Conference
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Drexelbrook Conference Center, Drexel Hill, PA
Keynote: Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr.
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The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ASTD (ASTD-PHL), is excited to host our third regional conference! Our theme for the event is: "The Alchemy of Great Learning & Development: Blending the Science and Magic.”
The 2014 Conference promises to be our biggest and best yet! Check out our conference schedule to see why!
Message from the President
I recently saw a YouTube video of a woman being aggressively tailgated by a man in a truck. The man pulls up alongside the woman, flashes an extended one-finger salute, and angrily swerves in front of her. Problem is, as soon as the truck driver jerks the steering wheel, he loses control of his vehicle – which promptly careens into a ditch and hits a tree. Pieces of truck fly everywhere. The woman laughs gleefully as she drives by the wreck. The truck driver was later arrested for leaving the scene of a traffic crash and careless driving.
What’s that famous saying about karma again?
My point is that our actions can – and often do – come back to bite us. We’ve seen it time and again with leaders in all kinds of organizations. That’s why, in my first 3 months as president, the Board and I have tried to lead thoughtfully, deliberately, and collaboratively. I hope you’ve seen evidence of this in the quality of our SIGs and monthly Chapter events, in the care we take to consider fresh ideas and alternative opinions, and in the pride we have for this organization and its members. We value your feedback, support and participation!
So, what’s happening with our chapter? Last month, we packed TWO rooms at Seasons 52 for a talk by John Juzbasich of Merit Systems. Our next chapter event on April 8 (note that it is a Tuesday) switches to the Doubletree at 237 S. Broad St. Dr. Kimberly Wilson will discuss leveraging social media for learning, training and networking. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you’re sure to find the session valuable. In addition:
- The first meeting of our new Leadership and Organizational Development SIG is April 29 at Villanova University. We received many requests for more OD-related events and we listened! We hope you’ll join us.
- Our L&D Conference on May 21 is really coming together. We’ve selected 16 outstanding presenters who will be speaking on everything from organizational culture to project management to virtual training environments. And of course, Jim “Mr. Energy” Smith will be kicking off the day. You absolutely do not want to miss this event!
- We welcomed a new member of the Board, VP of Finance Fran Robison. Fran brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to the table and we are delighted to have her.
Thank you for all the great work you do as a member of our chapter and of the L&D community. The world needs more of you. Just ask one very sorry truck driver.
Mike Brenner, Ed.D.