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  • 01/30/2017 1:10 PM | Rick Kerner (Administrator)

    You should check it out!


  • 01/25/2017 5:50 PM | Rick Kerner (Administrator)

    We had a great event this month. Check out the pics and vid.

  • 01/16/2017 7:28 PM | Rick Kerner (Administrator)

    We welcome any chapter member contributions to our monthly chapter newsletter! What's new in your Training and OD world? Have you come across an interesting article? Have you had some personal achievement? Share it with us!

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

  • 01/02/2017 2:22 PM | Rick Kerner (Administrator)

    From the President's Desk 
    by Joan Zachary, 
    Chapter President 

    I'll be brief:  On behalf of the Board of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Association for Talent Development, I wish only the best for all our members, and beyond, in the Lehigh Valley and all around the world.  Whatever happens in 2017, let's keep on learning, and encourage others to do so, too.  Thank you for all your energy and hard work! 

    The past is gone. The future is not yet here.

    You can be present for this moment.

    What you do now will create your future.

    (Jack Kornfield)

  • 01/02/2017 2:11 PM | Rick Kerner (Administrator)

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  • 06/13/2016 8:04 AM | Deleted user

    You spend all day developing other people. Now celebrate yourself, our profession, and give your own fine self a development boost at our Free Member Appreciation and Networking/Bring a Friend Event !

    On Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Meadows in Hellertown, our chapter is sponsoring a free evening of fun, games, prizes and activities  to thank you for your participation. We’ll have snacks and refreshments and have valuable door prizes including a free Online Essentials course from ATD worth hundreds – yes, we said hundreds – of dollars $$$$.

    There’s power in association, so you will also hear about our Power Membership to link yourself with the national chapter. Talk to some Power Members at the event and find out the benefits.

    As a courtesy to our members, we also are providing a professional photographer,  Sharon Merkel, on site for any member who would like to refresh your professional headshot at a discounted rate of $35. Wanna update that big hair headshot from 1988? Now’s the time to do it!

    Just one request: Bring a buddy! Hmmmm...who can you invite? Let’s see…

    1.       Your boss

    2.       A new hire

    3.       A summer intern (bonus points for introducing a student)

    4.       Somebody you met from another company through work

    5.       Your consultant

    6.       Your client

    7.       Your friend who is considering a career change

    8.       Your friend who is retired from the profession

    9.       A former member who introduced you to ATD

    10.   Somebody from another chapter to strengthen our relationships

    Who can you think of who needs a night out with fun, food and prizes? That’s the person we’d love to meet.

    If you can add to this list, tell us another idea in the comment box below.

    See you on June 30th at The Meadows in Hellertown. And smile for the camera!

    Click here to register.


  • 04/28/2016 8:46 PM | Elaine Turner (Administrator)

    By Featured Guest Blogger Suzanne Wagner, CPLP, ATD EPA VP of Technology

    For the past 5 years I balanced working full time with two hours of commuting a day, achieving a professional certification, earning a Master’s degree, volunteering, and getting married, moving and starting a family.  Have you considered going back to school or attaining a certification for your own professional development and wondered how you’d manage it all?  I’m living proof that you can balance all of these activities without going crazy, and here are my top 5 Tips on How to Manage School, Work and Life (without going crazy).

    1. Just do it!  

    Instead of talking about what you want to do, or are planning on doing later, actually go do it - apply to the dream school of your choice, or that amazing job you’ve always thought would be so cool, or whatever your own goal is.  It really is that simple.  Commit to your goal and make it public.  Knowing that others will ask you how well you are achieving your goal is an amazing motivator.

    via GIPHY

    How I Did It:  I achieved my CPLP credential (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) and used that to obtain a new job at a company that was willing to provide tuition reimbursement for the M.S. degree in Instructional Technology Management that I wanted.  Seriously folks, you CAN do this!

    2. Know your deadlines and meet them.

    What is the one thing you need to get done today?  This hour?  This minute?  Do whatever needs to be done NOW and worry about the rest later. Better yet, don’t worry about it at all, because things have a way of getting done when push comes to shove.  It’s amazing how efficient you can be when you need to get something done, so figure out what you need to do and...well, back to tip #1, just do it!  

    How I Did It:  I responded to critical inquires at work and delivered promised projects on time.  For everything else I followed up and kept colleagues informed as to when they could expect a result.  For school, I worked to whatever assignment was due next and left it at that.  There is only so much time in a day, so get done what you have to and the rest will take care of itself or can wait.  

    3. Put your family first.  

    So why wasn’t this tip #1 on this list?  Well, that’s my point exactly.  You will undoubtedly be busy if you pursue professional development on top of work and life, so make sure family comes first.  On a daily basis be sure to ask yourself if you are managing the balance of work, professional development and life well.  If not, ask for forgiveness, adjust and re-group.  

    How I Did It:  When I got busy I realized that I sometimes neglected those I love the most what with all of the demands and commitments I was juggling.  So I made a commitment to myself and them that I would never work on work while at home and would never do homework until everyone was asleep.  As a result, I had to reduce my coursework schedule to one class a semester.  While it was painful to calculate how this pushed back my graduation date, it was the right decision for me and those I love, and I still was able to achieve my goal.  

    4. Ask for help and use your downtime.

    You are never rowing alone in this world, so be sure and ask those who can help to do so.  Why go it alone when you probably have an incredible network of family, friends, colleagues, fellow students and others who are more than willing to help?  Not only can these resources further inspire you with their ideas and contributions to your goals, but you’ll also deepen your relationship to them.  Reach out and get the support you need to help get you through the challenges you’ll inevitably face as you attempt to achieve your goal.  Don’t forget to help yourself by putting your own downtime to good use too.  Stuck in traffic or the checkout line?  Use those gifts of time productively to chip away at your goal and think through your next action step or how you’ll overcome an obstacle you’ve been encountering.  

    Photo by Roberto Nickson

    How I Did It:  I relentlessly worked whenever I could - on an airplane while my baby slept, on my Smartphone while waiting for a webinar to start, and while waiting at the car wash.  I bounced ideas for projects off of friends and former classmates, I asked my husband to proofread papers, I requested that other volunteers help with tasks on busy weeks.  I made sure I helped myself and also relied on my network to pull me through when I needed it.

    5. Give back and say thank you.

    You may think that you won’t have time to volunteer and give back if you are working and pursuing professional development, but quite the contrary is true.  You will gain invaluable skills and relationships beyond what you can imagine, which will only enrich your life and professional development experience.  Think back to tip #4 and who you’d ask for help.  Make a mental note of who these people are because they are likely the ones you are going to need to thank in the future once you achieve your professional development goal!

    Photo by Matt Jones

    How I Did It:  I volunteer with the ATD Eastern PA chapter and have gained as much as I have given - from technical skills learned to professional relationships formed, I have never been more fulfilled than when serving others.  It also benefitted me in that it helped me maintain my professional certification, so the reciprocal nature of giving is ever present and reminds me to express my thanks.  As the recipient of three generous scholarships in my lifetime (To the student members out there - have you considered applying for ATD’s scholarships?), I volunteer as a way to repay the investment that someone else made in me.

    I hope my 5 Tips on How to Manage School, Work and Life inspires you to accomplish your own professional development goals and what you want in life.  Do not let your fears of taking on another responsibility stop you from achieving your dreams.  I am an average person of average means who is now exceptionally happy that I managed work, school, and life without going crazy as I pursued my professional development goals!  What are YOU waiting for?

    Please share your tips in the comment section below and tell me what YOU want to achieve or what you have achieved already and how you did it! 

    Photo by Jared Frondu

    More about featured guest blogger, Suzanne Wagner, CPLP, ATD EPA VP of Technology

    Suzanne is a CPLP who works in human resources and learning and development for a global company.  Suzanne became a CPLP in 2011 and will graduate with a Master of Science degree from LaSalle University in Instructional Technology Management in May 2016.  Her future goal is to lead a fully integrated and successful learning and development function for a global company.  She has served as both the VP of Communications and the VP of Technology for ATD EPA.

    Connect with Suzanne:  

    Email:  suzannewagner6@gmail.com

    LinkedIn: ://www.linkedin.com/in/suzannewagner6

    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/suzannewagner6

  • 04/06/2016 10:04 AM | Deleted user

    This is the second blog from the Mid New Jersey ATD meeting in Princeton, NJ on March 24 featuring a panel discussion on New Normal in the Workplace. Panelists included Catherine Lombardozzi, Director at the Center for Creative Instruction and Technology at Delaware Technical Community College and author of ATD Press ©2015 book Learning Environments by Design; Gus Prestera, Organizational Learning and Development Consultant at PresteraFX, and Ross Grossman, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    A few themes emerged as the three panelists developed the topic about the new normal in workplace training and talent development.

    1.       Limited resources. The world economy is experiencing a “lackluster recovery,” said Gus Prestera. “Tightening your belts is a permanent thing.”

    2.       Disruptive technology. “MOOCs are a disruptive force in higher ed and corporate learning,” Catherine Lombardozzi said. “When GenX’ers and Boomers wanted to learn something, they would talk to colleges, bring a book, ask the training department. Today, they don’t bother. They go out and look for learning themselves…Google, Coursera, Udemy, TedTalks. They are consuming video all over.”

    3.       Agility.“We want disciplined project management. Do we need structure or do we need to find another way?” asked Ross Grossman. When you have the structure of project management, “you get gummed up,” he said.

    With an existing training and talent development structure in place that relies on entrenched systems, corporations and academia are facing the challenge of responding to the people who are working around those systems and developing themselves by finding the resources they need on their own. Because this is naturally how digital natives find information, it is incumbent upon the systems in place to support their efforts, explained Lombardozzi. She calls it content “curation” and “scaffolding” learners.

    Content Curation

    On-demand video learning in bite-sized, when-you-need-it snippets is becoming the most dominant medium, Lombardozzi said.

    “With a MOOC, you get what you need, figure it out, do the work. Nobody tells you that you didn’t finish. You don’t get an email to complete the course. It’s disruptive because it is happening outside the training department. Meanwhile, productivity increases are decreasing and it is not clear why.

    “We don’t want to mistake facility with the technology with facility with learning while using the technology,” she said.

    She suggests scaffolding learners by curating content so your learners don’t waste time looking for relevant information.

    “Help people manage their own learning,” she said.

    On-Demand Skill Building

    Employers expect workers to arrive on the job with skills. As a result, Lombardozzi predicts the rise of the higher education “nano-degree” that is focused on immediately up-skilling an employee to meet a particular challenge. Similarly, content curation can focus on competency-based training and learning by focusing on what individual employees need, when they need it.

    Gus Prestera said, “Disruptive technology is disrupting every industry at an exponential rate. If you haven’t been, you will be. Healthcare, academia, military, government agencies…it will only get more intense.”

    Asked by panel moderator Kim McConnell, what is the one thing we have to be ready for, Prestera responded, “The LMS. It is going to go away or sit in the background as a repository for content.”

  • 03/29/2016 7:17 AM | Deleted user

    Only one thing is staying the same in the workplace, and that is change, according to three distinguished area leaders in talent management and development during a panel discussion last week sponsored by our sister ATD chapter, Mid New Jersey, in Princeton.

    Ross Grossman, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. enthusiastically promoted his company’s culture of constant innovation. It is a culture he spent most of his career helping to develop. The traits of innovation and creativity require agility to move quickly to respond to changes in the business environment and, in the case of Regeneron, a top biopharma, to respond to changes in science.

    What makes Regeneron one of the top one or two employers in the biopharma industry? “If you ask me what’s my favorite color, I’ll say ‘culture’,” he said. “I look at culture as a strategic advantage.”

    The differentiator in the culture at Regeneron is that it has retained the entrepreneurial culture as it has grown.

    Employee engagement is a strategic advantage; innovation and speed is the business competitive advantage, he said.  If culture, innovation and speed are strategies, Regeneron effectively uses social media to find the best people as one of its key tactics.

    “Everybody is using social media. Not many use it effectively,” he said.

    Regeneron has the advantage of many newer, smaller companies because, unlike many of its entrenched competitors, it does not have to unseat decades or even centuries of history and tradition to keep pace with technological and cultural shifts.

    It takes purpose to retain a culture of constant change. “We survey like crazy,” he said. “When we see a problem, we stop and fix it.”

    Gus Prestera, Organizational Learning and Development Consultant at PresteraFX, often works with large national and multinational companies. He agreed that small and young companies are in a much stronger position to respond to change.

    “I consult with big companies, and they get married to the old infrastructure,” he said. The head Chief Learning Officer at Xerox does small pilot groups to keep ahead of technologies. The large organizational matrix in place doesn’t allow for experimentation.

    “The old infrastructure becomes a sacred cow you can’t get rid of,” Prestera said.

    Catherine Lombardozzi, Director at the Center for Creative Instruction and Technology at Delaware Technical Community College, said, “The World Economic Forum recently said we are in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Culture is critical to stay ahead. And agility is how do you sense and respond to change.”

    Companies can make small, incremental changes or embark on a full-scale transformation in how they do their business. Either way, the ability to respond is essential to survival, she said.

    Prestera agreed, saying incremental change in today’s rapidly evolving workplace is “one of the most insidious policies we have in HR. Organizations are great at absorbing the effects of change and mitigating it. Real change is massive and ugly.”

    In our next blog, we’ll talk about the panel’s discussion on changes in the learning environment.

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