Your Eastern PA Chapter of ASTD is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month. Founded in 1962 with 8 members and nationally chartered in 1969, the Eastern Pennsylvania (Eastern PA) chapter is comprised of over 180 workplace learning and performance professionals representing over 100 local Eastern Pennsylvania companies, small businesses, and independent consultants. Talk about growth over the last several decades!
During the last 50 years, the chapter has been led by a Who’s Who of business in the Greater Lehigh Valley, including people representing Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), Bethlehem Steel, Air Products & Chemicals, Just Born, Martin Guitar, Crayola, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Merchants Bank, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Lafayette College, Penn State University, and our two local community colleges (Northampton and Lehigh Carbon counties). As the workforce changed and grew, the Eastern PA chapter did too.
The Eastern PA chapter has been honored to present at several recent ASTD Leadership Conferences (ALCs), giving us the opportunity to share the details on our SOS-winning ideas and the CEO Forum. We are always energized by the creativity and enthusiasm of our peers from around the country!
Our chapter’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been a valuable resource that many members take advantage of. We are specialized into several areas including our Best Practices for Internals SIG (for trainers working in a corporate or business setting), our Consultant’s Forum (for independent consultants), the ASTD Express, the Book Club, the Consultants Express, the Pocono Geographic Interest Group, the Reading Geographic Interest Group, the Talent Management SIG, and the eLearning SIG!
Communicating with our members is vital, and we also believe in people communicating with each other. We've launched new social media campaigns where chapter members can reach out to each other for help in work issues, job leads, and as a sounding board. We have also made strides to make it easier for people to attend our meetings through the use of easy online registration.
The Eastern PA Chapter would like to thank each of you for your support of the chapter. We may not be the largest chapter out there, but our numbers are growing! We are ‘small but mighty’ and like the think we are building on our strengths.