President's Welcome MessageWelcome and welcome back!
Our main theme this year will be TRANSFORMATION; defined as “a complete or major change in someone or something’s appearance, form, etc.”
It started on May 6 when ASTD President and CEO Tony Bingham announced the rebranding of the association. The training and development field has changed and grown dramatically since ASTD was founded 71 years ago. Now the rebranded Association for Talent Development (ATD) has taken the next step in reflecting and supporting the global nature, tremendous diversity, influence and impact of this profession.
We’re preparing to recognize our 60th anniversary in 2015. Whether you’re a new, current or past member, we will be honoring our past and celebrating our future.
One thing that remains the same in this sea of change is our vision to be the “go to” organization for workplace learning and performance and our mission to provide relevant professional growth opportunities remains constant. In order to maintain the quality of our programs we’ve increased the price from $20 for members/$30 for non-members to $25 for members/$35 for non-members. We are offering a September/October/Novemberbundle for $60 and our membership dues remain the same at $65 for new members, $55 for renewals and $25 for students. If you are in transition, we have special, discounted rates for membership and events. Please contact any board member.
All the best,
June Program: Assessing the Assessments
It was exciting to learn about employee assessment tools at the ATD Niagara Frontier’s June session “Assessing the Assessments”. The experienced panel members helped to distinguish the difference between many of the tools that are available in today’s market.
I left the meeting with a new understanding of how these tools can be valuable in many areas of business including employee hiring, retention and development. It was also interesting to hear how the different tools are used for targeted areas of interest like Personality & Core Competencies, Critical Thinking, Behavioral Styles, Values, Cultural awareness and Leadership.
Thank you to Rita Markle, Amy Pearl, Patti Kinz and Frank Ciccia for sharing your knowledge and expertise.
- Bernie Walsh